The first details on a powerful new Xbox console, release dates for anticipated games like Cyberpunk 2077, and another developer acquired by Xbox Game Studios led Microsoft’s packed slate of announcements for its E3 briefing on Sunday.
Project Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox console, will be released for the 2020 holiday season. Halo Infinite will launch alongside it.
The pitch sounds a lot like what Sony was talking about with PlayStation 5. The emphasis is on “reducing load times.” There will be a solid-state hard drive which can be used as “virtual RAM” to cut down on loading times. The AMD processor will be “four times more powerful than Xbox One X,” it will use “high-bandwidth GDDR6” RAM, and will be able to do 8 K resolution and 120 FPS.
“How’s it going? Hello, Los Angeles! E3! All right. Good to see you. All right. I gotta talk to you about something. CD Projekt Red. Cyberpunk 2077. All right.”—Keanu Reeves, appearing on stage to rapturous applause.
“It’s nothing short of breathtaking.”—Reeves.
“You’re breathtaking.”—Audience member.
Microsoft continues its string of big developer acquisitions by buying the creator of Psychonauts. A new trailer for Psychonauts 2 followed.
You’ll be able to stream your games off of your home Xbox One, to “anywhere,” starting in October.
It’s not called Gears of War 5, but that’s what it is. You’ll be able to play it four days early by buying the special edition or having Game Pass Ultimate. A multiplayer tech test, with a new game type called “arcade,” will hit in July. The new horde mode will be shown at Gamescom in August. There will also be a Terminator: Dark Fate crossover character pack.
It’s got an internal battery this time, that will give you up to 40 hours of gameplay on a single charge. It’s got a charging dock. It’s got Bluetooth. It’s probably pretty expensive.
It’s free to play. Spring 2020.
The latest from Bandai Namco’s Tales RPG series. Coming to PC as well as Xbox. (And, you know, probably other platforms, but Microsoft isn’t gonna mention those.)
This is the collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls) and George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones).
It’s a 2-D, 3-player, couch co-op sidescrolling brawler with Saturday morning cartoon animation. No release date details.
For Xbox One and PC. I guess this makes sense if Microsoft is making video games again.
It’s an action RPG. I don’t know what was happening in the trailer but they were all screaming each other’s names.
The latest RPG from Obsidian, which is now part of Xbox Game Studios, kicked off the show.
It’s a first-person action combat multiplayer game from the maker of Hellblade, which is also now a part of Xbox Game Studios.
The sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest is almost here. Well, actually I guess February is kinda far away. Depends on how you think about it.
It’s a third-person, top-down, cooperative multiplayer Minecraft action game spinoff. Billed as being “from the creators of Minecraft,” which is probably true in a loose sort of way.
If you didn’t get enough of it during EA Play, Microsoft had a bit more for you. It’s still releasing on November 15 and did not get delayed in the last 24 hours.
A horror game where you and a dog named Bullet creep around a forest with a flashlight and get the bejeezus scared out of you. Remember when people thought that movie was real? Maybe this game is real.
Coming this fall to PC.
Yep, it’s Lego in Forza. Launching this week.
More games. So many more games.
Spiritfarer (ThunderLotus). The Legend of Wright, an RPG that looks like a kid is drawing it on notebook paper and cardboard (coming 2020). A new Wasteland 3 trailer. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (“all nine films, all-new game”), coming 2020. 12 Minutes is an “interactive thriller about a man in a time loop,” coming soon. Way to the Woods (2020). Dying Light 2 (Spring 2020). The mobile Gears Pop! game that crosses Funko Pops with Gears of War (“pre-order soon”).
And there’s State of Decay 2: Heartland (available now). Crossfire X, a new game based on the popular online shooter from Smilegate (“first to console on Xbox One in 2020"). A new trailer for Borderlands 3 (September 13).
Microsoft showed a sizzle reel of indie games, then said that all of them will be on Xbox Game Pass on day one: Dead Static Drive, Pathologic 2, Star Renegades, The Good Life, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, Creature in the Well, Killer Queen Black, Riverbond, Unto the End, Blazing Chrome, Felix the Reaper, Undermine, Supermarket Shriek, Secret Neighbor, Ikenfell, Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Totem Teller, Cross Code, and, folks, probably at least a couple buried in there that I missed.
Batman Arkham Knight, Metro: Exodus, Hollow Knight, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection have all hit Xbox Game Pass today. So will Commander Lilith and the Fight For Sanctuary, a new piece of content for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection that will lead into 3.
Xbox Game Pass for PC is also launching in open beta today for $10 per month, with over 100 games including Imperator: Rome and Football Manager 2019. The Master Chief Collection is also coming to PC, “starting with Halo: Reach.” There’s also a membership called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, where you get access to both console and PC Game Pass services, plus Xbox Live Gold, all together.