We've already shared the news that E3 2020 has been officially cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns, and Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has already weighed in. In a Tweet, Spencer noted that given how important E3 has traditionally been for the brand, the company will still be holding a digital event this year.
You can see the tweet below, in which Spencer notes that the timings and more are still yet to be confirmed. He also indicates that they'll use the event to "celebrate the next generation of gaming", which suggests we'll be getting a lot more info on the Xbox Series X as previously expected.
We're anticipating big things from this digital event, including a look at the Xbox Series X's lineup of launch games, as well as price reveal for the system. For now though, we'll have to wait a little longer until more details are announced "in the coming weeks."
Is this a good replacement for the traditional E3 press conference? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.
As long as the event holds just as many announcements as a regular presentation, I think it'll as good as the conference.
Maybe just a bit better, as long as we don't have to hear "World Premiere" at the start of every trailer.
@DarkRula I totally read that last bit in the guy's voice.
@DarkRula Haha, I was LITERALLY just thinking that we're going to see quite a few of those, seeing as they'll want to make the absolute most of this, especially now that it's all digital-only.
Been saying for a while now that companies may as well just take the Nintendo Direct idea and either rip off or put their own spin on it. MS has been dabbling in this for a bit now too. I'm 36 and have been following the industry for as long as I can remember (started really getting into collecting game magazines around 9 or 10) and I won't lie and say I won't miss the big stage shows, I will, I love the atmosphere those can bring. But in a rare case when it involves digital stuff, Nintendo was actually ahead of the curve on this one. Some will say you can't replace live E3 shows with digital events but Nintendo sold a lot of Switches on a quick debut trailer alone in late 2016.
I just hope MS brings some heat with this event. Frankly, looking back at this same point in 2013 I was much more excited about the prospect of the next-gen than I am right now as we look ahead to PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The only advantage to E3 is that it allows for press to get their hands on and hold interviews with Devs/Publishers etc about the games they have announced.
For many of us Gamers, it may as well be a digital event as we watch it on the internet streamed 'live' instead of pre-recorded - but its still rehearsed and scripted. The advantage of course is that they can edit out any 'Live' hiccups - games that don't 'run' as expected when the cameras are rolling, mistakes in the speech etc.
At least you won't get the crowd making silly noises or worse, not applauding/whooping when the host pauses expecting a reaction...
Well that's good and it's probably what everyone else will do too
Although i have to wonder what format it will take will it be like a E3 stage show or will it be a Nintendo Direct/State of Play kind of thing?
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