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Microsoft's "Biggest Surprise Ever" Might Be Coming at E3

Microsoft’s gears are spinning in preparation of this year’s E3, but we might be in for something bigger than most think.

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Hellsvacancy879d ago (Edited 879d ago )

Bigger Surprise Ever? does that even make sense

Edit: Now my comment makes no sense, gonna have to type something on topic........

The biggest surprise EVER would be IF MS said "we've taken over work on The Last Guardian and it will launch exclusively on the XB1" yep, that really would be surprising news, it would TOTALLY surprise me

Now watch people take me seriously "that will NEVER happen damn you, Sony owns the rights"

ArchangelMike879d ago

It's probably a Kinect-less XbOne SKU.

Kingthrash360879d ago

that wouldnt be much a surprise...prolly a blinx sequel.

fermcr879d ago

That exactly wouldn't be a surprise. Microsoft has to do something, and that's one of their options to get the X1 price way down... unless they are dumb enough to continue insisting on Kinect with every X1.

vishmarx878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Half life 3,Kotor 3,or some huge old franchise everyone's forgotten about being made by the laid off devs from irrational,eidos,mercury steam,uncharted,sony SM all working on the same game.

hell lol FF7 remake xb1 exclusive
while were bullshitting

TheTwelve878d ago

A Kinect-less Xbox would be common sense, but no surprise.

Saigon878d ago

To me a big surprise would be taking over an IP that was once a Sony IP or creating a new intense IP altogether. But being that this is MS, most likely it is a New IP or some exclusive DLC. I would also assume that their second screen thing may be ready to fully implement with a new hand held device.

Shadow Flare878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Not sure if it's true but I heard someone in Japan has preordered an Xbox One

BX81878d ago

Idk why the first thing I thought was a life size Titan.

Gorilla_Killa_X878d ago

@Shadowflare, lol. Bubble for you.

abzdine878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

no matter how big the surprise is nothing will make me buy an X1.
Wii U PS4 best combo this gen by FAR!

darthv72878d ago

@abzdine, yeah that is a pretty great combo. Actually, pair up a Wii-u with either one of the bigger consoles and you have a great combo.

Wii-u makes a really good side dish to the main course. Just need more people to think openly to getting one and they wont be disappointed.

4Sh0w878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Nope, microsoft has proven they could reduce the price AND keep Kinect also they are doing pretty well with kinect which is why they've re-emphasize there isn't going to be a kinect less sku.

I hope their big surprise has something to do with the cloud and or something groundbreaking for Halo5 or yet another brand new IP on the level of Quantum Break.

kickerz878d ago

Hope it's an awesome surprise and not a bad surprise (like finding skiddies on your undies)

MorePowerOfGreen878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Never going to happen.

MSFT has mentioned several times about watching out for who you see walking on their stage. Also, they may have a game possibly being enhanced by cloud compute in much more profound ways.

I know you guys hope and pray Kinect goes away but if anything, MSFT could show another Kinect revolution at any time, so I believe them when they say a kinect-less SKU will never happen, over and over again I might add.

The web would explode if Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime walked out on MSFT's presser stage.

SourShoes878d ago

@morepowerofgreen
"The web would explode if Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime walked out on MSFT's presser stage."
I believe that will happen about as much as I believe Vlad Putin when he says, "Those are not Russian forces in Crimea."

kickerz878d ago

A virtual reality headset that works with kinect would be very awesome :)

darthv72878d ago

MS to partner with Sega and release Shenmue 3 exclusively for XB1.

dantesparda878d ago

"Microsoft's "Biggest Surprise Ever" Might Be Coming at E3"

Can you say "hype", can you say hyperbole?!

dantesparda878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

The reveal of the secret sauce! a new system, they are becoming a 3rd party to Sony. They are buying out Sony, errr Nintendo, Sony and MS walking out on stage holding hands and admitting that they're married, they are my father. I can keep going.

Pogmathoin878d ago

I am sure if it was something incredible, with no negativity with it at all, and was something that could only be praised, it would still suck here till Sony does the same thing...

DigitalRaptor878d ago

@ Darthv72

Don't get ahead of yourself dude. http://www.youtube.com/watc...

It's ridiculous to suggest Sega would partner up with Microsoft to make a sequel to a game that bombed on their system, would bomb again, and was only there because Peter Moore shut out the Dreamcast version from the US, when he jumped ship from Sega of America to Xbox division.

jebabcock878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Kinect 3.0? Just kidding... Could be a game streaming system of their own for older games.

