It's happening! Or at least it will be in just over three hours. Here's where you'll find our rolling commentary of Microsoft's E3 2013 conference. And also where you'll find a selection from Bertie's amazing archive of Xbox-related images.
For Microsoft, E3 is all about the games. There may be questions still to answer about DRM and second-hand game sales on Xbox One, but the company is adamant that the industry's biggest get-together should refocus the conversation on what you'll be able to play. Its press conference at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles is its best chance to do that. It starts at 9.30am PST, which is 5.30pm BST / 6.30pm CEST.
Join us here to watch the live stream, with commentary from Ellie Gibson and the rest of the Eurogamer team watching from inside the Galen Center and back in the UK.
If you're looking for something to do in the meantime, check out Tom's piece from last weekend, which sums up why we still feel awkward about Xbone: What is the point of Xbox One DRM? You can also read our interview with Phil Harrison from the reveal event in Redmond last month and catch up with the Xbox One story so far - everything we know of the console to date.
Hello and good afternoon on what should be an emotion-packed day! Here's Don Mattrick stuffing in a load of caffeine before the big conference. What's he got in that bag I wonder - a simple muffin?
(Disclaimer: this picture was taken ages ago but don't let that ruin the illusion.)
And while Don Mattrick is busy honing his oiled hand-in-pocket delivery, Steve Ballmer is casting some kind of spell.
Why's Tom Cruise looking so gaunt?
Meanwhile, Kudo Tsunoda's mouth is open.
Tom P's just pointed out that Sony's conference starts in just under 12 hours time. Gosh. Still, not long to wait until MS kick it all off.
Microsoft's new boy on the block this year is former Sony boy Phil Harrison. Here he is growing out of Peter Molyneux's belly.
looks more like someone is trying to push him back in PM
Hello! Here's your menu of entertainment for tonight (all UK times). Microsoft's live show kicks off at 5.30PM, followed by EA at 9pm and Ubisoft at 11pm. Then charge your coffee mugs for Sony at 2am.
We'll be live-streaming the whole lot with text commentary from the team (including Ellie!).
There's been a bit of talk about The Witcher 3 maybe appearing in Microsoft's conference today. We know it's a PS4 game already but perhaps there's something more to Microsoft's relationship with Polish studio CD Projekt Red.
Respawn's exciting new Titanfall project could be a star attraction tonight. And would it be a proper Microsoft Xbox reveal without Halo?
Lionhead's Fable 1 remake Fable Anniversary will likely feature at some point, but are we to believe that's all the developer has been working on? I'd expect a glimpse of Fable 4.
The rumours have been swirling about Rare bringing back an old IP, perhaps Killer Instinct. But my instinct says be prepared for Kinect Sports 3 just in case.
There's been some wild speculation about Dragon Age 3 possibly being console exclusive to Xbox One - presumably it would also be a PC game. Microsoft is clearly close to EA, and Microsoft is also very wealthy. Makes one wonder...
Officially, Microsoft has said 15 Xbox One exclusives will launch in the console's first year. A bunch of those may be smaller titles as opposed to triple-A mega-whoppers, though.
Xbox One isn't an indie-friendly place, but that doesn't mean Microsoft won't buy some top-tier indie games a la Minecraft, which has been a massive, massive success.
At 4.50pm UK time there will be a world exclusive PlayStation Vita announcement made via Game Trailers TV, Geoff Keighley has announced. Touche, Sony, touche.
A reminder about timings tonight: Microsoft are at 5.30pm BST, EA follow up at 9pm BST. Taking us into the small hours are Ubisoft at 11pm BST, and for the truly hardcore Sony will be taking the stage at 2am BST.
What games can we expect? From Microsoft's own studios we can look forward to seeing what Rare has been up to - that'll likely be a new Kinect Sports and, perhaps, Killer Instinct. There will also a look at Ryse for the first time in a long, long time.
Some third party publishers will be lining up reveals too. Mirror's Edge 2 from EA and a new Prince of Persia from Ubisoft are what current murmurings are pointing towards.
