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Sony vs Xbox- Who Won E3 2016?

Kieran from Do You Even Game Bro? weighs in on which E3 briefing reigned supreme

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Herbalistic2952d ago

I'm not in the target audience for Xbox when it comes to exclusive software.The PS conference offered the kind of software that fits my taste in gaming.

lelo2play2952d ago

My rating for each conference, would be:

Sony 9,5 out of 10
Microsoft 7 out of 10
EA and Bethesda 5,5 out of 10
PC conference 3 out of 10
Nintendo conference (or treehouse or other stupid name for their conference)... does anybody care?

Neonridr2952d ago

watch Zelda win best of E3

darthv722951d ago

I'm taking the neutral position and saying the gamers won and their wallets lost. Lots of good stuff all around.

kickerz2951d ago

I think Sony 9 Microsoft 8 and I'm an Xbox gamer. Sony had more exciting games. Xbox conference was lacking in the games department, they just needed 2 or 3 more exciting exclusives and less mine craft talk. The new features and hardware was awesome though. All in all its a really good time to be a gamer.especially with vr on the horizon.

jessionpc2951d ago

Yea that's where I'm at.

Sony was close to perfection, if they would have dropped FF7/Persona 5 or a Silent Hills for me it would have been 10/10 hands down.

I'm HAPPY they didn't announce Neo, now they can focus on making adjustments if they need to, to REALLY deliver competition to the Scorpio next year.

At 4ish Tflops, the neo couldn't have possibly been a 4k console... Likely just a 1080p/maybe 60 fps garantee later on while the ps4 drops to 720 as the years go by. Now they are likely going to change the neo into a 4k machine.

Well, only time will tell.

M$'s conference was okay... State of Decay 2 and Forza looked really good... But meh..

-Foxtrot2951d ago

Zelda looked good but definitely not best of E3

Main criticism for me was how lifeless the world looked for being open world

freshslicepizza2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

@Herbalistic
"I'm not in the target audience for Xbox when it comes to exclusive software.The PS conference offered the kind of software that fits my taste in gaming."

amazing how sony targets 'different' gamers. those who like games such as street fighter but not killer instinc. games like gran turismo but not forza. or others like days gone but not state of decay 2. meanwhile in the real world ps4 owners have about 90% of the same game library as the xbox. it's not really about different taste, its called brand loyalty.

sony e3 - 7
microsoft - 6
nintendo - 4

LOL_WUT2951d ago

Sony won hands down and Microsofts conference was enjoyable. Nintendo didn't even come close. They took forever to show the Zelda gameplay by showing off Pokemon it was unbearable. I don't think anyone stayed to watch the whole thing ;)

r2oB2951d ago

@ moldy

But don't you think brand loyalty stems from somewhere? You are correct that most of the games library is the same between the two consoles, but that's because of multiplats. Taking into consideration exclusives, which is was he was referring to, there is a rather large disparity from what the two consoles offer. You made comparison between some of the games, but what about the rest? What exclsuive did Microsoft show that's comparable in style to TLG, GoW4, Horizon, and Detroit? How does Microsoft target gamers that like those types of games? Sony even has games that were not shown at the press conference that have a target audience that Microsoft does not release games for. As for Microsoft, the games that I can think of that would target an audience that Sony has no counter for is Sea of Thieves (and that's because I do not even know the primary focus of Sea of Thieves besides it being a very social experience), Halo Wars 2, and Forza Horizon 3.

On topic: Sony had the better conference by a long shot, and it had a very unique approach in regards to the "normal" E3 conference. I rather liked it.

freshslicepizza2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

@r2oB
"But don't you think brand loyalty stems from somewhere?"

of course i do and not once will i ever say the playstation is a bad brand. in fact they earned being the best brand out there by capitalizing on nintendo's dictatorship and lack of openess. microsoft really has no hole to pick at in sony's arsenal other than the early days of online gaming which is now not even a selling point for xbox live over psn. i would dare say the two platforms are very alike which probably explains why the two fan camps act worlds apart to try and distance themselves for no real reason other than to treat them as rivals.

