At 10 a.m. Pacific today, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, the next-gen Xbox home video game console. GamesBeat lead news writer Dean Takahashi is onsite at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Wash., reporting live and updating this article as the news breaks.
Everything you need to know about Xbox One: http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/21/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-xbox-one-so-far/
Xbox One may require a fee to run used games: http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/21/microsoft-rep-we-are-designing-xbox-one-to-enable-used-games/
We’re not done! We are going to have more news, analysis, and a roundup of everything we learned today. Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are!
It’s over. They closed with a trailer of Call of Duty: Ghosts. See our others posts for a preview of the game.
My prediction for next-gen development trend: Finger-nail dirt technology!
Hairy arms, woo!
On hands in Call of Duty: Ghosts, you can see dirt, cuts, and bruising– and even the dirt under the fingernails. Scenes have self-casting shadows and “volumetric” light.
They are showing how much better the characters look now. You can see scars on dog’s nose and tattoo inside its ear.
“It will be the best Call of Duty game we have ever made,” Hirshberg said. Activision chief Bobby Kotick said that about Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is still going to be 60 frames per second, even with great visuals.
Dynamic maps and character customization are coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer. You can have floods and earthquakes in a multiplayer game session.
All of the polygons!
These characters in Call of Duty: Ghosts certainly look real. But let’s see gameplay!
You’ll have a dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts! Someone you care about. And don’t shoot.
Call of Duty: Ghosts has a new next-gen engine. Amazing new way to play the game. Stephen Gaghan, writer of the film Traffic, is creating the story. So the story feels real. Real characters. U.S. gets attacked and crippled. The ghosts are the remnants of the U.S. Special Forces.
They’re showing a making of Call of Duty: Ghosts video.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is all new.
Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing CEO, “This is a great day for all of gaming.”
Exclusive downloadable content launches on Xbox One first for Call of Duty.
A world premiere from one of gaming’s great franchises: Call of Duty.
Xbox One will launch around the world later this year.
Mattrick: Thank you for joining us today. I know he is not done.
EA’s Madden, FIFA, UFC, and NBA games for Xbox One: http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/21/ea-sports-announces-4-xbox-one-games-running-next-gen-visuals/
“It will have exclusive and interactive content” only on Xbox for Call of Duty.
Well, now, NFL and Xbox are partnering.
Xbox Live and NFL? Pro football on the Xbox is enough to get thousands of people on the system.
343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross talking about a live action Halo TV show from Steven Spielberg
Nancy Tellem says entertainment will become personalized and social. “Xbox is about to become the next watercooler.” They are rethinking dramas, comedies, competition shows, sports, and digital shorts. Starting with Halo
Nancy Tellem, the head of Xbox Entertainment Studios, takes the stage.
Phil Spencer: Doing 15 exclusive games in first year of Xbox One. Eight are brand-new franchises. More titles in works than at any other time.
So far, I don’t see any visuals from Xbox One that really look better than today’s PC games.
Quantum Break starts with a live video, with actors. A woman asking what is it that makes you so different? The girl says, “Are you sure you want to know?” We see a bridge hit by a tanker. Cool visuals of an ultrarealistic game.
Remedy is creating a world where actions you take and choices you make have consequences: Quantum Break.
Cloud-powered games based on actions of the community. Multiplayer multidevice game play. Visuals so real you will see effects of weather, wear and tear, on the game world over time. Remedy is up next.
Forza Motorsport 5 will be available at launch.
Forza 5: Getting flashbacks to the first time I saw Metropolis running on the Sega Dreamcast.
Now that looks pretty. Forza Motorsport 5 on a European track. It’s very shiny, with lots of reflections. Sunlight comes through the windows. Flames come out of the exhaust pipes.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, is on stage. “Your favorite franchises reimagined for a new generation.” First is Forza Motorsport 5
EA will reveal more popular content for Ultimate Team in FIFA 14 “only on Xbox” — later. So says Wilson. Now he is showing how it will look and play.
Players can play a game that can do four times more calculations per second. That makes the games more realistic. EA Sports calls this True Player Motion. More human intelligence in the game.
Playing a video about playing soccer, with FIFA imagery overlaid on it.
EA Sports Ignite will blur the line between “virtual and real,” says Wilson
Andrew Wilson at EA Sports says today is the start of a brand-new relationship with Microsoft. It is doing four games for Xbox One: FIFA, Madden, NBA Live, and UFC. All will launch in next 12 months and be “revolutionary.”
My god, multiplayer matchmaking while you’re doing something else on the Xbox One.
Our gallery of the system, controller, and Kinect: http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-system-controller-and-kinect-gallery/
Andrew Wilson, executive vice president, EA Sports
New achievements system will let you search for a better multiplayer match. Game devs can use the data center to provide direct game computation. It means bigger maps and more players. “It means living in persistent worlds,” says Whitten.
