The Xbox One reveal: Live from Microsoft (liveblog, livestream)

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Xbox reveal

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.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 20137:29 pm

Everything you need to know about Xbox One:

Xbox One may require a fee to run used games:

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201311:06 am

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!

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201311:04 am

It’s over. They closed with a trailer of Call of Duty: Ghosts. See our others posts for a preview of the game.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201311:01 am

My prediction for next-gen development trend: Finger-nail dirt technology!

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201311:00 am

Hairy arms, woo!

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201311:00 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:59 am

They are showing how much better the characters look now. You can see scars on dog’s nose and tattoo inside its ear.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:58 am

“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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:58 am

Call of Duty: Ghosts is still going to be 60 frames per second, even with great visuals.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:57 am

Dynamic maps and character customization are coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer. You can have floods and earthquakes in a multiplayer game session.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:56 am

All of the polygons!

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:56 am

These characters in Call of Duty: Ghosts certainly look real. But let’s see gameplay!

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:55 am

You’ll have a dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts! Someone you care about. And don’t shoot.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:55 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:54 am

They’re showing a making of Call of Duty: Ghosts video.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:53 am

Call of Duty: Ghosts is all new.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:53 am

Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing CEO, “This is a great day for all of gaming.”

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:52 am

Exclusive downloadable content launches on Xbox One first for Call of Duty.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:52 am

A world premiere from one of gaming’s great franchises: Call of Duty.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:51 am

Xbox One will launch around the world later this year.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:50 am

Mattrick: Thank you for joining us today. I know he is not done.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:50 am

EA’s Madden, FIFA, UFC, and NBA games for Xbox One:

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:50 am

“It will have exclusive and interactive content” only on Xbox for Call of Duty.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:49 am

Well, now, NFL and Xbox are partnering.

Jason Wilson May 21, 201310:49 am

Xbox Live and NFL? Pro football on the Xbox is enough to get thousands of people on the system.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:46 am

343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross talking about a live action Halo TV show from Steven Spielberg

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:44 am


Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:44 am

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

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:42 am

Nancy Tellem, the head of Xbox Entertainment Studios, takes the stage.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:41 am

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.

Jason Wilson May 21, 201310:41 am

So far, I don’t see any visuals from Xbox One that really look better than today’s PC games.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:41 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:39 am

Remedy is creating a world where actions you take and choices you make have consequences: Quantum Break.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:39 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:38 am

Forza Motorsport 5 will be available at launch.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:37 am

Forza 5: Getting flashbacks to the first time I saw Metropolis running on the Sega Dreamcast.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:37 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:36 am

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, is on stage. “Your favorite franchises reimagined for a new generation.” First is Forza Motorsport 5

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:33 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:32 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:30 am

Playing a video about playing soccer, with FIFA imagery overlaid on it.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:29 am

EA Sports Ignite will blur the line between “virtual and real,” says Wilson

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:29 am

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.”

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:29 am

My god, multiplayer matchmaking while you’re doing something else on the Xbox One.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:28 am

Our gallery of the system, controller, and Kinect:

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:28 am

Andrew Wilson, executive vice president, EA Sports

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:27 am

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.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:26 am

Not sure Sony will be able to keep up with that global server support. PlayStation Network already feels slow.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:26 am

Whitten says 300,000 servers will power Xbox One, compared to 15,000 for the first iteration of Xbox Live.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:24 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:22 am

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.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:22 am

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.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:22 am

Windows (8?) kernel also powers Xbox One, just like Windows Phone.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:21 am

This pretty much sounds like my dream home theater PC.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:20 am

Xbox One will have USB 3.0.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:20 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:19 am

Games, movies, music, web, Skype and live TV. Mehdi: “This is the beginning of a new generation of games and entertainment … and intelligent TV.”

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:18 am

So far, there’s no talk about games. Let’s not forget that part!

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:17 am

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.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:16 am

Meet the new Xbox One controller:

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:16 am

This is amazing tech, but gamers should start worrying that we haven’t really heard the word “games” yet.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:16 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:14 am

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.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:14 am

Hah, Snap Mode brings Windows 8-esque multitasking to the living room

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:14 am

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:13 am

Glad the TV integration rumors panned out. This could be what I’ve always wanted from Google TV.

Jason Wilson May 21, 201310:11 am

Voice command — Xbox: Watch TV

Jason Wilson May 21, 201310:11 am

“Trending — a snapshot of what’s popular in entertainment with friends and Xbox community.”

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:08 am

The Xbox One. So long, 720!

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:07 am

It’s a box!

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:06 am

They haven’t really said the word “games” yet.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:05 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:05 am

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?

Shoe May 21, 201310:05 am

Get to the Xbox Reveal already!

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:04 am

Don Mattrick on stage.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:04 am

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.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 201310:04 am

Are you ready to enter into a relationship with you TV?

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:02 am

Don Mattrick, head of the game business at Microsoft, is back on stage now.

Jason Wilson May 21, 201310:02 am

“For the first time, you and your TV are going to have a relationship.”

What will my wife say?

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:02 am

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.”

Jason Wilson May 21, 201310:02 am

“Bringing gaming to life. Bringing life to gaming.” Blech.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 201310:00 am

Hold on to your butts!

Dean Takahashi May 21, 201310:00 am

It’s starting now. Some kind of big green screensaver. Don Mattrick came out to welcome us.

Devindra Hardawar May 21, 20139:56 am

“The new Xbox was within you all along!” Everyone starts clapping. Roll credits.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20139:46 am

And they canceled the event because of rain. We’re all going home. (Just kidding).

Jason Wilson May 21, 20139:42 am

Is Geoff sporting a Doritos-and-Mountain Dew color scheme?

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20139:41 am

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

Jason Wilson May 21, 20139:37 am

We’ve got 25 minutes to the announcement. Do we hope — HOPE — that Microsoft shows off some new games?

Shoe May 21, 20139:19 am

Dean: I think Sony ordered that.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20139:14 am

There is an ominous Sony cloud over Redmond.

Jason Wilson May 21, 20139:08 am

I need donuts. I need to stress-eat.

Jeff Grubb May 21, 20139:02 am

We’re less than an hour away now.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20139:01 am

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. On the campus.

Shoe May 21, 20138:49 am

Good morning, everyone!

Jeff Grubb May 21, 20138:37 am

Jeff Grubb May 21, 20138:35 am

The Xbox Tent is ready to pop.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20138:16 am

And there’s one member of the press walking around with Google Glass on her head.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20138:12 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20138:10 am

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.

Dean Takahashi May 21, 20137:04 am

Good morning folks. Less than three hours to go. I’m in Bellevue, waiting to board the shuttle to the empire. — Dean Takahashi

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