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Submitted by Filthcardia 593d ago | opinion piece

After February 20, Where Does That Leave Microsoft?

Once Sony makes its February 20 announcement, Microsoft is last to present a console. What could be waiting for us? (Microsoft, Tech, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

FrigidDARKNESS  +   593d ago
Microsoft dont have to do anything till march and showcase the next xbox atGDC 2013 which is going to smash and crush the faces of its competition.
majiebeast  +   593d ago
With what more Halo and kinect 2.0 dont make me laugh. If Microsoft wants to make a impact they need new IP's not apps not exclusive deals for ESPN not exclusive timed dlc. But games and seeing as the last few of their E3's have been worse then the last i dont see that happening.
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Mikefizzled  +   593d ago
Microsoft have a suprising number of exclusives yet to be announced. Some of which are definitely new IPs
PFFT  +   593d ago
Youd have to be quite messed up in the head if you think MS has no new games planned. Ahhh fanboys.....you cant live with them nor can you get rid of them.......
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Mikefizzled  +   593d ago
Did you not see the recent post about Black Tusk Studios having 4 unannounced IPs in the works.
Lionheads potentially new IP/ Fable MMO. Rares super secret projects. Then a disappointingly large dollop of Kinect and Arcade games for good measure.
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d0nT wOrrY  +   593d ago
We've heard that A LOT. New IP, surprising number of exclusives blah blah blah. Still nothing.
Highlife  +   593d ago
Mikefizzled - "Rares super secret projects"

Wait there are still people working at Rare.
DOMination-  +   593d ago
Here is a list of what many people would call "Hardcore Projects" being developed by Microsoft First Party Studios:

* 343 Studios - Halo 5 and another [probably halo related] project (they have two teams)
* Connected Experiences - Unannounced large scale multiplayer title
* MS LA - Unannounced new IP "cinematic title"
* MS Redmond - Overseeing and Co-Developing "multiple projects"
* Platform Next Studios - Unannounced New IP
*Skybox Sports - Unannounced Sports title (New IP? Don't think MS have done a sports game before??)
* Turn 10 - Now a two team studio. One is Forza 5 and another unannounced title (PGR5?)
* Twisted Pixel - Unannounced title
* Lionhead - Unannounced new IP. Thought to be an MMO project.
* Lift London - "multiple unannounced cloud based games"
* Press Play - Unannounced Project
* Black Tusk - "multiple unannounced new IPs"
* MS Victoria - Unannounced Project

Now here are MS Casual/Family/Kinect Studios:

* BigPark - ???
* Xbox Live Productions - ???
* Playful Learning - "Next Generation Family Project"
* MS Soho - ???
* MS Mobile - ???
* Good Science Studio - ???
* Kids and Lifestyle Entertainment - "Next Generation fitness project"
* Rare - Allegedly now a 3 team studio

I can't be bothered to link because people would disagree and too naive to believe it anyway.

But anybody who thinks MS will have no games is in for a huge surprise.
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kreate  +   593d ago
Ms doesn't need high budget exclusive titles. It will sell regardless. The 360 has proven this in America.

They don't have to change anything. Halo and gears is all they need.
-Falaut-  +   593d ago
Fo realz internet gangsta?
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BuLLDoG909  +   593d ago
good one, you should be a standup comedian
user3915800  +   593d ago
I only see MS reveal in march if ps4 is revealed in feb. I see both PS4 AND 720 a real close match with same cpu and similar ram, it will come down to preference and option with the system, I think MS will have more extra stuff included like illumiroom, better live, skype, windows8 os, better apps and a whole lot more internet advantage, but PS4 more likely to have more first party. Third party support will be equally distributed with minimal diference at best. PS4 and 720 will rock and wii-u will have the support of less casuals but lack of third party support again.
darx  +   593d ago
That is the thing with Windows 8. It will allow for more cross platform gaming for the developers who put forth the effort. It looks like that may be the way gaming is going, we'll see. Steambox to an extent and a lesser extent the OUYA also will allow for cross platform gaming.
GalacticEmpire  +   593d ago
The thing is, with win 8 taking up so much of 'nextbox' CPU (rumored 2 cores) and RAM (rumored 2GB) it may mean that apps run better but at a huge cost to game performance.

