June 19th 2013 11:11 am PT

Xbox @ E3 – LIVE coverage from the show VOD

The live shows we hosted from E3 last week are now available on YouTube – or you can watch them below. We hope you enjoyed them.


E3 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Mik3t

    Thanks better late than never

  • Eric Tooley

    Are they no longer on Xbox Live?

  • Jack Waterson

    ooohhh lots of Xbox videos! Thanks Major!

  • Dylan

    Hey guys does anyone know what the big surprise announcement was?

    A Microsoft employee a week or so ago was on here saying that there was going to be one.

  • ScottWong

    FYI Major, the Day 3 video you posted is actually a duplicate of Day 2, pls look into that, thx!

  • John

    Huh? You better not be pulling the awesome game library sharing because of this:

    http://www neogaf com/forum/showthread.php?t=596581

    • defgufman

      I agree the library sharing was an awesome idea.

    • Dylan

      With Don Mattrick’s recent antics I doubt this is true.

      • Dylan

        Apparently I was wrong.

        http://news xbox com/2013/06/update

  • defgufman

    I hear DRM, online checks, and region locking are all being removed from XBox One. I hope it’s not just a rumor.

    • John Smith

      Yeah, that would be huge. It would be nice to stay with the Xbox. I was really hoping this site would confirm or deny this. Major Nelson is really the last Microsoft person I trust anymore.

    • William Benjamin

      I wish it was a rumor now the console is like the 360 because of people not being informed and complaining about stuff they don’t understand

  • Vito__Corleone

    Major Nelson is real?

    is set to announce it will remove DRM restrictions on Xbox One games
    and the need for you to have the new Xbox “always online”.

    Sources tell us that Microsoft is set to announce the changes later today, with games developers being informed first.

    It seems Microsoft has listened and is set to change its mind on both DRM on Xbox One games and the always online requirement.

    Now giantbomb reporting as well:

    No more always online requirement

    The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours

    All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360

    Authentication is no longer necessary

    An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console

    All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline

    No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs

    Region locks have been dropped

    • John

      My friend says not entirely, so let’s wait until the policy update page goes live. Link in my previous post.

      • Barry Ward

        don’t forget now that if the disk is damaged lost or stolen you now have to buy another one where as originally it was install and forget and could multitask with playing a game and have a BR film in the drive now that gone too the Br Drive will be constantly used burning out within 2 year see ps3 for proof

        • Nick Peck

          Yah pretty much. What I do is buy the games I wont trade in as digital downloads, then with disc based games, I always install them to the HD while I play them so that way the disc doesn’t really get used much.

          • Barry Ward

            It still be the same MS had said the One would be diskless once installed this was a great Idea you could switch games on the fly without going to the machine taking out the disk finding the box getting out another game putting it in and starting the game now we back to last century MS should have stuck to their guns and not give in

  • EighteenCharacters

    Thanks, Major! I enjoyed them very much the first time. Happy to watch them again. This should also help with the E3 withdrawals. So much awesome, and over in so few days…

  • heyitsme

    If true it is amazing, somehow I doubt it, maybe they do want to sell gaming consoles! With Microsoft fixing their mistakes say goodbye to PS4 reserves.

    • Klattu

      Naaa… all those people will just keep it and sell it on Ebay or Craigslist.

  • kyros1

    Are the rumors true? Is the DRM gone? Good thing for everyone! I was already buying One!

  • Dylan

    It is true!

    “An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.”

    http://news xbox com/2013/06/update

    • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

      Good news indeed. Now get rid of the mandatory Kinect and I’m back on board.

      • Barry Ward

        sfu you have ruined a exceptional system with your whining if you not happy with Kinect don’t buy the system

    • Macy Slator

      wow. I’m speechless. that’s the power of the community and pre-order sales numbers. now, can we talk them into getting rid of mandatory kinect??

      • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

        I bloody well hope so!

      • TheRickshaw

        You are everywhere with this pre-order theory.
        Microsoft, keep the Kinect. Nullified!!

  • KesMonkey

    Just heard the news. Thanks for starting to listen to your customers.

    You’re not 100% there yet though. I still refuse to buy an Xbox One if Kinect is included and compulsory.

    I will NOT pay for Kinect, and I will NOT have an internet connected camera in my home.

    • Klattu

      Curious… Do you have a smartphone?

