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Microsoft Xbox E3 Conference 2013 Live Blog! Join Us At 9:30AM PST

Posted by on June 10, 2013 at 8:40 am
Get ready for some gnarly Xbone announcements!

Get ready for some gnarly Xbone announcements!

Join us at 9:30AM Pacific Standard Time for our epic live blog of the Microsoft Xbox press conference direct from the Galen Center! Or a little earlier, it’s cool. We’ll have some refreshments on some foldout tables. Microsoft is slated to announce some gaming stuff and not ESPN garbage, so this should be super fun! The page will refresh automatically; you don’t need to refresh!

11:07 am
by Johnny

Again, that should say four hundred and ninety-nine dollars. I think the price crashed Microsoft’s WiFi.



11:06 am
by Keith

Ok it’s over. Can someone wheel me out?



11:06 am
by N

My stomach is turning a bit at the idea of another multiplayer shooter, mechs or not. Looks better than Dust 514 though.



11:00 am
by Johnny

That should say 9 in the U.S.



10:58 am
by Johnny

Xbox One will launch in November at 9 in the U.S. The crowd’s reaction can only be described as “incredulous.”



10:58 am
by N

I don’t know what Halo game they just unveiled.



10:56 am
by Johnny

Halo enhanced by cloud computing. Plus 60 FPS.



10:55 am
by N

Desert man, he’s a desert maaaan…



10:52 am
by N

5 brand new studios.



10:49 am
by N

Laptop died, that’s cool. Battlefield 4 looks sick and super scripted.



10:49 am
by Johnny

Battlefield demo… if you were wondering if Xbox One would have exploding red barrels, wonder no more…



10:46 am
by Johnny

Battlefield demo. They’re on a ship that’s sinking. I think I just saw Jack and Rose…



10:44 am
by Rob

Sound issue solved. I think someone forgot to plug in the optical cable.



10:44 am
by N

BF4 sound was out, now back on!



10:43 am
by Keith

“Massive vehicular warfare”



10:43 am
by N

Battlefield 4 now. All in-game and crap. No sound.



10:42 am
by Johnny

Witcher 3. Free roaming. Vast worlds. Even more medieval booty…



10:41 am
by N

One Inception blare FTW.



10:41 am
by Rob

I love it when developers offer content as a feature of their games. More devs need to get on board with this.. Witcher 3 stating over 100 hours of gameplay.



10:41 am
by N

Witcher 3. We’ll be seeing this on Thursday!



10:39 am
by Keith

My butt hurts…



10:39 am
by N

I wish I could just leak to you what these people are being prompted to say in a timely manner before they say it.



10:38 am
by N

Xbox One exclusive!



10:38 am
by N

Eh, Smart Glass functionality.



10:36 am
by Rob

OK…Sledge-saw. I can get with that.



10:35 am
by N

Game looks good, though. Little frame-y at times, though.



10:35 am
by Rob

The localization of the bullet impacts in the demo if DR3 is not great. Hope they work that out.



10:35 am
by N

Floor seats at this conference are for chumps.



10:33 am
by N

Crappy animations.



10:33 am
by Johnny

Zombies. Yawn.



10:32 am
by Johnny

Doing the sound effects for the dragon game = highlight so far…



10:32 am
by N

Dead Rising 3: Hopefully Not A Piece Of Shit.



10:31 am
by N

Silent play of new dragon game, no audio, everyone’s just making sounds.



10:31 am
by Rob

The crowd is making the sound effects for this demo due to failure of the audio system. That’s quality entertainment.



10:30 am
by Keith

Am I the only one whos watching the teleprompter



10:30 am
by Johnny

Moving away from Microsoft Points. FINALLY.



10:30 am
by Rob

No more MS points? Hot!



10:29 am
by N

Yay Twitch streaming! #DontCare



10:29 am
by Rob

Twitch integration? Sounds cool but now every 12 year old who can fling a mother insult will be broadcasting



10:27 am
by Rob

Nice particle physics in KI Ultra. That shows off the power of the graphics pipeline. Good stuff.



10:27 am
by Johnny

A year later and Microsoft is still struggling to make Smartglass look cool and relevant.



