E3 2019 has ended and there are a few things that grabbed our attention. But we shall cover all the aspects so you don’t have to sit through the 1.5-hour briefing and find everything you need to know right here. With over 60 games in the lineup, a new controller, Xbox Pass for PC, among others, it was pretty exciting, to say the least.
The event started off with the world premiere trailer of “Bleeding Edge”. The third person action combat from Ninja Theory can be experienced both from an Xbox one and Windows 10 PC. It will be available through the Xbox Play Anywhere. Then came Ori and the Will of the Wisps followed by Minecraft Dungeons. What’s even more exciting is the later will be available on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation. OK, maybe I am overhyping it a little, but it’s easy to get lost into all this. So, let’s take a breather and get through this one by one.
Xbox Game Pass for PC
The Xbox Game pass for PC beta can be downloaded through the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC. You will need an applicable device linked to your Microsoft account, but that’s about it. From over ‘100 high-quality PC games’ that includes titles like the Metro Exodus, Gears 5, alongside 30 others. Xbox also launched the new Xbox Game pass Ultimate which combines the curated game library for both the console and PC with Xbox Live Gold. Further information to follow soon.
Project Scarlett is all set to create a new bar for gaming. With more power, speed, & performance based on the new Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture and a promise to deliver 4 times the power of your average Xbox One X. Microsoft will be launching two new Xbox consoles in 2020, and this was the first detail we got on this next-gen hardware.
Microsoft will be employing the faster GDDR6 RAM, which they claim will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before”. Codenamed the Project Scarlett, the new console will support 8K gaming, up to 120fps, and raytracing. They will also use SSDs now, and that will deliver a proper 40x improvement over the current generation.
While Sony is also coming up with its own PS5 with similar features, it will be exciting as to what both manufacturers offer as the end result.
Xbox to the cloud
Starting October, players will be able to stream games from your Xbox one console right to your mobile devices. The E3 attendees were also among the first to play Xbox One titles like the Halo 5 and Hellblade tight from their tablets and smartphones through Project xCloud. This shall ensure players a choice fo freedom to play any game anywhere, however, they want.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2
Inspired by fan feedback, the Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is, as Microsoft claims, “the world’s most advanced controller”. The controller will be available starting November this year and will bring in over 30 new features. A few of the feature includes adjustable tension thumbstick, USB-C, and Bluetooth for even easier PC, Tablet or smartphone support among others.
The built-in battery will last up to 40 hours and be easily recharged through an integrated charging dock. With over three custom profiles for optimized gameplay across multiple devices and game genres. There is just so much going for it right now, which includes durability. The Elite Series 2 is already up for pre-orders starting $180 and will be available in over 24 markets starting November 4.
29 new titles
The event actually included over 25 new titles, which included games for Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and a few others. I will just list out the new games in alphabetical order, take a look. It includes titles like CyberPunk 2077 with Keanu Reeves himself, Bleeding Edge, Age of Empire: Definitive Edition, Halo Infinite, and the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
- Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Windows 10 PC)
- Battletoads (Xbox One)
- Blair Witch (Bloober Team, Xbox Game Pass)
- Bleeding Edge (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC)
- Borderlands 3 (2K)
- CrossfireX (First to Console on Xbox One; Xbox Game Pass)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.)
- Dying Light 2 (TechLand)
- Elden Ring (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.)
- Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Expansion (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC)
- Gears 5 (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Steam)
- Gears POP! (iOS, Android)
- Halo Infinite (Project Scarlett, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PP)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
- Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox One And Windows 10 PC)
- Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4)
- Ori and the Will of The Wisps (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Steam)
- Phantasy Star Online 2 (Sega)
- RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (Deskworks)
- Sea of Thieves (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC)
- Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus, Xbox Game Pass)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Electronic Arts)
- State of Decay 2: Heartland (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC)
- Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.)
- The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division, Xbox Game Pass)
- Twelve Minutes (Annapurna Interactive)
- Wasteland 3 (Deep Silver, Xbox Game Pass)
- Way to the Woods (One Pixel Dog)