E3 2006 Microsoft press conference Finished

Three times a lady! Microsoft's press conference - the third and final of this year's E3 before the show itself begins - starts on Tuesday May 9th at 12:00pm PDT (8:00pm UK/9:00pm CEST).

Eurogamer will once again be bringing you live updates from the event and depositing them straight onto this very page within seconds. So stay right here for all the Xbox 360 announcements Microsoft's ready to make this year, almost certainly including first details of Halo 3. Blink and you'll miss it.

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  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    oh admir u r a qt
  • admir 9 years ago

    what s funny i didnt say nothing bad and people start saying shit

    all you fat fucks fuck yourself now i will be a dick 24/7 fuck faces ms sucks sonys dick
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    I just wanne thank EG for being THE best site regarding E3 reporting. Amazing a European website does it better than all the US based ones. Real time updates, streaming movies and no "the real next gen" bollocks this time ;) VERY good job guys.. you have regained my respect 100% ;)



    Seconded, I've already forgetten the coverage last year, I dont think there will be a repeat of the mass complaints they had last year.



    Good job guys! \0/
  • kangarootoo 9 years ago

    Christ, stroppy thread for a moment there. I've not read hardly any of it, so all I am really here to add is the Halo3 movie was all game engine, not pre-rendered.



    @Stickman

    I just came from the Sony thread. I see a theme developing, and I'm chuckling :) I'll lock the fire doors and disable the sprinkler system.



    @admir

    I bet you are fat really, fatty.
  • Stickman 9 years ago

    I heard MS said all you guys were fags.
  • The-Bodybuilder 9 years ago

    >"What the fuck happened to the Japanese games?"



    Nobody cares about japanesse games.....except for japanesse.



    And I need to put the sonytard, admir, in my ignore list.
  • T4RG4 9 years ago

    This is the last one I've just watched after being unimpressed with Sony and Ninty. I think they did a little better (games and support) but still not very impressive. Same old games, same old mechanics, slightly better graphics.
  • Dizzy 9 years ago

    >admir's funny. in a pathetic sort of way.



    He can be funny as much as he wants together with those other 'fat fucks' in my ignore bin... plenty of them around to keep him company.



    Slightly back on topic...



    I just wanne thank EG for being THE best site regarding E3 reporting. Amazing a European website does it better than all the US based ones. Real time updates, streaming movies and no "the real next gen" bollocks this time ;) VERY good job guys.. you have regained my respect 100% ;)



    Combined with Live this was just amazing to read and see all those things almost in real time (except when the Halo 3 movie hit, the internet went bananas). I am not at E3 but you guys have made me feel like I am there ;)



    Gratz again!
  • Moogrose 9 years ago

    admir's funny. in a pathetic sort of way.



    I thought the conference did what its supposed to do, introduce the up and coming, get people excited about the machine - if it didn't then its not the machine for you. simple as.
  • sport 9 years ago

    ( i hate nitendo thanks too them for supporting gamecube)



    You're right, I hate companies that support their own products
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    lol@ admir



    back away from the keyboard, skippy
  • admir 9 years ago

    iam not a fat fuck i workout everyday just to let you know Yazoo and why do you feel ashamed for me i dont get it i think sony, ms and nitendo ( i hate nitendo thanks too them for supporting gamecube)had great conference but the games iam looking forward are coming on the ps3, ps2 and the PC. i get pissed when people say sony this, ms that and nitendo this Yazoo they dont care about you or me or who ever all they care about is $$$$ and who dosent like $$$$? get a life man/women



    So I take it youre fucking yourself, fat fuck?

    yeah i have a big dick what can you do Yazoo. you must be the fat fuck i was talking about, get a life dude
  • Yazoo 9 years ago

    admir: sony had the best conference WarHawk, Tekken 6, MGS4,Heavenly Sword,Resistance, VF5, FF13, the geataway, Monster kingdom, eight days, Lair and dont forget the eye of jugement for the eye toy



    nitendo well they had same games like always from mario to zelda



    x360 all i hear is Halo3 ( thats sad from so many games good looking games people only talk about that 1)



    and nobody says shit about PC games like Spore and Crysis ( the best looking game at E3) just to name few you should keep your eye on



    must have games are mgs4, FF13, GoW2, Spore, Crysis, Gears of war,



    most games i looking foward are on the ps3, ps2, psp, PC

    and can some1 tell me why sony was full of BS just don't get it



    P.S. fanboys fuck yourself and get a life fat fucks



    So I take it youre fucking yourself, fat fuck?



    Sorry. Couldnt resist. Soo easy. Too easy. Im ashamed. For him, not me.
  • admir 9 years ago

    sony had the best conference WarHawk, Tekken 6, MGS4,Heavenly Sword,Resistance, VF5, FF13, the geataway, Monster kingdom, eight days, Lair and dont forget the eye of jugement for the eye toy



    nitendo well they had same games like always from mario to zelda



    x360 all i hear is Halo3 ( thats sad from so many games good looking games people only talk about that 1)



    and nobody says shit about PC games like Spore and Crysis ( the best looking game at E3) just to name few you should keep your eye on



    must have games are mgs4, FF13, GoW2, Spore, Crysis, Gears of war,



    most games i looking foward are on the ps3, ps2, psp, PC

    and can some1 tell me why sony was full of BS just don't get it



    P.S. fanboys fuck yourself and get a life fat fucks





  • Dodgymat 9 years ago

    Thanks EG



    Great job all round
  • Sko 9 years ago

    "looking at the post counts across the 3 conference reports that's my guess for sales in the UK (unfortunately). silly brits..."



    You're using the comment count to predict future sales of consoles and we're the silly ones? Okaaaaaaaay...
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    Another good conference :D, not quite as slick as Nintendos as far as presentation goes(they had a good venue there in that Kodak theatre too) I'll admit but again... unlike Sony's borefest it was interesting, the games looked fun and also the graphics are looking awesome on some of them titles now. It actually has me more psyched about the console than I was before, Ninty and MS must be rubbing their hands now after the beating they just put down on Sony, with smiles on their faces, as they think of the market share they're gonna snatch away from them... Lets hope so \0/



    No new games announced? well lots of roumers got out before E3 about the likes of Halo3, Fable2, Forza2 and Shadowrun. Fact stands they had a far stronger and interesting line up of games in my eyes and a good idea of where they are heading too which is just as important. They've got their shit together at the end of the day, they know what they've got to do to continue the success and improve upon what theyve got right or not so right and they are in a good position to do it(more importantly unlike sony's flood of BS I actually beleive them too).



