Microsoft Keynote At E3 2009

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Microsoft has a busy day at E3 with a slew of announcements that put Xbox 360 and Xbox Live squarely on the top of the games in term of coolness and features.

* Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were on stage for The Beatles: Rockband game. Yoko Ono Lennon made appearance as well.

* Microsoft showed off Final Fantasy XIII on XBox 360. The title will be a spring 2010 release.

* Exclusive games announced include Shadow Complex, Joyride, Crackdown 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Forza 3, Halo Reach and Alan Wake.

* You will be able to add movies to your Netflix queue, no need to go to your desktop. You will also be able to search through the entire Netflix catalog on Xbox itself.

* Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima appeared on stage to announce Metal Gear Solid Rising for Xbox 360. This is big blow to PS3 as Metal Gear Solid has long been a Playstation exclusive.

* The video store in Xbox Live is now branded Zune, and will add 1080p full HD instant-on streaming with 5.1 channel audio. The service will be available in 18 countries (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, Australia and New Zealand). But you need 8Mbps downstream for your internet connection in order to enjoy it.

* Xbox Live Gold members will get free streaming radio and music from [](

* Facebook and Twitter integration will come to XBox Live this fall. Facebook account and your Gamertag can be linked, and you can share your gaming content such as screenshot via Facebook Connect.

* XBox Live will introduce Movie Party feature, allowing you to watch movie and chat at the same time with your friends over XBox Live.

* Xbox Live members in the UK and Ireland can watch Sky’s live or on-demand channels on Xbox.

* Microsoft unveiled its Project Natal, which is an add-on device for full-body motion control without the need of holding a controller. It is a black bar device sitting below your TV, much like Wii’s sensor bar. The device is more than just for game control. You can for example control game menu by swiping hands. And it has a camera, sensors and a microphone inside allowing for facial and voice recognition games and applications. The device will not be released in 2009.

* Coming in August, you can purchase full XBox games on demand using your credit card, no Xbox points required. For a start, 30 titles will be available such as Crackdown, Bioshock and Mass Effect. No confirmation if future games will be available for online purchase and download on release day. No news about game rental.