E3 2009 – Microsoft press conference liveblog!

Monday, 1st June 2009 16:37 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Update – We’re now live!

This is it! Microsoft will take to the stage at the USC Campus’ Galen Center at 10.30am PST this morning to deliver its E3 2009 keynote, and anticipation is running white hot.

Nathan’s on his way there now, so you’ll be able to read the whole thing as it happens, right here on VG247.

Forza 3, motion-sensing, a new Crackdown, Alan Wake, Halo ODST and many more are being heavily tipped for the event, as is some kind of exclusivity on Modern Warfare 2. You cannot miss this.

If you’re in the UK, it starts at 6.25pm BST, and that’s 7.25pm CET if you’re in mainland Europe.

The CoverItLive window’s through the link. We’ll put it live once Nathan’s up and running.

For details of sites streaming video live from the conference, hit this.

Don’t forget that EA’s conference is to follow at 2.00pm PST (that’s 10.00pm BST, 11.00pm CET), followed by Ubisoft at 5.00pm PST (that’s 1.00am BST and 2.00am CET). We’ll be liveblogging both.



  1. El_MUERkO

    will he have enough battery?! he’d feckin better, i’ll be reading this on the train :)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    He’s got nine hours of battery. Nothing can go wrong.


    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    God damn it. I wonder if I could put the kids to bed at half-five and get away with it? :-D

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Your Twitter feed’s doing my nut btw, Pat. I keep meaning to stop reading it but then I can’t!


    #4 6 years ago

    This had better be good.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Roybott

    @Blerk, why not let them stay up till 8 and watch with you?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    They’d just want to play games, and my son can read so I couldn’t type “cunting sweet Jesus titty-fucking Christ” or anything. Which I do, on occasion.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Just added links to the streaming video details and times for the Ubi and EA confs. I’m so excited I’m going to puke.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Roybott

    2pm BST and 5pm BST???

    #9 6 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Meh, I’ll check the website later

    /fails to walk off looking disinterested

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Johnny Cullen

    I fucking love you Pat, but I also fucking hate you, you teasing cunt :D

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    PST. Sorry. Changed it.

    Johnny – :D

    #12 6 years ago

    When is the stupid thing going to start!!

    Tell them to get a move on, Pat.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    Nathan’s just got his press badge. This is so going to happen. I feel as though I’ve eaten a cat.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    “I feel as though I’ve eaten a cat.”

    Now, do an Ozzy Pat, eat a bat’s head!

    #15 6 years ago


    Swallow a dog to catch the cat!

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    Can’t. I’ll be sick.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. daytripper

    i really hope this E3 isnt a letdown, last years was very “meh” imo for unannounced games.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. crackdude

    Hell yeah, less than hour and half to go

    #19 6 years ago

    1hr, 10 minutes!

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    Nathan’s on the bus to the conference now.

    #21 6 years ago

    Less than 60 minutes now…

    Doesn’t seem that long ago that I was telling myself that there was only about 1 month until E3!

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Roybott

    1Hour! :D

    I’m much more hyped than I probably should be…

    #23 6 years ago
  24. ShiroGamer

    pat,would you kindly also add the GMT time thing
    it helps those who are used to adding to the GMT

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    K, I will.

    Nathan’s in line for the conference. He described it as a “clusterfuck”.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve added the Euro dates for the other confs.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. El_MUERkO

    I’m working late till 18:20, but i’ll be settled into a comfy seat on the train by 18:40 so i’ll connect using my netbook … and hopefully not miss my stop :D

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Patrick Garratt

    25 mins to go.

    #28 6 years ago

    Minutes away now… minutes away!

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Gekidami

    You’ve put BST instead of PST for EA and Ubi.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt


    #31 6 years ago
  32. Patrick Garratt

    It’s live.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    Not getting anything on GT yet. =/

    #33 6 years ago

    Anyone got any live video yet?

    #34 6 years ago
  35. ShiroGamer

    any chance for GMT ?

    #35 6 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    So much for the fuckign fives minutes early, huh?

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    BST is Britsh Summer Time Shiro.

    #37 6 years ago
  38. No_PUDding

    Fuck, no streams!

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    IGN is working… nothing else seems to be.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Hunam

    I’ve got no live video anywhere. Utter cocking bullshit.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. No_PUDding


    #41 6 years ago

    WOO HOO!

