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New Xbox expected amid Microsoft confirming two-hour long E3 2019 presentation

Published: 27/May/2019 10:23 Updated: 27/May/2019 11:29

by Paul Cot

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Microsoft have confirmed that their E3 2019 presentation could take up to two hours, hinting that a brand new Xbox console could be revealed at the event. 

Microsoft presentation length

Previous durations of Microsoft presentations at E3 have never reached the two hour mark. Their presentation at E3 2018 lasted just over 100 minutes and 2016/2017 clocked in at around the 90 minute mark.

The fact that Microsoft have gone out their way to confirm the length of the conference shows they must have a lot to talk about. This only adds credence to the strong rumors that the new Xbox console(s) will be revealed at E3 2019.

MicrosoftMicrosoft’s presentation is arguably the main event of E3 2019…

New Xbox console

A next generation Xbox console has been rumored in some capacity for years now. With the next Sony console having its first details revealed back in April 2019, more information about the next Xbox are more than certainly due. 

Of course, at this point, next generation consoles could still be quite a distance away. Even so, a late 2020 release date is being touted for the both of them. This means we are now getting towards the time that, logically, console reveals would take place.

The console reveal itself is expected to include a list of specs and some information on Microsoft’s new Project xCloud. However, a physical look at the console isn’t expected to be revealed.

Xbox One X reveal

The Xbox One X was first teased at E3 2016, before releasing 17 months later in November, 2017. While still a major reveal, the Xbox One X was essentially an upgrade to the original Xbox One. Therefore, this entirely new generation of Xbox is a more important reveal.

MicrosoftThe Xbox One X was the last major console to be revealed…

Pressure on Microsoft

It has been well documented that Sony have opted to skip E3 2019, which not only adds pressure to the Microsoft presentation but also allows the focus to be entirely on them. Despite this some PS5 information may be revealed after all.

There was a clear winner in the PS4 vs Xbox One battle, with the PS4 outselling the Xbox by substantial margins, but E3 2019 gives Microsoft an opportunity to attempt to right that supposed wrong.

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Smash Ultimate fighter “leak” reveals Kingdom Hearts Sora – is it real?

Published: 2/Dec/2020 18:52

by Michael Gwilliam

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With Super Smash Bros Ultimate fans anticipating a new DLC reveal at The Game Awards, a possible leak has surfaced showing off Kingdom Hearts’ Sora as a playable fighter.

Sora has been a popular candidate for Smash Ultimate for a long while with many fans putting him on the very top of their wish lists.

While there has been some doubt about the Kingdom Hearts protagonist coming to Smash after former Game Informer editor Imran Khan claimed Disney Japan prevented it from happening, fans have remained hopeful.

Now, a series of images have appeared online suggesting that Sora could be much closer to appearing in Smash than originally thought.

Sora in Smash Ultimate Fighter Select screen
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Could Sora really be coming to Smash Ultimate?

In a post on a popular message board, an anonymous user uploaded several photos from Smash Ultimate featuring Sora doing battle with Incineroar.

“They [were] sent to me from my source from internal play testing,” the user claimed. “He claims that final playtests of the next DLC fighter are running right now and Sora will be announced [at] The Game Awards.”

In the first picture, it shows Sora as a selectable fighter in the character select screen right next to Steve from Minecraft and the Mii fighters. The Kingdom Hearts logo appears in the background and an assortment of costumes are available too.

Sora smashes in Ultimate
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Is this just a Shulk mod?

The other images show Sora doing battle against the Pokemon fighter with each photo being of the TV screen.

While the leak may seem promising, there are some major red flags. For one, as plenty of users suggested, it’s very likely that this was made using a mod of another fighter, such as Shulk, and photoshop.

Additionally, the leak does match some of the stereotypical fake leak criteria with the photos being taken of a TV screen from off angles, no video, no Final Smash – nothing that would suggest the leak is legitimate.

Sora fights in Smash Ultimate
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Fans have wanted Sora in Smash for a long time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is unlikely that Square Enix gets two fighters in the same pass, so if Sora does get in, it may severely hurt the chances for other fan-favorites such as Geno from Super Mario RPG.

In any case, we won’t have much longer to wait to find out if the leak is real or not with The Game Awards happening on December 10. While nothing is set in stone, it’s possible that we see some sort of announcement. Back in 2018, the first Smash Ultimate DLC was revealed at TGA as Persona’s Joker.

There are still four more DLC slots remaining in Fighters Pass Volume 2 with the final character set to release by December, 2021.