Xbox One: Microsoft unveils new games, price

June 10, 2013 | 2:29 p.m.
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Attendees await the start of Microsoft's Xbox E3 2013 media briefing in Los Angeles on Monday. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Microsoft Vice President Phil Harrison speaks about the Xbox One console during the company's media presentation ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Michael Nelson / EPA)

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Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, speaks during the company's media presentation on Monday, ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Yusuf Mehdi, a senior vice president at Microsoft, speaks during the company's Xbox media briefing on June 10, 2013, ahead of the E3 expo in Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Dan Greenawalt, developer of the video game Forza Motorsport, speaks during Microsoft's news presentation on June 10, 2013, ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Attendees of Microsoft's media briefing watch a presentation on "Dead Rising 3" on June 10, 2013, ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Attendees listen to Microsoft's media presentation on June 10, 2013 ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Microsoft on Monday pulled back the curtain on its games coming for the Xbox One, giving glimpses of a number of titles destined for its successor to the popular Xbox 360, including “Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain” as well revealing that a new “Halo” title is coming in 2014.

Xbox One will be released in November and retail for $499. The Xbox 360 was released in 2005 and different editions were priced at $299 and $399 at launch.

As if to temper the sticker shock – the price reveal was the one time Microsoft wasn’t met with cheers at this morning’s news conference – the company sandwiched the news between a brief glimpse of a new, snowy “Halo” scene and the official confirmation of “Titanfall,” the first game from the “Call of Duty” veterans who head Respawn Entertainment.

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The retail figure came near the end of a 90-minute news conference held at USC’s Galen Center, one in which Microsoft emphasized action titles, the system’s voice-command interaction and how the Xbox One can play with the company’s Smartglass technology, which integrates mobile phones and tablets into the experience.

A new supposedly precision point Kinect wasn’t detailed Monday.

Microsoft made clear its E3 message when the news event began at 9:30 a.m. “As we’ve been promising,” said Microsoft’s interactive entertainment president Don Mattrick, “it’s all about the games.”

Microsoft announced its Xbox One in late May at an event at Redmond, Wash., campus, at the time emphasizing the system’s new Kinect and cloud-based entertainment features.

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“Metal Gear Solid 5” opened the conference with rousing applause from the assembled media and industry types at a packed Galen Center. It also set the tone, as throughout the morning Microsoft emphasized action and sports titles, even bringing out a sports car for “Forza Motorsport 5” to show how closely the Xbox One mimics the look of a real-life vehicle.

Zombies, dragons and Roman Empire sword fights were given next-gen makeovers, as titles such as “Dead Rising 3,” “Crimson Dragon” and “Ryse: Son of Rome” were confirmed for the Xbox One.

“Ryse,” the crowd was told by Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer, is a “visually stunning” game that showed off Xbox One’s new graphical capabilities. Moments later the crowd watched as a sword pierced a torso and brought forth a fountain of blood and multi-toned fireballs drenched the digital landscape.

The long-awaited war game “Battlefield 4” was introduced as a title with exclusive material for Xbox Live. A hectic scene aboard an air craft carrier illustrated its fast-moving land-to-sea combat.

Attendees of Microsoft's press briefing watch a presenting on "Battlefield 4" on June 10, 2013, ahead E3 in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Attendees of Microsoft’s media briefing watch a presentation on “Battlefield 4” on June 10, 2013, ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Microsoft showcased some new brands as well, including more of the previously announced “Quantum Break,” which melds filmed action with digital game play. Sam Lake, the creative director for the game’s studio Remedy, said the choices a player makes in the game will create a “personalized view” of a TV show. It wasn’t clear whether the more cinematic aspects would be separate from the game or whether it was one experience.

Microsoft also brought out Insomniac Game, a studio long-associated with Sony titles such as the “Ratchet & Clank” and “Spyro” games. Insomniac is developing an action title called “Sunset Overdrive” for the Xbox One.

While it was more cartoonish than others on display, “Sunset Overdrive” was no less violent. The game included a gun that seemed to behead monsters by firing vinyl records and a weapons-wielding, soda-sipping main protagonist who looks as if he’d rather be surfing.

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Studio head Ted Price described it as a “stylized open-world shooter in which the experience can change every day.” The game will rely heavily on Xbox One’s cloud computing capabilities, said Price, as landscapes and gameplay can change based on data analyzed from those who game around the globe.

