Microsoft Gears Up at E3 to Compete with Sony Single Player Success

Microsoft's Xbox E3 conference live stream set for 1 pm PDT; Gears of War, Halo 6 and maybe some fighting games en route?

The diverse lineup included games for every type of player, from exclusives like Forza Horizon 4, Halo Infinite and Gears 5, to smaller independent titles like Session, Below, Ashen and Tunic. Microsoft already supports in-home game streaming from Xbox One consoles to Windows 10 PCs.

Away from the game announcement, Microsoft also looped to beef up their existing digital initiatives. Additionally it has announced the acquisition of Playground Games, and letters of intent to acquire Ninja Theory, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games.

Xbox were also diligent in bigging up their many services and new ideas, including a promising look ahead to what's to come on Game Pass. The new game arrives in October and will have players racing across the roads of Great Britain, with an all new dynamic seasons system in place.

Microsoft's Xbox division is laying the groundwork for a game streaming service that zaps games directly to any device, whether it be your console at home or your phone on-the-go.

"Gaming is now at its most vibrant", Phil Spencer, executive president of gaming at Microsoft, announced during Microsoft's E3 press conference on Sunday.

It appears Microsoft is still deep in the console development process and is some way out from a formal announcement.

In the interview with Gamestalk, Miyazaki suggested that there will be some souls-like elements in the game, stating that players "will, again, die many times, and that "like Dark Souls, the sense of accomplishment overcoming difficulties is an important concept".

If these documents are accurate - and assuming Microsoft doesn't change its plans - the publisher plans to aggressively launch multiple hardware items over the next two years, culminating in a next-gen games console. "For some people, that's a deal-breaker", Penrose said about the always-online requirement that some games have. Either way, between Spencer's proclamations and this new report, we know that the Xbox team is getting ready for the future of console gaming.

He said that Microsoft was recommitting and harnessing the full breath of the company to deliver on the future of play.

It's been a long time since we've received a proper new Battletoads game.

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