Microsoft E3 Demos Used High-End PCs, Not Xbox One Dev Kits

So here’s an article I read earlier.

So their E3 games weren’t running on the Xbox One. Not even a dev kit, or even a PC with comparable specs. While the Xbox One runs Windows 8 and has an AMD GPU, the E3 games were running on an HP computer with Windows 7 and an NVIDIA GPU. No word on what the CPU was, but apparently the GPU was more powerful than what’s in the Xbox One.

PS4 devs, however, say that they were using actual PS4 dev kits to show off their PS4 games.  In fact, one Knack demo station crashed to the PS4 OS, proving that it was on an actual dev kit.  Here are the articles on that, complete with screen shot.

So why did MS use a high-end PC? One with better specs than the Xbox One? Why use a PC with an NVIDIA chip when AMD is providing the Xbox One GPU? Why use a PC with Windows 7 when the company is trying to prove how great Windows 8 is, and in fact is putting Win8 on the Xbox One itself?

I read a couple days ago on Cracked about how eagle-eyed people noticed PC key prompts during the Battlefield 4 multiplayer demonstration at Microsoft’s press conference. So that was the first clue that something was amiss. Now there’s confirmation.

So really, why did they need to use a high-end PC? Is the Xbox One not up to par? Is that 3GB of RAM reserved for the OS choking the potential performance of the system? Why couldn’t they bring their actual dev kits or use something with comparable specs?

Oh the scandal.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes teaser [Updated]

A half-hour ago, Kotaku posted the 11-minute teaser for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.  All the footage is in-game.  It looks amazing.

Update: Despite internet speculation, Kojima apparently reiterated that this game is current-gen.  The end of the teaser shows logos for the Xbox 360 and PS3.  He also said that the demo was running on a PC built to the specs of the PS3.

Also, the Snake in the game appears to be Big Boss, aka Naked Snake from Metal Gear Solid 3 and Peace Walker.  Speculation abounds that the guy with the messed up face is Volgin, but we’ll have to wait to find out.

Previously released information on the game says that Ground Zeroes is an “open world” MGS game, so it will be interesting to see how that all turns out.

Video Game Movie and Metal Gear News

A couple news bits of upcoming video game movies.

First, God of War.  Kotaku reports that one of the screenwriters for the movie, Patrick Melton, has shared some details about the most basic outline of the plot.  Anyone who has played the series will have an idea of what these events are.

In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break. Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. We’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes — give or take — of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take. We’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie.

For more on this story, check out Kotaku.

Next up is the Metal Gear Solid movie.  Announced alongside Metal Gear Solid Social Ops (an iOS/Android social game on the Gree platform) and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (the debut game for the Fox engine on X360 and PS3), a new attempt at a Metal Gear movie was announced.  There was some talk of a movie years ago, but that faded away.  This time, however, Konami is at least confident enough about the movie to talk about it at the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event.

Konami is partnered with Columbia Pictures, which is owned by Sony (no surprise there).  The producer is Avi Arad, who has been tied to movies based on Uncharted and Mass Effect, neither of which have been made yet.  Arad also worked on some of the Marvel Comics movies, including Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, the 2008 Incredible Hulk movie, and The Amazing Spider-Man.  One would hope this means the movie is in good hands.  Check out Kotaku’s story for more.

E3 2011 – Nintendo press conference live thoughts

Good morning Superfriends Universe. Day two of E3 is upon us. The Nintendo press conference starts in about a half hour. But I wanted to get this post up ahead of time. Nintendo will announce their new console, plus there should be a bunch of games on display. Hopefully Nintendo has gotten the casual thing out of their system and is going back to what made them who they are.

As with yesterday, feel free to email me at The live blog starts after the break.

E3 2011 – Sony press conference live thoughts

And I’m back. As I type this, the Sony press conference is just over twenty minutes away. As with the Microsoft conference, I’ll be updating this post as the press conference goes on. You can email me at Again, I won’t be checking the account during the show, but I will definitely be looking after the show. Not that it matters, as only spambots email me there. Come on, people, I don’t bite.