No Xbox Briefing at Gamescom This Year, Microsoft Confirms

Gamescom 2016 runs August 18-24 in Cologne, Germany.

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Microsoft will not host a briefing at Gamescom this year, the company announced today.

Instead, the Xbox company will focus on a "new and more intimate Xbox FanFest experience for our fans." More details will be announced soon.

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This is a big change, as Microsoft's Gamescom 2015 briefing was packed with news. This news was announced by marketing executive Aaron Greenberg in an Xbox Wire post, but he did not provide any information on why Microsoft is skipping a briefing this year.

However, he did mention that Microsoft had a "record-setting" E3 in June. Indeed, the company made some huge announcements, including the reveal of two new Xbox devices, the Xbox One S and the Project Scorpio console. Microsoft also revealed the Xbox Play Anywhere feature at E3.

Sony did not hold a Gamescom briefing last year, instead eyeing Paris Games Week. Electronic Arts did have a briefing at last year's Gamescom, but it remains to be seen if either of these companies will host events this year.

Also in the blog post, Microsoft revealed some of the games that Gamescom attendees can get their hands on during the show. These include:

Greenberg also confirmed that Microsoft's Gamescom booth location has moved to Hall 8 in the Koelnmesse hall, near the north entrance.

We'll bring you more news on Gamescom 2016 as it becomes available.

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This just in, Xbox will announce 17 new consoles coming out between now and December; a console a month...but, no new games for any of them. They did confirm backward compatibility however like Red Dead. Get your pre orders ready!

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starjay009

Excited for the Scorpio. I am also looking forward to the PS4 Neo. I currently own both original PS4 and X1; love them both. I think hardware specifications is important to modern console gaming. Teraflops doesn't matter if the devs do not optimize their IPs. I am pretty sure both the Neo and Scorpio will comfortably have native 1080p games running at 60fps. But it's always good to know that Microsoft's future system would be able to do 4K gaming in some capacity. In the mean time, I cannot wait for Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and GOW 4 !

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When we challenge the horrible strategy known as Scorpio, why are we immediately accused of being PS4 fanboys? The reality is, I could have 10 X1s set up in my home but a turd is a turd, no matter how you wrap it. Bailing on the "cloud optimization", failing the Quantum Break milestone, delaying Crackdown...but previewing more iterations of the same games (Forza, Dead Rising, Gears) same stuff. Then, expecting us to believe games will not be exclusively developed for Scorpio. Plain and simple, Spencer stepped to the corner of the ring and threw in the towel.

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: The Scorpio is a nice strategy. You must be a playstation fan boy if you not looking foward to it. Im guessing you think the Neo is the right strategy right.

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@kentray1985: I have both systems genius. Define "nice" strategy. Stock prices dropped after the announcement. Here's why. They lose money on hardware; all gaming console companies do. With an aggressive focus on two new hardware releases, they managed to confuse the market. Scorpio announcement could have been easily released 1 year after XSlim. Unless you have a lot of money to burn, there's no reason to get the Slim because Scorpio will manage the same 4k performance while giving developers more power to play with. In addition to the thousands of exclusive X1 owners who traded their console in for the PS4 when Uncharted released and destroyed Quantum Break (which was a milestone by the way for both systems; one that X1 could have won but Remedy and MS decisions f'd everything up....TV Show....Game.....Sci Fi.....all the above....all crap). Not that this matters much because Sony, at the time, was outselling X1 easily 3:1. Additionally, not even 6 months after, rather than focusing on GAMES, they decided to focus on hardware that will produce better games. yeah, I know, we all heard the nonsense about "all X1 games will playable on Slim and Scorpio..." or, "there will not be exclusive games developed for Scorpio...." This is all PR. Everyone knows Scorpio's hardware will be optimized for an overall better gaming experience. Otherwise, what incentive would all these developers have to utilize the new tooling? Despite this, it's all very confusing. So what did Sony do? They gave millions of consumers a reason to invest in a PS4 because of the mass lineup of games that will span through early 2017; 3x as many as Xbox announced! GAMES SELL HARDWARE, GAMES SELL HARDWARE, GAMES SELL HARDWARE. Teraflops don't guarantee anything especially when the current "next gen" hasn't been fully optimized. My guess is, MS realized their strategy with next gen (X1) was failing so why continue with the same strategy when they can get an early jump on developing games on a stronger platform. Short term loss, long term gain so MAYBE they have a head start and better chance with "next gen 2.0" or whatever the hell it's called. Think about this. There's no real "killer app" being developed for X1 right now. Maybe Scalebound. ReCore looks okay but not going to give them the boost they need. We're getting tired of Forza and Dead Rising. It's the same thing, over and over again. It's lazy. So, I'm confident there will be an amazing, genre breaking title released for Scorpio but you'll be 20 by then (assuming you're 15 now?) and I'll be a very, very old man. WHY WAIT!!!! Why wait for that when in less than a year, I know I can be playing No Man's Sky, The last Guardian or less than 2 years, God of War, Days Gone, and the assortment of other titles released. No matter how you cut it, it's a gamble to buy an X1 slim and it's a waiting game before Scorpio. Sure, there are die hard Xbox fans but you're either going to spend the next several month gambling or waiting. I'm the other guy that's going to be entertained in a months time with a superior console. Rybek Out.