    Got vid on, finally!

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Syrok

    Didn’t know Ringo Star and Paul McCartney were still alive.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Goliath

    IGN. Go across to IGN for the live stream. Great quality just a bit delayed.

    #44 6 years ago

    HERE WE GO!!!

    #45 6 years ago
  46. El_MUERkO

    it stopped updating after the ‘ride controller; for me?

    #46 6 years ago

    Here comes MW2!

    #47 6 years ago
  48. El_MUERkO

    ‘your character in first person scaling a cliff wall’ in tony hawks?

    #48 6 years ago
  49. Goliath

    Damn an assault rifle with radar?!!!!

    #49 6 years ago







    #50 6 years ago
  51. rainer

    Reminds me of aliens motion detector.

    #51 6 years ago
  52. DaMan

    heh. so.. Versus for 360?

    #52 6 years ago
  53. El_MUERkO

    two maps of dlc timed exclusive, i can live with that, the pc version will still bitch slap the consoles :D

    #53 6 years ago
  54. Goliath

    FFXIII running on the XBox 360!!!! WOW!!!

    #54 6 years ago
  55. DrDamn

    Interesting we are half way through and only just on to exclusives.

    #55 6 years ago

    Timed exclusives for MW2 on 360 are map packs, not maps!

    #56 6 years ago
  57. ShiroGamer

    we are two hours ahead then
    watching now :)

    #57 6 years ago
  58. Psychotext

    I like the look of that Epic thing.

    #58 6 years ago
  59. DrDamn

    I don’t normally like Contra type games but that looks to have a Castlevania type exploration twist to it – so could be good.

    #59 6 years ago
  60. Psychotext

    Free is good.

    #60 6 years ago
  61. Goliath

    JoyRide is so effing cool. God damn, that looks like a shit load of fun.

    #61 6 years ago
  62. DrDamn

    Free is good – they need to tone down the whoopin’ an’ hollerin’ though.

    #62 6 years ago
  63. El_MUERkO

    a side scrolling shooter from epic? how many shades of brown?

    #63 6 years ago
  64. Psychotext

    Crackdown 2 baby!

    #64 6 years ago
  65. Goliath

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I’m going nuts!!! Crackdown 2. YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    #65 6 years ago
  66. DaMan


    #66 6 years ago
  67. Psychotext


    #67 6 years ago
  68. DaMan

    fuck yes L4D 2

    #68 6 years ago
  69. El_MUERkO


    #69 6 years ago
  70. DrDamn

    Left4Dead is now £20 at Asda btw. Just picked it up myself.

    #70 6 years ago
  71. Goliath


    #71 6 years ago
  72. Psychotext

    Wooohoooo… SPLINTER CELL. :D

    #72 6 years ago
  73. Goliath

    Sam walking through the crowded streets was gameplay!!!! OMG!!!

    #73 6 years ago
  74. Goliath

    OMG!!! They’re demoing the game. Gameplay looks good damn amazing!!!!

    #74 6 years ago
  75. El_MUERkO


    #75 6 years ago
  76. Psychotext

    He’s a fucking psychopath!

    #76 6 years ago
  77. Psychotext

    I love the way the story gets told.

    #77 6 years ago
  78. Goliath

    God damn you Microsoft!!!! This game looks sick. Can’t wait for the HD demo.

    #78 6 years ago
  79. Goliath

    Sony better come real good. With Heavy Rain, God of War III and GT5 coming next year, they need to really bring it home.

    #79 6 years ago
  80. DrDamn

    The HD demo?

    #80 6 years ago
  81. Goliath

    FORZA 3!!!!

    #81 6 years ago
  82. Psychotext

    Forza 3 \o/

    #82 6 years ago
  83. Goliath

    @ DrDamn

    The HD video of the demo sorry.

    #83 6 years ago
  84. DrDamn

    /dies of surprise.

    #84 6 years ago
  85. Psychotext

    Cockpit… :)

    #85 6 years ago
  86. Goliath

    Damn, Forza 3, Splinter Cell, FFXIII and Modern Warfare 2 running on the XBox 360. DAMN!!!

    #86 6 years ago
  87. DrDamn

    Ah :)

    Looks like they are going a bit more GT in the tracks for Forza 3 – one of the few things GT still had on Forza.

