While recent E3s have been quite big for Microsoft with the presence of the relatively new gaming console, the Xbox One, 2015 is looking to be even bigger due to the cross-device operating system, Windows 10 launching on PC in July and Xbox One and Windows Phone sometime before the end of the year.
Windows 10 will see the integration of Microsoft’s gaming platforms in a way the company’s never done before and as a result, Microsoft will be featuring PC gaming and integration in addition to the Xbox One in what has traditionally been a video game console presentation.
Microsoft’s main E3 presentation will run for 90 minutes starting at 12:30pm EDT / 9:30am PDT or 7:30pm BST on June 15 (or 2:30am AEST on June 16) and can be watched live from anywhere in the world via the Xbox One, Xbox.com, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone. The full presentation will also air live on Spike TV’s Xbox: Game On in the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to the main presentation, Microsoft will also be producing a special one hour show for each day of E3 called, Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 which will be hosted by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb and Graeme Boyd. A post on the official Xbox Wire blog promises that each episode will reveal “exclusive announcements” though most of the really big reveals are expected to happen during the main 90 minute presentation.
Viewers can also expect to see new game trailers, demos and interviews with staff from 343 Industries (Halo 5: Guardians), Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport 6), Crystal Dynamics (Rise of the Tomb Raider) and others that will be announced as we get closer to June 15. An exclusive clip of the fifth Terminator film, Terminator: Genisys has also been confirmed to premiere during a Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 episode.
Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 will be co-hosted by numerous industry and press members with Blair Herter, Tiffany Smith, iJustine, Andy "Bravo" Dudynsky, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, and Smosh Games’ David “Lasercorn” Moss, Joshua “The Jovenshire” Ovenshire and Amra “Flitz” Ricketts all being confirmed to appear. The show will air on June 15 through 17 at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT (or June 16 through 18 at 12am BST and 6am AEST) and will be streamed live on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles as well as Xbox.com.
Those watching on consoles are encouraged to download the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app) on Xbox One or the XLE app on Xbox 360 for viewing both the main Microsoft E3 presentation and Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3. Unspecified “interactive experiences” are promised for those watching on Xbox One and all media will be available in video on demand format on the console apps and eventually on the Xbox YouTube channel some time afterwards.
Microsoft will also have a presence on the PC Gaming Show which they’ll be co-sponsoring. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer and several other staff will be on hand to show off examples of Windows 10 gaming on PC which could mean either native PC gaming or Windows 10’s ability to stream console games directly from the Xbox One. The PC Gaming Show can be viewed live on their official website and Twitch channel on June 16 from 8-11pm EDT / 5-8pm PDT / (or on June 17 at 1-4am BST / 10am-1pm AEST).
Windows 10 is expected to have a strong presence at E3 this year but the Xbox is still expected to dominate most of the presentations. A large number of Xbox 360 and Xbox One games are already confirmed to be involved in some way or other and Phil Spencer has promised at least one new Xbox One exclusive IP will be announced in his recent tweets.
Some of the most anticipated Xbox One games 100% confirmed for this year’s E3 in either a Microsoft presentation or separate developer conference are; Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Batman: Arkham Knight, Battleborn, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Destiny, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, The Division, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition, Doom, Fable Legends, Fallout 4, Forza 6, Gears of War, Guitar Hero Live, Halo 5: Guardians, LEGO Dimensions, Mad Max, Magic Duels: Origins, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rock Band 4, Star Wars Battlefront and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
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