E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference Liveblog

Ahoy and welcome one and all to the Microsoft Press Conference Liveblog. Last year Microsoft showed off more things to do with the Kinect and surprised the world with the reveal of Halo 4. They’ve showed off the new features that would be coming to Xbox 360. As the days got closer, the rumors were running rampant with some saying that Microsoft would show off a new console (and block used games). Today is judgement day. All the rumors will be cleared and the future of Microsoft will be revealed.

Liveblog and Conference starts at 12:30PM EDT

E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference

*Note: Since we’re using the free version of CoverItLive, some readers might be blocked due to reader limit. Fret not as the conversation will be copy/pasted below when the conference it over.

12:30
Ahoy
12:30
And now the Microsoft Press Conference is about to start
12:31
Lineup of soldiers getting a briefing.
12:31
Probably Halo 4?
12:31
Live action.
12:31
Wave of energy going through everyone.
12:32
Could also be that new Gears of War game.
12:32
Yep, Halo 4.
12:33
Ship’s on a crash course. Chief looks on. And…
12:33
Huh, giant soccer ball of death.
12:33
Actual in-game or FMV?
12:34
If it is in-game, impressive.
12:34
Things look a lot more lush and what I’ve usually seen in Halo games.
12:34
Woah, guy disintegrated.
12:35
Woah, new kind of enemy.
12:36
Kinda reminds me of the Space Pirates from Metroid Prime.
12:36
Gun design is “Forerunner”
12:36
High-speed enemy.
12:36
Some on jetpacks.
12:37
Trailer for Halo 4.
12:38
Woah, Cortana’s going nuts. Looks like she’s going to play a bigger role now that she’s close to the end of her life.
12:39
Don Mattrick on stage. His 17th E3.
12:39
“New entertainment partners and innovations.”
12:40
Another trailer playing.
12:40
Huh, looks like an Arab city.
12:40
Probably Call of Duty.
12:41
Oh, Ubisoft.
12:41
New Splinter Cell.
12:41
Sam Fisher was the guy that beat up everyone.
12:42
called, “Splinter Cell: Blacklist.”
12:42
So Sam Fisher is off to Iraq.
12:42
So it’s another one of those…
12:43
But this does bring a new element for Splinter Cell. Now it’s very bright outside and there’s different kinds of natural terrain to traverse.
12:44
Has Kinect voice recognition.
12:44
Guy demonstrated by distracting enemy and thrwing him off roof.
12:45
Use Kinect voice recognition to call in air strike.
12:45
Used binoculars to identify target.
12:46
Sam held gun to target’s chin. Target pulled the trigger to kill himself.
12:47
Splinter Cell Blacklist to come around Spring 2013.
12:47
Madden and Fifa will be “Better with Kinect.”
12:48
Not a fan of Kinect, but ya gotta give props to Microsoft for not ditching it.
12:49
Oh, you curse, you’re bleeped out.
12:49
Heh, funny.
12:49
Didn’t really she what to with Kinect besides voice.
12:49
*Show
12:50
Joe Montana.
12:50
Madden will use Kinect Voice to issue commands.
12:51
Montana’s like “What is this technology.”
12:51
Used commands to create formations.
12:52
Another trailer. Fable.
12:52
Fable: The Journey I believe.
12:52
From the looks of it, it’s still using Kinect.
12:53
To quote Molyneux from a while back, “This is not On-Rails”
12:53
Phil Spencer on stage.
12:54
“Only the best games are on Xbox”
12:54
Sure.
12:54
343, Lionhead, Turn 10, and Epic Games.
12:54
New Action Racer.
12:55
World premier trailer of new Gears of War.
12:55
Gears of War Judgement.
12:55
New Forza.
12:56
I can never pronounce Forza Motorsport right.
12:56
Huh, things look faster this time around for Forza.
12:56
