#E3: The Biggest Announcements From Microsoft’s Xbox One Briefing

Judy Cobb
June 13, 2018

Microsoft was the first of the major game industry companies to present at E3 2018, and how incredible it was. This is especially notable though considering that most haven't played a Battletoads game since the 1990s.

"Microsoft ended March 2018 with an Xbox One installed base of 39.1 million compared to 76.6 million for Sony's PS4". "This is a journey and we have nothing further to share at this time".

After its official reveal during Microsoft's E3 presentation this week, Forza Horizon 4 is now available for digital pre-order on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Playground Games is now working on a brand new open world game that's likely Fable 4, sources say. Seeing the Halo Infinite trailer, you can tell that the world shown is not in sync with the model of Master Chief. The annual E3 video game event and related activities took place this week in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center. It's interesting that Microsoft seemed to lean into the prestige of having a "WORLD PREMIERE" at their show, instead of the traditional badge of pride that is exclusive games. Apart from that, some more news also came through, one which involved the acquisition of gaming studios.

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Microsoft's last console, the Xbox One X, was released in November 2017. It accompanied newly revealed games like the mysterious new "Battletoads" seen only in logo form, and titles players were looking forward to playing this holiday, like "Kingdom Hearts 3" and "Crackdown 3".

Microsoft appears to have all but conceded the current generation of game consoles to the PlayStation 4 after it confirmed that the Xbox One's replacement is already under development. The last time he played Halo was a few years back on Xbox 360 which was Halo 2 but due to the unavailability of other Halo games on PC, he was disappointed. Leading the pack is Microsoft's brand new game studio The Initiative, which is led by former Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher.

"The original games we create at Microsoft Studios are some of our biggest assets", said Matt Booty, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. We're just a few hours away from the PlayStation E3 briefing too, so that's where we figure out which console manufacturer nailed it this year.

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