E3 is fast approaching, and while we can expect a more game-focused event than last year's hardware-heavy showing, you can certainly count on seeing some new tech.
The big expectation is more details on Microsoft's mid-generation upgrade, dubbed Project Scorpio, while Nintendo will get into full swing on showing what's next for its newly-released Nintendo Switch, and perhaps Sony will give us more reasons to consider that upgrade to a PS4 Pro.
It's also another year we've seen a couple of shifts in the schedule, with EA now starting on Saturday and Microsoft moving from its usual Monday slot to Sunday - meaning we'll have four days of conferences before the show even starts. That's a lot of late nights for those watching from the UK - so hope you've stocked up on coffee. We fixed the office coffee machine just in time.
In this guide, you'll find details of E3 conference stream times in chronological order. Plus, to get you initiated, we've provided some helpful background reading to give you an idea of what to expect. Of course, there's always a surprise or two, and if you're bookmarking the page, then you'll find it updated with links to our own live stream pages just as the show begins, so you can watch and discuss these as they happen alongside us.
Once each conference is over, we'll be replacing those background reading links with the biggest stories from each conference - handy for those who can't stay up for those early morning showcases.
On that note; as those early morning conferences straddle different days of the week depending on where in the world you're reading this article, by default we'll be listing each conference date from a UK perspective. If differences do affect a date elsewhere, we've included small notes after each timezone too.
EA E3 2017 conference times - Saturday, June 10
- UK: 8pm (BST)
- Europe: 9pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 3pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 12pm (PDT)
Last year, EA kicked off E3 with an hour that was thin on announcements but high on hype. This year, we expected plenty of sports (as usual), including a look at FIFA 18 and how they tackle a follow-up to last year's new story-based Journey mode, plus a renewed focus on their major Star Wars franchise, Battlefront 2 - which now features a fully-fledged story mode - as EA appears to shift to an alternating cycle between that and their Battlefield series.
For the most part, we got what we expected - a big focus on Battlefront, a look at the various Journey-like story modes added to EA's various sports titles, and a very brief look at Anthem, EA's upcoming Destiny-rival. No Visceral Star Wars or Respawn Star Wars games though, so looks like we'll have to wait for them - but at least we saw something else interesting, in the form of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director's new co-op only narrative game, A Way Out.
You can read our hands-on FIFA 18 impressions, an interview and preview for FIFA 18 on Switch, and our opinion on A Way Out after some hands-on co-op play with the game's director here on the site.
Catch up with EA's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- First trailer for BioWare's new IP Anthem
- Brothers director announces co-op prison break game A Way Out
- FIFA 18 on Switch won't have the Journey, but does get FUT and co-op Seasons
- Madden 18 has its own FIFA Journey-style story mode
- Need for Speed Payback is still trying to do story, still badly
- EA Access, Origin Access, and various EA PlayStation 4 trials free for a week
- Free, Star Wars Battlefront 2's downloadable content will be
- Star Wars Battlefront 2 takes Frostbite engine visuals to the next level
Microsoft E3 2017 conference times - Sunday, June 11
- UK: 10pm (BST)
- Europe: 11pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 5pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 2pm (PDT)
Arguably the one press conference to watch, with Microsoft likely to tell-all about the Scorpio and what's releasing alongside it. We reported extensively and exclusively on Project Scorpio's tech earlier this year, with Digital Foundry running a close rule on its performance, and sharing the first ever Scorpio screenshot.
Microsoft has spent the time leading up to E3 getting its hand in order before the big play, with trickles of news relating to various Xbox services like Game Library and backwards compatibility the main points of interest since the Scorpio tech reveal. The big question, however, now that we know of the console's power, isn't the quality of Xbox's services, nor whether or not Scorpio's going to look pretty (or if it's possible to have a real name that's as 90s-cartoon-villain radical as Scorpio) - it's what games it'll get.
