E3 2017 Hype Train: Relive the Xbox E3 Press Conferences of the Past!

E3 2017 Hype Train: Relive the Xbox E3 Press Conferences of the Past!

Consider this a sort of warning: E3 2017 will bring surprises. Many of those will come via press conferences. To get you hyped up for the week of gaming madness, we’ve collected as many of history’s press conferences as we can. It’s a great look at not only what was presented, but how it was presented.

We’ve collected these before, but there have been a couple years since then, so consider this an HD remaster of those.

We’ll kick things off with Microsoft’s Xbox. First appearing at E3 in 2001, the Xbox wowed audiences. Enjoy!


The Xbox’s first E3. It debuted at CES, but whatever. Here are the games!

(All videos via YouTube)

2003, hosted by an impossibly cheesy schtick using a trio of speakers. At least Halo 2, KOTOR and Fable were revealed!

2004: XBLA is announced, Forza debuts, and Half-Life 2!

2005: The Xbox 360 is announced during the biggest E3 press production to date, and setting the standard for how press conferences would take place afterwards.

2006: After a successful launch, Xbox drops the mic with games like Bioshock, Mass Effect and a shaggy Cliffy B revealing Gears of War gameplay

2007: With the console generation fully under way, Microsoft showed us Modern Warfare, Fallout 3, and Halo 3. Though there was a full conference video available online, it was muted due to a copyright claim and so we’re left with th montage below. :(

2008: Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 5, Final Fantasy XIII and Gears of War 2! And Don Mattrick!

2009: Alan Wake, Assassin’s Creed 2, Halo Reach, and Mass Effect 2? A blockbuster showing for the company, who also revealed Kinect. Part 1 is below, and here’s the link to the <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DesTY6Qk07Q&amp;list=PLE9A39922604F0D8B” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>full playlist of the show</a>.

2010: Kinect games, Black Ops, and yes, it can run Crysis 2! Microsoft also debuts the redesigned Xbox 360.

2011: Halo 4, Gears 3, Mass Effect 3… this year was a bit more conservative in tech, but huge in games

2012: The Xbox 360 was long in the tooth, and so it was time to say goodbye with a bunch of big games and big names

2013: The Xbox One debuted just a few short weeks prior to E3, and Microsoft used the press event to showcase what games will define the console’s present and future

2014, which brought a ton of game surprises including Tomb Raider again.

2015, or as we like to call it: The year that Hololens took over!

Okay, maybe not. Maybe not even close. But Tomb Raider was great!

Last year, 2016, we found out that the Xbox Scorpio was a thing, and that the Xbox One S was a gorgeous device. Forza Horizon 3 was the best in the series.