- Halo Reach: Bungie teased this new Halo game, set for a fall 2010 release. Whoo hoo! If its a Bungie shooter, and it has the name Halo on it, I’m in! Is ‘Noble 1’, Will Master Chief?
- Metal Gear Rising: The next Kojima / Konami Metal Gear game is coming to the Xbox!!! Holy Cow! The final coup de gras against Sony. Kojima seemed genuinely happy to appear on stage for the announcement.
- Project Natal: A ‘controller free’ , full body motion capture, item scanning, facial and voice recognition. Will work on every 360. See demo here. I’ll believe it when I see it! I don’t believe the Lion’s Gate Milo demo pictured on right. It had to be heavily scripted (click for larger view).
New Console Features (coming this fall)
- last.fm coming to Xbox Live free (globally available)
- Netflix Queue on 360 will be manageable from Xbox Dashboard (no need to do it on PC anymore)
- HD download library being upgraded to full 1080p
- Instant 1080p HD Movies/TV – Worldwide: Faster movie downloads. Higher high def. Doubling number of countries where HD TV/video content will be available from 8 to 18
- Facebook on Xbox 360 (very much an Xbox 360 look)
- Titter coming to Xbox Live
Microsoft Exclusives Coming
- Shadow Complex – An Epic Games Xbox 360 exclusive arcade – reminds me of Little Big Planet. A side scroller. Bizarre!
- Joy Ride – a free Xbox Live bumper car-type game that uses your Xbox 360 avatar (next winter)
- Crackdown 2 (can’t wait – crackdown 1 was a big surprise when I first played it)
- Left 4 Dead 2 – zombies in the daylight! (Nov 17, 2009)
- Splinter Cell Conviction – Wow! looks very different from prior Splinter Cell games (fall 2009)
- Forza Motorsport 3 (Oct 2009)
- Halo 3 ODST – is it me or are the Halo graphics starting to look dated? (Sept 22, 2009)
- Halo Reach (fall 2010)
- Alan Wake (spring 2010 – looked interesting). This game is from the makers of one of my all time favourites – Max Payne. Can’t wait!
New Skateboard Peripheral
Non-Exclusive Demos Shown
- Beatles Rock Band. Likenesses of the Beatles sing and play along as you play the game.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward – looked great!)
- Final Fantasy XIII (spring 2010)
- Tony Hawk Ride – using new skateboard peripheral (see below)
Live Blog Coverage:
I don’t believe that Project Natal will do all that it is promising. It seems to be more a ‘vision’, ‘proof of concept’, or ‘goal’. As far as I know, no actual shipping product was announced.
I’m delighted to see that Microsoft has finally got the last major PS3 third-party exclusive franchise (metal gear) coming to the 360.
I was disappointed that there were no more details about Zune HD integration. I continue to be sad that Microsoft continues on with its ridiculous Microsoft Points system.
[Update: Post press conference Microsoft announced FULL game downloads for real money (not Microsoft Points) via credit card. This is a big deal! Coming in August. See this Gizmodo post. Still sketchy on details – whether it will apply to other content like HD movie downloads.]
While Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm are nice, I won’t use them on the 360 – especially without a keyboard.