    MS I'll be having one of your 360s please \0/
  • spillz 9 years ago

    looking at the post counts across the 3 conference reports that's my guess for sales in the UK (unfortunately). silly brits...
  • Latin 9 years ago

    I will happily admit that i'm a Halo fanboy, and i nearly came my pants, the music was the best part especially the part when it's about to explode into that classic Halo battle music but then teases you like... well like a Halo fanboy wanting any piece of information he/she can get..
  • admir 9 years ago

    why was the MS Conference best? they didn't show any new games at all and they where talking one and the same shit just like sony(sony at least showed 1 new game) and nitendo ( take a look at the gamecube) warhawk i liked that demo i really wanna get my hands on it
  • sport 9 years ago

    MS's conference was probably the most intriguing and exciting. The games look great, Live looks like it's gonna really explode, and I especially like the way MS is allowing those talented independent "basement" studios the chance to get to millions of gamers. I still wanna play on the Wii the most, but the MS conf was the best IMO

  • Carrybagma 9 years ago

    Oh I dunno - reading through the text, the sheer number of (decent) games coming on for the 360 sounded fine.



    It read like a good conference, considering how little was expected of it.
  • snick 9 years ago

    really? if so damn thats cool because it look amazing. 2007... thats some time away still though.
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    not pre-rendered, uses game assets/technologies, recorded from a 360, independently verified at the show
  • snick 9 years ago

    bollox to prerendered halo 3 trailer.... i'm getting test drive demo. MMORG... sweeet
  • otto 9 years ago

    Oh what a surprise, murder sims in slightly higher detail. /falls over in narcoleptic fit
  • IronGiant 9 years ago

    Bit of a meh all round really.. Sony presentation was crap, MS was only slightly better with no real surprises.
  • Blerk 9 years ago

    Nice coup on Alan Wake. Otherwise.... yaaaaaaaaaaawn.



    What the fuck happened to the Japanese games?
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    Watching the Conference on Gamespot now :D
  • Kiigan 9 years ago

    I personally thought the Halo 3 teaser was pretty weak, but overall the MS press conference was really strong. A very decent collection of titles on the way.
  • fluff_the_tiger 9 years ago

    yep had a check this is straight from the leaked script:



    'The Master Chief looks down at the what was once New Mombasa,

    and he sees that the desert sand is shifting, as though the

    ship is causing the ground to open up.



    EXT. NEW MOMBASA, OUTSIDE THE SHIP



    The ship begins to move slowly downward and as it gets closer

    to the ground, the sand below begins to churn and open up.

    Within seconds a hole forms. Some transparent energy appears

    to be digging a hole into the ground.



    EXT. THE PERILOUS ADYTUM, VERANDA ALCOVE



    The Master Chief peers down the edge of the ship at the sheer

    drop and the odd exchange that is occurring on the ground. '



    Shit I hope it's not the same as the script cos then I'll know the story already! D'oh

    Hopefully it's a Bungie ploy ...



  • KD 9 years ago

    "New Live Arcade titles: Pac-Man, Contra, Frogger, Galaga, Sonic the Hedgehog, Defender, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, Time Pilot, Ultra Mortal Kombat 3, Scramble."



    Paperboy was a nice surprise but wheres my god damn Worms with xbox live support! :)
  • yorkiebar 9 years ago

    I think the Halo fanboys melted the internet. It took me nearly two hours to download! TWO HOURS for about 20 seconds of the Masterchief.... still, it was so SWEEEEET!!!!



    Can we fast forward to 2007 now, please?
  • Merefield 9 years ago

    The greatest thing about GTA 4 on Next Gen is that the PC port will hopefully finally get decent high quality texturing!!
  • fluff_the_tiger 9 years ago

    Has anyone read the leaked Halo 3 script that was floating around the net? Bungie said it was an obvious fake. Why then, does the trailer show a scene that seems very similar to climax of the script ?



    Great Graphics BTW

  • drumbaby 9 years ago

    So Halo 3 was 'it'?



    Oh...
  • Merefield 9 years ago

    Yeah, the ajax worked really well on Firefox.



    Blumin Safari refused to play ball for whatever reason ...
  • Fairlane 9 years ago

    i love it
  • Dizzy 9 years ago

    That is how you have a E3 conference. Every trailer immediatly online on Live was great. The EG blow-by-blow website was also great (Ajax guys? Nicely done! :)



    Sony got totally trashed by MS and Nintendo and E3 hasn't even begon :) The real next gen? Try Halo 3...
  • Shinji 9 years ago

    Merefield: Yes, the way it works is that Tom sits in the conference with his fingers blazing away, and then I receive the stuff he's writing (back at our hotel room in LA) and post it to the Livetext system, which is being carefully overseen and tweaked by our awesome tech guys Mark, Chris and Nick back in the UK. International news reporting! :D



    We did broadly the same thing at GDC but it was much more jury-rigged (and in that instance it was me in the conference and Tom at home in London). We're getting a lot better at this stuff, and in future we hope to cover all major conferences and keynotes in this way - as well as the standard news coverage, Eurogamer TV, podcasts... Whew :)
  • The-Bodybuilder 9 years ago

    >"Some nice looking games, but where were the surprises? Beyond GTA being available on 360 from day one, there was nothing we weren't expecting here. Not a bad conference, just not exciting in any way."



    No shenmue III. :-(



    I guess the series really is dead.



    /tears builds up.

    /seriously.
  • The-Bodybuilder 9 years ago

    >"dude i am not a fucking fanboy for all i care ms, sony, and nitendo can go to hell but mostly nitendo and what was great about the ms conference anyway oh sorry halo 3 halo is fucking overrated"



    Do you know how to spot a fanboy? By making an open comment like "spot the sony fanboy" and then waiting for the person to identify themselves as the fanboy (even if the sentence wasn't aimed at them).
  • morriss 9 years ago

    How can anyone say it wasn't eciting if you haven't even seen it. According to Tom, some of the games looked brilliant. And brilliant looking games = excitement.



    Stupid commenting on something you haven't actually witnessed yet, no?
  • admir 9 years ago

    you see ms conference was weak not the only one

  • tengu 9 years ago

    Some nice looking games, but where were the surprises? Beyond GTA being available on 360 from day one, there was nothing we weren't expecting here. Not a bad conference, just not exciting in any way.



  • prettyboytim 9 years ago

    The trailer looked quite nice, but it didn't excite me like previous trailers have. I think I need to see some action! I'm looking forward to seeing the whole Nintendo and Microsoft keynotes tomorrow. It's difficult to judge from just the text descriptions which one has come out best...
  • Tonka 9 years ago

    Good show. None of that lifestyle malarky. Just games. Well done MS.
  • admir 9 years ago

    dude i am not a fucking fanboy for all i care ms, sony, and nitendo can go to hell but mostly nitendo and what was great about the ms conference anyway oh sorry halo 3 halo is fucking overrated
  • effinwooly 9 years ago

    wow !!! Halo 3 trailers looks amazing !
  • polar 9 years ago

    Good trailer. Nowhere near as good as the Halo 2 teaser though.
  • The-Bodybuilder 9 years ago

    Spot the bitter sony fanboys,



    Well done MS and ninty, I applaud. You both did well. Here, take a cookie.



    As for you, sony? As they say, you reap what you sow. All the lies last year had caught up to you, and you have underwhelmed us all (except for fanboys like admir).