10:26 am
by N

Hint: community manager wasn’t actually fighting.



10:26 am
by N

She’s got a wired Xbox One controller. I don’t know if that’s for charging or what.



10:25 am
by Johnny

We’ve been taking a shot every time a presenter says the word “experiences.” Almost drunk…



10:24 am
by N

Marc Whitten is here to show us how Xbox Live is changing.



10:23 am
by N

I have no idea what to think of this Project Spark thing. Show me some Project Gotham or Fallout, you jerks.



10:20 am
by Rob

This presentation is teleprompted, which leads me to believe it’s cinematic and not live. This is annoying because, to be honest, the fact that the guy has a controller in his hand is blatant deception.



10:20 am
by N

Project Spark is a create-your-own game-a-thing that uses Smart Glass. Hmm.



10:20 am
by Johnny

Project Spark sounds like Little Big Planet. My kids will be thrilled. Kinect-powered BTW.



10:17 am
by N

Swery65 making an episodic game, haha, omg.



10:17 am
by Rob

Quantum Break – I don’t know what to think. Time Paradox?



10:17 am
by N

This looks so much more dramatic than any Sony game. Take that, David Cage!



10:16 am
by N

Lady is dying, her Windows Phone flying out of her hand. Jack is an agent walking through an explosiion in progress.



10:15 am
by N

TV/game tie-in. I don’t know, Sam…



10:14 am
by N

Quantum Break! AOMZOGMGZMGOZGM! Sam Lake is on stage!!!



10:14 am
by Rob

I’ll keep my Minecraft on PC, thanks!



10:13 am
by N

You can’t say you’re an advocate of the small guy and then tout Minecraft. C’mon now.



10:13 am
by N

Phil Harrison is the indie developer advocate!



10:12 am
by N

Seeing Phil Harrison selling Xbox One is still weird.



10:11 am
by N

I saw an Aventador and an Agera, so I’m there first day.



10:11 am
by N

This game looks super good, guys.



10:10 am
by Johnny

Talking about you “Divatar.” Am I understanding correctly that Forza 5 basically just plays by itself? What does it need me for then?



10:10 am
by N

I want to come home and find my Drivatar has never placed first in weeks while I’ve been out :(



10:10 am
by Rob

I don’t know if I want my console playing games while I’m not home.



10:09 am
by N

Reflections onto the inside the windshield is so hot.



10:08 am
by N

They’re bringing Drivatars, but they’re cloud-based now.



10:08 am
by Rob

Johnny…If you don’t stop looking at the teleprompters I’m going to hammer fist you in the pills again!



10:08 am
by Johnny

Another Teleprompter observation… you really notice the hyperbole when you read it.



10:08 am
by N

They’ve transcended resolution and poly counts.



10:07 am
by Rob

Nice McLaren P1 coming out of the floor.



10:07 am
by Johnny

Car rising out of the stage. Smoke, lights, cheering…



10:06 am
by N

They’re bringing up a McLaren right now on stage. That is sexy.



10:06 am
by Rob

it can be Forza time now pleez?



10:06 am
by N

Modern curvy architecture, MCLaren’s plant. Forza Motorsport 5?



10:05 am
by Johnny

Sunset Overdrive looks fun as hell…



10:05 am
by N

This game looks amazing, like Borderlands meets Jet Set Radio Future. FUCK YES.



10:04 am
by Rob

We’ll be counting how many times we hear “Traversal Driven” this week.



10:04 am
by Johnny

Traversal driven… sure to be this week’s buzzword.



10:04 am
by N

Ted Price flips to Xbox One exclusivity with Sunset Overdrive! Game can change dynamically day to day.



10:03 am
by N

Mad cheers. Peeps been wanting this since Rare was acquired a decade ago.



10:02 am
by Rob

I truly hope devs and publishers are able to realize that pretty graphics does not equate to good game. It’s about the content and the gameplay folks. That’s why Notch made a quarter of a billion dollars with a poorly programmed game running 8 bit graphics.



10:02 am
by N

Crytek is speaking off-script! Killer Instinct getting a lot of cheers in the crowd.



