E3 2012: Microsoft Xbox 360 live blog

Yes, we have arrived for the first of the four E3 2012 press conferences that we are supposed to cover today. We are inside the Galen Center in Los Angeles waiting for Microsoft to begin its Xbox 360 press event. Everything is supposed to start at 9:30 am Pacific time (12:30 pm Eastern time). Stay tuned.

NeoGamr and Neowin's coverage of E3 2012 is sponsored by War Inc. Battle Zone.

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16:21 Dave Legg Welcome to this Neowin.net live event. Coverage will begin shortly.
16:23 John Callaham The Galen Center is filling up nicely..the event should start in about eight minutes.
16:30 John Callaham We are starting!
16:30 John Callaham Beginning with a Halo 4 trailer it looks like
16:31 John Callaham A massive alien attack is shown
16:33 John Callaham Master Chief sees a huge alien sphere on an unknown planet
16:33 John Callaham And now we switch to live gameplay
16:34 John Callaham Master Chief is exploring some kind of jungle enviroment.it looks spooky.
16:34 John Callaham Some familar looking grunts and an unfamilar alien
16:35 John Callaham A new alien..lots of small ones that swarm
16:35 John Callaham Another new alien...who can spawn little aliens
16:36 John Callaham New weapon for Master Chief...big energy weapon dropped by the new alien
16:36 John Callaham Anothe new alien..this one can teleport
16:37 John Callaham Now we get some clips from other parts of Halo 4
16:37 John Callaham Cortana looks upset
16:37 John Callaham That's the end..looks pretty amazing
16:38 John Callaham Microsoft's Don Mattrick is on stage
16:39 John Callaham He's patting the Xbox 360 on the back for its sales
16:39 John Callaham Talks about taking Xbox to smartphones, PCs and tablets
16:40 John Callaham Another game trailer..it looks like Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
16:41 John Callaham Nope
16:41 John Callaham It's Splinter Cell!
16:42 John Callaham Sam Fisher is back at the Iraq-Iran border
16:42 John Callaham He's doing some serious damage
16:42 John Callaham Just killled about six people in 10 seconds
16:43 John Callaham Now for some stealth kills for Sam
16:43 John Callaham Kinect is used for voice; you can call an enemy over so Sam can take him out
16:44 John Callaham More brutal kills for Sam in the compound
16:44 John Callaham Even a big machine gun can't stop him
16:45 John Callaham You can call in an air strike with Kinect voice command.
16:46 John Callaham Sam breaks into a building, kills some more terrorists and find his target
16:46 John Callaham But his target shot himself
16:46 John Callaham Splinter Cell Blacklist looks impressive
16:46 John Callaham Coming Spring 2013
16:46 John Callaham EA Sports head Andrew Wilson is on stage
16:47 John Callaham Madden 13 and FIFA 13 to support Kinect this year
16:48 John Callaham First, a FIFA demo
16:49 John Callaham FIFA 13 will have voice support only for Kinect
16:49 John Callaham Now Madden 13..with former 49rs QB Joe Montana on stage
16:50 John Callaham Madden 13 will let players call plays via Kinect voice
16:51 John Callaham He seems to really enjoy it, actually
16:51 John Callaham Touchdown for Montana
16:52 John Callaham Next: Fable The Journey
16:52 John Callaham Throwing some fireballs
16:53 John Callaham Microsoft's Phil Spencer is on stage
16:54 John Callaham He's introducing Forza Horizon
16:54 John Callaham Or not..he's actually introducing Gears of War Judgement
16:55 John Callaham Lots of the Gears action we have come to expect
16:55 John Callaham Now its Forza Horizon
16:56 John Callaham Combo of on and off-road action
16:56 John Callaham Night racing too
16:57 John Callaham Coming October 23
16:57 John Callaham Now we are going to get some non-gaming Xbox news
16:58 John Callaham This fall people can use Kinect to say which movies or TV genres they want to watch.