Giul_Xainx878d ago

Please surprise me Microsoft. Because if you don't..... Don Matrick will be rehired.

DealWithIt878d ago

Or... given last few E3s, it could be Kinect 3.0

AliTheSnake1878d ago

It's Halo 7, Pre-order and get into Gears of war 17's Beta.

kreate878d ago

They might show the power of the cloud?

Narutone66878d ago

They're making a handheld or Windows phone will support Xbox1 game streaming.

Anarki878d ago

May be tempted to purchase one if it comes down to sub £300 without a kinect. That thing is worthless to me and would spend all its time facing the wall/unplugged.

PoSTedUP878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Handheld.

@narutone- yeah thats what i was thinking earlier. either that or they secure the Shield??

DragonKnight878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

It's a Gears of War TV show.

@darth: Rumours suggest Sega has lost the trademark to Shenmue, meaning that partnering with MS would be meaningless.

Nine_Thousaaandd878d ago

Damn folks, really....Kinectless Xbone? No freaking way! If they do that, Xbone will fail for sure...and this is coming from a PS fan.

When Microsoft developed the Xbone, the idea was to make a console this time around with Kinect built into it...sort of. As you can tell already, Kinect was a cool idea...but struggled to match the sales of 360 hardware. Microsoft's vision for voice commands and motion control didn't take off as planned. If we look back at addons for previous consoles...all of them failed. Most gamers don't care to purchase addons for their consoles...if it's not included, then pretty much it will fail. And this is the result of Xbox One w/Kinect included.

Microsoft had a vision...Xbox and Kinect is the future of gaming, voice commands, motion control, TV...and all-in-one system that can do it all. Now Xbots are shouting for a Kinectless Xbone...lol. Think long and hard Xbots, removing Kinect will destroy Xbox One. People see a much better value in one price to play a game, not two. Plus developers will have access to Kinect at all times, no more Xbox vs Xbox w/Kinect games.

Think about it, they remove Kinect...it's back to 2 different sku's to market games on Xbox. Complete FAIL! Developers will choose Xbox over Kinect most of the time. Another FAIL! Another $100 for Kinect on top of spending $400 for the hardware to play a game...major FAIL, 360 all over again!

When gamers said NO Kinect this time...Microsoft was like screw ya'll...incoming Xbox One w/Kinect @$499.99! Their vision, not the gamer's vision...Microsoft's vision. Kinect is here to stay folks, it's part of the package so deal with it. All they can do at this point is lose more money on Xbone with a major price cut and buy more 3rd party games to make exclusive to Xbone!

Funny the same people praising Xbox and Microsoft are shouting for a Kinectless Xbone. Remove Kinect, may as well buy a cheap desktop and a Xbone controller...with Windows 8 interface, it will feel like an Xbone for sure!

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Perjoss878d ago

Do you think they even realize how many units they will shift if they just remove the kinect and drop the price?

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mewhy32878d ago

Hopefully you will see a price drop to about 299.99 w/o the kinect. That would put the price/power ratio into a more realistic realm and enable it to better compete with the PS4.

Antwan3k878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

The people asking for a Kinect-less Xbox One SKU at this point have to be either trolling or have no clue.. That's just my honest opinion

The Kinect 2.0 is one of the Xbox One's primary differentiating factors when you consider the fact that the PS4 has the more powerful hardware.. It's the same as the Wii U's gamepad.. Weaker hardware specs but added potential for innovation and features.. Now, unlike Nintendo and Microsoft, Sony decided to play it safe and put out a "PS3.5" and so far it is REALLY paying off for them.. Kudos to Sony.. But to get rid of the Kinect and price the Xbox One at $399 would only serve to kill any potential the Kinect 2.0 ever had, officially positioning the Xbox One as an "underpowered PS4" while selling it for the same price, and totally limiting or eliminating the overall vision and future planning that Microsoft had for their console..

Sell the Xbox One without Kinect for $399 and the PS4 still wins due to an apples-to-apples comparison of two "pure gaming consoles" in which the PS4 has the better hardware specs.. That would be incredibly stupid

Now, eventually sell the Xbox One WITH Kinect for $399 and we have an entirely new ball game. You have an apples-to-oranges scenario in which you have a "pure gaming console" versus "an all-in-one gaming and media console" for the same price.. With the proper marketing, that's a value argument that Microsoft can potentially win..

