Microsoft has announced the return of its X0 events, revealing X018 will take place this coming November. Annual Microsoft’s X0 showcases first kicked off with X01 back in 2001, running through until X06 in, er, 2006. Major games were revealed during these events, including the entire Xbox launch lineup in 2001, Fable in 2002, Halo 2 in 2003, and the launch line-up for the Xbox 360 in 2005.
Suffice to say, for Xbox fans, the X0 events were a big deal. Sadly, these special events drifted by the wayside for more than a decade, but on Saturday, November 10th, more than 10,000 fans will be present at an event in Mexico City for an Xbox showcase that will be beamed around the world.
“We’re bringing back XO,” said Xbox chief Phil Spencer. “One thing fans have to understand is that their voice is critically important. We are listening to their feedback. It’s critical to the products and services that we put in front of them. We’re listening.
“We know our fans love announcements,” Spencer continued. “We can celebrate what it means to be an Xbox fan and gamer. I think it’s gonna be a great time.”
Microsoft has confirmed the X018 event will be around two hours long and feature exclusive announcements from third and first-party developers, with potential news on new games and hardware.
Sony’s has yet to throw its hand into the ring for its PlayStation Experience, although it’s looking increasingly unlikely the event isn’t taking place this year as it's usually announced by this time.
In other, wholly unrelated news that Microsoft decided to throw in with the X018 announcement, Microsoft also announced official mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One. Microsoft is joining up with Razer to offer Razer hardware designed specifically for the Xbox One, beginning with Warframe.
Developers will have to specifically enable mouse and keyboard support in their games as they're supported by default. Once they are enabled though, developers are free to split players up into pools, be they controller only, keyboard & mouse only, or both thrown in together.