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Today’s the day that Microsoft finally reveals their next-gen hardware to the world-at-large! Join us here as we liveblog the event for you so we can all laugh, cry, and be amazed (hopefully) with the one of the new boxes we’ll likely be playing games on for years to come. Will it need a persistent internet connection? Does it use blu-ray for disk storage? Will it be easier to develop for? We should find out all this and more today!

Just stay tuned here and once the event starts at 10 AM PDT this post will switch over to a liveblog. Enjoy!

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 20139:48 am

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 20139:53 am

Hey, everyone! David here, as we’re bringing you a liveblog of the new Xbox Reveal. We’ve got seven minutes and counting, and as we’re waiting, I’ll have everyone here sound off and let us know what they want to see from Microsoft.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 20139:55 am

Honestly, I just hope they don’t jack up the controller. The 360 controller is one of my all-time favorites

Victor Grunn May 21, 20139:56 am

Victor here. I want to see absolutely gorgeous 2D hand drawn games, made by indie teams, on a device that is hermetically sealed away from social media like Facebook. And I want it all for the price of a used Wii.

But I’ll settle for less.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 20139:56 am

Don’t count on it being sealed away from social media- there’s too much potential there

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 20139:57 am

I personally want to see games. Give me a reason to get an Xbox over a PS4. For them to do that, they need to wow me with some solid first-party exclusives. And Halo and Gears of War isn’t going to cut it for me.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 20139:58 am

VERY under the weather here, but very much looking forward to this. I want to see some new IPs. Give me something new to be excited about.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 20139:58 am

Naysaying here again ;) I don’t think we’re going to see much of games before E3- this’ll be all about the hardware for sure

Victor Grunn May 21, 20139:58 am

Nah, I’m expecting tremendous integration with social media, probably a heavy push on tablet and iPhone integration as well. Really, the only thing I don’t expect is much surprise – but we’ll see.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 20139:59 am

Hey folks! Justin here. I’m looking forward to what next thing changes the way we play games. Frankly, the Kinect had a lot of potential, but due to it not being “baked in” and offloading to a taxed 360 processor, I’m hoping to see this take it a step forward.

Also, Illumiroom has me intrigued.

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:00 am

I just hope that previous rumors about anti-used game technology are wrong. Otherwise, Microsoft loses this generation before it even starts.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:01 am

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:02 am

Sizzle intro! Wheeeeeeee

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:03 am

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:03 am

Yeah, it’s a reel of not only game designers, but filmmakers talking about the potential of the new system. Spielberg and JJ Abrams among Blezinski.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:03 am

Don Mattrick takes the stage

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:04 am

Microsoft is talking about how they will bring new intelligence to our living room. (and of course, how they are still the market leader)

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:05 am

Voice, gesture, cloud powered-internet. If you are playing, pick up your bingo cards….

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:05 am

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:05 am

“Living room has changed due to cloud-capable internet and more devices.”

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:06 am

He’s speaking of “harmonizing experiences.”

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:06 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:06 am

Well, there’s the integration talk. I’ll guess they’re in a better position to talk about phone/tablet aspects, since they don’t have a portable system to anchor them like a Vita.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:07 am

The “ultimate all-in-one experience.”

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:07 am

The new system is revealed: The Xbox One

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:07 am

X-box 1? Really? Grandmothers buying gifts, prepare to be confused.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:07 am

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:07 am

“Home Entertainment System” not game console.

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:08 am

What an awful choice for a name…

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:08 am

It’s a pretty sleek looking black box.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:08 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:08 am

Did that look like two Skus? One with the eye, one without? I think it did…

(ah, strike that – it’s the new Kinect)

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:08 am

And yeah, Victor. It’s not quite Wii U confusing, but it’s up there. “So One is after 360?”

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:08 am

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:08 am

Looks clunkier than I would have imagined, although the controller is pretty sexy.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:08 am

Loved the evolved look of the controller.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:09 am

“Simple, instant, complete.”

