No one guessed it right at all! Sources were sure of themselves it was Infinity. Just ‘Xbox’ was thrown around, as was 720, Infinite, Now, etc. One is a surprise. The 360 was called the 360 to compete with the PS3. So while Sony goes to four, Microsoft steps back to One. But really, who cares? Nintendo still got away with Wii.
The event was rather lame. The design of the console is really nothing special, though does it need to be? Here’s a link to further hardware specs. Pretty basic stuff. And the Kinect 2.0 looks like a mini-fridge. But, to their credit, the most interesting part of the reveal was the use of Kinect. Windows 8 features like ‘snap to’ and app-switching is pretty awesome, since getting around on the 360 is a pain in the ass. It reminds me of the Vita, with how quick it is to go from a game to the browser to search for FAQs, then back to the game where you left off. Much needed in next-gen. There was a neat feature about TV, just having to yell at the Kinect to go immediately to a TV channel, and to command what channel and to bring up a guide. The controller looks nice. Similar to the current design, but not much said. It looks like there’s a button for app switching, and possibly menu items, like a guide overlay. The most interesting tidbit was about specified feedback areas, like having rumble in specific triggers. Then they went on forever about sports. Apparently there’s some exclusivity deal between EA and Microsoft, but no details yet, except for an exclusive FIFA title. After that, they spent some time on NFL TV stuff, though I really don’t care. And, about the games?
Some footage of the new Forza was shown, as was Call of Duty, but nothing exciting. Microsoft showed a preview for Remedy’s Quantum Break. Hard to say what it is exactly, but after Max Payne and Alan Wake, it should be pretty interesting. It had live action elements, wit a few quick scenes of what looked like the character you control in third person, with some weird slow-mo going on.
Though, the totally unrelated-to-gaming announcement that blew me away was the Halo television series being made in cooperation with Steven Spielberg. Wow!
Hopefully E3 will reveal a lot more. It’s said that Microsoft Studios alone will have 15 exclusive titles in the first year, 8 being brand new IP. There’s still a lot to be known, like backwards compatibility and…well, I think that’s the biggest one (Oh, and price. I’m not made of money).