The War Has Begun - Your Move Microsoft

It seems like we’ve been on the verge of it for a while now, and in fairness to Nintendo, it has already begun. But with Sony’s announcements this week, it feels like the Next Gen of consoles is really, finally on its way. Nintendo have got off to a reasonable, if slightly understated start. The Wii U has performed well enough, but apart from its first party efforts, games are based on the current gen. It seems like developers have been waiting for Sony and Microsoft to make their moves before announcing their intentions for new games, so perhaps soon the U will start to pick up pace, and potentially build up a steady fan base before the other contenders enter the ring.

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ichimaru1788d ago (Edited 1788d ago )

Lets hope this gen for all platforms focus is on the games, and the gamers. Not the sales, the gimmicks, the or even the over abundance of social features. To sort of bring back that Magic where developers and even companies enjoyed making a product that customers love, even if for a moment. For the need for innovation to take seniority over ensuring the product sells like ice water in hell. I know by now its futile not to ask for a console "war" with the level of fanaticism here (I've guilty). however this time around lets have a clean fight. here's to us, the gamers

*Ding Ding*

gamer421788d ago

With the whole kinect thing I'm pretty sure MS are going to attempt to capture the casual crowd like the wii did. I hope I'm wrong.

MikeMyers1787d ago

They could but I hope you're wrong as well. They need to wow people and show us something that blows us away. They can't keep going after the Playstation crowd, they need their own identity like this article suggests. The original Kinect failed to materialize into anything other than a gimmick with a huge marketing campaign. It didn't support the slogan "better with Kinect".

Perhaps the next Kinect will but whatever they do they have to make it so people will want to use it, not be forced to. Microsoft also needs to get serious when it comes to ip's. They won't be able to simply sit back and hope the others make mistakes this time. Sony by the looks of things have rectified their issues. The PS4 won't be constrained by start-up times. No more waiting to start playing. It also won't get inferior ports due to developers not willing to work with the architecture. By all accounts the PS4 is a developers wish list. They also got the indie gamers onboard, something Microsoft has gotten bad press about.

Xbox Live is also losing its appeal thanks to Miiverse and Steam and Playstation Plus and with Gaikai being integrated into the PS4. There is simply more competition that has been making Xbox Live seem less valuable. Microsoft needs to address that by either coming out with a better service or offering a free alternative.

Microsoft also can't put constraints and limits on publishers. They will be less likely to sign deals with Microsoft like the rumors that games must have a simultaneous release. I think publishers are getting sick of Microsoft using it's money to hurt the competition. There needs to be less focus on timed exclusives and start becoming their own leaders when it comes to gaming.

I have hopes the next Xbox will get me excited but I also have reservations that Microsoft still won't listen and think they know best.

egidem1787d ago

But let's not forget how much money Ninty made from the Wii - and Microsoft was eyeballing them as the green rolled in.

You can be 100% sure Microsoft won't sit down and do nothing with this casual crowd the Wii had. Yes, Kinect was a bit late in the game, but now that a new gen is about to start, be sure Kinect making a comeback.

Also from what I've seen in the Sony event, they are focused on one thing that makes me happy - GAMES! Microsoft during the past few years has been focusing on making the Xbox more of a multimedia device. I just hope they won't continue going too far down this road in this new gen.

All we have to do is sit, wait and watch.

nukeitall1787d ago

I think MS does exceptionally well at targeting their market and focusing on pushing out a product for success and not leaving it hanging.

MS been very successful at doing what it needs to do to succeed. Just look at Xbox, then Kinect and the entertainment direction.

MS knows early in the generation, it is the gamers that buy these expensive hardware.

egidem1787d ago

"MS knows early in the generation, it is the gamers that buy these expensive hardware."

Something Microsoft needs to know is to never alienate, in any way, their core fanbase who made them who they are today. If it weren't for these guys and girls who decided to buy the Xbox from the day it was released, MS wouldn't be in the games business.

Yes, the casuals have high potential for lots of cash but this audience also moves quite a lot in terms of interest and are not a good source of cash for long term means. This is why Wii U is targeted more towards the core.

Just because MS has had success with the Xbox 360 this gen doesn't necessarily mean they'll do it again next gen. This is precisely what happened with Sony during the PS3 launch period. There is a chance MS could fail this coming gen, but until they've unveiled their 720 and the gen has truly started, it's too early to start speculating! :D

nukeitall1787d ago


"Something Microsoft needs to know is to never alienate, in any way, their core fanbase who made them who they are today."

That is the thing, I don't think the core fanbase thinks MS alienated them. In fact, it is most likely only the fanboys saying that to further their agenda.

"Just because MS has had success with the Xbox 360 this gen doesn't necessarily mean they'll do it again next gen. This is precisely what happened with Sony during the PS3 launch period. There is a chance MS could fail this coming gen, but until they've unveiled their 720 and the gen has truly started, it's too early to start speculating! :D"

Exactly! In the end it has more to do with the ongoing management than just what is right in front of us being unveiled.

This has been shown time and time again, with PS Vita/3Ds and Wii/Xbox 360/PS3! What is interresting though is the 2 for 2 market adoption of the casual device first, but we will see.

user39158001787d ago (Edited 1787d ago )

Starting this new gen in 2013, so far we have nintendo wii-u dead, a sony PS4 with no console to speak off, but numbers and a 720 mising.

