Microsoft will unify most 'Minecraft' platforms this summer

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Microsoft will unify most 'Minecraft' platforms this summer

Minecraft is about to enter its final form. In August, the Better Together update will land and unify the game across nearly every platform, from iOS and Android to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This unification comes courtesy of the Bedrock Engine, which currently powers all mobile, Windows 10, Amazon Fire and VR versions of the game. Now, it won't matter which platform your friends use to play Minecraft -- every version will be the same, they'll share DLC and updates, and all players will be able to create new worlds together.

Zombies won't invade 'State of Decay 2' until spring 2018

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Zombies won't invade 'State of Decay 2' until spring 2018

Microsoft may have teased the invasion of the undead at last year's E3, but during the 2017 installment we're still not getting a release date for the sequel to State of Decay. In fact, the game has been delayed. Next spring, you can enter the zombie apocalypse in the survival horror State of Decay 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10. After being slated to launch this year, the title won't arrive until 2018.

'Metro: Exodus' brings post-apocalyptic gameplay to Xbox One X

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'Metro: Exodus' brings post-apocalyptic gameplay to Xbox One X

Microsoft has plenty of Xbox One X exclusives to show at E3, but here's one you might not have expected: a brand new Metro game. 4A Games has taken the wraps off of Metro: Exodus, the next installment in the post-apocalyptic franchise. There's precious little to know about the plot line at this point, but it's clear that the game will make good use of the One X's hardware -- even the devastated Russian landscape looks gorgeous. The title is a console exclusive on Xboxes, and it'll also be available for Windows 10 when it arrives sometime in 2018.

'Forza Motorsport 7' makes the jump to 4K on Xbox One X

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'Forza Motorsport 7' makes the jump to 4K on Xbox One X

It's official -- Forza Motorsport is back. Microsoft unveiled the latest iteration of its flagship racing series at E3 2017, and as you'd expect, it's upgraded for the current era with nods to Project Scorpio -- excuse me, Xbox One X -- Windows 10 and eSports. Turn 10 boss Dan Greenawalt showed off Forza Motorsport 7 running in 4K and 60fps, while also adding dynamic weather effects. Adding feature players have been asking for repeatedly throughout the last few years, rain can impact your races, with puddles forming on the track dynamically. The unveiling also served as a premiere for an all-new car, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X, the most powerful console ever

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Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X, the most powerful console ever

Say hello to the Xbox One X, Microsoft's successor to the Xbox One. Previously known as "Project Scorpio," it was first teased at last year's E3, and we caught a glimpse at its powerful hardware a few months ago. The big takeaway? It's significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro, so much so that it can run some games at 4K/60 frames per second. At E3 today, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One X will land on November 7th.

'Need for Speed: Payback' and the business of car crashes

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'Need for Speed: Payback' and the business of car crashes

Need for Speed and Burnout are completely different franchises. Both are arcadey racers, sure, but the former's fantasy kind of starts and stops with outrunning the cops in Lamborghinis and other supercars at extremely high speeds. The latter used unlicensed knock-offs for its races because its bread and butter was portraying car accidents with near-pornographic detail -- something you just can't do when a game developer is essentially "borrowing" cars from their real-world owners. But the just-debuted Need for Speed: Payback blurs the lines between the two divergent franchises in its depiction of vehicular mayhem, pushing the boundaries of how much carnage is possible with a real-world car.

We're live from Microsoft's E3 2017 media briefing!

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We're live from Microsoft's E3 2017 media briefing!

Microsoft will answer three important questions today: How much Project Scorpio, its high-powered Xbox One, will cost; what the console's name will be; and when we can actually buy it. Lucky for you, you can follow along with your favorite members of the Engadget gaming crew as we deliver the blow-by-blow from Redmond's annual E3 media briefing as it happens and as those questions are answered, on this very page.

Watch Microsoft's Xbox E3 2017 event live right here at 5PM ET

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Watch Microsoft's Xbox E3 2017 event live right here at 5PM ET

Microsoft is getting down to business a little early this year and kicking off its E3 announcements on Sunday. We're on the scene in Los Angeles ready to bring you all of the news as its announced -- including the latest on Project Scorpio. However, if you'd like to follow the action on stage live, you can do so with Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Mixer streams. The event is also available on Xbox consoles and broadcast live on Fuse (the TV channel). Just remember: The news is always best served with our witty commentary on the side, so you'll want to keep an eye on our liveblog as well. Microsoft's big event starts at 5PM ET/2PM PT, and we've embedded the livestream down below to make things easy for you.

For 'NBA Live 18,' it's about bringing 'the magic' back

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For 'NBA Live 18,' it's about bringing 'the magic' back

Long after its groundbreaking launch in 1995, EA's flagship basketball game has had a troubled run this decade but NBA Live 18 shows that it may be able to turn things around. After missing last year entirely (following a hiatus between the 2010 and 2014 editions), its return is based on both revamped gameplay and a new story mode titled The One. Each element takes aim at some of the best features its competition, NBA 2K, has refined over the last few years, while trying to bring back what producer Mike Mahar called "the magic" of previous games.