With the year’s biggest gaming event just around the corner, it’s time to start adding all the press conferences in the E3 2018 schedule to your calendar – and if you’re in the UK, start preparing for those late night/super early morning live streams. If any of the rumors are to be believed, there will be plenty of E3 2018 games to be excited about, including the likes of the newly revealed Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 5. But of course, we’ve got our fingers crossed for titles like Pokemon Switch and, whisper it, Elder Scrolls 6.
When is E3 2018?
But until all that starts happening, the question that we really need to answer right now is “when is E3 2018?”. Well, all the press conferences start kicking off on June 9 and run until June 12, but officially the actual E3 2018 show runs from Tuesday, June 12 to Thursday, June 14.
What’s the full E3 2018 schedule?
However, for all the biggest news announcements, you’ll need the full E3 2018 schedule, including all the international timings for the press conferences and live streams. Twitter user Cheesemeister has made the rather wonderful chart below that tracks all the timings for the major press conferences, including our sister site’s event, the PC Gaming Show.
Here’s an updated worldwide timetable of #E3 2018 press conferences thus far. Updates will be posted here as more are announced. pic.twitter.com/DuGgcrlKaxMay 11, 2018
But read on for a more in-depth breakdown of everything happening on each day and how to watch the live streams from the comfort of your own sofa.
Saturday – June 9
For the past few years, Electronic Arts has held a show away from the main furor of E3 known as EA Play, and this year is no different. Technically EA Play runs from June 9 – June 11, but the main press conference is happening on June 9. It starts at 11:00 PDT / 14:00 EDT / 19:00 BST, and you can tune into the live stream through a variety of sources: EA.com, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram.
Sunday – June 10
It used to be the case that Xbox held its press conference on the Monday morning of E3 week, but nowadays it’s making sure the E3 fun runs all week by moving it to the Sunday afternoon. This year, the Xbox E3 conference is on Sunday again, June 10, from 13:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT / 21:00 BST. You can watch along on Xbox’s Twitch channel, YouTube, Microsoft’s own Mixer platform, and get updates via Twitter and Facebook too.
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Bethesda E3 conference
As is the way with these things nowadays, Bethesda’s impressive E3 showcase is taking place on the Sunday evening, with the press conference starting from 18:30 PDT / 21:30 EDT. For UK viewers, that’s actually 02:30 BST on Monday, June 11, so get your coffee ready. You can tune in via the official Bethesda YouTube channel, Twitter feed, Facebook page, and official website, and of course through Bethesda’s Twitch channel too.
Monday – June 11
Despite not holding an E3 event since 2015, there is in fact a Square Enix E3 conference this year on the morning of Monday, June 11. It starts at 10:00 PDT / 13:00 PDT / 18:00 BST, and you can tune in to the conference live via YouTube, Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer, and also get live updates from Twitter and Facebook on all the latest.
Ubisoft E3 conference
If last year’s Ubisoft E3 conference is anything to go by, expect a jam-packed extravaganza, with plenty of “just one more thing” type announcements. The UbiE3 event starts at 13:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT / 21:00 BST on Monday, June 11, and you can tune in directly on Ubisoft.com, YouTube, Twitch and Mixer, with updates posted live on Twitter and Facebook.
Sony E3 conference
The Sony E3 conference, which is usually the most visually impressive of all the press events, is happening on Monday, June 11 at 18:00 PDT / 21:00 EDT, which happens to be 02:00 BST on Tuesday, June 12, so brace yourself UK viewers. The Sony E3 conference livestream will showcase on live.playstation.com, as well as on Twitch, YouTube, and also through Facebook, Twitter and the PlayStation Blog.
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Tuesday – June 12
The Nintendo E3 conference always take a strictly online form anyway, so you’re missing none of the pomp and ceremony by watching it in your underwear at home. Things kick off with the Nintendo E3 Direct on June 12 at 09:00 PDT / 12:00 EDT / 17:00 BST, with a ton of Treehouse Live Streams happening for the next 48 hours after that, giving you more information on the games announced during the Nintendo E3 conference. All the action from both days will be streamed live on the official Nintendo E3 2018 website, as well as on YouTube, with quirky gifs and updates posted on the various Nintendo Twitter accounts.
Tuesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 14
After the giant red curtain closes on the Nintendo E3 press conference, it’s time for the E3 show to begin properly. The actual show floor opens up at 12:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT / 20:00 BST, so if there are any smaller publishers waiting to make their own E3 announcements this is the time to look out for that. Otherwise, stay tuned to GamesRadar for all the latest on your favourite games during E3.
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