Xbox at E3 2019: what we need to see from Microsoft’s large keynote convention


It is shaping as much as be a giant E3 for Microsoft. With Sony skipping this yr’s occasion fully, Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 convention has the prospect to steal the entire present. And it appears like that could possibly be the case, with rumors circulating that E3 2019 will lastly be the yr that Microsoft unveils the subsequent Xbox console (or consoles plural because the case could also be). 

We’re anticipating Microsoft to go full drive with {hardware} this yr, revealing particulars of the next-generation Xbox together with any video games we will count on to see on the upcoming console. Regardless of this potential give attention to {hardware}, we’re anticipating Microsoft to have some software program exclusives up its sleeve too at this yr’s Xbox present.


We’re additionally hoping to see extra about what Microsoft has been engaged on with its newly-acquired studios, which embrace the likes of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer Ninja Concept and Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Leisure. 

So, with out additional ado, we have put collectively an inventory of the whole lot we’re hoping to see from Microsoft at this yr’s Xbox E3 2019 convention.

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Subsequent-generation Xbox console (or consoles)

Xbox One X

Xbox One X (Picture credit score: TechRadar)

May E3 2019 lastly be the yr Microsoft unveil the subsequent technology of Xbox consoles? We expect so. For a very long time a new Xbox appeared like a dream, however now Microsoft has confirmed a next-generation Xbox is in growth – and rumors recommend there’s multiple console within the works. 

The official story began final yr when Xbox Chief Phil Spencer instructed the 1000’s of attendees at E3 2018 that the console (or maybe sequence of consoles) is in growth: “our {hardware} staff is deep into growing the subsequent technology of Xbox consoles, the place we are going to as soon as once more ship on our dedication to set the benchmark for console gaming.” 

Since Spencer’s announcement particulars have slowly bubbled up throughout the web on the purported system. First we acquired a codename for the gathering – Xbox Scarlett – and now we have heard rumblings of the primary video games to be designed for the next-gen Xbox: The Elder Scrolls 6, Cyberpunk 2077 and Halo Infinite.

There’s even been a leak of the alleged specs of two upcoming next-generation consoles (codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart). What’s extra, this similar report claims these consoles shall be introduced at E3 2019, with a launch date rumored for 2020. 

Whereas we’re taking these rumors with a pinch of salt, we do count on Microsoft will unveil not less than one next-generation Xbox console at E3 2019 – and we won’t wait.

Mission xCloud

Project xCloud

Mission xCloud (Picture credit score: Microsoft)

It is seemingly we’ll hear extra about Microsoft’s Mission xCloud streaming service. Mission xCloud was introduced by Microsoft at E3 2018 however we have not heard a lot concerning the streaming service since. 

What we do know is that Mission xCloud guarantees to allow you to play big-name video games on no matter machine you need, everytime you need.

Mission xCloud will leverage Microsoft’s current knowledge facilities throughout the globe, actually loading up servers with the part components of a number of Xbox One consoles, and utilizing these to run the video games streamed on to your cell machine of selection.

The top consequence shall be that avid gamers will have the ability to play the likes of Halo, Forza and different traditional console and PC large hitters on their telephones or tablets.

You’ll have the ability to use an Xbox controller hooked as much as your cell through Bluetooth, or if you wish to dispense with that, Microsoft is promising contact controls that can work simply effective instead.

E3 2019 can be a good time for Microsoft to disclose extra particulars on Mission xCloud, together with once we can count on a launch, particularly provided that Google has introduced the Stadia and Sony’s cloud gaming plans have leaked

George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware’s unannounced title

Darks Souls Remastered (Image credit: FromSoftware)

Darks Souls Remastered (Picture credit score: FromSoftware)

In accordance with a report by Gematsu, FromSoftware is engaged on a brand new challenge in collaboration with George R.R. Martin – the writer behind the fantasy e book sequence A Tune of Ice and Fireplace, which was the idea of the hugely-popular Recreation of Thrones TV sequence.