Please STOP asking for console suicide by requesting a Kinect-less Xbox One SKU.. Instead, ask for Microsoft to eat the costs and just drop the Xbox One price while still keeping Kinect standard..

at the same price point of $399, even if you don't want Kinect, you'd essentially be getting it for FREE.. At that point, there's no room for complaint and EVERYBODY WINS.. The people who don't want Kinect can simply never plug it in.. It was FREE, who cares?.. Microsoft can still continue with their vision of the console.. Developers can confidently dedicate the time and resources to making relevant and innovative Kinect experiences.. And consumers can immediately justify their Xbox One purchase value with the added hardware their getting out of the box in comparison to the now "bare bones" PS4 they would have bought for the same price.. This is the only winning strategy at this point..

how is this simple concept lost on so many people?.. I'm almost convinced that the people screaming for a Kinect-less SKU have no interest in the Xbox One succeeding, prefer PS4, and probably have no plans of buying a Xbox One to begin with..

in the console development stages, yea I could see your point.. Microsoft had some options in terms of Kinect.. But once both console specs where announced and the PS4 had the hardware advantage, Microsoft only had two choices: package every console with Kinect and with eventual price drops, beat the PS4 on value. Or don't offer a Kinect SKU at all (which would render the Kinect 2.0 just as useless as the PS Eye), undercut the PS4 with a price of $299 or $349, and just be known as the Xbox 360.5 "budget console"..

the later strategy would have won the early adopter war (the war that Sony is currently winning) but would lose traction over time with PS4 price drops and them offering the better hardware.. The current strategy will be beneficial in the long run for the reasons I've illustrated above but at a loss of early momentum.. The split SKU strategy some of you geniuses are proposing would be an all around fail.. Period..

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adorie879d ago

I want to say it could be timed GTA V Xbone exclusivity.

I said a few posts back that Microsoft moneyhatting has to be strategic instead of outlandish, this is a possibility, but Take-Two's GTA(V) is worth way more than a few Titanfalls. It's a multi billion dollar franchise, by itself.

Silent Hill, exclusive to Xbone, maybe Final Fantasy XV.. who knows... it's too early for me to think atm, lol.

Maybe 399.99 kinectless xbone with a free game.
Remember, what doesn't surprise us, probably surprises a poop ton more people.

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djplonker878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

You really think ff15 could be an xbox exclusive?

Japan loves final fantasy but they hate the xbox... yeah that could totally work out -.-

p.s conidering the power of the xbone why release a new version of gta v on it because it wont be much better than the 360 version!

Tempest317878d ago

I doubt it would be gta v, rockstar would lose way too much money on a deal like that. Would they give up the (currently) 6 million+ possible sales on ps4 just to put it on x1? Definitely not. FF XV also definitely not, has there even been a main entry (since ff7) that hasn't been on a Sony console? I honestly don't think it will have anything to do with games other than the standard x1 exclusives. If they really want it to be exciting, theyre going to have to showcase the hardware capabilities AND their first party exclusives that are leveraging that power.

daedra878d ago

Dude me too I hope microsoft makes gta 5 xbox one exclusive

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goldwyncq878d ago

Or Uncharted 4 being multiplatform and coming to Xbox One.

PONTIAC08G8GT878d ago

As an X1 owner I'd be happy about that haha. But I'm pretty sure that won't ever happen. Sony wouldn't let it.

JimCom95878d ago

Sony owns Naughty Dog so that won't happen.

goldwyncq878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

You do realize I wasn't being serious about that, do you?

Jdoki878d ago

Hmm, so what sort of announcement would constitute 'the biggest surprise ever'?

MS buys PlaysStation from Sony. That would be surprising.

GTA VI is exclusive to XB1. That would do it.

Re-enabling DRM... Nah, that wouldn't surprise me at all.

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SourShoes878d ago

The return of Cinder to Killer Instinct??

PS3n360878d ago

free xbox live would be a surprise and a welcome one at that.

PickAShoe878d ago

Or Microsoft buying Oculus Rift, that would surprise me.

Raiden878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

No no no, i think you all have it wrong, i believe MS has bought a publisher, EA or Activision with all IP's and back catalogue that would be a REALLY BIG surprise or it's Rockstar gaming company with all rights to current software. The games will still be multiplatform delayed release.
MS has bought someone BIG, or it could be a handheld console lets wait and see

Happy gaming to all gamers no matter the choice of platform we are all brothers and sisters of gaming have fun because that is what gaming really is for, our entertainment and enjoyment.
GAME ON

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maddskull878d ago

You know what will really Surprise everybody is that Microsoft going to stage and saying "DRM is Back" i don't think that is impossible there have also been some articles talking of Microsoft bringing the drm back. they removed the drm with an update so they wont take it of the console completely it still there

Silly Mammo878d ago

MS would never make an announcement about bringing back DRM, they would just quietly implement it.

