E3 is officially under-way and the Xbox media briefing has just wrapped up giving us a look not only at the rest of this year’s games but a look at the games coming out in 2015 as well. We got a look at a new Halo, a look at gameplay for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and were treated to Insomniac’s first Xbox offering in the form of Sunset Overdrive. Phil Spencer declared right off the bat that this event would be all about games and Microsoft did their utmost to deliver on that promise. Check after the jump as we go through the event’s highlights.
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E3 kicks off in Los Angeles today, where all the biggest names in video games will be laying out their plans for the coming year. This is where the biggest titles, the newest software–and sometimes a few surprises–are all revealed. The events kick off with the Xbox press event at 9.30am PT, which you can watch on either the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Spike TV, or streaming on Xbox.com. Then at 6pm PT, Sony will take the stage to detail the future for the PS4, Vita, and likely reveal more details about the PlayStation Now streaming service– and you can view the whole thing right on the PlayStation blog. That’s just the first day of the expo, with Nintendo hosting a digital event (in lieu of a press conference) on Tuesday morning and Ubisoft and EA both holding press events today.
You can follow our coverage of the Xbox and PlayStation events on the @yourtechreport twitter account where we’ll be live tweeting the event–and then you can join us back here for a round up of the big reveals.
Much lauded as one of the key features for the Xbox One but nowhere to be found at launch, external USB storage support will be available as part of the June update. Users will be able to plug any USB 3.0 drive with a capacity of at least 256 GB in order to bolster their Xbox One storage and even take installed games and videos with them to friends’ Xbox Ones. Also being introduced is Name Sharing, which will allow you to share your real name with a select group of your friends. You can customise exactly who gets to see your real name, and in games you’ll still be seen by your gamertag.
Also on the SmartGlass front, there’s a host of new improvements. You’ll now be able to reorder your pinned items easily directly from the SmartGlass device and now there’s a huge helping of OneGuide functionality. You’ll be able to view all of your TV listings, set and view favourite channels and with the addition of the new Universal Remote Control feature you’ll be able to control your TV, set-top box and Xbox One from your SmartGlass device. OneGuide features are also be expanded to the new markets of Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy in June
You can find more information about the June Xbox One update after the jump.
Well ever since we got that sand filled teaser at E3 last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until a new Halo landed on Xbox One. 13 years since the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved, next fall will see the launch of Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries says that the game will use a brand new engine and will incorporate the lessons they learned from Halo 4, which we referred to as the most accomplished game in the series in our review two years ago. As they did with Halo 4, we hope 343 are taking advantage of the rich mythology of the Halo universe for the Xbox One.
We’ll have more information on Halo 5: Guardians as it develops and you can read the full statement from 343 Industries after the jump.
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the Xbox One and PS4 release of The Elder Scrolls Online, we’re afraid we have some bad news. In a statement released this morning, Bethesda have said that the difficulties in development for both consoles mean that they will “need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve.” In the meantime, Bethesda are offering anyone who purchases and plays the PC or Mac version of ESO by the end of June the chance to transfer their characters over to either console version. Also eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full digital version of ESO to PS4 or Xbox One for $20 when they transfer their characters.
You can read Bethesda’s full statement after the jump and we’ll keep you updated with news about the console releases.
For years, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has avoided tough questions about the software giant, explaining he was focused on his philanthropy work. After stepping down as Microsoft chairman in February and “substantially” increasing his time at the company, Gates has held one of his first TV interviews since the appointment of Microsoft’s third CEO Satya Nadella. Discussing his new role, Gates remarked that Nadella is off to a great start. “He’s re-examining all the things,” explains Gates. “He’s already made some really good changes. It’s exciting to have young blood, new thinking.”
While Nadella was one topic of discussion, questions posed by university students during the Fox Business interview revealed some of Gates’ thoughts on…
In a move that will lead the console to be the first of its kind, Microsoft will be launching the Xbox One in China this September. The launch will be done in partnership with BesTV New Media Co. as part of the joint venture formed between the two companies. “The launch of Xbox One here will bring distinction as the first-ever game console with OTT functionality in China,” said Dazhong Zhang, senior vice president, Shanghai Media Group, and chairman, E-Home Entertainment Development Company Ltd. This will also be the first Xbox console launch in the country ever.
You can find out more about the Xbox One’s Chinese launch right here.
The April update for the Xbox One should be rolling out to consoles right about now. This new update brings a few much requested features to the Microsoft console including notifications that show when your friends sign in to Xbox Live–so no more constantly checking the Friends app to see if people have come online. According to Major Nelson’s blog the full list of features included in the update is as follows:
- Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
- Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
- Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
- Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
The update should be available now or within the next few days as it rolls out to all regions.
Since Don Mattrick left his position as head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, speculation has been rife over who would take his place. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Phil Spencer, most recently head of Microsoft Studios, will now head up the entire Xbox division that covers Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios. Spencer opened his statement about taking the job by talking about the community and saying “I am motivated to do what’s right for fans who’ve invested their time, hearts and money in the products we build.” With the Xbox One sales currently lagging behind the PS4 by a significant margin, will Spencer be the driving force behind reinvigorating the Xbox One?
Xbox is offering a $10,000 cash prize and a trip for two as the grand prize for the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship. Players will compete in Bowling, Climbing, and Wake Racing events in the soon-to-be released Kinect Sports Rivals; and those who reach the top of their respective country’s leaderboards will be invited to a live, in-person finale round at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Players don’t have to wait for the game to be released to start their training, however, as the Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason is available to download now for Xbox One.
Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship begins on April 8th in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Brazil, and on April 11th in the U.K., France and Germany–and will require a copy of Kinect Sports Rivals released that day. You can register for the event right here.