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Submitted by rbailey 1144d ago | opinion piece

5 Ways Microsoft Could Improve Next Gen

Richard Bailey of writes:
Now that Nintendo has successfully launched the Wii U in both the United States and Europe, several media outlets and analysts from around the world will begin shifting their focus towards Microsoft and Sony’s next gen consoles. While both companies have endured their fair share of trials and tribulations this generation, history has often taught us that those who fail to learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. As a strong supporter of the Xbox 360, I felt the need to address 5 shortcomings with the platform and suggest ways that Microsoft could improve moving forward. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Tag Invalid, Xbox)

The_Infected  +   1144d ago
How about they announce the damn thing already? I hope they do at CES 2013 if not the I hope Valve shows their console off then.
rbailey  +   1144d ago
I would prefer that too actually and especially because everyone already knows it's coming. My next guess is E3 2013 will be the official reveal of both the PS4 and Xbox 720. Either way, the need to make the announcement soon.

As for the Steam Box, I'm looking forward to seeing what Valve brings to the table. I'm not a PC gamer but I def plan on becoming one in 2013.
NukaCola  +   1144d ago
MS has completely abandoned their system as a gaming console these last 3 years.

Next gen:
1. Games...Buy companies and make exclusives.
2. See #1

I really loved the original Xbox and the first few years of the 360, but MS has really done nothing to innovated on the gaming side. They are about APPs and Time DLC and charging you for everything. So they need to fix this now, or I won't be getting the next MS system.
Knight_Crawler  +   1144d ago
Why are people so hung up over exclusives...TBH some of the best games I played this gen are multiplats games like Bioshock, Red Dead Redemption, COD MW1, Fall Out 3, Assassin Creed, Lords of Shadows,Dead Spca, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Minecraft, Skyrim, Far Cry 3...too many to list.

Yes exclusives are good because they can show what the system is truly capable of and gives you a reason to buy a certain console but most of the exclusive excuse is just ammo for fanboys to brag about x system have a game that the other does not have.
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NukaCola  +   1144d ago
Game systems should be about games. Yes, multiplats are awesome, but where is the multiplat equivalent of Journey? Uncharted? God of War? Halo? Gears of War? Lost Odyssey? MS needs to have an identity and being a $300 media center isn't it. They need games and they have the finances. Microsoft only supports the games that marketing reps tell them will sell well. They are doing it all wrong. Focus on delivering fresh experiences.
ILive  +   1144d ago
To knight crawler. It means there shouldn't be multiple consoles then. If all consoles came and only multiple platform games were only available for them, then why the hell do we need multiple console? The point of exclusives is provide an experience you won't find with the competition. If the witcher 2 and gears were available for the PS3, why should I own an Xbox? Exclusives also take better advantage of their respective machines.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1143d ago
"where is the multiplat equivalent of Journey? Uncharted? God of War? Halo? Gears of War? Lost Odyssey?"

Where is the Exclusives equivalent to

Mass Effect
Dead Space

MS have not stopped making games. They make 2 of the highest rated and selling games this gen.


MS also have a 2nd party IP locked down which is also the highest rated and selling exclusive franchise released this gen being Gears Of War.

MS is not in the business to dump a lot of money and lose it all into exclusive games that won't sell like some other companies do. This is why MS are not in any kind of financial jeopardy while others are.

Just because a game is exclusive doesn't mean it's a great game or that it will sell. Today's and tomorrows next gen consoles will not just be about the games, it will also be about gaming experiences that each console gives.
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UnholyLight  +   1143d ago
Exclusives don't worry me. Sony's exclusives I could care less about with the exception of Killzone and Motorstorm
hellvaguy  +   1144d ago
"How about they announce the damn thing already"

How bout they dont and instead hold out until the last minute to give us the best possible bang for our buck in technology.
vulcanproject  +   1144d ago
The reason they will hold off as long as possible is more because 360 sales are still strong especially in the states.

As soon as the new machine is announced then it is likely those sales will start to decline somewhat.

So microsoft have no interest announcing something a whole year in advance. I wouldn't be surprised if they announce if at E3 in the summer and launch it just 4-5 months later like they did with 360....
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blue_flowers  +   1144d ago
how about bring back the fun Microsoft titles:
-the suffering
-full auto
-jade empire
-Otogi sequel
-more exclusive ninja gaidens like the original xbox
-breakdiwn sequel
-how about an exclusive deal with EA fr a new burnout game
-lost odyssy sequel
etc the list goes on...

as a micrsoft fan i miss the diversity that made the original xbox great, they need to get back to the games instead of relying on cod, gow, forza, and halo sequels for sales im tired of playing those damn games.
rbailey  +   1144d ago
I agree with everything you said, especially the part about the lack of diversity on the console. I'm still mad that they loss the Mass Effect franchise as well and honestly seeing as how both Gears of War and Alan Wake are still owned by the original creators, I have a feeling those games will go multiplatform as well next gen.

All Microsoft seems to care about these days are timed exclusives and making money off Halo. that definitely needs to change and fast.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1143d ago
MS didn't lose the Mass Effect franchise. They still have it on their console. MS was even nice enough to allow Mass Effect 1 to go onto the PS3 since they owned the rights that game.

