Xbox Games Showcase 2023: Start Times, How To Watch Live, And What To Expect
Here's how you can tune in for a night of world premieres and updates on upcoming Xbox Games Studios titles.
Microsoft's major event of the year, the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, is less than an hour away. The E3-esque press conference event will be livestreamed today, June 11, starting at 10 AM PT, and it's expected to be packed with news, announcements, and game reveals. Below, we've outlined everything you need to know to watch the Xbox Showcase live, along with what you can expect to see during the show.
When is the Xbox Games Showcase?
The Xbox livestream will officially begin on June 11 at the following times:
- 10 AM PT
- 1 PM ET
- 5 PM UTC
- 6 PM BST
- 7 PM CET
- 10 AM AET (June 12)
How to watch the Xbox Games Showcase
Like previous shows, the Xbox Games Showcase will be livestreamed across a variety of platforms. You'll be able to tune in via YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook to catch all the announcements. That include's GameSpot's YouTube channel in the embed above.
Will Starfield be featured?
The biggest game in the Xbox arsenal for 2023 so far, Starfield will have its own dedicated showcase, the Starfield Direct, immediately after the Xbox Showcase, on the same platforms.
What to expect from the Xbox Games Showcase
One part of the show that has already been confirmed, is that it'll contain plenty of gameplay alongside CG footage. Xbox Games VP Aaron Greenberg tweeted "none of our first party games in the show are full CG trailers" and added that everything shown will contain in-game footage, in-engine footage, or in-game footage with some cinematics. Xbox has had several exclusives in development for years now, including Rare's Everwild, Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed, a new IP from Avalanche titled Contraband, and a new entry in the Fable series. Forza Motorsport will likely also make an appearance, as currently, it's still scheduled for a 2023 release.
Currently in development at Playground Games, Fable was hinted at by Xbox social media accounts, as a video of a controller covered in glitter and a trail leading to a computer screen displaying the Xbox Showcase logo was recently uploaded. If the game does make an appearance, this will be its first appearance since the July 2020 Xbox Showcase, which revealed the new Fable game with a trailer of a fairy meeting a horrible fate inside the mouth of a bullfrog.
On the Bethesda side, it might be a little too soon to get a fresh look at the studio's upcoming Indiana Jones game under development at MachineGames, and with efforts currently focused on Starfield, you probably won't see anything related to The Elder Scrolls 6 or Fallout 5. Those two sequels are still years out, but what you could see instead is a look at the online spin-offs to those games, as Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Online have made appearances at previous Xbox showcases.
There'll likely also be a few third-party and indie announcements between the bigger reveals. The Summer Games Fest showcase will be long over by the time that the Xbox Showcase starts, so more details on titles shown at the Keigh-3 event is possible. Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition has run into some roadblocks, so while the company might have aimed to showcase a few games from the publisher, those titles likely won't be present here.
Will a new Xbox mid-cycle console be revealed?
We're now two and a half years into the current life-cycle of the Xbox Series X|S consoles, but there's no sign of a mid-cycle refresh just yet. While Microsoft did provide an early look at the Xbox One X--or Project Scorpio--at E3 2016, just two and a half years after the Xbox One had launched, it'd be optimistic to expect something similar for the Xbox Series X|S.
The console landscape has changed dramatically in the years since then, and combined with supply constraints and the Covid-19 pandemic that were in play when the Xbox Series X|S launched, Microsoft's current console generation only feels like it's getting started now.
There's still plenty of mileage to get out of the Xbox Series X|S consoles, and while Sony is widening its reach with Project Q and PlayStation VR 2, Microsoft isn't in the business of "out-consoling Sony" according to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.
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