The Xbox E3 2019 showcase has finished, and it’s left us with many exciting reveals including details on the next-gen console, new games and a release date for the likes of Cyberpunk.
We’ve included all the major announcements right here, so you don’t have to go prowling through the web.
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Xbox E3 2019 console – Xbox Project Scarlett next-gen console confirmed
We all knew it was coming, but Xbox finally confirmed its next-gen console, slapping on a Project Scarlett code name for good measure. While we didn’t actually get to have a look at the design of the console, we were treated to a number of specs and buzzwords to get our tongues wagging.
The Xbox Project Scarlett will supposedly be 4x more powerful than the Xbox One X and will boast 8K capabilities. This is all thanks to the AMD Navi GPU and AMD Zen 2 CPU under the hood, which will be custom-build variants of the components AMD recently showcased. This hardware will also allow for an accelerated real-time ray tracing performance, which will see in-game lighting effects and reflections look significantly more authentic and immersive. Currently, only the Nvidia RTX graphics cards are capable of such a feat.
The E3 presentation also made a bid deal of the next-gen SSDs, which will have a 40x performance boost compared to the current generation of consoles. This improved SSD performance should slash down loading times and allow developers to add in more assets and create more complex worlds without resulting in frustratingly long loading screens.
The Xbox Project Scarlett next-gen console won’t be arriving in stores until late 2020, while there were no details on price. We did, however, get confirmation that Halo Infinite will be a launch title.
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Xbox E3 2019 Games – All the confirmed Xbox games
Xbox wasn’t kidding around when it said it would be showing off a LOT of games during its E3 presentation. Fortunately for you, we’ve included every major reveal here, so you can stay updated without watching the entirety of the conference.
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Master Chief was again the toast of E3 as he showed up in yet another spectacular trailer, as he woke up from a deep sleep to find out that a lot of havoc has been wrecked across the universe in his absence.
Microsoft execs also confirmed that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the next-gen Xbox console and will release towards the tail end of 2020. Does that mean it won’t be released on Xbox One? We’re not totally sure to be honest, but either way, we can’t wait to jump into the boots of the Spartan for another alien-slaughtering romp.
Leaks may have spoiled the surprise, but Elden Ring was finally officially revealed, which is a new From Software action game which has had the help of Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin to create its story world.
The trailer hints a Viking setting, but not much else can be gleamed from the cinematic. Imagine it to have the brutal difficulty of the likes of Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro. There’s no word on a release date, but it almost certainly won’t arrive this year. Expect it to launch 2020 or beyond.
The Outer Worlds
Xbox kicked off it E3 presentation with a new trailer for The Outer Worlds, an upcoming game by Obsidian that looks to have the sci-fi goofiness of the likes of Borderlands, while having the politics and corruption of something like Dishonered. We were shown all the wacky guns on show, from anti-gravity guns to shrink rays.
The trailer also confirmed that The Outer Worlds will release worldwide on 25 October 2019.
Bleeding Edge is a new 4v4 online multiplayer game that swaps guns for up-close frantic melee combat. With seemingly dozens of characters on show, all with various different abilities, this very much looks like a more gritty version of Overwatch. Players will be able to jump into the Alpha tests as soon as 27 June 2019.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Xbox showed off another trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, showcasing a terrifying giant spider chase the hero through a maze of interweaving tunnels.
The trailer confirmed the game will be released on 22 February 2020, with the game available through the Xbox Game Pass from launch.
Looks like Minecraft isn’t all about building, as Minecraft Dungeons sees you undertake an adventure through the blocky world. This looks to be a top-down action RPG adventure, as you can loot gear, weapons and items while take down classic villains such as zombies, Creepers and the like. It will also have online multiplayer, with up to 4 players capable of working together.
Minecraft Dungeons will launch next year, with a Spring launch window touted.
We got another juicy look at CD Projekt Red’s sci-fi epic Cyperpunk 2077 during the E3 showcase. While all the sci-fi gameplay tropes were very exciting, the biggest news was arguably that John Wick’s Keanu Reeves will star.
We also finally got a release date for Cyberpunk 2077, with the trailer confirming we can start playing it on 16 April 2020.
Age of Empires II Definitive Edition
A new trailer gave us another look at the 4K remaster of one of the most beloved strategy games ever created: Age of Empires II. Not only are we getting a resolution bump, but there will also be an entirely new single player campaign to play through, while remastered audio will give every siege even more tension.
The trailer revealed an Autumn release window, but there’s no specific date just yet.
We finally got a release date for Gears 5, with the popular gritty Xbox shooter hitting stores on 10 September 2019. Xbox also confirmed there will be the chance to play Horde Mode in a beta test on 10 September 2019, so fans can sink their teeth into the multiplayer a whole month early.
We also got to see a trailer of the new Escape mode which is three-player co-op experience, where the Gears troopers were in some nightmarish fleshy alien world where they fought against a swarm of locust enemies. The trailer also showed glimpses of weapons, including an electrified knife, which will hopefully be usable in the final game.
Star Wars Lego: The Skywalker Saga
Everyone played the Star Wars Lego series right? Well now you’ll be able to play through it all again, with this Skywalker Saga edition that bundles in all 9 Star Wars entries in Lego form. That’s right, it even includes upcoming film, The Rise of Skywalker.
The trailer confirmed that Star Wars Lego: The Skywalker Saga is coming 2020, although no specific date has been confirmed just yet.
In one of the biggest shocks of E3 so far, Xbox announced that it has acquired Psychonauts developer Double Fine Productions. If that wasn’t enough, Xbox then immediately announced a new sequel for the nostalgia-inducing third-person adventure game.
Unfortunately, a release date wasn’t announced the upcoming sequel so we’re going to have to wait a bit longer for that. Don’t expect it to arrive in 2019.
Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions expansion
Looks like nothing is safe from being turned to Lego, as Xbox confirmed a new DLC pack for Forza Horizon 4 where all the sports cars brickified. The most exciting part? You’ll only have to wait a couple of days to hop in these speedy Lego cars, with the release date set for 13 June 2019.
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