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Xbox Games Showcase live report

Well Halo there! Microsoft shows its next-gen hand, live from 5pm BST

Ooooooh, I'm a tinglin' because this one should be special. After a slight false start earlier in the year, Microsoft is about to properly show its hand when it comes to the next generation of Xbox. The Xbox Games Showcase is - as the name suggests - about games and nothing else. Join us at 5pm BST to see what surprises await.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.

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*taps mic*

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*sniffs it suspiciously*

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*clears throat*

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*keeps clearing throat*

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*really hacking away now*

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*spits massive glob of phlegm*

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But wait, look! The phlegm is XBOX GREEN.

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Hello and welcome to the live report for today's Xbox Games Showcase.

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Sorry about all the coughing and whatnot.

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That's proper old Hollywood behaviour.

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You're all off watching the pre-show aren't you?

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That's plain rude.

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I've probably bored you with this before but my friend once interviewed Donald Sutherland and before he could even ask a question Donald demanded a spittoon.

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MarkMarkYepMark: I don’t fancy being your friend and having to tell Donald that Spittoon has a double “t” in it.

I knew that... Honest. (Thank heavens for the edit button).

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15 minutes to go so I'm going to do the decent thing and get a beer.

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Kami: I'm hitting the lucozade citrus chill atm.

That sounds much more palatable than what you were drinking last time!

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So, predictions...

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I'll let you go first.

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Plz.

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Oh god you're all in for a CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENT tonight.

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I'd love Phil S to come rollerblading on stage, though, before doing a massive JSRF tag and announcing it's BAAAAAAAAAACK.

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GarciaHotspur: Gradius 6 then surely?

Don't. Just don't.

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Halo Infinite is of course locked in.

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And I don't think anyone would be too surprised to see a new Forza Motorsport and Playground Games' Fable.

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What else, though?

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We're expecting new IP from Obsidian and something from The Initiative - the fancy Santa Monica studio Xbox has founded with veterans from the likes of Crystal Dynamics.

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Will either of those make an appearance?

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Kami: XBox 360 had some lovely JRPGs early on. Blue Dragon, Infinite Undiscovery...

We have just had Dragon Quest 11 announced for Xbox! I think I'm up for a third playthrough of that too...

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I honestly would be happy if we had an hour of Microsoft Flight Sim tbh.

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Ten seconds.

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And. Here. We. Go.

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PEGI 18 PEOPLE! HOLD TIGHT FOR SOME GROT!

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kaisersoser: Nice pre show. Some delightful surprises!

I missed the entire thing because I was too busy making sure I had beer for this. Ever the professional.

Martin Robinson

Well, this will be Halo Infinite then.

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Which sounds very much like 343 is going back to the drawing board a bit - and going back to Combat Evolved.

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Miyamotosan: Has anyone else got two doofus's talking over their video feed?

That's your punishment for watching the pre-show and not joining us here exclusively.

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vert1go: Neck stab count so far: 0

It is early days...

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Right, that's the CG bit done.

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343 I love you, but no-one plays Halo for the CG bits.

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GIVE US SOME GAMEPLAY.

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Yeah like this will do - a dramatic emergency landing on a Halo ring sets up our first look at Infinite in action.

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Which is obviously a bit familiar from Combat Evolved's iconic introduction of the ring world.

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Wish this bearded lad would pipe down a bit.

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Well, the Master Chief has a new annoying comedy sidekick.

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Elsewhere, though - Halo Infinite does indeed look a lot like Combat Evolved.

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It also looks a lot like Halo 5 to me - I'm not seeing anything that screams next-gen, but I am also watching on a compressed 1080p60 feed.

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What it does show is that the more freeform battles of Combat Evolved's open levels feature.

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As do, for now, solely Covenant enemies.

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And as soon as I say that a big bastard brute shows up.

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An elevator zooms quickly up from the ground and we get a sense of exactly how big this world is.

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I think that was being pitched as Halo Infinite's Breath of the Wild moment.

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And yes the Chief does have a grappling hook.

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There's something incredibly camp about a grappling hook.

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So I approve, basically.

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Is Cortana the grappling hook? Is this a sneaky remake of that weird Bionic Commando reboot?

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45709: Place your bets will we get a release date and price?

I'd very much bet against it.

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So, Halo Infinite - it looks... decent? We'll be seeing a bit more of it later on tonight and will be sure to tell you all we discover.

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It's the most ambitious game they've done yet, say 343.

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Still waiting for the day someone comes out and just admits this is the least ambitious thing they've done.

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That they're just sort of going through the motions and living from paycheque to paycheque. Watching the clock tick to 5pm every day.

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Anyway that was Halo Infinite it'll be 4K60 and will be Halo.

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Here's a new game.

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It's a CG trailer, unfortunately.

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So feck knows exactly what kind of game it is.

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It's got a manky deer in it tho.

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And it is State of Decay 3.

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Hope they put the manky deer on the cover.

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There's Phil! What t-shirt is he wearing?

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Oh it's just a Halo Infinite t-shirt. No sneaky tease - yet, anyway.

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Instead we're getting a slick sales pitch on Games Pass.

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samquorn92: How many Japanese developed games can we expect today?

We've had Dragon Quest 11 already - I know it's old, but it's the biggest series Japan has so it's quite a statement of intent.

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And here's cars.

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Because I'm me I can tell you there was a Chaparral there.

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And here's an in-engine look at what I think is simply called Forza Motorsport.

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We start at Laguna Seca and also see a lot of a garage that I presume acts as some sort of hub.