10:01 am
by N

Nice to see Crytek making a game that doesn’t involve sci-fi exosuits.



10:01 am
by Rob

It’s really too bad this game is so full of quick time events. It looks really pretty but the complete lack of creativity in gameplay kills it.



10:00 am
by N

Slicing off legs, stabbing more throats.



9:59 am
by N

Spine stabbing is what this game’s about.



9:59 am
by Rob

Apparently roman soldiers carry 6 foot long javelins in their loincloths.



9:59 am
by N

In the interest of time, haha.



9:58 am
by N

I wonder how dynamic this QTE combat is. It seems like Assassin’s Creed, but with a lot more prompts. Soldiers now in turtle formation.



9:58 am
by Johnny

Ryse demo… if you were wondering if Xbox One could do quick-time events, wonder no longer.



9:57 am
by Rob

Oh, well…it looks like combat is a series of quicktime events. Interest = lost.



9:57 am
by N

Particle effects are amazing, flaming arrows and that are great. Sandy ground didn’t look great from afar, but up close it’s super sandy. Boat crashing. This seriously looks like CGI, but it’s all real-time. Holy cow.



9:57 am
by Rob

Ryse – Son of Rome… It looks good. Maybe a little too good. Uncanny Valley, anyone? This is actual gameplay on the screen, too.



9:55 am
by N

Yep, Ryse. Roman soldiers. It’s not Eternal Darkness, but it looks crisp and the animation is really good.



9:54 am
by Johnny

All Xbox One games from this point forward.



9:54 am
by N

New game! New game! I bet this is Ryse?



9:54 am
by Rob

Time to get a look at the Xbox One titles.



9:53 am
by N

Phil Spencer to show us first-party games, no doubt.



9:53 am
by Rob

Dark souls II looks interesting. And, more importantly, it made my brain bleed.



9:53 am
by N

Dark Souls 2, yo. The bass is so awesome here. Holy fuck.



9:51 am
by N

Max is a colorful platformer ofr kids. Looks good.



9:51 am
by Johnny

On the other hand, Keith couldn’t understand what the presenter said and he was able to just look at the teleprompters , so there’s that.



9:50 am
by N

Montage!



9:50 am
by N

They’re spending a billion years on an Xbox 360 game, yo.



9:49 am
by Rob

Stop looking at the teleprompters, Johnny!



9:49 am
by Johnny

We can see the teleprompters… kinda kills the spontaneity.



9:48 am
by N

Boom goes the tank! Boom goes the tank! Boom goes the tank!



9:48 am
by Johnny

This tank game is really showcasing the sound system in here.



9:47 am
by Rob

World of tanks coming to Xbox 360



9:47 am
by N

Xbox 360 ain’t dead! Hundreds of games coming! GTAV! What is this crazy new games? World of Tanks coming to Xbox 360!



9:46 am
by Johnny

Two free games per month for Xbox Live Gold Members. Unclear if this is just until the launch of Xbox One, but probably.



9:45 am
by N

New Xbox looks like Xbox One, available today! Xbox Live is changing! Xbox Live gold carries over. Beginning July 1st through Xbox One members will receive two free games per month. so hot!



9:45 am
by Rob

New 360 form factor revealed. Based on the Xbox One



9:44 am
by N

They said 15 exclusive titles, now they’re saying 13 exclusives. DOWNGRADE. Yusuf Mehdi for xobx 360 announcement, a bigo ne is rumored.



9:44 am
by Johnny

13 next gem titles only on Xbox One.



9:43 am
by N

Back side of arena is projecting their script. Shake hands, it says!



9:43 am
by Rob

It’s also interesting how you remember that the bass at the Galen center kicks your ass but you don’t really remember how much until it kicks your ass again



9:43 am
by Johnny

Some guy named Don Mattrick on stage. Never heard of him…



9:43 am
by N

Don Mattrick and Hideo Kojima on stage now.



9:42 am
by N

Kojima reveals are sooo weird. I see some aliasing/moire in that fence. last-gen!



9:41 am
by N

Credits rolling like we just watched an incredible Japanese epic. SNAKE IS BACK! it says.



