E3 2010 Highlights: Microsoft’s Press Conference

Following up yesterday’s Project Natal Microsoft Kinect event, Microsoft started off E3 with a bang.  This morning at 9:30 AM PST, Microsoft opened their “Global Media Briefing” with an impressive, extended preview through the jungles of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Microsoft only upped their game from there.

The keynote, headed by Microsoft SVP, Don Mattrick, was high-quality, albeit predictable, overall.

Here are the important highlights:

  • Activision and Microsoft have reached a three-year deal to launch all Call of Duty map packs and add-ons with timed exclusivity on the Xbox 360.  (To clarify:  the deal stipulates that the DLC will launch on the 360 first, not that the DLC will launch only on the 360.)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising (Lightning Bolt Action!) marks Xbox’s first MGS game.  You play as Raiden, and there is a veritable crapton of slicing.  I wonder if they’re channeling a little bit of Itagaki’s Ninja Gaiden.
  • Halo: Reach features space fighting!
  • Fable III releases on October 26, 2010!

Kinect for Xbox 360

  • Kinect for Xbox 360 launches November 4, 2010 in North America!
  • Kinect allows for some awesome menu interactivity – voice activation and Minority Report hand controls.
  • Video Kinect across Xbox 360 and Windows Live PC with media sharing (watch videos together!) and camera tracking.
  • Games for Kinect currently announced are, shall we say, expected.  That is to say, kind of boring, but capitalizing on the gimmick that is controller-free gaming.  Dancing games, animal petting games, and other such junk.   Most notable is Kinect enabled Your Shape, which will analyze your yoga stances and exercise movements to let you know how you’re doing.
  • ESPN and Microsoft joined up in an exclusive agreement to show games and commentary on demand – and its included with Xbox Live gold membership!

Xbox 360 slim and Kinect 

  • New Xbox 360!  The rumors were right
    • 250 GB hard drive
    • “Whisper quiet”
    • Wi-fi N
    • “Ready for” Kinect (whatever that means….)
    • $299.99
    • Shipping to retailers today!

As you can see: nothing too mind-blowing, but it’s certainly nice to see the new Xbox.  It’s super glossy (fingerprint magnet), but as long as it’s less red-ring prone, I think we can all get behind it.

Missed it live, but still want to watch the presser?  watch it here, courtesy G4TV!

Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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