Updated 01:58pm ET: Project Scorpio is coming Holiday 2016. 4K game support. VR support. Games and accessories will work on the new hardware and old hardware.
Updated 01:33pm ET: Dead Rising 4 confirmed for Holiday 2016.
Updated 12:50pm ET: Forza Horion 3 is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Updated 12:35pm ET: Xbox One S confirmed.
Updated 12:30pm ET: Here we go! The event has begun.
E3 2016 is here, and Microsoft is starting Monday off with a massive press event. It seems inevitable that we’ll see at least one new piece of hardware today, but it’s safe to assume that the majority of this event will be spent discussing the software lineup for 2016 and 2017. Check back here at 12:30pm ET (9:30am PT), watch the live stream, and follow along with our live blog.
02:01pm Strong finish. Excited to see what the Scorpio can do. That’s a wrap, folks.
01:58pm Project Scorpio launching in 2017. Games work on Xbone and Scorpio – same with accessories. VR coming to Scorpio.
01:55pm New hardware announcement?
01:51pm They’re starting a week-long Halo Wars 2 beta today.
01:50pm Halo Wars 2 time.
01:48pm State of Decay 2 coming in 2017.
01:44pm Sea of Thieves gameplay demo… super YouTubey. I guess I’m not the audience for this game. Looks like they’re going for a younger – streaming freiendly – demo.
01:40pm A few very prominent women on stage today, but presenters are still overwhelmingly male.
01:37pm Scalebound is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so it’s coming to Windows 10 too.
01:35pm Kamiya is on stage to demo Scalebound. Still coming next year, it seems.
01:33pm Dead Rising 4 confirmed. Holiday 2016.
01:32pm Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is BC on Xbox One. Free for Gold members!
01:30pm Tekken 7 coming to Xbox One in 2017.
01:25pm I’m sure this will make them a bunch of money, but I was hoping this might be a crazy Cyberpunk 2077 demo. Oh well.
01:24pm CD Projekt RED rep on stage to talk about Gwent.
01:22pm We Happy Few looks very odd. Coming to Xbox One Game Preview July 26th.
01:17pm Ark is “Xbox Play Anywhere” capable.
01:16pm Showcasing a bunch of new indie games.
01:16pm Limbo is free to Xbone users.
01:15pm New game from the dev of Limbo. “Inside.”
01:12pm New custom color combos for the Xbox One controllers.
01:11pm Texture packs and add-ons coming to Pocket/Console versions.
01:10pm John Carmack demoing Minecraft in Oculus VR.
01:09pm Minecraft Realms and the “friendly update” allow for people to play on the different versions of Minecraft together – even on dedicated servers.
01:07pm Minecraft update.
01:05pm Clubs, Looking for Group, and Area features improve community access on Xbox Live. Makes it easy to find like-minded people, and compete against them.
01:02pm EA Access members get early access to Battlefield 1 on Xbox One.
01:01pm New Division DLC is being released first on Xbox One.
12:55pm Final Fantasy XV being demoed.
12:53pm Looking at ReCore now. Coming September 13.
12:52pm September 27 release for Horizon 3!
12:50pm Four-player campaign co-op for Horizon 3. Set in Australia.
12:49pm Demoing Forza Horizon 3 on being played on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.
12:48pm Forza Horizon 3 confirmed.
12:46pm General Raam is coming to Killer Instinct.
12:44pm New GoW4 Xbox One Elite controller.
12:42pm No commentary. Juuuust footage.
12:40pm Still looking at GoW4. Laura Bailey, voice actress, is on stage.
12:36pm Talking about Gears of War 4. Introducing the “Play Anywhere” program that makes it clear when games are Xbox One and Windows 10 compatible.
12:33pm Right off the bat, we get a look at the new Xbox One SKU. $ 299!
What to expect from Microsoft
Yesterday, a few pictures of a so-called “Xbox One S” were leaked on NeoGAF. This slimmed-down version of the Xbox One supposedly features UHD video support, HDR support, a 2TB hard drive, a vertical stand, a revised controller, a 40% reduction in the overall size, and an internal power supply instead of a giant power brick. Considering just how massive the original Xbox One was, this is definitely a big step forward design-wise. This leak more or less lines up with what we heard about a two-model release plan, but we won’t know for sure if these leaks are completely accurate until official word comes from MS one way or the other.
Like we mentioned before, there’s a possibility that we’ll see the Xbox 1.5 or a VR/AR announcement on stage today. But considering that PlayStation brass has already confirmed that the PS4K won’t make an appearance at Sony’s event, it would make sense for Microsoft to downplay the future hardware for now in hopes of selling more standard Xbox Ones and the new slim design this holiday season.
On the software side, expect to see Gears of War 4, a new Forza game, ReCore, Scalebound, Halo Wars 2, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and Dead Rising 4 highlighted at today’s event. EA and Bethesda have partnered with Microsoft in recent years, so despite the fact that both of those publishers already held events yesterday, they might show up again to announce some sort of timed exclusivity deal on upcoming titles.
Even though we’ve already seen a number of leaks, let’s hold out hope that Microsoft has kept a surprise or two under its hat. After all, Redmond’s showing last year was top-notch, so I’m willing to give the Xbox team the benefit of the doubt.[Image credit: ekim at NeoGAF]