Microsoft changes its E3 2018 venue, promises larger presence

microsoft e3 2018 changes 2016 xbox project scorpio

While announcing its E3 2018 press conference date and change of venue, Microsoft has promised that the company’s E3 presence will be greater than ever before.

The Xbox E3 briefing will air June 10 at 1 p.m. PT. This year the show will be held in the Microsoft Theater, a separate venue located across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition to the press conference, Xbox FanFest events, hands-on demonstrations, and playable demos will take place in the Microsoft Theater throughout E3.

The announcement comes a month after the head of Xbox Phil Spencer teased changes to Microsoft’s showing on Major Nelson’s podcast. “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 at the time. The relocation to the Microsoft Theater is almost undoubtedly the big change Spencer alluded to.

Typically, most of the E3 action has been found in the Los Angeles Convention Center, the official home of E3. In recent years, though, publishers and developers have become more individualized. Electronic Arts debuted EA Play in 2016, a fan-centric event that will enter its third year at the Hollywood Palladium this year. And Nintendo has ditched the traditional press conference altogether, choosing to stream its announcements as basically a beefy Nintendo Direct.

As Microsoft becomes the latest major player to ditch the E3 mold, it will be interesting to see if other studios follow suit in the years to come. Microsoft will still be present at the convention center with a Mixer booth that will hold play and streaming sessions throughout E3.

E3 2018 officially runs from June 12 to 14 (publisher press briefings occur before the official start date). For the second year in a row, the annual gaming expo will be open to the public. Tickets went on sale in February. Although early bird ticket specials are no longer available, you can still get a three-day pass for $250.

If you’re as eager for E3 as we are, check out our running list of every game we know, expect, and hope to see at this year’s show.

Gaming

E3 2019: Microsoft’s hasty, brave Project xCloud demo can’t handle the pressure

Microsoft brought Project xCloud, its cloud gaming service, to E3 2019. I played Halo 5 and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrafice on a smartphone powered by an xCloud server hundreds of miles away. It worked, but it wasn't magic.
Gaming

Keanu in Cyberpunk 2077 and the other big surprises from E3 2019

E3 2019 had several of its biggest game announcements leak ahead of time, but that didn't stop the event from still having plenty of surprises for fans. These are the biggest shockers of E3 2019.
Gaming

Halo Infinite and Project Scarlett dominate the Xbox E3 2019 conference

Microsoft held its annual E3 press conference on June 9. The Xbox E3 2019 press conference featured more news on Project Scarlett and Project xCloud, as well as plenty of game announcements.
Gaming

E3 2019: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass PC go live ahead of Xbox briefing

Microsoft has launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass PC ahead of its E3 2019. Both were announced earlier this year, but only now are available for gamers to join. And both are only a buck for the first month.
Product Review

Cyberpunk 2077 looks like an astonishing evolution for action RPGs

Cyberpunk 2077's hour long E3 2019 gameplay presentation dazzled us. From its staggeringly varied approach to combat to a dizzying degree of customization, Cyberpunk 2077 looks like it could set a new bar for open world RPGs.
Gaming

Borderlands 3 feels like more of the same, but that’s a good thing

Our Borderlands 3 preview takes a look at new weapons and mechanics that help make it a new but familiar experience. It's your standard Borderlands fare and ultimately more of the same, and that isn't exactly a bad thing.
Gaming

The Genesis Mini will make you wonder how Sega lost the console wars

Sega may have lost the console wars to Nintendo, but it has stepped up its game in the new, retro console wars. The Sega Genesis Mini boasts an impressive lineup of games and has authentic, charming hardware design.
Deals

Need a smartphone? The Razer Phone 2 gets a huge $300 price cut

Mobile gaming has grown seen incredible growth in recent years. The best gaming smartphones tend to be expensive, though, but the beefy Razer Phone 2 is on sale right now for a huge discount on Amazon that can save you hundreds.
Deals

Walmart drops a big $200 price cut on the Dell XPS 8930 PC

If you're looking for an affordable gaming PC, you'll want to check out this Dell XPS 8930 Gaming Desktop Computer (8th Gen), which is $200 off from Walmart. Normally $1,400, a cool 14% discount brings the price down to $1,200.
Gaming

From Nintendo to Capcom, here are the best booths we saw at E3 2019

Every year, publishers and developers gather in Los Angeles to show off their games at E3. Booths are a major part of the excitement and this year didn't let us down. From Nintendo to Capcom, here are the best booths of E3 2019.
Gaming

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is endearing and wonderfully weird

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is as magically weird as I remembered. The super cute art style fits Koholint Island so well, and Nintendo improved multiple, critical mechanics.
Computing

Don’t call it retro. Atari’s VCS is a modern console for PC gamers

You might think the Atari VCS is another retro console like the Nintendo SNES Classic or Sega Genesis Mini. You'd be wrong. Atari's VCS is actually a modern console that runs PC hardware. Yes, it can play Atari games, but it does much more.
Gaming

Call of Duty: Mobile is the best shooter I’ve played on a smartphone

Call of Duty: Mobile attempts to put the franchise's tight gameplay in the palm of your hand. It's largely successful, thanks to precise controls and attractive graphics. The game arrives on iOS and Android later this year.
Gaming

The PlayStation Network is back up. Here’s the latest on the PSN outage

Sony's PlayStation Network is back online after going down for several hours on Thursday afternoon, annoying legions of gamers right in the middle of E3. Here's the latest on the outage