    Poor sony...
  • admir 9 years ago

    but it was a weak conference
  • Batfink 9 years ago

    Yeah, it's got the really epic Halo feel :)

    Looks like Cortana's getting stranger...

    *plays it again*

    I'm such a fanboy.
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    the trailer is great, very epic, great music, great teaser



    hardly detailed in-game footage, but apparently made entirely with real assets and running on a 360. they had it independently verified too. ;)
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    Cheers Batfink matey :D

    *does him self a rolley before watching*
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    "Ah ah admir spot the sore looser. Sony got arse raped by Nintendo and MS in the same day, deal with it! ;)"



    the thing is they ACTUALLY did. I can't believe it, Microsoft showed up at one of these events for once.
  • polar 9 years ago

    Has anyone here actually seen the Halo 3 trailer yet? Screenshots on bungies website look great.
  • Batfink 9 years ago

    http://www.bungie.net/News/TopSt
    ory.aspx?link=Halo3Announcement



    for the Halo3 trailer
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    Well Im gonna have to read it then instead, whats gamespots deal holding it back?
  • Merefield 9 years ago

    Totally awesome reporting, were you annoying the guy next to you with all the typing?



    Did an editor preview each entry before it was posted? (just interested)
  • admir 9 years ago

    the ms conference was weak nothing new
  • Sko 9 years ago

    October 2007? They're pimping something that won't even be out for next year's E3? And it's not even exclusive?
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    Can someone post a link to the Halo3 trailer for me? or is that only for you richers who already have 360s?
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    it's on Bungie's front page, champs
  • chub 9 years ago

    http://www.rockstargames.com/gra
    ndtheftauto4/

    "Coming October 16th 2007. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment" lol
  • thane_jaw 9 years ago

    Perhaps there are fewer posters for MS because there's less to bitch about.
  • Calgon 9 years ago

    Is there anywhere to watch this conference yet? Doesnt Xbox.com usually show it too?
  • TwistidChimp 9 years ago

    Yup from bungie's site..



    "We won't ruin the content of our short presentation by describing it frame by frame, but we will note that everything you're seeing here is being rendered in real-time on the Xbox 360, using the current version of our Halo 3 game engine. The HDR lighting, self-shadowing, GPU-run particle system and many other effects should make it intact (and more) to our final game."



    colour me psyched
  • GitSomE_UK 9 years ago

    All in game eh?



    /prices Xbox 360 now
  • TwistidChimp 9 years ago

    Its all in game running on 360, Bungie have confirmed themselves and say on their site they have proved it to independant observers
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Wasnt all the cutscenes in Halo 2 made by the in game engine anyway??



    Like resi 4 does?



    Actually that reminds me...Where was Resident Evil 5?
  • chub 9 years ago

    Halo trailer - very widescreen, but why the big black border? Anyway, it all looks CG to me, but I might be wrong
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    "GTA 4 - 2007 not 2006."



    Oh yes! DOH!
  • OnlyMe 9 years ago

    Isn't that a rather dumb question on a forum mainly inhabited by Halo-fans?
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    sad this conference has some few replies compared to the others, I think the lack of a live video feed had something to do with it
  • Pob 9 years ago

    Hah, look what I found on the Bungie.net forum:



    Poll: Are you going to buy Halo 3 for Xbox 360 ?
  • rauper 9 years ago

    shitloads of content tomorrow morning.... watch out :)
  • rauper 9 years ago

    october 07 not 06
  • Artemus 9 years ago

    GTA 4 - 2007 not 2006.
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    halo 3 trailer 17% downloaded!!! : )
  • GitSomE_UK 9 years ago

    Just downloaded the big trailer from bungies web site... I hope thats in game graphics... although I have a feeling it isn't :(
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    Thank-you and well done EG for some great coverage.



    Really looking forward to the proper E3 content now.
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    GTA 4 can't be a simultaneous release on X360 and PS3 if the PS3 isn't even out by the time it launches. I.E. October. Although, granted, it'll probably slip.
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    hmmmmmm... Considering that the 360 is already out, there can hardly be any really big surprises because we already know everything about it...



    But Microsoft have done an excellent job..
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    also, Crysis is coming to Xbox 360 too as far as I am aware, although whether it will look as good as the souped-up PC version I can't tell you
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    face it, Microsoft knocked this one out of the park on almost every count
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    Well done lads...fingers must be smoking eh? Enjoy a beer anyway *Claps*
  • GitSomE_UK 9 years ago

    Ninty were the best this year, definatley some interesting inovating stuff displayed, MS just yacked on about live and how great they were. Sony... apart from Heavenly sword and MGS4 didn't do very well.



    Well done Nintendo and well done EG for keeping the feed up!
  • dr_faulk 9 years ago

    lol, halo 3 trailer downloading at 1.1k. Server is so jammed!



    I dunno about Nintendo's conference. I'm a bit of a fan boy, but it seemed kinda clunky. I think Red STeel looks incredible, but I wanted some more familiar franchises.
  • jmcoo7 9 years ago

    Gta iv will have a simultaneous launch on xbox 360 and Ps 3 thats the official line from Rockstar .
  • QuickBen 9 years ago

  • Tiiti 9 years ago

    Bungie announces Halo 3, the third and final game in the Halo Trilogy



    Only 3? When was it made a trilogy? :( /cry
  • chub 9 years ago

    Downloading trailer now
  • byron_hinson 9 years ago

    Hmmm still think its Nintendo 1st, MS 2nd, Sony 3rd. Nothing innovating here apart from the basic live stuff...nintendo's was far better.
  • Helios 9 years ago

    Halo 3 trailer on bungie.net right now



    FFS, will people please stop speed posting me.
  • patchbox360 9 years ago

    true chub





    'With GTA you have to budget for law suits as well'



    lawsuits or dumming down of the violence - without a obvious fantasy setting the realism of next gen murdering in open cities won't go down well in court



    could work out a clever move from Sony
  • dr_faulk 9 years ago

    I think as conference's went: Sony 3rd, Nitendo 2nd, MS 1st. Well done to MS, wasn't expecting it from them. If only Nintendo had shown Pilotwings and Punchout, we'd all be laughing.
  • DangerM0use 9 years ago

    H3 trailer on Bungie site.
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    Yeah back for me too now...I'd love to see the usage numbers for tonight!
  • chub 9 years ago

    Mine's working ok

    Edit: now it's not
  • SeesThroughAll 9 years ago

  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    Heh - Yup -



    'Site unavailable temporarily. Check back soon.'
  • OnlyMe 9 years ago

    GTAIV in October 2007. Would be a big blow to both Nintendo and Sony if it was released this year though.
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    I think the internet has melted...Nothing for 10mins??
  • Lukus 9 years ago

    "Some games will let you continue playing on the phone". Bloody hell, they must think we do nothing but play games 24/7!
  • Markusdragon 9 years ago

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  • symmetry 9 years ago

    "One ring to rule them all."



    ROFL.
  • Knife 9 years ago

    Over a million a month, u'll be lucky mate, most people still cant find one, even if you dont think so.
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    "..though its annoying how Microsoft are claiming the PC as their machine..."



