After Sony’s noticeable absences from previous E3 events, Microsoft’s Xbox presentations in E3 have been a delight, not only showing a number of promising first-party games but also plenty of third-party titles that are likely to come out on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as well.
With E3 2021 approaching, fans have been curious about what Microsoft’s Xbox plans are, with most assuming we’ll see updates on Fable, Everwild, and Halo: Infinite, among other exclusive titles – plus the exciting prospect of Bethesda titles being shown off, too.
So, here's how to watch Microsoft's event.
E3 2021 COUNTDOWN - June 13
In a new Xbox Wire post, Microsoft announced their E3 show won't be streaming in 4K, instead advising their E3 stream will be in 1080p at 60fps. Despite this, a 4K reupload will be available on the Xbox YouTube channel after the stream concludes.
More importantly, Microsoft outlined a new measure designed to protect streamers for the upcoming show. Microsoft has acquired re-transmission rights to any licensed music featured, meaning streamers shouldn't receive any DMCA takedowns. However, they admit this won't guarantee protection from incorrect claims.
The event, in collaboration with Bethesda, will run for about 90 minutes and packed with new games, world premieres, and more.
Tune in June 13 at the following times depending on your region:
- 10AM PT USA
- 12PM Mexico City
- 1PM ET USA
- 2PM Brasilia
- 6PM UK
- 6PM Lagos
- 7PM Western Europe
- 8PM Moscow
- 9PM Abu Dhabi
- 10:30PM Mumbai
& June 14 at the following times
- 1AM Beijing
- 2AM Japan
- 3AM Sydney
Will New Games Drop on Game Pass During the Event? - 9th June
Twitter user @_h0x0d_ has seemingly stumbled onto something online which suggests something could come to Game Pass soon – as in, during the event.
Speculation is rife that it could be Microsoft Flight Simulator or Psychonauts 2, but it really could be anything.
In any case, best to make sure your membership is live – you could get a nice surprise.
Valve and Microsoft Speculation – 8th June
Sure, it's still very much in the 'rumour mill' and lacking in concrete evidence, but it sounds as though Valve could potentially work with Microsoft at E3.
According to Valve insider Tyler McVicker, conversations between the two companies regarding Game Pass have been rumbling on, and "the only way Steam can get Game Pass is if Xbox can get Steam."
Still, big ol' pinch of salt.
Briefing Time and Date
The catchily titled Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will kick off at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET/6 PM BST.
It'll be a ninety-minute showcase, "with everything you want to know about the epic gaming line-up coming out of this partnership, the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass, and more".
How To Watch
Expect it to take up a chunk of your Xbox's dashboard, too.
Predictions and Rumours:
Check out our full list of predictions here for Microsoft.
We've also put together a list of what we expect to see from Bethesda here.