GR: On May 21st Microsoft will finally pull back the curtain on its plans for the next generation of gaming with the reveal of its successor to the Xbox 360. Up until now we've heard all sorts of rumors, some of which have been positive, while an alarming amount have been negative. Sony came out swinging in February with a PlayStation 4 reveal that knocked just about everyone's socks off. Will Microsoft's showing be able to compete? Here are a few ways in which Microsoft could really screw the pooch.
"2. Don't Focus on the Gamer
The one thing that Sony absolutely nailed at their PlayStation 4 reveal was their messaging that the PS4 is all about the gamer"
This point about focus is what I'm most concerned about at the Xbox reveal. First impressions are vitally important and if MS want to sell their console as an entertainment device rather than a game device they will HAVE to show a lot of non-gaming material.
It will be incredibly difficult to both sell the box as an entertainment centre without taking focus away from the gaming aspect. MS want both sets of customers but it's more likely that they will have to choose, we find out which they chose on May 21st.
#6 - Show Up
Microsoft will likely screw themselves on this one. The PS4 has already won next-gen if you would believe N4G headlines in the past few weeks.
It'd be pretty hilarious if they were demoing the system and -boom-, some sort of red ring or error message popped up.
If there is more then 15 minutes of kinect in any way.IE- kid actors, dancers, washed up celebrities or any combination of those three - then i'm out MS.