Monday, June 01, 2009

Microsoft Press Conference Announcments

Microsoft did an incredible job at its E3 press conference. Here are the details.

-Show started off with Beatles Rock Band. The song "All You Need is Love" will be 360 DLC exclusive and proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.

-More Beatles songs will come to the game via DLC

-Tony Hawk showed a new trailer for Tony Hawk Ride

-The first two map packs for Modern Warfare 2 will be timed exclusive to Xbox 360.

-Final Fantasy XIII will release Spring 2010 in America on Xbox 360 and PS3

-Crackdown 2 announced for Xbox 360. Will not be made by original developers. To be released in 2010.

-Left 4 Dead 2 announced for Xbox 360 and PC. Will release on November 17.

-Splinter Cell Conviction coming this Fall exclusively on Xbox 360

-Halo 3 ODST will release on September 22.

-Halo Reach, a new Halo game from Bungie announced for 2010. Multiplayer beta for Halo Reach will come with new copies of Halo 3 ODST

-Joy Ride, a kart racing game with your avatar will be free for XBL gold members when it releases on XBLA this Fall.

-Shadow Complex, a 2D shooter from Epic Games will release this Summer on Xbox Live Arcade.

-Alan Wake will release exclusively on Xbox 360 in Spring 2010

-Forza Motorsport 3, the definitive racing game of this generation will release for Xbox 360 in October. Will include a movie editor and more customization.

-Metal Gear Solid Rising, the next Metal Gear Solid game will release on Xbox 360.

Facebook and Twitter will come to Xbox Live this Fall.

-Xbox Live will partner up with to bring internet radio to Live gold users

-Zune HD Video Marketplace replacing current one. Will be faster and will support Xbox Live Party to view TV shows and movies.

-Netflix also recieving update. will be able to play videos from Xbox 360. No PC required.

-Xbox Project Natal will be a new accessory for Xbox 360. It is a camera that senses full body movements in 3D space, voice recognition, facial recognition, and even scanning real world items in the environment such as a skateboard design or a drawing on a piece of paper. You are the controller. Definitely 1ups the Wii even with with MotionPlus in every way possible. No word on release date or price.

-Peter Molyneux unveiled a tech demo for Natal in which you literally interact with a virtual being. It was very impressive. Natal looks to easily be the future of home entertainment and Xbox 360.

More news tomorrow and throughout the week. Stay tuned.

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