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:09 am

Yusef Mehdi takes the stage to talk about experiences we will “only see on Xbox One”

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:09 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:10 am

The X-Box 1, featuring X-Box On technology. Man, I dunno about these names.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:10 am

“Xbox On” – instant and personalized recognition. No more waiting for boot or game updates.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:10 am

Nice – full integration with all home theater components. Wonder how that works.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:10 am

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:10 am

Which means it’s always listening ;)

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:11 am

Kinect seems snappy on picking up hand motions.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:11 am

Xbox: Watch TV – instantly pulling Live TV onto the screen.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:11 am

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:12 am

“Xbox, watch The Price is Right”

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:12 am

Alright, so pretty good voice recognition tech. Nothing major, but convenient – I use that like crazy on devices that support it.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:12 am

“Instant Switching” – “Xbox Game – Go to TV, Go to Music, Watch TV” – that fast it can seamlessly switch.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:12 am

It’s pretty damn fast.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:12 am

Your voice is your new home theater controller.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:13 am

New Universal gestures – “Grab and Pan” and “Swipe up”

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:13 am

That’s amazing, one step closer to the computers they had in Minority Report

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:14 am

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:14 am

Nice! Snap mode – one of the most useful new features of Windows 8 is on the Xbox.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:14 am

“Snap Mode” – allows you to picture-in-picture to give you a more cohesive TV experience like most of us use it – with a PC next to us.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:14 am

The gestural controls are vastly improved

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:14 am

Okay, so while Sony went for the gaming-first-and-foremost push, Microsoft’s trying to make this the major entertainment hub alongside gaming. And it actually looks like a solid idea.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:14 am

Skype joins Xbox One, with Widescreen HD. It also allows group video calls.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:15 am

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:15 am

No more Xbox video chat. Skype means people might actually use it.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:16 am

Honestly, I was worried that this demo was going to be thin – E3 is the games reveals. Frankly, the apps and the interface is very promising.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:16 am

“Xbox, watch ESPN”. With Xbox One, you get alerts that let you play with Fantasy Football while you watch the game. “Xbox, show Fantasy”.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:16 am

Just for context: Fifteen minutes in and we haven’t seen any real gameplay on this thing.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:16 am

Agreed, Justin. I did not expect much, but I’m impressed early in.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:16 am

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:16 am

Ugh. Sports ;)

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:16 am

“Featured highlights” Now you can watch basketball while you watch basketball and play fantasy basketball.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:16 am

Looks like he’s using a red Nokia Lumia 920 (smartglass?)

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:17 am

David, yes, I hope there’s a payoff with some gameplay footage – Call of Duty: Ghosts to come?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:17 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:17 am

Xbox One Guide – “Xbox, Show guide” – voice control search, favorites, and trending. All my local listings pulled by the system.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:17 am

Yeah, Sam. We should see CoD by the end of this.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:18 am

Full video guides! Man, I hope this doesn’t end up being a “US Only” feature.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:18 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:18 am

“Xbox Trending” – lets me see what everyone on Xbox is watching. Honestly…most people have no taste, so I don’t see this feature being used in my house. ;)

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:19 am

It would be nice if I could also record. This won’t replace my DVR without that functionality…

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:19 am

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:19 am

The problem I see with this is that more and more people seem to be going away from traditional broadcast media, toward instant streaming. What’s the point of all of this innovation if the people who buy an Xbox are getting most of their media from Neflix or Hulu? That Venn diagram doesn’t seem to work out.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:19 am

Man… I’m getting the heebie jeebies. “Intelligent TV” screams Farenheit 451. ;)

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:19 am

I’m liking this, but I want to see more game integration talk. Beyond fantasy football.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:20 am

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:20 am

Totally agreed, David. How many people are still going to be watching live TV in a few years?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:20 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:20 am

System – “it’s connected and ready”

Raw power: 8GB of RAM
BluRay
64-bit
Variable power states
“Silent Operation”

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201310:21 am

He said the word “games”! Only 20 minutes in!

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:21 am

Smartglass is apparently being taken into Xbox One as the controls.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:22 am

Xbox One Architecture – three operating systems in one:
Kernel of Windows – webpowered and flexible, powerful and simple
3rd – brings it all together.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:22 am

New Kinect Sensor with every Xbox One

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:22 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:23 am

Camera on the Kinect is 1080p and ‘wider’

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:23 am

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:23 am

“There are more joints” Well, the stoners should be happy about that….

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:24 am

VASTLY improved understanding of body mechanics, and what looks like 1:1 motion controls.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:24 am

Okay, the fast-moving skeleton on the Kinect option – if that’s realistic, that will be very nice.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:24 am

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:25 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:25 am

Controller: Looks like the same type of controller, but with an integrated battery.
Smartglass: Natively supported from the start.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:26 am

They have to have applause signs. That was not a natural applause moment.

