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Does Microsoft Risk Losing Core Gamers?

digoutyoursoul8 | 1611d ago
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Rumours circulating the gaming community today have stated Microsoft plans ten new IP's to be announced at this forthcoming E3, for Kinect. You can read where the rumour originated from here: http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

Now, while this news may excite some people there seems to be a quiet underbelly of frustration boiling in the Xbox community and are at logger heads with those who are firmly behind Kinect. I see a problem here and one that can be nailed down to how well Microsoft can conduct a balancing act.

Nintendo have been very successful with the Wii, attracting people who for the most part, have not really invested any time into a games console beforehand with games such as Wii Fit, EA Sports Active and family designed mini game packages such as Wii Sports and Wii Play designed to bring in such a audience. Microsoft saw how much Nintendo was rolling around in cash and wanted a piece of the action. Kinect was born.

The Xbox has been seen by many as a core gamers console, the Halo's, Call of Duty's, Gears of War, Mass Effect's and so forth so to turn that around and bring in a family type audience along with the core is a strategy that takes careful planning and clever strategy. So far the plan seems to be working with excellent sales numbers for both the Xbox 360 itself and the Kinect add on. So what's the problem?

The traditional high quality exclusives seem to be getting more and more anorexic as time passes. For major retail releases exclusive to the 360 we have Gears of War 3, Forza 4, X-Com and a possible 2011 release for Codename: Kingdoms (which is now strongly rumoured to be a Kinect title). While these games could possibly end being of a high quality, the line up is weak compared to the competition. It's all about justifying the reason to invest time and money into the box while during that time there is a chance you may think you could of spent that money elsewhere. This is what I see on gaming forums at the moment.

While I have no doubt the Xbox 360 is a excellent console, I feel this E3 is a massive one for them considering new hardware is on the horizon i.e Nintendo's Project Cafe. It's all well and good saying 360 still offers the Call of Duty's, Battlefield's and Mass Effect's but these games are on other systems also and at the end of the day it's about feeling justified in the investment you have made, if you see the same games on other systems plus a large exclusive library to go with it, you may be tempted to trade in and start over and this is where I think Microsoft should try harder, offer a stronger traditional controller line up exclusive to the platform alongside the Kinect line up.

Reading the reactions to the rumour above has been interesting, some have shown frustration, some unhappy and some quite pleased. Of course it's "rumour" at the moment and nothing is set in stone but if this turned out to be the case and no traditional high quality controller games were announced then it would be interesting to see if the frustration and unhappy population grow stronger, especially if Nintendo go forth with their rumoured strategy in developing a more powerful, core based console.

E3 will hopefully give us a much better idea.

PhoenixDevil  +   1611d ago
Well written and a good topic idea, while I dnt think its a good thing what MS are doing I think they have things pretty much nailed down

If there's one thing I've seen this gen its MS managing to come out of anything looking good maybe not to the really hardcore gamers but to the vast majority who have re bought consoles and put up with problems chances are a lot of these people actually have a Kinect I kno quite a few core gamers who have a Kinect for the sake of having one - in that respect they've done well to get it into homes and possibly draw in the families of core gamers

Knowing MS cheek and luck this gen it wouldn't surprise me if this Kinect focused approach really works for them and drives more Kinect sales while the odd hardcore gamer may turn to other platforms to play that's not a bad trade off too MS they may lose up too 100,000 hardcore gamers (Total guess by me for arguments sake) but at the end of the day they've already bought their Xbox's and MS could easily gain a million more sales

Going back to the original question, as I said they risk losing some gamers but I do not see a large majority abandoning Xbox Live, while personally I've never seen a huge difference between XBL and PSN, a lot of gamers swear by it and defend it as they pay for it. Also after the recent PSN outage a lot of uninformed gamers may think twice before swapping if they're only listening to rumours about what happened

The multiplatform argument is being thrown around quite a bit too with some truly great games coming out this year, while banking on this is a risky move from MS the community of Live may be what saves it as so many people have friends who they will want to play Cod MW3 with and continue their old save file from Mass Effect 2 into 3

While I think its a reasonable idea to go from a 360 to a PS3 (as certainly some gamers will see) I think the majority just aren't going to bother in investing in another system if they've spent this long with the Xbox, I agree with the principle of this blog, in the same way that I agreed that the Kinect was a fancy Eye Toy and that the RROD would ruin the Xbox reputation, but just like those other things I can honestly see MS pulling it off and then launching the next Xbox console with some core titles and everyone being there to eat it up, I hope I'm wrong and that MS completely loses there core audience but that we'll have to wait an see. Thoughts anyone ?
Emilio_Estevez  +   1611d ago
Well thought out response and I couldn't agree more.
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coryok  +   1610d ago
i hope they loose lots of customers becayse of kinect, i hate the way that they seem to be trying to take gaming. i dont want to wave my arms around and dance, i want to sit down, relax and kill stuff
Dee_Cazo  +   1605d ago
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bwazy  +   1610d ago
PS3 has harder liquor and the hottest women. Come join our party!
Neko_Mega  +   1610d ago
Yeah, I feel like 360 might be the new Wii. Microsoft didn't seem to try to keep Bungie for making Halo games and maybe others. They just let them work with EA (Which we all know they like Sony more).

