After eight years of current-generationing, Microsoft is finally ready to move on and look towards the future. With Nintendo having fired the first shot in the next-gen war with the Wii U, Sony hit back with the Playstation 4 earlier this year. And from the rear, comes the Xbox . We’ll be updating as news arrives, so stay awhile, and listen!
And we are a go! The lights are bright, the excitement is high and people want to see more than just a controller tonight! Various Microsoft developers and Steven Spielberg talk the creation of Xbox in the opening video. “We’re about to change entertainment forever… again”.
Don Mattrick is first on the stage tonight, and talks about the original Xbox and the Live service. “I’ve spent my entire career in interactive entertainment and I’ve never been more excited than I am today”. Mattick confirms that new things are coming to the Xbox 360 at E3, but this is most likely the end of the road for that console.
Mattrick hits us with some general PR fluff, “All in one system for games, TV, and entertainment. Future with hardware, software and services with you in the center”. And the console is now known as the Xbox One. “The ultimate all-in-one entertainment experience” Pics!
Xbox One will feature a 360 style controller, Kinect and cloud tech, and is voice activated. We’re shown the console responding to voice commands, pretty quickly in a live demo. The dashboard so far looks very familiar to the current one. “The ultimate all-in-one entertainment experience”, we’re told.
Kinect is everywhere with this console. Imagine pinching and pulling on an iPad, but in your own space, and you’d have a good idea what the console is capable of. It’s called Snap Mode. Snap Mode allows multiple programs to run at once on the console. Such as watching a movie while browsing the net in a separate column. Xbox One also has Skype now, and includes group video calls. Not bad.
TV stations and series are shown running on Xbox One, but it’s for content that most likely won’t be available locally. Marc Whitten appears to talk about future-proofing the console. Xbox One has 8GB of RAM, a Blu-Ray drive and features “near silent” operation.
Xbox One has three operating systems; Xbox, the Windows kernel and a third system that combines the two for multitasking features
The new Kinect on the Xbox One has been “completely redesigned”, and has faster voice recognition and increased accuracy. “This is rocket science stuff”, Whitten says.
The new Kinect can detect your shoulder movements and even your heartbeat. That’s some big tech. But more importantly, we’re talking about the controller now. The Xbox One controller has been updated with “40 design innovations”. It now has Impulse triggers, a new d-pad thank the gods and an improved battery life. All of this, also tracked by the new Kinect.
The new Xbox Live will also be powered by over 300,000 servers. This is bigger than the internet…in 1999, Whitten tells us. Next up, Andrerw Wilson from EAa to tell us about the four games that are being worked on for the Xbox One: UFC, FIFA, NBA and American Football in the form of Madden.
EA talks games, using a new engine for sports games called ignite. It looks real pretty.
Forza Motorsport 5 officially announced for Xbox One by Phil Spencer. It’s pure car porn.
Alan Wake developer Remedy is revealed to be developing a game for Xbox One by the name of Quantum Break. It’s described as a supernatural thriller, and time looks like it will play a major feature in it.
15 exclusive games promised for first 12 months of Xbox One, 8 of which will be brand new IP. 343 Industrie’s Bonnie Ross then appears to tell us that Microsoft has a new Halo project in the pipeline. A TV series that Steven Spielberg himself attached to it. The show will have the format of a “premium television series”. And then I switch off when Microsoft starts talking about Football. I believe rugby is similar to it, except it’s played by men.
Xbox One will be launched worldwide “later this year”. Nothing is said of an exact date or pricing yet. The show is wrapping up, but not before we see one more premiere. Call of Duty: Ghosts. But ignore that, because we have our own feature on that game at eight PM tonight.