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E3 2011: Microsoft press conference roundup

by Alice O'Connor, Jun 06, 2011 11:24am PDT
Related Topics – xbox 360, Microsoft, Kinect, E3 2011

The first of the giant E3 2011 press conferences has come and gone, with Microsoft revealing a whole host of new games and features for Xbox 360--no PC presence. If you weren't glued to the live streams, here's what you missed:

  • Kinect support is coming to four EA Sports games, including the Tiger Woods, Madden and FIFA series.

  • Mass Effect 3 will support Kinect voice control for selecting conversation options and commanding squad members in combat.

  • The new Tomb Raider veered wildly into the realm of 'torture porn' in a demo section shown on stage.

  • Youtube and Bing search are coming to Xbox Live.

  • All future games in Ubisoft's assorted Tom Clancy franchises will "leverage" Kinect on Xbox 360, as was demonstrated with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

  • Live streaming TV is coming to Xbox Live this fall.

  • Ice-T has reformed his thrash metal band Body Count to record a song for Gears of War 3. Yup.

  • The oft-rumoured prettied-up remaster of the original Halo: Combat Evolved was confirmed for a November 15 launch.

  • Little "gadgets" and toys for Kinect are coming free through the Kinect Fun Labs.

  • Crytek's mysterious Xbox 360 exclusive has been revealed as an Ancient Roman Kinect-controlled first-person melee game, named Ryse.

  • Minecraft is coming to Xbox 360 this winter with Kinect support.

  • Lionhead's Kinect exclusive Fable: The Journey was announced.

  • Double Fine's Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is completely adorable.

  • Kinect will let you virtually visit the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland Adventures.

  • Exercise substitute sequel Kinect Sports Season Two was announced.

  • Dance Central 2 was announced, boasting multiplayer.

  • A new Halo trilogy is planned, kicking off with Halo 4 in the 2012 holiday season.




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