Microsoft E3 2019: Xbox Scarlett, xCloud, Xbox Game Pass on PC, games… recap of the annon…

by Jerry

The Microsoft E3 2019 conference was, as expected, very dense in announcements! New Xbox Scarlett, xCloud, Xbox Game Pass beta on PC and 14 new games including Halo Infinite and Cyberpunk 77 with Keanu Reeves, we return together on the announcements of the evening.


  • Xbox Scarlett: 4x more power than Xbox One, 8K, Ray Tracing… 2020
  • Xbox Game Pass is now available in beta on PC: 100 games for 1 euro in the first month
  • xCloud: Stadia competitor launches in October 2019
  • Microsoft E3 2019: a rain of new games
  • feedback

Xbox Scarlett: 4x more power than Xbox One, 8K, Ray Tracing… 2020

We know a little more about the two consoles in the "Scarlett Project" – in other words, the next generation of Xbox consoles. The console will be powerful, very powerful. Xbox Scarlett will benefit from a custom AMD chip based on Zen 2 architectures for the CPU and Navi for the GPU. That's 4 times the performance of Xbox One X and Raytracing.

Thus the console will play in 4K native of 60 FPS up to 120 FPS – while being 8K compatible. Microsoft promises to collapse loading times with internal SSD storage 40 times faster than current hard drives. A fact sheet that, in broad outlines, evokes that of the PS5 whose rumors are beginning to draw a sketch-robot.

In all, both consoles are expected to exceed 10.7 TFLOPS of raw power. But that's not all: because we already know the name of one of the platform's illustrious exclusives – a new Halo Infinite arrives on the Scarletts, and just the latter…

Xbox Game Pass is now available in beta on PC: 100 games for 1 euro in the first month

Microsoft also announced the arrival of the Xbox Game Pass on PC! The beta is now open – to take advantage of this, you need to make sure you've installed the Windows 10 update in May 2019. This new beta service gives unlimited access to a catalog of 100 games make you can check out the list here. But also discounts on the purchase of catalog games and extensions to keep access to a game when you are no longer a subscriber.

The first month is only 1 euro, then the following months are, for the moment, 3.99. In a second step, Microsoft specifies that the price of the subscription will be aligned with the Xbox Game Pass console, i.e. 9.99 euros per month. Subscribers are entitled to 20% off catalog games and 10% off extensions and other in-app purchases.

xCloud: Stadia competitor launches in October 2019

Microsoft has been ahead of its streaming gaming service for almost a year – we learn that Project xCloud (that's its provisional name) is on its final stretch before launch. Unlike Stadia, the price of the service is not yet known, among other things. But we know that like Google, Microsoft will rely on its network of data centers all over the world.

Above all, we now know that the service will rely, in addition to this, on the ability to stream games from your console. "Two months ago we connected all Xbox developers to the xCloud project,"Spencer said. He added: "The streaming service will "transform your Xbox One into your own xCloud server, both personal and free."

Unlike Google Stadia, which announces a list of 27 games at launch, the Xbox xCloud will give access to "your entire Xbox One bookstore — including Xbox Game Pass games." In addition, visitors to E3 2019 had early access to the service – at least on the show. We do not yet know the price of the paid component of the service, nor the subscription model, unlike Stadia.

But we already know there will be a free game. xCloud arrives in October 2019.

Microsoft E3 2019: a rain of new games

Microsoft took the opportunity to announce or teaser a slew of new games. Among them, we note in particular Halo Infinite, which, you were told, will be at its launch an exclusive console of the scarlett project, but also Cyberpunk 2077, in which Keanu Reeves participates.

  • Halo Infinite Fall 2020
  • The Outer Worlds October 25, 2019
  • Bleeding Edge alpha version on June 27, 2019
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps February 11, 2020
  • Minecraft Dungeons Spring 2020
  • Blair Witch 30 August 2019
  • Cyberpunk 2077 April 16, 2020
  • Spiritfarer 2020
  • Battletoads (no release date yet)
  • Legend of Wright (no release date yet)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (arrival on Xbox, but no release date yet)
  • Age of Empire II Definitive Edition Fall 2019
  • Wasteland 3 (no release date yet)
  • PsychoNauts 2 (no release date yet)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 2020
  • Dragonball Z Kakarot in early 2020
  • 12 Minutes (no release date yet)
  • Way to the Woods (no release date yet)
  • Gears 5 10 September 2019
  • Dying Light Spring 2020
  • Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions Expansion June 13, 2019
  • State of Decay Heartland (available)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 Spring 2020
  • Crossfire X on Xbox One in 2020
  • Tales of Arise on the Xbox Store in 2020
  • Borderlands 3 13 September 2019
  • Elden Ring (no release date yet)
  • Pop Gears! (next arrival on mobile, no release date yet)

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