PAX Seattle 2017 – Matt’s Top 10 Highlights

It’s hard to believe another PAX is upon us! As always… an incredibly energetic and enthused crowd! I love this show! It’s one of my favorites.

While I didn’t see all the vendors there that I would have liked to have seen; there are still some stand outs at this years show. If you’re in the area, and lucky to enough to have bought a ticket in advance, then these are the things i’d steer you towards as key highlights.

  • Destiny 2 – At the Paramount Theater.

 

  • Ashes of Creation – First chance i’ve had to take a look at this game. As a fantasy MMO, and only in early alpha, this is shaping up to be an incredible new entrant!

 

  • Marvel vs. Capcom – This game just looks like a ton of fun! Can’t wait! =

 

  • Dreadnought – This is a captivating Sci Fi capital ship combat style MOBA. Definitely addicting if you haven’t tried it out yet.

 

  • Middle Earth – Shadow of War – One of the most anticipated games of the year. And, there’s a cool dragon you can get your picture taken on.

 

  • Indie Mega Booth – The games coming out of the Indie crowd will blow you away. This is a must see booth area and a great way to support grassroots game devs!

 

  • Xbox One X – For those not fortunate to see this at E3, this is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the next gen Xbox. Take a look!

 

  • Kinesis Freestyle Edge keyboard – I’m not kidding – this is an incredibly comfortable keyboard; and extremely innovative. Get your hands on one of these. Literally!

 

  • Asus Zephyrus Gaming laptop – LOVING the shape, size, design, and specs of this puppy. Only downer? High price tag. (OEMs beware the specs of Xbox One X)

 

The PAX gaming audience! – I guarantee that if you don’t see one person, cos-player, or otherwise that’ll crack a smile out of you i’d be surprised. This is the most diverse, and fun crowd from all walks of life you’re likely to ever see.

There’s a ton more to say and unpack about PAX, and little time to say it. There are a few other key trends, and developments that i’d like to call out that are noteworthy in my opinion.

VR – Seems to already be dwindling a little. Yes, it was being shown in the Sony booth, Bethesda, and a few others; but the stupidly long lines of people willing to wait and try these out are now a fraction of what they used to be. All in the span of less than a year. This really shouldn’t be a surprise though.

AR – Not really seen much at all on the show floor.

Gaming Laptops – Appear to be a slowly growing trend. I can’t get over the drool-worthiness of that Asus Zephyrus. I love how thin & light these things have become. However; there continues to be one major gotcha. The price. Cost is king, and any vendor that ignores that does so at their own peril. I pointed this out about the specs of the Xbox One X by comparison. When you do a side by side, (obviously negating the cost of the display) then why can’t we get 6 TFLOPS of graphics horsepower for a semi-comparable price? $500 for Xbox One X. Try getting a gaming laptop with comparable specs for even twice that? Need a more apples to apples? Then try getting a gaming desktop for even double that price at $1000. I don’t think it’s going to happen. Pity.

On a bright note. What an amazing PAX West – Seattle! Again.. if you’ve never been. It’s something that is definitely a must gamer bucket list item. Go check it out!!!

Matt Ployhar

About Matt Ployhar

M2 Insights, Contributing Analyst - Providing globally vision, leadership, analysis, research, and forecasting

Key strategic program and product planner for platforms, games, tools, and emerging technologies.

Expert at assessing trends and strategic programs for companies in areas of:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Computing Platforms: PCs, Mobile, Console
  • Graphics
  • Gaming Ecosystem
  • Esports
Previously positions: Senior Gaming Manager at Intel, Senior Program Manager, Games at Microsoft, Board Member of Open Gaming Alliance, President of PC Gaming Alliance