Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Microsoft's E3 2018 conference shows that Xbox is (sort of) back

Microsoft's E3 2018 conference shows that Xbox is (sort of) back

There's a new Halo, multiple Gears of War games, and a multitude of trailers for everything from Kingdom Hearts III to Fallout 76. "We are dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play, on your Xbox, your PC, or your phone", he announced to cheers.

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The game is also being built using 343's new Slipspace Engine, which is detailed in a new blog. That's changing with the new seasonal focus of Forza Horizon 4.

Microsoft threw everything and the kitchen sink at the audience during its E3 2018 keynote. No other details were given, apart from Spencer saying it would be "Master Chief's greatest adventure yet". The last Battletoads title was 1994's Battletoads Arcade; a pretty standard beat-'em-up that reportedly didn't do that well at arcades but is considered to be a pretty fun title by series fans.

Microsoft also said it would start a new studio of its own, called The Initiative, which will be based in Santa Monica. It is being developed by DLaLa Studios in partnership with Microsoft's Rare Studio. While a bunch of exciting games were announced during the conference, it's clear that Microsoft is preparing for a brighter future beyond the Xbox One. The knock-on effect from that though is that not only is there a lack of interest in Xbox in Japan, but western players who enjoy Japanese games have no reason to pick up an Xbox One.

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Meanwhile, Fallout Shelter will have a release on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch - and its going to come out later today. Earlier at Microsoft's E3 conference, you'd be forgiven for thinking Fallout 76 was a brand-new Fallout game.

On Sunday, Microsoft's Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed the division was working with the company's cloud technology team to come up with a way to stream games with console graphics quality to any device.

The Xbox event was packed with cinematic snippets or play of 52 games, including new instalments to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout" and "Halo".

But this wasn't Microsoft's only big news.

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