PALGN will be reporting live from the eGames & Entertainment Expo on all three keynote speeches as they're delivered. David McLean is now presenting a keynote on convergence & The Live Anywhere concept.
Luke has disappeared, so I'm going to remain for this Live update (pun intended). Starting. David has taken the stage. Someone has pulled my power - I can't get it back up, so this could be short.
Showing off Live anywhere. Showing a demo from Major Nelson. Showing Vista desktop - receiving a gamer invite on his PC from Xbox 360. Shows how a player can play Shadow Run on their PC against someone on an Xbox 360.
Presentation has paused - some kind of technical issues. Seems the correct slides aren't coming up.
Oh, it was the sound. I wish they hadn't fixed it. There's some very loud beeps as they're navigating the menu. He's showing how you can edit your cars on your PC to use on the 360 (this is on Forza). Halo 2 PC will be enabled for Live Anywhere when launched next year ie. you can play across platforms.
They're now showing off the Media and entertainment section. Movies, TV Shows Movies and Clips. You can download in standard or high definition. "You can download and play in 10 mins. This is typically faster than going to your video store." This will be available next year in Australia.
Now talking about stats on downloads. "We've had 12,000 games submitted for approval for Xbox Live"
He's showing a sneak peak at Xbox Live games. It looks like just the E3 reel.
Talking about "evolving" the Xbox Live platform such as bring 1080p to the consoles. "We think it's important that our customers can play when and where they want." Here it comes... HD DVD Drive - availabale Early 2007. $249.95 rrp. Includes Peter Jackson's King Kong and Universal Remote Control. The system allows you to play standard DVDs in the drive and upscale them.
In December this year we're going to be making some announcements. We're going to be putting out a video that shows you more about Halo 3. "Very early" next year will be the multiplayer beta test. New maps for Halo 2 will be available early next year.
Now finishing up. "We'll be launching next week with Gears of War." There will be playable Gears of War on the show floor. He's now going to give away an Xbox 360 to the person who answers "What day do I need to check for a new game on Xbox Live?". Wednesday, of course.
Now over. I'm off to look at reconnecting the power.