E3 2011: New Xbox Live coming this fall

Mirosoft's online front getting increased Kinect voice support, adding YouTube, Live TV, and Bing voice search this fall as part of online overhaul.

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LOS ANGELES--Today at Microsoft's 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing, the tech giant announced new plans for its online hub, Xbox Live.

A first look at Microsoft's Live TV service for Xbox Live.

Xbox Live's Marc Whitten took to the stage at Microsoft's briefing and showed off a new Xbox Live experience, complete with a new user interface that can be controlled using the Kinect. The update will arrive this fall.

Whitten also noted that this year Xbox Live will increase its media partnerships "by a factor of 10." Speaking directly to this point, Whitten announced a list of new features for Xbox Live, including YouTube integration, Bing voice search functionality, and unnamed television partners.

These television partners are rumored to be part of Microsoft's Diamond IPTV service, outed on Friday. For more on Microsoft's announcements at E3 2011, check out GameSpot's liveblog of the company's media briefing.

Discussion

71 comments
DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

I wonder if this is going to bring anything new to players who DON'T live in the US for once...

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Drakkengoth I agree. I hope they don't plan on raising the cost of Gold.Its nice to see the addition of youtube, but I have my pc already hooked to my tv, so I can watch youtube videos on that if needed, but it is still a welcome additive. At least they are continuing to support it and constantly updating it, but like you said, I hope they don't think this justifies a price increase.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Do not care about anything new, Just don't raise the price for gold memberships.... again :\

Johny_47
Johny_47

'New XBOX LIVE' hey? If it's new I REALLY hope they let PC(GFWL) players chat with 360 players not just in one to one(that's old) but let players from both platforms join parties, I think it would be a very nice idea, just don't charge PC players for it =P I hope they bring out more games where PC players and 360 players play with each other(just not FPS, most PC players dominate in this =/).

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Hopefully some of these Kinect games will be an awesome experience. I really wish they would take this technology and make it useful. Motion systems really could give a whole different and amazing experience if they tried harder and did up the graphical presentation also while playing these games.

Boston_Boyy
Boston_Boyy

While I still probably won't get kinect I don't see what all the hate is about doing things like this (multimedia). They're only going to become more and more like this as the years and generations progress, it's just something people are gonna have to get used to.

King_Luke
King_Luke

I couldn't care less about all this crap. I bought an Xbox to play games. Stop screwing around with this tosh and make us some awesome games.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Personally, I dont think theres any need for a web browser - if you have internet, chances are you have a pc/laptop. Might be slightly slightly more convieniant for those arm chair warriors, but look at the PS3 browser, its horrible. Its an entertainment system, not a computer...if it has channels like youtube ect, thats awesome..but not needed. A lot of tvs do not have web browsers on them, and those that do are not popular for a reason - it sucks, and will never compete with a PC/Browser. Bing..hmm, i can see what they are doing there. A search engine powered by MS is obviously going to be on a MS system, and doing so will spread awareness that there is another search engine out there other than google (competetion). I hope there is more stuff for MS...will just have to wait and see. Keep smiling :)

downcub
downcub

yes like everyone else I agree. Why don't they add web browsing. Would make a whole lot of sense.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i admit the original dashboard was a bit limited and the previous "new xbox experience" was needed but this one isnt really needed. about the only thing its gonna change is the compatibility for kinect functionality.

dstv
dstv

@Manufan143 well bing does stand for ....Because Its Not Google

Manufan143
Manufan143

The only thing ive ever searched in bing is google

TimboII
TimboII

Youtube is a plus, but here's a novel idea...why not just include a web browser then you could just view youtube on that? Secondly Bing sucks. Thirdly the tv thing sounds awesome...but it should say only available in U.S. since none of this ever comes to Canada! Man...Gameroom sounded more exciting than this stuff.

uncagedpaul_86
uncagedpaul_86

So when are they going to show the "real" xbox E3 show? because if that was it then there is nothing to look forward to for xbox owners this year...

bonereaper69
bonereaper69

Umm these things should of been implemented long ago..........., except Bing, its truly awful, google it instead.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Everything sounds awesome . . . well except Bing that is.

thorughfire
thorughfire

Microsoft has long been the best online gaming experiance out there but this is just overkill.

jumpy46
jumpy46

Is this now happening every year? The old one seemed fine to me.

brandon80
brandon80

yey youtube videos....wait I have been able to do that on my PS3 for years now...

