Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing

Join CNET for complete live coverage of Microsoft's press conference at E3 2014, where we expect to see the latest and greatest games the Xbox platform has to offer.

  • john.falcone 6/9/2014 4:01:06 PM
    Hello everyone.
  • john.falcone 6/9/2014 4:03:50 PM
    Welcome to CNET's live coverage of Microsoft's E3 event from Los Angeles
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:04:20 PM
    We're live from Los Angeles at Microsoft's Xbox event where they'll be showing, as a spokesman said, "games, games, games."

    People are still filing into the briefing center, but the event is already underway. Microsoft's own PR is doing a pre-show event, which is being live-streamed to the center. The room itself is blanketed in green light, with a giant screen and a loud sound system.
  • john.falcone 6/9/2014 4:04:20 PM
    Our CNET team is on the ground, queued up to get in to the Galen Center, where the event is taking place.
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:08:51 PM
    Larry Hryb, Microsoft's "Major Nelson" PR man, is on a streaming video discussing Halo, the company's popular space-age shooting game series. Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft's 343 studio which makes "Halo," said she plans to discuss the next release in the series, but she isn't saying much else. We'll have to wait and see, it seems.
  • Scott Stein 6/9/2014 4:11:19 PM
    Hey everyone. It's very, very green here.
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:11:19 PM
    A reminder, the show starts at 9:30 PT / 12:30 ET. In the mean time, there's a lot of thumb twiddling going on as other media continue to file in.
  • Scott Stein 6/9/2014 4:13:54 PM
    Interesting how Microsoft has a "what's your favorite game" hashtag that's displaying on the screen here. They've showed people's favorites, including (gasp!) Nintendo games.
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:17:35 PM
    This spot, the Galen Center at USC, has been the home of the Microsoft Press conference for the past several years. One of the only notable exceptions was 2007, where the press conference was held in an outdoor high school stadium in Santa Monica.
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:18:20 PM
    Another interesting item from Microsoft, as we wait, is the wrist bands. Microsoft hasn't said what the bands will do, but they're rather bulky and seem to have some sort of battery. My uninformed guess is that they'll vibrate, but maybe they'll light up as well?
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:20:37 PM
    Yeah we looked up the manufacturer of the bracelets while queued up. They make radio-controlled LEDs. So basically we're expecting a halftime show at some point.
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:21:14 PM
    Uh oh. It seems the WiFi is starting to buckle as more and more media stream into the center.
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:21:16 PM
    We saw that the wristband is from a company called PixMob.
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:21:42 PM
    But it's more fun to think of it as some kind of "Escape From New York"
    deadly timer device...
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:25:52 PM
    We're about 5 minutes from showtime
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:25:55 PM
    The pre-show from a "green" carpet outside is wrapping up, with a corresponding increase in music volume inside.
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:26:39 PM
  • Scott Stein 6/9/2014 4:26:55 PM
    Wi-Fi here is a fun mix of working and not.
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:29:27 PM
    Josh Miller will be ejecting anyone who claps in the audience
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:30:00 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:30:53 PM
    My wristband is blinking...red...not a good sign...
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:31:09 PM
    Mine's defective!
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:31:24 PM
    We're starting and our wrist bands are definitely lighting up along with the video and music.
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:31:36 PM
    Wow, Phil Spencer the rockstar gets a thunderous applause from the crowd.
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:32:04 PM
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  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:32:32 PM
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:32:58 PM
    Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, is now on stage. He's talking about showcasing "passion." He says this generation of consoles is off to the "hottest start in history."
  • Scott Stein 6/9/2014 4:33:06 PM
    I'm glad the wristbands have gone dark now.
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:33:33 PM
    The green wrist lights seem to be keyed to applause lines.
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:33:41 PM
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:33:48 PM
    Phil saying the gamers have helped shape the Xbox One. Says this presser will just be about games.
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:34:04 PM
    The entire event today is about games, Spencer says. Discussing games for 2014 first, but then games "for the future."
  • Scott Stein 6/9/2014 4:34:13 PM
    "entire briefing being dedicated to games" is another way of saying "yeah, we know now what you want the Xbox One to be used for."
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:34:25 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:35:05 PM
    Saying the press briefing is dedicated to games only sets our expectations -- no new/updated hardware, perhaps no mention of the Kinect-less Xbox One, etc.
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:35:43 PM
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:36:02 PM
    Very, very loud presentation for the next Call of Duty game, called Advanced Warfare.
  • Jeff Bakalar 6/9/2014 4:36:10 PM
    They did it. They started their press conference with a multi-platform game again.
  • Ian Sherr 6/9/2014 4:36:14 PM
    Spencer says he's excited to open the show with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Video starts with a couple military people clearly in some sort of flying machine that's crashing.

    Scratch that, crashed.
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:36:33 PM
    So far, nothing we haven't seen before, at least in terms of gameplay or design.
  • dan.ackerman 6/9/2014 4:36:56 PM
    But this has always been the most conservative of game series.
  • Scott Stein 6/9/2014 4:36:57 PM
    Impressive-looking, if expected.
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:36:59 PM
  • josh.miller 6/9/2014 4:37:40 PM
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