Microsoft confirms E3 2019 participation after Sony pulls out
Coming on the heels of Sony bailing on E3 2019, Microsoft confirmed that it will have a presence at the event, which will be held between June 11 to June 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Xbox Chief Phil Spencer said that the company has "a lot to share with fans at E3 2019" and also said "it's always a high point of the year to witness the industry's creativity and energy of the community".
Obviously, Microsoft's reaffirmation has excited many as the company has always been pretty upfront about future developments to the Xbox lineup. We've already seen a lot of announcements the past week at XO18 where Microsoft outlined its acquisition of new game studios, upcoming improvements to the Windows Store tailored towards gamers, keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One, and a whole lot more.
We aren't exactly sure of Microsoft's plans for E3 2019 at this time, but expect Phil Spencer to talk about the next Xbox iteration, which is currently called 'Scarlett' and the push towards game streaming via the cloud. We might also hear about some new games coming to the Xbox One platform and new gamer-focused features coming to Windows 10 and the Xbox One user interface.
E3 has just not been about announcements but also about fans enjoying some quality gaming time. Sony's decision to pull out on E3 2019 came as a shocker to many. The Japanese giant has been a major part of E3 since the first show 24 years ago. More than the historical aspect, fans were disappointed as they would not be hearing news about the upcoming PlayStation 5. Still, Sony would be having a dedicated event at a later date for PlayStation-related announcements that would surely turn heads. Nevertheless, this is an opportune moment for Microsoft to make some droolworthy announcements.