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And there's a lot of IMSA and GT machinery pounding around, which I approve of.

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One thing to note there - that just said Windows and Xbox Series X. No Xbox One.

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This is Everwild, which is either a terrible 90s indie rock band or Rare's new IP, I forget.

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What kind of game is it? WHO KNOWS IT'S ANOTHER CG TRAILER.

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Again, Xbox Series X and Windows PC the only platforms that show up there.

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Everwild is a place to be eternal, we're told by Everwild's executive producer.

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Hmmmm.

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Next, let's go a bit more domestic with Dontnod's...

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(Runs to google to remind myself what Dontnod are working on atm)

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Yes I knew that of course.

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That was Tell Me Why. And this is Moon Studios, the devs behind Ori.

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And they're making a special Xbox Series X version of Ori and the Will O' the Wisps

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I got that wrong didn't I? It's Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

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attomm19883: Only Halo showed gameplay then, so far. So disappointing.

Forza was in-engine, if that counts...

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(I don't think it does)

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Private Division - 2K's indie arm - now has something to show us.

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Ah, it's... Outer Worlds. I guess on Xbox Series X.

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Peril on Gorgon, an Outer Worlds expansion coming September 9th. If that's your kind of thing.

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And Grounded is next.

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Obsidian's new joint that's currently available to check out in early access.

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Does this mean we'll get to see the studio's new IP next?

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Feargus is here now - we've seen two Obsidian games, so how about a third?

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And here we go.

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It's a CG trailer.

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So *shrugs*.

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Ah hang on, we've got a bit of first-person gameplay that looks very Skyrim.

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oakie007: Right that's it... I'm holding my breath until a decent game is shown...

RIP.

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That could be something quite special, of course - though it's very hard to say based on that.

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That's Avowed, then.

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And this is a new game from Interior Night - London-based, and founded by a Quantic Dreams veteran.

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It's a grounded experience - as you might expect given the studio's heritage.

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An interactive drama.

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Weirdly it looks to me like Linklater's rotoscoped films Waking Life and his great take on A Scanner Darkly.

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Very hard to get a handle on that one, but here's Hellblade 2.

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The reveal is that Hellblade 2 is set in Iceland. And there's a new video about how they scouted the location.

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Oh video games.

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Double Fine are next with what must be Psychonauts 2.

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There is absolutely nothing so far that's motivating me to get a Series X later this year. But let's see!

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Oh god yes please.

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It's okay it's Jack Black singing.

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BRB, rushing to Curry's to pre-order this Jack Black singing machine MS wants me to buy.

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Destiny 2 is coming to Series X, and to Games Pass.

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Do people still play Destiny 2? It feels like three lifetimes ago that I bounced so hard off it.

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We'll be getting a 4K60 version of Destiny for Series X too.

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I just came back from a quick toilet break, so let's say..... NOW!

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And with a nice look at STALKER 2 - hang on, they're still making STALKER 2 - I'm certainly feeling this a bit more.

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That is a surprise, and a very welcome one!

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This looks INCREDIBLY moody and sinister in all the best possible ways.

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Yes please very much thank you.

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And here's!

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Kiliko: Drink every time it says world premiere

I've already been for one pee...

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This is a new Warhammer game from FatShark?

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Oh wow it's a 40K game from FatShark, called Darktide.

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YES PLEASE.

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All of a sudden this got real good.

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And now it's Enhance, and it can't get much better than this.

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This is a new take on Tetris Effect - one of the games of the last few years, if you ask me.

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SO YES PLEASE.

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Tetris Effect Connected, coming to Xbox later this year.

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Image and Form, developers of SteamWorld, are working on something big.

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That's another big yes please from me.

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And how!

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The Gunk!

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It looks packed full of neat and satisfying little systems like all of Image and Form's games - but this time in 3D!

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Something moody and grounded now.

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This, I believe, is Bloober's new joint.

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(Someone much smarter than me just told me).

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dai_bonehead: Watching with my 12 year old son. He just let rip with an absolute face melter of a fart. May be the most powerful thing I’ve experienced in the last hour.

The true power of the next generation.

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Medium! Again, that looks like a Series X and PC exclusive.

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SEGA

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I know those guys!

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They're great.

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And I can sort of forgive them for taking so goddamn long to bring PSO 2.0 to the west.

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Ah well, better late than never.

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Phantasy Star Online 2.0 New Genesis, coming next year.

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This, I think, is CrossFireEX - and Remedy's single-player piece of the massively popular game.

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oldmanshoutsatcloud: CAN YOU PROTECT ME FROM FATE?

I mean, probably not.

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Well, that's coming up to a wrap.

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And there's more to come later in the year.

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Oh yeah, and one last trailer.

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(It's Fable).

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It's a CG trailer though, innit.

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Well, that revealed absolutely sod all.

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A bit of an odd show, that.

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Microsoft is keen to push its sort of platform agnostic games are games angle, which is great and something I broadly approve of.

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But there is absolutely nothing there convincing me to get a Series X.

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If I had the spare chunk of change needed for one of these machines later this year - well, I'd just spend it upgrading a PC.

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Still, let's see what else they've got in the future! As mentioned earlier, we'll have more on Halo for you later tonight.

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And thanks as ever for joining us.

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(Don't blame me for the CG trailers, I do keep telling them but they won't listen).

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oakie007: Mother in law says.... Hi guys... How did Phil do...

Not his greatest performance - almost invisible, but a solid presence at the back. 6/10.

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vert1go: Thank you again Martin!

Thank *YOU*!

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