June 10, 2019
Microsoft jumpstarted the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 in Los Angeles with the June 9 announcement of 60 new video games, an upgraded Elite 2 game controller and further mention of the pending Project Scarlett console, which claims to support 8K resolution, framerates up to 120fps and is slated to launch in 2020.
This October Microsoft will preview an Xbox One software upgrade enabling users (including Xbox One S) to stream their games onto portable devices, including a smartphone and tablet.
“It turns your Xbox One into your own personal and free xCloud server,” Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, told E3 attendees. “Whether you’re using a console in our data center or your console at home, this October, you’ll be able to use our hybrid gaming cloud to play your games wherever you go.”
The briefing also marked a new milestone for Project xCloud, with E3 attendees being among the first to play Xbox One games Halo 5: Guardians and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice streaming on smartphones and tablets.
Project xCloud is Microsoft’s answer to Google Stadia – a cloud-base gaming platform that promises to offer users access to third-party games, including Microsoft.
“With Project xCloud, Xbox is investing to ensure players have the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the friends they want, how and where they want,” Spencer said.
The briefing also disclosed more than 30 PC games, including Microsoft Flight Simulator and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, premiering with Xbox Game Pass for PC users.
New Xbox One and Windows 10 games unveiled June 9 are available here.