16:59 John Callaham Adding more languages this fall as well for voice search
16:59 John Callaham Speaking in Spanish
17:00 John Callaham Microsoft plans to double the amount of entertainment sources it will have for the Xbox 360
17:00 John Callaham Paramount Movies
17:00 John Callaham Univision
17:00 John Callaham Machinima and Nick
17:01 John Callaham NBA will be added to Xbox Live with 2400 live games
17:02 John Callaham NHL is coming too with over 40 games per week
17:02 John Callaham ESPN will get 24/7 access via Xbox Live with lots of its shows
17:03 John Callaham A video is being shown that shows Kinect voice bringing up sports coverage
17:04 John Callaham Now to music
17:04 John Callaham Xbox Music is announce
17:04 Dave Legg We think we just spotted Windows Phone 8 running on that Lumia 900
17:04 John Callaham 30 million music tracks
17:05 John Callaham Coming to Xbox 360, PCs, tablets and smartphones this fall
17:06 John Callaham Watching a demo movie of Xbox Music, with a tablet that looks like it runs Windows 8 Metro
17:06 John Callaham Kinect for fitness is next
17:06 Dave Legg That confirms the rebranding of Zune to Xbox Music, and it's looking good!
17:07 John Callaham Nike is a new partner in this
17:09 John Callaham Nike+ Kinect Training announced
17:09 John Callaham Will give an assessment of a person's training and technique
17:10 John Callaham Xbox Live will help people find others to train with
17:11 John Callaham Demo video shows lots of sweating athletes
17:11 John Callaham Head of Xbox Live is on stage
17:12 John Callaham Looks like we are getting a demo of Xbox on tablets and phones
17:12 John Callaham Xbox SmartGlass is confirmed
17:12 John Callaham Coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone
17:13 John Callaham Showing a Windows 8 tablet demo
17:13 John Callaham Sending a movie from the tablet to the Xbox 360
17:13 John Callaham SmartGlass gives info on the movie while the movie plays on the Xbox 360
17:14 John Callaham Phone and tablet are keeing up with what is being shown on a TV
17:15 John Callaham You can watch Game of Thrones and see a map of the TV's world on a tablet
17:15 John Callaham It's coming to games too
17:15 John Callaham Playing a football demo with a Windows 8 tablet..calling plays
17:16 John Callaham Then the play is executed on the Xbox 360
17:16 John Callaham Halo 4 demo, getting info on the game on the tablet as you play on the Xbox 360
17:16 John Callaham Take that, Nintendo....
17:17 John Callaham SmartGlass will act as an Xbox 360 controller
17:18 John Callaham Internet Explorer coming to Xbox 360
17:18 John Callaham Metro UI and Kinect is used to access IE on Xbox 360
17:19 John Callaham Watching a web movie of Prometheous on IE on the big screen
17:19 John Callaham Microsoft claims this will be the first fast and fluid web experience for a console
17:20 John Callaham You can control and scroll with a tablet or smartphone
17:20 John Callaham It's all coming this fall
17:21 John Callaham Windows 8 to get Xbox Live
17:22 John Callaham But we already knew that :)
17:22 John Callaham Tomb Raider demo is next
17:23 John Callaham Lara Croft is kicking some butt
17:23 John Callaham Running, jumping and sliding on a zip line
17:24 John Callaham She took a bow and arrow and set a bunch of folks on fire
17:24 John Callaham Some sweet looking shooting and jumping
17:25 John Callaham This is definately more action packed than the Tomb Raider demo at E3 2011
17:25 John Callaham She's being swept up into a river
17:26 John Callaham Falling now
17:26 John Callaham But she managed to pop a handy parachute
17:26 John Callaham She's on the ground..battered and bruised
17:27 John Callaham Xbox 360 to get first DLC pack
17:28 John Callaham Three new games to be demoed next
17:28 John Callaham Signal Studios (Toy Soldiers) with Xbox 360 and Windows Phone
17:28 John Callaham Ascend: New Gods
17:29 John Callaham Fantasy action game with lots of blood
17:29 John Callaham Very God of War-ish
17:30 John Callaham 2013 launch
