It's shaping as much as be an enormous E3 for Microsoft. With Sony skipping this year's event entirely, Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 convention on June 9 has the prospect to steal the entire present. And it appears like that might be the case, with rumors circulating that E3 2019 will lastly be the yr that Microsoft unveils the next 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 anticipate 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 Principle and Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Leisure.
So, with out additional ado, we've put collectively an inventory of every part 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)
Might E3 2019 lastly be the yr Microsoft unveil the subsequent era 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 improvement – and rumors recommend there's multiple console within the works.
The official story began final yr when Xbox Chief Phil Spencer told the thousands of attendees at E3 2018 that the console (or maybe collection of consoles) is in improvement: "our hardware staff is deep into creating the subsequent era of Xbox consoles, the place we'll 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've 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 anticipate Microsoft will unveil at the least one next-generation Xbox console at E3 2019 – and we will't wait.
It's probably we'll hear extra about Microsoft's Project xCloud streaming service. Venture xCloud was introduced by Microsoft at E3 2018 however we haven't heard a lot concerning the streaming service since.
What we do know is that Undertaking xCloud guarantees to allow you to play big-name video games on no matter system you need, everytime you need.
Challenge xCloud will leverage Microsoft’s present knowledge facilities throughout the globe, actually loading up servers with the element elements of a number of Xbox One consoles, and utilizing these to run the video games streamed on to your cellular gadget of selection.
The top end result will probably be that players will have the ability to play the likes of Halo, Forza and different basic console and PC massive hitters on their telephones or tablets.
You’ll have the ability to use an Xbox controller hooked as much as your cellular by way of Bluetooth, or if you wish to dispense with that, Microsoft is promising contact controls that may work simply fantastic instead.
E3 2019 can be a good time for Microsoft to disclose extra particulars on Undertaking xCloud, together with once we can anticipate 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
In response to a report by Gematsu, FromSoftware is engaged on a brand new undertaking in collaboration with George R.R. Martin – the writer behind the fantasy ebook collection A Music of Ice and Hearth, which was the idea of the hugely-popular Recreation of Thrones TV collection.
Gematsu's supply claims the open-world title (recognized internally as “GR”) has been in improvement for the previous three years and can be revealed by Bandai Namco. However when will this new title formally be revealed? Based on Gematsu's supply, the sport will probably be formally introduced at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press convention.
In line with an investigative report from Spawn Wave and Liam Robertson (by way of 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 blog post that he has "consulted on a videogame out of Japan".
Whereas we don't anticipate the title to be a Microsoft unique (until it's 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.
Microsoft lastly introduced the the subsequent entry within the Grasp Chief saga finally yr's E3. Whereas we didn't get any strong particulars about Halo Infinite (aside from the teaser trailer) it seems prefer it'll be the sixth most important entry within the Halo collection. Properly, we're hoping that's the case...
We're additionally hoping that Microsoft will give us all of the juicy particulars at E3 2019 - perhaps alongside the subsequent era Xbox announcement? Halo Infinite appears more likely to be a launch title for the subsequent Xbox, so we aren't anticipating a launch till, no less than subsequent yr.
We waited with bated breath throughout Microsoft's E3 2018 Xbox convention for the announcement of Gears of Struggle 5 - and Microsoft didn't disappoint. The corporate revealed that Gears 5 is within the works and even dropped an attractive announcement trailer.
Gears 5 sees the collection having its first feminine protagonist, Kait. Marcus Phoenix will nonetheless seem, however Kait will take the starring position as she takes her group on a private mission which can proceed on from the emotional ending of Gears of Warfare four.
Whereas we garnered fairly a couple of particulars concerning the recreation's story, we didn't get a lot in the best way of strong particulars about once we can anticipate to get our palms on Gears 5, what gameplay will appear to be or what new options we will anticipate.
These are all particulars we're hoping Microsoft will reveal throughout its E3 2019 keynote, together with whether or not we'll see Gears 5 as a launch title on the subsequent Xbox.
That is primarily optimistic considering on our half, however Microsoft appears to actually be dragging its ft in terms of VR, as an alternative placing numerous effort into the HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset.
The PlayStation VR continues to develop in power, so we anticipate Microsoft might be far more lively about creating 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 partaking," Ybarra advised TechRadar, on the time. "Our MR units work with Steam video games now – I really 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 may be speaking with to deliver VR to its consoles, Ybarra stated that he couldn’t touch upon that right now 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, perhaps to coincide with the announcement of the subsequent Xbox?
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 probably, notably as a result of the corporate has been buying studios left, proper and middle, together with Ninja Concept, Obsidian Leisure, Playground Video games and Compulsion Video games (to call just some).
We're hoping this can end in some killer Xbox exclusives, particularly as the gathering on the Xbox One has been fairly sparse. Whether or not these titles will probably be current-generation, next-generation or cross-generation will probably be tailor-made by whether or not or not we see the subsequent Xbox.
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