Xbox E3 Press Conference Wrap-Up: Halo 4, Dance Central 2, and More

Xbox E3

Microsoft held their annual E3 press conference at The Galen Center earlier today, detailing their plans for upcoming games, future Xbox Live enhancements, and not one, but two Halo announcements. As they had promised last year, several Kinect supported titles aimed at the core audience were shown, including:

Kinect Star Wars

Ryse (formerly known as Codename: Kingdoms)

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Forza 4


Fable: Journey

Mass Effect 3

Beyond the handful of core Kinect games shown, several new casual experiences were also teased, most notably the forthcoming Kinect Fun Labs. These Kinect powered mini games, including Kinect Me, Googly Eyes, and build a body will be freely available for all Xbox Live Subscribers beginning today. Additionally, casual gamers have Kinect Sports: Season Two to look forward to this holiday, as well as Dance Central 2. Dance Central features full exportability of tracks from the first game, and two person simultaneous dance offs.

Perhaps most impressive of the new Kinect related announcements, however, was Gunsmith, a new weapon customization editor coming to Ghost Recon: Future Solider Using body gestures and full voice control, players will have the ability to craft some 20 million different weapon modifications. With Kinect, weapons can be changed, disassembled, upgraded, and tested, all without having to pick up the controller. With Gunsmith's voice command implementation, the player can use the tool to automatically generate a suggested configuration based on a certain combat style, or weapon type. For instance, using the voice command "optimize for stealth" would generate a weapon customized to stealth based combat.

Later on in the press conference, Microsoft gave attendees a glimpse of some of the enhancements set to hit Xbox Live as part of the upcoming fall dashboard update. Once again, the dashboard will be completely re-built from the ground up. Notable upcoming features include live TV, full kinect support, built-in bing voice search, and a youtube application. At this time, details were not given regarding pricing, name, or US partners for the upcoming live tv functionality.

Despite the fact that much of this press conference was kinect oriented, core gamers were not completely left out. Modern Warfare 3, Tomb Raider, and Forza 4 were all demoed on stage, and fans of the storied Halo Franchise were treated with reveals for both Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, which is slated for release November 18) and Halo 4, which has a tentative release date of Holiday 2012.

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