Microsoft’s Press Conference E3 2010

Microsoft had their press conference yesterday at E3 in Los Angeles. Here is the breakdown of what they announced.

Hardware

  • New Xbox 360 hardware that’s sleeker, smaller and whisper quiet w\ a 250GB Hard drive, built in Wireless N, ready for Kinect, it’s selling for the same price and its available today
  • Microsoft Kinect allows for motion and voice control in menus and games and  launches Nov 4th

Software and Services

  • Video Kinect allows video chat with friends and family between Xbox Live and Windows Live Messenger
  • The Zune service adds music to the 360 complementing the video Zune already provides
  • ESPN provides 3500 live sporting events within the first year and it’s free for Xbox Live Gold members

Kinect Games

  • Kinectimals
  • Kinect Sports (200m Hurdles, Soccer, Bowling, Javelin, Long Jump, Ping Pong, Boxing, Volleyball)
  • Kinect Joy Ride
  • Kinect Adventures!
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft)
  • Dance Central (Harmonix)
  • Kinect Star Wars (Lucasarts)
  • Kinect Forza (Turn 10)

Tradional Games

  • Call of Duty: Black-Ops (Treyarch & Activision) All Call of Duty games from 2010 – 2012 have early access to map packs on Xbox 360
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Konami)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic) (early 2011)
  • Fable III (Lionhead Stuios)
  • Codename Kingdoms (Crytek)
  • Halo Reach (Bungie)

My Thoughts

It seemed like a well-balanced presentation. They had 3 first party and 3 third party games for hardcore gamers. Codename Kingdoms only had a teaser trailer on show and is supposed to be Microsoft’s answer to God of War.

Microsoft renamed Project Natal to Kinect and demonstrated 8 games. Kinectimals is for the kids allowing them to interact with different baby animals. Kinect Sports is reminiscent of Wii Sports and is good for the family. Your Shape looked really impressive and far beyond what can be done with Wii Fit this is a great game for mom. For the teenagers they have Dance Central and impressive dance game that could only be done with Kinect.

The multimedia content available to the Xbox 360 at least in the US is impressive. You finally get the full Zune experience on the Xbox with music and video. ESPN when combined with Netflix and Zune is yet another reason to not need cable or a Blu-Ray player.

The new hardware is impressive and finally has WiFi built in and a 250GB hard drive. They kept the $300 price tag which is reasonable but I would have loved a price drop. No price mentioned for Kinect but $150 is floating around as a possibility. $150 seems like it’s too much especially if you don’t already own a 360.

We shall see how most of these turn out by the end of the year.

Dave Loft

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