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Masiv / May 15, 2019

It seems bizarre when you think about it, but Microsoft will be the only first-party publisher hosting a traditional press conference at E3 2019. Sony has backed out of the show completely, and Nintendo will once again be presenting a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct show to reveal its latest games. This means, however, that Microsoft has the chance to establish itself as the big player at E3 2019, and you will not want to miss the show. Here’s how to watch the Xbox E3 briefing, and what to expect in terms of both games and hardware announcements.

How to Watch
Microsoft will hold its Xbox E3 Briefing on Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. This is later than the company’s shows have often been in the past, but with the impending launch of Project xCloud and new systems on the horizon, you can expect a lengthy presentation.

The press conference will be available on several different platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook. Alternatively, you can also watch the press conference on Microsoft’s live streaming platform Mixer.

What to Expect
Microsoft has several announced games in the works for Xbox One and PC, along with potentially whatever comes next. We expect to see the majority of those games at E3 2019. We could also get more news on hardware, such as the new Xbox One S All-Digital console, and more Project xCloud news.

One of the biggest upcoming games for Xbox One is Gears 5, which was given the spotlight at last year’s event with a look at the story from Kait’s perspective. With the game reportedly releasing on September 10, we expect there to be plenty of gameplay shown during the presentation. This will likely include multiplayer, which is still a relative unknown, as well as more information on the interpersonal drama shown thus far.

343 Industries has already confirmed that the upcoming game Halo Infinite will appear during the Xbox E3 press conference, but it remains to be seen how much of the game will actually be ready for primetime. Last year’s reveal was primarily designed to show off the new Slipspace Engine powering the shooter, and it gave us a look at Master Chief’s armor as it appears with the game’s updated visual style.

Just like the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, Microsoft publishes a new Forza game every single year. Last year saw the release of Forza Horizon 4, which means it’s almost certainly going to be Forza Motorsport 8 releasing this year. These announcements are typically made during the Xbox E3 press conferences accompanied by whatever car is on the cover this year, and with an increased focus on Xbox One X compatibility and 4K resolution, expect it to be one of the prettiest games of the show.

Microsoft is planning to hold public trials for its Project xCloud game-streaming service later this year, and the company has already shown a game running on its servers. During E3 2019, expect more features for Project xCloud to be announced as Microsoft attempts to differentiate it from Google Stadia.

More than two years ago, Playground Games opened a second studio, separate from the Forza Horizon team, to work on an unannounced project. The company was acquired by Microsoft before E3 2018, and as work continues on that project, rumors have swirled that it could be a new entry in the Fable series. This has not been confirmed by Microsoft or Playground Games, but given the time spent since the second studio opened, it seems likely that it will be revealed this June.
Masiv / Nov 29, 2018

We now know what one of the more than 10 game announcements coming at The Game Awards next week will be. Show organizer Geoff Keighley revealed today that Fallout: New Vegas 2 was among other games that Eternity developer Obsidian will reveal during the awards show.

As announced previously, the title will be published by Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive's new indie publishing company Private Division. Microsoft recently acquired Obsidian, but the developer's new game will still be published by Private Division. It remains to be seen how Microsoft may be involved.

The Obsidian website now features a pop-up that displays a number of interesting teasers. According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, the new game is being worked on by two Fallout 1's designers, Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky.

Nothing else is known about Obsidian's new RPG, but Keighley confirmed on Twitter that it is not a mobile game. Additionally, Obsidian already confirmed the game won't have any microtransactions.

The Game Awards 2018 takes place on Thursday, December 6 at 8:30PM EST. Airing live from Los Angeles, the 5th annual show celebrates the best video games and esports of the year, and world premieres the most anticipated games of the future. One of the other reveals could be Alien: Blackout for console and PC, but that's all we know so far.

The Game Awards aren’t available on television, but you can stream them from a variety of different services across multiple devices. Last year’s show was streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Live, Steam, and Mixer, as well as directly through Xbox One and PlayStation.
Masiv / Nov 12, 2018

Many of us have been screwing around in the beta for several days now, but it's time to finally dive into West Virginia with both feet. Bethesda's ambitious, Fallout 76 launches on Wednesday, marking arguably the most interesting AAA release of the fall season. It's a Fallout game, make no mistake about that. It's just a very strange Fallout game, one that both fits the mold of previous titles and totally turns the idea on its head. First things first, however: this is an online game, and so we're not playing until servers go live and the developer lets us loose into the world.

Bethesda is doing a traditional rolling launch for Fallout 76, and so the game will be launching at 12:00 a.m. local time on launch day, November 14. So it's pretty straightforward to figure out when you can play. If it's November 14, hop on in.

Or hop on in after you've downloaded the day one patch, more accurately. This game comes with a massive 53 GB day one patch, which is actually larger than the initial install of 45 GB. We assume that is related both to the general necessities of working on a game up to release date as well as development work that Bethesda has done in the wake of several betas that have no doubt given the team a thousand new bugs to patch.

I have to admit, I'm excited about this one. Bethesda is known for building out rich, complex worlds teeming with in-game politics, NPCs and extensive quest writing. The idea here is similar, but the developer wants players to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to actually pushing the game world forward: there are no NPCs in Fallout 76, and so the game is meant to be a blank canvas with which players can get as weird as they want.

And yet, for all of that, I truly enjoyed my time with the beta, and plan on playing a ton after it comes out. One of my favorite parts of Fallout 4 was just wandering and collect stuff and build my settlement, oh, and killing things that wanted to kill me, and that's basically the whole point of this game. So let's see how it goes.

