Xbox Series X gameplay reveal live blog: we'll be reporting live on the stream

Source: TechRadar

Today's the day! The day Microsoft offers up its Xbox Series X gameplay reveal event, where we'll finally get a look at next-gen games in action for the first time during a special episode of Inside Xbox.

And the good news is you can follow along live right here, with our Xbox Series X gameplay reveal live blog, where we'll be providing expert analysis and opinion on everything that's announced.

So what are we expecting Microsoft to show off today? Well, the company has confirmed that this event will focus primarily on third-party Xbox Series X games. So unfortunately, we won't be seeing the likes of Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2 today, sorry folks. We also won't be seeing any hardware, so we'll have to wait a little longer to get confirmation on the Xbox Series X's price.

However, we will be seeing next-gen gameplay for the first time ever, with Ubisoft confirming Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be one of the games on show. 

In addition, expect first looks, sneak peeks and trailers for upcoming Xbox Series X games as well as world premiere announcements. Microsoft has also confirmed it will reveal the list of Xbox Series X games which will utilize its innovative Smart Delivery feature. It's shaping up to be quite the event.

The Xbox Series X gameplay reveal will kick off at 4pm BST/ 11am ET/ 8am PT.

Xbox Series X gameplay reveal live blog

All times in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

7:00 - Just one hour to go until the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal kicks off. Are you excited? We sure are. 

Here's how to watch the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal if you want to catch all the action live as it happens.

6:45 - Unfortunately, because today's event is going to focus on third-party games, we're not going to hear anything about the Xbox Series X price.

Currently we're still in the dark about what the next Xbox will cost. This isn't particularly surprising, given what a sore spot the price of the Xbox One was for fans. At launch, the original Xbox One cost a whopping $499 / £429 / AU$599, which was quickly reduced when Microsoft realized people weren't forking out.

Microsoft has at the very least promised that it's learned from this pricing mistake, with Phil Spencer stating that this time "we will not be out of position on power or price.” That doesn't mean that the console will be cheap, mind you, it just means the price point will be better aligned with the console's power and the price points of the competition. 

But we're not going to find out that price today. It's more likely we'll find out this information, and the Xbox Series X's firm release date, in a few months time. Likely during one of the Xbox 20/20 streams.

6:30 - According to a tweet by Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the Xbox Series X games we'll see today have never been shown in an Xbox show before. However, Spencer did add the caveat that an Assassin's Creed game has appeared at an Xbox event before - just not Valhalla. And "maybe one other game has been on our stage" but apart from that we're going to be seeing "a lot of new games" from studios big and small. 

6:20 - Less than two hours to wait until we get to hear the sweet tones of Microsoft's voice-over man saying "world premiere" and "exclusive". Someone hold me.

6:00 - What's this Smart Delivery feature we're going to hear more about? Smart Delivery relates to game ownership: in short, if you buy one version of an Xbox game that supports Smart Delivery, you'll always have access to the best version of that game no matter which hardware you're playing it on. 

So if you buy Halo Infinite on Xbox One, then later play it on Xbox Series X, your one-time purchase gets you the versions of the game optimized for both Xbox consoles. Cross-gen titles will be a standard part of game release cycles in the next year or two – so it's a useful initiative. Microsoft has committed to Smart Delivery on all of its exclusive Xbox Games Studios titles, and CD Projekt Red has committed to doing the same with Cyberpunk 2077.

We're due to get confirmation today of the Xbox Series X games that will utilize this Smart Delivery feature.

05:30 - Will you be tuning into the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal today? Let us know in the poll below:

05:00 - So let's talk a bit about which third-party Xbox Series X games have been confirmed and therefore could maybe make an appearance later today. 

We already know Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay will be shown but, in addition, we know that a remake of THQ Nordic's cult classic Gothic, Battlefield 6, Gollum, WRC 9, Dying Light 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Outriders will land on Xbox Series X. In addition, Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods and Monsters will land on the next Xbox; while Rainbow Six Siege will be available on Xbox Series X from launch. In addition, there's a new Far Cry game rumored to be in the works.

