The next Xbox console could be announced at E3 2019 and it might not be the only big news Microsoft want to share about their gaming brand.
A new Xbox One successor console will be the centrepiece of any big expo for the tech giant but it appears there could be more shock announcements in the works.
Recent reports claim that the Xbox Two will be revealed during the LA expo, along with surprise news concerning the future of the Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud.
Some of these reveals would see an increase in gaming revenue for Microsoft and also spell trouble for Sony’s PS4 when it comes to its chokehold on the current generation of consoles.
It has already been revealed that Microsoft is planning to bring more Xbox Live features to Mobile platforms and the Nintendo Switch.
This will include further support and integration for things like game achievements, friends, and game history for non-Microsoft systems.
This is expected to be announced during GDC 2019, but there are more ambitious rumours linking Microsoft with launching the Xbox Game Pass on Nintendo Switch.
That would be a massive shift in the gaming landscape and could fundamentally change the normal exclusive red lines we’ve come to expect.
The report on Direct Feed Games suggests that there would be Xbox ports, as well as streaming support as part of Microsoft’s Project xCloud.
This would solve the issue of some games being unable to run on the Nintendo Switch and could also mean massive titles for the rival handheld.
To say this would be a shock reveal during E3 would be an understatement and would also help to weaken Sony’s grip on the console market.
The Nintendo Switch is already expected to outsell the PS4 this year, but with the help of Project xCloud and the Game Pass, things could change drastically.
Evidence of this comes in a new poll from True Achievements, which asked its community if they would play Xbox games on Nintendo Switch.
“As it turns out, it certainly does,” the True Achievements report concludes. “Over half of respondents said they would play Xbox content on Switch.
“More interestingly, nearly a quarter of those who voted said they don’t own a Nintendo Switch but would buy one for the ability to play Xbox on it.
“These sorts of numbers likely confirm what Microsoft already knows and seems to be building toward; ecosystems, not consoles, reign supreme.
“Phil Spencer and others have made it clear that they want to get Xbox content on as many screens and in as many hands as possible.”
Xbox’s Phil Spencer has been hyping up Microsoft’s presence at this year’s E3 celebration, and perhaps he is right to do so.
Because if Microsoft does plan to announce their next Xbox console, Project xCloud and support for Game Pass on Nintendo Switch, it will certainly be a notable expo to attend.
“This is going to be a fun E3 for us,” Spencer told Larry Hryb in a recent podcast.
“Obviously there was some news about E3 in the fall, and we had a discussion internally of, ‘Should we go big? Should we save some money?’ We decided, no, we’re going to do our thing.
“And we’re gonna go and be as big at E3 as we’ve ever been and I love that opportunity. I love the opportunity to be with our fans in the industry.”
Speaking about xCloud, Spencer added: “We want to make sure we get it as right as we can.
“It’ll be years before this is the primary way people are playing … but let’s think about our future; we should also have these five to ten-year views on where things can go.”
It’s unclear if all these rumours will prove true, but if fans can expect news on the next Xbox console alongside some surprise reveals, they shouldn’t be too disappointed if some of these projects don’t pan out.
Other projects that could help steal the limelight is an update on Halo Infinite, which has been connected to a release on the next Xbox console in 2020.