E3 2013: Are Microsoft Back In The Game? Xbox One shows some fight


"The first cab off the rank was Microsoft.
Needing to regain some momentum after the pretty dismal Xbox One reveal, Microsoft needed to deliver a strong showing.

They didn’t disappoint. After being ridiculed about going on about TV throughout the reveal, Microsoft focused solely on one thing…

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BadCircuit1627d ago

I think they did better, but Sony swooped in with a cheaper console without so many restrictions!

dedicatedtogamers1627d ago

I still think Microsoft dropped the ball on several key titles
- that hardcore game you bought Kinect for? Ryse? Yeah, it's a QTE simulator and now it's exclusive to X1
- Killer Instinct? Confirmed to be a digital-only free-to-play release. Only one fighter included. You have to buy the extras.
- where was this tremendous indie support, Microsoft?
- no gameplay shown for key games like Halo, Quantum Break, etc

Automatic791627d ago

IF you look at the Xbox One show it was much tighter and games was the focus.

Sony's system had more indies and 3rd parties games which is not a bad thing but truly the show was boring.

It came down to a few power points from Jack tretton that won the show for gamers.

Sony hid a lot things well yesterday.
1- In order to play online you have to pay for psplus. Something that was never done with ps3
2- Cloud gaming is not coming to 2014
3- The pseye attachement will cost another 59 dollars

This E3 was more politics than anything else. If you really look behind it MS really had the best E3.

HarryMasonHerpderp1627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

"This E3 was more politics than anything else. If you really look behind it MS really had the best E3"

I think you mean policys not politics and policys are VERY important.
I'm not sure how Sony hid those things when they were displayed on a massive screen for all to see lol but yeah I'm guessing you meant they didn't talk about them.
It doesn't effect me personally because I'm subscribed to PS+ and I absolutely love it but I can see why other people would be pissed off about it.
I thought Microsoft's conference was great though. They showed some really good games but none of them are good enough for me to sign away my consumer rights to microsoft and publishers. So, it's automatically a no buy from me.
Also Metal Gear V, Dark Souls 2 and The Witcher 3 are all multiplats and they were the best games in my opinion. TitanFall looks good though.


If MS want back in, they need to learn from these guys;

JokesOnYou1627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

Yeah, of course they got some fight....every xbox fan I know loved the games they saw.


The xbox fan in me only liked QB, the rest did not do much for me.

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pompombrum1627d ago

If you take away all the things Microsoft done to shoot themselves in the foot, I'd say their conference was far better focusing mainly on exclusives. Microsoft though just made it really easy for Sony to win E3 and the cheers from the crowd at the announcements speaks louder than any of MS's PR spinster crap.

DOMination-1627d ago

I was following the comments on gametrailers and up until Sony started talking about their pricing and policies, the consensus was that their show was pretty poor. In terms of games, I think MS did do a better job but I was disappointed with both. Sony for only showing one new exclusive and MS for some more silly decision making. Sony connected with gamers right at the end and that's what most people are going to take away from yesterday.

pompombrum1627d ago

Spot on tbh.. Microsoft spent E3 convincing everyone they are all about the games. Sony spent E3 like they've always done showing everyone they're about the gamers. That's the difference for me this E3 and the deciding factor of what console I'm buying this year.

YNWA961627d ago

People forget, in the US, which matters, Xbox will be huge. This market is important, budgets are based on what happens there. Sony are still major, innovative too, and will probably sell more, but when games in the US sell more on Xbox and they are all new games, not trade ins, things might change. There is no doubt publishers are happy about Xbox, no one wants to be the bad guy, but someone had to do it and Microsoft did. Whether you like it or not, this might have saved the console industry, or we would be only playing cheap indie games on IOS only. The future looks very interesting, will end up owning both, not because I prefer on over the other, but simply I will want to play those games on other systems. As for this always on crap, can guarantee you most of the whingers here are online 24/7 with any device they have and it would have made no difference to them. Most will probably just be plssed that they would actually have to buy the games...

badz1491627d ago

Not to be a jerk but last I saw the XBone was in a mort after dissected. I think now it's on it's way to the grave!

BallsEye1627d ago

Did I watch same E3 as people here? MS conference rocked! Sony however didn't show ANYTNING except the fact you can trade games and no DRM. People just cheer about destiny on SOny show which is multiplatform, like rest of titles they presented. I'm disappointed.

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Majin-vegeta1627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

They were until Sony came in and delivered the finishing blow.

@dedi same here i can watch it over and over.BTW I heard the 3rd one is on its way.

Septic1627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

I think they are definitely back in the game as far as GAMES are concerned. Their showing was, in my opinion, far superior to that of Sony's in this regard.

However, the price point and restrictions will be a big stumbling block for MS.

Whilst I'm most likely going to buy both consoles at launch anyway, things like the price point do play at the back of my mind. I'm somewhat conflicted; if I don't buy both consoles first which one do I buy? The one that is cheaper and more powerful without all these over-bearing restrictions but don't necessarily have the games that excite me as much as the other console?

MS need to re-evaluate their position with regard to their restrictions and to a lesser extent, the pricing. But yes, MS backed up their words and really delivered the games.

gaminoz1627d ago

They actually seemed to have more exclusives, but that might be because we knew about the Sony ones?

Rusty5151627d ago

Yeah. If they waited for E3 to reveal killzone, infamous, knack, and driveclub, no doubt their E3 would have been better. But they needed games for their console reveal instead of showing a bunch of apps and features. So going all out for the console reveal and only having an average E3 did a lot more for them than doing what Microsoft did, and that's having a terrible console reveal with a pretty good E3. First impressions mean everything, and that's why the ps4 still has positive reception despite having a somewhat underwhelming conference. If Microsoft never screwed up with online and used game restrictions, it'd be a fair fight. But I like how Sony knew they didn't have much to show so used their competitors biggest weakness to their advantage. Very smart move.

Lolrus1627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

MS did trump sony in regards to initial set of exclusives, but sony presented a far more accomplished console and pricing. Small things like it being region free and allowing your own hdd and ofc drm free made it a much more consumer orientated console. XBone seems bloated with a heavy OS, mandatory Kinect etc and a weaker console releasing at a higher price point at the same time as ps4. Sony has a larger amount of first party devs so Id imagine it to have a slew of quality exclusives throughout the lifecycle like now with the ps3 but initially MS seems to win on exclusives.

Also as gaminoz said, sony already showed 4/5 exclusives in Feb so it seems it presented less

gaminoz1627d ago

What I missed the PS4 region free still? If so....awesome!

tiffac0081627d ago (Edited 1627d ago )

You are right, if MS did not have the DRM issue with the X1. Outside of the price, this would have been an easy win for MS just from the sheer amount of game presentation but they gave Sony the silver bullet from the beginning. So the Sony presentation just overshadowed whatever MS just did.

mcstorm1627d ago

@Septic I agree with you about the price. I was hoping for £350 max but the price is what it is. I really enjoyed the Microsoft E3 the games on the console for me out did the ones on the PS4. The other issue I now have is paying £40 on both consoles for online play. that £80 a year to play them online.

I am going to wait until early next year to see what happens between the to big names as I already own a WiiU and im sure Nintendo will also give us some of there big names this E3 so that should keep me going until I have saved up for one of the 2 consoles early next year.

For me the none used games and check-in was never an issue for me with the Xbox one its about the games they offer that I want and so far the Xbox one has been the one that has got me more interested but I am also glad the PS3 and 360 are still getting support to.

gaminoz1627d ago

I was surprised by the price...until Sony beat it! I think that's going to be a game changer.

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