17:30 John Callaham New demo...about some kind of assassin
17:30 John Callaham LocoCycle..from Twisted Pixel
17:31 John Callaham no gameplay..just a teaser..coming in 2013
17:31 John Callaham Another game that looks a bit like Portal
17:31 John Callaham It's called Matter..made for Kinect ..again 2013
17:32 John Callaham Capcom demo is next
17:32 John Callaham Resident Evil 6 :)
17:32 John Callaham The city is in flames and there are lots of zombies
17:33 John Callaham Leon is on the run, shooting and jumping as well
17:33 John Callaham Lots of zombies on screen
17:34 John Callaham But Leon is doing some damage
17:34 John Callaham Leon just got bit
17:35 John Callaham A plane crashes and explodes
17:35 John Callaham Setting off a big chain reaction
17:35 John Callaham Leon is running to get picked up by a Helicopter
17:35 John Callaham Leon is running to get picked up by a Helicopter
17:35 John Callaham But its doing down
17:36 John Callaham Leon is trying to pilot it
17:36 John Callaham But he just ran it into a subway train
17:36 John Callaham And it crashes
17:37 John Callaham And now he's surrounded by zombies
17:37 John Callaham That's it for RE6
17:37 John Callaham Weckateer is next
17:38 John Callaham It's an Xbox Live Kinect game
17:38 John Callaham Medieval game
17:38 John Callaham You use Kinect gestures to fire at castles to destroy them
17:39 John Callaham Lots of different "balls" to choose from
17:39 John Callaham Coming this summer
17:39 John Callaham South Park game is next
17:40 John Callaham Jesus with a machine gun
17:41 John Callaham March 5th, 2013
17:41 John Callaham Trey Parker and Matt Stone are here
17:42 John Callaham They just made a bit of fun at Xbox Smart Glass :)
17:43 John Callaham They are mapping out South Park for the first time with this game
17:43 John Callaham Apparently they never did this for the TV show
17:43 John Callaham No live demo unfortunately
17:43 John Callaham Harmonix is next
17:43 John Callaham Dance Central 3
17:44 John Callaham He's here live
17:45 John Callaham Doing some dance moves with a quartet of dancers
17:45 John Callaham More dancers just showed up
17:46 John Callaham More singing and dancing
17:46 John Callaham If you like that sort of thing, this is what you will like :)
17:48 John Callaham Usher will do well with Dance Central 3
17:48 John Callaham Microsoft's Don Mattrick is back on stage
17:49 John Callaham Looks like we are coming to an end for this press conference...but maybe there will be a surprise
17:50 John Callaham Looks like we are getting a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 demo
17:51 John Callaham We are riding in a vehicle in a war torn city
17:51 John Callaham Helicopter gets shot down
17:51 John Callaham It makes a mess of things
17:52 John Callaham You manage to survive, though
17:52 John Callaham You are on foot..on the streets of LA
17:52 John Callaham Manning an anti-air cannon
17:53 John Callaham Blowing up jets
17:53 John Callaham A VTOL jet is on screen
17:54 John Callaham You provide cover for a team..sniping enemies
17:55 John Callaham Now get a brak and move to another part of the game
17:56 John Callaham Shooting up a shopping center
17:56 John Callaham Lots of unmaned air drones
17:57 John Callaham Moving and shooting through the shops
17:57 John Callaham A jet just crashed into the center
17:58 John Callaham And a big skyscraper just toppled
17:58 John Callaham We hate it when that happens ;)
17:59 John Callaham Now we are getting on board the VTOL
17:59 John Callaham Going in the air
18:00 John Callaham Providing an escort for a ground team
18:00 John Callaham More shooting
18:01 John Callaham Eneny gunships in sight
18:01 John Callaham Going after air drones
18:01 John Callaham And that's it
18:01 John Callaham That's all from the Xbox 360 press event..sorry, not even a hint about the next console
18:02 John Callaham Thanks for coming..now onto EA's press event at 1 pm PT
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