They revealed a new Xbox 360 redesign that is available in stores today. The big news is that the Xbox One will be available this November at a $499 price point. Microsoft only mentioned one price, which might mean that they are only launching with a single model. No specifics on what it launches with was mentioned, but it will include the Kinect 2.0.
The watch word of the conference was games, games, games! While the original Xbox One Reveal was focused on hardware and its media capabilities and multi-tasking, their E3 conference focused on their software plans for launch and early 2014. They showed off plenty of Xbox One exclusives and announced some big titles coming to the next-gen system.
Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi announced the new Xbox 360 redesign, which will be smaller and available today without any price drop announced. Mehdi revealed plans to reward new and old Xbox Live Gold subscribers with two free games per month that are theirs to keep. Between now and the Xbox One launch, Gold subscribers will get two free games with Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3 to start.
The Xbox 360 will see the popular free-to-play World of Tanks coming exclusively to the system. Also, Microsoft showed more of the indie title, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, which will be another exclusive to the system. A new gameplay trailer for Dark Souls 2 was also shown at the the end of the Xbox 360 section.
On the Xbox One side of things, the press conference started off with a new gameplay trailer of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which revealed that it is a next-gen title as well. The trailer was full of Kojima charm and gave tons of new details on how the game will play and character details.
After the Xbox 360 trailers, Microsoft showed gameplay footage for Ryse: Son of Rome, which gave a look at the gameplay and style of the game. Next, a trailer played revealing an Xbox One exclusive from Rare in the form of a new Killer Instinct. They also played a live match of it later in the conference, which showed off some of the smart glass integration for the new system using Ryse and Killer Instinct to demonstrate match making with the function.
Ted Price from Insomniac Games came out to show off an Xbox One exclusive in Sunset Overdrive, which is an open-world shooter with a focus on traversal. The game is heavily stylized with a distinct art direction and seemingly Insomniac’s flair for creative weapons. Also during the smart glass demo, they showed off their sharing feature in UploadStudio, which will partner them with TwitchTV.
Microsoft Studios showed off more footage and gameplay of Forza 5, which gave a look into how cloud computing will work to make smart online play with Drivatars. Phil Harrison then announced an Xbox One edition of Minecraft with more maps.
Remedy then played a scene from their new game, Quantum Break, a game that they debuted during the Xbox One Reveal. The footage did not show off gameplay, but it gave a look into the style and tone of the game. After Remedy, a trailer for a new Swery65 game called D4, which is an Xbox One exclusive.
After that an innovative title using smart glass touch functionality called Project Spark was demonstrated. It showed off a game that allows gamers to create levels, scenarios and stories within this world. The game will allow players to create their own games and play online with other people. More information on specific functions should follow.
Dead Rising 3 made an appearance and is now an Xbox One exlusive. The footage gave a glimpse into the gameplay and the key touches of the series are there, but the color palette is much more muddled than the brightness of prior games. Capcom will publish the game as an exclusive for the new system.
CD Projekt RED did the perfunctory unannounced Next-Gen confirmation by saying that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will appear on Xbox One. They showed off some previously seen footage of the game. EA played a gameplay segment of Battlefield 4 after some minor technical difficulties. The intense section will be playable on the show floor during E3. It showed off impressive lighting and physics technology with the Frostbite 3 engine.
Microsoft revealed that five new studios are currently hard at work bringing the newest blockbusters to life. They then showed footage from the Vancouver studio, Black Tusk’s untitled game.
Two of the biggest surprises came in the form of a Halo Xbox One teaser trailer stating the game will be available in 2014 on the new system, and the other surprise was the first footage shown of Respawn Entertainment’s new game TitanFall. The sci-fi first-person shooter was played live one stage and showed off impressive 60 frames-per-second action. The big bombshell is that TitanFall will be a Microsoft exclusive releasing in Spring 2014, available for Xbox One, PC and eventually Xbox 360.
Microsoft promised games, games, games and they delivered. They made a compelling argument for the Xbox One after the sour reception among fans and media about the reveal. They did not reveal any further information about system specifics regarding Xbox Live or how games will work on Xbox One.
The Xbox One will be available this November for $499.