Fighting title “Killer Instinct 3” was brought out to showcase how Xbox One plays nice with mobile devices. Those utilizing Smartglass could use their tablets as a controller in the combo-heavy game. The arcade-style fighter also illustrated Xbox One’s ability to record gameplay via the system’s DVR and immediately integrate it with services such as Twitch.

Attendees listen to Microsoft's media presentation on June 10, 2013 ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Attendees listen to Microsoft’s media presentation on June 10, 2013 ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Overall this was a pro-Xbox crowd, as this wasn’t the place to answer questions about how the new finger-precision Kinect will work or address concerns over the Xbox One requiring regular online connections to authorize users to play purchased games.

Those looking for less-intense gaming experiences were treated to a few snapshots of indie titles in development. Popular sandbox game “Minecraft” is getting an Xbox One makeover, and perhaps more surprising for indie game fans was the news that “Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery” developers Capybara Games will be bringing a game titled “Below” to Xbox One.

Not much was said about the game, other than it features a soundtrack from composer Jim Guthrie. Microsoft’s Spencer described it as possessing “rogue-like gameplay” and it appears to feature the studio’s trademark retro styling.


For those not yet convinced on upgrading to the Xbox One, Microsoft also promised that its Xbox 360 will continue to have the company’s support, as Microsoft today made available a new edition of the 360 modeled after the Xbox One.

“Hundreds” of new games will be coming to the Xbox 360, pledged Microsoft Interactive senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi. Additionally, beginning July 1, Xbox Live “gold members” will receive two free games per month.

Sony will present its PS4 on Monday evening and throughout the coming week the companies will show off software for its new systems in heavily controlled settings. In the weeks leading up to E3, software publishers sent invite after invite to “unannounced” game demos, asking for coverage but refusing to say for what.

The event unofficially marked the beginning of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, the largest video game trade show in the world. While the E3 doors at the Los Angeles Convention Center won’t open until early Tuesday, heavy hitters such as Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft were holding arena-sized conferences on Monday to get ahead of – and control — the media cycle.

— Todd Martens

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44 Responses to Xbox One: Microsoft unveils new games, price

  1. Jason says:

    Xbox One is $50 to $100 over priced! Yikes :(

    • alec says:

      Not really! After inflation the price is right. Everything seems more expensive now although its not. Our dollar if fading to a quick death.

      • guest says:

        Inflation isn't 50%…haha more like 2%…these price increases are still ridiculous

      • bob says:

        %50?? when the xbox 360 came out starting at $399 and it didn't come with the Kinect hmm yeah that's good math.

      • Guest says:

        When you think of all the stuff Microsoft put into the thing, the price is right. Hey, it still costs less than a gaming laptop. So stop whining.

  2. al argento says:

    Xbox will not be able to sell games you can not trade them and resell them at 70 dollars a game you better love it x box will not allow you to trade a game ? and you can "gift a game " to someone who is on your friend for over 30 days once !!

    • Alec says:

      You can trade them at certain retailers. One of which I bet will be Gamestop.

      • Ashton says:

        and it's up to the publishes if they want to put the fee on used games so the publisher can turn around and go well where not feeing ps4 gamers so why but the fee on xbox one gamers

  3. Eric Wells says:

    70 dollars a game I wish. For Watch Dogs pre-order they have it listed as 99.99 for BOTH the Xbox One and PS4 – so it looks like the next gen game consoles bring with them next gen game prices

  4. Brian says:

    Xbox One is gonna awesome price is no problem at all

  5. r3d says:

    So games have become increasingly easier to create, manufacture, and send world wide through the rise of technology and Microsoft is allowing us to download the games directly to the console. This takes away the manufacturing process and the cost of packaging and shipping, yet they're going to charge even more for the games and not let you sell them back if you choose to?

    Typical Microsoft: taking everyone's money with blatant disregard, then force-feeding their advertisements and products on those who are already committed to them. The Xbox 360 dashboard has become a giant advertisement that is clunky, difficult to navigate and focuses on what THEY want you to see, not what YOU want to see.

    I have been an avid Halo fan since day 1, have had my GT since beta, and I am tired of all the same games on my 360 – but for the price of the Xbox One and its games, I'm not even considering purchasing it.

    • Drew says:

      games have become increasingly easier to create? I’m not sure who you’ve been talking to, but you may want to reconsider their “knowledge” of the game industry.

    • tim says:

      Yes, they save money on manufacturing/shipping.

      But they have to spend those savings on servers, IT people, and stuff, to handle the HUGE amount of downloads they will now have.