Not sure Sony will be able to keep up with that global server support. PlayStation Network already feels slow.
Whitten says 300,000 servers will power Xbox One, compared to 15,000 for the first iteration of Xbox Live.
Kinect captures images in 1080p. In 2010, it was analog. Now it is able to program feedback directly into the controller. It is fully digital.
The new Kinect sensor is paired with every Xbox One. It’s completely redesigned to respond to you. Voice controls supports the whole family, with 13 billionths of a second accuracy, and 2 gigabits of data per second to understand you and your world.
I’m looking at my Xbox 360 — it looks like a caveman’s relic. Those load time on apps are gonna be tough to sit through for the next few months.
Windows (8?) kernel also powers Xbox One, just like Windows Phone.
This pretty much sounds like my dream home theater PC.
Xbox One will have USB 3.0.
CVP of Xbox Live Marc Whitten says you can control the Xbox One with Kinect, Smartglass, and a controller. It has five billion transistors, 8 GBs of RAM, Wi-Fi direct, Blu-ray drive and discs, x86 chip, and 500 GB hard drive.
Games, movies, music, web, Skype and live TV. Mehdi: “This is the beginning of a new generation of games and entertainment … and intelligent TV.”
So far, there’s no talk about games. Let’s not forget that part!
The voice controls with Kinect are now instantaneous. “Watch CBS.” You say, “Show the guide,” and it appears. “Xbox favorites” brings up your favorite TV shows, like having a personal channel.
Meet the new Xbox One controller: http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/21/meet-the-new-xbox-one-controller/
This is amazing tech, but gamers should start worrying that we haven’t really heard the word “games” yet.
You can use your Xbox One to keep up with your fantasy team. You get an alert, and then you say, “Xbox, show fantasy.” Then you see your fantasy team alongside ESPN as you are watching. Not bad.
Xbox business CVP Yusuf Mehdi: You can do Skype on the Xbox One and do group video calls. You can answer a call while you are watching a video.
Hah, Snap Mode brings Windows 8-esque multitasking to the living room
Glad the TV integration rumors panned out. This could be what I’ve always wanted from Google TV.
Voice command — Xbox: Watch TV
“Trending — a snapshot of what’s popular in entertainment with friends and Xbox community.”
The Xbox One. So long, 720!
It’s a box!
They haven’t really said the word “games” yet.
Mattrick: Team Xbox is on a new mission. All in one system. HW and SW and services that put you at the center. Simple. Instant. And complete.
We must provide compelling answers to new questions. Can we take what you love and make it better? Can we improve a living room that has become too complex?
Get to the Xbox Reveal already!
Don Mattrick on stage.
He says, “Your games will be great. Your TV becomes more intelligent. All of your entertainment comes alive in one place.” References Xbox Live and Xbox 360 and what it created. With Kinect, “we made you the controller.” Eight years later, Xbox 360 remains a “vibrant platform, continuing to lead.
Are you ready to enter into a relationship with you TV?
Don Mattrick, head of the game business at Microsoft, is back on stage now.
“For the first time, you and your TV are going to have a relationship.”
What will my wife say?
A video. Talking about “me,” “adrenaline,” “40 million of our closest friends,” “so now we’re about to change entertainment together.” It’s a bunch of the folks on the Microsoft team and partners. “We’re going to use groundbreaking technology and the power of the cloud” to set ourselves free. Start feeling “Alive.”
“Bringing gaming to life. Bringing life to gaming.” Blech.
Hold on to your butts!
It’s starting now. Some kind of big green screensaver. Don Mattrick came out to welcome us.
“The new Xbox was within you all along!” Everyone starts clapping. Roll credits.
And they canceled the event because of rain. We’re all going home. (Just kidding).
Is Geoff sporting a Doritos-and-Mountain Dew color scheme?
Inside now. I see PR people from certain large companies. Geoff Keighley in a suit and tie. And a large gang of writers. But it is maybe only 300 people
We’ve got 25 minutes to the announcement. Do we hope — HOPE — that Microsoft shows off some new games?
Dean: I think Sony ordered that.
There is an ominous Sony cloud over Redmond.
I need donuts. I need to stress-eat.
We’re less than an hour away now.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. On the campus.
Good morning, everyone!
The Xbox Tent is ready to pop.
And there’s one member of the press walking around with Google Glass on her head.
The press are plentiful here at the Bellevue Hyatt. Stephen Totilo of Kotaku and Lance Ulanoff of Mashable are sitting nearby. It’s not a madhouse yet.
Waiting to get out to campus on a shuttle. It’s a foggy day here in Bellevue, and it looks like it rained last night.
Good morning folks. Less than three hours to go. I’m in Bellevue, waiting to board the shuttle to the empire. — Dean Takahashi