E3 06: Microsoft booth rides new wave of games

Xbox 360s, Vista galore as company shows off upcoming lineup; funky kiosks, green ambience abound, but Xboxes barely invited.

LOS ANGELES--Microsoft may not have a brand-spanking-new console to show off at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, but that doesn't mean E3 attendees didn't flock to see what the M-machine had to show off. The Xbox 360 is almost six months old, and many of the console's "second-generation" games are gearing up for a holiday season showdown with the launches of Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3.

Microsoft was once again stationed in the rear of the South Hall, near third-party companies like Ubisoft and Blizzard. The front portion of its space was wide open, with meeting rooms and private screening rooms located in a makeshift building in the rear.

Microsoft has been fond of making untraditional gaming kiosks for its events, and this year's E3 hosted some of the most bizarre yet. The Xbox 360 was obviously the main attraction of the booth, but Microsoft's new line of PC games also took up a surprisingly sizable chunk of space. The Xbox was very scarce--THQ's Destroy All Humans! 2 and Stacked with Daniel Negreanu were among the few current-gen titles.

As for next-gen games, several were on hand to play. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, Prey, F.E.A.R., Chromehounds, Ninety-Nine Nights, Madden NFL 07, Too Human, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and Crackdown all made appearances.

The side of the booth showcased some of the 360's hardware, including several limited-edition faceplates. Some were skinned with Microsoft's Zero Hour launch party event, while others had French house duo Daft Punk's logos all over it.

Gamers also got their first glimpse at some of the new Xbox 360 peripherals. The external HD-DVD player, which debuted at Tuesday's Microsoft pre-E3 conference, shared a display case with the deluxe remote control for the system. In a neighboring case, the wireless, force-feedback steering wheel was held aloft by wires, and next to that were an Xbox 360 controller, the wireless Ethernet adapter, the Bluetooth headset, and a wireless receiver, which makes Xbox 360 gear compatible with PCs.

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chroniclehobbit
chroniclehobbit

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samekila
samekila

It was awesome watching E3 stuff over xbox live when more games start flooding 360 and more developers master live service demos will come left and right marketplace is amazing. I cant wait to see the future of marketplace this is the best $399 I have ever spent and I cant wait for all the new controllers and camera and all the other thing that will come out in the future

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Moores GTA4 tattoo IS fake, am i right ?

IcemanX5
IcemanX5

I hope all this demos on E3 are making their way to Xbox Live. C'mon Peter Moore bring E3 to the Live members. May you be the first to bring E3 to the gamers and not just the press. Lost Planet is GOOD.........

jdcflash
jdcflash

Hey Gamespot, Hire a real photographer.

mikekare79
mikekare79

Nice!! Halo 3 is gonna rock, F.E.A.R., Prey, GTA 360!! More more more!!! WHoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

AceCometh
AceCometh

Nighty-Nine Nights and Too Human are high on my want list. Halo 3 kinda goes without saying. :)

biofreak12
biofreak12

Maquis dont react to 5 year olds, the guy is brain dead and blind. I'll buy ps3 on the release day, just to sell it on ebay and form the money i make to get 360 with muchh better games than ps3, and get ps3 in 2 years when all the cool games will come out and the price will drop to 300 or something.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

yes but the DS is outselling the psp 2 to 1, hows that for your Fony dominance? wow look ps3 has motion controllers. just like Nintendo showed one year ago. losers. so what was your point, please? troll.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Microsoft is helpless. When PS3 comes out, they are gonna get owned (again)!! The PS2 is still highly outselling the 360. ha ha ha ha ha

DFTricks
DFTricks

Nice :P, I love the little island all around ^^

Magikdragon
Magikdragon

Nice Booth! at least with Microsoft we know what we are getting. Can't wait for HALO 3! and Lost Planet, and Fable 2, F.E.A.R.! and even Viva Pi

decebal
decebal

Wow, they really stoped all suport for XBOX

Razgriz18
Razgriz18

except for Halo3, BORING!!!!

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

Nice 360 at spotlight 9)

MrPMPisBeefy
MrPMPisBeefy

Nice! Most of those games look great. I can't wait. :-D

Bengameaholic
Bengameaholic

Hmm. For some reason, I am not really that interested. I am not saying that any of those games will be bad, but they don't stand out for me.

acummuta
acummuta

They'll probably have demos out on LIVE soon enough. Gotta make it somewhat worth it to those who travelled to L.A. ;) They're already giving us many of the trailers and some of the behind the scenes stuff. Great stuff and in HD. Better then online streaming that's for sure. Not to mention that we DID get a demo of Lost Planet.

blueknight124
blueknight124

tisk tisk tisk..... i like microsoft dont get me wrong, but if they wanted to do something impressive, they should give the fans what they want.... all the demos playable at e3 playable on xbox live, as theyre announced mind you, not 1-2 months after ie, saints row.... alas well all just have to wait to play the games patiently

paradyme777
paradyme777

awesome...this e3 rocked just as I had suspected.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

doesn't look like much of a crowd around those 360's

sasuke55
sasuke55

I think it was a nice booth I mean at least the games that are playable there are ones we new they had in dev. And plus they are mostly new games not MGS 252 or GTR 125.

danmp18
danmp18

Where are the new previously unannounced 360 games? Fable 2, Forza 2, etc?

Gaara79
Gaara79

So does this mean you'll be able to use the 360 wireless controller on PC? Sweet!

Smartiepants
Smartiepants

I think Optimusv2 is right about the Japanese titles being saved for Tokyo. At first I was disappointed not to see them, but it does make sense. The booth line-up looks great overall. Obviously there's a lot of attention focused on the two new consoles, but I think the 360 has more than held its own with some amazing stuff coming in the next 12 months.

azizrulez
azizrulez

why god why why does e3 have to be so far

surferboy2177
surferboy2177

Very nice line up overall. I wish that they would had some more info on Halo 3 though. Showing a trailer just doesn't do it for me.

Xietsu
Xietsu

Chromehounds is going to fuggin' rock! YOU GUYS BETTER GET IT SO I HAVE SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH AND BEAT!!

SYdoggXxX
SYdoggXxX

I really love Microsoft's approach to PC games; it's great that they're trying to unify the communities instead of dividing them. I'm a PC gamer, but i may get a 360 to support Microsoft (like they need it!) and of course GTA IV!!

Playerpat0
Playerpat0

I also wonder how crackdown is... the trailer looked prett cool on Xbox Live.

Playerpat0
Playerpat0

Tomamagic... i agree. Will we be able to play these amazing games over xbox live service? As for the lineup... it is very solid. Does anyone know if there is more ot come from Bungie... do they have a booth? Or are there any big things that are yet to be revealed? Is the conference pretty much determined rigth now?

tomamagic
tomamagic

I wish they would upload ALL the playable demos via Marketplace?? Eventually??

DarkChaoMan75
DarkChaoMan75

not bad. too bad i do not have an XBOX 360. i wish i had one