    Well why shouldnt they?



    It basically is.
  • yorkiebar 9 years ago

    Sod this - I'm downloading the Halo 3 trailer as we speak! They're all up, too... Fable 2.... Forza 2... oh, I LOVE Xbox Live!
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    Might Bill mention the handheld?
  • chub 9 years ago

    With GTA you have to budget for law suits as well
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    "(Did Sony drop the exclusivity, because they felt they no longer needed it?)"



    No way, GTA basically carried ps2 into the #1 position
  • Ares 9 years ago

    PGR3 addict my ass.
  • Syrette 9 years ago

    Ah, good ol' Bill.
  • Machetazo 9 years ago

    Tell me something I don't know, Microsoft. Even with the benefit of video feed, the majority of this show would comparitively probably still amount to a total snoozefest, thus far.

    (Forza and Fable from experience, do absolutely nothing for me, the continuing adventures of Sam Fisher...Where'd they put all the fun?)



    I'd like to see the Gears of War trailer though, as I don't know that much about what Gears is actually like.



    BUT THEN: Good grief, it's GTA!..Well, it surprised me. :o

    But it's over a year off..

    (Did Sony drop the exclusivity, because they felt they no longer needed it?)
  • GitSomE_UK 9 years ago

    Bill Gates coming on stage... it's got to be HALO 3.

  • dr_faulk 9 years ago

    OMFG F**k the halo shit Shadowrun is back!!

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OMG OMG KICK ASS!! I'M BUYING A 360!!!



    Oh wait, it might be shite. Ah well, nice to get excited.
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Alan wake exclusive?



    Fuck yeah...me getting a 360 now!!11
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    Then why on earth did Sony not mention it at all?
  • patchbox360 9 years ago

    respect to microsoft for getting GTA 4 exclusive



    gamespot -





    12:22: "Major announcement about one of greatest franchsies of all time." Says its so exciting that he has to take his shirt off. Shows Halo 2 tatto--GRAND THEFT AUTO IV tatoo on other arm. Grand Theft Auto IV October 16 to Xbox 360 ONLY.



    12:25: "Microsoft and Rockstar have entered into an exclusive deal to privide episodic content via Xbox Live Marketplace."

  • Poorandugly 9 years ago

    Shadowrun +1

    My evening is made.
  • Lukus 9 years ago

    I think it's only the bonus content on live that will be exclusive to 360 in GTA4.
  • Markusdragon 9 years ago

    SHADOWRUUUUUN
  • Markusdragon 9 years ago

    SHADOWRUUUUUN
  • GitSomE_UK 9 years ago

    Easier installs, more options for family settings, and games accessible right from the start menu..



    Err you can do that with XP now.
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    'Available on 360 "from day one". So presumably it's on the others too. '



    Sounds like GTA ain't...
  • Tiiti 9 years ago

    Crysis is for Windows Vista, not Xbox 360



    I never said it was :p Hence the ?!
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    No, San Andreas is GTA3: San Andreas.



    This is GTA4!!!!!
  • Helios 9 years ago

    I'm thinking GTA will be exclusive for a certain amount of time like it has been for PS2. That'll be a system seller, in any case.
  • jonnyquest 9 years ago

    Crysis is for Windows Vista, not Xbox 360
  • chub 9 years ago

    Sounds like Crysis on Windows
  • City-Sickness 9 years ago

    Eh, might I suggest that tattooing GTAIV on yourself is pathetic whether or not it's an exclusive?
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    And Sony definitely didn't mention it in their doo dar.
  • Tiiti 9 years ago

    Crysis on 360 as well?!? woohaa
  • Pob 9 years ago

    @Only me: Isn't it?
  • TwistidChimp 9 years ago

    Ah it seems that IGN are going to play it not live the moment it finishes, gamespot might be doing the same thing
  • OnlyMe 9 years ago

    Isn't it a bit pathetic to tattoo GTAIV on yourself when it's not an exclusive?
  • Syrette 9 years ago

    Surely if there's a Halo 3 trailer on Marketplace then it's as good as confirmed?
  • Poorandugly 9 years ago

    It isn't fair teasing with Halo like that. I suppose they wait with it till the end of the show, to end with a bang.
  • Pob 9 years ago

    Microsoft seem to be doing well so far.
  • Helios 9 years ago

    GTA: Bloody hell
  • Lukus 9 years ago

    GTA4?? Not exlusive though surely?
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    GTA on 360 only? Sony didn't mention it no?
  • chub 9 years ago

    GTA! In 1.5 years. Doh!
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    GTA 4!!
  • chub 9 years ago

    @symmetry

    Thanks!
  • Helios 9 years ago

    Trailer description:



    "With all it's defensive forces all but obliterated, Earth has fallen to the unstoppable might of the Covenant. These alien occupiers have discovered something beneath the ancient African Sands, something incredible... something Forerunner."
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    Please be good...please be good...
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    "Aha, looks like we're turning to Halo."





    ohgodohgodohgod



    false alarm : (
  • Sko 9 years ago

    Crumbs, someone is certainly getting into the swing of this live-typing lark. Look at the entries whizz by.
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    https://addons.mozilla.org/firef
    ox/10/
  • skydwellah 9 years ago

    I think gamespot will have the low(ish) res video at 9pm GMT anyone know whos got the high res ? gametrailers.com ?
  • The-Bodybuilder 9 years ago

    >"That a dig at Sony? ;o)"



    LOL
  • chub 9 years ago

    Didn't work. I had to click it in the end.

    /searches for adblock
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    If you click back and then click on the link to the live report again you should eventually get the final fantasy advert...which doesnt shit all over the screen..
  • Pob 9 years ago

    Put your mouse over the ad, and then move it away again?
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    It's called Adblock and it fucking rocks.
  • chub 9 years ago

    @GulltySpark

    So it's not just me then!
  • chub 9 years ago

    That Godfather advert can fuck off! I can only see half the text now.
  • Tiiti 9 years ago

    All these trailers are on Marketplace. GO ON XBOX LIVE!
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Omigawd that fucking godfather advert is covering half of the screen!!!



    So annoying.
  • Tiiti 9 years ago

    Says he won't underestimate the challenges, and will have content by Japanese for Japanese.



    Turns to Tom Clancy stuff.





    lol thats funny :)
  • Helios 9 years ago

    FFS, trailer is stuck on 6%...



    live must be getting fucking hammered
  • Tabasco 9 years ago

    'Force feedback. People clap.'



    That a dig at Sony? ;o)
  • chub 9 years ago

    Nowhere I know of
  • Pob 9 years ago

    Probably only if your a subscriber to something.
  • Helios 9 years ago

    "Halo 3 trailer is on the Marketplace NOW!"



    OHMYGODHEISNTLYING!!



    /downloads
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    Is there a live feed anywhere?



