E3 2019: Bethesda's E3 conference, start time, recap and more
Microsoft had Keanu and a ton of new games. Bethesda had Todd Howard.
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It's E3 time! The world's biggest celebration of
is not officially underway, but the press conferences are here to regale us with memes, Keanu Reeves and a ton of surprises. Our bodies are, as they say, ready.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) itself takes place between June 11 and 13 this year and will, once again, be held in Los Angeles, California. But the big talking points come from the preshow press conferences. In the show's long history, we've seen Microsoft,
take the stage, but in more recent years, Bethesda have also stepped up and held its own conference, revealing tidbits of information about upcoming games or entire swaths of resources for hotly-anticipated titles.
You can watch right here:
You can find the full E3 schedule here if you need to get up to speed on all things Electronic Entertainment Expo, but if you're mostly interested in Doom, dragons or even the dreamy Todd Howard, you'll likely want to catch the Bethesda conference live. We've got just the information you need right here.
What did we see?
There was plenty on show at Bethesda's annual conference, but no sign of Elder Scrolls 6 or Starfield, two of the more hotly anticipated titles from Bethesda Game Studios.
Microsoft / Xbox -- The gaming giant's biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it'll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it'll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.