      • Nick Peck

        Or a laptop? Or have you ever had a sony product with the sony camera attached? Do you wear tinfoil hats and video top the night sky in hopes of fast moving lights? Just adding to your post Klattu :p

  • John

    Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

    For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

    Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

    You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

    So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

    An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

    Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

    In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

    These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.

    We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

    Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year..

    • Beluvius

      What a PR Desaster for MS!
      What happened to “the power of the cloud”? Not necessary anymore? Didn’t they tell us the games would all benefit from “the cloud” and because of that the internet connection would be absolutely be neccessary for the XBone? Nothing but Marketing?

      • Dylan

        Both consoles use the Cloud for computing.

        Difference was, is that Microsoft was using it as an excuse for DRM.

        The games that NEED the cloud will need internet, but that’s on a game-by-game basis. Like it should.

        • John

          No, listen to the interview from Jeff Gerstmann with Respawn today. It’s not fake and Sony can’t replicate anything Azure does, not by a longshot.

          • Dylan

            You mean listen to the guy who hasn’t been developing for the PS4?

            Tell me how the “Division” and “Elder Scrolls Online” work then.

          • Nick Peck

            They are online games… nothing special needed to be done for those. ES Online is like WoW for the most part.

      • Macy Slator

        Yes, the cloud, flexibility and future proof was all BS for DRM. There was no reason for any of that. the whole family share was also probably made up to get a few people to shut up. I really don’t think they thought any of it through, especially with no consistent answer to any of the questions being asked. It sounded like a profitable business decision, but I’m guessing pre-orders weren’t all that great. Makes them look really bad. More like followers now than industry leaders. it’s good for the consumers though!

    • gnico

      I just wish the feature of digital sharing didn’t have to be sacrificed. That was a big seller for me. Hopefully it will be reintroduced later down the line at some point. This sudden change doesn’t change my mind about purchasing the Xbox One as I still see innovative options that may happen at a later date. I’m keeping my pre order intact.

  • Andrés

    Hey! I’m still here, just listened to the last rumours about the NO DRM, I hope it is true and I’ll be back again in the Xbox crew.

    Please, please, please, make it happen (fingers crossed)

    • John

      Look at my post below. Don Mattrick wrote it.

  • barinho

    Now just release it in Portugal this year too.I know we´re poor but we can still buy it :P.

    • John

      That’s entirely dependant on the Azure servers being available there, I’m afraid.

      • barinho

        I just think that it is a little unfair that we´re the only Western european country not getting it this year.We have xbox live support and the 360 gained a huge ammount of market to Sony when comparing with the xbox/ps2 gen.Nos releasing it this year will be waisting what good has been done in those last years.

        • Andrés

          Hey! neighbour helps each other, here in Spain will launch on day one and it’s very near to Portugal so maybe you can purchase it here :-)

          • barinho

            I live in Braga,so it is close to Spain ;).But I still would have to go to Vigo or someplace close to get one,it would take half a day and a lot of money for gas :P.

  • Kyle Saynor

    PS4 will get smashed if they do this. We all know deep down Xbox One is better, just these silly pointless policies, and in the end they’ll make more money this way when they actually sell the most consoles rather than leaving the policies in place.

    • usrev

      planetside 2, killzone, infamous, drive club, indie game support… ps4 still won e3 without MS’s drm junk. it’s just a much closer race now.

  • Macy Slator

    “Wha you talkin’ about Major?”

    http://www youtube com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2lMhjM9BK7M#t=213s

    • BigBernard

      Major Fibber…

  • Zakary French

    Did anyone even watch these? Day 3 is an accidental repost of Day 2 ;p

  • Scooter1212

    Is there anyway you can keep the family sharing option if we submit to the 24 hr internet checks? In other words, make the previous DRM scheme optional, but have an option for offline? I was really looking forward to that feature and now it looks like we are back to 1995 sharing. I wanted to come with you to the future!

  • Andrés

    Today is a great day, Xbox one, DAY ONE!!!!

  • beardyman3218

    And no drm on xbox one either :-)

    • Andrés

      plus region free!!

  • John

    Dear Microsoft,

    I’m very grateful for the changes you’ve made in your policy today!
    There are however still a few things that need to be addressed if you truly want to “kill” Sony and it will all come down to the price the Xbox One will retail for and the value perception. This will need to be done before GamesCom in Germany.

    1) Please remove the mandatory Kinect inclusion and release the Xbox One at $349 (this will eliminate Sony as they already admitted they can’t go any lower as they’re already in the crappiest of financial positions).