Maybe it’s leaning to the more Arcade side.
12:56
WUBWUBWUB!
12:57
Forza Horizon.
12:57
Certainly looks different from the older games. Well, the feel anyway.
12:58
Okay, now entertainment for Xbox.
12:58
Coming this fall, you can now use Kinect Voice to search by genre.
12:59
Don’t know why they didn’t do that before.
12:59
More languages.
12:59
“Xbox, Big accion.”
12:59
Awesome.
1:00
This is probably one of the big things that kept other ethnicities from getting a Kinect since everything could only be done in English.
1:01
Ah, Nickolodeon, Machinima, and Univision will join the entertainment library on Xbox.
1:01
UFC, MLB
1:02
Let me go back a bit, I’m really happy Microsoft is appealing to the Hispanic community, one that I really don’t see represented in this space.
1:03
So good job bridging that gap MS.
1:03
Okay, back to the program.
1:03
ESPN getting expanded.
1:03
Sizzle reel for Xbox features.
1:04
On stuff more than just Xbox.
1:04
Phones, tablets.
1:04
Now for some Music.
1:04
Xbox Music.
1:05
I guess they’ll be utilizing what they learned from the Zune times.
1:05
They already offer non-zune music, but it’s not very vast.
1:05
Sizzle reel for music.
1:06
Also on more than just Xbox.
1:06
Okay, one more thing from this guy for Kinect.
1:06
Ah, a fitness game.
1:07
I’m still waiting for a self aware fitness game.
1:07
Like I go in front, and the game’s like, “Damn, look at this fat ass guy.” I mean, it really says that.
1:07
Okay, I digress. Guy from Nike on stage.
1:08
Nike collects info from athletes to tell them their stats.
1:09
Launched Nike Plus stuff last year for Athletes and regular consumers that tells thin this info.
1:09
Nike+ Kinect Training.
1:10
I see a trend going: Stuff going beyond Xbox.
1:10
Your stats will be sent to your phone as reminders.
1:10
And then assessed after a month.
1:11
Trailer for Nike+.
1:11
So is this a separate “game” of something that comes with the fall upd… oh, it’s a game.
1:12
Ah, See, I knew it.
1:12
Stuff going beyond Xbox.
1:12
Phones, tablets.
1:13
None of the Devices today aren’t really connected.
1:13
Introducing Xbox Smart Glass.
1:14
So when you have connected devices, you can, say, watch a program on your tablet somewhere else, come home, and resume where you left off.
1:15
All connected devices keep up with which ever is further.
1:16
Uh-Oh, Wii U.. Someone like your press conference lat year.
1:16
Halo 4 using Smartglass.
1:17
So far it looks more like an extra with no actual control.
1:18
Internet Explorer (egh) coming to Xbox.
1:20
So Microsoft finally delivers an internet browser to the Xbox. Though this looks tailor made for Xbox living rooms, rather than slapping a regular browser like Nintendo and Sony did with their systems.
1:21
Controlling a cursor on your TV using your tablet or smart phone.
1:21
Coming this fall.
1:22
Windows 8 Tablets and PCs will come with Xbox SmartGlass.
1:22
And now back to the games.
1:22
Guys from Crystal Dynamics.
1:22
Showing stuff from Tomb Raider.
1:23
Headshot a guy in the head with a crossbow.
1:24
Pushed a guy off a cliff.
1:25
Not fancy. Then again, this tells the story of how she became a survivor and much of her moves wont have kind of fanciness of a trained person, like Sam Fisher or Drake.
1:26
Lara’s going through a waterfall. Still alive.
1:26
Galss breaking under her.
1:26
Grabs parachute.
1:26
Opens it.
1:26
This is starting to look more like Lara Croft: The Day I Had The Worst Luck Ever.
1:27
Uh-Oh, DLC planned.
1:27
Get your pitchforks boys!
1:28
I never catch these guys’ names.
1:28
New games coming to Xbox.
1:29
Signal Studios’ new game. Ascend: New Gods.
