Xbox Games Showcase: Microsoft reveals a huge set of new games – and new consoles


Microsoft has revealed a host of new games – as well as new consoles to play them on.

The company showed off the next version of Call of Duty, Black Ops 6. The game will arrive later this year – and has already kicked off some controversy since Microsoft revealed that it will only be possible to play it online.

The Games Showcase comes at a crucial time for Xbox and Microsoft as the gaming industry faces a downturn and publishers grapple with softer sales, layoffs and studio shutdowns.

Microsoft showed off three gaming consoles including a disc-less version of the Xbox Series X and S consoles, and a special edition of the Series X with 2 terabytes of storage.

The hardware refresh could help Xbox boost sales of its consoles which compete with Sony’s PlayStation 5.

Among the games on display was “Doom: The Dark Ages”, the latest installment in the long-running “Doom” franchise, as well as a sneak peak at the newest “Gears of War” title, ending a five-year wait for one of Xbox‘s most popular properties.

A sizable number of games including the new “Doom” and “Call of Duty” will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the day of launch, indicating that Microsoft is making big bets on the subscription service as it tries to woo consumers grappling with a relatively softer economy.

The Games Showcase was followed by a special feature from Activision Blizzard’s studios that highlighted features, characters and gameplay of the new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 6”, which is slated for a release in October.

Developers Treyarch and Raven software showed clips from the campaign of the game that takes place in the early 1990s, touting features such as a new movement system allowing players to sprint in all directions, and a glimpse at the fan-favorite “Zombies” mode.

Additional reporting by agencies