Personally, I'm agaisnt this.
bicfitness  +   593d ago
PS4 supposedly has a faster GPU and RAM. All the speculation on Neogaf so far (which has been startlingly correct) has the PS4 pegged as noticeably better, performance wise, than the Durango. MS is going for a large OS with multiple social features and Kinect support. That is their focus.
1upgamer99  +   593d ago
I for one will not buying Nextbox, and just because it is going to be powerful does not make up for the fact that Sony and Nintendo have the IPs. The past 2 years Sony has been catching up to the Xbox in sales that is for sure. Halo has been done to death, Gears of War is pretty cool, but not going to make or break me if I don't have it. So I for one will be chillaxin playing Wii U online FREE and see what Sony has up is sleeve this E3.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   593d ago
I think it's pretty foolish to think that there are only two players in the market, and that one must always respond to the other.
onyoursistersback  +   593d ago
i have a question,
"what dose MS have this year, any games coming up???"
if nothing, i have no doubt, there gana announce there next console within this year.
1upgamer99  +   593d ago
Uh, yeah they are announcing a new console this year.
rbailey  +   593d ago
Microsoft will be fine with whatever happens at this point. If you remember, they started a countdown to E3 on Major Nelson's blog only a few days into 2013. That got alot of people talking and likewise this will continue long after Sony makes their announcement. Obviously anyone can guess that new consoles will be further detailed at E3 2013. Microsoft has no exclusives aside from Halo and a handful of Xbox Live arcade titles so in my mind they def releasing the next xbox this year. As for PlayStation and that Feb 20th date, anything less then an actual PS4 reveal would singlehandedly be one of the worst moves Sony could ever make in the entire studio's history.
Cocozero  +   593d ago
Sony is foolish to announce the PS4 so early because we likely wont hear about it again till E3 and if MS announces the 720 the any PS4 new will be overshadowed
kneon  +   593d ago
Assuming the Feb 20th event is even about the PS4, which is not at all guaranteed, there is nothing foolish about it.

The last few E3's Sony has announced/leaked info for months before E3. That had the effect of having Sony constantly in the gaming news leading up to E3. And it seems to be working yet again given what the front page of N4G looks like most days lately.

It's a pretty good strategy. Just like at every other conference only the biggest announcements get noticed while everything else gets lost in the noise. This approach ensures they get more overall coverage in the press than if they just announced everything at E3.
DivineAssault  +   593d ago
There isnt many exclusives coming after september of this year so im sure the new consoles are incoming.. Otherwise im sure there would be more game release dates after that time..

On topic, idk where that leaves MS.. If they dont release some KILLER IPs with the new system, i honestly dont see it surviving this nx war.. Sony has PS Plus & Killer IPs to make their newest system shine.. They also have apps & other media functionality so why would people buy nxbox when PS4 has so much more? I have no evidence of PS4 having anything at all but if history is anything to go by, PS4 will recieve damn near every multiplat available as well as their own exclusives from 1st, 2nd, & 3rd party so people will definitely flock to that system..

Nintendo has their own powerful exclusives to survive off of too.. They can live off 1st party games alone.. So people will buy wii u as soon as they see smash bros, mario kart, etc.. MS has Halo n Gears but if thats it, its not going to be in this business much longer.. Sure lots of people buy those games but they will be available elsewhere like PC or steam.. I dont think gimmicks are going to work nx gen as all the casuals play tablet/phone games now..
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PFFT  +   593d ago
IM getting both so i could careless about you all's meaningless fanboy wars. This is better than this and this is better than that..........freaking stupid if you ask me. It matters not which system is the better one. In the end we all win. Why?? Cause we get to enjoy the awesome games each respected side releases.
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miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   593d ago
Tons of little kids on this site that parents can only buy them a PS3. They can't afford to have both.

I feel sorry for those kids. Well, the ones in the USA. Having to buy the less popular of the two.
sandman224  +   593d ago
There is no rush for Microsoft, they have kinect. Lol
BanBrother  +   593d ago
Don't know if I will get the next Xbox. I was a PS guy since the beginning, but then decided to buy a 360 in 2008. Was really good, had lots of fun with it. But it has become increasingly stale. Call me a fanboy, whatever you will, but I can't seem to enjoy the Xbox as much as the PS3, which is due to MS abandoning me. I want new, core IP's. Not phone games and Kinect crap.

Again, not a fanboy at all, just stating facts. Not even saying the xbox exclusives aren't great, just that the support is not there from MS. Fed up, and I as a consumer will be sticking to just the PS4 unless these new studios work on something other than just phone/tablet games, xbla and kinect games.
hellvaguy  +   591d ago
As we all know on this site, opinions are "facts".
BanBrother  +   591d ago
So you are denying that Microsoft is lacking in New, exclusive IP's? And are you denying they are putting more and more support towards their windows phone game market? And are you also denying that they are supporting Kinect a lot? They are facts.

My opinion was the part where I said I was "Fed up". As for some reason others are not fed up, as they like being somewhat abandoned, if I am to assume they are part of the 'core' audience. And given we are on a site about gaming, I would say they are.
hellvaguy  +   591d ago
Lacking any games? No I cant afford nor have the time to play even 1/4 the games out there right now. So bragging rights to have a library of 2, 000 games vs only 1, 650 to me is just propaganda that means nothing to me.

