Xbox One reveal – live blog

Xbox One reveal – live blog

I’m currently sitting through the press event for the new Xbox. Below you can find regular updates.

Update: That’s it, show’s over. In twenty days we’ll find out more at E3. Initial thoughts: Sony’s press event appealed to me more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled about the promise of an Xbox that will take care of all my entertainment needs, especially if it can actually introduce series on demand in Belgium, but there was a serious lack of buzz about the actual games.

And while I didn’t care one single bit about Sony’s social features, at least they hooked me with the promise of indie support and other games. Let’s do a comparison: the PS4 reveal announced Deep Down, Destiny, Diablo III, Driveclub, Final Fantasy, Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Watch Dogs. Xbox One on the other hand revealed four sports titles, Forza 5, Quantum Break and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

No real details have been given, not about Glass, nor about Kinect, nor about the gaming side of things. E3 must offer quite the show this year then.

Ah well. Expect this mess of a post sorted out somewhere tomorrow, so it delivers an actual overview of the entire event.

A last trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts showed some pre-rendered images along with actual gameplay. Those with keen eyes will have easily picked out the actual gameplay that, while still beautiful, didn’t completely live up to what was shown alongside it.

Call of Duty: Ghosts will have a canine teammate. Other features: a complete new cast, running against a wall at full speed will actually hurt, multiplayer will have more dynamic level design and if these short bits of gameplay area actually real, it’s quite a looker.

Call of Duty DLC will remain temporary exclusive to Xbox. By the way; Activision invaded the stage together with Call of Duty: Ghosts. New engine -finally-, it’s made by Infinity Ward. We’re seeing some behind the scenes footage at the moment.

Xbox One should be released this year, world wide. Guess I’ll start saving money, this year’s holidays won’t come cheap.

Ooooh, Steven Spielberg will be working on a Halo Live Action series. I must admit, if Microsoft can actually keep their television-promises, I could easily see the Xbox One replacing my Apple TV.

Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries starts talking about Halo. Consider me excited.

Damn, I look away for one second and Microsoft drops a bomb: 15 exclusives near launch.

Quantum Break was shown. First thoughts: Deus Ex combined with Remember Me but more mysterious.

EA’s gone off the stage, Forza Motorsport 5 shows its face, still prerenderd. I’ll be honest though, I’m not expecting a lot of proper footage today. E3 is just around the corner, no reason to pull out the big guns now.

A trailer showed some action from FIFA, UFC, NFL. Prerendered folks, no real ingame content.

EA Sports Ignite will be the backbone for the newest sportsgames. Which means Fifa and UFC amongst others.

Andrew Wilson from EA takes the stage.

Microsoft pulls a Sony, bringing video-editing to their newest console. Now we’ll know who really deserved those achievements and who cheated like the low-lifes they are.

300,000 servers powering Xbox Live.

The new controller kinda reminds me of the one that came with the original Xbox.

Kinect will be included with every Xbox One. It’ll take care of both voice control and all camera stuff -obviously-. If Microsoft’s to be believed there’s to be better depth-control.

8gb ram, 64bit architecture  and a Blu-ray drive. Exactly what we expected.

Short summary: Xbox One will combine music, tv, skype, games and much more.

– ‘Xbox Trending’; watching most popular shows on your xbox. Hopefully we don’t get any situations like this one.

– Seriously wondering how much setting up all those different voice commands will require. Turning on a console is one thing, but activating a “fantasy”-team when watching a basketball match, should require quite some editing.

– Guess it’s relying on voice-control an awful lot. Turning your Xbox One will work those lovely voice-muscles.

– Heh, guess Microsoft pulled a fast one -pun totally intended- on Sony, there’s already a console on full display in the middle of the stage.

– It’s got a name folks: Xbox One. One device connecting all your forms of entertainement.

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