In L.A. Xbox has showcased a blockbuster lineup of 60 games for both console and PC in its Xbox E3 Briefing and shared a glimpse of the future with Project Scarlett, which launches alongside “Halo Infinite” in 2020. Headlined by the biggest game of 2019, “Gears 5,” along with 34 games premiering in Xbox Game Pass, the Xbox E3 Briefing delivered 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.”

Xbox @ E3 2019

PC gamers around the world can now join the Xbox Game Pass for PC beta through the new Xbox app, which is available today on Windows 10.

Xbox Game Pass for PC is designed specifically for PC gamers with a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games from over 75 developers and publishers including fan-favorite PC titles like “Football Manager 2019,” “Imperator: Rome” and “Metro Exodus.”

Xbox also announced the launch of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a new plan combining the curated games library for console and PC with Xbox Live Gold.

In addition, Xbox announced a variety of new blockbuster games that are available with Xbox Game Pass for Console starting today, including “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.

Gears 5

Gears 5

Xbox also revealed the intent to acquire legendary game 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 addition of this boundlessly creative studio will reinforce the Xbox team’s commitment to developing original content with memorable characters and unexpected stories. Double Fine showcased the long-awaited “Psychonauts 2” today on the Xbox E3 stage.

Psychonauts 2 sees Razputin Aquato, a trained acrobat and powerful young psychic, has realized his lifelong dream of joining the international psychic espionage organization known as the Psychonauts! But these psychic super spies are in trouble. Their leader hasn’t been the same since he was kidnapped, and what’s worse, there’s a mole hiding in their headquarters. Raz must use his powers to stop the mole before they execute their secret plan—to bring the murderous psychic villain, Maligula, back from the dead! “Psychonauts 2” launches worldwide in 2020.

Xbox @ E3 2019

During its rockstar concert-like briefing, Xbox demonstrated its commitment to console gaming as a critical choice for players who want a device designed, built and optimized for gaming.

Project Scarlett will set a new bar for console power, speed, and performance, arriving Holiday 2020 alongside “Halo Infinite.” With a custom-designed AMD processor, high bandwidth GDDR6 memory, and a next-generation solid state drive (SSD), Project Scarlett will give developers the power they need to bring their creative visions to life. Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett.

In addition to delivering players the games they want, with the people they want, across console and PC, Xbox is also empowering people to play wherever they want by bringing Xbox to the cloud.

First, Xbox announced the ability to stream games from your Xbox One console, starting in preview October 2019. 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 us here at STG and all other 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. With Project xCloud, Xbox is investing to ensure players have the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the friends they want, how and where they want.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

In addition, Xbox unveiled the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Inspired by fan feedback, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the world’s most advanced controller, designed with the most passionate gamers in mind.

The Elite Series 2 is the second iteration of the fan-favorite Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and is re-engineered for ultimate 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 Elite Series 2 will launch in 24 markets on November 4th, 2019 and is available for preorder now.

Xbox includes every player in its vision for gaming, which starts with unmissable content made for players wherever they are. With thousands of Xbox games in development, Xbox offered glimpses at 60 different games from all over the globe and mostly from third party developers, including blockbusters like “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” and “Elden Ring.” Xbox fans were also invited to venture into the action-fueled world of “CrossfireX,” coming first to console on Xbox One in 2020 with special content for Xbox Game Pass members, and into the blocky depths of “Minecraft Dungeons,” coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.

The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a celebration of 37 PC games, including “Microsoft Flight Simulator” is making a comeback 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.

All forthcoming titles from Xbox Game Studios will premiere in Xbox Game Pass.

 

Full List of the Xbox E3 Briefing Games:

  • “AGE OF EMPIRES: DEFINITIVE EDITION” (WINDOWS 10 PC)
  • “BATTLETOADS” (XBOX ONE)
  • “BLAIR WITCH” (BLOOBER TEAM, XBOX GAME PASS)
  • “BLEEDING EDGE” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)
  • “BORDERLANDS 2: COMMANDER LILITH & THE FIGHT FOR SANCTUARY” (2K)
  • “BORDERLANDS 3” (2K)
  • “CROSSFIREX” (FIRST TO CONSOLE ON XBOX ONE, XBOX GAME PASS)
  • “CYBERPUNK 2077” (CD PROJEKT RED)
  • “DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT” (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)
  • “DYING LIGHT 2” (TECHLAND)
  • “ELDEN RING” (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC.)
  • “FORZA HORIZON 4″ LEGO SPEED CHAMPIONS EXPANSION (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)”GEARS 5” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC, STEAM)
  • “GEARS POP!” (iOS, ANDROID)
  • “HALO INFINITE” (PROJECT SCARLETT, XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)
  • “LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA” (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT)
  • “MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)
  • “MINECRAFT DUNGEONS” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC, NINTENDO SWITCH, PLAYSTATION 4)
  • “ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC, STEAM)
  • “PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2” (SEGA)
  • “RPG TIME: THE LEGEND OF WRIGHT” (DESKWORKS)
  • “SEA OF THIEVES” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)
  • “SPIRITFARER” (THUNDER LOTUS, XBOX GAME PASS)
  • STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER” (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
  • “STATE OF DECAY 2: HEARTLAND” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 PC)
  • “TALES OF ARISE” (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC.)
  • “THE OUTER WORLDS” (OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT AND PRIVATE DIVISION, XBOX GAME PASS)
  • “TWELVE MINUTES” (ANNAPURNA INTERACTIVE)
  • “WASTELAND 3” (DEEP SILVER, XBOX GAME PASS)
  • “WAY TO THE WOODS” (ONE PIXEL DOG)

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