Xbox Gamescom 2021 Stream: How to watch the Xbox games showcase live

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(Pocket-lint) - Gamescom 2021 officially starts tomorrow, but the action kicks off later today with an online Xbox games showcase.

It kicks off at 6pm BST and will show more on Halo: Infinite, Forza Horizons 5 and a stack of other games coming to Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Windows.

Here's how to watch it.

When is the Gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream?

Gamescom starts tomorrow, but the Xbox Stream will be first available online today, 24 August 2021. You can find the precise timing below:

  • West Coast US: 10am PT
  • East Coast US: 1pm ET
  • UK: 6pm BST
  • Central Europe: 7pm CEST

How to watch the Gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream

You can watch it right here, via the video embedded at the top of this page.

In addition, it will be available on all of Xbox's channels - YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Gaming.

What to expect from the Gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream

The other big question around this conference is just what we might see from it. It's positioned right before what should be quite a busy autumn and winter for Xbox, so we're hoping we'll get closer looks at the biggest games coming down the pike.

Halo Infinite should get an extended outing. We also expect to get an extended demo of Forza Horizon 5, since that's getting closer to release and looks absolutely fantastic. We wouldn't bet on seeing much from games that are further off, though, as Xbox spokespeople have already made clear on Twitter:

Join us digitally @gamescom this year. Our @Xbox stream is focused on game updates coming this year. So to set expectations, no new reveals or major surprises, but team has a fun stream planned with our amazing hosts @vicious696 @kateyeager ! More here:

— Aaron “Day One On Game Pass” Greenberg U (@aarongreenberg) August 9, 2021

Of course, there could be some smaller surprises along the way, too, so we'll certainly be tuning in to see what Microsoft has up its sleeve.

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