Xbox E3 2019 briefing recap, trailers, and announcements

Is your head spinning from rapid-fire Xbox E3 2019 announcements? Check out our recap of Microsoft's presentation for all the biggest news and trailers.


Considering the tremendous pace of E3 presentations, players can be forgiven if they missed some of the announcements at Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 briefing. The news moves fast, after all, but fortunately, so do we. Keep reading for a recap of the biggest news, reveals, announcements, and trailers featured in the Xbox E3 2019 presentation, from Battletoads to Bleeding Edge and Halo Infinite to Project Scarlett.

Project Scarlett

Unlike Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 briefing, we're going to give you the biggest news first: Project Scarlett, the next-gen Xbox console, will launch in the holiday season of 2020. Touting high-end hardware that's reportedly four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, the new console is bolstered by the announcement of Halo Infinite as a launch title. Unfortunately, we still don't know what the console will be called.


Battletoads was finally revealed at the Xbox E3 2019 briefing with an all-new gameplay trailer.

Cyberpunk 2077

As if getting a new gameplay trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 wasn't enough, the crowd went wild when Keanu Reeves took to the stage to announce his role in the game as well as a release date slated for April 16, 2020.

Crossfire X

One of many fresh reveals during the presentation was Crossfire, a new game from the crew at Smilegate. A trailer was shown off and the game was given a console-first release window for 2020.

Double Fine and Psychonauts 2

In its continued interest in snapping up game development studios, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Double Fine Studios, prompting none other than Tim Schafer to take the stage in order to reveal the studio's latest release Psychonauts 2 in a new trailer.

Gears 5 release date

Fans of the Gears of War series were given a fresh new trailer and a release date for Gears of War 5, which set for September 10.

The game will also be made available on the Xbox Game Pass, and preorders score players access to a Terminator-themed character pack featured in the trailer above.

FromSoftware's Elden Ring

The Microsoft presentation was finally able to give players a taste of Elden Ring, the joint project between George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware. Though not many details were revealed, the new Elden Ring trailer set the stage for a dramatic experience.

Halo Infinite

Microsoft showed off an all new gameplay footage trailer for Halo Infinite. Alongside this, the company also announced that Halo Infinite will be a launch title with Xbox Project Scarlett.


No less than 12 new games were announced for ID@Xbox. Microsoft showed off the sizzle reel featured above, which showcases all of the following titles:

  • Afterparty
  • Blazing Chrome
  • Creature in the Well
  • Cross Code
  • Dead Static Drive
  • The Good Life
  • Pathologic 2
  • Riverbond
  • Star Renegades
  • Supermarket Shriek
  • TABS
  • Totem Teller

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Metroidvania fans will be pleased to learn that Ori and the Will of the Wisps was given a new trailer, and Moon Studios announced a release date set for February 11, 2020.

The Outer Worlds

We first learned about Obsidian Entertainment's latest RPG only recently, but the Xbox E3 briefing confirmed that The Outer Worlds would release on October 25 with full Xbox Game Pass support at launch.

Phantasy Star Online 2

The Xbox E3 briefing showcased a new release in the fan-favorite Phantasy Star series. Players got their first taste of Phantasy Star Online 2 in a new trailer, and Microsoft announced that the game would include cross-platform play when it launches in the spring of 2020.

Tales of Arise

Bandai Namco is returning to the Tales series with Tales of Arise. The game was given a new worldwide reveal trailer and a release date window set for 2020.

Xbox Game Pass for PC

Xbox Game Pass is finally coming to PC, which just so happens to enter beta today with a new Xbox app for Windows. The service will cost $5 a month, and also comes bundled into the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundle, which couples together Xbox Live with the Game Pass.

Xbox xCloud

Microsoft gave some more details about its xCloud game streaming service, giving E3 attendees to check out the goods first-hand and announced a preview slated for October.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

Finally, Xbox players who want the ultimate gaming controller will soon be able to pick up the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Built with even geekier levels of customization, player will be able to adjust everything from joystick tension to trigger pull and more.

Keep it tuned to Shacknews' E3 2019 home page for all of the latest news and reveals. Game fans can also stay on top of launch dates by heading over to our 2019 video game release date schedule.

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