[E3 2019] Xbox E3 Briefing: Games, game streaming, and Project Scarlett

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Here we are with E3 2019 kicking off and the Xbox E3 Briefing has just wrapped up with some exciting news for gamers. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate went live earlier today and added Xbox Game Pass PC to the mix. In case you missed it, find out how you can upgrade your existing Xbox Live Gold subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for only $1.

As for the Xbox E3 keynote, no sense beating around the bush, let’s jump right in! You can watch it below or jump past the video for the overview. Suffice it to say, Xbox jumped right into the games…


Xbox Game Studios

As with most keynotes, this one started with a montage of recent games, namely Xbox Studio Games. Immediately after, a trailer for The Outer Worlds hit the screen. The game is no available for pre-order and will be coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch on October 25th.

Next up was Ninja Theory, one of the newer editions to Xbox Game Studios. The latest gaming features third-person combat and competitive team multiplayer. Years in the making, an alpha for Bleeding Edge is coming in the next few weeks.

Continuing on with the games, the next trailer up was for the next installment in the Ori series: Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The game will be available on Game Pass at launch.

From the creators of Minecraft comes a new adventure: Minecraft Dungeons. Again, this game will be available on Game Pass at launch in Spring 2020 with 4 player local and online co-op.

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox finally took the stage for the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing. The focus this year, as has been the trend over the past couple years, is definitely focused on gaming.

Spencer mentions that due to the expanding nature of gamers and games, in under two decades, the number of gamers has tripled to over 2 billion gamers worldwide. With new technological leaps, we are getting closer to being able to play whenever we want, wherever we want, and with whoever we want.

The Xbox team is dedicated to bringing games to everyone where, when, and with who they want so you can play with your friends wherever you are. This was one of the driving forces behind pushing crossplay. It’s all about the games and Spencer said this will be the biggest highlight of games on stage this year. With 60 games, 14 from Xbox Game Studios, with 34 games debuting on Xbox Game Pass. Spencer also mentioned more details on the next Xbox would be coming later in the briefing…

The Games

Here are more of the games coming to Xbox One in the near future.

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order

The Jedi have fallen. Now you will rise. In STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™, hone your Force powers, master lightsaber combat, and learn to fight like a Jedi.

Coming November 15, 2019.

Blair Witch

World Premiere

Blair Witch is a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch.

Coming August 30, 2019

Cyberpunk 2077

In the most dangerous megacity of the future, the real you is not enough. Become V, a cyber-enhanced mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant — the key to immortality. Customize your cyberware and skillset, and explore a vast city of the future obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. The choices you make will determine the story and shape the world around you.

The big surprise here was a clip in game with Keanu Reeves, who then showed up on stage to talk to the audience about the game.

Coming April 16, 2020.


World Premiere, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Play Anywhere


Xbox Game Pass

The Battletoads are back and coming to Xbox Game Pass! The wait is almost over!

Zitz, Pimple and Rash are returning at last to Morph Attack their way through an all-new action-packed adventure of choreographed chaos. Couch co-op may never be the same again.

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright

A new trailer for RPG TIME: The Legend of Wright, a game inspired by tabletop RPGs, shown at the Xbox Briefing at E3 2019.

Coming on


  • Afterparty
  • Tabs
  • The Good Life
  • CrossCode
  • Creature in the Well
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Riverbond
  • Unto the End
  • Blazing Chrome
  • Felix the Reaper
  • UnderMine
  • Supermarket Shreik
  • Secret Neighter
  • LOTR Living Card Game
  • Night Call
  • Totem Teller

All available at launch with Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass

Sarah Bond, Head of Xbox Partnerships took to the stage to let the audience know that the ID@Xbox Games just seen will all be available at launch on Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox Partnerships team travels the globe to find games that they can add to Xbox Game Pass.

Since launch, the number of partners for Xbox Game Pass has tripled. As has been the norm, every Xbox Game Studios game will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.

New games available on Xbox Game Pass today:

  • Batman: Arkham Night
  • Metro: Exodus
  • Hollow Knight
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Xbox Game Pass for PC

Bond re-introduced Xbox Game Pass for PC and confirmed the launch of Game Pass for PC with over 100 games coming to the service including Imperator Rome and Football Manager 2019. In addition, the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming with Halo Reach as well.

Xbox Game Pass for PC retails for $9.99/month and is available through the new Xbox Game Pass for PC app on your computer. Xbox Game Pass for PC is included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which is available for $14.99/month. Because it’s E3, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available for only $1 for the first month. As mentioned before


More games…

Microsoft Flight Simulator

World Premiere, Game Pass

Coming 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions. Available with Xbox Game Pass.

Coming in 2020.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows 10

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition releases 2019 and will be available with Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, remastered audio and a whole new campaign – The Last Khans. Return to Reign in 2019.

