For Microsoft, this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is all about the games. With no new consoles to debut, the maker of the Xbox One is expected to show off a number of titles in its growing library, including “Halo 5,” slated for release this fall.
Microsoft will live stream its Xbox E3 briefing from the Galen Center in Los Angeles starting promptly at 9:30 a.m. PDT/12:30 EDT. The stream will be available through the Xbox, Spike TV and Xbox.com. Alternatively you can also watch the livestream below:
A number of new games are anticipated for Xbox One, such as “Halo 5,” "Forza Motorsport 6” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider” -- a timed exclusive. Microsoft is also expected to announce a special deal for its Xbox Live Gold subscribers, according to Xbox owners posting on the NeoGAF forums. As for what exactly that entails, that has yet to be seen.
Though Microsoft isn’t expected to debut any new consoles, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any new hardware to show off whatsoever. In May, it introduced a redesigned Xbox One controller that sports a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, eliminating the need to purchase a separate $25 adapter.
The same controller has also found its way into the consumer version of Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset, which will be able to stream Xbox One games starting in 2016. Microsoft fans can also expect the company to demo its HoloLens holographic VR goggles during the show. And with Windows 10 gaining support for Xbox Live, streaming Xbox One games and other features, Xbox fans can expect to see it during the E3 briefing as well.
Nearly two years after the Xbox One’s rough launch, Microsoft has found its footing by shifting the console away from its “entertainment center” image. And instead it has focused the Xbox One on the thing most players tend to purchase a console for -- the games.
Slashing the prices of its consoles has also helped Microsoft gain some traction. Most recently, it unveiled an updated Xbox One that comes with 1TB of storage for $399 and permanently cut the 500GB model price to $349. But to hit those prices, neither models come with the Kinect motion sensor that came standard with the Xbox One when it first debuted.