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:26 am

I noticed that too.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:26 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:26 am

The New Xbox Live: 15,000 servers power current Xbox live. 300,000 servers will be brought online for the launch of the new system.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:26 am

“Raise your controller, and your shield goes up.” :O

So Kinect will work to enhance controls, rather than being a simple gimmick device? Here’s to hoping.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:27 am

Content is stored in the cloud, accessible from anywhere.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:27 am

Ease of recording and sharing game moments. That was something the PS4 played up and I liked, so it’s nice to see it here too.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:27 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:28 am

“Direct game computation” – sounds like a CDN (content delivery network) distributed worldwide to push content closest to the consumer. A VERY needed thing for this level of content delivery.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:28 am

Andrew Wilson from EA takes the stage.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:28 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:29 am

America’s most beloved game company sends its representative out to talk!

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:29 am

4 games for Xbox One in development to launch in the next 12 months.
Madden
NBA Live
UFC
FIFA

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:29 am

Where’s the NHL love?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:30 am

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:30 am

Yeah seriously, NHL is the only one I really care about…

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:30 am

EA Sports Ignite: A new engine powering all four of them.
Designed to blur the line between real and virtual.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:30 am

This is a tough thing to talk up, because honest to God, everything he just said I swear I’ve heard before. All they can do is make it better than before. Can they do anything really new?

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:31 am

Roll that footage of athletes talking about what being an athlete is all about. Roll more footage to talk about how the programmers have to keep an eye on every little detail.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:31 am

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:32 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:33 am

“Sports are as much about your head as it is your feet and hands”
4x more calculations, greater fields of vision, and better decisions based on that awareness and context. “Human-like intelligence” 10x more animation detail.
“Daily stream of new content that impacts the game as you play.”

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:33 am

“Sports are as much about your head as it is your feet and hands”
4x more calculations, greater fields of vision, and better decisions based on that awareness and context. “Human-like intelligence” 10x more animation detail.
“Daily stream of new content that impacts the game as you play.”
Exclusive content – “Ultimate Team” in FIFA 14.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:34 am

Still sounds like marketing double-talk.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:34 am

Yeah, this is coming off to me as ‘It will be better, of course’, but nothing fundamentally amazing so they’re trying to dazzle.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:34 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:35 am

The other guys didn’t need multiple video shows to wow everyone. They just talked and gave minor demos.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:35 am

Is it possible that this is gameplay, or are we looking at “Bullshots” in motion?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:35 am

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:35 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:35 am

Phil Spenser hits the stage.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:35 am

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:36 am

Reminds me of the last gen EA footage of super-detailed NFL trailers. Fight Night was about the only one that delivered the detail.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:36 am

I’m still not feeling this name

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:36 am

Me neither. I always thought of the X-box 1 as the thing before the 360. Weird decision there.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:37 am

Oh look, a game!

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:37 am

Joined forces with the biggest publishers. The idea is to make games more immersive and connected than ever before. They are also looking to “break new ground” and gameplay. “All your favorite franchises, reimagined for the new generation”.
Forza Motorsports 5 is revealed.

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:37 am

Wait, you can play games on this thing? I had forgotten

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:37 am

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:38 am

I can hear one of our forum members wallet crying. Forza 5 looks amazing.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:38 am

Forza Motorsports 5 looks essentially like CGI. Again, it’s hard to believe that this is gameplay – a testament to the new system. This is a launch title.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:39 am

Next up, a game from Remedy Studios

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:40 am

The actions you take and the choices you make shapes your experience as the story unfolds: Quantum Break.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:40 am

Quantum Break? Have we heard of this before?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:40 am

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:40 am

Lifted right from Fable 1’s press kit. ;)

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:40 am

FMV makes a comeback!

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:41 am

Apparently, that little girl can use earrings to push ships into bridges. :)

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:41 am

Alright, that was a bit of a letdown. Not enough actual game.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:41 am

“Time is the fire in which we burn” It looks like a shooter / adventure title with FMV. I suddenly want to play Wing Commander IV.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:42 am

15 exclusives in the first year of Xbox One, 8 of which are brand new franchises.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:42 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:42 am

Nancy Tellum is heading to the stage to talk more about how they intend to transform television. (I thought we were done with TV stuff?)

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:43 am

Yeah, my limited attention span is officially exhausted re: TV crap. Games! Give us game technology talk!

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:43 am

This is starting to sound like a great idea that will be impossible to realize…

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:43 am

So…is that all of the games?

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:44 am

CSI and Survivor are about breaking boundaries?

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:44 am

Xbox will let you “virtually jump into the action”. Recommendations system will tell us what we might want to watch. My TiVo does this.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:44 am

Maybe they’re going to do the Defiance things anew?

