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Microsoft is planning a 'What's next for gaming' Xbox event in the coming weeks

.Pennywise

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According to a report from ZDNet, Xbox has another event lining up in the coming weeks.

What you need to know​

  • ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that there's a "What's Next for Gaming" event on the way from Microsoft.
  • It's likely to be tied up to Build 2021, the company's big annual developer conference.
  • While there likely won't be games revealed at this event, it should offer a glimpse at upcoming tech and features for the Xbox platform.

Microsoft has previously made consumer-oriented announcements at Build in the past, revealing new products and services, too. It could be at this event where the planned expansion of Xbox Game Pass to web browsers is revealed, bringing the all-you-can-eat gaming service to iOS, Chromebooks, MacOS, and low-power PCs and laptops. Given Microsoft's widely-rumored talks to acquire gaming comms platform Discord, it would also be an opportune time to shed light on what the partnership means for the Xbox platform and beyond.
 

Isa

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I hope they manage to ship a couple more consoles, that'd be neat. Hope their future games turn out great, it probably wont happen but I want to see Fable.
 
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New Quake, Fallout, Banjo foury, new Viva pinata, Gears 6 and Ubisoft games day one on GP or it's a failure.
 

jhjfss

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Excited Weekend GIF
 

Stuart360

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The thing with that Battlefield 6 runour is it would also be bringing people to EA PLus, as well as Gamepass, so EA in theory could be very open to the idea.
Very interesting indeed.
 
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BusierDonkey

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I hope they lay concrete plans out for when we'll hear from their studios. I don't need release dates (frankly those are never concrete anyways), just an idea when these studios will be ready to talk about what they're building. They are covering BC well since right now it's a big checkmark for them and Gamepass is getting a lot of favorable coverage but the games need a spotlight and they need it fast.

With the sheer number of development studios they have in the fold now (keep in mind that some of these studios have multiple studios themselves, e.g. Bethesda, or Playground), they should have some thing worth showing from one or more studios by the summer and from then on they should be either releasing or at least be in the process of making something they can show or discuss.
 

supernova8

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Cue Aaron Greenscreen to pop up and tweet every 5 seconds about how people should not get their hopes up about game announcements.
 

jakinov

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Don’t get your hopes up and temper expectations. This is likely a developer focused event. Meaning you probably will not see new games or footage of existing.
 

Stuart360

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Don’t get your hopes up and temper expectations. This is likely a developer focused event. Meaning you probably will not see new games or footage of existing.
Probably, plus E3 is what?, 2 months away?
 

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Jesus cock sucking christ!
How about some GAMES???!!!
This is like Tesco deliberating on whether to stock food.
 
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Don’t get your hopes up and temper expectations. This is likely a developer focused event. Meaning you probably will not see new games or footage of existing.
Probably, plus E3 is what?, 2 months away?
Makes sense. E3 is always the biggest show. No reason for MS to spill the beans on tons of stuff early. If they do, there's no point for E3 if it gets sloppy seconds or duplicate videos.
 

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Give me Flight Sim news, Phil, you coward.
 
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Kenshin775

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A streaming stick would be so convenient. would be super easy to game on vacation or at friends or families house without having to unplug and then box up my console and set it up again. Would also make a nice gift for my nephew that mostly plays on PS
 

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Don't forget it's a MS Event + part of "build 2021"
So don't think you get big news/gameplay
 

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Sounds promising. Will we finally see games making use of next gen features like Sampler Feedback and mesh shading?
 

ThatFrenchGuy

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Jesus cock sucking christ!
How about some GAMES???!!!
This is like Tesco deliberating on whether to stock food.
Xbox has no games: the 23 studios making games right now are never going to release them. Microsoft wants you to think the games are coming so they PRETEND to buy and partner with studios while the reality is really simple: there are no games coming, it was all a dream.
 

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While there likely won't be games revealed at this event, it should offer a glimpse at upcoming tech and features for the Xbox platform.
It will be focused on upcoming tech and features, and will probably be aimed at devs.

I know it's too much to expect people to read the damn article, but reading OP's summary doesn't seem too big an ask.
 

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The thing with that Battlefield 6 runour is it would also be bringing people to EA PLus, as well as Gamepass, so EA in theory could be very open to the idea.
Very interesting indeed.
EA were actually pretty forward thinking with their EA Plus, or whatever it was originally called (the only real problem was that EA simply doesn't make enough games to keep the service interesting month to month). Putting Battlefield 6 on the service in full to test the waters sounds like something EA could potentially try - and if its on Gamepass, they're guaranteed some of that Microsoft money to hedge their bet. Hell of a move if it's true. With that said, I don't think we'll get news on this for this event; this rumour would be an E3 megaton Microsoft would want to use.
 
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Xbox has no games: the 23 studios making games right now are never going to release them. Microsoft wants you to think the games are coming so they PRETEND to buy and partner with studios while the reality is really simple: there are no games coming, it was all a dream.

But that is the reality TODAY. We've had next to f all from those studios so far this gen and will have f all until Halo hits for Holidays ‘21.

Tomorrow there will be games, please be patient.