What To Expect From Microsoft At E3 2011?

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Next week Monday, Microsoft will be speaking at a 90-minute event organised during E3 Expo. Expectations on Microsoft are skyrocketing day by day as news from other competitiors leaks. Apple today announced that Steve Jobs will announce iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and iCloud service at WWDC to be held on next week Monday. iOS 5 and Mac OS X news won’t be of muc interest as we know what’s coming from Apple’s sleeves, but what about iCloud? Its just a music streaming service like Amazon’s Music Service or Spotify or new set of online services just as Windows Live to complement Mac OS X or an entertainment brand just as Zune or a cloud backup service? Nintendo will announce its next generation console codenamed ‘cafe’. Will it outperform Kinect? Sony to announce more details on its next generation portable handheld codenamed ‘NGP’. Lots of speculations floating around. Leaving that apart, What to expect from Microsoft next week?

  • Star Wars: Kinect Game
  • Forza 4 with Kinect integration
  • Call of Duty MW3 Trailer
  • Gears of War 3 Trailer
  • Halo.Next Teaser
  • Codename Kingdoms (Game from Crytek) Preview
  • Xbox exclusive game titles from Lionhead and Rare studio previews.
  • Two dozen new Kinect Games
  • New Content Partnerships on Xbox LIVE
  • Preview of What’s coming in Xbox Live Software
  • Zune related news.(Rebranding as Xbox LIVE Music? or some thing like using Skydrive to provide Music streaming)
  • Kinect SDK release date
  • Windows Phone Games Preview and Xbox LIVE Integration
  • Availability of Kinect+Windows Phone Games

If you have more, lets us know below in the comments. Frank X. Shaw ,Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications  at Microsoft blogged about the Xbox platform and how it enables entertainment by sharing few numbers.

Let’s look at the numbers and then take a look at what they mean and what the future holds. Just for starters, we’ve sold more than 53 million Xbox 360 consoles, and Xbox has been the top-selling console in the last year. There are more than 30 million Xbox LIVE members. And more than 10 million Kinects have sold to date. Those are pretty big numbers for a device that, until recently, had primarily been purchased by hardcore gamers. But something interesting has happened in the last few years. While people are still playing a ton of video games, 40 percent of all Xbox activity now is non-game. Put another way, we’re seeing an average of 30 hours of video consumption per month per Xbox, a number that is growing fast. And people are expecting more – more options, more games, more videos, more entertainment.

And this is true for Microsoft as well. Put simply, Xbox = entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy. Around the world, the Xbox connects more people to online content and communities through the largest screen in the house
than any other device. And as the console has evolved, it’s stayed true to its core while adding more and more experiences. Today, there is no better gaming experience in the world. Immersive games, sports games, games where you are the
controller, games where you talk to your friends, games where you talk to the console, games that get you into shape, that make you laugh, that let you take a picture and share it with friends. Games that extend to your Windows 7 PC and
your Windows Phone 7…and, of course, other devices to come…

You can watch the live stream of E3 event on Spike TV, Xbox.com or on the Microsoft News Center.

FYI: Before E3, At All Things D conference, Windows President at Microsoft will detail Windows 8 for tablets. So there may be new regarding games on Windows tablets too at E3 keynote.

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