Later today the E3 coverage, livestreams, and conferences will kick-off over in Los Angeles. With Microsoft’s latest console struggling to the compete with the Playstation 4, Xbox One will need to come out with some big announcements in order to make it a must-have for gamers. We’ll take a look at a few things Microsoft are bringing to the table, and what else we think may pop up.
So, in the weeks running up to E3 we’ve seen Xbox updates, Games with Gold announcements for Xbox One, support for the Xbox One controller on PC, price cuts and the removal of Kinect in the console box for Xbox One – so, with all that out of the way we’re expecting it to be all about the games at E3 this week – well, at least that’s what we’re hoping for, and think Xbox needs. Have a look at some of the things we’re expecting to see below:
With the lack of Kinect-focussed games for the Xbox One, and with such a big emphasis on the console peripheral last year, Microsoft need games to convince people of it’s validity. Could a new Dance Central game be announced at E3 this year, perhaps? It would certainly make the Kinect more relevant.
Xbox One exclusives
If there’s any time for big exclusive game announcements, it’s this week at E3. What could they announce; a new addition to an old franchise? A brand new IP? Gamespot have reported that a ‘reliable source has confirmed’ Microsoft will have one big third-party exclusive at least. One timed-exclusive we’d love to see would be Fallout 4; we can but dream, eh?
Halo 5: Guardians
Since the announcement of a new Halo game at E3 last year, fans have been eagerly awaiting further details. It’s set to coincide with a Halo TV series that’s being produced by legend Steven Spielberg in 2015 too. Could we be seeing gameplay footage? Or perhaps an announcement of a multiplayer beta?
GTA V for current-gen consoles
PC gamers have been waiting for some official announcement to the release of GTA V, but with that nowhere to be seen, could Rockstar be working on a version for Xbox One? We hope so!
Gears of War for Xbox One
Since Microsoft acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, Blacktusk Studios have been working on a new addition to the GoW universe. We think that an update on the progress of the game, hopefully with some footage, would be just what Xbox need to cement their status as a player in this current generation of consoles.
There have been rumours floating around the murky world of the internet about Halo and Call of Duty collections; with the CoD image posted on Reddit, and Engadget reporting on the Halo collection. These HD remastered collections of the earlier games in the series, if true, would make sense to come to Xbox One. Especially for Halo 5, as this isn’t due out until late next year, so Microsoft need something to satisfy fans of the series until then. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is due out in November 2014, so this makes less sense – but I wouldn’t say no to a CoD 4 remaster.
Apps and other services
If there are any further announcements surrounding apps and other services through Xbox, we hope they only briefly touch on those, as the Xbox One definitely needs games, and soon.
And there you have it, just a few things we’re expecting at E3 from Microsoft this year. If you have any predictions or hopes for this year’s event, please let us know in the comments below. You can also watch the Microsfot coverage on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Windows Phone. Twitch.tv also has a full broadcast schedule you can check out over here. There will no doubt be a tidal wave of announcements and content revealed over the next few days, and if you don’t have the time to watch all the briefings, don’t worry, HITC are here to bring you all the top news coming out of E3 this week.