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Microsoft thrills itself at E3 with Halo and Dance Central for Xbox One

Focus shifts from hardware to software
Tue Jun 10 2014, 09:24
Microsoft Xbox One console and kinect

MICROSOFT HAS USED the E3 games show to shine a light on its upcoming Xbox One titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Dance Central Spotlight.

The firm said that the titles will come out this holiday season, and will join the just launched £349 Kinect-free console on shelves. Master Chief and the UNSC are back, as is racing game Forza.

"We are committed to delivering amazing experiences that will help define this generation of games and delight the millions of passionate Xbox fans around the world," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.

"Xbox will be the only place you can enjoy the most-anticipated blockbusters and new franchises, including exclusives... and a vibrant catalog of games from independent developers."

While it kept mum about the console before release, Microsoft said that the Xbox One is a community effort that has been fueled by user comment and feedback. This feedback pushed it to offer a version of the console without Kinect.

"Today we're thrilled to offer our fans more choices to play the games they love and to enjoy all of their entertainment with the new Xbox One option for £349.99," said Microsoft corporate VP of Devices and Studios Yusef Mehdi.

"With an amazing lineup of exclusive games and more than 225 entertainment apps available around the world by this holiday, powered by our Xbox Live multiplayer service, we're committed to making Xbox an incredible place to play."

Microsoft boasted that its line-up is equally incredible, and indeed it is bringing out a large range of titles.

Halo fans will be particularly spoiled, as they will be offered a range of new titles, including a Xbox One boxed set of previous titles. This, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, includes titles through Halo 4 and provides around a hundred gaming levels all running at at 60 frames per second (fps).

Away from Master Chief, we find Forza Horizon 2 and a new track, the Nürburgring for Forza Motorsport 5.

Capcom continued a tendency for bland game titles with the zombie apocalypse title Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition. Activision showed off Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Harmonix spun people around Dance Central Spotflight.

Rockstar also announced on Monday that GTA 5 will be coming to both the Xbox One and PS4 this autumn. µ


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