So far, Microsoft's big titles are somewhat slim on the ground. The new Crackdown and Sea of Thieves top the billing right now, and Halo 6 won't be out this year, but will we see any big new franchises, sequels, or at least marketing agreements of the same ilk as Sony's big Call of Duty PS4 coup? Does big Phil Spencer have an ace up his sleeve? Will anyone ever care about Battletoads? Here's all the background reading to get you up to date, before we find out:
Catch up with Microsoft's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- Xbox One Scorpio is Xbox One X
- Forza Motorsport 7 in October, has trucks
- Metro goes open-world in Metro Exodus
- Egypt set Assassin's Creed Origins finally confirmed
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds coming exclusively to Xbox One
- State of Decay 2 confirmed for spring 2018
- Minecraft is getting cross-platform play - for every platform but PlayStation
- A brand new look at Sea of Thieves, out spring 2018
- Cuphead finally has a release date
- Three-part Life is Strange prequel confirmed
- Crackdown 3 will launch alongside Xbox One X in November
- Super Lucky's Tale coming to Xbox in November
- Gone Home dev's sci-fi follow-up Tacoma sets August release date
- Psychedelic rock opera The Artful Escape confirmed for Xbox One
- Ashen reappears at Microsoft's E3 Xbox conference
- Shadow of War's bossfights end with a nice chat in new Xbox E3 trailer
- Ori sequel looks absolutely phenomenal
- Original Xbox games coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility
- BioWare's Anthem demoed, gameplay revealed
- Xbox One X: price, release date, specs, games, VR and everything we know about the renamed Project Scorpio
- Xbox One promises a strong and stable line-up
- The big interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer
- Xbox One X looks stunning - but we need to see more
Bethesda E3 2017 conference times - Sunday, June 11
- UK: 5am (BST, Monday)
- Europe: 6am (CEST, Monday)
- East Coast US: 12am (EDT, Monday)
- West Coast US: 9pm (PDT, Sunday)
Last year, Bethesda got us through the early hours of Monday morning and it's the same again this time around - this time at the slightly later time of 5am UK time.
We should, finally, be getting some news on that long-rumoured Wolfenstein sequel and The Evil Within 2. Don't get your hopes up for anything Elder Scrolls or Fallout-related though, as they seem to be some way off for now, though we might hear a little more about Fallout 4's VR edition.
There's also bound to be something on Quake Champions, Skyrim on Switch - which is still dated for this year, though that could be the domain of the Nintendo conference - and maybe something to follow up on the recently-released Prey? We'll see!
Catch up with Bethesda's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- Bethesda confirms Doom and Fallout 4 get VR versions
- Bethesda unveils Creation Club, a kind of paid-for mods initiative for Skyrim and Fallout 4
- Skyrim on Switch will have Legend of Zelda items
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider standalone expansion announced
- The Evil Within 2 is officially revealed, coming Friday 13th
- Wolfenstein 2 looks fantastic in its debut trailer, and it's out this year
PC Gaming Show E3 2017 conference times - Monday June 12
- UK: 6pm (BST)
- Europe: 7pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 10am (PDT)
For a third year running, PC gaming is once again receiving a dedicated showcase thanks to Intel and PC Gamer. Partners listed include Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire Interactive, Cygames, Nexon, Firaxis with XCOM 2 news and even Xbox, thanks to its continued push on the platform.
There's always room for a little surprise here, although the show also often ends up as one of the longer, more dragged out routines, too, so you'll need to be in it for the long haul!
Catch up with the PC Gaming Show's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- Total War Warhammer 2 gets a release date and new screenshots
- War of the Chosen is XCOM 2's new expansion
- A long look at Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord's new and improved combat
- Isometric fox adventure Secret Legend is now Tunic
- Cliff Bleszinski reveals Lawbreakers PC and PS4 release date
- Microsoft is remastering Age of Empires for PC
Ubisoft E3 2017 conference times - Monday June 12
- UK: 9pm (BST)
- Europe: 10pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)
Ubisoft was all too happy to tell us what it has coming out in the next financial year - a new Assassin's Creed (set to be Assassin's Creed: Origins), Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2, so expect all those to take up a chunk of the show.
We can expect a few more announcements along the way - the rumoured Mario Rabbids game should be there, and we'd be surprised if Just Dance didn't make its annual appearance - as well as hopefully one or two other surprises. Just don't expect Beyond Good and Evil 2 - or Aisha Tyler.
