After Microsoft’s Xbox E3 event back in June, the Xbox brand has another live stream lined up for this year’s Gamescom which is happening today at 1 PM ET.
Usually, Gamescom, one of the game industry’s biggest conventions is hosted in Cologne, Germany but just like last year, the Gamescom 2021 event will once again be hosted as a virtual event. The Xbox event is set to go one day before Opening Night Live, hosted by Geoff Keighley. Xbox has described its upcoming game showcase as more focused on upcoming Xbox Series X|S titles coming to its Xbox platforms this year. The Xbox event will feature in-depth updates, first looks, gameplay footage or new trailers on already announced Xbox Games Studios titles, third-party games as well as any upcoming Game Pass releases.
The event is set to last 90 minutes long and will be hosted by Parris Lilly and Kate Yeager. The Xbox Gamescom event will be streamed on multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Gaming and Twitter which will air in 30 languages. It should be noted that the event will be streamed in 1080p at 60fps on all list platforms with an available 4K option only on Xbox’s YouTube channel after the event finishes.
Xbox Game Studios titles like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo: Infinite are slated for this year, it is expected they’ll have a presence at the show with a release date for this year’s Halo game revealed. With the event so focused on titles releasing for the rest of the year, it is unlikely we’ll be getting any new Xbox first-party announcements. Third-party titles like Far Cry 6 and Battlefield 2042 might possibly show up as they are two big releases coming this fall.
Aside from the Xbox Gamescom event, Microsoft will be hosting a Gamescom Xbox sale on its digital store with discounts of up to 75 percent off. Other Gamescom 2021 events happening this week include Opening Night Live, Future Games Show, and the Awesome Indies Showcase.