Hey, we won’t have to watch it at work this year. Most of us, at least. The Xbox E3 2017 Conference is set for Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT. The Scorpio reveal is coming to The Galen Center in Los Angeles. More importantly, we will see how Scorpio (or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it) will transform the Xbox brand moving forward.

Obviously, we know the Scorpio will be more powerful than the current slate of Xbox One consoles. But how exactly will this translate to games? We also know Microsoft isn’t going to split the userbase. Every game will come to both consoles. What works on Scorpio works on regular Xbox One.

Besides an info blowout on Scorpio, I’ll be looking for what games the folks at Xbox have in the pipeline besides Crackdown 2, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Forza and the usual slate of Xbox franchises. Granted, I want to play all of those games – but I also want to see the next set of big franchises from Microsoft.

The team at Xbox love updating the OS too. I can’t wait to see what improvements and features they have in the pipeline. Official keyboard/mouse support hasn’t been ruled out. Will we finally see another barrier between console and PC fall?

It would make porting MMO, Strategy and other keyboard-heavy games a breeze. But there are obstacles to overcome. Keyboard support would put gamepad users at a distinct disadvantage in shooters. We’ll see if the Xbox team can make it work.

Maybe Sony will jump on the Sunday train too and go before Microsoft. I think everyone would rather binge watch gaming conferences on a Sunday versus trying to catch everything through the week between class and work.

What are you looking forward to from Microsoft or anybody else during E3 week? Me? Besides the big three, I want to see what EA has up its sleeve with Star Wars. And not just a new Battlefront. What are their other developers cooking up?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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