A decade ago this month, Xbox fans around the world were getting excited for Microsoft's E3 2014 showcase - a showcase that needed to deliver after a tumultuous first year with Xbox One. At the time, Xbox Game Studios boss Phil Spencer had just moved up the ladder into his Head of Xbox role, and it marked a pretty big change of direction for Microsoft's gaming business.

As was stressed right at the start of the team's 2014 briefing, Xbox was beginning to focus on games, games and more games. We can all remember the Xbox One reveal event debacle with 'TV TV TV' spreading around like wildfire, but the turnaround from that was quick, and Team Xbox was once again laser-focused on games by mid-2014. Phil was the man to lead that charge, and we're still grateful for his vision to this day.

Looking at the games themselves for a minute - 2014 was a particularly good year for Xbox. We had Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive and more coming out as Xbox exclusives, while major titles like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Division and The Witcher 3 also made the cut for Xbox's E3 2014 show. Things might have slowed down during the end of the Xbox One cycle, but there was no sign of that 10 years ago, and we can only hope that this year delivers a similarly stacked showcase.

Funnily enough, a decade later we seem to be at another major turning point for Xbox. Questions still linger about the future of the brand amidst more layoffs and PS5 ports, but the one thing that remains is games. Despite some uncertainties about when and where these games will actually appear, the focus is still on them, and arguably even more so with both Bethesda and Activision Blizzard now on board as well. We'd like to see some of that uncertainty we just talked about addressed, but if the team delivers on games, we'll be more than happy with the 2024 showcase.

And so, we just thought we'd have a little look back as Phil heads up what will be his 10th summer showcase for Team Xbox this year. E3 may well be no more, but Microsoft has stuck to its summer showcase slot like glue, and it means that we can still get excited about this time of year as Xbox fans. Watching some of the 2014 show back, we do miss some of that crowd interaction that E3 briefings used to deliver, but the games are the important bit - and we can't wait for a bunch of talented creators to show us all what they've been working on for Xbox Series X and S.

Well, what memories do you have of this era? Surprised at how well Xbox's 2014 lineup holds up? Talk all about it down below!