Microsoft left everyone wanting something at the XBOX One reveal at its Redmond Campus, games. So at E3 we hoped we’ll a lot of exclusive titles for the XBOX One and some more, and Microsoft did not disappoint. But there are still some things we don’t like about the new console from Microsoft, and its not just the boxy design. According to Microsoft, the XBOX is not “just” a gaming console but the center of your living room, from streaming music, to your TV and Video Games. So we were hoping Microsoft would undo what it did at Redmond where we heard the word TV a million times over and almost nada about games. So did Microsoft deliver, in a single word, Yes. There was very little said about the “other” capabilities of the XBOX One and then began the onslaught of game after game, after game. So here’s a rundown of all we heard and saw from the XBOX One event at E3 2013.
RYSE : Son of Rome
RYSE was announced back in 2011 for the XBOX 360, and was to be the ultimate in motion gaming using the Kinect sensor. Now it has become a XBOX One exclusive with Kinect voice commands. The gameplay looked nice and authentic, with great visual detail, drama and emotion.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Kiefer Sutherland stars in the new Metal Gear Solid V as Snake. Nuff said!
Kinect Sports Rivals
The successor to Kinect Sports.
Forza 5 is the latest in the series of extremely successful car racing games, and this time Around Forza 5 comes with ‘Drivatar’ which learns from the way you drive and then you compete online with drivatars who drive just like you or your friends.
XBOX One gets a sandbox game creation game called Project Spark which uses community based game development as well as pre-existing maps which allow you to modify textures, landscapes and create a story around it. The game that you build will run on both the XBOX One and Windows 8, which is great for novice and new developers alike.
Yes a new halo game is also coming to the XBOX One, we just a teaser at E3. But it seems we are going to get a new Halo series with this release.
Microsoft was clearly over-compensating for not showing many games at its unveiling of the XBOX One, here’s a list of some of the other titles that were announced.
- Killer Instinct
- Sunset Overdrive
- Crimson Dragon
- Battlefield 4
- Dead Rising 3
A New XBOX 360
The XBOX 360 is getting a makeover too, and showed that Microsoft has not forgotten the venerable console. The new XBOX 360 looks quite like the XBOX One with a similar dual-tone paint job. Its sleeker and more rounded than the XBOX One and is said to be much quieter than the previous-gen XBOX 360. The company also said that there will be 100’s of games launched for the XBOX 360 in the coming years, so if you had any fears that your console was obsolete, think again.
Two Free Games a Month for XBOX Live Gold Members
Your XBOX Live Gold Membership is finally paying off, and now you’ll get 2 free games every month. First on the list are Assassins Creed 2 and Halo 3, although nothing earth-shattering, but its a welcome step.
Live Streaming of your Gameplay on Twitch.tv
Remember Sony making a great deal about the PS4’s ability to stream live gameplay with the share button on the PS4 controller, well here’s Microsoft’s answer. All you need to do is ask Kinect and a UI similar to Skype on XBOX comes forth and starts streaming your gameplay with live comment updates and viewer reactions. You can also add in your voice and video alongwith the gameplay footage. Neat!
XBOX One Upload Studio
XBOX One also gets something new, you can DVR your gameplay and then create auto edits of the memorable gameplay event you want to show off, alongwith comments and the ability to edit the video through the XBOX One Upload Studio.
Microsoft wants to trade in real money, no more Microsoft Points
So you can now purchase content with real money as opposed to Microsoft Points, which never really made any sense.
Always-online ? No Used Games ?
Microsoft had already clarified that the new XBOX One would need to connect to Microsoft servers atleast once in 24 hours for un-interrupted gameplay. Therefore, there is no option but to login to your Microsoft account once in 24 hours if you want to play any game. A stupid restriction which totally makes no sense, both from a consumer standpoint and common sense. Why would we need to connect to internet if we want to play a single player game that’s already installed on the XBOX One ?
If this is some twisted way of looking at making User Experience better, even then its an Epic Fail. Microsoft might be thinking that by applying this restriction, they will be able to apply quick patches to the system without you even knowing about it and the new XBOX One will always be updated with the latest content and game titles available as well as any necessary software patches installed, before anything goes wrong. But its still inexplicable.
Microsoft’s used game policy states that games once bought can only be resold at only at selected retailers. Furthermore, you can only lend your games to a limited number of friends or family members, and mainly to only those friends who have been in your friends list on XBOX Live for more than 30 days. Its a move to placate game publishers, as they should get paid for the games they develop as well as from used games’ sales.
Available to pre-order Now for $499 , shipping in November
So November’s holiday season it is when the Console Wars relly heat-up. Microsoft has decided to mark-up the price of the XBOX One to $499 which is $100 more than the cost of the XBOX 360 when it was launched. Although at this price you also get the Kinect accessory which was a separate purchase earlier, and was not compulsory for the functioning of the gaming console, which apparently it now is.