The world's biggest gaming show will open its doors in June. E3 2019 will take place in Los Angeles and while several key games companies will not be in attendance this year, it will still be a major draw for games fans.

That's why we're giving you the heads-up on what to expect at the show this year, including the press conferences, games and any hardware surprises; Xbox Two anyone?

What is E3 and what are the opening times?

E3 is a three-day expo for games, with some of the world's biggest publishers and console manufacturers showing the titles that will be coming out later in 2019 and beyond. Some games are announced for the very first time during the show, and many are available to go hands-on with.

It is being held in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 June.

This year, general entrance passes are split into two categories: one for public (Gamer Pass), another for industry attendees (Industry Pass). The latter includes press. That's because industry attendees can enter the show early on the first two days to conduct business before the public arrives.

There is also a new Premium Pass on sale this year, that also awards early entry and VIP room access.

E3 2019 opening times

  • Tuesday 11 June: 11am - 7pm PDT (Industry Pass), 2pm - 7pm PDT (Gamer Pass)
  • Wednesday 12 June: 9am - 7pm PDT (Industry Pass), 12pm - 7pm PDT (Gamer Pass)
  • Thursday 13 June: 9am - 6pm PDT (Industry Pass & Gamer Pass)

The major press conferences usually start the weekend prior to the show and are most often held off site.

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E3 2019 press conferences

This E3 is lighter than most, with several companies choosing not to attend. PlayStation will not be at E3 2019 at all, while EA will host its traditional EA Play event off-site, but it has canned its annual press conference.

These then are the press conferences that have so far been announced or soon to be:

Bethesda

Bethesda will host its E3 press conference on Sunday 9 June, starting at 5.30pm PDT (local to LA). The company has revealed that it will not be giving any more details on the forthcoming Skyrim sequel or new sci-fi RPG Starfield.

Like always, it is expected that Bethesda will host a livestream online for the event, with details available closer the time.

Times to put in your diary:

  • West Coast US: 5.30pm PDT
  • East Coast US: 8.30pm EDT
  • UK: 1.30am BST Monday 10 June
  • Central Europe: 2.30am CET Monday 10 June

Nintendo

We're yet to hear the full details on Nintendo's announcement plans for E3, but it will no doubt host a special Nintendo Direct presentation.

This is usually on the morning of the first day of the show. We'll update you when we know more. In the meantime, the official Nintendo E3 website can be found here.

PC Gaming Show

The annual round-up of many PC games - mostly indies - will be held on Monday 10 June, starting at 10am PDT. There will likely be an online feed streamed live.

Times to put in your diary:

  • West Coast US: 10am PDT
  • East Coast US: 1pm EDT
  • UK: 9pm BST
  • Central Europe: 10pm CET

Xbox

This is likely to be a big year for Xbox and not just because its major rival, PlayStation, will not be at E3. We are likely to see more on its cloud gaming service, Project xCloud. However, the biggest rumour is that it could tease its next-generation console(s): Xbox Two (Project Scarlett).

The exact date and time of its presentation are yet to be revealed, but we expect it to be on Sunday 9 June.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft's 2018 press conference was bonkers, so we expect much from its 2019 event. The company is tipped to unveil Watch Dogs 3 for starters. It is taking place on Monday 10 June, starting at 1pm PDT.

A livestream will be available closer the time.

Times to put in your diary:

  • West Coast US: 1pm PDT
  • East Coast US: 4pm EDT
  • UK: 9pm BST
  • Central Europe: 10pm CET

What games and new hardware to expect at E3 2019

Here are some of the biggest games and hardware tipped to make an appearance at this year's E3. You can also check out games that are yet to be released for your specific format in our continually updated round-ups below:

Xbox Two

We've mentioned Microsoft's next-generation console(s) a couple of times above and there is every indication at least one will be teased during the company's media briefing - in much the same way Xbox One X (Project Scorpio) was first officially spoken about a year before its release.

Project xCloud

Microsoft's cloud gaming service, and direct rival to Google Stadia, is very likely to take centre stage during the Xbox media briefing. We should find out much more about how it will work and what devices it will work on.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo will undoubtedly have a playable version of either Pokemon Sword, Shield or both on its stand at the show.

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Borderlands 3

Now confirmed to be released on 13 September, Borderlands 3 will no doubt be one of the games attendees will queue for hours to play.

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Dying Light 2

Hopefully, we'll see more of the game that was first shown at last year's E3 - maybe even some playable gameplay.

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Gears 5

With no PlayStation at this year's show, Xbox will hope to capitalise with its big-brand exclusives. Gears 5 will be one many will be hoping to see much more of.

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Cyberpunk 2077

Even though we saw almost 50 minutes of gameplay footage of Cyberpunk 2077 last year, we cannot wait to see what CD Projekt Red has up its sleeve for E3 2019.

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Doom Eternal

First announced last year, during the superfast, superloud Bethesda press conference, Doom Eternal is confirmed to also be making an appearance at the 2019 event.

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Halo Infinite

Briefly teased during Xbox's 2018 media briefing, we should see a longer demo of the next chapter in the story of Master Chief and his chums.

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Skull & Bones

This will be the third E3 appearance for Ubisoft's multiplayer pirate battle game, Skull & Bones. Let's hope it will be accompanied by a 2019 release date confirmation.

Watch Dogs 3

Not much is known about this yet, but Ubisoft is expected to announce it this year, especially as there will be no Assassin's Creed game considering the series has been given a year off.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2

Hopefully, we'll find out more about the massive RPG project and sequel first discussed in 2017. Our betting is that it will be coming out in 2020, so we're not sure anything will be playable at the show this time.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Even though EA isn't hosting an actual press conference, it might release some footage online of Respawn's action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.

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Google Stadia

While it announced the cloud gaming service Stadia at GDC rather than E3, Google said at the time we'd find out more about it come summer. That could mean it will add further flesh to the bones during E3 2019. Ex-PlayStation and Xbox exec Phil Harrison certainly knows his way around the LA Convention Center.

And here are a few games that definitely won't be at E3 2019

Sadly, while expectations are always at a peak during E3, there will inevitably be some let downs and absentees. Here are the games we do not expect to see at this year's show.

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The Last of Us II

No PlayStation means no Last of Us II reveals - not at the show itself, anyway. It could be that Sony releases a timed State of Play pre-recorded video, however, with gameplay footage of some of its hottest games for 2019 and beyond. Naughty Dog's next classic would certainly feature in that, surely.

Starfield

Although it was teased last year, Bethesda's new role-playing IP is already ruled out of an E3 2019 appearance.

The Elder Scrolls 6

Those hoping to see more on the sequel to Skyrim will also have to wait a bit longer, we're afraid. It's been officially ruled out by Bethesda too.

PlayStation 5

Nope. Just nope.

Half-Life 3

We include it every year, more in hope, but every year we're disappointed. There aren't even rumours on it this year.