    Anyone?!?
  • patchbox360 9 years ago

    billgatesevildude



    its been going that way since ps1 selling over 100 mil, ps2 the same



    sega are out



    nintendo soon to out (going by their past form)



    Microsoft not convincing enough with the 360 so far



    its simple facts and figures but i suppose we'll have to wait and see



  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Steering Wheel???



    NO ONE CARES...GIVE US HALO 3 YOU BASTARDS!!!!!
  • Bill-Gates-is-Evil 9 years ago

    Halo 3 trailer??!?



    /shits in pants
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Hey is it free?
  • Pob 9 years ago

    /panics



    ah ah ah! I dont have a 360!
  • Zomoniac 9 years ago

    Halo 3 trailer is on the Marketplace NOW!
  • Helios 9 years ago

    Fable 2 and forza 2... Hardly innovative, but they'll certainaly sell well.
  • chub 9 years ago

    Exclusives? How are Sonic and Madden exclusives? They've been in all 3 press conferences.
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    "looks very actiony"



    Nice to see your putting alot of thought into this... : )
  • Bill-Gates-is-Evil 9 years ago

    "patchbox360" if you honestly think a bad showing by Microsoft right now would guarantee a Sony monopoly then... you sir, are a moron.
  • RMXtreme 9 years ago

    Do they really think we want to listen to Madonna while playing games?
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Sonic!!



    Megadrive era sonic was amazing..
  • patchbox360 9 years ago

    After Nintendo's horror show if Microsoft doesn't pull this off then it's a Sony monopoly all the way and next next gen we'll be playing Halo and Mario but only after witnessing the Sony logo on PS4



  • Bill-Gates-is-Evil 9 years ago

    CONTRA!
  • Helios 9 years ago

    I wanna see GoW in action :(
  • GuiltySpark 9 years ago

    Gears of War



    so so sweet
  • chub 9 years ago

    I can't find a feed. I'll just watch the Eurogamer comments instead and watch the rerun later on EGTV if there is one. Actually I'd better stop typing and start reading!
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    I guess it's GameSpot anti-MS bias!!!11one!
  • patlike 9 years ago

    It's about to start, apparently.
  • Tonka 9 years ago

    Chub - No, one hour tape delay for subscribers; free users get it later I think.



    Damn! I'm in conference watching mood. Why the delay? Have they got some big secrets?
  • AHiFi 9 years ago

    Chub - No, one hour tape delay for subscribers; free users get it later I think.
  • chub 9 years ago

    Is gamespot subscribers only this time?
  • AHiFi 9 years ago

    "Show will begin in ten minutes" - according to Joystiq...
  • The-Bodybuilder 9 years ago

    >"if they miss it they don't deserve to be contenders"



    Indeed. MS has the opportunity to steal the show after sony's cgi fest last year and dissapointment this year.

    Ninty are ninty, they'll always be there.
  • dk_rare 9 years ago

    Live clock in LA time for you people

    http://www.timeanddate.com/world
    clock/city.html?n=137

    34 minutes to go ^ ^
  • dk_rare 9 years ago

    I always knew I would love Wii, but seeing how scared Sony is of Wii I am starting to think that Wii and PS3 will have a serious fight to watch ^ ^
  • chub 9 years ago

    "I'm excited. This presentation is automatically different from the bulk of Nintendo's and PS2's for the sole reason that the console is already out. Now it's all about the games, so bring on Halo 3 baby."

    says 'Bill Gates is Evil'. I thought you'd be hating the 360?
  • captainrentboy 9 years ago

    Cooome on Halo 3 news!I want it bad!Even though Halo 2 reeked a lil like cod,i'm still excited by the thought of a new one :/
  • Tiiti 9 years ago

    Just thought, there was no mention of a GTA game in the PS3 conference.



    Rubbish games anyway...
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    how hard can it be to parade a series of top-notch developers past the stage demoing concrete games that will be out in the next six months to a year? golden opportunity to be deliver the strongest conference, if they miss it they don't deserve to be contenders
  • byron_hinson 9 years ago

    Well Uno just came out on the Arcade section, so expect Camera stuff.
  • Tonka 9 years ago

    I really want to get some more info on Alan Wake. But from what I've heard there won't be any.

    Resi5 gameplay please mr Allard.
  • Bill-Gates-is-Evil 9 years ago

    I'm excited. This presentation is automatically different from the bulk of Nintendo's and PS2's for the sole reason that the console is already out. Now it's all about the games, so bring on Halo 3 baby.
  • GitSomE_UK 9 years ago

    /walks in throws money on table



    Halo 3, they won't be able to resist mentioning this it's MS's BFG 9000 to blow Sony and Nintendo away.



    Personally after seing the snooze fest that was Sony and the fun that was Ninty I reckon MS will go all out to try to be the best.



    /Goes to buy Orange lolly again from the foyer before finding seat.
  • TwistidChimp 9 years ago

    looking forward to Gears of War and Halo, hopefully Alan Wake if its there, also interested to see if they have any interesting indi stuff coming to Live Arcade.
  • Darren 9 years ago

    Sony's presentation was a bit underwhelming and dry but Nintendo's was at least pretty entertaining except for Mr. Iwata's speech (ZZZzzzzzz!). Have they saved the best 'til last?
  • Xerx3s 9 years ago

    But it started off strong. It also restored my faith in ninty. I might just yet buy a rev.





    /looks over his shoulder at his GC

    /reconsiders

    /kicks GC and wanders off
  • Yossarian 9 years ago

    Nintendo's presentation was great in every respect except actually looking good on screen. I have a window with Red Steel screenshots in one and Crysis screenshots in the other and, uh, well...



    but then SEEING IS JUST AN IMPRESSION
  • HoriZon 9 years ago

    Balls in MS court now, Sony flopped theirs, N so so tbh.
  • symmetry 9 years ago

    Nintendo was the best presentation so far, lets see what MS can dish up.
  • Xerx3s 9 years ago

    Well, if the PS3 is the best presentation of this E3, we might as well not bother.



  • morriss 9 years ago

    I reckon the PS3 will win. :)
  • Xerx3s 9 years ago

    If you dont mention halo, there is no point in comming back....





    ;p
  • HiFiHair 9 years ago

    Halo or bust.
  • Razz 9 years ago

    Meh! ;)

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

19:47 By Mark Kennedy

This is a test. Please ignore!

19:28 By Rob Fahey

We are live inside Grauman's Chinese, next door to Kodak Theatre where Nintendo just were. MS wins friends early by providing bottled water with every seat. Gulp.

It's filling up nicely, with 360s visible in display cases on the left side of the open area at the front. Due to begin in about five minutes, they say.

19:28 By Rob Fahey

Gamertags and scores are scrolling around the screen in 3d. Rob Fahey's just scrolled past. "Recreation". Wuss.

[Remind me to tell you all about the way Tom grenades his own teammates in the chest in Counter-Strike sometime. - Rob]

19:28 By Rob Fahey

Rob's appeared again. It's quite hypnotic. The display that is. Rob's not hypnotic.

Maybe the water's a kind of Temple of Doom plot device. You will write nice things about Xbox and I give you the antidote.

