Fable 3, Gears of War 3 and more expected to at Xbox event.

Microsoft kicks off E3 week on Monday, June 14 at 6.30pm BST and we're going to be bringing you live updates from the conference. We expect the likes of Gears of War 3, Fable III and Kinect will have a presence, but what else does the platform holder have up its sleeve? Will we see a new game from Rare? Will any third-party games be announced as exclusives? Is a celebrity going to come on stage to endorse a new game? Anything could happen, but you'll get all the info right here.

The following live report has now ended.
18:00:49

Hello VideoGamers! This is your friendly neighbourhood Wesley Yin-Poole, reporting live from Microsoft's E310 press conference in the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles.

18:01:40

People are gathering their seats now. Things are set to kick off at 18.30pm BST.

18:04:03

So, the theatre itself is lovely. Art decor, that iconic Xbox green, and upbeat pop blasting out of big speakers.

18:05:47

So, it's a good time to discuss what we expect from the conference.

18:07:22

Gears 3 campaign, Fable III gameplay plus Kinect integration possibly, and hopefully some nice surprises.

18:07:50

There's a rumour that Microsoft will reveal a Xbox 360 Slim model, and some bundles with Kinect.

18:08:15

Of course, we pretty much have to get a Kinect release date and pricing details.

18:09:02

Beyond that, it's rumour and speculation, as I've been told countless times over the last two days.

18:09:28

As always, feel free to rumour and speculate in the comments section below. We love it when you do that.

18:12:07

The theatre is pretty much full now. Nice strobe lighting, lots of chatter, and a bucketload of expectation. Let's rock Microsoft!

18:26:40

Just been told the briefing will begin in five minutes. Not long now!

18:29:45

"This program contains titles that have not yet been rated!" Expect gore people!

18:31:29

And we're off!

18:33:09

They're showing the Black Ops trailer we've already seen.

18:33:41

Here's Mark Lamia, Treyarch studio head. He's going to take us deep behind enemy lines. Live gameplay demo!

18:35:11

Crawling about in dank dirty tunnels, talking to squad mates. Lots of dead bodies, rats. Nice lighting though.

18:35:32

Now we're in Laos, preparing to take a Hind from an enemy encampment.

18:36:34

Time to get in the Hind...

18:38:01

LS to move, RS to turn. We're blowing up loads of enemy trucks.

18:38:16

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18:38:58

Neutralise SAM site - heavy machine gun fire and rockets - looks wicked.

18:39:21

And it's over.

18:40:23

Here's Dom Mattrick - senior vice president of Xbox 360. He's announcing an exclusive with Activision - all CoD add-ons and map packs will launch first on 360. First in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

18:40:33

That's big that.

18:41:20

This year marks 10 years of Xbox. 2010 will be the biggest year eva!

18:42:03

Kinec brings your living room to life, he says. It's all about showing, not telling.

18:42:24

Here's Hideo Kojima, founder of Kojima Productions!

18:43:23

He's talking about Metal Gear Rising, the very first footage of the game in action. Shigenobu Matsuyama, the producer, is talking now.

18:44:00

A trailer!

18:45:35

Zan-datsu - slice take, it means. Raiden's slicing up a baddy and it looks like he's taking their innards.

18:46:20

You can cut at will, slicing anything - cars, walls and melons.

18:46:42

Here's Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios.

18:47:44

He also says 2010 is their biggest year ever. We're passionate about blockbuster games, he says.

18:48:13

Every game shown today is available only on Xbox 360. Here's Cliffy B!

18:49:03

Gears of War 3 live gameplay demo of four-player co-op! Delta going to a fort. New lambent enemies and the female Gears.

18:50:55

You can give each other weapons. Just seen the kick from behind cover. God this is gory - flame tentacles and all sorts.

18:51:36

Lots of huge planmt things sprouting out of the ground. And there's the chainsaw!

18:52:24

LAMBENT BESERKET! Now with added tentacles!

18:53:13

Running next to laser from the Hammer of Dawn - looks wicked.

18:53:42

It's over - new mode called Beast just announced. No details.

18:54:00

Now it's time for Peter Molyneux - Fable III.

18:54:14

This conference is fast and furious.

18:56:12

Now Phil's back.

18:57:14

Exclusive title from Crytek!

18:57:46

Codename Kingdoms - looks like Spartacus.

18:58:11

Now it's time for Halo - 34 million games sold and 2 billion online hours played.

18:59:56

Now it's time for Halo - 34 million games sold and 2 billion online hours played.

19:00:11

Bungie creative director Marcus Lehto on stage now - Reach multiplayer online beta the biggest in console history. He says thanks. World premiere of the campaign.

19:02:18

This looks all sorts of awesome. I can't wait.

19:04:11

Typical Halo - then a space ship! We're flying into space. OMG space combat!

19:04:26

That rocked - Halo's winning.

19:04:48

Marc Whitten, corporate vice president for XBL, is on stage now.

19:05:08

25 million members on XBL.

19:06:28

He's talking about Kinect - Ron, one of the engineers is talking.

