Inside Xbox was streamed earlier today and included a number of special guest including Phil Spencer, plus we showed off a couple more world premiers and discussed many of the titles featured in the Xbox At E3 briefing. You can watch the VOD of either show below as well as a recap of the stories posted on Xbox Wire and videos posted on Xbox YouTube channel + new releases and pre-orders for titles announced during E3.

The big E3 sale is going on now with discounts on hundreds of games, accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Live Gold subscriptions, plus $50 off of ANY Xbox One. Read about the sale and see a list of discounted titles here – The Biggest Xbox Sale Of The Year Drops For E3 Week, Including $50 Off Xbox One X And Much More.

Xbox At E3 – Xbox Wire Articles posted on 11 June:

E3 2018: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Lara Croft in the Stunning Shadow of the Tomb Raider

E3 2018: Bethesda Showcase Recap

E3 2018: Getting Our Hands Warm, Cold, and Dirty with the Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Demo

E3 2018: All of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing Videos

E3 2018: Xbox Adaptive Controller Now Available for Pre-Order, Arriving September

E3 2018: Battlefield V War Stories: Experience the Untold Accounts of World War II

Xbox At E3 – Videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel on 10 June:

New Pre-Orders and Releases from E3:

Tomorrow is the first official day of E3, but most of our news and headlines were already featured in the briefing and on Inside Xbox, so this will be the last recap for E3 2018. Be sure to check out Xbox Wire for all the latest news and headlines.

Today was the Xbox At E3 briefing where we showcased a record 52 games on stage including 18 console launch exclusives and 15 world premieres. You can find a recap of the stories posted on Xbox Wire and videos posted on Xbox YouTube channel below + new releases and pre-orders for titles announced during E3.

Tomorrow we’ll be hosting another episode of Inside Xbox. Watch the teaser trailer here.

The big E3 sale is going on now with discounts on hundreds of games, accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Live Gold subscriptions, plus $50 off of ANY Xbox One. Read about the sale and see a list of discounted titles here – The Biggest Xbox Sale Of The Year Drops For E3 Week, Including $50 Off Xbox One X And Much More.

Xbox At E3 – Xbox Wire Articles posted on 10 June:

E3 2018: Everything We Announced at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing

E3 2018: Announcing Devil May Cry 5 for Xbox One, an Insane, Over-the-top, Stylish Action Game Like No Other

E3 2018: Epic Fighting Game Mash-up Jump Force Leaps to Xbox One in 2019

E3 2018: NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition Comes to Xbox One June 26

E3 2018: Announcing Just Cause 4 for Xbox One

E3 2018: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit Releasing for Free June 26 on Xbox One

E3 2018: Tales of Vesperia, One of the Greatest Xbox 360 RPGs, Returns to Xbox One This Winter in HD

E3 2018: Launch was Just the Beginning for Sea of Thieves

E3 2018: Jump into Games Twice as Fast with FastStart

E3 2018: Compulsion Games Brings its Off-Kilter Worlds to Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Experience Stunning Seasons and Open-World Adventure in Forza Horizon 4

E3 2018: Tripling-Down on Gears with Gears 5, Gears Pop!, and Gears Tactics

E3 2018: Microsoft Opens Brand New Game Studio The Initiative in Santa Monica

E3 2018: Undead Labs Joining Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Ninja Theory Joins Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Playground Games Joins Microsoft Studios

E3 2018: Commander Jaxon Welcomes You to The Agency in Crackdown 3

E3 2018: Ori and the Will of the Wisps Takes You Beyond the Forest of Nibel

E3 2018: World Premiere of Halo Infinite

Xbox At E3 – Videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel on 10 June:

New Pre-Orders and Releases from E3:

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow we’ll have another busy day with an episode of Inside Xbox to discuss all of our E3 briefing announcements. Tune in and watch the show, and hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of E3 so far.

Technically E3 doesn’t start until 12 June, but the days leading up to the official start date of the world’s premier event for computer & video games and related products are just as busy as many developers and publishers conduct press briefings showcasing their latest projects. As in previous years, I will post a recap each day with all the Xbox headlines, videos and other noteworthy information so you can decide which articles and posts you want to read.

First up, the  Xbox E3 2018 Briefing is tomorrow. You can find all the details about how to watch the stream and see what other activities Xbox has planned at E3 here – Xbox At E3 2018: Everything You Need To Know.

There’s also a big E3 sale going on now with discounts on hundreds of games, accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Live Gold subscriptions, plus $50 off of ANY Xbox One. Read about the sale and see a list of discounted titles here – The Biggest Xbox Sale Of The Year Drops For E3 Week, Including $50 Off Xbox One X And Much More.

