After Sony impressed with its range of titles set to headline the PlayStation 5 back in June, Microsoft did their best to upstage their rivals today with the Xbox Games Showcase. Streaming live in the early hours of this morning (2am to be precise) on YouTube, the hour-long event focused primarily on Xbox Game Studios titles we can expect to play when the Xbox Series X drops later this year. Xbox Wire Editor in Chief Will Turtle called the showcase the “most creatively diverse games line-up in console history.”
“Our unique vision for the next generation of gaming starts with players at the centre, immersing you in riveting, fun and mind blowing experiences – on any device,” Turtle claimed. “We know what matters the most to you: unforgettable games. Games that deeply connect you with fascinating characters, cast worlds and great friends wherever you are. And with a new era of gaming upon us, the world’s greatest developers are imagining new worlds and ideas to entertain you for years to come.”
The live stream featured 10 world premieres along with 22 games confirmed as launch exclusives, with every title shown in the presentation set to be available with Xbox Game Pass. The selection of games on offer was impressive, and while it didn’t get me quite as excited as the PS5 stream, the reveal of gameplay footage from Halo Infinite did give me a warm feeling inside. The short teaser shows Master Chief cruising around in a jeep and taking down a number of enemies in a visually stunning new world, setting the franchise up as not just the Series X’s biggest release, but one of the most anticipated games of 2020.
Other highlights from the presentation included footage taken from the expansive world of Fable, near photorealistic racer Forza Motorsport, Chernobyl set sci-fi epic Stalker 2 and first-person shooter ExoMecha. Check out the full list of games below.
Check out the full list of games below.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
State Of Decay 3
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Phantasy Star Online 2
Tetris Effect: Connected
As Dusk Falls
The Outer Worlds
Tell Me Why
Hello Neighbour 2
Watch Dogs: Legion
Dragon Quest XI S
The Xbox Series X is set for release later this year.