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!
Again, that should say four hundred and ninety-nine dollars. I think the price crashed Microsoft’s WiFi.
Ok it’s over. Can someone wheel me out?
My stomach is turning a bit at the idea of another multiplayer shooter, mechs or not. Looks better than Dust 514 though.
That should say 9 in the U.S.
Xbox One will launch in November at 9 in the U.S. The crowd’s reaction can only be described as “incredulous.”
I don’t know what Halo game they just unveiled.
Halo enhanced by cloud computing. Plus 60 FPS.
Desert man, he’s a desert maaaan…
5 brand new studios.
Laptop died, that’s cool. Battlefield 4 looks sick and super scripted.
Battlefield demo… if you were wondering if Xbox One would have exploding red barrels, wonder no more…
Battlefield demo. They’re on a ship that’s sinking. I think I just saw Jack and Rose…
Sound issue solved. I think someone forgot to plug in the optical cable.
BF4 sound was out, now back on!
“Massive vehicular warfare”
Battlefield 4 now. All in-game and crap. No sound.
Witcher 3. Free roaming. Vast worlds. Even more medieval booty…
One Inception blare FTW.
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.
Witcher 3. We’ll be seeing this on Thursday!
My butt hurts…
I wish I could just leak to you what these people are being prompted to say in a timely manner before they say it.
Xbox One exclusive!
Eh, Smart Glass functionality.
OK…Sledge-saw. I can get with that.
Game looks good, though. Little frame-y at times, though.
The localization of the bullet impacts in the demo if DR3 is not great. Hope they work that out.
Floor seats at this conference are for chumps.
Doing the sound effects for the dragon game = highlight so far…
Dead Rising 3: Hopefully Not A Piece Of Shit.
Silent play of new dragon game, no audio, everyone’s just making sounds.
The crowd is making the sound effects for this demo due to failure of the audio system. That’s quality entertainment.
Am I the only one whos watching the teleprompter
Moving away from Microsoft Points. FINALLY.
No more MS points? Hot!
Yay Twitch streaming! #DontCare
Twitch integration? Sounds cool but now every 12 year old who can fling a mother insult will be broadcasting
Nice particle physics in KI Ultra. That shows off the power of the graphics pipeline. Good stuff.
A year later and Microsoft is still struggling to make Smartglass look cool and relevant.
Hint: community manager wasn’t actually fighting.
She’s got a wired Xbox One controller. I don’t know if that’s for charging or what.
We’ve been taking a shot every time a presenter says the word “experiences.” Almost drunk…
Marc Whitten is here to show us how Xbox Live is changing.
I have no idea what to think of this Project Spark thing. Show me some Project Gotham or Fallout, you jerks.
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.
Project Spark is a create-your-own game-a-thing that uses Smart Glass. Hmm.
Project Spark sounds like Little Big Planet. My kids will be thrilled. Kinect-powered BTW.
Swery65 making an episodic game, haha, omg.
Quantum Break – I don’t know what to think. Time Paradox?
This looks so much more dramatic than any Sony game. Take that, David Cage!
Lady is dying, her Windows Phone flying out of her hand. Jack is an agent walking through an explosiion in progress.
TV/game tie-in. I don’t know, Sam…
Quantum Break! AOMZOGMGZMGOZGM! Sam Lake is on stage!!!
I’ll keep my Minecraft on PC, thanks!
You can’t say you’re an advocate of the small guy and then tout Minecraft. C’mon now.
Phil Harrison is the indie developer advocate!
Seeing Phil Harrison selling Xbox One is still weird.
I saw an Aventador and an Agera, so I’m there first day.
This game looks super good, guys.
Talking about you “Divatar.” Am I understanding correctly that Forza 5 basically just plays by itself? What does it need me for then?
I want to come home and find my Drivatar has never placed first in weeks while I’ve been out :(
I don’t know if I want my console playing games while I’m not home.
Reflections onto the inside the windshield is so hot.
They’re bringing Drivatars, but they’re cloud-based now.
Johnny…If you don’t stop looking at the teleprompters I’m going to hammer fist you in the pills again!
Another Teleprompter observation… you really notice the hyperbole when you read it.
They’ve transcended resolution and poly counts.
Nice McLaren P1 coming out of the floor.
Car rising out of the stage. Smoke, lights, cheering…
They’re bringing up a McLaren right now on stage. That is sexy.
it can be Forza time now pleez?
Modern curvy architecture, MCLaren’s plant. Forza Motorsport 5?
Sunset Overdrive looks fun as hell…
This game looks amazing, like Borderlands meets Jet Set Radio Future. FUCK YES.
We’ll be counting how many times we hear “Traversal Driven” this week.
Traversal driven… sure to be this week’s buzzword.
Ted Price flips to Xbox One exclusivity with Sunset Overdrive! Game can change dynamically day to day.
Mad cheers. Peeps been wanting this since Rare was acquired a decade ago.
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.
