Bethesda and Nintendo kicked things off on E3 day zero last night and today the party continues. Microsoft takes the stage early in the day, just after noon (ET), and will need to drop some big news to make sure that its conference isn’t overshadowed by Ubisoft, EA, and Sony later in the day.
Microsoft’s press conference is sure to be full of both Windows 10 and Xbox One news. Fans who have been following the pre-show buzz know that Halo 5: Guardians and a new Gears of War game will likely be two of the big highlights, but hopefully Microsoft still has a few surprises up its sleeve, as well.
Despite a rough launch, consumers are finally starting to connect with the Xbox One thanks to aggressive price cuts over the last six months. Late 2015 and early 2016 will be a testing ground to see if Microsoft can deliver the kinds of first-party exclusives and entertainment features that will give shoppers a reason to make the Xbox One their console of choice. E3 is the perfect opportunity to showcase how Microsoft plans to achieve those goals.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer assures fans that 2015 will be an exceptional year for Xbox gamers. Considering the lack of AAA holiday releases from the competition so far, Spencer may be right. If Sony doesn’t reveal a jaw-dropping 2015 exclusive during its own conference, Halo 5 is poised to steal the holiday season.
“This has been a great year for gaming at Microsoft, and it’s only going to get better in the coming weeks and months. With the greatest games lineup in Xbox history coming to Xbox One this year, and Windows 10 being the best operating system for gaming we’ve ever released, this is going to be an exceptional year for gamers. No matter where or how you play, I truly believe 2015 will be our biggest year yet.”
In addition to Halo, we expect to see a showcase of Windows 10 features that are designed with the gamer in mind. After the recent announcement that Microsoft and Oculus Rift would play well together, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some VR on stage during the Microsoft presentation, as well.
We’ll be covering the press conference as news breaks, so check our E3 live coverage frequently to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Halo 5, Gears of War, and Windows 10 all seem like safe bets for the Microsoft presentation, but there are sure to be other surprises. What else are you hoping to see Microsoft bring on stage? Let us know in the comments.