Coming this fall.

Wasteland 3

Xbox Game Pass

It’s a cold war in Colorado. Join the Rangers, see exotic lands, and meet “interesting” people.

Xbox Game Studios aquisition

Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios took the stage and mentions seven new game studios were added to the Xbox family over the last year. He then announced that Double Fine Productions is the latest member of the Xbox Game Studios family.

Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 tells the story of Razputin Aquato, a gifted acrobat with psychic powers, as he fulfills his life-long goal of becoming an international psychic super-spy. In other words, a Psychonaut…

Even more games…

And the Xbox E3 Briefing continues with even more games!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

World Premiere

Coming in 2020.

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot


Coming in Early 2020.

12 Minutes

World Premiere, Xbox One, Windows PC


Coming soon.

Way to the Woods

Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows PC

Gears 5

Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows PC

In Gears 5, play as Kait, a conflicted hero torn between her duty to her squad and a mysterious pull to her sworn enemy, the Swarm. Explore vast new worlds, face brutal new enemies, and uncover the dark secret hiding just below the surface of Sera and of Kait herself.

Rod Fergusson from The Coalition took the stage after the teaser and announced a release date of September 10th. The Ultimate Edition, part of Game Pass Ultimate, allows members to play four days earlier. A multiplayer tech test will be available in July. A peek at the updated Horde mode is coming in August. Fergusson then unveiled the all-new Escape co-op mode.


Coming September 10th.

If you pre-order or play by September 16th, you’ll get the Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack.


Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

The Xbox Elite Controller has been redesigned from the ground up with many new features. Check out the video below:

The all-new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 features over 30 new ways to play like a pro, including adjustable-tension thumbsticks, new interchangeable components, up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life, and limitless customization with the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Battery life varies significantly with additional accessories, usage, and other factors. Testing conducted by Microsoft using pre-production units.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is available for pre-order and costs US$179.99.

The games continue…

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning open world survival horror action game. You play as Aiden, a new hero in a world torn apart by the ravages of the infection, where every decision counts and death lurks around each corner.

Coming Spring 2020.

Forza Horizon 4 “LEGO Speed Champions” DLC

Just when I thought the Forza series couldn’t top their “Hot Wheels” DLC, they one up it with “LEGO Speed Champions” DLC for Forza Horizon 4.

World Premiere

The Forza Horizon 4 “LEGO Speed Champions” expansion invites you to race and explore a wonderous new LEGO Valley brought to life at the Horizon Festival. Amass your own Brick Collection and construct a Master Builder’s House with a garage of amazing LEGO Speed Champions cars including the McLaren Senna, Ferrari F40 Competizione, and 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally. Complete fun new LEGO Brick Challenges, collect hidden Bonus Cubes, and earn 31 Achievements for 500 GS.

Requires Forza Horizon 4 game, sold separately. Expansion included with the Ultimate Edition or available with purchase of the Forza Horizon 4 Expansion Pass, Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle, or as a standalone purchase of $19.99. Xbox Game Pass members receive a 10% discount.

Coming June 14, 2019.

Gears POP!

Brought to you by Xbox and Funko Animation Studios, “Kitten Around with RAAM” is the first in a series of animated shorts starring the characters from Gears POP!

Pre-register from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

State of Decay 2: Heartland

Return to Trumbull Valley in Heartland, State of Decay 2‘s new story-based campaign. Play it today – included with Xbox Game Pass. Choose one of two storylines and face more aggressive, deadlier threats and ever seen before.

Available today.

Phantasy Star Online 2

World Premiere, Xbox One.

Crossfire X

World Premiere, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One

In 2020, a PC legend with over 650 million players comes to Xbox One.

Coming to Xbox One in 2020.

Tales of Arise

World Premiere


Coming in 2020.

Borderlands 3

The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure. Blast your way through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, collect loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.

Coming September 13, 2019.

The “Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary” DLC which bridges Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3 is available for free today.

Elden Ring

World Premiere, Xbox One, Windows PC

Project XCloud

Phil Spencer returned to the stage to continue the Xbox E3 Briefing and states that thousands of Xbox games are in development as he speaks. Last fall, Xbox teased Xbox in the cloud. ProjectX Cloud and console streaming are the two ways that Xbox plans to deliver on this.

Console Streaming turns your Xbox One into your own personal and free XCloud server. This October, you’ll be able to use the hybrid gaming cloud to play your games where you want whether it’s through Project XCloud or through Console Streaming.

Project Scarlett

Spencer then queued up a video showcasing some of the under the box features of the next Xbox console.

Project Scarlett will launched next holiday with Halo Infinite.

What did you think about the Xbox E3 Briefing? What news got you most excited as a gamer? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.

Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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