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Microsoft E3 2015 (Pt. 1)

E3 2015 is finally starting to take shape. The first companies to throw their hats in the ring were Bethesda and PC Gamer, both making their debuts at gaming’s biggest show of the year. However, the usual heavy hitters have also started announcing the dates and times of their press conferences.

Square Enix is returning to the E3 stage this year, with their conference scheduled to take place at the same date and time as Nintendo’s digital event. Ubisoft and EA have also announced their press conference times as well. However, we’ve been waiting on announcements from Sony and Microsoft, as their conferences will assuredly be the most talked about during E3 week.

While we’re still waiting on when Sony is going to host their conference, Microsoft has finally confirmed the date and time for theirs. Fans of Xbox can look forward to Microsoft hosting their press conference on June 15th at 9:30am PDT.

Of course, fans don’t have to actually be in attendance at the Galen Center to enjoy the spectacle. Microsoft plans to stream its press conference through a number of services, including the official Xbox website, the Xbox Live Events Player, and the Xbox: Game On special to air live on Spike TV.

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Besides the press conference, Microsoft plans on divulging additional info throughout the week through a video series called Xbox Daily: Live @ E3. Xbox Daily will feature appearances by developers from 343 Industries, Crystal Dynamics, Turn 10 Studios, and others, who will presumably offer looks at their new games. Those interested in watching the Xbox Daily videos will need to tune in at 4pm PDT on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night.

As for what Microsoft is bringing to the event, expect some big, surprise announcements. Microsoft is dedicated to strong console sales, and while Sony has a strong lead with the PS4, Microsoft will be doing its best to wow E3 attendees and those watching around the world. In fact, Aaron Greenberg of Microsoft went as far as to describe the company’s upcoming press conference as “the Super Bowl of gaming.”

We know for a fact that Rare’s mysterious new project will be revealed at this year’s event, and definitely expect more information on the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. Rise of the Tomb Raider will also likely be taking center stage, as will this year’s Forza game. Additionally, Microsoft is expected to officially announce Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the Xbox One remaster for Epic Games’ blockbuster hit. Phil Spencer himself has confirmed that Microsoft will be focusing on new IP and first-party games at this year’s event, so the aforementioned titles as well as completely unknown ones are coming, too.

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Besides games, Microsoft may make some announcements in regards to future updates for the Xbox One. Microsoft provides a substantial update to the system nearly every month, and rumors indicate that a major feature, specifically television DVR capabilities, are on the way. Microsoft doesn’t want the Xbox One to simply be a gaming machine, but rather an entertainment hub, and a feature such as TV DVR would go a long way in selling that vision to consumers.

E3 is by far the largest gaming event every year, but Microsoft is looking to strike at this year’s Gamescom event in August as well. Sony recently announced that they will not be at Gamescom, so it provides Microsoft with an opportunity to get a leg up on the competition leading into the fall gaming rush. They’ve confirmed that they have decided to leave some games out of their E3 conference (which is scheduled to run for at least an hour and a half) in order to bolster their Gamescom lineup, so expect big news for the Xbox brand over the next few months.

Microsft’s E3 2015 press conference will take place on June 15th at 9:30am PDT.

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