Catch up with Ubisoft's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- Surprise! Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a thing
- The Crew 2 is motorsports-themed, has airplanes and powerboats
- Ubisoft reveals new pirate game Skull and Bones
- Ubisoft teases VR horror game collaboration with Elijah Wood
- First Far Cry 5 gameplay debuted at Ubisoft E3 conference, features good dog
- Assassin's Creed Origins has a Ł699 special edition
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an Ubisoft toys-to-life sci-fi game
- Steep's getting an Olympics-themed expansion
- Beyond Good and Evil 2 finally resurfaces, gets a full CGI trailer
- Ubisoft storms E3 with a vital reminder that video games are human and fun
Sony E3 2017 conference times - Monday June 12
- UK: 2am (BST, Tuesday)
- Europe: 3am (CEST, Tuesday)
- East Coast US: 9pm (EDT, Monday)
- West Coast US: 6pm (PDT, Monday)
In 2016, Sony opted for a games-led showcase, skipping over its much-anticipated reveal of the PS4 Pro until later in the year.
This year we can probably expect more of the same. Sony has seemingly shown much of its hand in recent years, revealing projects like the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, a new God of War game, Shenmue 3 and Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding - when all of them seem to be a fair way off.
We'd say that now Sony will be looking to flesh those games out - anticipate some news on their upcoming zombie-shredder Days Gone, plus The Last of Us Part 2, the next Uncharted 4 DLC, and hopefully more info on any of the other distant titles mentioned above. Hopefully we'll see some more VR games, but don't expect new hardware - we've already seen a new colour or two.
Catch up with Sony's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- Matterfall is out in August
- Gran Turismo Sport gets a new release window
- Until Dawn dev shows Hidden Agenda, a crime thriller for PS4 with a social twist
- Until Dawn dev announces VR prequel The Inpatient
- Knack 2 gets a release date
- Undertale is coming to PS4 and Vita this summer
- Horizon Zero Dawn's first DLC is The Frozen Wilds
- Monster Hunter World announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC
- Sony gives us another look at PS4 biker zombie apocalypse Days Gone
- Shadow of the Colossus is getting a proper remake
- Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is coming to PlayStation VR
- Final Fantasy 15 for PSVR is now first-person fishing experience Monster of the Deep
- Call of Duty WW2 multiplayer shown off by Sony
- Sony's norse God of War reboot is a handsome brute in new footage
- A new look at Quantic Dream's PS4 game Detroit
- Insomanic's Spider-Man debuts gameplay footage
- Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull
- The big interview: Sony's Jim Ryan
Nintendo E3 2017 conference times - Tuesday June 13
- UK: 5pm (BST)
- Europe: 6pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 12pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 9am (PDT)
Despite the initial disappointment of a Switch (then known as the NX) no-show last year, Nintendo won E3 with a stunning showcase of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This year is the first E3 for Nintendo's already successful system, and there is a similar focus on a single game - Super Mario Odyssey.
Expect a few other games to make an appearance, too, as well as the same format - a Digital Event rather than a live press conference, followed by an all-day Treehouse stream that delves closer into what it has to show, as well as Splatoon 2 and ARMS tournaments you can tune into.
As for what not to expect? Nintendo has a few mobile games planned, but doesn't use E3 to show them off, while its SNES Classic Edition should get its own dedicated reveal later in the year, too.
Catch up with Nintendo's announcements and news from E3 2017:
- Nintendo confirms full Pokemon game in development for Switch
- Metroid Prime in development for Nintendo Switch
- Nintendo Switch's 2018 line-up includes new Yoshi and Kirby games
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Champion's Ballad DLC teased
- Rocket League announced for Switch with cross-network play - but not PS4
- Super Mario Odyssey launches October
- Metroid: Samus Returns announced for 3DS
- Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is getting a 3DS remake
- Nintendo consolidates an already special year
If you're looking for other E3 stories from the week, we have you covered:
- Ni No Kuni 2 gets a release date
- One of the ugliest controllers ever is about to make a comeback
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will get an Xbox One X and PS4 Pro patch
- Colour your own official Xbox One pad for Ł70
- Get Rare Replay and other digital goods free for using Microsoft's Mixer service this week
- Destiny 2 comes out on PC a month-and-a-half after console
- Sony defends decision to block PS4 cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
- Sonic Forces lets you create your own anthropomorphic avatar
- Tyranny expansion Bastard's Wounds announced
Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.