19:34 By Rob Fahey

I've now seen Rob's gamertag seven times. And Cochise is playing. It's just like England this.

19:35 By Rob Fahey

They're still filtering in but it's pretty much full now. Should get going soon.

19:39 By Rob Fahey

"Ladies and gentleman, please take your seats, the show is about to begin." Lights go down.

19:40 By Rob Fahey

We're off. Gears of War trailer. CG of Emergence Day, when the streets said hello to giant killy things. "Billions dead." "Humans denied their enemy control by destroying their own civilisation."

19:40 By Rob Fahey

It looks gorgeous. Incredible lighting as muzzle flare lights up street battles. Emergence Day 2006. Trailer ends.

19:41 By Rob Fahey

It's CliffyB. "Don't act surprised to see me, you knew this was going to happen." We're going to see the first level.

19:42 By Rob Fahey

(That's Cliff Bleszinsky from Epic Games, by the way. He's the designer on Gears of War, a third person action title. That's what we're looking at now.)

19:42 By Rob Fahey

Over the shoulder look as the two chars try to break out of military prison. Nice crash zoom on dead bodies as they kick down a door. The level of detail is amazing, with a huge rocket hitting a tower that tumbles down.

Fighting in the rubble, ducking out into a close over-shoulder views to take out enemies up on balconies. Blood gushing like syrup from wounds. Swapping between four weapons, close-combat evisceration.

19:43 By Rob Fahey

Leaps over block, shoots shotgun round corner. Bit of pausing now and then but generally very smooth. Very fierce, heavy metal gunplay.

19:44 By Rob Fahey

Chucking a grenade using a blue arc to gauge distance. More hanging bodies. The level of detail on the character model is fantastic. Oops, enemies cutting through door.

19:44 By Rob Fahey

Watching the cutter. "Get ready." Boom. They rush in, fanning out to different points, instructions shouted by your squad-mate. "Go left." Goes left, more close-zoom syrup-sploshing.

I feel like I'm commentating on a Bruckheimer horror film.

19:46 By Rob Fahey

We're outside. A chopper's above. "I see three!" The screen shakes as we run - the whole scene feels very oppressive. Very brown and grey with loads of rubble, tatty grass patches.

Fighting close up, chainsaw on underside of gun through enemy chest. Jack Thompson's going to love this.

Cliffy's playing it, by the way. He's down on the side looking quite intense.

19:50 By Rob Fahey

Demo ends. Applause. Peter Moore's on now. Five million sales of 360 by eight months, he says. Better than iPod, and other consoles.

19:52 By Rob Fahey

He's talking about how Microsoft's changing gaming. How popular the games have been. Cultural phenomenon. Lifestyle.

"It's a gateway to new worlds of high definition content" he says of the TV stuff. "Today you'll see how only Microsoft can deliver" on high-def, shared gamespace, digital entertainment access.

19:52 By Rob Fahey

"In the next year, Xbox Live will surpass 6 million members." He clarifies that - he means, by next E3.

19:53 By Rob Fahey

We're going beyond early adopters, he says. "We hit 57% attach" last week he says. And pays tribute to Live Arcade - "Strikes at the very core of what makes gaming fun." New additions trailer reel.

19:54 By Rob Fahey

New Live Arcade titles: Pac-Man, Contra, Frogger, Galaga, Sonic the Hedgehog, Defender, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, Time Pilot, Ultra Mortal Kombat 3, Scramble.

19:55 By Rob Fahey

"A major expansion". Logos - Dig-Dug, New Rally-X, Ms Pac-Man. "Doesn't stop there." The arcade portfolio of Konami.

19:55 By Rob Fahey

Paperboy too. Midway, Namco and Konami shown up. Sonic's "heading up our partnership with my old friends at Sega". Shared heritage, he says.

19:56 By Rob Fahey

High-def, leaderboards and multiplayer for some of these titles. "We're making sure your misspent youth can stay with you as long as possible."

19:56 By Rob Fahey

"We're also doing for games what Sundance does for movies." Loads of indie logos going past. Over 100 partnerships, Moore says. "Absolutely vital" for the industry.

"A platform for their titles and a spotlight for creativity." Surprise addition now: Lumines Live.

19:57 By Rob Fahey

Looks very much like the PSP, but with videos playing in background - Madonna music. [Er, what?! MADONNA? - Incredulous Rob]

19:57 By Rob Fahey

Warner Music Group partnership will mean exclusive music content, like Madonna, in Lumines Live.

19:58 By Rob Fahey

"With so many choices, Live Arcade is a key market differentiator." Says the other consoles "don't even come close". For today, "Live Arcade is just the appetiser."

19:58 By Rob Fahey

Then next wave of 360 games. "Truly next generation games."

19:59 By Rob Fahey

Trailer reel: Lost Planet (E3 demo excerpts), Table Tennis, Brothers In Arms, Mass Effect (looks very actiony), NHL 2K7

19:59 By Rob Fahey

F.E.A.R., Too Human (wow, looks kind of like AVP), Viva Pinata, MotoGP '06, Battle for Middle-earth II, Sonic the Hedgehog, Madden...

20:00 By Rob Fahey

World Series of Poker, Saint's Row (eek framerate, THQ), WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2007, Stranglehold, Enchanted Arms...

20:01 By Rob Fahey

Test Drive Unlimited, NCAA Football 07, Dead Rising, DDR Universe, Prey, Superman Returns, NBA 2K7, Crackdown...

20:01 By Rob Fahey

Ninety-Nine Nights, Gears of War again (love that chainsaw noise). Blip. Nothing new in that lot then.

20:02 By Rob Fahey

"By this holiday we'll have over 160 games to choose from," says Moore. Walks through the exclusives we've just seen.

20:03 By Rob Fahey

"The only place to play next-gen Madden will be right here on Xbox 360," he says, cryptically. And he mentions Pro Evolution Soccer.

They're still delivering software for first-gen Xbox as well he says. Though mainly it's third parties, in this case.

20:03 By Rob Fahey

Formal announcement of new game from Lionhead. What CAN this be, eh?

20:04 By Rob Fahey

"Your story is waiting." A scary looking Burton-esque world, morphing around a weird tree lady. "Choose your fortune."

Fable 2.

20:04 By Rob Fahey

It's all CG so far by the looks of it, but very nice. Could be in-game. Very cinematic anyway. "Every choice leads to a different destiny."

20:04 By Rob Fahey

Moore says he's proud to have Molyneux on board. Gestures to him in the crowd. He looks quite merry.

20:05 By Rob Fahey

"I'd like to show you another quality title produced by MS Game Studios." "We're shifting this into fifth gear." Forza Motorsport 2.

20:06 By Rob Fahey

Cripes, that looks nice. Cars zooming backward round the track, peeling off down to bare lines. A nice attract sequence. Going forward now, splitting into component car parts in mid-air. It's a bit like a McG Honda advert.

20:07 By Rob Fahey

Zooming along over the top of cars. Zooming in on wheel arch during a crash. They're trying to emphasise the realism rather than show the actual game, you sense.

