From Halo and Gears to Challenge Scarlet and Challenge xCloud, Microsoft’s present might have all of it.
Replace: The Microsoft Xbox convention is in the present day begins quickly and with the next-gen Xbox codenamed Scarlett being teased, we anticipate it to be an enormous one. Bonus: Tune in to IGN an hour earlier than our pre-show to look at a recap of final yr and our predictions piece. All occasions and locations to look at the Microsoft Xbox present at E3 2019 will be discovered beneath.
All eyes shall be on Microsoft at E3 2019, as the corporate finds itself within the distinctive place as the one platform holder with a stage present. With Nintendo sticking to its common apply of airing a pre-recorded Direct and Sony skipping E3 solely, the massive query headed into this yr’s present is, How will Microsoft select to spend its time within the highlight?
Following a considerably notorious E3 2013 press convention, Microsoft has bounced again with a string of games-focused exhibits, culminating in maybe its strongest exhibiting of the technology at E3 2018. The Xbox workforce revealed long-awaited first-party video games Halo Infinite and Gears 5, whereas additionally giving us our first have a look at third-party blockbusters, like Cyberpunk 2077.
However most notably, it proposed an answer to its exclusivity downside. Microsoft acquired 4 sport studios and the fashioned one other nonetheless. The corporate added two extra notches to its belt in November, when it introduced beloved RPG builders Obsidian and inXile below its Xbox Recreation Studios umbrella.
With that first-party basis now in place, the ninth console technology looming, and the promise of even higher PC assist, the stage is about for Microsoft to ship on software program and hardware alike.
Microsoft E3 Xbox Press Convention Particulars
Microsoft’s E3 press convention shall be held on Sunday, June 9, at 1:00 PM PT / four:00 PM ET / 9:00 PM BST / 6:00 AM AEST (6/10). For particulars on the opposite conferences, take a look at the official E3 schedule.
Watch the Microsoft E3 Xbox Press Convention
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Microsoft Xbox Pre-E3 Bulletins
Microsoft has had a busy pre-E3, seemingly signaling a packed press convention on June 9. The corporate’s E3-caliber bulletins kicked off in March, when it confirmed Xbox Dwell would come to Change, starting with Studio MDHR’s beloved shoot ’em up, Cuphead.
On the hardware entrance, Microsoft simply introduced a brand new, deep purple variation of Xbox One S that shall be a part of a particular version Fortnite bundle. Extra notably, the Xbox One S All-Digital Version was introduced in April with a $250 USD price ticket — $50 lower than the usual Xbox One S. It comes bundled with a 1TB exhausting drive and digital obtain codes for Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon three, and whereas it’s miles from the most affordable SKU available on the market, the Xbox E3 sale has it marked down an extra $50.
Staff Xbox additionally pledged to proceed constructing upon its PC gaming assist, lately detailing a number of methods it would enhance its presence on the platform. Amongst these plans are the introduction of Xbox Recreation Go on PC, a dedication to releasing Microsoft video games on Steam, and extra versatile developer instruments. Extra data on the corporate’s bolstered PC assist shall be revealed throughout its E3 press convention.
However maybe essentially the most notable announcement Microsoft made forward of E3 2019 is its newly established partnership with Sony. Based on a memorandum of understanding signed by the 2 firms, Microsoft and Sony will “discover joint growth of future cloud options in Microsoft Azure to assist their respective sport and content-streaming providers.” President and CEO of Sony’s PlayStation division Jim Ryan since stated the signing of the MOU was, at the very least partly, a response to Google Stadia.
Microsoft Xbox E3 Predictions and First-Celebration Plans
Xbox boss Phil Spencer already confirmed a few of Microsoft’s new studios will present what they’ve been engaged on, contributing to the record-high 14 first-party video games Microsoft will present at E3 2019. A number of experiences declare Forza Horizon developer Playground Video games is engaged on a brand new entry within the beloved Fable sequence. Will this yr’s present present the stage for its popping out get together?
Microsoft’s established studios are certain to have a presence as effectively. 343 and The Coalition confirmed they will present Halo Infinite and Gears 5, respectively, whereas Minecraft might additionally make an look. We’re additionally hoping for an replace on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the beautiful sequel to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest, which is due out someday this yr.
Microsoft will seemingly have a lot to indicate from third-party studios too, particularly contemplating Sony’s absence. Whereas most of that theoretical listing stays a thriller, Microsoft’s E3 press convention will characteristic EA and Respawn Leisure’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in keeping with Xbox on Twitter. We will additionally anticipate to listen to concerning the subsequent wave of Xbox Recreation Go additions.
And whereas video games could stay the main target, don’t anticipate Microsoft to disregard the next-gen elephant within the room. By saying its all-digital Xbox One S forward of the present, Microsoft has seemingly left the stage open to at the very least tease Challenge Scarlett, the purported codename for its next-gen hardware. Sony beat Microsoft to the punch in April, unceremoniously revealing technical particulars, backwards-compatible capabilities, and VR assist for its subsequent console. Will Microsoft reply at this yr’s present?
Lastly, let’s not overlook concerning the firm’s game-streaming initiative, Challenge xCloud. With Google Stadia formally unveiled, maybe Microsoft has been saving its rebuttal for the largest stage in gaming. Regardless, we’re certain that every one shall be revealed when Phil Spencer takes the stage on Sunday, June 9.
For all the most recent information out of the present, keep tuned to the IGN E3 2019 hub. It’s also possible to keep updated on the complete listing of video games confirmed for E3 to date.
Jordan is a contract author who’s anxiously awaiting Microsoft’s E3 2019 present. Join with him on Twitter @jdsirani.