That's what he thinks about it.
Eurogamer, GamesIndustry International and Digital Foundry are in the house! (Queueing up outside the house.) Took a straw poll on whether Halo 5 will be shown in any form today on the way here - three for, one against. Wes was the holdout. Probably not daring to dream, the big fanboy.
We're pretty certain the Respawn game will be shown. Or, as Matt from GI calls it, Punch of the Robots.
Phil Spencer apparently told Geoff Keighley from Game Trailers TV that there will be 20 games on Microsoft's stage today.
Keighley has already interviewed Mattrick and said he confronted him about used-games and that he was very upfront about addressing those concerns.
Hello everyone! LET'S E3!
Well, this may be screaming into silence thanks to those nasty DDOS people. But HELLO E3!
Hi we're back did you miss us!
Apologies for the outage - we've been subject to a DDOS attack.
Now then. If we're going to stick with Xbone, it's only fair we also go with PlayStation Phwoar.
Also we just wanted to make it more exciting.
Add more server to the cloud
Look I know it's wrong. But Geoff Keighley... He's sort of... I mean, just sometimes, in a certain light... Sorry sorry forget I mentioned it.
Mad Dog McCree for Xbone??? YES
Cripes, we're up and running with Metal Gear.
It's in-game, it's open world. And it looks just like Red Dead Redemption.
REALTIME WEATHER! The next-gen JUST GOT REAL!
These are all very good things. As are various modes of transport, obv.
The game that's so big we cannot see it in real-time. We're not the only ones seeing the footage sped-up, right?
Kiefer Sutherland's one thing, but how the heck did they persuade Pink Floyd to reform for the soundtrack?
Miller, a young Sniper Wolf and Hal all make appearances. As does a brilliantly camp theme tune, which is all very MGS 3.
That is exactly what I would wear in a war zone. Bikini. Plus, just in case they needed to identify my body, my initials and date of birth spelled out in a vajazzle.
VAJAZZLES FOR DOG TAGS.
It's for Phantom Pain, and it's for Xbox One. Will there be any exclusivity for MS platforms?
Don Mattress! Looks like he's been reskinned specially for the occasion. Whole new motherboard I expect.
Sadfaced Tom Cruise and Hideo K take the reins.
TV about to be announced for Xbox 360?
Oh, a new 360 SKU.
Yes Don. That is what we have all come to see. Xbox 360 games. Why not just ride out onto stage on a penny farthing then show us all your new mangle?
"Smaller, sleeker and more quiet - and it's available today."
Gold Membership's also improved - from July 1st, Gold Members get two free game downloads.
A one-off, or Microsoft's alternative to PlayStation Plus?
Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3 kick the scheme off.
There are plenty of games coming to the Xbox 360 - and World of Tanks kicks things off.
This poor guy. "So we want you to do the Xbox 360 stuff." "But, but, you said I could do something exciting!" "You're just not ready, hun."
This year, my E3 press conference snack of choice is taramasalata and breadsticks. What about you?
Tanks! Tanks in fields! Tanks in cities! Tanks in the snow! All tanks, all the time! Let's all have a cry and a tank!
Victor Kisly, who is proper nuts, takes to the stage.
This does mean that MS is softening its stance further on free-to-play.
I'm not going to pretend to care too much about what else it means, or what else Victor says. Xbox One games pleuse.
Eat my tanks.
Look at this guy. I love the hand flourishes. "This may be my only moment, but it's still my moment."
PressPlay, who are doing Max The Curse of Brotherhood, are up next.
They're a 'corporate indie'. Or that's what they told me earlier this year anyway. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-04-24-microsoft-hasnt-lost-touch-with-indies-insists-xbla-dev
Namcai Bando! Always good for a laugh. Also dragons.
Dark Souls 2. Looks like Dark Souls, but with fluffier collars.
Phil Spencer is the next on-stage/victim of YouTube mash-ups for the next few days.
Personally I prefer Dark Seouls, where you have to wander round a series of Korean capital cities that have suffered a power cut.