That plus I play mmos on the pc, so I just dont have the need to buy 2-3 games per month.
Stoppokingme  +   593d ago
I'm hoping the reason why there's sweet F.A on xbox this year is because devs have been working on nextbox titles.
Kran  +   593d ago
In the same position as before? Just because the PS4 may be announced on that day, it doesn't change whatever Microsoft may have planned. It'd just be a notice for the people of the world. Microsoft might even know about the PS4 as might Sony. We don't know what they talk to each other about.
JeffGUNZ  +   593d ago
Exactly. Reveal date means nothing, most people care about RELEASE date. Sony will lose hype if they announce now with a 2014 release date if Microsoft announces the nextbox at E3 with a November 2013 release.
baldulf  +   593d ago
If Microsoft doesn't moves away from all the Kinect crap they are screwed.

They need new and fresh IPs (oh, and forget about Fable once and for all)
Jek_Porkins  +   593d ago
It leaves them in the same spot as before Feb 20th honestly. The consoles are probably coming out around the same time this year, so it doesn't really matter who shows it off first. Both consoles will be shown in full and with demo's at E3, so the point is moot really.

I do think holding off any next gen announcement until after your huge games release on current hardware could have helped Sony a bit, keep them guessing because a lot of people didn't think Sony would release a new console until 2014. I know from my perspective, I'm still getting The Last Of Us on PS3, but I have to hold off on most of the other PS3 games this year because I have to save for two new consoles. Same with Microsoft, I'm getting Gears Judgment and saving for the next Xbox.

So I think no matter who shows what first, it wont matter in the end. People will go with whichever console speaks to them. For me personally, I want to know price, if it's backwards compatible, if it can play used games and I want to see some games running on it.
The Meerkat  +   593d ago
February 21st?
Npugz7  +   593d ago
February 19th?
isyourhouseonfire  +   593d ago
MS really shouldn't do anything. They should let Sony and Nintendo fight it out for the second position in the industry, and only then release details on the next XBOX.
MiyagiSPG  +   593d ago
Fable The Lost Chapters HD

^ This needs to happen!
JeffGUNZ  +   593d ago
Nothing. It's not even confirmed first off and second, it's a damn REVEAL date. It's not like the system will be released the next day. I still think Microsoft will launch before Sony.
Gamer39  +   593d ago
BS.
Next-box coming more new IP & old Forza , Fable, Halo, and 80% The Witcher 3 only for PC/720. Ps4 not.

Too much hype new ps, too much. Its not good. Easy and wait February 20th.
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ps3_pwns  +   593d ago
Xbl, hype, early headstart, and lower price console wont save Ms this time thats for sure. They will have to bring games to the table of the quality of sony's 1st party devs. You guys who followed your friends to the x360 will follow them to the ps4 in the new gen.

I know some of you dont want to hear this and you thought Ms would be the best choice for the rest of your gaming life but when the dark knight rises (aka: ps4) it shalt not be stopped. its the hero you need but the one you dont deserve.
Belking  +   593d ago
lol...Fanboy overdose.
darx  +   593d ago
Doy!
AngelicIceDiamond  +   593d ago
This be the third time I posted this

Lionheads rumored Fable-esque MMO. Black Tusks New AAA "next big thing" Ip. Gears 4, Forza 5, Alan Wake 2, Halo 5, Ryse, PGR, next gen Crack Down, Killer Instinct, Rares new project, Bungie's Destiny (timed) plus 2 more possible Ip's.

https://www.google.com/url?...

Proof of a possible new Crack Down game. Whats also interesting is The lead designer of Ruffian games says he has 4 unannounced Ips? "Including a “third person action title” and a “multiplayer game” with mentions of CryEngine 3.

These are interesting to say the least. MS will announce something very soon MS likes to play the quiet game.

EDIT: proof Rares not "Dead"

https://www.google.com/url?...

The title might be over exaggeration a bit but it raises fascination none the less.
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2v1  +   593d ago
let me know when it can play for free online ..then and only then
Veneno  +   592d ago
Agreed man. I bought a 360 before my PS3 only because it came out waaaaay earlier and it was more affordable, unlike PS3. The next box actually has more work ahead of itself necause PS4 wil not let them have those 2 major advantages. Its possible I might not get a 720 if it has no exclusive quality games and a 60 $ charge to play online. Thats going to hurt MS a lot.

Most people think MS is on easy street the next gen but its far from the truth.
Wotbot  +   592d ago
I bought a PS3 when it was released for £425, by far the worst spent money on a console, I will be waiting to see what happens this gen, Sony came third on consoles sales last gen and that was when they had for me the best game of this generation in Uncharted 2, so who knows what's going to happen.

They need to change that controller as well, the ano sticks are by far the poorest on any console.

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