Microsoft 360 Kickoff

Posted By: Foolthrottle – Tuesday, May 17, 2005 5:54:39 AM EST

Dragging our tired soles back from the XBOX event we just had to bring you some details before calling it a night. We’re posting a bunch of footage of the event tonight, and tomorrow we’ll bring you an overview edit.

First, let’s set the stage – the Shrine Auditorium was decked out with a large array of moving lights, image projections, and video screens. Projected motivational phrases on the walls included &quotno such thing as being too good”, &quotcreate more questions than answers”, and &quotkeep hurting the people closest to you&quot. One of my personal favorites was “;konichiwa, hashbrown&quot. Clearly most of these were for the fps fans.

They had a few announcements of note: The XBOX360 will be backwards compatible with the original XBOX.Square Enix is developing software for XBOX360 starting with Final Fantasy XI. XBOX Live Silver will be free. And then there were the featured new 360 titles: DOA4, Lost Odyssey, Project Gotham Racing 3, Ghost Recon 3, NBA2K5, Kameo – Elements of Power, Call of Duty 2, Elders Scrolls 4 – Oblivion, Gears of War (a new Epic game using their Unreal 3 engine), Need for Speed Most Wanted, The Godfather, FIFA ’06, NBA Live, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and Madden NFL ’06. There was brief glimpse of Perfect Dark Zero but only in the walkout reel. Conspicuously absent was any mention of Halo.

Once the presentation ended the crowd gathered outside in and out of several dome tents full of food stations and video testimonial booths. Mountain Dew was there with a giant tanker truck full of &quotGame Fuel&quot.

Then in the large auditorium, the party ran until 1AM with entertainment from the Killers and the Chemical Brothers. In this room we saw the interactive video display Elijah Wood jumped in front of at the end of the MTV launch last week, the 360-in-a-museum-case featured on many internet sites prior to the MTV launch and most importantly, a few 360 controllers that we could hold. And yes, they feel great. They have captured everything good about the controller S and made them better (and wireless, of course)

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