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:44 am

Oh please for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster don’t let people actively impact my TV watching in any way.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:45 am

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:45 am

Victor, I certainly hope not. Epic fail.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:45 am

The head of 343 Studios heads to the stage to talk about Halo.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:45 am

Ron, I’m gonna be changing your TV volume, and using my Kinect to walk in front of you while you’re watching UFC … from 1000km away. ;)

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:46 am

Justin – I thought you Canadians were nicer than that… *sniffle*

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:46 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:46 am

Steven Spielberg jumps on the main screen to talk about how he’s been a lifelong gamer.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:47 am

-And to talk about the newly announced exclusive Halo TV series

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:47 am

Apparently he’s been stuck on Pong since 1974.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:47 am

“A premium television series” sounds like pay to play. In this case, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:48 am

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:48 am

Xbox One has an RFID reader to take your payments, Ron. Quit throwing your wallet at the TV.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:48 am

A game changing partnership: roll that NFL footage.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:48 am

Sports and TV, Sports and TV… this event started strong, but is getting a little tiring from where I sit.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:48 am

Jeez, maybe they should call it the “brosports box”

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:49 am

No Illumiroom sofar…

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:49 am

Yeah, does anyone else feel like this has been a complete letdown so far?

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:49 am

Man, we already went over this fantasy football stuff.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:50 am

It sounds like more integration of all of the assets together to let you annoy your friends while they are trying to watch TV.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:50 am

Honestly, this is exactly what I expected- they said it would be all about games at E3

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:51 am

Aaaaand they are starting the closing with the “I want to thank you for joining us”. Let’s see if there is a stinger to give us something to cheer about.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:52 am

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201310:52 am

Oh good I was worried they’d be vague about the release date

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:52 am

Exactly. Not a let-down per se. Simply put, they’ve *always* talked about the Xbox as being a multimedia system for every livingroom. Looks like they’re on the same path. Not bad, but hardly worth the attention of gamers – the people who’d be the early adopters.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:52 am

“Diablo III is coming to the X-box 1!”

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:53 am

World premier: Call of Duty: Ghosts
All DLC will hit the Xbox One first, just as it was for the 360

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:53 am

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201310:53 am

Yeah, they’ll have some gaming ground to make up at E3.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:53 am

Eric Hirshberg takes the stage. Affectionately now known as the human speed bump.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:54 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:55 am

Can we have less helicopter crashes in Ghosts? Please. PLEASE??

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:55 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:55 am

Your team is comprised of the remainder of the Special Forces community.
A new addition to the crew – a dog.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:55 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:56 am

Exploding dogs – coming soon to Call of Duty!

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:56 am

Sweet Cthulhu is there a whole lot of polygons going on there!

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201310:56 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:57 am

Definitely a pretty looking game. Wouldn’t expect anything less from CoD.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:57 am

“Also added an AI to it” is going to be a quote that is misused ad infinitum.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:57 am

Fable’s dog affinity just got into Call of Duty. Also they added leaning.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:58 am

New MP feature: Dynamic maps. Earthquakes and floods, etc.
A (not) New Character customization – change the heads, body, gear, etc.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201310:58 am

Yeah, I wish people realized just how low the bar is to say something has ‘AI’.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201310:59 am

Roll a little comparison video, side-by-side with Ghosts and what was in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201310:59 am

With Infinity Ward, I’m willing to remain hopeful that CoD:Ghosts.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:00 am

Victor Grunn May 21, 201311:00 am

Well, they’re definitely delivering on the graphics improvements.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:00 am

… will be good. I find it interesting that their storytelling is more “professional”. THQ tried that with Homefront – but I think its going to work out.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:00 am

This level of character tech gives me a LOT of hope for better damage modeling in all games. UFC anyone?

Sam Vary Sam Vary May 21, 201311:01 am

Yeah, color me impressed with the new rendering capabilities

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:01 am

Roll me some demo footage.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:02 am

In-game, in engine. So apparently not bullshot.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:02 am

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:02 am

It’s like playing a CGI game. This looks absolutely gorgeous.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201311:04 am

Well, that was an abrupt end. But hey, a nice way to go out.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:04 am

And that closes it out. Stay tuned as we embed the videos mentioned in this liveblog shortly.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:05 am

Final thoughts everyone?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:05 am

I feel that Sony gave us more at their reveal

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:06 am

I wonder what Kinect enhancements exist in CoD – they mentioned maintaining momentum when travelling over walls – perhaps this is one of those “raise your controller” moments that determines if you go over the wall, or use it as cover?