Gematsu’s supply claims the open-world title (identified internally as “GR”) has been in growth for the previous three years and shall be revealed by Bandai Namco. However when will this new title formally be revealed? In accordance with Gematsu’s supply, the sport shall be formally introduced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press convention. 

In accordance with an investigative report from Spawn Wave and Liam Robertson (through GamesRadar), George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware are engaged on an open-world RPG title (rumored to be referred to as “Nice Rune”) which can discover Norse mythology and see the participant on horseback.

Gematsu’s report echoes these rumors and, as well as, Martin has confirmed in a weblog put up that he has “consulted on a videogame out of Japan”.

Whereas we do not count on the title to be a Microsoft unique (except it is timed), we’re hoping the rumors will come true and we’ll get an official announcement in the course of the Xbox E3 2019 keynote.

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite (Picture credit score: Microsoft)

Microsoft lastly introduced the the subsequent entry within the Grasp Chief saga finally yr’s E3. Whereas we did not get any strong particulars about Halo Infinite (other than the teaser trailer) it appears prefer it’ll be the sixth important entry within the Halo sequence. Nicely, we’re hoping that is the case… 

We’re additionally hoping that Microsoft will give us all of the juicy particulars at E3 2019 – possibly alongside the subsequent technology Xbox announcement? Halo Infinite appears more likely to be a launch title for the subsequent Xbox, so we aren’t anticipating a launch till, not less than subsequent yr.

Gears 5

Gears 5

Gears 5 (Picture credit score: Microsoft)

We waited with bated breath throughout Microsoft’s E3 2018 Xbox convention for the announcement of Gears of Battle 5 – and Microsoft did not disappoint. The corporate revealed that Gears 5 is within the works and even dropped an attractive announcement trailer. 

Gears 5 sees the sequence having its first feminine protagonist, Kait. Marcus Phoenix will nonetheless seem, however Kait will take the starring position as she takes her staff on a private mission which can proceed on from the emotional ending of Gears of Battle 4. 

Whereas we garnered fairly a number of particulars concerning the sport’s story, we did not get a lot in the best way of strong particulars about once we can count on to get our arms on Gears 5, what gameplay will seem like or what new options we will count on.

These are all particulars we’re hoping Microsoft will reveal throughout its E3 2019 keynote, together with whether or not we are going to see Gears 5 as a launch title on the subsequent Xbox.

Xbox VR

Xbox VR

That is primarily optimistic pondering on our half, however Microsoft appears to essentially be dragging its ft in relation to VR, as an alternative placing lots of effort into the HoloLens 2 combined actuality headset.

The PlayStation VR continues to develop in power, so we count on Microsoft shall be rather more lively about growing and progressing VR know-how for the next-generation Xbox. 

At E3 2018, we requested Xbox’s company vice chairman, Mike Ybarra, about Xbox’s future VR plans.

“For us, we’re going to proceed to take a position on the Home windows aspect the place individuals are participating,” Ybarra instructed TechRadar, on the time. “Our MR gadgets work with Steam video games now – I like what’s occurring there – and in the lounge there are nonetheless, for my part, challenges to be solved. However we’re taking a look at that and we’re listening to clients and followers, however our funding profile will stay on Home windows for now.”

When requested for any particulars about who Microsoft is perhaps speaking with to convey VR to its consoles, Ybarra stated that he couldn’t touch upon that at the moment however at no level was there an outright no to VR on consoles.

We’re hoping Microsoft will unveil additional VR plans at this yr’s E3 keynote, possibly to coincide with the announcement of the subsequent Xbox? 

New unique

New exclusive

Alongside the video games we already find out about, we’re anticipating Microsoft to have some model new exclusives up its sleeve. This appears fairly seemingly, notably as a result of the corporate has been buying studios left, proper and heart, together with Ninja Concept, Obsidian Leisure, Playground Video games and Compulsion Video games (to call only a few). 

We’re hoping this may end in some killer Xbox exclusives, particularly as the gathering on the Xbox One has been fairly sparse. Whether or not these titles shall be current-generation, next-generation or cross-generation will seemingly be tailor-made by whether or not or not we see the subsequent Xbox. 

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