How to watch all the E3 2016 keynote live streams
E3 2016 will be the biggest gaming convention of the year, with keynotes from leading games publishers Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda and Sony. Here's how to catch all the action.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you don’t actually need to be at E3 2016 to experience the world’s biggest games convention. While many of the industry’s leading publishers will be hosting large events for attendees of the show, they will also be livestreaming their presentations, allowing passionate gamers to follow the announcements as they happen.
The Keynotes of E3 2016
E3 2016 is set to officially kick off on 14 June at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, but this year the festivities will kick off a little earlier. Electronic Arts has decided to host its own gaming keynote on 12 June, just ahead of the official show’s start.
This will make EA the first of the six main keynotes of the show. Bethesda will also be hosting a keynote following its extremely successful showing at E3 2015, and Ubisoft will be presenting its upcoming lineup, which won’t include an Assassin’s Creed title for the first time since 2007.
Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will also be hosting key presentations, showcasing both upcoming hardware – like the Playstation VR – and the games you’ll be playing on it later on this year and beyond.
Here’s a full breakdown of how to watch the E3 2016 keynote live streams for each publisher, including broadcast times in AEST.
When it comes to sporting games, EA rules them all. With the giant that is FIFA promised an annual release, EA’s also committed to the Madden, PGA Golf, the NHL and even UFC franchises. They may not all get a new game release this year, but there’s no doubt that sports will play a big part in the keynote.
Also destined for some screentime is the next installment of the company’s massive FPS shooter, Battlefield. While EA won’t have its own booth at E3 2016, it will be using its keynote to show the world a closer look at its WWI Battlefield instalment, BattleField 1. Super mech adventure sequel Titanfall 2 should also get a showing given its 2016 release date.
You can watch the EA E3 2016 keynote livestream on 13 June at 6:00am AEST on the Twitch EA channel.
Open world game master Bethesda gave its very first E3 keynote last year. And with the success of Fallout 4’s launch and the recent launch of DOOM, the publisher is back again for E3 2016. While there’s plenty of hope for another Elder Scrolls title and a sequel to the fantastic Wolfenstein: The New Order, the safe money is on a firm release date for Dishonored 2.
Bethesda is streaming on 13 June at 12:00pm AEST on the Bethesda twitch channel.
Modern day titan in the games industry, Microsoft has a long history of epic E3 reveals. While it isn’t likely that we’ll see any a new Halo game, there’s plenty of talk about the pending reveal of the rumoured Xbox Scorpio and it’s VR compatibility.
This year’s keynote should offer more info on the upcoming exclusive title ReCore and a closer look at Gears of War 4. There’s also a chance Microsoft will reveal an Xbox One slim console, with a new design, with rumours also suggesting a Chromecast-like Xbox streaming device for the show.
Microsoft is due to stream on 14 June at 2:30am AEST on the Microsoft Twitch channel.
For the first year since the release of the original game, Ubisoft has confirmed that there will be no new Assassin’s Creed announcement this year.
Instead, it will be revealing Watch Dogs 2, South Park Fractured but Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands and two new titles – For Honor and Eagle Flight – during E3 2016.
You can watch the Ubisoft stream on 14 June at 6:00am AEST on the Ubisoft Twitch channel.
Sony has already confirmed that the PlayStation VR will be launching around the world before Christmas this year, so it’s only natural that the company will be spending a fair amount of time showing off the new virtual reality platform.
There are also a lot of pointers suggesting that the PS4.5, or PlayStation Neo, will get revealed, bringing 4K support to the console race for the first time.
Impending open-universe game No Man’s Sky will undoubtedly appear in some fashion. Last year’s surprise announcement Horizon Zero Dawn should also be expected.
You can watch Sony’s keynote at E3 2016 on 14 June at 11:00am AEST on the Playstation Twitch channel.
Nintendo used its Nintendo Direct conference back in March to reveal Paper Mario on Wii U, as well as a new Monster Hunter game and SNES support for the 3DS, which leaves many wondering what the company could possibly reveal at E3 2016.
What we do know is that this year you can expect to see more information on the new Pokemon Go, Sun & Moon games, while the new Legend of Zelda game for Wii U will be offering up to 90 minutes of gameplay on the show floor. Nintendo has also confirmed that the new crossover game Tokyo Mirage Session #FE will also be making an appearance during its E3 2016 keynote.
You can watch the Nintendo stream on 15 June at 2:00am AEST on the Nintendo Twitch channel.