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!
Ok, well check out our continuing coverage on the Xbox One as we head into E3. Thanks everybody!
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?
Family Gold account replacement?
MS online currency alignment? (eg: points vs money)
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.
15 exclusive games with 8 new franchises…. That was the big news
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.
Right, but this is first and foremost a games console. All other features are ancillary to that.
Honestly, a hub device for the rest of my devices? I kind of like that idea- if it works
So let’s look at the questions we have yet to answer:
Removable batteries on the controller?
Live pricing change?
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.
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.
True, Justin. But right now Microsoft is coasting on mindshare. It’s THE place for online multiplayer gaming. What happens when that runs out?
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.
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.
Yeah but the Harmony One kind of sucks
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.
I have a device that lets me switch easily between all of my mediums – a Logitech Harmony One remote.
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.
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.
Yeah, agreed on the Sony comparison.
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…
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.
Yeah, I don’t think any of us think the name is a good idea? That still mystifies me.
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.
The name is confusing
it definitely appeals to my inner gadget junkie
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?
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.
I feel that Sony gave us more at their reveal
Final thoughts everyone?
And that closes it out. Stay tuned as we embed the videos mentioned in this liveblog shortly.
Well, that was an abrupt end. But hey, a nice way to go out.
It’s like playing a CGI game. This looks absolutely gorgeous.
In-game, in engine. So apparently not bullshot.
Roll me some demo footage.
Yeah, color me impressed with the new rendering capabilities
This level of character tech gives me a LOT of hope for better damage modeling in all games. UFC anyone?
… 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.
Well, they’re definitely delivering on the graphics improvements.
With Infinity Ward, I’m willing to remain hopeful that CoD:Ghosts.
Roll a little comparison video, side-by-side with Ghosts and what was in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
Yeah, I wish people realized just how low the bar is to say something has ‘AI’.
New MP feature: Dynamic maps. Earthquakes and floods, etc.
A (not) New Character customization – change the heads, body, gear, etc.
Fable’s dog affinity just got into Call of Duty. Also they added leaning.
“Also added an AI to it” is going to be a quote that is misused ad infinitum.
Definitely a pretty looking game. Wouldn’t expect anything less from CoD.
Sweet Cthulhu is there a whole lot of polygons going on there!
Exploding dogs – coming soon to Call of Duty!
Your team is comprised of the remainder of the Special Forces community.
A new addition to the crew – a dog.
Can we have less helicopter crashes in Ghosts? Please. PLEASE??
Eric Hirshberg takes the stage. Affectionately now known as the human speed bump.
Yeah, they’ll have some gaming ground to make up at E3.
World premier: Call of Duty: Ghosts
All DLC will hit the Xbox One first, just as it was for the 360
“Diablo III is coming to the X-box 1!”
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.
Oh good I was worried they’d be vague about the release date
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.
Honestly, this is exactly what I expected- they said it would be all about games at E3
It sounds like more integration of all of the assets together to let you annoy your friends while they are trying to watch TV.
Man, we already went over this fantasy football stuff.
Yeah, does anyone else feel like this has been a complete letdown so far?
No Illumiroom sofar…
Jeez, maybe they should call it the “brosports box”
Sports and TV, Sports and TV… this event started strong, but is getting a little tiring from where I sit.
A game changing partnership: roll that NFL footage.
Xbox One has an RFID reader to take your payments, Ron. Quit throwing your wallet at the TV.
“A premium television series” sounds like pay to play. In this case, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Apparently he’s been stuck on Pong since 1974.
-And to talk about the newly announced exclusive Halo TV series
Steven Spielberg jumps on the main screen to talk about how he’s been a lifelong gamer.
Justin – I thought you Canadians were nicer than that… *sniffle*
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. ;)
Victor, I certainly hope not. Epic fail.
The head of 343 Studios heads to the stage to talk about Halo.
Oh please for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster don’t let people actively impact my TV watching in any way.
Maybe they’re going to do the Defiance things anew?
Xbox will let you “virtually jump into the action”. Recommendations system will tell us what we might want to watch. My TiVo does this.
CSI and Survivor are about breaking boundaries?
So…is that all of the games?
This is starting to sound like a great idea that will be impossible to realize…
Yeah, my limited attention span is officially exhausted re: TV crap. Games! Give us game technology talk!
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?)
15 exclusives in the first year of Xbox One, 8 of which are brand new franchises.
“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.
Alright, that was a bit of a letdown. Not enough actual game.
Apparently, that little girl can use earrings to push ships into bridges. :)
FMV makes a comeback!
Lifted right from Fable 1’s press kit. ;)
Quantum Break? Have we heard of this before?
The actions you take and the choices you make shapes your experience as the story unfolds: Quantum Break.
Next up, a game from Remedy Studios
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.
I can hear one of our forum members wallet crying. Forza 5 looks amazing.
Wait, you can play games on this thing? I had forgotten
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.
Oh look, a game!
Me neither. I always thought of the X-box 1 as the thing before the 360. Weird decision there.
I’m still not feeling this name
Reminds me of the last gen EA footage of super-detailed NFL trailers. Fight Night was about the only one that delivered the detail.
Phil Spenser hits the stage.
Is it possible that this is gameplay, or are we looking at “Bullshots” in motion?
