E3 2016 was a big event for Microsoft this year, with the company announcing a new Xbox One S console, new games, developments on its new 4K-centric console, Project Scorpio and even Xbox Play Anywhere allowing gamers to buy a game on Xbox One and play it on a Windows 10 PC and vice-versa.
In this article we summarise Microsoft's announcements at E3 2016.
At a glance:
- Xbox One Slim
- 4K-centric console: Project Scorpio
- New Gear of War 4, Forza Horizon 4, Halo Wars 2, Scalebound, ReCore, Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves
- Gwent, Witcher 3's card game to get a standalone release on consoles and PC
- Minecraft Realms is cross-platform
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How to re-watch the Microsoft E3 2016 live stream
When is the Microsoft E3 2016 press conference? How do I re-watch Microsoft at E3 2016? Two questions which you might be asking yourself.
Do not fear we've got you covered: The press conference took place on Monday 13 June. If you weren't at E3 or simply missed the press conference, you can re-watch it on IGN's YouTube channel or see Microsoft's highlights at the top of this article.
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What was announced at the Microsoft press conference at E3 2016
Did you expect a new console, games, Windows 10 integration and even a virtual reality update? Well you're in luck; Microsoft announced a lot of things at its press conference this year. Here's a summary:
A big focus at this year's Microsoft E3 press conference was the Xbox and Windows 10 integration. The two platforms can be finally used to play each other's games. During the event Forza Horizon 3 was showcased, with two PC gamers, one using the new Xbox One S controller, the other a steering wheel, whilst the third was playing on an Xbox One S console.
This showcased PC and Xbox gamers getting together and finally being able to play together. Of course, this will depend on game developers integrating the cross-platform abilities. Microsoft will call its new program, Xbox Play Anywhere and will use Xbox Live to integrate gamers from both platforms to play together.
Speaking of which, Minecraft which has one of the biggest gaming communities in the world will now have its Realms work on Xbox One, Windows 10, Android, iOS and Gear VR through its Xbox Live integration - this will allow all types of gamers to play together on new dedicated servers across the world.
Hardware releases and updates:
The Microsoft Xbox One Slim is now official. It's 40% slimmer than the original Xbox One and supports High Dynamic Range (HDR). The new console also supports 4K video output and has a set of new controllers that have Bluetooth integration so that they can work on Windows PCs and have textured grip. The console will be available on 31 August, for more information see our dedicated article: Microsoft Xbox One S release date, price and specs rumours.
This wasn't the only console Microsoft announced at E3 2016, with a new 4k-centric console named Project Scorpio. The new console packs eight cores, six teraflops of GPU power and will be available in 2017. This console is aimed at those wanting to game in 4K and want to use their console to really enjoy the most out of their VR headsets.
There were no updates on HoloLens, where we await further updates on the VR headset.
Software and games:
Exclusive games are becoming increasingly rare, with gamers wanting to play on different platforms and be given the choice of console, PC or mobile. Microsoft is trying to address this by opening up its Xbox One games to the Windows 10 platform. However, there are still exclusive games Xbox One gamers can look forward to, the list includes: Gear of War 4, Forza Horizon 4, Halo Wars 2, Scalebound, ReCore, Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves.
There is even a new standalone game called 'Gwent' that originates from Witcher 3's card game. The game will be coming out on both console and PC.
The list above doesn't include non-exclusive games, such as Limbo, The Division and Tekken 7 among other games which will also be coming out on Xbox One.
Microsoft E3 2016 videos
Xbox One S
Xbox Play Anywhere
Gears of War 4
Forza Horizon 3
Final Fantasy XV
ReCore E3 2016 gameplay
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Sea of Thieves
Halo Wars 2
State of Decay 2
Re-live Microsoft's E3 2015 announcements - IGN's video below: