Microsoft have much to prove this year. The PS4 has a clear lead thanks to Sony’s emphasis on games, and now new Microsoft boss Phil Spencer has to try and reverse that trend. Tune in live with me now to find out if they succeed!
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OK, show starts in ten minutes. It’s a given that we’ll see Halo 5 Guardians and Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and I’m also pretty sure the next Gears Of War will show its face today. On thing’s for sure, they’ll be going direct for gamers this year. The TV/Kinect days are well and truly over.
My wife has just brought me a massive slice of carrot cake. That’s the way to start an E3 show!
There’s something mildly wrong about watching the Xbox briefing in the PS4 web browser. Maybe it’ll bleep out the good stuff.
And here we go!
Straight in with a montage.
Using the awesome Man Of Steel soundtrack.
Lara Croft, Marcus Fenix, Master Chief all front and centre. Stirring stuff.
Halo 5 up first. This has much to make up for after Halo 4 in my eyes.
Master Chief and a team of four, including Nathan Fillion reprising his role as ODST’s Buck, tracking him down.
Back to the “last Covenant stronghold’ in this gameplay demo. At least we’ve got some interesting enemies this time.
Certainly looks like a very shiny Halo game. Solid 60fps and lots of particle effects.
Urgh, spoke too soon. Promethian enemies.
Looks like there’s a fair bit of air and space combat too.
Player controls two distinct Spartan squads.
Focus on new multiplayer features now.
Warzone: Players vs Covenant vs Prometians. Looks nice, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Trailer for new exclusive now. From makers of Metroid Prime.
A girl and her robot fighting in a desert wasteland. Recore. Coming next year.
No gameplay, but nice CGI trailer. If that even means anything any more.
More talk about games, games, games. “The greatest line-up in Xbox history”.
Whoa. Xbox One now backwards compatible with Xbox 360 natively. That’s huge.
Oh, so 100 titles work now, another 100 coming soon. Pop disk in, download update, and game works straight away. Demoing feature with Mass Effect.
“We won’t charge you to play the games you already own”. Ouch. Take that, Sony.
First 100 games available to all this holiday. Holiday? Is that Christmas here?
Showing off their new controller now. Fully customisable, including rounded d-pad and underpad paddles. Does look lovely.
Todd Howard from Bethesda back on talking about Fallout 4 again. Exclusive content for Xbox One?
He’s repeating much of what he said last night. Exactly the same recorded demo.
There’s got to be a reason why they’re going through all this again. I wonder what the Xbox angle is here?
Showing off a new weapon – a hand-cranked laser musket. Because why not.
Some new gameplay here in a mission. Still looks like Matt’s going to be picking up a PS4 for this.
Trashing some enemies in power armour now. It’s worth remembering that combat is only a small part of the Fallout experience, although they’re focusing on it pretty heavily here. Because Microsoft.
PC mods for Fallout 4 will all be available for the Xbox One version. That’s extremely enticing.
Also, a banner stated that Fallout 3 will be included free with Fallout 4. I wonder if it’ll be graphically upgraded.
Ea man in suit bigging up EA Access now. And my stream’s crashed. Coincidence?
Titanfall and Dragon Age Inquisition being added to EA Access.
EA Access free for all Gold members for the next week.
Plants VS Zombies Garden Warfare 2. The first one left me utterly cold. It was so boring.
And here’s a trailer.
Cartoonish CGI trailer so so indication of gameplay, but it certainly looks like they’ve upped the ridiculousness ante.
Now a Ford GT is being lowered onto the stage to advertise its addition to Forza 6.
Forza 6 being shown off now in all its shiny glory.
Certainly is shiny. Out September 15th. You bet you arse they won’t make the mistake with microtransactions again.
World premiere of new From Software game. Dark Souls 3?
Mean, moody and choral. Dark Souls 3.
The Division now. One of the games that caught my eye last year.
Some gamplay there but all stylised so hard to tell if the game still matches the amazing demo we saw last year.
Exclusive beta for The Division in September.
Rainbow Six Siege now. Fully destructible environments. Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2 will come free with Siege, playable via backwards compatibility.
Gameplay trailer now. Looks like exactly the right kind of game for a bunch of online mates without nightly responsibilities. So, not me then.
Trailer for very pretty exclusive now. Lots of cartoony stylised characters fighting.
Gigantic. Free to play. Looks like it’s just fancy online arena. combat. Disregard.
Montage of indies incoming, including the amazing SuperHot. That had better not turn out to be an exclusive.
ID@Xbox focus now. Tacoma, from developers of Gone Home, will debut first on Xbox One.
Ashen console exclusive on One. Third person exploration and puzzling through dusty environments. Could be fun.
Beyond Eyes. Protagonist is blind girl exploring world through other senses.
Games is paining itself in flowing watercolours. Will be interesting to see if the concept can hold up for a whole game.
Cuphead now. 2D platformer that looks like you’re controlling a 1920’s Disney character.
It looks amazing. What great art style.
Xbox Game Preview. Their version of Early Access. Players can buy and play games still in development. Each has demo then player chooses whether to invest.
Elite Dangerous available today! Damn it.
Dean Hall of DayZ fame talking about…new game?
Yep. New prototype made into game, available through Preview.
Here’s a trailer.
Not much cluse as to what kind of game it is. Space stations being constructed.
Tomb Raider gameplay!
Trudging through very pretty snowy environment.
Poor Lara. Everything’s trying to kill her. Especially gravity.
Oh, man. Lots of classic tomb environments shown.
“Exclusive Holiday 2015”. Next year for me then. Can’t wait.
Looks like that Rare collection leaked this morning is true then. Trailer for it now showing lots of classic Rare covers.
Wow. 30 Rare games, $30. Perfect Dark, Viva Pinata, Banjo Kazooie. Nice collection.
It`s called Rare Replay.
First look at their new exclusive game now. A shared world adventure game.
Big chunky Rare forest through first person view point.
Is this a pirate game?
Multiplayer pirate sailing/adventuring!
Sea Of Thieves. Looks utterly gorgeous. I wonder if it’s a single player experience. too.
Now a trailer for another free-to-play combat game for Xbox One/Windows 10. Fable Legends.
New relationship with Valve VR, their VR headset. Also partnership with Oculus. They want to make Windows an integral part of VR.
Now a demo of Hololens, the real-world VR glasses.
Minecraft. Of course.
New version of Minecraft for Hololens. Can’t wait to see this.
Special camera is showing us what the Hololens guys sees. He’s just built a 3D Minecraft map on a table. It’s science fiction stuff.
It’s really interesting. Application and price will be next factors.
Gears now! New title?
First Gears rebuilt for Xbox One. Multiplayer beta available now.
New Gears now!
Whoholyshit gameplay. Our friend Ryan is the lead gameplay designer on this. Been trying to squeeze out details for ages to no avail!
The level of detail is insane.
Gears 4. Looks like that sweet chunky combat is present and correct.
Wrapping up now. Final emphasis on games exclusive this year – Halo, Forza, Tomb Raider.
“If you’ve been waiting to move from your Xbox 360, now’s the time”. PLEASE MOVE NOW.
And that’s it. No real surprises there. Halo looks like shiny Halo, Tomb Raider looks as lovely as the first, Gears is shiny Gears. Rare’s pirate game could turn out to be something special though, if there’s not a reliance on multiplayer. Xbox 360 backward compatibility is nice though. Let’s see how Sony responds tonight. See you at 1pm for EA!
Still holding back on Hololens hype until there’s more explanation on use and price. Certainly exciting new ground though.