19:07:11

Wave to sign in. Wave again to access the Kinect hub, where you can find friends, games and Facebook. No controller required.

19:08:05

Voice recognition - say Xbox and Kinect is listening. All he says is Zune and he accesses movies and TV and whatnot. This is cool, to be fair. Uses hands to select the movie he wants to watch.

19:08:59

Skips the film backwards with his hand. Pauses by saying Xbox Pause. That's pretty slick. Xbox Play, and it plays.

19:09:40

Xbox Play Music - oh god Justin Bieber.

19:10:44

Kinect is coming to every country where the Xbox is sold. Also bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows Phone 7.

19:11:38

Video Kinect - Laura one of the engineers is on stage.

19:12:45

She's demoing Video Kinect. She's calling her cousin up in Texas.

19:13:21

Looks very smooth - can watch movies together, and sports by the looks of it.

19:14:16

Blimey, the camera tracks you as you move around. It will keep you in the shot automatically.

19:14:43

"Xbox, end chat."

19:15:20

Video Kinect is coming to MS Live Messenger network.

19:16:10

ESPN on Xbox.

19:17:19

Josh Elliot and Trey Wingo from ESPN are on stage.

19:17:56

Brits won't be too interested in this.

19:18:54

You get to choose which team you are rooting for.

19:19:43

Can watch replays of touchdowns with your voice.

19:21:48

All free for XBL Gold members.

19:22:33

Kudo Tsunoda, Kinect creative director is on stage now

19:24:02

Little girl is demoing Kinectimals, which we saw last night.

19:24:24

She's petting "Skittles".

19:25:21

She's hiding from the bloody tiger. Don't do that to the poor thing!

19:25:35

I can't wait for this game. DAY ONE!

19:26:07

Slo motion rope skipping! EPIC!

19:26:46

Looks like a full retail game - there's box art on the screen. 30 unique activities.

19:27:58

Someone from Rare is demoing Kinect Sports. He's conducting the crowd, now there's a second player and they're running the 200 metres.

19:29:02

The guy appears to be destroying the woman, but he tripped and it was a photo finish.

19:30:02

Glad that's over - you can play over XBL. There's football, which looks awful. Javelin, table tennis, boxing, and beach volleyball.

19:30:20

Montage video showing all the sports. Football, bowling, javelin, table tennis, boxing and volleyball.

19:30:24

Now it's time for Kinect Joy Ride from Big Park Studios.

19:31:00

JoyRide demo for Kinect.

19:31:30

Steer by pretending to turn an imaginary wheel.

19:32:03

You can boost by thrusting your arms forward.

19:32:33

Not convinced by JoyRide. Doesn't look suited to Kinect.

19:33:15

Kinect Adventures up next. Kart running along a railway track. Dodging obstacles.

19:33:45

Second player jumped in for two-player.

19:34:40

Kinect takes photos of you while you're playing.

19:35:20

White water rafting being demoed now. Two players stood inside the raft and navigating down some rapids.

19:36:28

If you jump high enough you can slide down clouds. Looks decent, but another mini-game. More photos shown of the two women who played the game. Can post on Facebook. Over 20 adventures to go on.

19:36:52

Third-party publishers next. Also working on Kinect games.

19:37:54

Looks to be a fitness game. People working out. Looks very flashy. Punching obstacles. Your Shape from Ubisoft.

19:38:27

Ubisoft on stage now to show Your Shape.

19:39:08

This isn't exactly what we wanted to see for Natal. This conference is strikingly similar to what we've seen from Nintendo in recent years.

19:40:11

Tailors menus and fitness regimes to your shape.

19:40:46

You have the freedom to choose how you want to work out. Can take a class like martial arts or yoga, or play fun gym activities.

19:42:06

Your on-screen you is kind of an orange bloby thing - like a heatmap of a person. It's not a avatar like lots of the other Kinect games we've seen.

19:43:41

Yoga demo now. The on-screen woman has now turned blue and purple.

19:44:42
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Quick shot upload: Getting scanned in Your Shape Fitness Evolved, from Ubisoft

19:44:47

That's the Your Shape demo over. Looked decent for a fitness game, but not really a game.

19:45:18

Harmonix on stage now to show its Kinect dancing game, Dance Central.

19:46:39

Dance Central is coming this holiday, exclusively for Kinect and Xbox 360.

19:46:56

Been eager to develop a dance game but the tech hasn't existed. It now exists with Kinect.

19:47:25

Incredible soundtrack, featuring Lady Gaga, No Doubt and Beastie Boys.

19:47:35

600 moves and over 90 routines.

19:48:03

It was designed so that anyone could play. Although I expect everyone won't want to play.

19:50:17

Phil Spencer is back on stage.

19:50:45

Kinect will launch worldwide this holiday, starting in North America on November 4.

19:51:02

More than 15 launch titles when Kinect arrives in stores.

19:51:35

LucasArts and MS Game studios to bring Star Wars game next year. Gameplay trailer.

19:52:19

The game looks very on-rails, but not bad.

19:52:48

Very brief trailer, but will be out next year.

