The B-Roll

Billed as the “all-in-one entertainment system,” the Xbox One with Xbox Live will allow users to instantly switch between games, live TV, movies, music, on-demand programming, and Skype with just a voice command or hand gesture. Imagine Tony Stark in his basement lab and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what this looks like—minus the hologram. Scientists, get on that. 

To bolster excitement about their latest console, Microsoft invited executives from EA, Activision, and 343 Industries to make a few big announcements of their own. Most notably, it was revealed that Steve Spielberg will serve as executive producer of a new Halo television series exclusively for Xbox One. Infinity Ward debuted a trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which will feature new characters and a new story written by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Traffic and Syriana, Stephen Gaghan. 

Here are a few of the tech highlights confirmed at the presentation:

  • 500GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM
  • An 8-core x86 processor that allows for instantly switching between a game and entertainment apps
  • HDMI pass-thru that lets cable and satellite TV play through the console
  • Blu-ray drive 
  • New Kinect has an improved motion sensor that can recognize wrist movement and heartbeat. 
  • The Xbox one will host three operating systems, including the Xbox dashboard and a version of Windows. 

What was not addressed during the Microsoft presentation were the rumors of a required always-on Internet connection and installed games. However, a peek over at the official Xbox website revealed more, including cloud-based gaming and an artificial intelligence that will learn your gameplay style. The AI can continue to play your game while you’re away, and even challenge your friends. You can watch the recap of the Xbox One presentation here

 

Get In Media named Official Honoree for 17th Annual Webby Awards in the Employment category. See all of the nominees and official selections here.

 

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual VES Awards, which will be presented on February 5th. Nominees in 24 categories include The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyPrometheus, and The Avengers in film. Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II among game nods. See the full list here

 

The nominees for the 2013 Golden Globes were announced today, including 7 nominations for Lincoln, and 5 for Argo and Django Unchained. The Golden Globes will air on NBC on January 13th. See the full list of nominees here

The 2013 Grammy Awards are spreading the wealth this year. After nominations were announced, a six-way tie emerged between fun., Jay-Z, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West. See the full list of nominees here

The 2012 Game Developers Conference Online takes place in Austin, TX this week. The professionals-only event for online, social, and cloud gaming is not open to the public, but fans and spectators can follow the action here: http://gamasutra.com/gdco-2012

 

 

Silent Hill and AMC’s The Walking Dead will come to life at Halloween Horror Nights in 2012. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will host the annual Halloween event on select nights in September and October, featuring the popular horror properties. 

 

The 4-day CBGB Festival begins today in New York City. The event, which runs July 5-8, features music showcases accompanied by a music conference, film screenings and conference, and a spirits festival to wet your whistle. 

 

 

Award winners for the 2012 LA Film Fest have been announced, Beasts of the Southern Wild takes home Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Other top honors went to All is Well (Portugal) for Best Narrative Feature and Drought (Mexico) for Best Documentary Feature. See the full list of winners here.

 

The E3 Expo takes place this week in Los Angeles, and will feature a highly anticipated look at Halo 4. To follow all of the big announcements, visit the official E3 site