Yeah, I know, all the hatred toward the Xbox One must be getting pretty tired now (and with all due respect, I commend the Xbox fans who put up with it), but with E3 having passed, I thought I would weigh in my thoughts on E3 and what may come from the rest of this very young generation.
Microsoft's E3 conference was... not bad. It truly was not. People demanded games from Microsoft, and while I hate to admit it, that's what Microsoft delivered. Games. Lots of them. However it's not all ups from here. Titanfall, for instance, is also coming to PC and won't be exclusive for longer than a year. Killer Instinct is not being made by Rare (whether this is good or bad is certainly debatable) and the indie support is nothing short of abysmal. Only two indie titles were confirmed for the platform and one of them was a port of Minecraft, a game already available (console) exclusively on the Xbox 360.
In the end, Microsoft was able to give their fans and pretty much anyone looking forward to buying an Xbox One some good software to look forward to. But as someone who used to be a big Xbox gamer, I cannot say I am one of those people. Microsoft could announce the next Zelda game for Xbox One and really would not matter for me. I've made my stance clear; I will absolutely NOT put forth any of my money toward an Xbox One, or any system that employs such horrid, anti-consumer restrictions and obvious potential risks to user privacy. Until these restrictions, DRM and always-online features are removed, the Xbox One is completely irrelevant to me.
Sony's platform on the other hand, is brimming with enthusiasm. While Sony seems to have put the Playstation Vita on the backburner by marketing it mostly with PS4 games, the PS4 itself has a plethora of content from new and established franchises, such as Knack and InFamous. Indie support is ripe on the system, with at least twelve indie games confirmed for the platform and supposedly a large supply of big name devs and publishers generating content for the system.
Furthermore, while I am disappointed in Sony for putting online multiplayer behind a pay wall and omitting backwards compatibility, it's good that they have taken a far more passive approach to DRM, pleasing whichever scumbag publishers that desire it, but omitting it for their own games. Furthermore any and all sorts of always-online or mandatory logins and camera-type devices are non-existent (though I believe there is an optional PS4 EyeToy). The PS4 is not ideal in every respect, but it's definitely shaping up to be a much, much stronger and more robust console than its seventh generation brethren.
Nintendo's E3 was pretty safe, to say the least. Its only surprise, in terms of games this year, was Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, already a disappointing announcement given that fans were led to believe the project was something much more epic. Though on the flip side it was a relief to hear the game was coming out this year.
Nintendo's Best Buy Experience proved to be decent to me (I already have a different blog on that subject if you would like to read my thoughts on it). With some nice looking (if inessential) games coming out this year, Nintendo fans at the very least would have some nice reasons to own a Wii U. Gamers without a great deal of brand loyalty or interest in older Nintendo IPs may want to hold off until after they have gotten a PS4.
Nintendo's future with the Wii U really feels uncertain to me. I really can't figure what will happen since the Xbox One's constantly dwindling reputation since its unveiling. Wii U has an opportunity to bounce back from its post launch funk of January and onward.
How it all fares in the end is up to the public consumers out there, but as far as I'm concerned, this generation is between Wii U and PS4. I will not ever purchase the Xbox One in what is expected to be its current form, especially not at the abysmal price tag of $500. I will gladly take a more powerful console with far fewer restrictions (PS4) and weaker hardware with Nintendo franchises (Wii U).
Now then, your thoughts?