The other guys didn’t need multiple video shows to wow everyone. They just talked and gave minor demos.
Yeah, this is coming off to me as ‘It will be better, of course’, but nothing fundamentally amazing so they’re trying to dazzle.
Still sounds like marketing double-talk.
“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.”
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.
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?
EA Sports Ignite: A new engine powering all four of them.
Designed to blur the line between real and virtual.
Yeah seriously, NHL is the only one I really care about…
Where’s the NHL love?
4 games for Xbox One in development to launch in the next 12 months.
America’s most beloved game company sends its representative out to talk!
Andrew Wilson from EA takes the stage.
“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.
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.
Content is stored in the cloud, accessible from anywhere.
“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.
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.
I noticed that too.
They have to have applause signs. That was not a natural applause moment.
Controller: Looks like the same type of controller, but with an integrated battery.
Smartglass: Natively supported from the start.
Okay, the fast-moving skeleton on the Kinect option – if that’s realistic, that will be very nice.
VASTLY improved understanding of body mechanics, and what looks like 1:1 motion controls.
“There are more joints” Well, the stoners should be happy about that….
Camera on the Kinect is 1080p and ‘wider’
New Kinect Sensor with every Xbox One
Xbox One Architecture – three operating systems in one:
Kernel of Windows – webpowered and flexible, powerful and simple
3rd – brings it all together.
Smartglass is apparently being taken into Xbox One as the controls.
He said the word “games”! Only 20 minutes in!
System – “it’s connected and ready”
Raw power: 8GB of RAM
Variable power states
Totally agreed, David. How many people are still going to be watching live TV in a few years?
I’m liking this, but I want to see more game integration talk. Beyond fantasy football.
Man… I’m getting the heebie jeebies. “Intelligent TV” screams Farenheit 451. ;)
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.
It would be nice if I could also record. This won’t replace my DVR without that functionality…
“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. ;)
Full video guides! Man, I hope this doesn’t end up being a “US Only” feature.
Yeah, Sam. We should see CoD by the end of this.
Xbox One Guide – “Xbox, Show guide” – voice control search, favorites, and trending. All my local listings pulled by the system.
David, yes, I hope there’s a payoff with some gameplay footage – Call of Duty: Ghosts to come?
Looks like he’s using a red Nokia Lumia 920 (smartglass?)
“Featured highlights” Now you can watch basketball while you watch basketball and play fantasy basketball.
Ugh. Sports ;)
Agreed, Justin. I did not expect much, but I’m impressed early in.
Just for context: Fifteen minutes in and we haven’t seen any real gameplay on this thing.
“Xbox, watch ESPN”. With Xbox One, you get alerts that let you play with Fantasy Football while you watch the game. “Xbox, show Fantasy”.
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.
No more Xbox video chat. Skype means people might actually use it.
Skype joins Xbox One, with Widescreen HD. It also allows group video calls.
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.
The gestural controls are vastly improved
“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.
Nice! Snap mode – one of the most useful new features of Windows 8 is on the Xbox.
That’s amazing, one step closer to the computers they had in Minority Report
New Universal gestures – “Grab and Pan” and “Swipe up”
Your voice is your new home theater controller.
It’s pretty damn fast.
“Instant Switching” – “Xbox Game – Go to TV, Go to Music, Watch TV” – that fast it can seamlessly switch.
Alright, so pretty good voice recognition tech. Nothing major, but convenient – I use that like crazy on devices that support it.
“Xbox, watch The Price is Right”
Xbox: Watch TV – instantly pulling Live TV onto the screen.
Kinect seems snappy on picking up hand motions.
Which means it’s always listening ;)
Nice – full integration with all home theater components. Wonder how that works.
“Xbox On” – instant and personalized recognition. No more waiting for boot or game updates.
The X-Box 1, featuring X-Box On technology. Man, I dunno about these names.
Yusef Mehdi takes the stage to talk about experiences we will “only see on Xbox One”
“Simple, instant, complete.”
Loved the evolved look of the controller.
Looks clunkier than I would have imagined, although the controller is pretty sexy.
And yeah, Victor. It’s not quite Wii U confusing, but it’s up there. “So One is after 360?”
Did that look like two Skus? One with the eye, one without? I think it did…
(ah, strike that – it’s the new Kinect)
It’s a pretty sleek looking black box.
What an awful choice for a name…
“Home Entertainment System” not game console.
X-box 1? Really? Grandmothers buying gifts, prepare to be confused.
The new system is revealed: The Xbox One
The “ultimate all-in-one experience.”
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.
He’s speaking of “harmonizing experiences.”
“Living room has changed due to cloud-capable internet and more devices.”
Voice, gesture, cloud powered-internet. If you are playing, pick up your bingo cards….
Microsoft is talking about how they will bring new intelligence to our living room. (and of course, how they are still the market leader)
Don Mattrick takes the stage
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.
Sizzle intro! Wheeeeeeee
I just hope that previous rumors about anti-used game technology are wrong. Otherwise, Microsoft loses this generation before it even starts.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Don’t count on it being sealed away from social media- there’s too much potential there
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.
Honestly, I just hope they don’t jack up the controller. The 360 controller is one of my all-time favorites
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.