Xbox E3 2019 to feature ‘most first-party titles ever’

14 first-party games set for LA event, including Gears 5

Microsoft’s E3 2019 briefing will feature “more first party games than we’ve ever had in the show,” according to Microsoft’s executive VP of gaming, Phil Spencer.

The executive claimed in a tweet that the Xbox showcase, which is set to take place on Sunday, June 9, will feature 14 first-party games in all.

Read our E3 2019 dates schedule for every conference and live stream date.

Xbox’s currently announced titles include Gears 5, Halo Infinite, Battletoads and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Service titles such as Sea of Thieves and Minecraft are also likely to feature at E3.

Microsoft significantly expanded its first-party studios in 2018, with the acquisitions of Ninja Theory (Hellblade), Obsidian (The Outer Worlds), Playground (Forza Horizon), Undead Labs (State of Decay), Compulsion (We Happy Few) and InXile Entertainment (Wasteland 3).

While the Xbox E3 2019 briefing will likely focus on software and service updates, this year’s event is expected to unveil its plans for the next xbox console hardware Microsoft first confirmed at E3 2018.

The platform holder is thought to be working on two next-gen Xbox consoles, codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, which could be unveiled at E3 2019 ahead of planned holiday 2020 launches.

Microsoft is also expected to provide further details about its upcoming game streaming service Project xCloud, ahead of the launch of public trials later this year.

Rival console firm, Sony won’t be attending E3 for the first time in the event’s 24-year history.