Xbox Series X games event set for July 23, with Halo Infinite and more

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Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has announced its planned "Xbox Games Showcase" on July 23, at 9 a.m. PT.
  • The digital event will feature various upcoming Xbox Series X titles, targeting the next-generation console. Halo Infinite and other first-party Xbox Game Studios titles are among confirmed attendees.

It's time for the big one — Microsoft has outlined plans to host its next Xbox Series X games showcase on July 23, providing a sample of upcoming titles headed to the next generation. The hotly-anticipated live stream promises a variety of planned Xbox Series X releases, including its first-party lineup under the Xbox Game Studios family. While the full game roster remains a mystery, Halo Infinite, the latest installment of the hit Xbox-exclusive shooter, is among confirmed attendees.

Microsoft presents its Xbox Game Showcase as a digital-only live stream, adapting around current world events amid the cancellation of top industry shows like E3 and Gamescom 2020. The show runs from 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. BST / 6 p.m. CEST on Thursday, July 23, backing our previous reporting from June. The show will broadcast on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and other prevalent live streaming platforms.

Microsoft has also announced a pre-show stream hosted by Geoff Keighley scheduled for one hour prior, as a part of the ongoing "Summer Game Fest."

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While Microsoft has kept its list of appearances somewhat a mystery, Halo Infinite is among confirmed titles making their gameplay debut. The next entry in the sci-fi shooter drops later this year, scheduled to launch adjacent to the Xbox Series X console. The cross-generation installment also lands on Xbox One consoles, with many hoping for an impressive showcase following a mainline absence for half a decade.

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We're also expecting other titles from Microsoft's wealth of franchises, namely the next Forza installment after a one-year hiatus. We may also see Senua's Saga: Hellblade II and Everwild following brief teasers late last year, even with assumed launches far beyond 2020. Other titles scheduled for this calendar year also seem all-but-confirmed, such as Grounded, Microsoft Flight Simulator, or Wasteland 3.

Microsoft's new Santa Monica-based studio, "The Initiative," may also debut its first project. The studio has scooped up some serious industry talent in recent years, lead former Tomb Raider boss Darrell Gallagher, and featuring leads from God of War and Red Dead Redemption. Work has been underway for some time — although only a small glimpse of its vision appears likely.

What do you hope to see from the July Xbox Games Showcase? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • I am excited about this event. I think we can see many surprises. However, some of the top ones such as the project that the Initiative is working on will be saved for XO20.
  • I hope that they get the most expected titles, like Halo and the worst-kept secrets, like Fable out of the way first and then just drop bomb after bomb of unannounced titles. A Back 4 Blood (by the developers of Left 4 Dead) exclusive announcement would be the icing on the cake. if they have at least 5 first party announced exclusives that will be releasing less than six months after launch, they'll be in great shape
  • Looking forward to this. As it's confirmed all Series X titles. This could be a big show for MS. We know Halo. Surely Xbox Game Studios shows at least 5 or 6 XGS games for Series X? My guess: Halo Infinite
    Perfect Dark reboot
    Fable Reboot
    Forza 8
    Hellblade 2
    Psychonauts 2 I think these are the titles they will show at the event. And all will have gameplay.
  • This is going to be exciting. I hope they also announce more things, like Lockhart and the rest, and they expand Xcloud
  • I just want to see a great new games that take advantage of the powerful next-gen hardware.