The upcoming Xbox next-gen showcase will reportedly only feature games and will not include a price reveal for the Series X console.
The news was confirmed in a tweet by Xbox Marketing General Manager Aaron Greenberg earlier today. In the tweet, Greenberg revealed that the showcase will last for around an hour. He said:
“I know everyone is excited for Xbox Games Showcase next Thursday. Seen some wild expectations so if helpful this show has one focus, games. No business, devices or similar news, just games. A whole show about hour long focused on games. Hope you enjoy it!”
The tweet also linked to a post on the official Xbox blog which detailed exactly what to expect from the showcase. According to the post, the showcase will feature “world premiers and updated looks at some of the games we’ve already revealed” plus the first look at gameplay form Halo Infinite.
“Xbox Game Studios is pushing the industry forward with a huge variety of games, all of which support services and features that put the player first, including Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery,” the post reads.
Microsoft also announced that the showcase will start with a Summer Game Fest pre-show starting at 8 AM PT (Around 4 PM BST). Hosted by Geoff Keighley, the pre-show event will include reveals, predictions for the event, insights from YouTubers, and additional info on upcoming titles.
Xbox One X and Digital Xbox One S Now Discontinued
Also today, Microsoft has announced that it has discontinued production on the Xbox One X and the digital Xbox One S consoles.
Microsoft confirmed the news in a statement issued to The Verge, saying: “As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.
“Gamers can check with their local retailers for more details on Xbox One hardware availability.”
Although the consoles may have been discontinued, their games will still be playable on the upcoming Xbox Series X console as it will be backwards compatible with almost all Xbox One X games as long as a Kinect motion-tracking camera isn’t required.
In addition, the existing backwards compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles will also be playable on the upcoming Xbox Series X. Many games will also benefit from additional work as Microsoft’s Xbox development teams have been working hard to bump up loading times and improve graphics.
Finally, Microsoft also revealed this week that its xCloud streaming service will be included with the Ultimate tier of the Xbox Game Pass from this September at no extra cost. The service will allow users to play around 100 titles on your smartphone or tablet.
We can expect a slew of more information on all of Xbox Series X’s upcoming games at next week’s games showcase. Check back then for more details!
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