Crytek is speaking off-script! Killer Instinct getting a lot of cheers in the crowd.
Nice to see Crytek making a game that doesn’t involve sci-fi exosuits.
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.
Slicing off legs, stabbing more throats.
Spine stabbing is what this game’s about.
Apparently roman soldiers carry 6 foot long javelins in their loincloths.
In the interest of time, haha.
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.
Ryse demo… if you were wondering if Xbox One could do quick-time events, wonder no longer.
Oh, well…it looks like combat is a series of quicktime events. Interest = lost.
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.
Ryse – Son of Rome… It looks good. Maybe a little too good. Uncanny Valley, anyone? This is actual gameplay on the screen, too.
Yep, Ryse. Roman soldiers. It’s not Eternal Darkness, but it looks crisp and the animation is really good.
All Xbox One games from this point forward.
New game! New game! I bet this is Ryse?
Time to get a look at the Xbox One titles.
Phil Spencer to show us first-party games, no doubt.
Dark souls II looks interesting. And, more importantly, it made my brain bleed.
Dark Souls 2, yo. The bass is so awesome here. Holy fuck.
Max is a colorful platformer ofr kids. Looks good.
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.
They’re spending a billion years on an Xbox 360 game, yo.
Stop looking at the teleprompters, Johnny!
We can see the teleprompters… kinda kills the spontaneity.
Boom goes the tank! Boom goes the tank! Boom goes the tank!
This tank game is really showcasing the sound system in here.
World of tanks coming to Xbox 360
Xbox 360 ain’t dead! Hundreds of games coming! GTAV! What is this crazy new games? World of Tanks coming to Xbox 360!
Two free games per month for Xbox Live Gold Members. Unclear if this is just until the launch of Xbox One, but probably.
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!
New 360 form factor revealed. Based on the Xbox One
They said 15 exclusive titles, now they’re saying 13 exclusives. DOWNGRADE. Yusuf Mehdi for xobx 360 announcement, a bigo ne is rumored.
13 next gem titles only on Xbox One.
Back side of arena is projecting their script. Shake hands, it says!
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
Some guy named Don Mattrick on stage. Never heard of him…
Don Mattrick and Hideo Kojima on stage now.
Kojima reveals are sooo weird. I see some aliasing/moire in that fence. last-gen!
Credits rolling like we just watched an incredible Japanese epic. SNAKE IS BACK! it says.
The music, however, makes me want to punch myself in the pills.
Dynamic boob angles and mascara drip.
hmmm…One day AI programmers might realize that people have ears and a gunshot can be heard for a rather long distance.
The graphics are incredible…
Kiefer Sutherland is so dramatic. And dreamy.
The fast-forwarding through action-sequences infers you’ll want to skip most of the game.
Solid Snake has a patch over one eye, yet his guide tells him to use binoculars. Hmm…
Just flipped to real-time, Snake is on a horse in some amazing desert wilderness, being all stealthy and fast-forwarding and shit.
oh lawd, we have horses in MGS
Metal Gear Solid V first unveil. I feel like I’m in that wind-swept canyon.
And there goes the bass. Subwoofers from hell
No cheering! Here we go.
Lights fading… And we’re off…
I think Microsoft is just going ot have everyone announce all their games while we wait. Tame Impala’s “Elephant” now playing.
Johnny is waiting to say “And we’re off” until it starts, because it is running late. Wait for itttttttt…
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Xbone permanently delayed!
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.
The suspense is killing me! No wait… I just have a wedgie.
lol @ Rob.
Briefing to begin in 5 minutes. And now I have to go to the bathroom…
5 minute warning just dropped.
Rob is sitting next to a group of publishers. They keep reading over his shoulder.
By the way, everyone remember to thank Kelly for our CMS being a bad-ass. It makes the crappy wifi somewhat bearable.
Rob and Johnny keep getting dropped from the network. They both are running Windows, and I’currently posting from an iPad…hmm
Attention ladies and gentlemen. For the safety of our guests, please avoid stabbing each other in the larynx. Thank you.
Nick’s got some chick all up on his jock. I’m proud of the little guy.
So, Zumba is an Xbone exclusive…in other news I’m losing the feeling in my legs.
Somehow, not a single one of us reinstalled light room after wiping our laptops. Live images will be a little difficult hahaha.
2o mins left…which really means 30 minutes…I hope they’re all squared away for this year.
That’s because you ARE being watched by a Kinect
I can’t help but feel like I’m being watched by a Kinect…
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.
Ahhh, the wonders of the hammer fist
Getting priority seating really just means “Sit longer than everyone else”
WTF!! I dozed off for 2 minutes and Rob hammer-fisted me in the pills!
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.
If Johnny takes a nap I’m hammer fisting him in the pills
T- minus 35 minutes. Maybe I’ll take a quick nap…
Daedalus’ “Fair Weather Friends” is playing. That’s an awesome summer song, yo.
People are slowly filling the arena. We were able to get inside “early”.