With Sony sitting E3 out this year, Microsoft focused on games, services, gadgets, and upcoming hardware launches. The company showcased 60 games set to launch on both console and PC and even talked about future generations of the Xbox console. Microsoft briefly mentioned Project Scarlett, the codename being used for the next Xbox, which launches alongside “Halo Infinite” in 2020. “Gears 5” made an appearance at the event as well, along with 34 games premiering in Xbox Game Pass. Overall, there were 11 world premieres and a record 14 games from Xbox Game Studios, which will soon include legendary game development studio Double Fine Productions.
“It’s great to celebrate with our incredible fans and show how we are delivering against our vision to empower gamers to play the games they want, with the friends they want, wherever they want,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “With thousands of Xbox games in development, we curated our show around our players, with new titles premiering in Xbox Game Pass across console and PC, and game streaming that enables them to play their favorite games, with their friends, wherever they go.”
As we reported earlier, PC gamers can now sign up for the Xbox Game Pass for PC beta through the new Xbox app, which is available today on Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass for PC allows PC gamers to choose from a library of over 100 PC games from over 75 developers and publishers including fan-favorite PC titles like “Football Manager 2019,” “Imperator: Rome” and “Metro Exodus” for $4.99/month. If you game on both Xbox and PC, there’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a new plan combining the curated games library for console and PC with Xbox Live Gold. You get all of Xbox’s services for $14.99/month, saving you money and allowing you to play on both platforms. New games announced for Xbox Game Pass for Console include “Metro Exodus,” “Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition,” “Borderlands: The Handsome Collection” and “Batman: Arkham Knight.”
The Xbox E3 Briefing also showcased new Xbox Game Studios titles that will premiere in Xbox Game Pass, including “Gears 5,” “Battletoads,” “Bleeding Edge,” “The Outer Worlds,” “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” and 25 games from the ID@Xbox program.
Microsoft surprised fans by confirming the acquisition of the development studio Double Fine Productions, which will bring the total number of development studios under Xbox Game Studios to 15. Led by industry veteran Tim Schafer, the company showcased the long-awaited “Psychonauts 2” today on the Xbox E3 stage, set to debut in 2020.
As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft briefly discussed Project Scarlett, confirming a release window of “Holiday 2020.” The new console offers a custom-designed AMD processor, GDDR6 memory, and an SSD drive for faster load times. Xbox also announced the ability to stream games from your Xbox One console, starting in preview this October. With console streaming, gamers will have access to their Xbox One game library and Xbox Game Pass titles on the go, streamed directly from an Xbox One console to a mobile device. The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a new milestone for “Project xCloud,” with E3 2019 attendees being among the first in the world to play Xbox One games like “Halo 5: Guardians” and “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” streaming on smartphones and tablets.
If you’re looking to upgrade your gear, Xbox unveiled a new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the second iteration of the popular Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and is re-engineered for performance, customization, and durability, and includes 30 new and improved features such as adjustable-tension thumbsticks, wraparound rubberized grip, shorter hair-trigger locks, and up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life. The new controller launches in 24 markets on November 4th for $179.
As for the games, we mentioned earlier that Xbox offered a look at 60 different games from all over the globe, including “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” and “Elden Ring.” Xbox fans were also invited to venture into the action-fueled world of “CrossfireX,” and “Minecraft Dungeons.”
The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a celebration of 37 PC games, including “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and “Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition,” both of which will premiere in Xbox Game Pass for PC. Fans also took their first steps into the next worlds being created by Xbox Game Studios, such as “Gears 5” and “Wasteland 3,” and discovered the unexpected with 25 new and wild ID@Xbox titles. Microsoft stated that all forthcoming titles from Xbox Game Studios will premiere in Xbox Game Pass.
The big callouts this year include “Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition” releasing on Windows 10 PC this fall; “Battletoads;” a “Blair Witch” adaptation releasing on August 30th; Ninja Theory’s “Bleeding Edge” on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC; free “Borderlands” DLC that bridges the gap between the old franchise and the upcoming “Borderlands 3;” free-to-play “Crossfire;” “Cyberpunk 2077” releasing in April; a new “Dragon Ball Z” title; a “Dying Light 2” sequel; “Elden Ring” from George R.R. Martin; “Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions” on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on June 13th; “Gears 5” on September 10th; “LEGO Star Wars;” a “Microsoft Flight Simulator” reboot in 2020; “Minecraft Dungeons” in 2020; “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” on February 11, 2020; “Phantasy Star Online 2;” “Spiritfarer;” “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order;” “State of Decay 2: Heartland” on June 9th; “Tales of Arise,” “The Outer Worlds;” “Twelve Minutes,” “Wasteland 3”; and “A Way to the Woods.”
You can watch the big moments and reveals in the playlist below, thanks to quick uploads from Microsoft.
Amazon is hosting an E3 Promotional pager right here on Amazon site to make it easier to find the new games and collector’s editions that were announced today.