20:08 By Rob Fahey

"Now you can choose from over 300 cars" to tune and paint. Up to 11 other players played against on Live. Available this Christmas.

20:08 By Rob Fahey

Steering wheel - Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel. Force feedback. People clap. New wireless headset too - looks like a Bluetooth headphone. Xbox Live Vision Camera too.

20:09 By Rob Fahey

"Look your opponents in the eye in Activision's World Series of Poker." All three peripherals due this holiday season.

He's turning to Japan now. "We're committed to bringing inspired, imaginative content to the Japanese market." Gestures to Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi.

20:10 By Rob Fahey

Moore welcomes Sakaguchi to Los Angeles, says Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon are going to be, well, good you know. Video now.

20:11 By Rob Fahey

Little stylised man super-deforms his way through the sky in a spaceship, as a big stompy tin-can robot and his minions cross the ground. It's very anime.

Flying towards robot-git. Blue Dragon. That's Mistwalker (as in Sakaguchi's lot) and Artoon (as in the Blinx chaps) developed, of course.

20:11 By Rob Fahey

"We've got great content coming to the Japanese market and not long to wait." Blue Dragon due this Christmas in Japan.

Mentions Dead or Alive Xtreme 2. "If there's one dev who's realised promise and potential of 360, it's Itagaki-san," he says, referring to the head of Tecmo's Team Ninja and the chap behind Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. Trailer due this week on Live.

20:12 By Rob Fahey

Says he won't underestimate the challenges, and will have content by Japanese for Japanese.

Turns to Tom Clancy stuff.

20:12 By Rob Fahey

Trailer for Splinter Cell: Double Agent. "I used to hunt terrorists. Now I am one."

Shows Sam offing a civilian. "I've become a double agent."

20:13 By Rob Fahey

Parachutes from the sky, clearly in-game. Lands on a tundra. Seen swimming underwater, pulling a bloke off an icy ledge into the water, leaping out from buried in the snow. Edging over skyscrapers. He's going everywhere. Sam Fisher World Tour 2006.

20:14 By Rob Fahey

Trailer's over. Splinter Cell: Double Agent due this September on 360, says Moore.

"We're also creating new ." Like Viva Pinata.

20:14 By Rob Fahey

"We're creating a whole new world kids can jump into any time and anywhere." Jim Veevaert from MS/Rare comes to stage.

20:15 By Rob Fahey

Talks about what a pinata is. "The hit of the party in more ways than one."

20:15 By Rob Fahey

Video comes up. "It's about letting your imagination go and transforming a small piece of land". You want to get your land good so pinatas will join you. Worm attracts sparrow, and so on.

20:16 By Rob Fahey

"Everything can have an impact in terms of the type of pinata you attract." Pistachio the horse looks happy. Live Marketplace will offer items. Trade pinatas over Live, too.

20:16 By Rob Fahey

You can get accessories through Live. Bear has Mohawk, backpack... All stuff you can get from Live.

20:17 By Rob Fahey

Helper in the garden can automate processes for inexperienced players.

20:17 By Rob Fahey

You can tame angry pinatas too. You grow the population doing a romance dance on a little stage. No, seriously.

20:18 By Rob Fahey

"And just like that, the population can grow." Demo over. Moore comes back.

20:19 By Rob Fahey

Viva Pinata this holiday, he says. "Proof positive" of plans to move beyond core of fans. Name-checks next-gen Sonic and Lego Star Wars too.

"Now let's take a look at the third essential - surrounding you with the high-def entertainment of your choice."

20:20 By Rob Fahey

Live Marketplace - "opened the floodgates" to digital distribution. Over 18 million downloads from Marketplace. Over 1000 pieces of content by this evening.

Says Live members and publishers are excited - every publisher has some sort of content, he says. It changes the way people try and buy games, he says.

Mentions Fight Night demo - "In just a few short weeks after the demo went up, pre-orders increased by over five times."

20:20 By Rob Fahey

Also good for "true episodic content" he says. Third point, "opens new worlds of digital entertainment." Direct line to 18-34 demographic. Music videos, movie trailers, and exclusive content from Paramount, Touchstone, Disney, Epic Records, Lionsgate and Fox.

20:21 By Rob Fahey

Tonight, first time ever, you can download high-def TV content. Tonight's: "Gears of War: Road to E3". A docu-drama. Starts tonight, finishes next week on MTV.

20:22 By Rob Fahey

High-definition movies are next. Picks up HD-DVD player. It looks like a smaller 360, with the mechanism on the top.

20:22 By Rob Fahey

More than 50 by Christmas. The 360 Player due this Christmas. People start to clap.

20:23 By Rob Fahey

"I think so!" he says when they do. "It'll be a better bargain than anything else in this new entertainment format."

Aha, looks like we're turning to Halo.

20:24 By Rob Fahey

He's taking his, er, clothes off. Well, jacket. "Yeah yeah yeah" he syas. He shows his Halo 2 tattoo. "You thought it was fake." Oh god. It's not on his chest, surely.

"Some guys do rubber ducks, some guys do tattoos," he jokes. His new one: Grand Theft Auto IV.

Okay, wasn't Halo then. Forgive me eh? But hell. October 16th 2007 in North America, October 19th 2007 Europe. GTAIV. "The first date it's available."

20:25 By Rob Fahey

Available on 360 "from day one". So presumably it's on the others too. Strategic partnership for exclusive episodic content on Live Marketplace, though.

More clapping. And now he's turning to Windows Vista. "A full blown games renaissance," he promises. New marketing, new graphics, on the most game-friendly OS in Windows history, he says.

20:26 By Rob Fahey

"Our new brand identity - Games for Windows." Won't be sent to "the land of misfit toys" any longer. Revitalisation "isn't just cosmetic".

Brings out Chris Donahue to show off Crysis.

20:27 By Rob Fahey

Demo starts inside a burning building of some sort. Flames lick at things all around, a floating squid takes some shrapnel from our man. We're on a ship - you can see out of a hole. Picks a girder up off a bloke on the floor.

20:28 By Rob Fahey

Moving through dark, burning interiors. Out onto the deck. An enormous, Abyss-esque monster straddles the deck on four huge tentacle-like legs. Its head opens as it attacks.

20:29 By Rob Fahey

The scale is amazing. It picks up stuff off the deck and hurls it at the bridge, which explodes and crumples. You launch fire at the giant blue squid thing, but it's not helping. The frame-rate's suffering but you can see why - flecks of light illuminate amazing detail.

20:30 By Rob Fahey

The monster's taking a hammering from our man now, even though he's hiding behind bits and bobs. It doesn't look too happy, creaking on its legs.

It glows really brightly and collapses, then explodes in a ball of blue light. "Abandon ship" they yelp.

20:31 By Rob Fahey

Demo ends. Moore returns.

DirectX 10 is the key, says Moore. Another squid of blocks grows out of the screen - erupting with weird alien life. Age of Conan trailer appears from a bubble. Then Flight Sim X.

