I just watched the Microsoft XBox 360 E3 show streamed from the Gamertagradio balcony camera. Some big games were announced and some big advancements were announced. They went through the already known games, Halo ODST, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Forza 3, Beatles Rock Band, and then also announced Halo Reach, Alan Wake, Final Fantasy XIII, Crackdown 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and a big pull from PS3, Metal Gear Solid.
The XBox has also joined some other services that many people use such and integrated them into the console. Little services like Facebook, Twitter, LastFM, and Skynet live television stream broadcasting. Improvements to Netflix is also coming. No more going to the computer to add movies. Also the ability to watch movies and tv shows with your XBox friends. Still no Blue Ray but why would you need that when you will have instant 1080p HD movies and television. I’m really glad I got rid of my cable subscription.
Towards the end of the show they ended by announcing a new evolution in not only the XBox but in gaming in general. Controllerless gaming. A new hardware device will provide 3D motion detection and recognition as well as voice detection and recognition. You will be able to flip through the dashboard menus simply by waving your hands and start playing games or watching movies by simply telling it to play through speech. They have named this Project Natal and they are stepping up to Nintendo’s Wii to get non gamers involved in gaming by removing the controller all together.
The show started a little neutral and then just got better and better with a big bang at the end. Hopefully everything materializes and comes to be. I hope for Sony’s sake they have something big up their sleeves for their show because Microsoft just put another nail in the PS3 coffin.
It will be a fun holiday season this year!