Xbox Briefing at Gamescom Scheduled for August 12, "Big Surprises" Teased

Microsoft will live-stream the event, so you won't miss a thing.

Microsoft announced today that its Gamescom 2014 briefing will take place Tuesday, August 12, and revealed that the event will be live-streamed around the world. The event kicks off from Cologne, Germany at 1 p.m. BST, which works out to 8 a.m. EDT and 5 a.m. PDT.

The briefing will be streamed across Xbox Live, Xbox.com, Windows Phone, and through the Xbox Twitch channel. Microsoft isn't saying just yet what it plans to show during the event (Quantum Break will probably be there), but the company teases that the briefing will include "big surprises you will not want to miss."

This includes the "biggest reveals and the hottest highlights," Microsoft says. In past years, Microsoft's briefings at Gamescom were held privately, with no public broadcasts available.

Later that day on August 12, Sony will hold its own Gamescom briefing at 6 p.m. BST. Electronic Arts will host its conference the next day, where we might finally get to see what the publisher's mysterious new project from BioWare is all about.

Activision is also attending Gamescom, and will host the worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer mode on August 11. GameSpot will be on the ground at Gamescom in Germany bringing you all the news as it happens.

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Dangerous231
Dangerous231

Damn this show was great!! Xbox one domination!!!!.. 

northArrow
northArrow

So the big surprise was Tomb Raider being an exclusive?

ohara1974
ohara1974

yawn i could careless and i own an xbox one......

Everything about this system HAS BEEN OVERHYPED FROM THE START.....so am not believing this crap.....what? more NFL fantasy non sense? MS tv oh thats cancelled....the revolutionary KINECT lol hahaha

same price for inferior hardware? hahahaha ya that'll work

gajbutler
gajbutler

Why do they always do them when we're at work?


You'd think they would do them at 6pm onwards...

GreyWolf217
GreyWolf217

Please don't let me be the only one that wants one of those "surprises" to be Xbone UI customization options for heavens sake.

CBTDesigner
CBTDesigner

I sincerely hope they're genuine, worthy "surprises" - not hype...

kingraven24
kingraven24

Perhaps we'll get the Gears of War reveal?  Maybe another dormant title from earlier days is being resurrected?  Wouldn't mind hearing about a full-fledged Kameo revival or Crimson Skies comeback.

hero-of-canton
hero-of-canton

A Kinect-less Halo: Master Chief Collection special edition Xbox One would be nice...

travis1987
travis1987

Halo Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive and GTA V, that's all i need to keep the winter blues away.

hollywood1
hollywood1

No Man's Sky for XBOX or GTFO! That's the only announcement I give a rats ass about.

kane6911
kane6911

in all of this i can see Xbox 1 BC to play most of the 360 games, because Sony PS now service which will be a huge fail by the way. Microsoft isn't dumb they understand what's going on and how to beat the competition. Sony shows serious weakness right now with their limited console. the x1 is not the power house the 360 was right but by all accounts it is about 8x more more powerful. so i can see of the 360's functionality coming to the Xbox one. i think that is surprise and if it is Sony is really screwed. the PS4 will never be able to all the things the PS3 great at.    

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

Full native Android support coming to the XBox One, Windows Phone and later on it will be part of Windows 9 as well.

monson21502
monson21502

the end is near for sony..... their cockyness  has got the best of them with the ps no ty. they had the nerve to call EA rip offs . they cramed in the cheapest parts they could find in the ps4. i already know 2 people with 400 dolar bricks with sony`s name on it. all ms has to do and throw a few bombs at this event and its all over for greedy or sony what ever you wanna call them

pedrovnone
pedrovnone

I JUST WANT CONKER, PERFECT DARK AND BANJO KAZOOIE back!

