Microsoft’s E3 2013 conference focused on not only what’s in store for the upcoming Xbox One, but also what they have planned for the 360. The Xbox One was the star of the show, with titles from 343 Industries, Capcom, Crytek, Remedy, Respawn Entertainment, Turn 10 Studios, and Insomniac Games. Several of the system’s features were on display, including Game DVR, which allows gamers to record and upload in-game footage for others to download, SmartGlass interactivity for extra on their games as well as their friends’ activities, and social media integration.
Crysis developer Crytek showed off their upcoming action title, Ryse: Son of Rome, which will support Game DVR, Kinect voice recognition, and SmartGlass. Turn 10 Studios revealed Drivatar in Forza Motorsport 5, a new technology that will mimic how players and their friends drive to recreate realistic driving behavior, even when offline. Capcom also announced that Dead Rising 3 will be a One exclusive, as will Insomniac Games’ open-world shooter Sunset Overdrive. The next Halo was also revealed, and in a surprising twist, as was the return of Rare’s fighting series Killer Instinct.
For current-gen gamers, a new 360 has launched today that adopts the design of the Xbox One. The system is available with 4GB for $199.99, 250GB for $299.99, and in a 4GB Kinect Bundle for $299.99. Microsoft also plans to continue supporting the system for the next several years, and several titles were on show: World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, Fable Anniversary, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, and the free-to-play action-RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul. Several third-party titles are also in development, many from some of gaming’s biggest franchises, including Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V, and Watch Dogs.
Finally, a bonus was announced for Xbox Live Gold subscribers: two free 360 titles per month until One launches. The first pair being Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3. As a bonus for E3, Fable III will be free to download throughout June.
Xbox One launches in November. An Internet connection will be required. Games will be available online for download and as boxed retail products, but both will have to be installed. Users will have to be online at some point within a 24-hour period, otherwise the system will not authenticate the installed game library and restrict usage to playing DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and watching TV.
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