So which games could we see from this list? Well, more Ubsisoft titles could make an appearance, especially if Valhalla is already confirmed. While Gothic, Battlefield 6, Gollum, WRC 9, Dying Light 2, and Outriders are also possibilities - depending how far along in development they are. 

However, we're not expecting to see or hear anything about Cyberpunk 2077 as developer CD Projekt Red has already confirmed its hosting its own stream, Night City Wire, on June 11. We probably won't see Battlefield 6 either as EA is hosting EA Play Live on June 11.

Apart from that, we fully expect Microsoft to have some third-party surprises up its sleeve.

04:45 - Every game we're going to see today is Xbox Series X optimized. That means you'll be seeing the badge below a lot today. But what does Xbox Series X optimized actually mean? It means that developers have specifically created these games to utilize the next-gen's console powerful specs to the best of their ability. 

04:15 - The official Road to Xbox 20/20 Twitter account has tweeted out this handy list of what time the stream will go live internationally. 

Check it out below:

04:00 - Ok, so what do we know for sure that we'll see seeing today? Well, according to Microsoft, this event will see us fans getting a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from Xbox's third-party partners, an update on how devs are utilizing the Xbox Series X and, finally, confirmation of the Xbox Series X games which will use Smart Delivery.

We're not exactly sure which third-party Xbox Series X games we'll see but Ubisoft has confirmed we'll definitely be getting a look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla - so prepare yourself or some Viking goodness.

03:45 - We're very excited to see next-gen gameplay for the very first time today. That's right, to date we've not seen any Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 gameplay at all. So Microsoft could really set the bar today with the Xbox Series X and it'll truly give us insight into what we can expect from next-generation consoles. What's not to be excited about!?

03:15 - We're still a few hours away from the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal, but we're already looking forward to seeing what Microsoft has to show us. What are you most looking forward to?

Today's the day! The day Microsoft offers up its Xbox Series X gameplay reveal event, where we'll finally get a look at next-gen games in action for the first time during a special episode of Inside Xbox.

And the good news is you can follow along live right here, with our Xbox Series X gameplay reveal live blog, where we'll be providing expert analysis and opinion on everything that's announced.

So what are we expecting Microsoft to show off today? Well, the company has confirmed that this event will focus primarily on third-party Xbox Series X games. So unfortunately, we won't be seeing the likes of Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2 today, sorry folks. We also won't be seeing any hardware, so we'll have to wait a little longer to get confirmation on the Xbox Series X's price.

However, we will be seeing next-gen gameplay for the first time ever, with Ubisoft confirming Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be one of the games on show. 

In addition, expect first looks, sneak peeks and trailers for upcoming Xbox Series X games as well as world premiere announcements. Microsoft has also confirmed it will reveal the list of Xbox Series X games which will utilize its innovative Smart Delivery feature. It's shaping up to be quite the event.

The Xbox Series X gameplay reveal will kick off at 4pm BST/ 11am ET/ 8am PT.

Xbox Series X gameplay reveal live blog

All times in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

7:00 - Just one hour to go until the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal kicks off. Are you excited? We sure are. 

Here's how to watch the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal if you want to catch all the action live as it happens.

6:45 - Unfortunately, because today's event is going to focus on third-party games, we're not going to hear anything about the Xbox Series X price.

Currently we're still in the dark about what the next Xbox will cost. This isn't particularly surprising, given what a sore spot the price of the Xbox One was for fans. At launch, the original Xbox One cost a whopping $499 / £429 / AU$599, which was quickly reduced when Microsoft realized people weren't forking out.

Microsoft has at the very least promised that it's learned from this pricing mistake, with Phil Spencer stating that this time "we will not be out of position on power or price.” That doesn't mean that the console will be cheap, mind you, it just means the price point will be better aligned with the console's power and the price points of the competition. 