"We've more titles in development now than any other time in Xbox history."
That be fighting talk, Phil.
"That's right, guys. Suit jacket but with a t-shirt. I'm kind of a big deal, but I still love hanging out and playing my guitar."
This'll be Ryse, then.
Someone give this voiceover man a Hall's Soother.
Rumour has it that Crytek's game is less reliant on Kinect now.
New subtitle! It's called Ryse: Son of Rome.
And it's got graphics. Plenty of graphics.
That'll be them cockney Romans, then.
Is it just me or is the most exciting thing to happen in this conference so far the announcement of some words after a colon.
Cor, Rome was loud, weren't it?
You can dodge people. And then press a button to stab them in the neck.
Such a shame that all the Asterix games have been rubbish. I'd love to be Obelix rolling into this, smashing all their heads together.
And you can call other men to walk in a line with you. And press another button to put your shield up.
I hope I'm doing justice to how exciting this looks with these updates.
At the end of the day, mate, you're still wearing a skirt.
Many necks are being stabbed.
KICK HIM IN THE FAAACE! Come on Alphonso, just a few more baldies to slice up then you can have a nice sit down and a limoncello.
Yet still they scream and scream.
Still, here's Cevat. CryEngine 3 could never render something so pretty.
Ryse is an exclusive launch title.
Cevat! The hottest of all the Yerlis. Not sure about the new beard though. Bit middle-aged Connery.
My mate Jessie had a dog called Jago. Lovely he was. Also blind.
Phil will you keep your hand still for two seconds, it's very distracting.
Killer Instinct is back! Am I the only one who thinks the series has been absent so long for a reason.
Oh wait. It's Hotline Miami 2.
Oh wait! It's Sunset Overdrive, an OTT shooter.
It's an MS Studios product, so it'll be Xbox One exclusive.
It looks very much like what Overstrike was supposed to look like, before it got the EA treatment and turned into Fuse.
It's a CG trailer, so meh.
My feed dropped out for a minute there. When it came back someone seemed to be shooting a load of monkeys with a can of Sunny Delight. Have I fallen asleep?
Sorry, got overexcited when I saw the McLaren Technology Centre.
This'll be Forza 5, then, and they're getting all excited about the new Macca.
How many cup holders has it got?
Everyone at the conference gets a McLaren P1, Dan Greenawalt announces.
I drive a Maclaren Techno XLR. Excellent turning circle, lightweight chassis, beautiful handling. Also you can fit loads of nappies in the basket underneath.
"AIR YOU CAN TASTE." Mmmm, delicious.
'TASTE MY AIR' shouts Dan Greenawalt as he struts on stage.
DRIVATAR. This is amazing.
Drivatar's a new feature - it sounds like Real Racing 3's AI.
I want a drivatar. Also a hoovertar who will vacuum the lounge for me.
Basically, the game learns how you drive and tries to replicate it in other people's games.
It didn't work in Real Racing 3.
Anyway - there's a very urban backrop in Forza 5. It looks very PGR, basically.
Time for a world preemyeer! My favourite kind of preemyeer!
A step away from the sim crowd, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
But has it got traffic checking?
God... drivatar has to be the worst 'word' of E3... unless someone else can come up with something even more stupid later.
It's an early contender, but let's wait until tomorrow morning.
PHIL PHIL PHIL! I LOVE YOUPHIL!
Phil Harrison walks on stage in a scene very reminiscent of the end of Close Encounters.
Yes Phil Forza DOES look incredible but not as incredible as you with your best Paul Smith and your ageless face.
Anyway, he's talking about the indies, and how he wants to bring them to Xbox One.
Did you notice how he touched his fingers together there when he said "with each other"? That's why he earns the big bucks.
"Imagination" (points to head). It's this kind of thinking that led to being able to use the PSP as a wing mirror.
Minecraft Xbox One edition announced.
Ahh, Minecraft. FarmVille for people too ashamed to play FarmVille.
Bigger worlds, more players. More blocks.
Sam Lake of Remedy now, to tell us about Quantum Leap.
