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The 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo officially kicks off June 12-14. Much of the news, trailers, and announcements will come from the various press conferences held by the biggest companies in gaming leading up to the show. Stay tuned for Pixelkin for the biggest headlines, and see below for the schedule of conferences throughout the week and weekend, beginning June 9.
Saturday, June 9
EA Play 2018 – 11 am Pacific/3 pm Eastern
We’re expecting many more details and trailers surrounding BioWare’s Anthem. Other than that expect the usual slew of sports games like Madden and FIFA, and perhaps some new EA Originals indie announcements.
Sunday, June 10
Microsoft – 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern
Microsoft has been exceedingly quiet in the weeks leading up to E3, which could be a bad thing or a good thing. The Xbox has lagged behind this generation, due in large part to a dearth of console exclusives. Might we see a price cut to the Xbox One X? Expect Microsoft to push Mixer as the next big Twitch platform.
Bethesda – 6:30 pm Pacific/9:30 pm Eastern
Bethesda’s press conference in the past has been late at night, but thankfully they’re bumping it up a bit this year. Bethesda has already announced sequels Rage 2 and Fallout 76, with the latter spurring lots of speculation on what kind of game it is. Expect to get some answers Sunday night.
Devolver Digital – 8 pm Pacific/11 pm Eastern
With Bethesda vacating the late night spot, indie publisher Devolver Digital slides right in. Last year’s inaugural press conference was highly irreverent and very goofy. Yet they still managed to show off lots of neat trailers for upcoming games. Best of all, the whole thing only runs about 15 minutes.
Monday, June 11
Square Enix – 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern
Despite Square Enix publishing several high profile games each year, including Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, and Deux Ex, the publisher hasn’t held an official E3 press conference in two years. We can expect updates on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest XI, and especially the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.
Ubisoft – 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern
Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins was hugely successful. Ubisoft has already announced Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as the next game, so expect their marquee franchise to be the highlight of the show. Will it actually come out this year? And will we see actual gameplay of the mysterious Beyond Good and Evil 2?
PC Gaming Show – 3 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern
Since the PC doesn’t have a single big publisher press conference, media outlet PC Gamer has taken on the reigns in the last few years. It features a more late night talk-show format, with less fancy trailers and more deep dives with developers.
Sony – 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern
Sony may have the least surprising press conferences of the bunch, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We expect major updates on Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, Days Gone, and maybe a little more Death Stranding, one of the most mysterious and talked about games from last year’s E3.
Tuesday, June 12
Nintendo – 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern
Last but certainly never least is the pre-recorded Nintendo Direct. The Switch remains in full swing and Nintendo has many exciting franchises to announce, tease, and detail. We fully expect the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Switch to be the main focus, but perhaps we’ll get teases for Metroid Prime 4 and the new Pokémon games.
In a sizable effort to promote inclusive gaming and accessibility to gamers with limited mobility, Microsoft has announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller. It’s fully customizable and available exclusively through the…
Microsoft is featuring two weeks of savings on new Xbox One bundles, with both Xbox One S and Xbox One X, to kick off the summer. The Xbox One S sale runs until May 19. Then it’s Xbox One X time from May 20-26.
This week all Xbox One S bundles are $50 off:
- Xbox One S Sea of Thieves Bundle (1 TB) – $249
- Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (1 TB) – $249
- Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle (1 TB) – $249
- Xbox One S Starter Bundle (1 TB) – $249
- Xbox One S Starter Bundle (500 GB) – $229
All the game bundles come with 1 month of Xbox Live Gold. The Starter Bundle doesn’t come with any games. Instead it includes three months of Xbox Live Gold and three months of Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is a Netflix-like subscription to Microsoft’s digital library of games. Game Pass features over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, with new added each month.
If you’re looking for a bit more oomph, you’ll want to wait till next week with the Xbox One X sale. This one’s a bit less straightforward. Purchasing an Xbox One X ($499) between May 20 and May 26 will net you a $50 gift card from participating retailers. The specific retailers have not yet been announced.
The biggest games on Xbox One are reflected in the bundles, though PUBG’s incredible popularity in the Battle Royale genre is being supplanted by the free-to-play, Teen-rated Fortnite. One of the most anticipated Xbox exclusive games is State of Decay 2, which launches May 22.
The Xbox One S sale ends May 19. The Xbox One X promo begins May 20 and ends May 26.
Microsoft has finally caught up to Steam when it comes to digital gift-giving. Larry “MajorNelson” Hyrb, Xbox Live Director announced the new update that affects all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One games purchased through the Microsoft Store.
To purchase digital games as gifts, simply add the email address of the recipient on PC, or their Xbox Live Gamertag on Xbox. The recipient must be on your Xbox Live friends list.
There are a few limitations when it comes to buying digital games as gifts:
- Gift purchasers can only buy two discounted products, and a total of 10 discounted products, every 14 days. There are no limits for gift purchases made at full price.
- Gifting of Xbox 360 and Xbox original games, pre-orders, free products, and consumable downloadable game content such as virtual currency is not allowed.
- Gift recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased.
It’s also important to note that you can’t gift games you’ve already purchased. This is not a game-sharing feature. Instead you simply have the ability to purchase a game as a gift instead of (or in addition to) buying it for yourself.
Microsoft had previously rolled out a test version of gift-giving for select Xbox One titles last fall. Gift-purchasing is now available for all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One digital games.