    #87 6 years ago
  88. Psychotext

    Woah… rollover. GT5 better bring the damage, no excuses now.

    #88 6 years ago
  89. Psychotext


    #89 6 years ago
  90. Goliath

    Man, I’m liking the customization. If they show gameplay of Alan Wake, I’m about to jump out my damn chair!

    #90 6 years ago
  91. DrDamn

    When is the press conference due to finish?

    #91 6 years ago
  92. Goliath

    man, we haven’t even seen Peter M yet!

    #92 6 years ago
  93. Goliath

    It’s an hour and a half so at 3.

    #93 6 years ago
  94. Goliath


    #94 6 years ago
  95. DaMan

    Peter M?

    why would he be there?

    #95 6 years ago
  96. Goliath

    Holy oolgy moogly, that looks BANANASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

    #96 6 years ago
  97. Goliath

    @ DaMan

    Said Lionhead was going to be at E3. Tweeted that he was already in LA.

    #97 6 years ago
  98. Goliath

    WHAT THE F*** DID THEY DO TO THE HALO ENGINE! That shit looks so slick!!!! Great job Bungie. GREAT EFFING JOB!!!

    #98 6 years ago
  99. DaMan

    ah, Molyneux.. thought you mean Peter Moore :\.

    #99 6 years ago
  100. Goliath


    #100 6 years ago
  101. Goliath

    New HALO AND BETA!!!

    #101 6 years ago
  102. Goliath


    #102 6 years ago
  103. Goliath


    #103 6 years ago
  104. Psychotext

    Easy tiger. lol

    #104 6 years ago
  105. Goliath

    OH MY GOD!!! It’s officially over!!!!

    #105 6 years ago
  106. Goliath

    Wow! Are you all seeing this?! Please tell me you all are seeing this?!

    #106 6 years ago
  107. Dr.Haggard

    Alan Wake looks absolutely superb.

    #107 6 years ago
  108. Hunam

    I’m not seeing anything :(

    /kicks slow internet
    /kicks fast but broken internet

    #108 6 years ago
  109. Psychotext


    #109 6 years ago
  110. Goliath

    @ Nathan

    Forza 3, ODST, Splinter Cell Conviction, Left 4 Dead 2 are coming this fall.

    #110 6 years ago
  111. Goliath

    As well a MW2. What more do you want Nathan?

    #111 6 years ago
  112. Psychotext

    Nice, 1080p downloads.

    #112 6 years ago
  113. G1GAHURTZ

    Instant 1080p?

    Hmm… I’m not so sure…

    #113 6 years ago
  114. Goliath

    Yep. That’s pretty sweet.

    #114 6 years ago
  115. Goliath

    Man, I’m pretty blown away by Alan Wake, Forza 3, Conviction and ODST still.

    #115 6 years ago
  116. Goliath

    Man, facebook integrated in to XBL. Give me Hulu and who needs a browser.

    #116 6 years ago
  117. Goliath

    Oh shit, twitter!

    #117 6 years ago
  118. warlock7

    I thought that this was a game system!?!?!?

    #118 6 years ago
  119. Psychotext

    Metal GLBWBWBW Solid

    Muppet. Can’t even get the name right.

    #119 6 years ago
  120. El_MUERkO

    metal gear what?

    #120 6 years ago
  121. Goliath


    #121 6 years ago
  122. El_MUERkO

    raiden sucked ass!

    #122 6 years ago
  123. Psychotext

    ‘gnight. lol

    #123 6 years ago
  124. OrphanageExplosion

    Ladies and gentlemen – we have the Gigaton.

    #124 6 years ago
  125. DaMan

    N4G will explode.

    #125 6 years ago
  126. Goliath


    #126 6 years ago
  127. Goliath

    Man, Microsoft just shut down LA!!

    #127 6 years ago
  128. Goliath

    Oh my God, it’s a web cam too!!!

    #128 6 years ago
  129. Syrok

    Ooh, Natal looks pretty cool.

    #129 6 years ago
  130. Goliath

    Controller free interface!!!

    #130 6 years ago
  131. Goliath

    Straight out of the Minority Report!!! YEAHHHHH!!!

    #131 6 years ago
  132. Psychotext


    Where’s Rare etc?

    #132 6 years ago
  133. Goliath

    man, N4G is shut down right now! LMAO!