The Xbox Wire will be making a number of posts highlighting all the latest news and headlines for Xbox from E3, and the official Xbox YouTube channel will be sharing a number of trailers and videos from E3. You can find a recap of those items below:

Xbox At E3 – Xbox Wire Articles posted on 09 June:

Explore a Hand-Crafted Solar System in Outer Wilds, Coming Soon to Xbox One (posted 06 June)

Announcing Open World Action Game Generation Zero Coming Soon to Xbox One (posted 07 June)

Swing into Unravel Two Now on Xbox One

Champions Will Rise in FIFA 19

Discover the World of Anthem on Xbox One

Anthem, Battlefield, Star Wars, and More at EA Play

Xbox At E3 – Videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel:

New Pre-Orders and Releases from E3:



Tomorrow is our big day with lots of news and announcements. Tune in and watch the show, and hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of all of our announcements.

 

With E3 less than two weeks away, we’ve got some new details on what Xbox has got going on for the biggest gaming event of the year!

We’ll be kicking things off with our annual Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, which you can watch live beginning on Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2018 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing live beginning at 1 p.m. PDT on June 10 on the official Xbox Channel on Mixer, or on the Mixer app for Xbox One and mobile. Viewers logged into Mixer will be eligible for a special MixPot full of digital content – stay tuned for more details.

As was the case last year, the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing on Mixer will be offered in six languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish (LATAM), Portuguese (LATAM), and includes support for English Closed Captions. To select an alternate language, click the “cog” button within Mixer to view the available list. We’re excited for fans all around the world to join in on the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing festivities.

You’ll also be able to catch a live stream of the briefing on the Xbox Twitch ChannelYouTubeTwitterFacebook Live or on the big screen at your local Microsoft Store.

We’re also very happy to announce that we’re partnering with cross-platform entertainment media brands Fuse and FM to bring the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing to cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and Canada at 1:00 p.m. PDT (or 4:00 p.m. EDT for you east coast dwellers!). The Briefing will also livestream on Fuse.tv and an encore presentation will air on FM at 9:00 p.m. PDT (12:00 a.m. EDT).

Be sure to hit up Fuse.tv to find out where you can watch Fuse.

This year will mark the first year that Inside Xbox will be airing during E3. Inside Xbox will air Monday, June 11 at 3 p.m. PDT and will feature a livestream full of exclusive announcements, game demos, interviews, giveaways and more.

Mixer at E3 2018

Mixer is the best place to catch all of the action from this year’s E3. From Saturday, June 9 to Friday, June 15, tune in at www.mixer.com for the latest news, gameplay, exclusive interviews and more. For fans attending E3 in person this year, we’ll have a dedicated Mixer booth located in the South Hall of the LACC, where you can get hands-on with new titles, watch the live broadcast each day, and catch your favorite Mixer Partners streaming live from the show floor. We’re also happy to announce a special showing of HypeZone Live featuring a new battle royale experience. Players can compete to see if they can make it into the HypeZone and walk away with some sweet swag.

Enjoy the Xbox Experience at the Microsoft Theater

This year, we’re excited to call the Microsoft Theater our Xbox home base for the week of E3.

On Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13, E3 Expo Badge holders will have the opportunity to experience our brand new Xbox Experience at the Microsoft Theater during expo hours. Featuring a diverse lineup of blockbuster games and experiences, including many of the titles shown in our briefing, attendees will have an opportunity to experience hands-on why Xbox is the best place to play.

Whether you love first-person shooters, action-adventure games or the latest independent darling, the Xbox Experience is the place to be this E3.

Visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop

For the first time, come and visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop by Microsoft Stores in the Xbox Experience at E3. Fly your gaming colors and show off your fandom for Xbox and award-winning franchises like Halo, Forza Motorsport, and Gears of War as well as limited edition designer collaborations. We will have more information on this exciting new initiative over the coming weeks.

Celebrate E3 at Microsoft Store

Check out your local Microsoft Store on timing and details to watch the Xbox E3 2018 briefing taking place on Sunday, June 10, and participate in Forza Motorsport 7 tournaments for a chance to win Xbox One themed prizes.

If you are in Los Angeles, we’ve also got a special event taking place at the Microsoft Store at Westfield Century City where we are celebrating E3 with USC Alum and now Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson on Sunday, June 10. Visit Microsoft Store for more information and timing.

Finally, for fans planning to attend in person, we recommend you take a look at E3’s updated security protocols to ensure you have an optimal experience.

Be sure to head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for more information and details on what we’ve got going on for the week.

Here’s to a great E3!

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, put together a recap of Inside Xbox Episode 3. Details below + the full VOD is also available.

Earlier today Inside Xbox Episode 3 aired, continuing to pull back the curtain on Team Xbox to celebrate our games, features, and fans. This episode was full of a variety of projects Xbox is working on, like new content coming soon to Sea of Thieves and updates to The Master Chief Collection, as well as the official reveal of a specially designed controller allowing more gamers to enjoy video games despite any restrictions they may have. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest news coming out of this month’s episode of Inside Xbox.

