Looks like Xbox digital events are here to stay, as Microsoft has revealed that it will continue to take a digital-first approach for the rest of this year and possibly next — and yes, this is due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
This news originally comes from an email being sent out to Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) users where it states that due to COVID-19, all internal and external events will be hosted digitally, up through July 2021.
It’s official: All Microsoft conferences will be digital-only through July 2021. pic.twitter.com/wTBb7Z6pQB
— Ginny Caughey (@gcaughey) April 6, 2020
This means that every department at Microsoft that had plans for an event will now broadcast them digitally, including the Xbox Division. A spokesperson also reached out to the guys over at PCGamer, to comment on this matter, though they didn’t specifically list when they plan on ending the digital-only events.
“In light of the challenges presented by Covid-19, we are adjusting our event calendar and strategy,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “For the remainder of 2020 we are embracing the opportunity to experiment with new platforms to provide our partners, customers and developers the highest quality, digital-first experiences.”
Of course, these plans could very well change in the future, though that entirely depends on where we are at with the COVID-19 pandemic. We aren’t sure what exactly this means for E3 2021, considering the original end date is slated for after the annual event. Let’s just hope on the best option that this whole thing clears up by the end of the year. For now, look forward to any upcoming Xbox digital events.