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: I dont get why industry guys join in on conversations on video gaming websites. I dont think these comment sections was built for you guys to come in with your analyzing skills. Im not speaking for others but why would you wait a whole year and some months to enjoy gears of war 4 in 4k when you can enjoy it on October 7th. Life is too short to be doing all this waiting for greatness. MS giving me something I can have this year. When the Scorpio comes out I will still be on my slim. Im aldo getting the NEO because thats what gamers do, we buy the newes consoles and games. I have a job, I can purchase whatever I want. The Xbox one S is a smart idea and so is the heavy hitting Scorpio and NEO. Anyone that loves MS and Sony games will have these systems hands down. Like I said before you sound more like a industry head than a casual gamer like myself. Im 30 years old and I wont wait for greatness when I can have it now but feel free do as you please. Please stop being a cancerous commenter. You're speaking against Xbox and basically praising what games you can have on the Ps4. Isnt that what the fan boys do? Im just saying.

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FritzJ92

@caseyrybek: Your complaining about nothing. We don't even had solid information on Xbox Scorpio or PS4k.

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@fritzj92: define "solid" - nothing solid as in, nothing official? You do realize dev kits have already been distributed to 1st party developers right? Or, are you referring to the overall launch details and pricing strategies?

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: You do a awful lot of thinking for others dont you. Working people wont mind having the Xbox one s and the Scorpio. The custom Gears of war 4 Xbox one S looks delicious. You can keep writing books about the market stuff like anyone suppost to care. Im a gamer, I only care about videogaming content. I dont care who selling the most or how MS is performing in the market. If you're a gamer why do you care about that stuff. Some of you commenters on gamespot are just weird. You sound more like a industry analyst than a actual gamer.

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@kentray1985: Trust me, I've spent many years gaming before you were conceived. I agree, the S does look very sleek and will appeal to many gamers who have the money to spend and are die hard Xbox fans. I will say this, but I'm sure I'm thinking for others with this comment (not sure what you mean by that???) but, most people who have the VCR edition of X1 will most likely wait for Scorpio. MS is counting on the population that is still on old gen. Irony is, these are the same individuals that would have bought an old gen X1 in the first place, which is a much less significant number than those who will get a PS4. From a cost perspective, manufactured/sold/distributed Sony is going to profit a lot more than Microsoft. Someone on old gen that only has the budget for one console still has MANY more reasons to purchase a PS4 than an X1S. Hate to break it to you Kentray, if you were indeed a "real gamer" you would care about this. Think about all the "gamers" who loved Metroid, Mario, Zelda, etc. these "real gamers" like yourself could care less about the decisions Nintendo made with their hardware; all the gamers who were so curious and excited for their new innovations. What came of these decisions? So, they (Nintendo) said, "okay, lets keep up and build Wii U....then NX (or whatever it is) - while we're waiting for the next Mario and the next Zelda (which looks amazing by the way). these decisions in hardware limited the games gamer wanted to play. Same thing with Sega...do you know what Sega is? (genesis, saturn, dream cast, that dumb hardware extension (sound familiar?). it's simple. You build a solid console that's easy to make amazing games for and you keep supporting it. 360 was a good example. Something happened with X1, probably due to the focus on multimedia/cable box all in one. Look at the paths between Sega, Nintendo and Microsoft (for console gaming..) and you'll see horrifying similarities between all 3. Strategies built around hardware are doomed to fail. If it wasn't, then you would still have companies like Panasonic and Neo Geo still in the race. If consumers aren't buying games for your system, you'll die. Can't believe you claim to be a real gamer and you don't care about this stuff.

