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Microsoft E3 2013 Keynote Recap: Games, Games and More Games

Microsoft’s E3 press event wrapped up yesterday, and we’ve got the lowdown on what you might have missed. It was two hours long, and we learned a lot more about the games coming to the Xbox One, along with some surprises like you’ll want to know more about. We’ll be down on the show floor today, checking out as much as we can, but for now, we’ve got a recap video summing up our favorite games and announcements at the keynote.

There were over 20 games showcased over the two-hour event, so we couldn’t recap them all for you. We did pick out five games in particular that caught our collective eye, and we’ll be making an effort to check out the games you want to see while we wander the show floor this week. Let us know if there’s a particular title you’d like to see us have a hands on with, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Microsoft did/didn’t mention the Internet uproar about their seeming attempt to kill off the used game market (not to mention loaning games to a friend), but suffice to say, Microsoft is looking to the future, and to them, it’s one without physical media. They’re clearly interested in the licensing game, much like music and movies are hoping to migrate to as streaming becomes more and more popular. Are they pushing discs out of the picture faster than they would disappear naturally in the market? No doubt. Whether that’s acceptable — or an egregious offense — is up to you. We’re most curious to see if they change any of their restrictive DRM policies now that Sony’s hand is tipped (and doesn’t seem to have any DRM in sight). 

The Xbox One will officially be available in November, and will cost $499 USD when it launches. There are 20 other countries launching the Xbox One at the same time as the U.S., so you can bet the next few months will see a massive marketing rollout and lots of product partnerships (no matter how ridiculous they might seem — we’re looking at you, Mountain Dew and Doritos). If you’re looking to pick up an Xbox 360, Microsoft also announced a slimmer, more modern Xbox 360 that’s available for purchase right now.

Ashley Esqueda

Ashley Esqueda is a sixth-generation Southern Californian, and thinks that's pretty cool. Ever since her mom bought her an NES for her third birthday...