20:32 By Rob Fahey

Crysis again. The jungle detail makes Far Cry look like a NES game [Tom's phrase of the week, by the sounds of it!]. I've not seen this close-up before actually - bloody hell it looks nice.

20:33 By Rob Fahey

"Games for Windows" logo pops up again. Moore claps. "Quite simply, Windows Vista is built to run games." "The single biggest launch in the history of Microsoft - and also a great day for gamers."

Easier installs, more options for family settings, and games accessible right from the start menu.

20:33 By Rob Fahey

Talks about Oblivion. "Which sold 1.7 million copies in three weeks for both ." Two more joint-release (PC/360) titles coming up.

20:34 By Rob Fahey

First from FASA. Resurrecting "a truly classic series". A guy gets gunned down, then revived on the spot. "Ancient magic" - "some seek to control it". "Others fight to preserve it."

20:35 By Rob Fahey

Next game. Resistance types leap from rooftops with special wings. Their enemies return. It's all CG so far, but suggests concepts - translocator style dodging, revival on the spot, summoning. It's Shadowrun.

20:36 By Rob Fahey

Combines multiplay and techniques never seen before, apparently. Next January on X360 and PC.

20:37 By Rob Fahey

Next is "one of the biggest hits of last year's E3". Remedy's Alan Wake.

Zooming over hillsides, piano music twinkling. Lighthouse view over glistening sea. Day night cycle accelerates. Alan's monologue is typed over the bottom.

The facial detailer is very impressive. Blair With style standing in a clearing with a torch looking panicked. "Exclusively on Windows and Xbox 360".

20:38 By Rob Fahey

"This game is a true genre-buster". Psychological action thriller with innovative gameplay, says Moore, who has put his jacket back on.

"When we come to E3, we always try to show you something new." Someone's here "who's not been to E3 before" he says. Aha, Bill Gates.

20:39 By Rob Fahey

He looks healthy, smiling. "Thank you Peter." "I'm a heavy Xbox 360 user - kind of a PGR3 addict." His family likes Live Arcade, he says.

20:40 By Rob Fahey

Says 360 is "an incredible foundation". Where from here, he asks. Well, he'll tell too, obviously. "The future of gaming really involves software - better tools, better environments, being user-centric so you can find your friends, and use these games on any of the devices you have."

20:41 By Rob Fahey

"Building platforms is what we're about," says Gates. Talks about MSN, Hotmail. Assets that will be connected to Live. Seamless for communications and gaming.

"It's also about making gaming attractive to people of every age, driving the industry to a whole new size."

"We're adding 8 new countries" including South Africa, Chile, India, Brazil, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia.

20:42 By Rob Fahey

"Our biggest challenge was keeping it in stock," he says. "Fortunately now we've got them largely in stock." End of June, somewhere between 5 and 5.5m, he reiterates.

"Before our competition even enters the market, we will have a 10 million unit headstart with Xbox 360," he claims.

20:43 By Rob Fahey

Live's a huge part he says. 3 million now, 6 by the next E3. Talks about digital distribution and high-def content. I think that may have come up earlier!

20:44 By Rob Fahey

"What's the most dramatic thing we could do to take Live to the next level?" "This connection to the PC and the Windows Mobile world."

230 million MSN Messenger users, 150 million Windows gamers, he stat-flashes. Keeps his jacket on, mind. "1 billion game ready cellphones" too.

20:44 By Rob Fahey

"This is a vision of taking Live to the next level - Live Anywhere." "It will actually be part of Windows Vista." A key milestone, he says.

20:45 By Rob Fahey

One user interface, one identity, one friends list, one message centre, one marketplace. One ring to rule them all.

20:46 By Rob Fahey

Gates says he thinks critical mass is only inevitable if everything converges across the two platforms.

20:46 By Rob Fahey

"Windows Mobile is a very interesting element of this." Some phones "equivalent to what a PC would have had 3-4 years ago."

20:47 By Rob Fahey

Some games will let you continue playing on the phone, he says. Not specific.

"We're going from Live to Live Anywhere, and we really think this is a unique contribution; that Microsoft is probably the only company that can pull this off."

20:48 By Rob Fahey

Scott Henson comes out to demo Live Anywhere.

20:50 By Rob Fahey

Talks about how 360 users are used to logging in as soon as games load. Shows this happening when he pops into Shadowrun. Brings up friends list. Whether you're playing Windows Vista, 360 or Mobile, it keeps you up to date on what your friends are doing.

Sends Major Nelson a cross-platform game invite. He's working on his PC now apparently. We see his desktop with integrated friends list.

20:50 By Rob Fahey

Below it is his Gamercard. "One gamertag no matter what the platform is." Gamerscore through Vista too.

20:52 By Rob Fahey

You can click View Profile on his Vista invite. The Guide comes up - you can even do achievement comparisons across platforms, whether they're achieved on PC or 360. PC will play against 360. He can play keyboard-mouse on Windows or third-person on 360. Real-time voice chat cross-platform too.

20:53 By Rob Fahey

Mobile phone now. Shows Motorola Q phone with Windows Mobile. You can see tailor-made Marketplace on Windows Mobile. You can play Zuma - unlocked for your gamertag on 360, PC and Mobile.

20:54 By Rob Fahey

Forza Motorsport team challenged to "paint on this new canvas". You can send a message to Windows Mobile. Major Nelson's sent him a car to his phone, which he can tweak and save off to Live.

21:06 By Rob Fahey

Paint shop on Vista, too, changing skins. Bring up editor and do decals.

20:55 By Rob Fahey

Paint shop on Vista, too, changing skins. Bring up editor and do decals.

A quick mock-up - racing on 360, editing on Vista, tweaking on mobile phone.

21:06 By Rob Fahey

"Live Anywhere is a big new thrust for us," says Gates. "To close things out," Moore is invited back.

21:06 By Rob Fahey

"Live Anywhere is a big new thrust for us," says Gates. "To close things out," Moore is invited back.

Wrapping up. 10m unit headstart, more than 160 games by holiday, 6m Live members by E307, Live Anywhere "unites all gamers".

20:59 By Rob Fahey

"Live Anywhere is a big new thrust for us," says Gates. "To close things out," Moore is invited back.

Wrapping up. 10m unit headstart, more than 160 games by holiday, 6m Live members by E307, Live Anywhere "unites all gamers".

21:00 By Rob Fahey

Surely we're about to get a Halo 3 trailer. Come on Peter, show us your latest ink.

Gates jokes about it. "Probably something we'll recognise."

A windswept plain, arches broken and tattered over the landscape. The Master Chief appears.

He turns. A huge ship - a fleet really - breaks over the horizon, with a giant hole ahead of him in what looks like a ten mile wide crater. Nope, it's some sort of building, arching up. To say it's vast would be... A giant white light. "This is the way the world ends."

Halo 3. "Finish the fight. 2007." And we're out. Can I have lunch now?

21:04 By Mark Kennedy

[Right that's it! Check back later for complete footage and video highlights from the conference. Now scram!]