X-RS
X-RS

I hate bing -_-

SaibotF8
SaibotF8

Great because it wasnt fine the way it is

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds pretty neat, I hope we can watch any YouTube video s

rouke1093
rouke1093

@Kbabz: Yeah, true. Whats your point? Rather have them do 5 overhauls with improvements instead of Nintendos (or ehem Sonys) approach.. Microsoft has competition on quite some 'battlefields', don't be surprised they're acting competitvely on fronts they know quite well.

KBABZ
KBABZ

How many times has XBL been overhauled again? Five?

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

I kinda like the way it looks, but gonna stick with my controller, thanks.

ekk13
ekk13

so wait i can't play ghost recon without a kinect? can i play with a controller or not anyone know?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Really liking the Kinect functionality with the dash. This is sort of what they promised at launch, so it will be nice to see them get exactly what they had in mind. Anyone else reminded of the Sony dashboard by looking at this? Looks ODDLY reminiscent of my PS3's. Still, using voice to pull up most anything is very nice. Would have saved me like 5 steps pulling up Pac Man Championship DX Supreme Mega the other day...

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

whats the use, all of it will either be available in the europe or america, what about we people living in asia?

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

Excelent best e3 ever microsft rules kinect for every one thanks great games

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

Oh, forgot to add that Kinect FunLabs looks stupid cool, but... damn, still not enough to pull me into buying one. I have a 360, but I'm gonna get a Wii (or, pending Nintendo's conference, save up for Project Cafe) if I want to play motion control games.

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

THe future of gaming will Jr the end of cable tv

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

Trying to eliminate a controller from video games is like trying to eliminate a steering wheel from a car. I think I'll stick with the controller. Also, 360 can have a Bing search. PS3's been using Google. And PS3's had YouTube since the day before forever, so. [/fanboy] So who's gonna run out and put Sesame Street and DisneyLand Experience on reserve? I can't be the only one, people.[/sarcasm]

Jimbobthon
Jimbobthon

1/2 the stuff Microsoft are offering for the NXE, isn't available in the EU. That needs to be resolved, then you can start to become No1 around the world.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

I'm sick of Microsoft focusing on everything but games. Kinect, media centers, etc. Where are the new games? I'm going to have to save up money and invest in a new gaming computer if this keeps up. I bought a console to play games, not watch netflix or use facebook. That's why I've got a computer. Might as well play games on it too since the 360 has decided to become a computer with old hardware instead of a cutting edge gamin platform.

x_Xarion_x
x_Xarion_x

Great if you live in the US...too bad the rest of the world looses out on 90% of this content.

Money
Money

Microsoft wants to be from the #1 selling console in North America to the #1 selling console in the world. But a lot of their extra content (hulu, netflix, last FM, ESPN) are not available worldwide. Please resolve this first before getting your aspirations to world domination.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

"But if you live in Canada you get none of these new features regarding TV since you're TV selection on live currently sucks hard"

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I do like that XBL is moving toward replacing cable. Between Netflix and Hulu, I've cancelled my Cable and am saving about $50.00 a month. It's nice. Still: I would really, REALLY like for Microsoft to stop softpedalling around the issue and update XBL to work with a keyboard and mouse. I have Kinect, and I never use it, and I don't like it. If they really want to update the console, they need to stick with the original plan and make it more like a PC.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

gratz, America. cause I guess, like so many other featuers, it will only be available there.

xSlider257
xSlider257

@Doric6 I would tend to agree with you. Perhaps if Nintendos new console proves to be all the steps towards satisfying hardcore gamers as is rumoured that will prove a worthy adversary.

Ashatar
Ashatar

this is only for kinect???Or not???Will we be able to use that without kinect????

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Integrating Kinect into some of these new games wouldnt be so bad if it was a combination of controller and Kinect. Like say you use your controller primarily, but use Kinect to lets say lean out of cover, which you could do even while sitting and still holding the controller. Or voice commands and menus. I mean unless you could use a controller along with Kinect it seems your character in a FPS would move through the levels on his/her own and your just along for the ride.

Ambient-18
Ambient-18

Looking forward to this, at first I thought this was a Kinect only feature only but turns out everyone will get it, awesome :))

Bayleon
Bayleon

Kinect will be the future whether you like it or not! I'm one happens to like the direction even if it takes the industry a few years to figure out how to really make decent games for these changes in control. Microsoft is taking risks and I like it. Sorry if you don't agree, but everyone will finally come around when things come together. I just hope they stick it out until that happens.

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

The dashboard looks a little more organized, which is a good thing. Also, finally - Youtube!