Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 showcase report card: Impressions and announcements

Todd Singleton
June 12, 2018

Xbox previewed a flurry of new titles and deals with studios as the video-gaming division of Microsoft Corp. looks to compete more intensely with Sony Corp.'s PlayStation and a resurgent Nintendo Co.

Microsoft is hard at work developing the future of gaming with artificial intelligence technology, Spencer said.

It was a suitably large crowd given the enormity of what was to follow as Microsoft announced showcased a record 52 games on stage including 18 console launch exclusives and 15 world premieres. He boasted that the company's E3 lineup is its "most diverse gaming portfolio in every measure".

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Developer 343 Industries has revealed more information regarding the development of Halo Infinite, and the Slipspace Engine. It's unclear whether Infinite is a direct sequel to Halo 5, or if it's a spin off game. Microsoft's hardware team "is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliever on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming".

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Microsoft has been pretty cagey about what it will be showing off on Sunday, but that Walmart Canada leak from last month suggested that we'll see Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, and a new Splinter Cell. The partnership announcement comes alongside the announcement of Forza Horizon 4, a new title in the series.

The game can run in 60fps and 4K, and numerous other cars you'll see while racing around aren't bots, but other players from all around the world.

Microsoft announced earlier this year that new game premieres developed by Microsoft Studios would come to Game Pass at the same time they'd be available to buy. Game streaming and game hosting could potentially be a big booster for the company's Azure cloud business.

Microsoft released the latest iteration of its Xbox, the Xbox One X, this past September.

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