1:29
Damn, stuff’s getting real bloddy.
1:30
So its this MS’ answer to God of War?
1:30
AND Shadow of the Colossus?
1:30
Another thrailer.
1:30
Iris.
1:31
LocoCycle.
1:31
Iris was the name of the bike.
1:31
Another trailer.
1:31
Looks like Portal a bit.
1:31
Maybe it is?
1:32
I see and orb and cubes…oh, Matter.
1:32
Capcom guys on stage.
1:32
Showing Resident Evil 6.
1:32
Shave Leon!
1:32
And the woman is?
1:33
And the gameplay begins.
1:33
Ah, now has run n gun.
1:33
Finally.
1:33
Hopefully this will be better than RE: ORC.
1:34
Huge horde, wiped by a grenade.
1:34
Some brutal melee moves.
1:34
Massive Zomobie outbreak.
1:35
The duo are trying to the tower in the distance.
1:35
Running away from a chain explosion.
1:35
Heading for a Heli.
1:36
Heli’s going down.
1:36
Pilot became zombie.
1:37
Heli grazes train.
1:37
And they land in the middle of a Zombie horde.
1:37
“Not my lucky day.”
1:37
Hey, at least your not Lara, Ms. Bad Luck herself.
1:38
Wreketeer.
1:38
Using Kinect.
1:38
Using your arms to guide a ball.
1:39
Basically, Boom Blox meets Angry Birds meets Bowling.
1:39
I’ll be honest, this looks fun.
1:39
I’m a sucker for these kinds of games.
1:40
Uh oh, South Park.
1:40
it’s in turmoil.
1:40
They need the New Kid.
1:41
Probably the player.
1:41
South Park: The Stick of Truth.
1:42
So it’s both an homage to South Park and retro RPGs.
1:42
Trey Parker and Matt Stone on stage.
1:43
wanted Obsidian to replicate the crappy look of South Park. (they said it, not me).
1:43
Harmonix trailer.
1:44
An new Dance Central.
1:44
Dance Central 3.
1:44
Great looks like “Creat”
1:45
And now the E3 stage is now a concert.
1:45
The moves he’s doing on stage will be integrated intro Dance Central 3.
1:46
Stage reminds me a lot of something from Saints Row III.
1:46
Lots of purple.
1:47
Kinda wished the flashed some gameplay screens of how these moves will be in the game.
1:47
Than again, I don’t think the Kinect will find him amid the dancers and lights.
1:47
Ah, there we go!
1:48
Pretty cool.
1:48
I’ll admit, the song’s growing on me.
1:49
Guy was Usher by the way. (how did that slip by me).
1:49
Don Mattrick back on stage.
1:49
wrapping up the presentation.
1:50
Closing with one more game premier.
1:50
Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
1:50
Okay, not a premier, but more stuff on Cod:BO2
1:51
Guy’s trying to keep wounded dude alive.
1:51
Female president.
1:52
an organization trying to take out capitalist countries around the world.
1:52
Huh, so this is going beyond the U.S.?
1:52
Damn, looks like a sci-fi.
1:53
Using anti-air swarm missiles to take out bombers.
1:53
VTOL on screen.
1:54
His voice sounds like Chris Redfield.
1:54
Bridge out.
1:54
Sniping from bridge.
1:55
Scope to see through truck and take out targets before they get out.
1:56
“In the ineterst of time…”
1:56
Now on the street.
1:56
Looks like a mall.
1:57
Little drones flying around.
1:57
I think providing cover fire.
1:58
“Structures becoming increasingly unstable.”
1:58
Skyscraper toppled over.
1:59
Trying to find Anderson and to make sure she’s safew.
1:59
found her.
1:59
In a VTOL jet.
2:00
Is flying a first for this series?
2:01
Not really familiar with the series, but I’ve never really seen planes being controlled in CoD.
2:01
Flying around city in hover mode.
2:01
Now in flight mode.
2:01
And that’s the end of the demo.
2:02
The end?
2:02
The end.
2:03
Alrighty then. Thank you for being with us for the Liveblog. Sony’s start’s today at 9:00PM.
2:03
Be sure to catch us then.
2:04
on The Wired Fish.

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