Microsoft's E3 Keynote Announces New Xbox 360/Kinect Titles, Introduces Kinect Voice Recognition
June 6, 2011 12:35 PM
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Microsoft's stage at E3 2011
Microsoft will release new titles like "Halo 4" and "Minecraft" for Xbox 360/Kinect; Certain Kinect titles and the Xbox 360 dashboard can be controlled with voice recognition
keynote at the
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)
has revealed new video game titles for Xbox 360 and Kinect as well as a range of new features that will allow users to control their gameplay like never before.
Microsoft is an American public multinational corporation that develops, manufactures and supports computing-relating products and services'. It was established in 1975, and is well-known for its computer operating system Microsoft Windows, its video game consoles Xbox and Xbox 360 as well as
, its mobile Windows Phone OS, and digital services like Zune and MSN.
At E3, an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry where video game developers show off their upcoming games and hardware, Microsoft began its keynote with a live demo of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." The demo portrayed an underwater mission led by a SEAL in a submarine. New York is in ruins, and at the end of the demo, Glen Schofield, head of Activision Blizzard's Sledgehammer games announced the game's release on November 8.
Don Mattrick, head of the games business at Microsoft, then introduced more games like the new "Tomb Raider." A demo played, showing a younger Lara Croft hanging upside down in an underground cave. Lara looks more modern, and the game's environment looks uncharted. She must escape the cave and a stranger who is pursuing her, and as she escapes, everything is collapsing around her. She is stuck on an island, and attempts to survive her first "coming of age" adventure. The game will be released in 2012.
Peter Moore of
Electronic Arts (EA)
then announced the upcoming release of EA titles for Microsoft's Kinect, such as "FIFA," "Madden NFL," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour," and one additional title yet to be announced.
Next up was Ray Muzyka of EA's BioWare division, who not only discussed "Mass Effect 3," but also introduced a new voice recognition feature for Kinect. This allows the user to issue voice commands with or instead of a controller during gameplay. A player can control Commander Shepard with a
controller while using voice commands to attack enemies. It is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2012.
Yves Guillemot, chief executive of Ubisoft, came on stage next after a demo of "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier" aired. Voice recognition through Kinect will allow the user to create a custom weapon in the game's menu system. A player can say "optimize for close combat" or "optimize for range," and the weapon will be reconfigured. User's can also shoot using hand motion on Kinect. According to Guillemot, all Tom Clancy games will use Kinect from now on.
Marc Whitten of Xbox Live announced that Kinect can be used to control the Xbox 360 dashboard. A user can say "Xbox Games," and the games menu on the dashboard will appear. In addition, YouTube will soon come to Xbox Live, and Bing voice search will be available on Kinect. Microsoft plans to increase the number of partners by a factor of 10, "and the number of content will go from hundreds of thousands to millions."
A clip from "UFC Undisputed" played next, followed by Epic Games' Cliff Blezinski who introduced "Gears of War 3." Blezinski was joined by rapper Ice T on stage, where they played a level of the game that takes place two years after the end of "Gears of War 2." Marcus, Dom and others fled to a ship for safety, but are attacked by a large sea monster. Jacinto doesn't make it to the ship.
Crytek then announced "Ryse," which is a game of Roman warfare that will be linked to Kinect and will allow players to fight with their hands.
Other games set to be released for Xbox 360/Kinect are "Fable: The Journey," "Minecraft," "Disneyland Adventures," "Star Wars Kinect," and "Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster" Other new Xbox 360/Kinect titles are a new Kinect Sports game called "Kinect Sports: Season Two," which can be played using voice commands, and MTV's "Dance Central 2," which will feature 100 new pop dance songs.
Kinect Fun Labs, a new feature for Kinect, was announced by Kudo Tsunoda. This feature allows users to take a picture of themselves, and it will generate an avatar that mimics what you look like as well as your clothes. A different app allows you to make finger movements that will draw light sparkles on the screen.
Perhaps the most anticipated Microsoft news was the announcement of "Halo 4," which is the first installment in a brand new
trilogy. Other "Halo" news includes the release of "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary," which is a remake of the original from 2001 and will be available November 15.
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RE: full of win
6/7/2011 3:52:02 AM
Importing other physical objects is pretty nifty too.
My apologies, but my first thought was 'I hope Rep. Anthony Weiner is not allowed...'
Otherwise, agreed. Microsoft is very quietly putting together a killer console for the living room. Got a buddy that just turned off the TV (cable prices suck around here), and going w/ Netflix & Hulu. 360 platform is a no brainer.
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