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Xbox at E3 2018: Watch live here for Microsoft's big games press conference

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Microsoft always holds one of the most lavishly produced E3 press conferences each year, promoting the latest from its Xbox game console. Besides new games, there’s usually a surprise guest or two, but it’s hard to beat 2009’s cameo by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, for the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band

This year, rumors are swirling around Halo 6, the newest installment in the hit space epic series that helped launch the original Xbox nearly two decades ago. Additionally, the previous installment, Halo 5: Guardians, came out three years ago, and that installment was three years after Halo 4. So, it’s safe to assume we’ll hear something Halo related.

There’s also interest in a new installment in the futuristic action series, Gears of War. These rumors are based on an unconfirmed leak from Walmart, but many fans now have their hopes up. Even Cliff Bleszinski, who designed the original Gears of War and worked on some of the sequels before leaving to help found a new game studio, has said he’s hoping to see something.

Prognosticators have also wondered when Microsoft will start competing more directly with Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming games service. So far, the software giant has pointed to its Xbox Play Anywhere initiative to promise players that some games they buy can be played on a PC or an Xbox. But with Electronic Arts announcing its own streaming service likely to launch in the next couple years, the pressure’s on Microsoft to offer a true competitor of its own.

Microsoft’s press conference is also where we often get to see some of the first gameplay from game makers that won’t have their own press conferences, like Rockstar and its highly anticipated upcoming western drama Red Dead Redemption 2. Other hyped games like EA’s upcoming Anthem online epic and Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey may also make a showing.

There’s also a chance Microsoft could surprise fans with its long-rumored VR headset, though that’s unlikely

When?

  • Sunday, June 10: 1 p.m. PT, 4 p.m. ET

Where?

We’ll have the livestream right here, so you can follow along in real time. (And you can find the full schedule of press events and E3 show floor hours here.)

Alternately, you can watch on the official YouTube channel or Twitch channel

The event itself is happening in Los Angeles, and the CNET team will be there on the ground.


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The E3 press conference schedule

Saturday, June 9

  • Electronic Arts announced that its upcoming Battlefield 5 game will take on Fortnite. It also unveiled a new Star Wars game, called “Fallen Jedi,” and a release date for its Anthem online epic. [Read our recap here.]

Sunday, June 10

Monday, June 11

Tuesday, June 12

First published June 6 at 3:22 p.m. PT.
Update June 10 at 9:30 a.m.: Adds details about what we expect in terms of new Halo game, new Gears of War and rumors about a streaming service.

E3 2018: What to expect: All the rumors and early news from the year’s biggest gaming show 

E3 2018 coverage at CNET: All of our E3 2018 coverage in one place

E3 2018 coverage at GameSpot: Wall-to-wall coverage of the show from our sister site, GameSpot

E3 2018 coverage at Giant Bomb: Still more commentary and news from E3, from our colleagues at Giant Bomb

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