E3 2013

Over at E3 2013, Microsoft have finally announced more games for the Xbox One.. along with the news that the console will launch in November for $499 / £429.

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Further details about the Xbox One have been clarified, too, following the confusion and rumours after the Xbox One’s reveal.

Microsoft said they won’t restrict the use of second hand games, instead leaving the control in the hands of publishers.  Games can be shared with friends, but only once per title, and only with people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days.

The console isn’t always online, but it does require a connection to Microsoft’s servers every 24 hours for a primary console, and 1 hour for any other console.  If this connection is not made, offline gaming will be disabled until a connection is made.. though the live TV and Blu-ray / DVD elements will still work.  This restriction even extends to single player, offline games.

The Xbox One will require Kinect to be connected, with motion-sensing camera and always-on microphone set up.  Microsoft have attempted to allay privacy fears by saying that the system is only listening for Xbox voice commands, and that gamers can “pause” this feature, but gamers aren’t being given the option to leave the Kinect unplugged while the Xbox One is in use.

For those who want to stick to the Xbox 360, there’s a new, slimmer version out today in North America, coming later for Europe.  Microsoft have stated that they are not going to abandon the console yet, and have promised to continue bringing games to the Xbox 360, including the likes of GTA 5.

Xbox Live Gold memberships will carry over from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, and Gold subscribers will be getting two free games per month from July through till the Xbox One’s launch in November, with Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 as the first free games.  For the Xbox One, Microsoft Points will become a thing of the past, with real money used instead.

So, the games of E3 2013.. starting with those only available on Xbox One:

343 Industries showed off a few screens and a trailer for ‘Halo 5’, which has no official title as yet.

Capcom showed a trailer for Dead Rising 3, which is set in Los Perdidos, 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2.

Project Spark is an interesting first person world-building game, utilising both Kinect and SmartGlass.  It’s part open sandbox and part game design tool, allowing players to build, play and share whatever they can imagine.

Sunset Overdrive, by the independent Insomniac Games working with Microsoft Studios, is a colourful open world shooter with free-running elements.

Other exclusives include: Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome, a cinematic brawler with QTEs; Crimson Dragon, a shooter by the makers of the Panzer Dragoon series; Rare Ltd’s Killer Instinct, a fighting game; the previously announced Forza Motorsport 5, now with driver avatars that learn from the player’s own driving in-game; Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break; and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, which will include bigger maps and support for more players when online.

Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall, a hybrid FPS with mech-based combat.  Although listed as an Xbox One exclusive, Titanfall will also be available on the Xbox 360.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will let players experience a more realistic open world, with environmental elements such as weather and wildlife as well as a day and night cycle.  This game will be available on the Xbox One and via port to the Xbox 360 and PS3.

CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC in 2014.  While QTEs have been taken out of the game, voice commands have been added to the Xbox One version.

EA had already announced several of their sports offerings at the launch of the Xbox One: NBA Live 14, Madden 25, FIFA 14, EA Sports UFC

At E3, EA started with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, a tower defense and third person shooter hybrid which will be out first on Xbox One, then Xbox 360.

Star Wars: Battlefront is under development by DICE using the Frostbite 3 engine. Only a brief teaser was shown..

Next up was Need For Speed: Rivals, with more of a focus on story than previous games, though still open world and social features such as creating rivals from your friends list. Need for Speed: Rivals will be available on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition, following several delays, is now due in Fall 2014.  As in the previous installments of the series, the player’s choices shape and drive the experience through an expansive, story-driven world. Although little about the story has been revealed, Morrigan will make her return from Dragon Age: Origins!

Battlefield 4 was announced earlier this year as the first EA game for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  This version of the military shooter includes Command Mode, allowing players to command a squad in the field.  There’s also a Battle Log command app for tablets and smartphones. A 64-player multiplayer demo using the Siege of Shanghai map was also shown to the audience.

Mirror’s Edge 2 is in the early stages of development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with a richer world and more room to explore, and with a new origin story for Faith.

Round-ups from Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo’s conferences will be on the way tomorrow!

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