E3 2013: Microsoft Press Conference LIVE

Posted by Simon on June 10, 2013
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The timer is ticking down the last 37 minutes to the Xbox One media briefing in E3, executives are sweating, and tea is brewing. Get comfy and watch with me to see if Microsoft can do anything to reverse the tide of dissent stemming from gamers after their lukewarm first reveal. DRM? Trading? Prices? Exclusives? Hopefully, all of these questions will be categorically answered.

This is a live blog, so I’ll keep updating with all the latest info and you shouldn’t have to keep refreshing. Remember, you can also get in on the action by commenting on the article or using @ManBitesWonders or @AwesomeFridayCA on Twitter. Here we go!

Here’s all the big announcements:

  • New smaller, quieter Xbox 360 model, available today
  • Xbox Live Gold members will get two full download titles a month
  • Xbox One has:
  • Twitch integration
  • Unlimited Friends
  • Moving from Microsoft Points to real local currency
  • Xbox Live Gold can be shared with family
  • Releases Nov 2013, $499
  • All exclusive games:
  • World Of Tanks exclusively coming to Xbox One
  • Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood
  • Ryse: Son Of Rome
  • Killer Instinct
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Minecraft
  • Quantum Break
  • D4
  • Project Spark (game creation tool)
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Battlefield 3 DLC PAck #1
  • Below
  • Black Tusk Exclusive
  • Halo FPS
  • Titanfall

No real surprises there, then. I’d say Sony has got it all to play for. Join me later to see if I’m right!

Simon 10 June 201308:55

24 minutes to go. Tea and toast on the way. My brain is peanut butter fuelled in these occasions.

Simon 10 June 201309:06

14 minutes. My wife may not have any interest in video games but she does bring me peanut butter toast, so all is redeemed.

Simon 10 June 201309:14

Simon 10 June 201309:16

OK, so dragged images will be a link instead of a pic. Good to know.

Simon 10 June 201309:16

3:36! Excited, genuinely, if only to see if we’re all right.

Simon 10 June 201309:19

Watching through my Xbox 360 and wondering if there’s going to be a loud CRUUUNCH in 53 seconds.

Simon 10 June 201309:20

OK! And here. We. Go.

Simon 10 June 201309:20

Or not. Live Event server not available. Grr.

Simon 10 June 201309:22

Xbox down, Eurogamer down, Kotaku still showing pre-show. This is going to be fun.

Simon 10 June 201309:23

Spike TV’s stream on Kotaku is the only one that hasn’t instantly flatlined. The actual conference starts in seven minutes, so fingers crossed.

Simon 10 June 201309:25

Xbox 360 has jumped into life. New timer. 6:04.

Simon 10 June 201309:28

Pleasedon’tcrashpleasedon’tcrashpleasedon’tcrash

Simon 10 June 201309:30

It crashed.

Simon 10 June 201309:30

It’s a good job Microsoft’s next console doesn’t completely rely on a stable internet network OR ANYTHING

Simon 10 June 201309:32

Gah. Back to Spike TV. 360 basically can’t do anything right now.

Simon 10 June 201309:33

Maybe I should check that it connected to the internet in the last 24 hours

Simon 10 June 201309:35

Slight delay in starting, apparently. Maybe they’re blowing some dust off extra servers.

Simon 10 June 201309:35

20 games in 90 minutes, Spike TV reporting.

Simon 10 June 201309:37

GoGoGo!

Simon 10 June 201309:37

Konami splash.

Simon 10 June 201309:38

Metal Gear something something. Snake on a horse.

Simon 10 June 201309:39

Open world Metal Gear Solid. Very shiny adventures in sandy town.

Simon 10 June 201309:40

Creepy creepy stealthy stealthy

Simon 10 June 201309:41

Snake sounds like Jack Bauer.

Simon 10 June 201309:43

Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain them. Exclusive? Here’s Don and Kojima.

Simon 10 June 201309:44

Yay, not exclusive! Awesome.

Simon 10 June 201309:44

Or, at least, Don didn’t say that word.

Simon 10 June 201309:46

New model of Xbox 360. Smaller, quieter. Available today.

Simon 10 June 201309:47

Xbox Live Gold members will get two free full game downloads a month from now on. Somebody thought PS Plus was a great idea, then.

Simon 10 June 201309:47

Now footage of a tank game. Tanks everywhere. Built for Xbox One, which I guess means exclusive.

Simon 10 June 201309:48

Oooh, it’s World Of Tanks for console. I wonder how the PC hardcore are going to feel about a console version of their game. WoT never struck me as an obvious fit for console players.

Simon 10 June 201309:50

Danish studio making Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood. Exclusive, I think. Side scrolling platformer. Limbo with colour.