Future Updates REVEALED + Launch Times ANNOUNCED!! (NEW Vaults, Respecing, and More!)
Masiv / Jul 23, 2018

One of the most surprising moments of E3 2018 was when Phil Spencer mentioned that the next-generation of Xbox consoles were already in development and codenamed Scarlet. No further details were shared beyond that, but a new report may give fans a better idea of what to expect from Scarlet and the future of Xbox.

Thurrott reports that Microsoft plans on launching two distinct versions of the next-generation Xbox. One version will be a traditional home console that will play games locally, but the other will be a cloud-based streaming box that has been referred to as Scarlet Cloud. The cloud-based Xbox console will be made to stream games from Microsoft’s upcoming game streaming service, and will reduce latency by running games both locally and through the cloud.

Whether players choose to purchase the traditional version of Scarlet or Scarlet Cloud shouldn’t make a difference in terms of what content they can access. Both Scarlet and Scarlet Cloud (and apparently other devices as well, such as PCs) will have access to Microsoft’s game streaming service, which will presumably be an evolution of the Xbox Game Pass that currently requires players to download each title individually.

In its report, Thurrott also reiterated that Microsoft is looking to release the next-generation Xbox consoles in 2020. Since Microsoft has already started teasing the next-generation of Xbox hardware, 2020 does seem like a reasonable release year. Depending on when in 2020 Microsoft plans on launching the Scarlet family of consoles, we may even get some concrete details at E3 2019 next summer.
Masiv / Jun 06, 2018

E3 2018 will take place from June 12-14, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2018 expo will mark the 21st time E3 was held in the Los Angeles area.

The biggest stage in gaming for reveals and news drops formally kicks off at the Los Angeles Convention Center on the 12th. But really, the show informally kicks off a few days earlier, on Saturday, when the annual gauntlet of press conferences begins.

The actual E3 event starts on Tuesday shortly after Nintendo's stream ends. But if you're not going to be hanging at the Los Angeles Convention Center next week, the press conferences will be your best bet for getting up-to-the-minute E3 news as it unfolds.

Here is the E3 2018 press conference schedule
  • EA – June 9 at 11am PT/ 7pm BST
  • Microsoft – June 10 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST
  • Bethesda – June 10 at 6.30 pm PT/ 2.30 am BST
  • Square Enix – June 11 at 10am PT/ 6pm BST
  • Ubisoft – June 11 at 1pm PT/ 9pm BST
  • Sony – June 11 at 6pm PT/ 2am BST
  • Nintendo – June 12 at 9am PT/ 5pm BST

See our Events Calendar for more info and links to watch the conferences.
Masiv / Feb 19, 2018

While the Xbox One does not have an official, Microsoft-approved plan for support of keyboard and mouse controls (at least not yet), there are ways to do it. One way is through the use of adapters. Microsoft is apparently aware of this, but the company is not taking action in the case of multiplayer shooters--where keyboard and mouse players would theoretically have an advantage.

The reason? According to Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra, Microsoft could block keyboard and mouse setups on console, but won't do it because the company wants to give developers the freedom to operate their games as they see fit. Not only that, but a keyboard and mouse setup can be a helpful solution for players with accessibility considerations.

For a long time now, Microsoft has said it is considering bringing an official keyboard and mouse solution to the Xbox One. In September last year, Ybarra said keyboard and mouse support is "definitely coming" to Xbox One, but he didn't say when or in what form. Ybarra said Microsoft understands the concerns people have about keyboard and mouse users having the upper hand against people using a controller.

"We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice," Ybarra said at the time. "A lot of people tweet me and say, 'You can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Windows platform and the Xbox platform."

Ybarra said one solution is that developers can create systems in their games that allow players to decide if they want to play against people using controllers or a keyboard and mouse setup. In fact, Microsoft's Gears of War 4 supports cross-play between Xbox One and PC, and the company already tested the waters with controller versus keyboard and mouse setup. Xbox One players can choose whether or not they want to play with PC users.

Would you like to see official keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!
Masiv / Oct 28, 2017
As promised, Xbox One backwards compatibility with original Xbox games will arrive this year. But the feature is coming much sooner than we expected, as the first games arrived Tuesday, Oct. 24.

A total of 13 games will be supported initially on Xbox One. Microsoft shared a list of these games on the Xbox Wire, and in addition to the two we'd repeatedly heard about -- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Fuzion Frenzy -- we'll also be able to play Ninja Gaiden Black, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Black.

Here's the full list:
BloodRayne 2
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Dead to Rights
Fuzion Frenzy
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
The King of Fighters Neowave
Ninja Gaiden Black
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Red Faction II
Sid Meier's Pirates
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The video below showcases what Knights of the Old Republic looks like running on an original Xbox versus an Xbox One S. While you're unlikely to mistake it for a newly released game, it does look noticeably better, with sharper textures and less aliasing.

Xbox games will not be added to the backwards-compatibility list on the same sort of timetable as Xbox 360 games. Following this initial set of 13, the next "batch" of game will arrive sometime in spring 2018. 
Falconer / Sep 28, 2017
The all-new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive. Coming Spring 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.

This will be a prequel about Dutch's Van der Linde Gang from the first Redemption game. This means we will get to see John Marston when he was younger and more rogue.

According to the updated website "Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience." LINK

Hunting, Horse breaking, and train robbing are activities featured.