Almost time for the Xbox showcase, but Starfield won’t be in attendance

Jan 14, 2023

On January 25th, Microsoft will be streaming Developer_Direct. This is a showcase featuring some of the games from Xbox Game Studios’ lineup, after being relatively silent on the games front for months. We’ve been worried about the silence too, but we’ve had so many new developments concerning AI to cover these last few weeks. For instance, did you know that there’s an AI that can mimic human speech?

Despite having an abundance of games set to release on Xbox, Windows PC, and Game Pass in 2023, Microsoft has only confirmed a few of these to be featured in the upcoming Developer_Direct event. These games include Redfall by Arkane Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online by ZeniMax Online Studios, Forza Motorsport by Turn 10 Studios, and Minecraft Legends by Mojang.

Bethesda's Starfield will not be appearing in the January 25th's Developer_Direct showcase, instead, the sci-fi role-playing game will be given its own separate presentation at a later date, according to Microsoft.

Xbox Developer_Direct Livestream

Where can you watch the January Xbox showcase?

Xbox Developer_Direct will be streamed on Wednesday, January 25th at 12 PM PST/3 PM EST on Xbox's Twitch and YouTube channels, as well as those of Bethesda. Xbox games marketing VP Aaron Greenberg announced on Twitter that the Developer_Direct event is expected to last around 43 minutes. The event will feature ‘more gameplay and exciting new details’ from Forza Motorsport, an ‘insider's look into the PvP multiplayer experience’ in Minecraft Legends, and gameplay footage, including combat, customization, and bosses, in the open world of Redfall, in both single-player and multiplayer.

In addition to the games that will be featured in the Developer_Direct event, Xbox Game Studios has a number of announced but mostly yet to be seen projects such as Avowed, Everwild, Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, State of Decay 3, The Outer Wilds 2, and reboots of Fable and Perfect Dark, in its pipeline. Xbox fans may have to wait until closer to E3 2023, or even later, for updates on those titles.

2022 was a relatively low key year for Xbox, with Xbox Game Studios releasing only a few games, such as As Dusk Falls by Interior Night, Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5 by Playground Games, and Pentiment by Obsidian. However, as 2023 progresses, Xbox fans can expect a busy and eventful year with plenty of new games to play.

As is our duty, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest happenings at Microsoft and Xbox.


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  1. Anonymous said on January 15, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    I doubt shares are involved. In copywriting, the goal is usually to make the sale. The purpose of content writing, on the other hand, is educating, helping, or entertaining existing and prospective customers.

    Shaun claims to be a Copywriter for Ghacks.

  2. Anonymous said on January 15, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Shame their hardware, as ever, is absolute unreliable trash. I just bought a PS5 as result.

  3. Iron Heart said on January 15, 2023 at 1:16 am

    Hey Shaun, how are you today? Do you mind lending me a minute of your precious time?

    Shaun, I’ve noticed that your articles about Microsoft always verge towards a very positive view of the company, while you trash all competitors. This practice is known as shilling. I would not even mind it, BUT, the ass you chose to lick is that of Satya Nadella and I do take a bit of an issue with that one, you see.
    Now, I don’t know what motivates you. Maybe you are a sorry loser sitting in a small basement who has no chance of ever becoming a real journalist, which is why you joined the shilling mercenaries. Or maybe you are even somewhat honorable, perhaps you have a family to feed and Microsoft pays well etc. Whatever may be the case, it is painfully obvious that you’ve closed your eyes, and started to lick Nadella’s ass with a passion for some reason, having to pretend that it smells like roses. Your articles, appearing as if they were written by a five year old, sadly are cancer and diarrhea combined to me, and I would filter them out if I could.
    Since no one has granted me a working filter yet, they happen to pester my view as of now, and I ask you to either stop with your brazen shilling and get a real job, or if you desperately need the money, at least try to sell me your MS shit in a halfway intelligent manner that I don’t immediately detect as shilling. Thank you for your understanding.

    And Martin, I do realize that a real journalist would cost more money to employ, but how did you get to know this mercenary? His articles really drag down the quality of gHacks and I am not the only one saying it. Read the comments of other people who are mocking the living shit out of his brazen shilling attempts. I hope gHacks gets a cut of the hapless MS shilling attempts too, because otherwise you are destroying this blog for no gain. You should have realized that your readership tends to value open source and that, if they are using MS products, it tends to be limited to Windows and Office because they have to. They are not the type of readership that is likely to go out and buy MS proprietary garbage just because “Shaun” is shilling it to them. Shaun should have chosen a different employer where his godawful attempts at being a salesman could have had a minimal chance of success.

    I am pissed off that gHacks went from a blog with useful tips and high quality articles to Shaun’s MS-funded kindergarten playground.

    1. Sakura said on January 18, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      Slow clap ?
      Man this Shaun guy is producing the worst pieces of text I have ever read.

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