Victor Grunn May 21, 201311:06 am

So-so overall. They had a strong start, but by the end they seemed to be literally repeating themselves. A more intelligent TV! Sports! Watch what your friends are watching! Also sports! I know, I know – games will be handled at E3. But still, I wanted more game-relevant talk.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:06 am

it definitely appeals to my inner gadget junkie

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:07 am

The name is confusing

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:07 am

I’m mixed. I’m not a fan of the name, and I’d like to see some DVR functions for all this TV stuff. I just don’t surf randomly – I’m pretty purposeful in my TV watching.

The graphical fidelity is off the scale though. Some of that COD: Ghosts footage was hard to tell if it was CGI or FMV.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201311:07 am

Yeah, I don’t think any of us think the name is a good idea? That still mystifies me.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:08 am

That’s the problem. Early adopters are game enthusiasts. Sure this thing will sell like crazy once they can get it down to sub-$199 territory. But that’s years from now. Looking at this… I’m at a loss. There’s no reason for someone like me to buy one, other than for work.

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201311:08 am

I agree with Mike, Sony definitely gave us more. This was really meh on the gaming front, and while there was some cool home theater stuff, that’s not what I’m looking for in a gaming console. There’s plenty of home theater boxes with features like these that are cheaper and won’t need an extra subscription to maintain…

Victor Grunn May 21, 201311:08 am

Yeah, agreed on the Sony comparison.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:09 am

Exactly, Breanna. And with people moving to streaming exclusively, do we really need a device that allows us to switch between live TV and Xbox without a remote? It’s Microsoft solving a problem that doesn’t exist.

Breanna Goodman May 21, 201311:09 am

People always said Microsoft went with the name Xbox 360 instead of Xbox 2 because of fears Xbox 2 would sound inferior to PlayStation 3…which makes me wonder why on earth they went with Xbox One this time around. It’s awful.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:09 am

I have a device that lets me switch easily between all of my mediums – a Logitech Harmony One remote.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:10 am

Honestly, the console is a box. It’s name is unimportant – we all got over the “Wii” name. Sony’s success was due in part to the BD capabilities, and if the apps and features this console is selling is any indication, they’ve got their finger in every pie. If the game releases are decent, I can’t see why this wouldn’t move units.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:11 am

Yeah but the Harmony One kind of sucks

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:11 am

I have no doubt it’ll move units. Thankfully they did move to BluRay – DVD really did limit things in terms of overall storage. Textures that big ain’t gonna fit in a 9GB space.

Victor Grunn May 21, 201311:12 am

In the grand scheme it’s minor, but I will say I liked the voice and gesture demo they gave. Hopefully it really is that fast and easy for the end user.

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:12 am

True, Justin. But right now Microsoft is coasting on mindshare. It’s THE place for online multiplayer gaming. What happens when that runs out?

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:13 am

I dunno. They did mention that there are 15 exlusive titles in the works. We’ll wait to see what they have in store at E3.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:13 am

Well, with XO (hug and kiss?) you don’t need to drop 100+ on a set of buttons that gets lost between the cushions. Between SmartGlass and Kinect (and not messing up the 360 controller design), it’s a pretty easy sell.

The presentation itself was lacking, I grant you that. A montage of “known” games coming to the console would have helped.

Ron Burke Ron Burke May 21, 201311:13 am

So let’s look at the questions we have yet to answer:
Processor(s) speed?
Always on?
Internet Required?
Price?
Subscription Sku?
Release Date?
Removable batteries on the controller?
Live pricing change?
Backwards compatability?

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:14 am

Honestly, a hub device for the rest of my devices? I kind of like that idea- if it works

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:16 am

Right, but this is first and foremost a games console. All other features are ancillary to that.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:16 am

I totally see your point, David. But you said when, not if. They have a special partnership with EA. They have their audience, and integration with smartphones of every brand, PCs and a well-established communications service which is being baked in.

Good for them – with stiff competition, we all win.

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:17 am

15 exclusive games with 8 new franchises…. That was the big news

David Roberts David Roberts May 21, 201311:17 am

Exactly. And with that, we thank you for joining our liveblog! Stay tuned to Gaming Trend for more information about the Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Ouya, Phantom (remember that?) and any other next-gen consoles coming soon to a living room takeover near you.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls May 21, 201311:20 am

Other questions (broken out the BC):
Backwards compatibility – Marketplace content?
Backwards compatibility – Game discs?
UPnP, DLNA, Media Center support?
Hookup to the MS Store (apps, etc)?
Renewed indie developer support?
Illumiroom?
Family Gold account replacement?
MS online currency alignment? (eg: points vs money)

Mike Dunn Mike Dunn May 21, 201311:22 am

Ok, well check out our continuing coverage on the Xbox One as we head into E3. Thanks everybody!