9:41 am
by Johnny

The music, however, makes me want to punch myself in the pills.



9:41 am
by N

Dynamic boob angles and mascara drip.



9:40 am
by Rob

hmmm…One day AI programmers might realize that people have ears and a gunshot can be heard for a rather long distance.



9:40 am
by Johnny

The graphics are incredible…



9:40 am
by N

Kiefer Sutherland is so dramatic. And dreamy.



9:39 am
by N

The fast-forwarding through action-sequences infers you’ll want to skip most of the game.



9:39 am
by Johnny

Solid Snake has a patch over one eye, yet his guide tells him to use binoculars. Hmm…



9:38 am
by N

Just flipped to real-time, Snake is on a horse in some amazing desert wilderness, being all stealthy and fast-forwarding and shit.



9:38 am
by Rob

oh lawd, we have horses in MGS



9:37 am
by N

Metal Gear Solid V first unveil. I feel like I’m in that wind-swept canyon.



9:36 am
by Rob

And there goes the bass. Subwoofers from hell



9:36 am
by N

No cheering! Here we go.



9:36 am
by Johnny

Lights fading… And we’re off…



9:36 am
by N

I think Microsoft is just going ot have everyone announce all their games while we wait. Tame Impala’s “Elephant” now playing.



9:35 am
by Rob

Johnny is waiting to say “And we’re off” until it starts, because it is running late. Wait for itttttttt…



9:34 am
by N

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Xbone permanently delayed!



9:32 am
by N

1 minute warning and an hour and 32 minutes left on battery. I’m coming in hot! This seating arrangement is a surefire way to agitate some deep-vein thrombosis.



9:31 am
by Johnny

The suspense is killing me! No wait… I just have a wedgie.



9:28 am
by N

lol @ Rob.



9:27 am
by Johnny

Briefing to begin in 5 minutes. And now I have to go to the bathroom…



9:27 am
by Rob

5 minute warning just dropped.



9:26 am
by Johnny

Rob is sitting next to a group of publishers. They keep reading over his shoulder.



9:24 am
by Rob

By the way, everyone remember to thank Kelly for our CMS being a bad-ass. It makes the crappy wifi somewhat bearable.



9:23 am
by Keith

Rob and Johnny keep getting dropped from the network. They both are running Windows, and I’currently posting from an iPad…hmm



9:23 am
by Rob

Attention ladies and gentlemen. For the safety of our guests, please avoid stabbing each other in the larynx. Thank you.



9:18 am
by Rob

Nick’s got some chick all up on his jock. I’m proud of the little guy.



9:14 am
by Keith

So, Zumba is an Xbone exclusive…in other news I’m losing the feeling in my legs.



9:14 am
by Rob

Somehow, not a single one of us reinstalled light room after wiping our laptops. Live images will be a little difficult hahaha.



9:13 am
by Rob

2o mins left…which really means 30 minutes…I hope they’re all squared away for this year.



9:11 am
by Rob

That’s because you ARE being watched by a Kinect



9:11 am
by Keith

image



9:09 am
by Keith

I can’t help but feel like I’m being watched by a Kinect…



9:08 am
by N

I’m glad we’re at least sitting. Last year we were up front queued for two hours. This year we just stood in a gym for half as long. UPGRADED.



9:08 am
by Rob

Ahhh, the wonders of the hammer fist



9:06 am
by Rob

Getting priority seating really just means “Sit longer than everyone else”



9:05 am
by Johnny

WTF!! I dozed off for 2 minutes and Rob hammer-fisted me in the pills!



9:02 am
by Rob

So far, so standard. Crappy WiFi but at least there’s WiFi. The setup is similar to last year and the whole place is bathed in an eerie green glow.



9:00 am
by Rob

If Johnny takes a nap I’m hammer fisting him in the pills



8:56 am
by Johnny

T- minus 35 minutes. Maybe I’ll take a quick nap…



8:56 am
by N

Daedalus’ “Fair Weather Friends” is playing. That’s an awesome summer song, yo.



8:52 am
by Keith

People are slowly filling the arena. We were able to get inside “early”.



8:44 am
by Keith

First! -Keith



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