DarkChyld
DarkChyld

A gears collection would be awesome, and maybe a jade empire or Lost Odyssey 2. God I hope it's nothing Kinect related. I don't care about Cortana or any other voice crap. I just want to play games.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

Inside information tells me it is true backwards compatibility.... pop in your 360 games and PLAY AWAY. No subscription, no streaming, just compatibility...

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Maybe MS dropped a cargo plane of cash on Valve and told them to make Half Life 3? That would be nice. GOW HD collection will likely come but, I doubt they would call that a big announcement. Usually when they say they have something big, it really is.


As to some of the other comments, making fun of MS got old a looong time ago. Kind of makes you look pathetic at this point. Get some new material at least.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

Sounds like it's going to be a good day.

MS sounds to have something big to announce, may get more info on Quantum Break, might see what this Spark game from Bioware game is all about and finally we all get to see whether or not CoD is going to lose the rest of it's fans because the multiplayer is the exact same formula (meaning they lied when they kept saying its finally different) or gaining fans for completely redefining and recreating the MP experience. Obviously many of us are betting its the same crap with a different skin and minor tweaks that don't matter because the formula is still the same, holding it all back.

voltedgamer
voltedgamer

@ohara1974 Overhyped? lol more like underhyped as fuck. No one liked the X1 at first and now it's sales have doubled because MS have made the right moves lol. Anyway they haven't released any bullcrap like that in AGES and have moved away from Kinect and TV ages ago anyway, where have u been living, under a rock?

ohara1974
ohara1974

this is MS its ALL HYPE nothing more

northArrow
northArrow

@kane6911 BC would be great but lets be realistic, it won't come to the X1 without a subscription fee similar to the PS now service. Microsoft isn't stupid, but they're also not pro-consumer either. If there's money to be made via nickle and diming us they'll do it

RevLux
RevLux

@monson21502  Why is it that anytime there is even mildly exciting news for one console, you fanboys feel obligated to spout nonsense about the other? "The end" is not near for Sony's PS4 or Microsoft's XB1. Find something else to hate. Like racism or the lack of clean drinking water for large parts of the world. Hating a video game console is pointless.

RevLux
RevLux

@pedrovnone  Conker is coming to project spark. Unfortunately it is not a new game but it will allow users to create content which includes Conker. It's a baby step at least.

RevLux
RevLux

@blackbeltjones  Extremely doubtful. I'd be content with having at least my digital indie games work on the 360 and XB1. Although that is unlikely as well. The surprise is probably new XB1 game info.

oflow
oflow

@blackbeltjones that would be cool even though they already said many of the old 360 games would have to be totally redone to make them work on the X1.  Maybe they are making an emulator?

But I can see select titles being redone from 360 for the XBOXONE and them actually implementing cross-platform play with these games, with cross-platform chat, friends list and gameplay. If they made it so you didnt have to repurchase them that would really put a boot in Sony that is basically forcing PS4 owners to rebuy PS3 games or rent them on Now.

They have already been hinting a lot about it on Twitter with the ramp up on info about Windows 9.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-2014-happy-wars-coming-to-xbox-one-with-cross-platform-support-on-xbox-360/1100-6420210/


northArrow
northArrow

@bdrtfm I think defending Microsoft got old even longer ago - especially when you consider they've done nothing to deserve it. 


If you don't like the comments, you could always not read them.

oflow
oflow

@bdrtfm wont happen. Valve is pushing towards making Linux their main OS for all their games.  Its not like Valve needs money they are a multi billion dollar company.

oflow
oflow

@CraZkid37 I have a feeling they are going to announce more crossplatform play and more conversions from Live arcade to XboxOne with some info on Windows 9.

Phil Spencer already talked about cross-platform play coming with the X1 version of Happy Wars so 360 owners can play with X1 owners.

Maybe we will get a precursor with cross-platform chat and friends list?

The Sony haters that cant see the forest for the trees dont understand that MS' plan is to make the UI uniform across all their devices with the launch of Windows 9.