19:53:01

Dan Greenawalt on stage from Turn 10.

19:53:17

Ferrari 458 Italia in the demo.

19:54:01

It's a Kinect Forza racing game from Turn 10.

19:54:13

Kinect allows them to create radical new car experiences.

19:55:05

Showing a demo of being able to walk up to and around the car. Man on stage focused on a headlight by touching it.

19:56:30

He got inside the car. Looks nice, but a bit dull. Looks like how Kinect could add to traditional racing experiences.

19:56:47

Coming 2011, although I'm not sure what exactly it is.

19:57:09

Don Mattrick is on stage now.

19:57:36

He sounds like he's wrapping up things. Talking about transforming the industry.

19:58:05

Launching a whole new era of entertainment.

19:58:27

Revealed the new Xbox 360. Black, smaller, shiny

19:58:41

250GB hard drive, built in wi-fi.

19:58:53

It's whisper quiet - which is very nice.

19:59:10

It'll cost the same as the standard Xbox. $299

19:59:20

It's out now.

19:59:54

Available in stores by the end of the week.

20:00:23

Now word on European release.

20:00:58

That's it. All over.

20:01:20

Showed some good games, but other than the Crytek game there were no new game announcements.

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El-Dev's Avatar

El-Dev

That was pretty rubbish to be honest, straight outta the "What Not To Do" playbook.

Kinect looks a nice bit of kit but useless basically for games other than party games and I wouldn't use the other features it has to offer.

Gears 3 looked good, why not give them longer instead of that rubbish from Ubisoft?
Posted 20:28 on 14 June 2010
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mydeaddog

Yeah. I've nothing against casual titles on the whole, but MS have hardly done a grand job of convincing us that Kinect offers anything for the hardcore. You can imagine a boardroom and someone saying, "right, let's have a Wii Sports, a Wii Fit, and a Let's Dance."

I have no idea why they showed so little of Fable 3, either.
Posted 20:28 on 14 June 2010
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thompo555@ Mr_Ninjutsu

Thought you had a slim, or was it a refurb?
If the brick is out of it then its just a redesigned Elite. No point what soever, knowing Microsoft though its cheap and nasty look probably means that production costs have gone down and they are looking somewhat like this. $.$

@Neon, You seen anything on Create Studios' TerRover?
Posted 20:27 on 14 June 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ mydeaddog

Because of the lacklustre in titles?
Posted 20:24 on 14 June 2010
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Wido

Impressed on how Kinect worked. Any need of the running commentry though? lol Twas bad listening to them two women on the raft, jesus christ that was bad.

Black Ops. Not sure about that.
Gears 3! Lambent Berserker? Yes please, I want some of that action. Looked pretty intense plus a new horde mode was said. Beasts? I think.

Fable 3 looked good. MGS:Rising was awesome. Slicing that van into two... Priceless lol. Star Wars game on Kinect looked brilliant.

Slim to be same price as current prices and is released July 16th.
Posted 20:24 on 14 June 2010
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mydeaddog

Jamin's taking EA; I'm doing Ubisoft with him, and i'm also doing Nintendo. Wez is taking Sony.

I hope Ubi's showcase has some decent stuff in it, because frankly MS's show was a bit of a buzz-kill...
Posted 20:23 on 14 June 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ mydeaddog

I really do not like the look of the new iteration of the 360. Too shiny means it looks tacky and all nasty plastic. I hate that I wish I had a slim PS3 too.
Posted 20:23 on 14 June 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ rbevanx

Yeah I still need to play the first one, looks epic! Multiplayer sounds insane for a game like that. The Puker video was great too!
Posted 20:21 on 14 June 2010
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dazzadavie@ mydeaddog

anyone from the team going to the EA event?
Posted 20:20 on 14 June 2010
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mydeaddog

Quote:
Originally Posted by rbevanx
I'm hoping the other conferences are better...

You and me both. Metal Gear Rising looks pretty ace though.
Posted 20:19 on 14 June 2010
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rbevanx@ Mr_Ninjutsu

Well reading the videogamer report it was just sequel's and everything we already know.
The slim isn't enough for me and I'm really hoping EA blow everyone away with Dead Space 2!!!!!(Yes I know it's a sequel but the MP sounds awesome for it)

Does anyone know if Kane & Lynch 2 is gonna be at E3?
Posted 20:18 on 14 June 2010
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thompo555@ Mr_Ninjutsu

Yes i saw that, That alone was more exciting than the whole of MS conference, IMO.

Could actually use move a lot, especially if you can browse the Internet/xmb with it. Visions of me lying on bed waving this weird dildo around!
Posted 20:17 on 14 June 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ rbevanx

It was okay, just not WOAAAAAAAH! I felt it lacked games on a whole not just with the use of Kinect but others.
Posted 20:16 on 14 June 2010
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rbevanx

I'm hoping the other confrences are better, as by the sound of it MS was a bit poo
Posted 20:13 on 14 June 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ thompo555

There was some footage awhile back of RPG esque adventures using the move which looked brilliant.
Posted 20:12 on 14 June 2010

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