E3 Xbox 360 press conference, Shrine Auditorium/LA




Here are my impressions in short:



  • international commercial slogans everywhere in the auditorium (“…immer besser. Du…”)
  • they seem to have bandwith problems: the stream is rebuffering all the time. (i’ve got 100Mbit broadband)
  • “Due to the proprietary information in the following content, the video and audio portion of this broadcast will be temporarily suspended. Normal program will resume in a few moments.”
  • more than 2 million Xbox live subscribers up to next month
  • Xbox 360 will play the most popular Xbox games (does that mean emulation of the first-gen Xbox?)

    • UPDATE: YES. It’s backward compatible!

  • XBOX 360 will launch in Japan, North America, Europe at the same time
  • Xbox live will have minigames built-in (Card games…)
  • Dead or Alive 4: exclusive for Xbox 360
  • Xbox live as a media platform: Voicechat, Marketplace, Media
  • I’m a “BeatBuilder”-Customer
  • iPOD compatability? Xbox 360 will be compatible with competitors mobile media players
  • Xbox 360 as a media amplifier: HD TV, msn music store, your music…, Media Center integration.
  • Stay connected: the Xbox live and Media Interface is accessible even when you play. Just hit the center button of your controller

Damn. Why aren’t they showing the cool fun-video with SteveB and BillG for everyone? It’s not in the stream. It’s just there live on stage.





  • J Allard talks about “knocking customers out of socks”…hmkay…want my three-sixty NOW!
  • Lost Odysee looks really really gerat… created by the creator of Final Fantasy
  • every game will be minimum 720p
  • “every Xbox 360 will be designed to enable HD…” – does that mean there’s going to be several versions of the Xbox 360?
  • Project Gotham Racing 3:

    • Spectator Mode will enable to watch races via Xbox live
    • If that engine sounds are in the game… whooo 😉
    • “Life begins at 170”
    • “Million Dollar Price” Race Competition

  • Tom Clancys Ghost Recon 3

    • realistic environments

  • NBA 2k6
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    • full featured RPG
    • nextgen AI: eats, sleeps, reacts, acts.
    • fantastic graphics

  • Gears of War

    • first Unreal Engine 3 game
    • 1st Person Shooter
    • seems that the pictures we’ve seen of unreal engine 3 so far where from GoW
    • available Emergence Dasy 2006

  • EA launch lineup

    • more than 25 EA titles in development for Xbox 360
    • 5 launch titles

      • NFS: Most Wanted
      • The Godfather
      • FIFA Soccer 06
      • NBA Live 06
      • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06
      • Madden NFL 06

  • newest partner: SQUARE ENIX

    • FINAL FANTASY XI ONLINE for the Xbox 360 – this rocks
    • Square will bring more to Xbox 360 and Xbox live
    • personalisation of the game
    • realtime rendered Movie… and it looks really really great

  • Some more ingame movies from:

    • Quake 4
    • Cameo
    • Test Drive Unlimited
    • The Darkness
    • Green Atherton (racing)
    • Frame City Killer
    • Top Spin 2
    • Dead Rising (working title)
    • Condemned Criminal
    • Full Auto
    • The Outfit
    • Perfect Dark Zero
    • Ninety Nine Nights

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