AndrewLB878d ago

Just like Sony did. lol. You fanboys are so blind to not even know that Sony had almost identical DRM for the PS4 but they were smart enough to keep their mouths shut, and when Microsoft went public with their proposed DRM and got completely obliterated by gamers and the press... sony quietly sat back, enjoyed the show, and removed the DRM in the day 1 patch.

Don't believe me? Educate yourself: http://ps4daily.com/2013/06...

maddskull878d ago

but they would do it eventually and the fanboys will say that they always wanted the drm.

OCEANGROWNKUSH878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

@andrewlb

did you read the article? says sony may originally have had plans to have DRM, and changed it to no DRM after MS announced thier plans... nice try though

Jdoki878d ago

@AndrewLB

Take another look at that piece of 'journalism' you linked to. No actual quote or even a link.

Here's the actual quote:

"There were lots of people who gave their opinions on that issue to my Twitter account before E3," SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Famitsu magazine this week.

"It's not that our hardware policies are decided strictly based on user reaction like this, but when we were thinking about what we had to bring across and how to bring it across, it was a very useful source."

Where in that quote does he say they reversed a decision or quietly dropped DRM. You have nothing but speculation.

Also the PS4 was announced with a lot of info months before the news that XB1 had more restrictive DRM.

You know what, I'm not even arguing that Sony considered DRM - they would have at some point in the design process - but you blindly believe the info pulled from one source with no supporting information and have the nerve to tell people to go educate themselves.

TheGreenMan878d ago

@AndrewLB

So you're telling people to "educate themselves" by providing an article with no sources? Do ya see the irony in that?

lifeisgamesok878d ago

This is not a very smart comment

After the backlash why would MS even think about going back to DRM

It wouldn't make sense

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DeathOfTheFanBoy878d ago

@Hellsvacancy, thanks for the wisdom.

Most pointless comment I've seen today.

mcstorm878d ago (Edited 878d ago )

Wont be a Kinectless SKU people can say that all they want but the xbox one will always have Kinect 2 with it.

Ide expect it to be a big name game making a come back exclusive to the xbox console. What I don't know but looking forward to E3 this year as I think all 3 will have some big games and news for us.

andrewsqual878d ago

Maybe they take the leash off Rare and let them make games again? Good games? That would shock me.

parentoftheyear878d ago

I bet it is a Sequel to the Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood. *MIND BLOWN.

MetaReapre878d ago

Biggest surprise, eh? I can't really think of one...

"New Xbox One, Kinect-less, Disc drive-less, controller-less for 200 dollars!"

Would that be surprising? lol

I can't think of one thing that would be surprising for Xb1 news, unless it's some sort of old IP being revitalized that everyone loved... I'm not familiar with the original Xbox's exclusives... is there even one that people could think of?

Wait... Shenmue 3 only for XB1? that to me would be surprising news lol

Drewidian878d ago

It could be a partnership with one or more cable companies offering subsidized Xbox Ones for $99 down on a 2 year contract with free Xbox Live for the 2 years starting on the fall with interactive TV an and a Titanfall series exclusively to Microsoft.

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Drewidian878d ago

@N64Fan. There is a lot of potential for partnerships with different cable and satellite companies that just aren't there for the PS4 in part due to the HDMI input and the way MS architected the multitasking and One guide. The cable companies have tried everything under the sun to stop cord cutting and nothing has worked. They are still loosing hundreds of thousands of subscribers every quarter. The Xbox One is a perfect addition to that arsenal as a way of stopping this. MS is making content for their own TV services that could sweeten the deal. Imagine voting live for shows like survivor for challenges and missions, or asking questions directly on a news show to an interviewer. Right now the Xbox one us the only system capable of this interactivity. The real kicker is that it does this with the existing video network and only a small am out of data would be required not putting a strain on the network when hundreds of thousands to millions of users are accessing the service concurrently. There are a number of other reasons it makes sense, but ask yourself who will buy a PS4 after the next gen gamer market is saturated? Last gen sold a out 80M of ps3 and 360s, and 110M Wii consoles. The Wii U is a stillborn product, but lets say Sony sells 20M this year and Xbox one 12M as stand alone. If MS gets say Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T to sell them as a subsidized unit on contract, MS could beat Sony as there are far more cable subscribers than console gamers, and it may even persuade some of the cord cutters to come back....