    A few of the games you showed at E3 made good use of the new Kinect, but the must-have factor still isn’t quite there. Make a few core titles that require it with very good gameplay and people will buy the Kinect separately. Also get the NEST and home lighting support in there and it will fly off the shelves.

    Especially with the current PRISM debacle, this will only work in your favor.
    If this is not possible, then:
    2) Up the value and make clear what we get for the $500 by adding for example a game like Kinect Sports (or maybe Crimson Dragon) as a digital download bonus to make people appreciate why the Kinect is in the bundle or an additional controller from here on (already in day one bundles).

    3) If you really want to instakill Sony, then make sure they don’t make more money that looks reasonable to their customers now. i.e. PSN+

    => Drop multiplayer and additional services from your paywal!

    If you change your sub model to compensate for this and make Gold more about additional benefits in the games and other media (say Gold members on the One get extra benefits like cloud enabled games and the family sharing for digital dowloads e.g.), then it’s KO for Sony. I won’t stress this one hard enough as they need the money from PSN+ to stay afloat and have nowhere near the server structure you have. Don’t let them catch up to you in that area! You’re going to need to play hardball from the start if you want this to work.

    4) Also show the WinRT framework you have laid out for indie developers at Build and make sure that message is out there! Those are your future developers out there!

    Please think hard about these suggestions I’m making.

    Kind Regards,


    • Klattu

      Oooo… I like the Nest and Home lighting apps Idea.

  • Luis Antunes

    Killer Instinct, PvZ GW

  • beardyman3218

    Quantum Break as well.

  • Nick Peck

    Great videos Major, was a fun watch and it’s funny that I totally missed a few games until I watched this.

  • Nick Peck

    It’s in there, I think in day three in the middle to end. I watched it last nite but wasn’t really paying attention to where it was exactly.

  • Guest

    The reason those features are gone now is because of them getting rid of the 24/hr check in. That is the main way to keep a check that the correct people still own the game and what not. They needed to do that because say if you bought a game, installed it and then traded the disc in at gamestop, you technically don’t OWN the game anymore. That way when the system checks in, it will know that you traded the game in and disable it on your system so you aren’t basically “stealing” it. It makes sense.

    As for the illiumiroom thing, that was a “Proof of Concept” and right now would cost you a ton of money to buy a projector or two to do it. Proof of Concept means it’s something that can be done, but isn’t up for sale. I’m sure they are working on how to make it smaller and cheaper but it’s just a new tech they were showing off. I’d love to have it to but I know it’s not something that will be in the market place anytime soon.

    As for wanting that Family Share back, thank the legion of spoiled cry babies that make up most of your younger society today (sadly). They are the ones that ruined it and instead of just waiting to see how everything worked (and how it wouldn’t really affect them) they go with the flow and hate on everything when they don’t even know what any of it means. People are a fickle bunch these days and rarely learn things before saying stupid things because they THINK they know something about it.

    I agree, I like the mandatory install and the Family Plan as well but oh well, I’m sure at some point they might add that in down the road when they get past the hurdles of having to incorporate some type of drm that they devs / publishers want that reassures them nothing can be pirated or anything like that. You can’t believe the amount of paperwork, deals and money that go into making things digital (like streaming movies and music) products a reality.

    • FUZZY

      after reading my rant again your right. That would be piracy.
      I wasnt think clear enough. Sorry.

      That still doesnt change the fact they went from one extreme with drm. that made gamers pissy To another of well then you cant have these extra features now for your digital library. There is no reason that it cant still be apart of the xbl1 service they still have the cloud why cant it still do a 24hr check for library purposes only and still allow us to play offline in single player if need be. Unless they didnt think family share through enough to really make it happen for launch day.
      The thing is it can be that way, they are just acting like they cant so then down the road hey look but You said we half to shut down our xbox If no internet was found so we can have these features no no we didnt.

      Im not mad about the revise I was expecting it I would expect from nintendo and sony too, but dont say its from words on the internet when we all know its from the preorder sales tanking.

      Also thank you for having to point out that I dont understand big words. Like proof & of & concept. Lol

      My younger society dont you me our.

      Anyway im still for the xb1 I just dont have the. Money to get it until later unless bestbuy will run a deal.

      Thank you for. Your commenting on my post even if. You dont agree with everything or wanna point out where I was wrong because I was. Thank you. Sir o at least im assuming your a guy.
      Have fun.

  • TheRickshaw

    Ah, the good old days. Back when the Xbox One vision was intact.

  • TheRickshaw

    Here, here!