Update: The Xbox One will be available this November for $500.
Now that the Xbox One hardware reveal is out of the way, Microsoft is busy unveiling its upcoming Xbox One games at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Konami kicked off the event by showing off the first Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer. The trailer didn't reveal many details, but it was mentioned that the game would feature open-world gameplay. Metal Gear V will not be an Xbox One exclusive like some outlets accidentally reported.
Microsoft announced that Ryse: Son of Roman will be a launch day title, and an updated version of Minecraft will be available for the Xbox One. The Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will feature expanded multiplayer capabilities and massively larger worlds that weren't possible on the 360. It was also revealed that Killer Instinct will be an Xbox One exclusive.
There doesn't seem to be much excitement over Disney's upcoming Disney Infinity video game. Pre-orders opened in early March to little fanfare, but that hasn't stopped its Executive Producer John Vignocchi from rolling out the big guns at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. MTV Geek got a first look at the Disney Infinity "Cinderella's Coach/Monster Truck mash-up". Vignocchi's said the purpose of the truck is to show what's possible when the various worlds of Disney collide.
Other highlights of Disney's E3 booth include a life sized version of the Infinity base, and "new characters like Wreck It Ralph and Tonto mixing it up with old favorites like Bullseye from Toy Story and Stitch."
Disney Infinity is virtual “toy box" video game that allows players to mix and match popular Disney characters. The game is a lot like Activision's popular Skylanders franchise, where players can buy individual toys based on Disney characters to interact with the game. For example, players can use the Mrs. Incredible action figure to play as her character in the virtual Toy Story world, and so on.
The next-generation Skylander toys will be unveiled at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo next week. Players will be able to swap the top and bottom halves of the new Skylanders SWAP Force toys to create more than 250 different character combinations. Even better, Skylanders fans will be able to use previous characters from both Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders Giants with the new edition of the game.
GameStop is already accepting pre-orders for Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Packs for the PS3, 360, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. The new Skylanders game and toys will be available in North America on October 13. You can also sign up to be notified for the character packs. There will be 32 never-before-seen characters with all new powers and abilities. There were a lot of hard-to-find and sold out characters from last year's Skylanders Giants, so you'll want to sign up for pre-order notifications as soon as possible.
Sony has its sights set on Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of the popular Minecraft game. Persson received a gold PlayStation as a VIP invite to Sony's upcoming E3 event. Minecraft broke records by selling over 6 million copies for the Xbox 360, but the game was never released for the PS3. This also isn't the first time Sony has tried to bribe Persson.
"Sony also once sent me an original copy of Dungeon Master 2 they had lying around for some reason," tweeted Persson after he received his E3 invite. "They sure know how to bribe nerds."
Sony is hoping Persson decides to jump ship after he expressed his displeasure with the Xbox One on Twitter.
Accessory maker ZAGG is holding a two day Memorial Day sale. All tablet keyboards are 20% off, and all other smartphone accessories and cases are 50% off. The sale runs from Monday, May 27th to Tuesday, May 28th.
ZAGG offers a wide variety of tablet and smartphone cases, screen protectors and accessories for Apple, Android and BlackBerry products. The popular ZAGG invisibleSHIELD screen protector is available for all current iPhone models, the iPad, the iPad mini the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the BlackBerry Z10. It's a durable self-healing skin that protects your device from smudges and scratches without adding any annoying extra bulk. The ZAGG invisibleSHIELD also comes with a free lifetime replacement warranty for the life of your device.
Amazon has marked down the Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection by 58%. The Blu-ray set, which includes Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard and Decoding Die Hard, is only $25 for one week. The sale ends at 12 AM PST/3 AM EST next Sunday, June 2nd.The 5-Disc collection features interviews with cast and crew members, audio commentaries, and plenty of other bonus material.
Die Hard (1988) - Bruce Willis stars as New York City detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife. But as McClane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorists take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans Gruber rounds up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with hear-stopping suspense.
Update: Activision announced Skylanders SWAP Force will be available for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Update 2: More games announced here.
Now that we know pretty much everything we needed to know about the Xbox One, the next big question is what games will be available for the new console when it's launched. Here's a quick look at what next-generation Xbox One games have already been announced:
Forza Motorsport 5
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Forza Motorsport 5 is a racing game built exclusively for the Xbox One by Turn 10 Studios. A short trailer featuring an orange McLaren P1 racing against a silver McLaren F1, was shown during the Xbox: Next Generation Revealed event on May 21.
The next chapter in the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise is a whole new adventure. Call Of Duty: Ghosts delivers an entirely new story powered by an upgraded Call of Duty engine. The game was officially unveiled at Microsoft's Xbox One launch event on Tuesday. Ghosts will be available for the Xbox 360, PC and PS3 on November 5th. No release date has been announced for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions. Amazon is currently accepting pre-orders for the 360, PC and PS3 editions, and has already set up an Xbox One notification page for the game. Check out the official Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer below.
GameStop is now accepting pre-orders for the Grand Theft Auto V Special Edition and Collector's Edition. Both versions will be available along with the standard edition on September 17, 2013. Gamers should pre-order now before both special editions sell out.
The "Special Edition" comes with an GTA artbook, blueprint map and in-game bonuses plus additional weapons and outfits. The "Collector's Edition" comes with the book, map, more bonuses plus an "Era 9FIFTY snapback cap" and security deposit bag with logo key. The Special Edition is $80 and the Collector's Edition is $149.
UPDATE: The Xbox One (aka Xbox 720) is now available for pre-order. To find out where and how, read our article Pre-Order the Xbox One.
We already know Microsoft is set to unveil its next-generation Xbox console at the Xbox: Next Generation Revealed event on May 21, but the big question is... Will retailers open pre-orders directly after the announcement? It is unknown if Microsoft will announce an official release date tomorrow at the event, or wait until later this year.
Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 in February, but did not release any official release date or unveil the actual console. However, the PS4 maker did publish a teaser trailer for the next-generation device on YouTube, one day before the Xbox announcement. There is a good chance Microsoft might try to get the jump on Sony by opening Xbox 720 pre-orders early, so gamers will want to prepare themselves just in case. Concerned Xbox fans are advised to start following an online Xbox 720 product tracker, just in case pre-orders do open and sell out after the big Microsoft event. Better to be safe than sorry!