By: Tatiana G. King
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MS will reveal the new games coming to the Xbox One and will, once again (hopefully), clarify their clarification on how the used game system actually works.
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It was full speed ahead today for Microsoft at their Xbox E3 Media Briefing. We saw updates on games coming to Xbox One, Microsoft Studio ventures, and even some Xbox 360 news.
Not to be outdone by its newborn brother, the Xbox 360 showed off their new slimmer Xbox 360 model. Not much of a change considering they released a slimmed down model last year. Apparently is even “smaller, sleeker, and more quiet”. There will be a 4GB (without Kinect) model available for $199.99, a 4GB model that includes a Kinect for $299.99, and a beefier 250 GB model for $299.99 (with Kinect). Both available starting on June 10th. These may be great alternatives for people looking for a great system with thousands of titles, who are not really interested in waiting for the Xbox One. To sweeten the deal Microsoft has announced that that every month, beginning July 1, Xbox Live (XBL) Gold members will get two free game downloads. Starting today Fable III will be available for free download. In July, Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3 will be the first set of free games, starting in July.
Finally, two new titles will be coming to Xbox 360. The first, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” which features a very well designed game. Best way to describe it is Scribblenauts meets HD graphics meets Little Big Planet. The second of which is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dark Soul franchise, “Dark Souls 2”. More insanely hard gameplay that everyone has grown to love (or hate).[nggallery id=6]
Perhaps most importantly, the Xbox One will go on sale in the U.S. in November, and will be priced at $499, with reservations starting today at: http://www.xbox.com/reserve. Here’s a full listing of the games that were previewed during the Xbox E3 Media Event:
- Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain (features a not young, but not old Solid Snake. I can dig it)
- World of Tanks (free to play for XBL Gold Members)
- Ryse: Sons of Rome
- Killer Instinct (trailer below; Xbox One exclusive)
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Quantum Break
- Project Spark
- Crimson Dragon (from the creators of Panzer Dragoon)
- Dead Rising 3
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (featuring completely free roaming gameplay; a first for the series)
- Battlefield 4: Second Assault (the first new map pack will be available first on the Xbox One)
- Halo: Spartan Assault
- Titanfall (this title has me really excited…looks like Call of Duty with mech suits; shipping Spring 2014)
- Sunset Overdrive
Other Xbox One Announcements:
- Microsoft will move away from MS Points; will start offering pay-for items with real world currency (in the U.S., that’s the almighty dollar)
- XBL Gold Account sharing will become available for the entire household
- Next-gen Smart Glass; start games and find matches on a Smart Glass enables device (like a tablet); you can then play a game on your Xbox One and when you’re ready, swtich over to the new game.
- Partnership with Twitch to broadcast/live stream gameplay; which also integrates with XBL and Kinect
- Other games not highlighted during the event or already covered seperately:
- Madden NFL 14
- FIFA 14
- Far Cry Classic
- Disney Infinity
- Plants vs. Zombies
- Castlevania Lords of Shadows 2
- Saints Row IV
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- The Bureau
- Brothers (not to be confused with that “Max” title…)
- CoD: Ghosts
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Dying Light
- Kinect Sports Rivals
- The Evil Within
- Fantasia (yup, the one from Disney…)
- Need 4 Speed: Rivals
- Powerstar Golf
- Zoo Tycoon
- Charlie Murder
I personally was also waiting on further explanation on how exactly their game licensing system for used games works. While MS created a page on xbox.com to outline how used games can be sold it was still a bit convoluted. The confusion around the “always-on” connection was put to rest as Microsoft confirmed last week that the Xbox requires an internet connection at least once every 24 hours. Further details on that blog post (and the wonky used game explanation) by Microsoft is here: How Game Licensing Works on Xbox One.
Check out the full photo galleries below from today’s Xbox E3 event! If you want a refresher on Xbox One hardware specs, head over to my Xbox One Reveal post!
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