Back in February a Resetera user know as Rosti got hold of the premlinary floor plans for this year E3 showing. While we went into detail about the information found (here) a lot of concern was raised regarding Microsoft presence on the document or the lack of it to be more specific. Indeed, when compared to the huge areas that both Sony and Nintendo where occupying, the Seattle based corporation had barely a eighth of the space. Making it worse was that even when compared to the booth Microsoft had last year, which itself was smaller than the year before, 2018’s plot was pitiful. This obviously sent social media into a bit of a melt down with fans deeply concerned at the ever dwindling presence of Xbox at the premier videogames exhibition.
However it seems that, like with so many things online, that was an overreaction. In fact Microsoft has confirm that this E3 will in fact be the company’s biggest ever showing. How is this possible when they have such little space on the floor? Easy, they are showing most of their wares in the Microsoft Theater just across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center where the bulk of E3 is held.
As announced on their news feed the Xbox team have stated
“The Microsoft Theater will be home to official E3 events like the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing on June 10, 2018 at 1PM PT, various Xbox FanFest activities, hands-on gameplay and demos for all E3 attendees and more. Not only does the Microsoft Theater allow us to centralize our Xbox presence at E3, but it’s size enables us to include even more fans and partners in the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing than ever before”
Looks like there maybe be a lot happening for Team Green at this year’s conference but with so little known about the Xbox’s future line up that could mean a whole lot of surprises (provided its not all leaked before hand….again).
As for the internet’s reaction to the E3 floor plans back in February, this proves yet again that maybe it’s worth waiting for the full picture before deciding that the sky is falling.