Why You Shouldn’t Be Disappointed With the Latest Inside Xbox Gamplay Presentation

First off, the May Inside Xbox live stream was, based on set expectations a disappointment. I know a good majority of people watching were expecting to see some serious Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay. I have to admit that Ubisoft should be ashamed of itself. We were promised gameplay, of which we got about three seconds mixed in with more cinematic trailer. That aside, I’ve seen a lot of complaining about graphics of the games shown off during the event, but nobody seemed to pay attention to the fine print.

I understand that a lot of people were hoping to see some next-gen graphics during the event, and it didn’t happen.

There’s a good chance that we’ll see exactly that in July when first-party titles are shown off, but the games that we saw during this month’s presentation were far from indicative of what the Xbox Series X is capable of. It was all in the fine print that, seemingly, nobody paid attention to.

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Did you notice how almost every game had that “smart delivery” logo at the bottom when it started? How about the fine white print that said the game was “enhanced for Xbox Series X?”

To the best of my understanding, most of the games shown off during the event were games designed for current-gen consoles and enhanced with slightly better graphics, textures, etc. Much like games are now “Xbox One X Enhanced.” They look better than they will on a current-gen console, but aren’t next-gen games by any means. That explains why the cars in Dirt 5 looked no different from the cars in the last game. That’s why you didn’t seen excessively stunning graphics. Sure, what we saw is indicative of what games enhanced for next-gen consoles will look like, but that’s entirely different from what next-gen games will be.  

With any luck, we’ll see some true next-gen gameplay in July during the first-party demonstration but you should keep in mind that next-gen games aren’t going to be widely available for at least another year or two. If you’re going to be disappointed, be disappointed with Ubisoft who downright lied to you, not Microsoft or the other parties that showcased their Series X enhanced gameplay.

In the meantime, here is each and every trailer that we saw during the live stream – just in case you missed any:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Not Really a First Look At Gameplay)

Bright Memory Infinite

Call of the Sea


Dirt 5

Madden NFL 21

Scarlet Nexus


Second Extinction

The Ascent

The Medium

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Robert Moore
Robert Moorehttps://www.addictedtoplay.net
Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.


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