But we're not going to find out that price today. It's more likely we'll find out this information, and the Xbox Series X's firm release date, in a few months time. Likely during one of the Xbox 20/20 streams.

6:30 - According to a tweet by Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the Xbox Series X games we'll see today have never been shown in an Xbox show before. However, Spencer did add the caveat that an Assassin's Creed game has appeared at an Xbox event before - just not Valhalla. And "maybe one other game has been on our stage" but apart from that we're going to be seeing "a lot of new games" from studios big and small. 

6:20 - Less than two hours to wait until we get to hear the sweet tones of Microsoft's voice-over man saying "world premiere" and "exclusive". Someone hold me.

6:00 - What's this Smart Delivery feature we're going to hear more about? Smart Delivery relates to game ownership: in short, if you buy one version of an Xbox game that supports Smart Delivery, you'll always have access to the best version of that game no matter which hardware you're playing it on. 

So if you buy Halo Infinite on Xbox One, then later play it on Xbox Series X, your one-time purchase gets you the versions of the game optimized for both Xbox consoles. Cross-gen titles will be a standard part of game release cycles in the next year or two – so it's a useful initiative. Microsoft has committed to Smart Delivery on all of its exclusive Xbox Games Studios titles, and CD Projekt Red has committed to doing the same with Cyberpunk 2077.

We're due to get confirmation today of the Xbox Series X games that will utilize this Smart Delivery feature.

05:30 - Will you be tuning into the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal today? Let us know in the poll below:

05:00 - So let's talk a bit about which third-party Xbox Series X games have been confirmed and therefore could maybe make an appearance later today. 

We already know Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay will be shown but, in addition, we know that a remake of THQ Nordic's cult classic Gothic, Battlefield 6, Gollum, WRC 9, Dying Light 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Outriders will land on Xbox Series X. In addition, Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods and Monsters will land on the next Xbox; while Rainbow Six Siege will be available on Xbox Series X from launch. In addition, there's a new Far Cry game rumored to be in the works.

So which games could we see from this list? Well, more Ubsisoft titles could make an appearance, especially if Valhalla is already confirmed. While Gothic, Battlefield 6, Gollum, WRC 9, Dying Light 2, and Outriders are also possibilities - depending how far along in development they are. 

However, we're not expecting to see or hear anything about Cyberpunk 2077 as developer CD Projekt Red has already confirmed its hosting its own stream, Night City Wire, on June 11. We probably won't see Battlefield 6 either as EA is hosting EA Play Live on June 11.

Apart from that, we fully expect Microsoft to have some third-party surprises up its sleeve.

04:45 - Every game we're going to see today is Xbox Series X optimized. That means you'll be seeing the badge below a lot today. But what does Xbox Series X optimized actually mean? It means that developers have specifically created these games to utilize the next-gen's console powerful specs to the best of their ability. 

04:15 - The official Road to Xbox 20/20 Twitter account has tweeted out this handy list of what time the stream will go live internationally. 

Check it out below:

04:00 - Ok, so what do we know for sure that we'll see seeing today? Well, according to Microsoft, this event will see us fans getting a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from Xbox's third-party partners, an update on how devs are utilizing the Xbox Series X and, finally, confirmation of the Xbox Series X games which will use Smart Delivery.

We're not exactly sure which third-party Xbox Series X games we'll see but Ubisoft has confirmed we'll definitely be getting a look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla - so prepare yourself or some Viking goodness.

03:45 - We're very excited to see next-gen gameplay for the very first time today. That's right, to date we've not seen any Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 gameplay at all. So Microsoft could really set the bar today with the Xbox Series X and it'll truly give us insight into what we can expect from next-generation consoles. What's not to be excited about!?

03:15 - We're still a few hours away from the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal, but we're already looking forward to seeing what Microsoft has to show us. What are you most looking forward to?

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