Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference will be taking place on Tuesday June 14th at 2:30am. We’ve rounded up all of the Press Conference in Australian local time as well as where you can watch HERE. Press Start will be in attendance at E3 this year, bringing you all of the coverage live from LA.

NEW-CONSOLEIt looks like E3 2016 will be the year of console upgrades, for better or worse, with a PS4.5 almost a lock at this point. Of course Microsoft will respond in force with a subsequent upgrade to their own hardware, despite the existence of the Xbox One Elite which at this point has become already irrelevant.

With leaks reporting out of China of a new Xbox One (Xbox One Two anyone?) and a new report from a Microsoft insider, it looks like the Xbox One Two, for lack of a better name, will take front and centre for Microsoft’s E3 presentation.

Don’t expect this new console to do anything revolutionary. We can expect a slimlined version of the One with the power brick built inside+a possible new controller with an in-built microphone. With the original Xbox One already lagging behind in terms of raw power (with resolutions consistently behind the PS4) and the supposed rumour that the PS4.5 will be outputting 4K video for non-game content only, it seems possible the GPU will get a boost in the rumoured Xbox upgrade. Obviously you need to factor in the point that Microsoft don’t want to split their userbase further by making the new Xbox powerful enough to make the original One completely obsolete, but it’s a tricky situation that Microsoft are stuck in, as they will obviously need to keep up in the race to push the higher resolutions and better performance.

It’s imperative for Microsoft to maintain and create franchises to really sell their Xbox brand, as there isn’t much outside of Halo or Forza that may appeal to interested gamers. E3 will be the perfect platform to push not only big franchise movers like Gears of War 4 and Crackdown 3, but smaller indie brands through the Xbox ID program.

Gears-4

This seems like a no brainer. After a lackluster E3 2015 premiere that was literally too dark to see, Microsoft need to swing out of the gates with a healthy dose of Gears, the franchise that took so many players to the Xbox 360 and beyond. Despite franchise runners Epic Games stepping back after a very well received trilogy, Microsoft are insistent on carrying the flame through Coalition Games (formerly Black Tusk Studios). Gears of War being the money maker it is, it’s no surprise that MS want to keep the momentum going, and hopefully a successful fourth entry is enough to make the franchise relevant again.

Crackdown-3

After a severely lackluster sequel, original Crackdown creator David Jones has taken the lead directing job once again, which should be enough to excite any fan of the originals fantastic open world superhero game. Boasting a so-called cloud based real time destruction system which will provide 20x the computing power that the original Xbox One can handle, it’s hard to see what this cloud based software is capable of, and how smoothly it will work on internet connections that aren’t as stellar (aka everyone in Australia). Regardless, a new Crackdown is something many fans of the original are dying for, so expect Microsoft to showcase some more Crackdown.

SCALEBOUND

Platinum Games’ latest seems like a surefire win, especially considering that this is the team behind the original Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Vanquish and Metal Gear Rising. Unfortunately it’s been delayed until 2017, but it seems almost guaranteed we will see more at this year’s E3, to keep the hype flowing. Nevertheless, it’ll be a long and painful wait for what will hopefully be another Platinum hit. The coolest thing about Scalebond is the fact that you’ll be accompanied by a dragon, who breathes out fire and assists you throughout the game. You’re able to give him commands which are integral to your success.

RECOREReCore was first revealed at last years E3. We don’t know a whole lot about the game but the reveal trailer was one of the standouts of last years show. The trailer showed a young woman being shown in a vast desert, being accompanied by a robotic dog. We know that the game is being developed by Comcept which was started by Keiji Inafune, in collaboration with Armature who were founded by designers that worked on Metroid Prime 3. It’s unclear whether the game will be released in 2016 but it’s guaranteed that we’ll see gameplay from the title. 