The multiplats up more then enough of the lack of diversity. Multiplats create more diversity then MS and Sony's combined exclusives.

Even if MS did have more diversity in 1st party titles, it doesn't automatically make the exclusive game good. When will you people understand that just because a game is exclusive doesn't mean it's a good game or that people will buy it.

Also just an FYI, I understand that to a certain crowd on this site Kinect doesn't exist, but there is a lot of new gaming experiences and diversity in titles that are Kinect only and Kinect hybrids.
Tres21  +   1143d ago
aye Blue dat breakdown sequel does sound lik a good idea & jade empire
LOL_WUT  +   1144d ago
How about they stop charging to play online thats a good start. ;)

Regardless of how it turns out I can't wait for next-gen.
rbailey  +   1144d ago
The day that Microsoft decides to stop charging for Xbox Live will be the same day that pigs learn how to fly lol
Ezz2013  +   1144d ago
but pigs already know how to fly

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GameOn  +   1144d ago
I've seen a pig fly.
whoyouwit04  +   1144d ago
Five ways to make Xbox better

1. free xbox live
2. relaunch some of their old ips
3. create brand new genres and ips
4. push there studios to be the best in the world
5. male sure the console is not faulty out the gate.
rbailey  +   1144d ago
These are all great points you've made and I agree with every single one of them.
KangarooSam  +   1144d ago
So... become Sony? (minus YLOD)

Also, sloots and cocaine.


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hellvaguy  +   1144d ago
that and the better MS controllers. k do it!
RuleofOne343  +   1144d ago
2 Thru 5 great ,but even I would not turn away a billion dollar annual juggernaut .
TekoIie  +   1144d ago
"free xbox live"

I dont see it happening but if its numbers start to dwindle I would expect a price drop.
Alos88  +   1144d ago
I think they need to focus on creating new IPs, after Alan Wake they kinda gave up in my eyes.
rbailey  +   1144d ago
I think you hit it on the head with this one. Alan Wake took several years to make and I'm sure that for every year the game was delayed, Microsoft loss even more money. Of course, the game turned out to be great in the end but Microsoft should definitely focus on making more original IPs. Not every new IP needs to be a huge AAA title either, as independent projects would be god enough as well.
dafegamer  +   1144d ago
Definite Answer: Exclusives
delboy  +   1144d ago
Give me nextbox for free and change me a monthly fee, then I will consider getting one.
And don't tell me it can't be done!
fossilfern  +   1144d ago
with the Gabe cube coming out I have lost interest in what Ms are doing. unless MS have some exclusive that aren't kinect games, halo, forza and gears then maybe I'll take notice
RuleofOne343  +   1144d ago
Hey many exclusives does valve have that are theirs & are not franchise sequels like everyone else has. just out curiosity.
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RuleofOne343  +   1144d ago
For me subjects 4 & 1 from the article are priority ,the rest they can tackle as they go along.
Oh_Yeah  +   1144d ago
Free online, more exclusives, free online, more exclusives, free online.. Sounds about right, that's the only way I'll buy another Microsoft console. 3 AAA exclusives just wasn't enough, and live offers nothing over any other service to warrant the price tag.
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JohnApocalypse  +   1144d ago
I think Kinect will be dead when the next xbox comes
Tres21  +   1143d ago
yea ur kiddin right? i mean there pumpin money into kinect, i doubt they do that just 2 keep it another year, lik they got sesame street kinect gettin another season so yeah....
JohnApocalypse  +   1143d ago
They haven't really supported it much this year. We only saw one game out of their last press conference and I haven't seen any marketing for any of their Kinect games like Fable and Star Wars
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Tzuno  +   1144d ago
Megaton  +   1143d ago
Stop charging people for free things with XBL Gold, get rid of Kinect, stop screwing around with "timed exclusive DLC" and start delivering actual exclusive games.

One of those things, the games, might happen. The other two are very doubtful.
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PAYNEinc85  +   1143d ago
free live damn it!
sdplisken  +   1143d ago
lol microsoft arnt gonna change shit for next gen because they know their fanbase is happy with the same halo/gearz/fable/forza/cod mappacks smamming every year

add in the millions of xbl subscribers plus the kinect shovelware and their laughing all the way to the bank
black911  +   1143d ago
Leave and Never Come Back
Daoshai  +   1143d ago
Look ma, a troll
DonFreezer  +   1140d ago
The article has some reasoning and some really stupidity in it. Microsoft's first and foremost important thing for the next gen is games.The Xbox 360 started with some great exclusives and left this era with an utter nothing.Microsoft should not buy Alan Wake nor Gears Of War since most gamers want something new.Release new games and people will get excited again.Or at least secure exclusive games and not timed dlc and timed exclusives. If Microsoft wants to win the console war this ear they just have to buy Call Of Duty.Simple as that stop buying dlc and timed exclusivity and buy the damned game banning it from the ps3. This would be a huge blow to Sony and would make gamers buy a 720 like hell. Making Xbox Live free is a nice addition but I does not win a console war.If none of this happens probably Sony will win them hands down.Microsoft will fall to the first place like they did with the first Xbox.

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