Xbox One’s most important news from Microsoft’s huge video game showcase

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Much of the news had already been leaked, but that didn’t stop gamers whooping and cheering when Xbox chief Phil Spencer took to the stage in Los Angeles. Microsoft didn’t disappoint with this year’s Xbox E3 conference – the company unveiled both hardware and software that will help it close the gap on the dominant PlayStation .

After paying tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting tragedy , the Xbox officials got stuck into the announcements. Here’s the best of what Microsoft had to offer.

Xbox One S


Microsoft Unveil Their New ‘slimmer’ Console Xbox One S

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A surprise for absolutely no-one who’s been following Microsoft’s build up to E3, the all-white Xbox One S is a smaller, slimmer version of the console.

It was revealed alongside a redesigned version of the Xbox game controller and Xbox chief Phil Spencer also confirmed a price and release date. It’ll be available from August and will cost $299 (£210).

The console is 40% smaller and has an internal power supply, meaning there won’t be a gigantic power brick taking up space behind the TV.

There’s also 2TB of hard drive space and the capacity to play games with a 4K resolution. And – if you’re pushed for space – you’ll pleased to know you can stand this version of the console up vertically.

Project Scorpio

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The Xbox press conference for E3 2015 in Los Angeles

If one Xbox console isn’t enough to get you excited, then how about two? Microsoft closed off its conference by teasing what it called ‘Project Scorpio’.

Not an upcoming Al Pacino flick but instead “the latest addition to the Xbox One family” which will be arriving in time for Christmas 2017.

We don’t know much, but it’s unlikely to be a brand new console but instead will be a more powerful upgrade geared towards virtual reality and 4K gaming.

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Gears of War 4


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The first title of the conference to get a showing was the much-anticiapted Gears of War 4.

The game will launch on Xbox One on October 11, 2016 but gamers got an extended taste of the action with a brand new gameplay demo.

The gunplay and chainsaw were back with abundance and Kait was the focus of the action. You can see the video for yourself above.

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Forza Horizon 3


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As with Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 was billed as an “Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive” as it was revealed at the conference.

The free-form racing game is set on the vast continent of Australia and the gameplay demo on stage included a breathtaking race along the Great Ocean Road.

It also showed players racing each other across platforms, with one playing on the new Xbox One S and one on a Windows 10 machine.

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Xbox Live and Windows 10

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Microsoft obviously has more strings to its bow than just the Xbox brand. The company recently announced it was picking up LinkedIn and also used E3 to further fuse Xbox and Windows.

For one, the company’s Siri-like virtual assistant Cortana (who actually came from the Halo games) is now going to be available on Xbox One.

Secondly, the company is pushing what it calls “Play Anywhere” meaning you can play your Xbox games on the console or through Windows 10. What’s more, players on different devices (a PC, laptop or tablet) could conceivably be playing against people using an Xbox console. Like one big, happy Microsoft family.

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Xbox Design Lab



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In amongst all the games, Microsoft revealed a new service it’s offering called Xbox Design Labs that lets you customise your own controllers.

You’ll be able to pick different colours and have personalised inscriptions added to the gamepad.

So far, it’s only open to the US, Canada and Puerto Rico – but Microsoft says it’ll be targeting “other markets” soon. What’s more, it won’t be cheap – the controllers will cost $79.99 each plus an extra $9.99 if you want an engraving.

Halo Wars 2



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It wouldn’t be a Microsoft event without the Halo franchise. Halo Wars 2 isn’t going to be out until February 2017, but the company announced the beta program will begin today.

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