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kentray1985

Wow well who will be there then. Sony also said they wouldnt be having a briefing at gamescom.

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CODisGOD

Bad News Box One

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kentray1985

@codisgod: Was that a weak joke?

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CODisGOD

Microsoft it was your only chance this year to truly shine but your not even going to try are you ? are you to going to be at Paris games week so sony will go back to Gamescom ?

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DaVillain-

@codisgod: No that would be Nintendo only. I wanted Nintendo to shine had they talk about NX at the very least but nope.

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kentray1985

@codisgod: Sony said they wouldnt be there either dude. MS has been showing some interesting stuff this year. They got Xbox one s coming in august and a Gears of war 4 limited edition Xbox one S got leaked. Forza Horizon 3 coming in September. I dont know what you mean they have to fight back when they are doing great rightnow.

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Thanatos2k

@kentray1985: So you're saying because Sony wasn't there it was a huge chance for Microsoft and they blew it?

I agree.

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kentray1985

@Thanatos2k: No thats what you thought Mr illiterate.

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Thanatos2k

@kentray1985: I'm sorry your attempt at defending Microsoft backfired.

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kentray1985

@Thanatos2k: Your opinion didnt make sense and wasnt based off any facts at all. Bye bye treasure troll!

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sladakrobot

@kentray1985: they are too blind to see

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darksouls

Rip

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kentray1985

@darksouls: R.I.P to Sony fan boys. Sony gone have to up them teraflops lol

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@kentray1985:

Maybe late 2017. Here in the real world, Quantum Break is the only MS release so far this year...and to meager reviews.

Meanwhile...MLB 16, Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted 4...all well praised.

Ah...to be an Xbot. To expect mediocrity and to scoff at excellence.

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kentray1985

@Lacerz: Im a videogamer, check yourself. I own and enjoy all three current gen consoles. Get on my level!

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darksouls

@kentray1985: Nice I guess

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DRowePrice

You ever notice that there's an xbox article everyday on gs even on slow news days? and the same names in the comments in every xbox article talking about how much they hate ms/xbox? No one is forcing you to buy any MS products... better now?

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kentray1985

@droweprice: Those are the same fan boys I see all the time. The darth guy, miramon, fly, and bobafett. These guys act like they work for Sony and I wouldnt be surprised if they do. They are still trying to cope with the fact Scorpio will be the best performing platform next year and just in time for the heavy hitters.

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@kentray1985:

Next year...as in 18 months after announcement? After 3 years of a failed Xbox One?

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kentray1985

@Lacerz: How does a console fails and sells well. Are you finished or are you done lol

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Execs worried that Spencer will reveal new hardware planned for 2018 after Scorpio quickly meets the same fate as X1.

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: You scared of being a smart thinking individual.

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@kentray1985: what's an individule?

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: A spelling error obviously smh

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xhawk27

@caseyrybek: Someone is salty. Sony is going to announce Neo..... Hahahahahaha

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@xhawk27: If they had this planned, they would have done it during E3, but unlike X1 and Spencer, they decided not to confuse the market and instead focus on a strong line up of games. But noooooo...YOU WANT GAMES! then damn it, we're going to do one better! we're going to give you 25 new pieces of hardware! LOL.