SEA-OF-THIEVES

After the pirate craze of Assassin’s Creed IV, players are no doubt chomping for another pirate themed game to sink their time in, and Sea of Thieves looks like a game ripe with potential. There is very little information to go on, but apparently the game will feature ship battles, first person exploration and combat mechanics. It’ll also have a huge emphasis on user-generated content. I’m excited to see more of what Rare have in-store for this and how it will tie into the overall gameplay. Look to E3 for more information on Rare’s latest.

HALO-WARS-2The original Halo Wars released 7 years ago to quite positive reviews. Many critics said that it had a short campaign. Fast forward, and the second game in the series has been announced to be released in 2016 for both Xbox One and PC. I expect there to be quite a few advancements on the original game now that technology has advanced quite significantly. We now know the gameplay will be revealed, and with it more than likely to be the only Halo presence at their conference, i’m expecting a big showing.  

THE-INSIDES

While they may be smaller in scale and budget, the huge varying degree of indie games that Microsoft have to show is possibly more exciting than any of the AAA hits. From the makers of Limbo comes Inside, another haunting and dreary platformer, which could be just as good as the wonderful 2010 hit.

Capybara’s Below looks like one of the most unique games for 2016, implementing unique visuals and a top down perspective with one unique twist: death is permanent. Expect a Binding of Isaac-roguelike playstyle in Below, which will hopefully be shown and released around E3 2016.

Aiming to emulate the style of 1930’s cartoons, Cuphead is a very cool run and gun side scroller that emulates the art and animations of the older Disney cartoons from over 80 years ago, the only key difference is running at 60fps instead of the traditional 24fps.

Of course with the ID@Xbox program, also expect to see games like Hyper Light Drifter, Goat Simulator, ARK and Plague Inc to see imminent release, not to mention dropped at E3.

  • no VR mentions?

  • Samuel Herrera

    In other words, Microsoft will show games releasing within 6 months while Sony will be showing CGI trailers of games releasing in late 2017 and beyond.

    • JoinTheRest

      pretty much, microsoft will have the better games, sony will show some remakes, their retarded fans will go crazy and claim they won lmao

      • The_Shepard

        MS having the better games is your opinion however Sony will more than likely show more than remakes. In fact I can’t recall an E3 where Sony showed nothing but remakes.

        Then again I don’t expect much from you after that clearly fanboyish comment.

        • JoinTheRest

          last e3. timed remake and kickstarter were the biggest announcements for them

          • The_Shepard

            Sony showed more than remakes last E3. Final Fantasy VII got all the attention because it’s widely considered one of the greatest games of all time. I don’t get it, are people supposed to not be happy?

          • JoinTheRest

            it is not one of the greatest games of all time its just another final fantasy lol

          • The_Shepard

            “it is not one of the greatest games of all time”

            Dear Lord, how old are you fanboy?

    • The_Shepard

      Lulz you realize that the games listed above were all announced last year? Meaning they didn’t release soon after they were announced.

      All three console manufactures show off new games that won’t release for a while. That is the whole purpose of E3.

      • JoinTheRest

        but you realise, forza 6, tomb raider, rare replay were all released that year right? 3 games. 1 more then whats playable after three years on ps4

        • The_Shepard

          Ummm no. Tomb Raider was announced E3 2014 and came out a year later.

        • extermin8or2

          Fairly sure uncharted wqs at last years Sony conference and released they also featured briefly some.third party games all of which have released. Ratchet and clank was also present and that released to loads of critical acclaim. You say Microsoft will show better games however looking at metacritic (the best marker we have for comparison) and um…. Well ps4 exclusives on average seem to.be doing well. Horizon zero dawn will be there again and out by end of year as will the last guardian. I expect sucker punch to be there and their game will be out by next E3. gran turismo recently had its own event but will be mentioned. Sony santimonica will probably show of GoW. That already has them on similar footing to Microsoft and I’m sure there’s plenty I won’t have thought of.

          • Samuel Herrera

            Uncharted 4 was announced in 2013. Took 3 years to release.

          • extermin8or2

            Yes but it was at last year’s E3…..

  • LONGSHOT28GAMING

    Isn’t this everything they showed last year?