First Look at Sea of Thieves: The Hungering Deep

Sea of Thieves hit the open water just two short months ago, starting us off on a grand pirate adventure. Since then we’ve traversed storms, explored sunken ships, and (if we were lucky) faced off with a kraken. Now it’s time to prepare for even greater dangers and adventure in The Hungering Deep later this month in Sea of Thieves. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire and the official Sea of Thieves site for more details on The Hungering Deep as we get closer to launch.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Desert Map Launch Date Revealed

Having been available to Xbox players on the PUBG test servers for a few weeks, we’re excited to reveal that May 24 will be the public launch date of the Miramar map – also commonly known as the Desert Map. A huge thank you to those players who have helped the development team squash bugs and provide feedback. We can’t wait to drop in on this new map!

State of Decay 2 Community Q&A

Richard Foge, Jeff Strain, and Wonder Russell from Undead Labs stopped by take community questions about the soon-to-be-released zombie apocalypse survival game State of Decay 2, covering such topics as four-player co-op, including the benefits for players joining another friend’s game, how the world simulation builds dynamic, emergent gameplay, and what opportunities and challenges fan can expect to face in the world.

Revealing the Xbox Adaptive Controller

One of our biggest features of today’s episode of Inside Xbox was an in-depth look at our newest piece of hardware which we believe will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe: The Xbox Adaptive Controller.

In this segment, we learned how the team at Microsoft took an inclusive design approach, and considerations of gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers or hold a controller for an extended period, designed a controller that provides a way for more fans to enjoy gaming.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been years in the making and has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond. The team was thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what they have learned to inform future initiatives in inclusive design.

No Man’s Sky Details

Hello Games took to the stage here at Inside Xbox to give some more details on the Xbox One version of the upcoming No Man’s Sky, including the first details on multiplayer, additional content coming to the game, as well as what work was put into making the game Xbox One X Enhanced. We’ll have more details to share on No Man’s Sky: Next in the coming months here on Xbox Wire.

Forza Motorsport 7 Update

Brian Ekberg from Turn 10 Studios joined us to talk about quite a few exciting updates and features coming soon to the award-winning racing game Forza Motorsport 7. The team outlined a brand-new series of features for multiplayer, including the new Forza Race Regulations, which not only create a more fair, skillful online experience but also teach players how to improve in online competition. This includes new track limits, which highlight when you’re about to go off-track.

Based on community feedback, the team is also introducing Time Attack back into Forza Motorsport 7, with every track, ribbon and class having a time attack associated with it.

Turn 10 also announced that the team is experimenting with a new drag-race mode, including custom stats and mechanics, such as free rev, to help create a true, simulated drag racing experience. This experience is still early in development, so keep your eyes here on Xbox Wire for more information as it becomes available.

New Halo Arcade Experience and Halo: The Master Chief Collection Update

Brian Jarrard and James Monosmith from 343 Industries came to the show today to talk about a brand-new Halo arcade experience called Halo: Fireteam Raven, built in partnership with acclaimed arcade-game developers Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix. Sporting a 130-inch, 4K screen experience and four turret-mounted multipurpose machineguns, Halo: Fireteam Raven is set to offer a Halo adventure unlike any other. Fans can play it first this summer at Dave & Buster’s in the US and Canada, and expanding to more locations this Fall. In addition, Brian and James provided the latest details of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection update, following through on the team’s commitment to make this the definitive Halo collection with improvements to multiplayer functionality and Xbox One X enhancements.

The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Join Forces

Joining us to talk competitive gaming was Tahir “Tashi” Hasandjekic, Lead Esports Producer at 343 Industries, about teaming up with The Coalition and Major League Gaming to bring Halo and Gears of War together for a unique esports event in New Orleans on July 13-15. The event will feature hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open bracket areas – and both tournaments will feature a $250,000 prize pool! More details are available at Halo.gg and Gears.gg.

A Look at Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition

Michael Douse from Larian Studios to share with us a look at one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs in Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition, which is available now via the Xbox Game Preview program on Xbox One.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in! We hope you enjoyed the show and we can’t wait to tell you all about next month’s episode in a few weeks.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, reveals the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a controller which will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe.

At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our CEO, Satya Nadella, has spoken about how essential it is that we push the boundaries of what technology can do in a concerted effort to be inclusive of everyone around the world. These principles have the deepest impact in how we are building products that are designed for everyone. We have been on a journey of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people who are often overlooked in the typical design process.

As I discussed at the annual DICE conference in February, when we truly design for all, we help make the world more equal. That’s why I’m so excited about today’s Microsoft Story Labs feature which shares an in-depth look at our newest piece of hardware which we believe will enable and empower even more Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers across the globe: The Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox Adaptive Controller Inline 1

By taking an inclusive design approach and considerations of gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers or hold a controller for an extended period of time, for example, we were able to design a controller that provides a way for more fans to enjoy gaming. On our journey of inclusive design, we have taken a wider view of our fans and a more inclusive approach to designing for them.