I think this gen, last one to the party will be a jugernaut, everyone will look and said, thats the wow factor I always wanted.

Im dissapointed with wii and ps4 so far, lets see if Ms comes to play or just become one of them.

Nintendo my recomendation is simple, stop the horse where there is deep water and let it drown, then do a do over cause your wiiu stink.

Sony needs to get their head out of their @s and understand that a reveal means exactly that, dont show me a remote and say here its johny... Im interested on first party games sony, not on third party, so learn to commute, then tell the sony trolls on N4G to shut the pie hole.

etownone1787d ago

I don't own a Ps3, and wasn't planning on buying a Ps4....

But how can you not be impressed by the Ps4 specs??
I might actually switch to P's next gen if:

Xbox has to always be connected to Internet, ps4 doesn't.

Xbox will block used games, ps4 wont

Xbox charges for Live, ps4 doesn't. (as of now)

Rumored xbox specs aren't as powerful as ps4

And xbox has to be connected to Kinect 2.0, coming from someone that likes to own multiple Xbox's, I only need and want Kinect for the living room

Ghost_of_Tsushima1788d ago

Lets make it simple focus on games first everything else next. That should be your strategy MS just like Sony's.

ichimaru1788d ago

couldn't have said it any better.

egidem1787d ago (Edited 1787d ago )

This would be a solid strategy, but knowing Microsoft they are going to start thinking in terms of money and this could cause their focus to shift from games to casuals. (Think social apps, media features etc).

I truly hope I'm wrong! Anyway, I can't wait to see what they're going to reveal to us.

BigBoss19641787d ago

Has everyone forgotten the Wii U even exists?

PS4isKing_821787d ago (Edited 1787d ago )

Why don't u ask Nintendo and 3rd party devs that? Over 3 months since launch and no new games have come out. It's not our fault Nintendo released a new console and didn't have any games scheduled for its first year on the market. Who wants to buy a $350 console when the only games for it are launch games from last year and most were poor 3rd party ports??? Wow we got a HD version of a wii game with monster hunter 3, and a port of last year's Spider-Man game and need for speed. LAME.

I'm sorry but after the ps4 reveal, wiiU is dead without a chance.

Shadow Flare1787d ago

All Wii U has to rely on now are it's 1st party games. That's it.

It's selling point was the tablet. And the fact you can play on it if someone's using the tv. Well PS4 and Vita do it and do it far better. You can play any game on PlayStation ever, including ps4 games on Vita, anywhere in the world, as long as you have wifi.

Sonys taken nintendos selling point and given it steroids. Not to mention the ps4 itself is on steroids, it makes Wii u look a generation behind. Which it is.

Nintendos got to hope that shafting out yet more mario, mario kart, super mario, mario party, paper mario, is going to sell consoles. You can already list the games that will be on Wii U. No new IPs

truechainz1787d ago

Cool! So you know what new games are being worked on by miyamoto and retro? Please tell me since you can already list the games coming out! Nevermind the fact that I haven't used a TV remote in weeks because the Wii U is so easily integrated with my tv and online services. It seems to me like you ride on Nintendo in an attempt to make Sony look better, and I guarantee you they need no help in that area. I will be enjoying what both Sony and Nintendo have to offer, but then again I am a gamer soo...

ichimaru1787d ago (Edited 1787d ago )

tbh I did for a while. I remeber reading about it and said "wait, that already released, wow" hope nintendo floors me this e3 though, they have too much potential with thier hardware innovation and not enough support

MasterCornholio1787d ago (Edited 1787d ago )

Since Nintendo is concentrating on the casuals both Microsoft and Sony should fight over the core. That way due to the fierce competition between Microsoft and Sony the consumers will benefit from it.

I cant wait to see what Microsoft will do with the 720.


Yeah the Wii U exists but no one really cares about it at the moment due to its poor library of games, high price and questionable controller design.

Once Nintendo releases several good first party games and justify s the tablet controller as a vital addition to gameplay then we will see them start to sell and if they drop the price sales should pick up even more.

SDF Repellent1787d ago

People tend to forget for expensive consoles that are launching, the first group of people that will be buying them are the core group; thus, I have no doubt core titles will be available from Microsoft just like the release of its previous consoles.

AngelicIceDiamond1787d ago

"I have no doubt core titles will be available from Microsoft just like the release of its previous consoles."

Exactly? As far I'm concerned MS probably has a whole line up of core exclusives just waiting to be revealed. But fanboys are to stupid to see that.

DOMination-1787d ago

Probably? MS have almost double the amount of studios as Sony with 22. Every single one is working on next generation titles.Al the large ones have been split into multiple teams.

Of course everyone i mention this N4Gs predictable response is they are all casual ir direct studios... WRONG! Out of 22 first party studios, six of them appear to be casual. That leaves 16 core studios. Most of which are working on new IP. That's still four more than Sony.

Of course we have no idea how these projects will turn out. Some will inevitably suck. But N4G shouldn't write MS off so quickly without knowing the full details.

Hicken1787d ago

I think it's more that people are hoping Microsoft hasn't forgotten that.

It'd be nice if Microsoft keeps in mind that core gamers are the ones who don't- generally- abandon them, and act accordingly with their next system. But a lot of people, and I admit I'm one of them, look at their recent practices and can't help but be skeptical.

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