Xbox: Entertainment Evolved looks to bring more media content to leading console.
Microsoft looks set to continue pushing the Xbox as an all-in-one media device with its E3 keynote
E3 is just a month away, somehow, and while Microsoft has publicly said no next-gen Xbox reveals are happening this year it has confirmed details on the conference itself. The conference will be streaming on Spike TV.
The show will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, formerly of GameSpot and currently host of the Bonus Round on GameTrailers. Last year, he did a famous interview with Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime and after the Wii U reveal where he asked hard question. Fils-Aimed answered the questions by saying the company ticked the boxes, as Nintendo was – and is – under pressure to improve its online services and third-party support.
Microsoft also confirmed the world premier of Halo 4 will be shown, which will presumably show gameplay, and I’m guessing of the campaign, along with looks at Forza Horizon and Kinect title Fable: The Journey. There will also be world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012, which I’m guessing includes games like Assassin’s Creed 3.
The conference will also share news on how Microsoft is bringing more forms of entertainment to the console that, Microsoft says, only possible on the Xbox 360.
For the first time, there will be a live broadcast on Xbox Live. It will also air in Times Square, New York and will be streamed on social networks Facebook and Twitter. Xbox.com/E3, along with Spike TV, is another destination for viewers. Just so you won’t miss it.
Less offerings, more expectations
What struck me about the announcement is that Microsoft isn’t showing off that many games. The big release, along with Halo 4, coming this year are BioShock: Infinite, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Microsoft is to be congratulated for strong Xbox Live Arcade titles, such as Fez and Trails: Evolution, but the company doesn’t have the catalogue of first-party games that Sony or Nintendo has. That could be a real problem next generation, as it wouldn’t be surprising if Sony push gaining timed third-party exclusives.
A new dashboard announcement would be welcome, to fit alongside Windows 8’s UI.