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sladakrobot

@caseyrybek: its more like MS said 6 terraflops and Sony thought " ****,we have only 4,2... lets scrap the announcement

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@sladakrobot: yeah, that's it. Because they've been so worried about how their sales are doing against X1 for the last 3 years. I assure you, games developed TODAY TODAY TODAY are a higher priority for Sony than next gen 2.0 architecture.

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sladakrobot

@caseyrybek: and that is why Sony showed at the end of the show again a game they showed earlier in show?

That was a filler for something they scrapped

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: Sounds like you have a vendetta against Microsoft. I hear that Sony still going to bring the NEO out this year. Do you think thats a smart idea even when we havnt gotten a price for it yet. The PS VR bundle will already be pricey with a $499.99 price tag. You really think thats smart dropping a more powerful console right after PS VR with little to no info on the NEO. Atleast the Scorpio wont be coming until the end of next year. Scorpio is far off but I still see that it has you fan boys very upset.

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@kentray1985: VR is an accessory and will be sold as an accessory, a lot like the Kinect or PS Camera, whatever it's called. The VR will provide an enhanced experience certainly not at the fidelity of the VR offered by Scorpio. This means, if you don't want to pay 300 for this particular accessory (where are you getting 499 from?), you can still play the games...or not...really doesn't matter because it's an accessory. PS4 is doing this instead of a "slim" version because...welll.....errrr....ummm...the PS4 is already slim. Once again, they are not asking their consumers to buy a new console for an enhanced experienced. They're pricing an accessory that's very optional showing long term confidence in PS4. I don't know what your sources are regarding Neo releasing this year. You might be right, but it seems unlikely. They're obviously watching how the market responds to MS's new hardware releases (slim and scorpio) before they finalize their pricing strategy. I'm sure the architecture is already completed and Scorpio is the stronger "box" but Sony has the market by the balls because of a stronger lineup of games. Hardware is not going to shift the market and that's what MS is gambling on; to give consumers a PC like experience. I know most people will argue against this, but the Uncharted Vs Quantum Break was such an important milestone for both systems. It was X1's opportunity to say, F YOU PS4 lovers, we can do an amazing game at 1080! Unfortunately, it was neither true 1080 or an amazing game. It was a major failure (as a system seller). MS studios dumped a lot of money and resources into that game because it was supposed to prove the value of their multimedia platform. My guess is, if QB worked out as planned, I doubt MS would have been this aggressive with talking about hardware. They've been getting bashed by media, all related to the resolution issues, which personally, I think is all nonsense but it worked. Game after game, it's still not 1080, it's still not 1080....so of course MS would be this loud talking about new 4k hardware but it's embarrassing because they have to create new architecture to be "better" than PS4...which by the way, is equivalent "generation" to X1.

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kentray1985

@xhawk27: He still will be going to sleep on top of his PS4, saying "I love you" lol

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@kentray1985: ohhhh hardy har har...hahahhaha....so funny. your grammar....not your points. hi, I'm kentray1985: hey we be wills whys nows knowns you'll funny man.

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kentray1985

@caseyrybek: Your tears are delicious!

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Well it makes sense. If they did show up they'd have nothing to show. MS only had old stuff everyone already knew about to show at E3, so why would Gamescom be any different?

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iaruelas

@reduc_ab_: And sony doesn't have a damn thing to show!!! None of their games are coming out until late 2017-2018.

Move along pony.

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kentray1985

@reduc_ab_: Correction, we knew about two of those games but never saw gameplay. Seriously what is wrong with you. Whats up with all the doom and gloom for Xbox. I dont get some of you guys on gamespot. You guys cant be grown ups, thats for sure.

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@kentray1985: I don't care about Xbox1. I don't care about PS4. I don't care about MS. I don't care about Sony. I don't care about any of it. I care only about people. I make these statements just to reel people in. What I really want to say is that I love people. I'm sick of all the fighting, be it over video games, or whatever. Anyway. Now you know a little bit about me.

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Pyrosa

Would love to get my hands on Cuphead and We Happy Few...

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