Simon 10 June 201309:51

Swords and slashing now. Looks Very Demon’s Souls

Simon 10 June 201309:52

Dark Souls 2! That’s definitely not exclusive. Thank goodness.

Simon 10 June 201309:53

OK, Phil Spencer has said every game from here on has been created for Xbox One. Exclusive time.

Simon 10 June 201309:54

New franchise. Gravelling-voiced man growling over Greek images of war etc.

Simon 10 June 201309:55

Not Greek, Rome. Ryse: Son Of Rome.

Simon 10 June 201309:55

Faces look next-gen, everything else looks distinctly current gen, which is no insult, of course.

Simon 10 June 201309:56

Dear God. Third-person CoD action blockbuster. Slow-downs and cutaways galore.

Simon 10 June 201309:57

THERE’S AN ARROW IN MY EYE OWWWWW

Simon 10 June 201309:57

Quick Time Event third-person combat. Really reminds me of Infinity Blade.

Simon 10 June 201309:58

Synchronised spear throwing. It’s the future.

Simon 10 June 201310:00

Combat looks like it’s initiated with a button press, then continued with QTEs. Really breaks the flow, I think.

Simon 10 June 201310:00

So, like Heavy Rain, actually. Without the gripping story.

Simon 10 June 201310:01

Is it possible that something can look like a launch title? Because this looks like a launch title.

Simon 10 June 201310:02

OK, next. New Killer Instinct!

Simon 10 June 201310:03

Update of the classic 3D brawler. Still waiting for new graphics that look different from current gen.

Simon 10 June 201310:04

Sunset Overdrive now, from Insomniac.

Simon 10 June 201310:05

Cartoony, heavily stylised gins and running though gorgeous city.

Simon 10 June 201310:05

Guns! Not gins. Although that would be awesome.

Simon 10 June 201310:05

Pre-rendered trailer with monsters but no gameplay.

Simon 10 June 201310:06

On to the next. McLaren history, so some driving focus.

Simon 10 June 201310:07

Oh, new McLaren car will be drivable in Forza 5. And here it is! Shiny and orange.

Simon 10 June 201310:07

Just like a shiny orange.

Simon 10 June 201310:08

“With the power of Xbox One, we’ve transcended.” We have?

Simon 10 June 201310:08

Turn 10 guy telling everyone that Forza 5 will make us more human. Or something.

Simon 10 June 201310:09

Forza 5 AI learns from other players and stores all this info in the cloud.

Simon 10 June 201310:10

Cloud learns from you and adjusts the other racers to drive like you. So I assume whenever I play the other drivers scream “GET OUT OF THE WAY, IDIOT” every three minutes.

Simon 10 June 201310:10

New Forza 5 trailer with all in-game footage. Shiny.

Simon 10 June 201310:11

But environments a little flat and devoid of personality. I want Bizarre creations back, please.

Simon 10 June 201310:12

Phil Harrison on stage now. Turncoat.

Simon 10 June 201310:12

On the cloud AI approach, does that mean that, without the internet, the other drivers drive like Sloth?

Simon 10 June 201310:12

HEEEEEEEY YOOOOUUUU GUUUUUUYS

Simon 10 June 201310:13

Sorry, back to Phil taling about stuff. Minecraft time.

Simon 10 June 201310:13

Let’s not forget that it’s been a massive success on 360.

Simon 10 June 201310:15

Remedy now talking about Quantum Break, their TV/game mash-up.

Simon 10 June 201310:15

Real-time scene from the game now.

Simon 10 June 201310:17

Aah, Remedy. Ridiculous overly-dramatic dialogue still present.

Simon 10 June 201310:17

Looks fine.

Simon 10 June 201310:17

As in, OK.

Simon 10 June 201310:18

D4 – cell-shaded episodic murder mystery from Swery65

Simon 10 June 201310:19

Microsoft Studios now. They want to give the gift of games to everybody, obviously. But only once and only to friends who have been on your Friends List for 30 days ZING

Simon 10 June 201310:20

Some kind of games creation tool using Kinect voice commands.

Simon 10 June 201310:20

So they’re actively making a third-person platformer by dropping distinct elements and forming basic responsive commands.

Simon 10 June 201310:21

I wonder how much they’ll charge for extra individual items and elements.

Simon 10 June 201310:21

It’s called Project Spark.

Simon 10 June 201310:23

Their natural delivery of the script is Oscar worthy

Simon 10 June 201310:23

So, it’s an indie game maker. This will live and die by the filtering.

Simon 10 June 201310:24

Lots of examples on show, from Limbo clone to basic Space Invaders clone. I think there’s a theme here.

Simon 10 June 201310:24

Smartglass will make game experiences deeper. Of course.

Simon 10 June 201310:25

Live demo of how you can use Smartglass to start a game and check out your friends. Instead of, you know, on your TV.