We're going to see an actual scene, with a realtime Dean Stockwell.
Sam Lake had a rreally great night last night. Him and some guys from Stuttgart ended up on this roof garden in Santa Monica with some chicks on vacation from Florida and it just got kind of crazy.
Actually, this looks cool - he's working his way through a crime scene that's frozen in time, kind of like a riff off Source Code.
You know that anything with a script that includes the line "Doctor, you're the only one who can fix this" is going to be amazing.
Hard to see where the actual game is in that scene, though.
Oh my. A new Swery game. And it's D4.
MAGIC. That's right everyone, Microsoft has at last harvested the power of magic. Watch now as Phil Harrison puts on a wizard's hat.
Cel-shaded episodic mystery game, looks ropey and sublime in Swery fashion. Sold.
What if not everyone wants the gift of games, Dave? My mum would rather have a nice box of chocolates and a bottle of Fenjal.
Project Spark is a game.
Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no river deep enough, to keep this guy from dicking about with smart glass.
All my millions of friends who have smart glass will be loving this.
Creation mode looks a bit like From Dust. But the adorable Eric Chahi's nowhere to be seen.
Wow! It's FarmVille for people who are too thick to play Minecraft!
I'm getting a distinct whiff of "giant enemy crab".
Dave, no one's said "remix" since 2003.
That's my lunch repeating. Sorry Ellie.
Wow, if those goblins were "pissed off" before, they sure will think you're a bunch of f***ing ****eating ****s now!
"It's time to bust out Rockman's bad-ass upgrades." And with that, he's part of internet history forever.
At least they have allowed a black person on stage. Note how the woman has to stand behind the curtain and do the voiceover though.
Wes reckons this is MS's answer to LittleBigPlanet. Looks okay, but it's got that corporate veneer to it that repels me a little.
Ah, more SmartGlass! Just nipping for a piss.
Whenever they say Mark Whitten's coming on stage I expect Marc Wootton and then Mark Whitten comes on and I'm disappointed.
I'd be excited for the SmartGlass stuff for Ryse if I hadn't already tried Forza Horizon's SmartGlass stuff. It didn't work, basically.
It's alright love, just press all the buttons. It'll be fine. In my younger days I got whole boyfriends that way.
Upload Studio records your gameplay and, as the name suggests, lets you upload them online.
I was all excited they listened to me and brought a woman on, but it was just to show her being rubbish at a fighting game. Well done everyone.
You can also record commentary to the clip, and then send it to the cloud.
COME ON ASHTON, KICK HIS ****ING HEAD OFF
With Twitch you can broadcast as well. And that is really huge.
Twitch is built into Xbox One.
Well done Ashton. You showed HIM, in a totally believable and naturalistic way.
Most significant announcement of the night so far. Apart from the new Ryse title, obv.
You're no longer limited to 100 friends on XBL!
And they're scrapping MS Points.
Connect with all friends, all the time, all online, all connected, in the cloud, with your drivatar.
A genuine cheer from the crowd.
Crimson Dragon is now Xbox One, I've just been told.
And now we're seeing it.
It's from the Panzer Dragoon chap. And it looks ace. Even if the sound's not working at the conference.
Haha did the dude just say "That was good" while his mic was still on? Because if so, sir, I'm afraid I have some bad news.
The world's first silent video game! Now THAT'S innovation.
Anyway, this'll be the Xbox One's Panzer Dragoon Orta. Hope there's controller support in there.
Dead Rising 3!
Fun day at the hairdresser's that must have been. "We'd like the same haircut, please. We've got a big event coming up!"
We're going straight into a demo of the game.
Tell you what, if I was working on a zombie action game set in a post-apocalyptic America, I wouldn't be too up for shouting about it this week.
Los Perdidos is the setting, and it's a more expansive, GTA-like game this time out.
There are zombies. Plenty of them. Which is what you expect, really.
Are we supposed to believe Nick has never played this game before? Lazy if so.
"Anything and everything is a weapon." Towels? Wotsits? Feminine hygiene products?
