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E3 2017 schedule guide - all the conference times, stream links and predictions

Find out when every E3 conference kicks off this year, and what to expect.

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)

Catch up with our EA E3 2017 live report

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:

Microsoft E3 2017 conference times - Sunday, June 11

  • UK: 10pm (BST)
  • Europe: 11pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 5pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 2pm (PDT)

Catch up with our Microsoft E3 2017 live report

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:

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)

Catch up with our Bethesda E3 2017 live report

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:

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:

Ubisoft E3 2017 conference times - Monday June 12

  • UK: 9pm (BST)
  • Europe: 10pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)

Catch up with our Ubisoft E3 2017 live report

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:

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)

Catch up with our Sony E3 2017 live report

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:

Nintendo E3 2017 conference times - Tuesday June 13

  • UK: 5pm (BST)
  • Europe: 6pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 12pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US: 9am (PDT)

Catch up with our Nintendo E3 2017 live report

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:

If you're looking for other E3 stories from the week, we have you covered:

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.

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