For gamers with limited mobility, finding controller solutions to fit their individual needs has been challenging. The solutions that exist today are often expensive, hard to find, or require significant technical skill to create. A number of individuals and organizations are creating custom solutions, but it has been often difficult for them to scale when most rigs need to be so personalized.

Joining the Xbox family of controllers and devices, the Xbox Adaptive Controller was created to address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs.  It was developed in partnership with organizations around the world, including The AbleGamers CharityThe Cerebral Palsy FoundationCraig HospitalSpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged. We worked closely with them and directly with gamers who have limited mobility to assist in our development.  Our goal was to make the device as adaptable as possible, so gamers can create a setup that works for them in a way that is plug-and-play, extensible, and affordable.  In addition to working with common adaptive switches that gamers with limited mobility may already own, it has two large buttons built in. These buttons can also be reprogrammed to act as any of the standard controller’s button inputs via the Xbox Accessories app.

Xbox Adaptive Controller Inline 2

To make the Xbox Adaptive Controller a viable solution for the widest possible range of gamers with limited mobility, we’ve worked closely with third-party manufacturers to support external inputs which can be plugged in to the new controller.  These inputs include PDP’s One-Handed Joystick for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Logitech’s Extreme 3D Pro Joystick, and Quadstick’s Game Controller. We couldn’t be prouder to have their support in introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller. More recommended partner devices can be found here.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been years in the making, though we realize that this is only one step along our journey of inclusive design and that we have more work ahead. This has been a passion project for people around the world, both inside Microsoft and beyond. We’re thrilled to introduce it to the world today, tell the story behind it, and take what we have learned on our journey to inform future initiatives in inclusive design. Make sure you check out today’s feature on Microsoft Story Labs and hear directly from Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie in her blog today to commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

 

At $99.99 USD and available exclusively through Microsoft Store, the Xbox Adaptive Controller will offer significant value over the customized alternatives that exist today. We’re looking forward to sharing more about the Xbox Adaptive Controller in a few weeks at E3. The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be launching later this year, and we’ll share more information soon about pre-order availability.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out Ability Week at Microsoft Store locations starting Tuesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 2, a five-day experience of events that showcases hearing, vision, mobility, and cognitive assistive technologies that empower people with accessibility needs.

Xbox is happy to invite all Xbox Live players without a Gold membership to play online with friends for free during our Free Play Days For All event from 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 17 to 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 20 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

This is a great opportunity for players across both consoles to experience one of the most-popular benefits of Xbox Live Gold membership — when it comes to multiplayer gaming, network reliability is everything. Log in now to play on a network that delivers as well as you do.

Great Games Unlocked for a Limited Time

And how about two free Xbox One games to play during this event? All Xbox Live members will have free access to play Rainbow Six Siege and Fallout 4 for a limited time from now through May 20. (Note: the limited time unlocks for these games are only available on Xbox One).

Xbox Live members can download the games here:

These offers are only available from May 17-20, so log on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 now to get in on the action. More info at http://www.xbox.com/live/free-play-days-for-all.

Tina Summerford, Director of Programming at Xbox, shares details on Episode 3 of Inside Xbox.

Inside Xbox, Episode 3 will debut on May 17 at 6:30PM EDT/3:30PM PDT. This month’s episode will feature five hotly anticipated games, including breaking news, new feature announcements, exclusive gameplay and much more. We’re keeping most of those under wraps for now so as not to ruin the surprise.

Of course, center stage for our May episode will be the Xbox exclusive zombie apocalypse survival game State of Decay 2, which launches globally on May 22nd. State of Decay 2 asks one question not easily answered. How will you survive? We’ll go in-depth on the world simulation that powers the game, showcasing how the emergent gameplay is brought to life, creating distinct stories, agonizing choices, and dynamic communities unique to every player.

We’ll also have a live community Q&A with developers on-stage, so don’t forget to send your burning questions to #InsideXbox on Twitter.

And finally, we’re having a bit of survival fun, with a grueling and epic Escape Room experience inspired by State of Decay, starring our friends from Smosh Games, as well as Leahviathan, MrRoflWaffles, MrDalekJD, and Xbox On’s Benny and Sam. Who will survive? Tune-in to find out!

That scratches just the surface of episode 3, and we can’t wait to reveal much more live, next Thursday, May 17th at 6:30PM EDT/3:30PM PDT on Inside Xbox. You can tune-in on Mixer.com/Xbox, Twitch.tv/Xbox, Facebook.com/Xbox, and Twitter.com/Xbox.

For more information about Inside Xbox, check out Xbox Wire.