      Personally I welcome downloading games, I can't count how many times I have had to re-buy a video game because the disc got messed up. I have definitely spent 100s of dollars on games that I shouldn't have had to.

      The effect this will have on Gamestop will be interesting, as they will lose a huge chunk of their business.

      The only thing I am NOT looking forward to is the initial year or 2 where the games are crap compared to the system's hardware capabilities.

      Look back at Call of Duty 2, which came out at the beginning of Xbox 360, compare it to Black Ops 2, the difference is HUGE because it takes time for game developers to get used to working on a new system and fully take advantage of the power.

      As for the 499$ (fully loaded) price compared to 399$ for a fully loaded Xbox 360 back in 2005, that's only 100$ more, and for that 100$ you get WAY MORE features than the Xbox 360 released with (kinect/large HDD).

      Playstation 3 was 499$/599$ on release back in 2005, just for comparison

      Also I note that since 2005 minimum wage has gone from 7.50 to 10.25 where I live, so accounting for inflation and stuff, I would say that this a VERY FAIR release price. (this post was longer than i intended)

      • Tonio says:

        Oh no no no MW is not 10.25 base line is 7.25 with some states being a bit more and the highest being just over 9.00 add in the inflation of gas food cost of living.. and ya this box is very expensive and will be out of reach for many people.

  6. donnie says:

    Just buy a PC…

  7. jason says:

    nope. not interested in a “console” that requires internet connection every 24 hours, or the inability to rent games or trade games with a friend. or how about a kinect that never truly sleeps? microsoft vastly overthought this one just like windows 8 and it come back to bite them. count me out of this round.

  8. Tone says:

    Xbox one sales aren't going to meet their projections. Not everyone wants to play online. This is not only going to hurt MS but developers as well. With titles priced at $70+ and no ability to resell them then those that do buy aren't going to take chances on new games and unproven franchises. With the internet, developers/publishers are not going to be able to "bully" reviews. The major sources will continue to give positive reviews as the status quo will not change but with Youtube and other forms of social media true reviews will be out there and if a title is not good (as most aren't) then sales revenue of those games will not cover their production costs. Advertising costs are going to soar and publishers will still take their cut of the revenue and developers will screwed in the end. I will not be buying this console in its current form and never will if I cannot sell my games freely. If PS4 follows suit then ill just stick with my current consoles and only buy used games and stick with my pc for new content. Whoever heads Xbox better give a call to Netflix CEO and ask him how taking a dump on his customers worked for his business.

    • Serg says:

      For the entire life of the Xbox one, they projected more than twice the sales of the ps2 and more than four times the sales of the wii. Sooo… Yeah they definitely overshot their projections.

  9. potsy says:

    This exclusively blows!

  10. zr74 says:

    So, where is the 15 new games, and 8 excluvsives they said were going to be at E3? I see what 5 games they introduced?

  11. F XBOX says:

    Valve's Steam Box needs to hurry up and come out!

  12. sam says:

    im still stuck in the middle between buying and not buying the xbox one i think i’ll wait and see what happens the days after the release many of u shuld do the same.

  13. Tim Dogg says:

    Let the rise in PC gaming begin.

    • @element187 says:

      Agreed.. I'm not impressed with either ms and Sony's new systems…. I'll pick up a new video card later this year and not look back… Although I will still pick up a Wii u to get my Nintendo fix.. Which Nintendo consoles are always an excellent compliment to PC gaming.

  14. Austin says:

    Wow, so much misinformation. Most of these guys are just spreading nonsense.


    bullet 1 – Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day:
    bullet 3 – Share access to your games with everyone inside your home
    bullet 4 – Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere:
    bullet 5 – Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.
    bullet 6 – Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends.

  15. John says:

    Restricted resell of used games is only the start. MS is one step away from subscription licensing and worse yet pay-to-play they just are talking about it yet. Forced on-line connection is about maintaining control and adding ways to squeeze more money out of the users.

  16. Xbox None says:

    Cool, it's only $399, lets me play my games without requiring an internet connection, lets me sell my used games if I want to, and it doesn't watch me with it's creepy always-on see-in-the-dark camera. Oh wait, that's not Xbox, that's the PS4.

  17. Jesse Burkhead says:

    Well I've been having a lot of worries about either Xbox One or PS4. But I said from the very beginning, whichever game will let me resell my games, is the one that I will buy. Now honestly, I prefer the Xbox One to the PS4. I think it has better graphics and smoother gameplay, not to mention better Xbox One only games. But sadly… If Xbox One doesn't allow the resell of games, I'm going to become a Playstation man….

