There's also a greater focus on social interaction and co-op, with more players now racing around a single server.
The new products, announced Sunday at the company's E3 briefing in Los Angeles, includes Halo Infinite, a sixth version of its popular shooting title; Fallout 76, a prequel of the series made by Bethesda Softworks; and Forza Horizon 4, a racing title from United Kingdom -based Playground Games. The trailer begins in the typical scenes of summer with greenery as far as the eye can see, but then transitions to a colourful autumn with leaves falling from the trees, a frigid winter where lakes freeze over (opening up whole new areas of play) and a refreshing spring with budding flowers and April showers. We're going to be providing live coverage of every major PC-relevant conference, plus previews of all the biggest games straight from the show floor, including hands-on impressions and interviews with the developers who made them.
Weather and day/night cycles remain a component of the latest game and the driving environment looks as widely explorable as ever, the video depicting cars driving across the aforementioned frozen lake, on beaches, down mountains and through busy towns and cities.
Microsoft's GamePass allows players to pay $9.99 per month to play more than 100 games.
Spencer also claimed that Microsoft is joining the cloud gaming market, using its Azure platform as the basis, with the planned launch of a 'game streaming network to unlock console-quality gaming on any device' - including smartphones and tablets.
Spencer said the company was increasing its investments in existing game franchises and looking to create new ones.
Additionally, Spencer announced the creation of Microsoft's own new studio, The Initiative, which will be led by Darrell Gallagher, who joined Microsoft in April.