So the XBOXONE will have the same apps and interface as Windows Phone, PC, tablets and 360.  Meaning you will have cross-platform chat, friends lists, all the apps from Windows Phone will work on X1, Live Tiles and Cortana integration into the Kinect.

If they let you port your 360 Live Arcade library to X1 without having to totally repurchase the games (maybe pay an upgrade fee)  XBOXONE will shoot past PS4.

kane6911
kane6911

@northArrow @kane6911 i think you are right in a way but however, i can see this working in a few ways better that the PS-NOW crap. Microsoft has had time to look at sony's model and do some adjustment to their plan now. so with that being said i think they will follow the EA approach and just make it like 8 dollars a moths or so. 

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@RevLux @blackbeltjones It is just wishful thinking... but it is no more doubtful than them removing the 24 hour check ins and the Kinect being impossible to remove.... It's only possible AFTER they do it... If anyone can come up with a 360 emulator it'd be a software giant like MS

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@northArrow @bdrtfm  There is a big difference between defending a company and just being tired of the tr0lling f@nboy flame. I come on here to read about gaming news and to try to have conversations with people about interesting stuff. Others come on here for the sole purpose of derailing conversations and bashing others for there choice of toy. You have to wade through all the flamebait to get to the good comments.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

@oflow this would all be amazing. Cross platform interactivity would be a major game changer. 

northArrow
northArrow

@kane6911  God I hope not, the EA model of paying $5/mo for game demos and unlimited access to the 4 or 5 old games they'll rotate in and out isn't much of a deal to me. 

If they do BC it will probably be similar to the PS-now, being able to actually choose what games to play from a larger library is the way to go. Unlike PS-now, I hope it would be done at reasonable prices though.

oflow
oflow

@bdrtfm exactly.  most of the Cows like this guy are here offering nothing to conversation but trawling.  

oflow
oflow

@CraZkid37 @oflow yeah a lot of it has already been officially  confirmed as coming like Live Tiles and Cortana, its one of the reasons I bought an XBOXONE, that MCC and the Phantom Dust reboot which was my favorite game on the original Xbox.

Its a no brainer for MS to bring out Cortana on XBOXONE with the release of Halo 5. I've seen a few rumors about Cortana voice functionality even being integrated into the gameplay of Halo 5 which would make all the Kinect haters eat serious crow.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/rumor-cortana-make-its-way-xbox-one-windows-81-or-9-will-launch-india-coming-months

cpg716
cpg716

@northArrow @kane6911 The will not be "rotating" them in and out.. The vault will keep building.. EA has said this several times now..

kane6911
kane6911

@northArrow @kane6911 you must did not read the article dude. they do not rotate or take games out of the vault. and they are not demos. most of the 360's games are going to be old because it's and old system now one that i like though.they will add more games with time and and never delete them away. in time you will have a library of games of over a thousand plus. yet people still think they are streaming games from EA and that's not true either. you will have to download them just like if you owned them so its not like netflix either. i think could work if Microsoft gave a chance and from what i hope it sounds like this is what they are going do. 

GreyWolf217
GreyWolf217

@oflow @bdrtfm I really appreciate what y'all are saying but you really don't know how hard I had to resist a fishing or sea captain joke from your use of the word "Trawling."  Going to go cast me a line and catch my self-restraint. sorry 

northArrow
northArrow

@oflow "I've seen a few rumors about Cortana voice functionality even being integrated into the gameplay of Halo 5 which would make all the Kinect haters eat serious crow."



I laughed out loud. 


No, God no, they've got to do better than that

northArrow
northArrow

@kane6911 @northArrow They're not going to be adding any "new" games to the vault, the games that most people are going to want to play from EA (This years Madden, Fifa, Dragon Age; Inquisition, etc) are going to be demos. You won't be able to play full versions of those games with the EA Access - you can transfer progress to the full game when you buy it, but that's it.


