E3 2010: Microsoft Press Conference data-splode

E3 2010 officially kicked off this morning with Microsoft's annual press conference, where it spent around 90 minutes outlining its biggest titles of the next several months. Obviously there was heavy emphasis on Natal (now called Kinect), but there was still plenty more to soak up:

• A redesigned Xbox 360 will go on sale for $299 later this week, with sleeker, smaller (and quieter) design, an integrated 250GB hard drive and built-in 802.11N Wi-Fi.

• While several tech-demo-y new Kinect games were unveiled and/or demonstrated – including KinectimalsKinect SportsKinect Joy Ride and Kinect Adventures – the real Kinect-specific news is that LucasArts is going to create a Star Wars game especially for the peripheral, which featured impressively realistic lightsaber action and gesture-activated Force powers. It all looked a bit cartoony, but it’s nice to see someone delivering on what everyone wanted the Wii to do.

• Metal Gear Solid: Rising looks incredibly slick, is ultraviolent and appears to revolve around Raiden slicing anything he sees – cars, pillars, soldiers – into ribbons with a laser-focused chopping mechanic lifted straight out of Afro Samurai (but apparently with more finesse, as we were shown Raiden delicately chopping a watermelon with no damage to the table it sat on).

• Gears of War 3, in addition to being bigger and more chaotic than its predecessors, will let you stab enemies and is full of jacked-up Lambent versions of Locust, including a Lambent Berserker that apparently couldn’t be killed even with the Hammer of Dawn. Also there’s a new game type called Beast Mode.

• Call of Duty: Black Ops will feature some visually kickass helicopter-gunner sequences, as well as segments set in Vietcong tunnels that have a distinctly survival-horror vibe. Also, all its DLC will hit the 360 first.

• Crytek  (Far Cry, Crysis) has something in the works, involving sweaty, grimy, gladiator-looking men, called Codename Kingdoms.

• Halo: Reach will feature vehicle-based dogfights in outer space. It also looks darker and prettier than earlier Halos, with a demo that featured the team of Spartan protagonists fighting Covenant Elites as they burst out of orbital drop-pods. Also showcased were close-quarter kills that briefly shifted the view into third-person.

• While we knew Kinect was going to be more than a gaming device, the press conference showed off what it’ll be capable of. Want to pause a video you’re watching? Say “Xbox, Pause.” You can also wave your hands around to scrub to a different part. There’ll also be a video chat program, enabling you to talk and watch videos with your friends and family (assuming they all have Kinect-equipped 360s).

• Microsoft and ESPN are partnering for a 360 Avatar-enabled service to stream live and on-demand sporting events with replay abilities and a light interactive aspect for fans to show support. The service will be free to all Xbox Live Gold members.

• A few other Kinect-exclusive projects were shown, such the pictured Dance Central, that despite their "casual" exterior were more interesting than the Wii-like games on display.

Look for more detailed reactions from GamesRadar, OXM and OXM UK editors in just a little bit. We're typing our thoughts together as quickly as possible!


  • elmaropwnz - June 18, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    how am i supposed to get one of these if i can't get a job and i already havee one boooooo
  • elmaropwnz - June 18, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    I'm very upset, why? because in this not-so-good economy, how is a thirteen year old nerd like me supposed to by one of these new x-boxs, booooooooooo!
  • briZzzZz - June 17, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    love the dancing guy for dance central :D lulz
  • kit07 - June 15, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    "which featured impressively realistic lightsaber action" in the video i saw for that kinect star wars game, the person playing the demo seemed to b doing the motion AFTER it happened on screen.
  • philipshaw - June 15, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    This was dissapointing, I missed a world cup match for this?
  • SausageLozenge - June 15, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    Kinect sucks dick.
  • Pry0citer - June 15, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    I am actually interested in buying an Xbox 360 now.
  • End - June 15, 2010 8:35 a.m.

    this would have been good if we hadn't heard more or less everything they said quite a long time ago
  • super0sonic - June 15, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    I watched the last part of this. And i laughed and laughed and laughed.
  • quicksilver_502 - June 15, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    the conference was ok but the kinect stuff took way to much time up. we don't care that much, microsoft!
  • FETALJUICE - June 15, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    Disappointing. Kinect is lame and they hardly showed any new games. Entertain me Sony and Nintendo.
  • Cyberninja - June 15, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    well i need a xbox so this news is a + for me
  • sklorbit - June 15, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    good lineup just nothing we havent seen. hopefully sony wont focus too much on what we have already seen as well. Killzone 3 and gt5 are exciting and all, but i want a new announcement!
  • awinnerisjew - June 15, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    So 5 years later it's copying the exact same touch-sensitive buttons the PS3 was mocked for. It's copying the built in wifi that both the PS3 and the Wii for God's sake already have. It's smaller, it's shiny and it's black, much like the original PS3 and new Wii. And it's finally quieter than a jet engine and doesn't sound like it's breaking just being turned on? And this is called an innovation or a "new" 360 with a price point at $299? Oh and by the way, if it's a 360 that will play 360 games, that's not backwards compatability, that's compatability. It damn well better play the games that were intended for it. So their entire plan is just to copy the first generation PS3 and claim it as their own idea and invention. Maybe thats why they made it a point to mention "backwards compatability", because everyone expected it to just play blu-ray and download content to a PSP. This is not worth an E3 unvail, or a purchase for that matter. And I say this as someone who owns all three consoles and plays them....with the exception of the Wii.
  • Raiden145 - June 15, 2010 1 a.m.

    Microsoft is going DOWN....they just released the elite then release another x-box shit again ahahahahah really funnny microsoft not everyone is rich to buy that crap...sorry but yur new model will FAAILL big time ...ahahaha kinetics lol
  • ImAliveOMG - June 15, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    wait a second! I hate being the last person to figure shit out, but it sounds to me like kinect (Chickenshit name by the way) is Project Natal, correct?
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 14, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    the new xbox 360 design and features seems alot like the PS3 slim. This could be a good move, but you think they would've added more.
  • taterboob - June 14, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    I thought that, all in all, it was a pretty good conference. Sure, the Kinect demonstrators having "fun" up on stage was a little cringe-inducing, but Microsoft did a good job covering all their bases. I've acknowledged at this point that Kinect isn't for me. That's fine, because they showed off a crap ton of awesome games that do appeal to me, which made up for all of it. Oh, and leave that poor tiger girl alone. She's just a kid for crying out loud.
  • n00b - June 14, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    well it could have been worse
  • graboids - June 14, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    The silver lining to the MS press conference is that this holiday season is going to be easy on the wallet for hardcore 360 owners

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