Simon 10 June 201310:26

Ryse running on main screen, Smartglass showing updating timeline and gameplay tips. Because that’s what I want when I’m trying to focus on a game.

Simon 10 June 201310:28

Killer Instinct fight recorded and can be shared on cloud.

Simon 10 June 201310:29

Twitch build into Xbox One to instantly broadcast gameplay.

Simon 10 June 201310:31

New shiny dragon trailer has no sound

Simon 10 June 201310:31

Made by Panzer Dragoon guy – Crimson Dragon

Simon 10 June 201310:32

Dead Rising 3! From Capcom Vancouver. Exclusive, though?

Simon 10 June 201310:33

New protagonist isn’t Frank. Mistake.

Simon 10 June 201310:33

Open world with no load times.

Simon 10 June 201310:34

Adapt and construct new weapons anywhere.

Simon 10 June 201310:34

Lots and lots and lots of zombies.

Simon 10 June 201310:37

Detailed environments…in what is very obviously a Dead Rising game.

Simon 10 June 201310:37

Driving round open city full of car-climbing zombies. This looks like it could be pretty hectic.

Simon 10 June 201310:38

Bah. More SmartGlass distractions…to call in artillery support. As you do.

Simon 10 June 201310:38

Out at Christmas, exclusively on Xbox One.

Simon 10 June 201310:40

The Witcher 3 coming too, but doesn’t sound like it’ll be exclusive. Open-world RPG. SmartGlass used for inventory management.

Simon 10 June 201310:41

Gameplay footage now. Looks very similar to Witcher 2 on PC. Highly detailed. Looks great, actually.

Simon 10 June 201310:42

Wife: “I like the look of this one” BOOM

Simon 10 June 201310:42

Here we go: EA and DICE on stage now. These are the big announcements.

Simon 10 June 201310:43

Battlefield 4 gameplay footage has no sound. Someone’s getting fired!

Simon 10 June 201310:44

Oh man, this is so uncomfortable. FILL, DAMMIT

Simon 10 June 201310:44

Yay, sound!

Simon 10 June 201310:45

And there goes the 360 stream. Hold on.

Simon 10 June 201310:45

And we’re back. Battlefield 4 at 60fps looks as amazing as you’d expect.

Simon 10 June 201310:47

It’s even more Bruckheimer. They’ve clearly got Call Of Duty square in their sights.

Simon 10 June 201310:47

Noisy and detailed. Particles everywhere.

Simon 10 June 201310:48

This will be the gen of extra particles, by the look of it.

Simon 10 June 201310:49

Watery turret section. Men shouting. Yay?

Simon 10 June 201310:50

Battlefield 3 map pack #1 will be available first on Xbox One.

Simon 10 June 201310:52

Now a nice shift. Roguelike/dungeon crawler called Below. Very quick gameplay taster.

Simon 10 June 201310:53

Looking for new Xbox icon. Want new Master Chief. Black Tusk in Vancouver making new shiny thing.

Simon 10 June 201310:53

Pre-rendered quicker trailer showing sneaky Sam Fisher-style spy hunter.

Simon 10 June 201310:54

Another new IP. Man in rags walking over desert. Flying rocks. and something comes out of the ground.

Simon 10 June 201310:55

HALO 5!

Simon 10 June 201310:55

Or, Halo. 2014. Master Chief looked like a Sandman.

Simon 10 June 201310:56

New Halo FPS for Xbox One.

Simon 10 June 201310:56

60fps, cloud integration, dedicated servers.

Simon 10 June 201310:57

No more details, but slightly weird that they didn’t call it Halo 5.

Simon 10 June 201310:57

Launch date is Nov 2013, $499

Simon 10 June 201310:58

Last exclusive coming up

Simon 10 June 201310:58

It’s Titanfall

Simon 10 June 201310:59

New game by ex-Infinity Ward founders

Simon 10 June 201310:59

Sci-fi shooter with infantry vs. mechs

Simon 10 June 201311:00

Some distinct Halo influence in the art style

Simon 10 June 201311:01

It looks suspiciously like a multiplayer game.

Simon 10 June 201311:01

And here’s Vince Zampella talking it up.

Simon 10 June 201311:02

In-game clip showing countdown timer for joining players.

Simon 10 June 201311:03

Hardpoint mode being played. It’s pretty much zone control. It looks like they’ve tried to put the drama of a single-player campaign over a multiplayer structure.

Simon 10 June 201311:04

Very much a MP hunt style game. Points for everything. And what do points make?

Simon 10 June 201311:04

GUNS

Simon 10 June 201311:06

Lots of shooting. Mechs can pull other drivers right out and throw them across ground. Ejector seats! All games should have them.

Simon 10 June 201311:07

Titanfall coming in Spring 2014. Not a launch title, then.

Simon 10 June 201311:07

And that’s it.

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