Microsoft’s E3 2018 showcase may break from the typical formula

microsoft e3 2018 changes 2016 xbox project scorpio
We’re in the right calendar year so it’s not too early to talk about E3 2018, right? Head of Xbox Phil Spencer did just that when he teased a possible change of form for Microsoft’s annual E3 press conference on Major Nelson‘s podcast (via GameSpot)

“I don’t think we’ve talked about [it] yet, but I think will be some positive changes at E3. Could be fun for us; it’ll be a nice change,” Spencer said.

What exactly could those changes be? It’s hard to say. Microsoft and other major publishers/developers have followed a rather predictable method for running conferences in recent years. Typically, pressers of late contain cinematic trailer after cinematic trailer, with gameplay sessions spliced in throughout, amounting to a compilation of prepared videos, but little actual on-stage discussion.

While the format for Microsoft’s press conferences hasn’t been a noticeable issue, it’s interesting to hear that the studio has plans to switch it up in some way this year.

Since E3 happens to be the most noteworthy gaming convention each year, it’s not surprising that some discussions have already taken place within Microsoft about the video game giant’s presence at the show nearly five months before the event kicks off. E3 2018 will take place in Los Angeles June 12-14.

Regardless of the “positive changes” at E3, the fact remains that Microsoft’s E3 showing will be graded on the showcased games. And in 2018, with the PS4 maintaining its steady dominance and the Nintendo Switch surging, the stakes for Microsoft’s E3 showing may never be higher.

Microsoft could make a big splash by revealing the next entry in its flagship Halo franchise, believed to be titled Halo 6. The last entry in the iconic first-person shooter series, Halo 5, launched in 2015.

Gears of War may be another franchise to look out for at E3 2018. Gears of War 4, the latest entry in the third-person cover shooter, arrived in 2016.

It’s also possible that Microsoft could officially reveal the next entry in the Fable series at E3. Yes, that Fable series. Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon 3, has revived the epic RPG franchise and is said to be working on a full budget title, possibly Fable 4.

Basically, any changes made to Microsoft’s E3 press conference will likely be received well if the Xbox One exclusive game lineup on display delivers. It’s pretty simple.

Gaming

Has it really been 17 years? The past, present, and future of the Xbox

From DirectX Box to 720, it's been a long, strange trip for Microsoft's Xbox gaming console. Here is what happened, from its odd beginnings to the rumored Scarlett console with streaming.
Gaming

Halo: Reach beta might be delayed, PC version needs more work

Halo: Reach is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection this year for both PC and Xbox One players. Invites were expected to go out toward the end of the month, but 343 Industries now says they may be delayed.
Gaming

Forza Street is the newly adopted name of free-to-play racer Miami Street

Microsoft Studios launched Miami Street in 2018 and the game is being rebranded as an official member of the Forza racing family. Street is free to play and joins Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon as Microsoft-exclusive racing games.
Computing

AMD may launch its next-gen Navi graphics cards at E3 in June

AMD may be set to introduce its next-generation graphics cards as soon as June. Originally slated for a summer release, the new cards are now set for a big reveal a the E3 gaming show.
Gaming

Fortnite’s adorable pets are no longer hands-off, thanks to latest update

The latest update for Fortnite rights a heinous wrong. Pets were introduced in Season 6, but players were unable to pet them. Update v8.40 fixes that so players can now pet whatever adopted creature other players have on their back.
Gaming

These Xbox One games will let you use your trusty mouse and keyboard

A select number of Xbox One games support mouse and keyboard control schemes, and more are being added in future updates. Here are all the Xbox One games that support mouse and keyboard.
Gaming

Cuphead is like a Saturday morning cartoon I never want to end

Revisiting Cuphead on Nintendo Switch is just as memorable as it was on Xbox One nearly two years ago. Cuphead's aesthetic has a magical quality that transports you back to the childhood joy of discovery.
Gaming

From the games to the hardware, here's what we know about the Sega Genesis Mini

The Sega Genesis Mini console was just announced, and it's set to release later this year. Here is everything we know about the console, including its hardware, as well as a list of included games.
Gaming

How to get into the Halo: Reach beta on Xbox One and PC

Halo: Reach is coming to The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One and the recently announced PC port. Ahead of its unknown launch date, Microsoft and 343 Industries will host a Halo: Reach beta for both Xbox One and PC users.
Gaming

How to sync and troubleshoot your PS4's DualShock 4 controllers

Sony's Bluetooth-enabled DualShock 4 controllers for PlayStation 4 are some of the best on the market, but connection issues aren't unheard of. Here's how to sync them to your console.
Gaming

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.
Gaming

Kick off your streaming career with our complete guide to Twitch broadcasting

Streaming games on Twitch for the first time can be daunting to say the least, but with a few simple steps, it's remarkably easy to do. Here's how to do so using a PC, Mac, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 console.
Gaming

How to share your best gaming moments on the Xbox One and its app

The current generation of consoles makes it easier than ever to share your gaming highlights with the world. Here's a quick guide on how you can record a gameplay video on Xbox One.
Gaming

Make some room in your backlog. Here are all the games to look out for in 2019

2019 is already a huge year for video games, with a large number of series getting new installments, including some that have been dormant for years. Brand new franchises are also being created.