At long last, we don't have to sit on the edge of our seats waiting for an announcement date on the Xbox Games Showcase. The conference has been planned for quite a while by Microsoft, and serves a similar purpose to Sony's PlayStation 5 Event (i.e. showing off the console's lineup of first-party games). Microsoft kicked proceedings off originally with a third-party games showcase in May. It seems fans had some higher hopes for that conference, which led to some backlash at it not being what they expected. Microsoft isn't slowing down, however. We've known the first-party event was happening sometime this July, and now we know when: July 23rd. Announced by way of the Xbox official Twitter account, the event will be hosted on a variety of platforms.


So, what all can we expect from Microsoft here? Many have theorized that we'll get a closer look at the Xbox Series X console itself, similar to Sony's look at the PS5, but other signs point to this deep-dive taking place sometime in August instead. As far as the first-party games go, Microsoft is in the best position its ever been in. Throughout the past several years, the company has been acquiring numerous well-known development teams and placing them under their Xbox Games Studios umbrella. This includes companies like Ninja Theory, Double Fine, and Obsidian. It's safe to expect first-party titles from all of these studios, including more on games like the new Hellblade and Psychonauts 2. One particular game everyone's eager to see more of is Halo Infinite, the next installment in the Halo franchise and a continuation of Master Chief's story. The game has already been confirmed as a launch title for Xbox Series X, so no doubt we'll see something from it.

Then there are the more... 'far out' hopes and dreams. Just recently, rumors swirled around the potential revival of the Fable series after Microsoft themselves renewed various trademarks and accounts behind it. There have also been rumblings of a new Perfect Dark game, but it's hard to say how true this could end up being. Other expected show-ups include a potential new Call of Duty, more games coming to Xbox Game Pass, and more footage of Cyberpunk 2077 (a game that has made a splash primarily at Xbox conferences in the past). It's all part of Microsoft's 20/20 Xbox events; the one I mentioned happening in August will supposedly be focused more on the hardware side of things. This means closer looks at the Xbox Series X, as well as the 'Xbox Series S' Lockhart (a digital-only version of the main console, similar to what Sony's doing). A confirmed price wouldn't be a bad get either.


Now, let's discuss where and when you can catch this event. The Xbox Games Showcase will air live on July 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET. Game Awards host Geoff Keighley is holding a pre-show through his Summer Game Fest at 8am PT/11am ET, so catch that if you want some early speculation and hype. The event will be streamed on Xbox's official website, YouTube channel, and Twitch page. Make sure not to miss it, or at least catch the archived footage if you're busy at that time. Once the event hits, it will put Microsoft toe-to-toe with Sony; both will have revealed their first-party games, and leave the rest of us waiting on confirmed release dates and prices for the next-gen consoles. The holiday season feels far away, but I'm sure it's going to arrive sooner than we think, and bring a whole new generation of games with it.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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