    • Spencer C. says:

      It allows you to resell Disc based games at major game sellers like Gamestop with no fee to pay. (Most publishers are not placing a fee to resell though it has been said that they could.)

  18. Bahamut says:

    The PS4 is suppose to be more like a computer for games so why not just play on PC and get a controller that fits your play style. essentially using a computer for gaming would come more natural.
    So why not move to PC gaming where you can play online or offline games. Free to play games or Pay to play. MS and Sony are just try to accomplish what World Of Warcraft is doing to his followers sucking them in and charging them over and over for "THER" subscription Fee build a better PC then Xbox or PS4 can make 5 years from now.

  19. Once a Loyal User says:

    Xbox One & PS4 don't let you use THEIR own digital games from XBLA & PSN…which they told us we could from the start…I have over 400 titles in those alone…they lied from the start…NEVER AGAIN! I will skip next gen gaming and it's bs & gather 360's & PS3's plus hard drives & store all of MY digital purchases, then disconnect, & never pay them again. Follow suit unless you want to be dictated in this bs regime.

  20. Andrew says:

    It is way to early to be picking sides in my opinion. I am just going to wait and see what happens. I do belive these “restrictions” will not be as bad as most people think. Ms has been quite unclear on certain things, like the online every 24 hours rule. Not many people actually know what happens when you don’t check in.

  21. @scorned420 says:

    Im still on the fence here its a swirling toilet of info right now and i cant tell whats shit and whats water any more… im just gonna wait and see how these companies react to the growing concerns of so of the loyal customer bases. Maybe once side will really take a better position.. but atm its hard to see witch way is best… i think you should be able to buy/sell/trade games as u wish, you payed for it…. and to have the ability to share it with 1 "family member" over a cloud system. i dont get how having 10 people that can axcess your games but only 1 can play per game… thats just gonna be annoying if you all live in the same time zone or play during like minded times of the day… but both companies need to stop leaving old titles from obsolete systems in the dust, and continue to sell them used and grow to a massive game title base spaning decades all playable on one system. so its like once you buy a game it dosent become garbage years later when no one plays it and your old system died or is in storage somewhere…. so years later you can pull up a digital copy of an old game you loved and show it to your friends or family, its like i have a graveyard of ps1,xbox,ps2,gamecube, and soon to be ps3 games,and a few more years and the 360 will die… and those games will collect dust in a box somewhere… Now its even more to buy these games for new systems and with no way to get any return from them its a 500 doller system with 70 doller games… with that price on the games the system seems almost cheap… for the cost of what 7-8 new games you can have a brand new next gen gaming system… thats just not cool to know that it will be a huge decision what game i get.. cause i can afford to load up for that price…

  22. dominic says:

    The focus on internet connection and cloud based services will definitely limit the appeal to people with internet connections, and it will be unappealing to people without high speed internet connections.The point is in order to temper peoples fear over the online thing microsoft needs to release high profile games that will show off the processing power of this new next gen game console without it being cocused in the cloud

  23. Once A Loyal User says:

    Just saw today Microsoft is starting to pay attention to all our voiced concerns & wanna say keep it up esp. 4 those of us who own lots of XBLA &/or digital content such as themes & avatar items. This has got to be the saddest most depressing gaming console unveiling EVER! It's made me wanna cry, here I thought I was buying these digital games for life so I could play them through my kids' life. My daughter who is 6 loves playing TMNT, FABLE HEROES, DOUBLE DRAGON, etc etc w/me & my son may never get to as he is 1 & who knows what in 6 years Microsoft will recharge us for….keep up the good work blogging/voicing concerns & LONG LIVE XBLA!

  24. Once A Loyal User says:

    hey microsoft lets make a deal my friends and i will buy the xbox one if you let us transfer all our xbla games…we will go out & pre-order it as soon as you announce it…you know it'll help sales!

  25. MicroBlows says:

    I have all the Halo's I need on my old 360 – With the restrictions they (Microsoft) wish to bring in, I am going back to being a Sony PS gamer which I have not been since the PS1. Apple does it with restricting App and music content through iTunes, now Microsoft are trying the same thing with gaming ….Really????

  26. KUSHBLOWER says:

    Now its even more to buy these games for new systems and with no way to get any return from them its a 500 doller system with 70 doller games…

    Nah man all the games are going to be 60$ just like now look it up.

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