    #133 6 years ago
  134. Blerk

    I’m back! Did I miss all the good stuff? :-)

    #134 6 years ago
  135. Psychotext

    That tech is fucking sex.

    #135 6 years ago
  136. Goliath

    Yeah, it is pretty sweet. Just interacting with the interface is sexy.

    #136 6 years ago
  137. El_MUERkO

    wow, just what i always wanted, a little boy computer friend to practice my grooming!

    #137 6 years ago
  138. El_MUERkO

    /put hand in water

    “haha i bet the fish thinks your a monster”

    /put hand in water

    “watch you don’t get wet”

    /put hand in water

    “haha i bet the fish thinks your a monster”

    /put hand in water

    “watch you don’t get wet”

    /put hand in water

    “haha i bet the fish thinks your a monster”

    /put hand in water

    “watch you don’t get wet”

    #138 6 years ago
  139. Blerk

    Where’s everyone watching the video?

    #139 6 years ago
  140. Pyrix

    It is a bit weird, but holy jesus christ, we can do that stuff?

    #140 6 years ago
  141. El_MUERkO

    it just ended, i was watching it on gametrailers

    #141 6 years ago
  142. Pyrix is by far the best stream, but it’s over now.

    #142 6 years ago
  143. Goliath

    @ Pyrix

    I’m thinking the same thing. I don’t believe the demo. It’s all pre scripted. All in all, I was really impressed with what Microsoft showed. Man, does ODST look slick or what?!

    #143 6 years ago
  144. Blerk

    That’s it? Not nearly as much as I was hoping for. Quite slim on the games front, even.

    #144 6 years ago
  145. Tiger Walts

    You know what, I reckon Natal will re-launch the adventure game genre. No more dialogue trees, just talk to the NPCs. Explore and interact directly with the game world, using your arms or your legs.

    #145 6 years ago
  146. El_MUERkO

    Halo:ODST, Forsa 3, Splinter Cell:Conviction, L4D 2, CoD:MW2

    not bad though Christmas is looking a little barren

    #146 6 years ago
  147. Gekidami

    The exclusives list is pretty decent though most are abit far off from now.

    #147 6 years ago
  148. Goliath

    @ Blerk

    Halo ODST, Left 4 Dead 2, Splinter Cell COnviction, Forza 3 this fall along with Modern Warfare 2. Crackdown 2, Alan Wake, FFXIII, MGS Rising next year along with whatever’s announced next E3. How is the slim?! God you guys are greedy.

    #148 6 years ago
  149. DrDamn

    Much more impressed with the camera thing than the more mainstream stuff they tried last year. Other exclusives line up is very good if a little predictable and safe.

    #149 6 years ago
  150. Blerk

    But we already knew about half of that stuff, Goliath. I was kind of hoping they’d announce more brand new stuff.

    #150 6 years ago
  151. crackdude

    This was really really good.

    #151 6 years ago
  152. Goliath

    @ DrDamn

    Yeah, I suppose but I was blown away by Alan Wake and Halo ODST. ODST looks so slick I really want to see what the next Halo looks like. Splinter Cell looks like it’s going to be a stunner this fall and Forza 3′s real time damage just earned it a step in GT5 until I see GT5 next year.

    #152 6 years ago
  153. Psychotext

    I’m really looking forward to Splinter Cell and Forza 3 there. The Forza video editing thing was amazing, and Sam Fisher is an utter psychopath.

    But there was so much on show (generally)… I’m actually really glad that I wasn’t particularly excited before the show because it blew me away on the whole.

    #153 6 years ago
  154. El_MUERkO

    RPS have a preview of L4D 2 up here:

    And heres a HD version of the trailer:

    #154 6 years ago
  155. OrphanageExplosion

    Good work on the Liveblog Pat and Nathan. I physically ejaculated real semen more than once. Job done.

    #155 6 years ago
  156. Blerk

    Actually, one of the most interesting things is what wasn’t there – where was Mass Effect 2? Looks like good news for PS3 owners.

    #156 6 years ago
  157. Goliath

    @ Psychotext

    I agree. I think I had lukewarm expectations. I had heard the rumors but I was really impressed by the games. Halo ODST really impressed me. Looks like more than an expansion and probably a first look at a refined Halo engine. Forza 3 was just amazing and Splinter Cell Conviction looked truly impressive. I think it’s going to be a great Q3/Q4. Mass Effect 2 in January, FFXIII, and Alan Wake in the Spring. A huge launch for a new Halo next E3 and Crackdown 2 along with whatever is is being kept close to the chest.