The stuff you'll see going into the vault is the same type of stuff that you get as part of the "on the house" promo on Origin. I think people are giving EA more credit than they've earned.

oflow
oflow

@northArrow @oflow What exactly is funny about what I said?

Cortana functionality is a great feature, good enough to where its going to be built into windows 9.  You obviously dont like Halo either, because if you did you wouldnt say something like this.  Cortana is a main character in the Halo franchise, voice interaction in the gameplay would be an awesome feature IMHO.

We get you dont like Xbox.  But for those of us that do this would be a great feature.  

What exactly are you doing here if you dont like the Xbox besides hating for hates' sake? 



kane6911
kane6911

@northArrow @kane6911 you misunderstood what i said. when i said new games i did not mean 2015 games for that matter. i meant new games as such there best 360 and ps3 games. that have been out for a while. although i do believe that we will get some up to date games made for specifically for the xbox one. a year after they have been on the market.    

northArrow
northArrow

@oflow What's funny is that you think voice interaction is an amazing enough feature to make the Kinect haters eat crow. How can you even say something like that without laughing? We've already had voice interaction as far back as the 360's Kinect and it wasn't at all impressive. I'd argue games like Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 were better (or at least had more reliable commands) without it. Things haven't changed a whole lot this gen.


I've played all the Halos, this has nothing to do with the franchise. it's about the underwhelming features of voice interaction.


We get it, you're an Xbox fan, no different than the "Sony Ponies', and there is nothing Microsoft could do, no matter how insignificant, underwhelming - or in some cases anti-consumer you won't vehemently defend. You just froth at the mouth for the opposite team.

oflow
oflow

@northArrow @oflow easily because I use the voice functionality on my X1 all the time and improving it with Cortana makes a BIG difference.  

Instead of a commands list Cortana will allow you to basically allow you to just talk to the console in everday speech.  They used the same voice actor for Cortana fom Halo as the voice of the service.

Having it built into the game would make it like an interactive story. Something that hasnt been done before, so yes, i like innovation.

Also, I dont just 'froth at the mouth of the opposing team' and i also dont just love everything MS does.  I actually primarily PC game but as far as consoles go I prefer Xbox because I like their games better than Sony's.  I actually own a PS1 thru 3, I just didnt buy a PS4 because the couple of exclusives they are making that I would want to play arent going to be released probably until 2016.

I dont care about the PS4 being 'moar powahfull', my gaming rig is way better than both of these consoles as far as power.  But you dont see me on every article spouting 'master race' BS.

The point is, this is an Xbox article, so their should be comments supporting Xbox here. My comments are actually on topic, while your arent.

Guys like you come here basically spreading nothing but BS and hate for XBox because you are a Sony fan.  None of your comments are actually conversational, they are mostly just BS about how bad X1 is, which is basically tr0lling.


northArrow
northArrow

@oflow I'm glad you like the voice commands, but don't pretend the majority of people do. You are a very small group of gamers. 


Regarding Cortana, she's already available for a lot of Windows phones and nobody's impressed. She's nothing more than a crappier version of Siri - which nobody uses anymore either. Regarding its use in a game, I mentioned that in my previous post, it hasn't worked before and I've seen no indication that it's going to get any better with this version of the Kinect hardware. Creating lower quality versions of products already on the market is not "innovation". It doesn't matter how many times Microsoft uses that word in its marketing spin, it won't make it true.


And did you really say since this is an Xbox article only supporting comments should be here? That's asinine. This is a place for discussion both positive and negative, period.


I used to be a long Xbox fan, I loved both the original and the 360, but there's absolutely no question that Microsoft phoned their effort in this generation, taking us consumers for granted and outright lying about features and functions of their console while delivering inferior games. I agree 100% with Jim Sterling:


http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9565-The-Xbox-One-A-Lying-Failure-Machine


Finally I'm not here to troll, I'm here to discuss my disappointment with others that feel the same and pray that Microsoft will get back to creating products that are worth buying.