Top takeaways from the Xbox Briefing at E3 2019

Xbox had a ton of announcements at their E3 2019 Briefing. A total of 60 games were highlighted, the next-gen console was given a launch date, and a new game featured Keanu Reeves — who also made an appearance.

Where to begin?

Project Scarlett

The new console, dubbed Project Scarlett, was announced and will be launching during the 2020 holiday season. It will be outfitted with a solid state drive along with a custom Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU. What does this mean for gamers? 8K video, up to 120 FPS, raytracing, variable refresh rate, and no load time.

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, also talked about the console’s launch 18 years ago with the game that put it on the map. It was a fitting transition into the announcement of Halo Infinite, launching with the next console. There’s been speculation that Infinite will also be the official name of Project Scarlett (as One X replaced Project Scorpio in 2017.) But who really knows — their naming conventions tend to be all over the place. See: Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox 1, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, etc.

xCloud and Console streaming

They also announced Project xCloud, with two ways users can access their games on-the-go. The first is by renting server space from Microsoft via one of their consoles and the second is by using your own console as a server. Both will give users the ability to play their Xbox One library games and Game Pass titles on a mobile device. All Xbox developers were connected to it a few months ago. The official preview will be available in October, while E3 attendees will get a first look today.

They’re also testing wireless controllers with the ability to work with mobile devices and PCs. Speaking of controllers…

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Microsoft is dubbing it the “world’s most advanced controller.” It will have 30 new or improved features, including adjustable tension thumbsticks, a wraparound rubberized grip, three custom profiles, Bluetooth connectivity, an internal chargeable battery with dock and up to 40 hours of battery life. MSRP is $179.99. It will launch on November 4th and is available for preorder now.

Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass for PC

Two new iterations of Game Pass are available today. Game Pass for PC (Beta) offers all of the same benefits as Game Pass for Console at $9.99 per month. On top of that, Game Pass Ultimate combines Game Pass, Game Pass for PC, and Gold benefits for just $14.99 per month.

Joining today gets you 1 month of Ultimate for $1. But for existing users, upgrading will convert your remaining time (Gold + Game Pass) plus one month to Ultimate for only a $1. So if you have 6 months left on Gold and 3 months left on Game Pass, upgrading to Game Pass Ultimate will equal 10 months of Ultimate for $1.

If you want to extend Ultimate long term, do so before upgrading to Ultimate. You just need a combined 36 months between Gold and Game Pass, so pick which combination works best for you — for reference, Gold is typically cheaper. That way, when you convert to Ultimate, you get 3 years of Ultimate for the price of 3 years of Gold or Game Pass + $1.

You cannot add Gold afterward to extend Ultimate, you have to do it beforehand. If you do it afterward, you only get 1 month of Ultimate for 3 months of Gold.

New games

Some quick stats:

  • 60 games were highlighted in the briefing
  • 30 premiered on the stream, 11 of which were world premieres
  • 14 were from Xbox Game Studios
  • 25 from the ID@Xbox program
  • 30 games within Game Pass for PC
  • And now there are 15 total development studios under Xbox Game Studios with Xbox’s intent to acquire Double Fine Productions.

Here’s a list of the 30 games announced, and we’ll feature the game trailers below it. And if you were wondering about the Keanu Reeves feature, check out the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer.

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Fall 2019)
  • Battletoads
  • Blair Witch (August 30, 2019)
  • Bleeding Edge (Technical Alpha begins June 27, 2019)
  • Borderlands 3 (September 13, 2019, preorder now)
  • CrossfireX (2020)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (April 16, 2020, preorder now)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (2020)
  • Dying Light 2
  • Elden Ring (A collaboration with Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin)
  • Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions Expansion (June 13, 2019)
  • Gears of War 5: Bound by Blood (September 10, 2019, Note: it will be available in early access for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Plan members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners on September 6, 2019. You can pre-order or play with Xbox Game Pass by September 16, 2019 to get The Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack.)
  • Gears POP! for iOS and Android (Late Summer 2019)
  • Halo Infinite (Holiday 2020)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020)
  • Ori and the Will of The Wisps (February 11, 2020)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (Spring 2020)
  • Psychonauts 2
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Spiritfarer
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (November 15, 2019, preorder now)
  • State of Decay 2: Heartland (Available now)
  • Tales of Arise (2020)
  • The Outer Worlds (October 25, 2019, preorder now)
  • Twelve Minutes (Coming soon)
  • Wasteland 3
  • Way to the Woods

Trailers

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Battletoads

Blair Witch

Bleeding Edge

Borderlands 3 (preorder now – trailer from April 3rd)

CrossfireX

Cyberpunk 2077 (Preorder now)

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Dying Light 2

Elden Ring

Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions Expansion

Gears of War 5: Bound by Blood

Gears POP! for iOS and Android

Halo Infinite

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Minecraft Dungeons

Ori and the Will of The Wisps

Phantasy Star Online 2

Psychonauts 2

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright

Sea of Thieves

Spiritfarer

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (preorder now)

State of Decay 2: Heartland (Available now)

Tales of Arise

The Outer Worlds

Twelve Minutes

Wasteland 3

Way to the Woods

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