    #157 6 years ago
  158. Goliath

    @ Blerk

    EA’s conference is today. They’ll have Mass Effect 2.

    #158 6 years ago
  159. Blerk

    Well, quite. But if it was still a 360 exclusive, you’d think Microsoft would’ve wanted to mention it as well, no?

    #159 6 years ago
  160. Goliath

    Good point. The did save a space for “Games Exclusive to the Xbox 360″.

    #160 6 years ago
  161. Psychotext

    @Blerk: Actually, I’d say you’re right. ME2 not being at the MS conference probably is good news for PS3 owners.

    #161 6 years ago
  162. Goliath

    To be honest, you’d want the first. It just doesn’t make sense to “jump in”. I’d want the first. I would have thought we would have seen a PS3 port by now. They didn’t even announce the DLC which Bioware had touted so that seems odd.

    #162 6 years ago
  163. Blerk

    There’s quite a few things I’m pleased about, but I think my biggest disappointment is probably Peter’s stuff. I was really hoping for a proper Lionhead game rather than just a tech demo. :-(

    #163 6 years ago
  164. daytripper

    i thought there would be more unannounced games to be honest, ok we had crackdown 2, halo reach, mgs and left 4 dead 2 but really, these have been reported for a while in the rumour mill. my own fault for getting so hyped but i felt a bit let down and hoping there would be a few big exclusive hitters for microsoft, after all mgs will be on PS3 aswell. i wouldnt be that worried if i was sony or nintendo just yet.

    #164 6 years ago
  165. No_PUDding

    Yeah, there’s not much really.

    But I liked Kojima’s “!” sound xD

    #165 6 years ago
  166. Johnny Cullen

    “Yeah, there’s not much really.

    But I liked Kojima’s “!” sound xD”

    When Mattrick asked what was the one game everyone wanted to see on Xbox 360 (it was an obvious answer), I was like he cant be referring to what I think he’s referring to.

    And when I heard the ! sound (GameSpot froze on that exact moment), I freaked out.

    And I mean freaked fucking out.

    #166 6 years ago
  167. fearmonkey

    Lots of good stuff this year from MS.
    I was kind of disapointed that there wasnt anything mentioned game related regarding the new Zune HD.
    No big reason to buy one if you already have a good portable multimedia player.
    The new camera stuff sounds fantastic, but it remains to be seen if this would be utilized in more than a few games.
    Without alot of games supporting it, it’s not that enticing to me. Plus, it has alot of hype to live up to thanks to Peters demo.

    I wish MS would have kept the Fasa Mechwarrior and Crimson skies games around, the really dropped the ball on that.

    There was no news regarding APB, that was an expected title, and it wasnt mentioned.

    #167 6 years ago
  168. Mike

    I don’t know what some people want, Project Natal and the new games that were shown, Milo, L4D2, Crackdown 2, Halo Reach/ODST, SC: Conviction and Metal Gear Solid Rising and you’re disappointed?

    #168 6 years ago
  169. jnms

    @Mike – I think many people now-a-days live in some sort of ‘deadspace’. It’s like a big black void where all good and exciting stuff is converted into dull inane stuff.

    I see that a lot of people seem to suffer from this.

    #169 6 years ago
  170. daytripper

    @mike: the games that were shown were great although I expected a couple more, unannounced (not previously mentioned or rumoured) games, things to really shock. thats all.

    #170 6 years ago
  171. fearmonkey

    Im with Daytripper on this one.
    The announcements are cool, and really good, but nothing really surprised me. All of those announcements had been hinted at previously. Ther wasnt that “Final Fanstasy on 360 moment” this year.
    All those rumors regarding APB, nothing was announced :(
    I bet Sony has something up their sleeves. We know there is a new IP from rockstar in development for the SP3 only, lets hope it shows up and its a good one.
    After last year, they need a shocker or big announcement.

    #171 6 years ago
  172. Len

    Really impressed by MS and loads there I want to play.

    Just need to cut out the clapping themselves all the time…wtf was that all about!?!?

    Anyway, we need a serious look at Trico and god knows what else from Sony to combat that imo.

    Should be good…

    #172 6 years ago

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