E3 2016 Day 2: Round-Up of Events


1. Microsoft Press Conference

Xbox One S

Microsoft started their conference by revealing Xbox One S. The Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One and also eliminates the frustratingly bulky power supply that the Xbox line is known for. Xbox One S also includes a few new features like 4K Ultra HD video support, HDR capabilities for both gaming and video and a new built-in IR blaster. A special, limited edition launch edition of the Xbox One S will be available in August with a 2TB hard drive for $399. Two standard versions will be available soon after: a 500GB edition for $299, and 1TB for $349.

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 was revealed last year with a gameplay demo along with the trailer. A new gameplay demo was showcased along with a special edition Gears of War Xbox One Elite Controller. Gears of War 4 is revealed to be released for Windows 10 alongside Xbox One. Gears of War 4 marks the first game to use the Xbox Play anywhere project (By Once, Play for Free with Xbox One or Windows 10). The game is scheduled to be released worldwide on October 11, 2016.

Forza Horizon 3

This year Horizon Festival goes to Australia. Forza Horizon 3 joins Gears of War 4 in the Xbox Play Anywhere project. Forza Horizon 3 marks the second Forza game to be released for Windows 10 alongside Xbox One. A gameplay trailer along with a gameplay demo which showcased new features like Co-Op campaign, new customization and dirt racing, to name a few. It was indeed beautiful. Australia’s natural beauty abounds in Forza Horizon 3. Forza Horizon 3 marks the first game to use cross-play feature, as it is a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program. The game will be released on 27 September 2016 for both platforms.


Another ambitious game, Microsoft revealed last year’s E3 was ReCore. A gameplay trailer was revealed along with the release date. Microsoft announced that ReCore would also be released for Windows 10. ReCore is scheduled for release on September 13, 2016, in North America, and three days later in Europe.

Dead Rising 4

It has been in the leak days before the reveal, and we knew it was in development. Dead Rising 4 will be the fourth entry in the Xbox Play Anywhere program. Dead Rising 1’s protagonist return in this game and will feature four-player cooperative play to complete missions and tear through the horde of zombies with your friends, or join a quick match and enter a game in progress with randomly matched players. Dead Rising 4 will be released during the holiday season this year for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Many play The Witcher 3 for exploration and completing story and side quests. Many would have come around the mini card game “Gwent” in many taverns. Player who finished the campaign, spend many hours playing this mini game, which forced CD Projekt Red to develop a standalone Gwent card game. The community members have been asking for it ever since and CD Projekt Red have delivered it. A beta test is starting soon and a September launch is planned for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with full cross-platform play.

Sea of Thieves

Another game from last year’s E3 and joining the list of games in the Xbox Play Anywhere program. Sea of Thieves will be a complete first person Co-Op action adventure experience. Players have the ability to craft their custom stories by using in-game tools. Sea of Thieves gives you the keys to your own pirate ship.

State of Decay 2

Due to the success of the first game on Xbox Live arcade, it eventually made its way to PCs. We knew the sequel was coming and it has come. State of Decay 2’s settlement-building tools are noticeably improved. The sequel also scraps the original game’s CryEngine-based technology for an Unreal Engine 4-powered backbone. The game will be release sometime during 2017.

Design You Own Xbox One Controller

Now you can personalize your very own Xbox Wireless Controller with Xbox Design Lab. Start from scratch or customize an existing design online, choosing from a wide range of color combinations. You can even add laser engraving for a more personal touch. You design it. We build it. With Xbox Design Lab, the next Xbox wireless controller is truly in your hands.


Halo Wars 2

One more game in list of Xbox Play Anywhere program. Seems like Microsoft is making a big push to pursue gamers to Windows 10. Addition of Halo game is a dream for PC players and it has come true, thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere.

Project Scorpio

Xbox is looking to win the console war this time, with specifications much higher than the rumored PS4 Neo specifications. Phil Spencer ended Microsoft Press Conference with a bang, by showing a glimpse of Project Scorpio. Read more about Project Scorpio here.

New Xbox Live features

Microsoft also announced some new Xbox Live features that will be coming soon in a title update.


  • Background Music
  • Language Region Independence
  • Cortana
  • Clubs on Xbox Live
  • Looking for Group
  • Arena on Xbox Live