Microsoft is killing RARE by forcing them to make Kinect games and dropping their normal titles. The worst thing we can see at E3 is Gears 3 with Kinect support and not in a good way.

But its all about if you are a 360 only users or you play all systems (That means PC too).
Godmars290  +   1610d ago
Rare is dead. All their key people were fired and at this point they technically don't have an art staff. I don't see how a game company can exist with temp artist. I just don't.
RoninRaven  +   1610d ago
They already lost me, I sold my 360 a few weeks after the Kinect launched. I kinda saw this coming. It's all about the Benjamins after all guys, can't really blame MS. I pretty sure the next Halo game will not live up to expectations (never was a big fan to begin with) and Kinect is sealing like hotcakes, Gears of War remains the only interesting exclusive but that IP will eventually make it's way to the PS3 in time. I'm convinced that a lot of 360 hardcore fans will be very disappointed with this years's E3. It's a shame really, the 360 was aimed at the hardcore audience and that audience made it what it is today MS just doesn't seam to care anymore. The worst part is that all console developers will stop in the near future. The hardcore gamer is a dying breed.
Brettman2008  +   1610d ago
I think that there is a trend away from exclusives. The likes of Bungie and Insomniac have gone multi-platform and they won't be the last. I think that this is happening because quite a few of these exclusives are just not selling in big enough volumes to justify selling on only one platform. It is the big AAA games that are selling in large numbers. Microsoft's current non-Kinect exclusives are Halo, Gears of War, Forza and Fable, all sell over 4 million copies with Halo sales being massive. I can see Gears of War 3 selling 5 million copies by Xmas. I can also envison Sony gradually reducing their exclusives over the next 2-3 years, the cost of running all their game studios must be very high.

And Microsofts focus has drifted towards Kinect as they seek to broaden their demographic across to the casuals and extend the life of the console. I think they see Kinect as a means to an end and if they lose some core gamers along the way I think that is something they will live with. They also know that Kinect provides a unique point of differentiation between the Nintendo and Sony motion controls with much more potential in the longer term.

If Microsoft can bring out AAA Kinect titles for the casuals and the hard core then they could be very successful in this generation which would be the perfect lead in to the next gen console which I suspect will be launched in late 2013.
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digoutyoursoul8  +   1610d ago
a lot of the "hardcore" dont want motion controls
awiseman  +   1610d ago
They question is not "DO" they risk losing hardcore gamers. The question is HOW MUCH they risk losing them that is if they have not lost their support already. I wrote an article on this very topic the other day.
DragonKnight  +   1609d ago
Short answer Yes with an IF...

Long answer Nooooo... with a BUT.
JMyers  +   1609d ago
Frankly, I could care less about the newer types of control schemes. My concern is however that these games are getting more of a focus, even at conferences where Core gamers go. Many people that play Kinect and the Wii don't even know that E3 and sites like these exist... I'm tired of seeing it shoved down my throat. If Microsoft wants to do this then fine, but don't starve the core gamers. I want Gears, and Forza, and Perfect Dark... Thats why I have a 360. If I wanted to wave my hands about and jump around my living room I certainly won't spend money to do so.

Now if a revolutionary game does come along I'll give it a try... but how many of these will there be? the last time my Wii was on was for Metriod: Other M. Its gathered dust since. My sister has the Move and plays the Wii, and she doesn't care about E3 and other conferences (my failure as a brother)... Most of us here follow these things and instead of having games dispalyed for us, we see people dancing on stage. I'm sorry but TV is already filled with that kind of crap. Show me core games, give me core games... show the rest to families in supermarkets.
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Dee_Cazo  +   1605d ago
They arent abandoning the core gamers they just realize that titles like Halo, Gears, CoD, Battlefield, etc will be publicized well and will sell copies on the 360 with ease.

A lot of what is at stake is Kinect titles. I loved Kinect Sports and YourShape Fitness works pretty well but other than that I havent bought a game for it since.

So this focus on Kinect is more for economic gain then to move Xbox in a different direction. I can't wait to play Child of Eden and PowerUp Heroes for the Kinect and Kinect Sports 2 if it truly is coming out.

There is a lot of potential for the future of the Kinect but Microsoft seen how the Wii failed to capture people developing quality games for it so it is very important to "wow" developers and show them there is a market for it.

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