This looks a bit more straight-faced than other Dead Rising games right now. Where are the funnies? Why so brown?
Imagine a gun that fired Wotsits. Or a whole shooter where all the guns were based on crisps. Skip Launcher, Quaver Rifle etc. 10/10.
Yeah, that's a big bag of zombies though.
Vehicles are a bigger part of the game now.
SmartGlass lets you look at your phone while you're playing the game!
Also, allows you to call in artillery support.
It's an Xbox One exclusive.
Witcher 3 is next up to the plate.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt confirmed for Xbox One. It's got DX11 in it. And it's free-roaming with an open environment.
Optional voice commands via Kinect, you'll be delighted to hear.
And SmartGlass for inventory management etc.
Winter is coming!
It's region free!
Oh wait, it's got a multi-region environment. And boobs.
Patrick Soderlund here to show us Battlefield 4. It's 60fps on Xbox One.
They've not shown many Kinect games, have they? Funny that.
There's an angry sea. And some problems with the feed over at the conference.
Have Activision cut the wires?
"Jesus, Steve. Plugging the speakers in. That was your ONE JOB."
Oh. My. Word.
Come on lads keep the energy up, "As I said to my mother in law the other day..."
I think they hadn't connected the Xbox One to the internet in the past 24 hours.
But has it got dogs?
No dogs no sale. Might accept a cat sidekick, though.
I wish they'd let it roll on in silence and done their own sound effects. "Blammety blammety pew pew pew"
Xbox Live players on Xbox One get the first BF4 map pack first.
Spencer! He's changed his t-shirt!!! Try more Lynx next time.
Dan here has just observed that Phil's wearing a Capybara t-shirt.
Just how many costume changes will Phil Spencer go for? Or did they just take another unit out of cold storage?
Which is fitting, as he's announcing a new game that looks like Sword and Sworcery.
It's a rogue-like called Below.
Capybara are basically the best, so if that's an exclusive then well-played Microsoft.
Black Tusk is one of five studios MS is investing in.
Do you think he has a guy in the wings with a straw and some marching powder ready to blow up his bum, like Steve Nicks used to have when touring with the Mac?
A brief look at their Fantavision sequel.
Another look at an Xbox One exclusive.
It's got sand in it.
It's Fracture 2.
This is what happens when you don't go online in 24 hours, says Donlan.
They're not saying Halo 5. But there will be a new Halo fps at 60fps.
But has it got smart glass???
That's first person shooter, frames per second. Sorry.
Price is £429 in the UK.
Out this November.
That is expensive. God knows who's clapping that bomb.
I would pay £429 to smash a pissed off goblin over the head with some smart glass and no mistake.
Titanfall's the last announcement. And another exclusive (though I think it's also heading for PC).
What is worse than being called a terrorist? A naughty terrorist?
Doesn't look bad for a Source game. Shame about the generic art direction.
Vince Zampella takes to the stage. He's fresh from pushing back some boundaries.
And pushing through some lawsuits.
My two year-old son just shouted "APPLE" for the first time. Should I phone those NASA doctors in charge of kids with psychic powers?
We're seeing a futuristic take on the storming of the beach. I feel I've seen this before, though.
Well, it looks like Call of Duty in the future.
It's another Brink clone! Finally, the world is ready for Splash Damage's grand vision.
I still like my crisp-themed first-person shooter idea better.
Do you think they're Facebook friends with Bobby Kotick?
And that's a wrap.
C'est fini. Join us at 9pm for the EA conference, then it's Ubisoft at 11pm and yes, we're going all the way to 2am for PlayStation Phwoar.
Well, I think that's a pretty strong comeback. It was all about the games, and they all looked pretty good. Some strong exclusives and good third party tie-ins. The price stings - as does all the other nonsense from late last week - but we're yet to see Sony play that hand.
Will they do so tonight? Tune in at 2am BST and see!
Oh, and don't forget to join us for EA at 9pm, with Ubisoft following at 11pm.
Don't want to presume too much, but well - Mirror's Edge 2.
So yeah, see you all at 9pm!