Welcome to The Gameological Society’s liveblog of Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time. Video games have been one of few bright spots for the flagging tech juggernaut lately. As Microsoft has lost relevance in the personal computing realm, its prominence as a tastemaker in the game business has stayed solid. But even that position is in peril as Microsoft hits a turning point with its Xbox enterprise. The first Xbox was practically a proof of concept: Microsoft saying, “We’re not afraid of you. We can make a game machine, too.” And they did. Having proven their worth, they made the Xbox 360, a console whose versatility and longevity surpassed the expectations of most, I would guess.
But the Xbox One has had a rocky coming-out party, starting with Microsoft’s bungled unveiling a few weeks ago—in which, for the most part, the company boasted in the vaguest terms about the One’s ability to let you watch TV. It has only gotten worse since then. As Microsoft has grudgingly offered more details about the One, they have raised the specters of an Orwellian surveillance infrastructure in theory and an ultra-complicated mess of DRM in practice. Look for Microsoft executives to “set the record straight” by “clarifying” the capabilities of the One. But don’t forget about the Xbox 360, which still has some life left in it (and had its own difficulties early on). There are some 76 million Xbox 360s out there in the wild, after all, and not a single Xbox One. So the 360 will still get plenty of stage time today.
The liveblog is above, and so is streaming video of the event, courtesy of Twitch. You can also watch the press conference live on your Xbox 360, on the Spike network, and at xbox.com. Please say your piece in the liveblog’s comments—the commentary is moderated, but we’ll try to publish as many smart/funny/insightful remarks as our clicking fingers allow.