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Xbox E3 2012 Press Event Wrap Up

Xbox E3 2012

Microsoft just concluded their annual E3 press conference, and has opened the expo guns blazing. They kicked things off by showcasing eight minutes of Halo 4 single player, which highlighted a new, as yet to be named enemy and new UI elements. Following the stage demo, Ubisoft took the stage to introduce the sixth entry in the Splinter Cell franchise; Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Following Sam Fisher's renegade stint in prior entries, he is now back in an official capacity, as the leader of forth echelon. Blacklist features Kinect support, co-op, and spies vs mercs mode, and will ship sometime next spring.

A teaser trailer for the just announced Gears of War prequel was unveiled. Now officially known as Gears of War: Judgement, expect more information to come soon. Later, Yusef Mehdi, head of Xbox Marketing and Strategy, took the stage to announce new media and entertainment partnerships for the Xbox 360, as well as expanded bing voice search functionality. Soon, Xbox users will be able to search by genre, and the functionality will be expanded to 12 new countries, including Mexico. Four new entertainment providers - out of an additional 35 - were revealed; Nickelodeon, Paramount, Machinima, and Univision. In addition, expanded sports offerings were revealed; NBA, NHL, and new Watch ESPN functionality. Beyond third party entertainment, as largely anticipated, Microsoft has officially nixed the Zune Branding. Soon, Zune Music will be renamed to Xbox Music, and like Zune, will retain the branding across PC, Tablets, Xbox, and Windows Phone.



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



New Xbox 360 Disc Format Incompatible With Some Consoles

Xbox 360

Microsoft has devised a method to add an additional gigabyte of storage on Xbox 360 game discs. This portion of the disc was previously reserved for anti Piracy and DVD audio tracks. Microsoft decided to remove those portions from the DVDs to free up space for developers to use. Microsoft is developing a firmware update for all Xbox 360 consoles which enables them to read these new updated discs. The update will be officially released later today, May 19. Allowing more data to be written on their DVDs will make the Xbox 360 have a longer life span on the market.



10 New Kinect Games To Be Unveiled At E3


E3 will undoubtedly be a big event for Nintendo fans, but Microsoft also has some exciting plans for the show. No less than 10 new games are slated to be announced at E3. Sources at Eurogamer said that these games will be directed at a more hardcore audience, and they wont be obvious. Another interesting tidbit is that Microsoft recently had a job posting for a studio that is focused on "Highly experimental gameplay." That could mean anything. According to Eurogamer, "Microsoft plans to triple the number of games available for Kinect by the end of 2011."

A list of the anticipated announcements follows after the jump.



Resident Evil's Revival Selection To Hit Xbox Live and PSN

Resident Evil Logo

Recently rumors have been buzzing around the net about a so called, Revival Selection for Capcom's notorious franchise, Resident Evil. What was just a rumor, is now absolute fact.

The Revival Selection consists of two separate titles, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica X. Capcom will be releasing this content on a disc over in Japan, while over here in the states, we will be receiving it via Xbox Live and PSN sometime this Fall.

Both titles come packed with HD upgraded visuals and trophy/achievement support. Resident Evil 4 is said to include all bonus content from all previous releases as well as "Separate Ways", the Ada Wong side missions, while Resident Evil:Code Veronica X, is to be just as inclusive of bonus material.

No pricing information has been confirmed, but as more info comes down the wire, we'll be sure to keep you up to date.