"You are correct that most of the games library is the same between the two consoles, but that's because of multiplats."

and software sales suggest that's what is leading the charge on consoles. nintendo has the biggest ip's out ther yet they only managed to sell 12 million units.

"Taking into consideration exclusives, which is was he was referring to, there is a rather large disparity from what the two consoles offer."

not really when you actually break it all down.

"You made comparison between some of the games, but what about the rest? What exclsuive did Microsoft show that's comparable in style to TLG, GoW4, Horizon, and Detroit?"

scalebound, recore, sea of thieves, cuphead, we happy few, state of decay 2. those games seem to vary genres but yes you are right, sony does diversify more but in reality those are very few games in the large scheme of things and the total library. the real diversity actually comes from japan only because they will never support the xbox platform which means the playstation will get the bulk of those games that don't market as well in the west. this is more about regional support, not so much so about suggesting north american playstation gamers are vastly different than north american xbox gamers.

"How does Microsoft target gamers that like those types of games? Sony even has games that were not shown at the press conference that have a target audience that Microsoft does not release games for. As for Microsoft, the games that I can think of that would target an audience that Sony has no counter for is Sea of Thieves (and that's because I do not even know the primary focus of Sea of Thieves besides it being a very social experience), Halo Wars 2, and Forza Horizon 3."

what i am highlighting is what exactly makes gamers different? the pc has the largest diversity out there but many of those games go unnoticed. i am mocking those who keep talking about games like gt yet crap on forza. or keep saying how a game like days gone looks great yet won't even support games like state of decay. we have seen this before when the playstation used to have exclusive games like tekken and devil may cry, now they are on both platforms but you want to tell me again how playstation gamers are more unique as sony now gets marketing dibs with call of duty? nothing has changed, brand loyaty is just as strong as ever if not more so.

there are very few games that are actually marketable each year that differenciates the two sytstems.

BattleAxe2951d ago

@ Moldy

Great posts! It's too bad more people on N4G don't have common sense like this.

GameNameFame2951d ago

Sony: these are reason why you should buy ps4.
MS: here is why you don't need xbox one.

rainslacker2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

@darth

While I won't remain neutral, I can say that most gamers probably can say they are the winners this year. EA and Ubi were kind of a drag, but Sony and MS had great conferences with great games, and that's what we want from E3.

Personally, I think Sony "won" as they had an exceptional conference, if not the best E3 showing I've ever seen. However, I think both conferences were great. MS actually showed twice as many games, although the numbers were bolstered by a sizzle reel of indies.

rainslacker2951d ago

@Moldy

Thing is, despite MS now offering much better variety of exclusives through 2nd party partnerships, it still takes time to build the brand loyalty your talking about. Last gen, MS started off with the variety with 3rd party exclusive games(bit different than 2nd party where they funded the games), and at that time,that's where they were getting more people to the brand. Then they kind of dropped that for Kinect, and lost a lot of the good will that was gained by getting more people to the brand.

In this case, it's more that MS track record is inconsistent, rather than the fact they don't have the variety. While I don't think they're anywhere near as diverse as Sony on the exclusive front, and you are right, a lot of that has to do with Japan support(1st or 3rd party), the fact remains is that from Sony, they still have more offerings in the variety department for 1st and 2nd party games.

Sony I think gets more recognition for it because they often highlight this variety, whereas MS tends to focus on more singular titles to try and state, "We have variety". While over time, this will build more brand loyalty, and people will start to see the Xbox as something more diverse, the overall perception I think most people have is that MS tends to be rather narrowly focused on particular types of games....which they are in their 1st party offerings. Building the kind of brand loyalty that you and r2ob are talking about takes time and consistency, and so long as MS keeps doing what they're doing, they'll gain the brand loyalty from more people.

In the mean time, it doesn't help to keep saying that people are just ignoring Xbox offerings in an attempt to highlight the variety, because MS itself isn't doing that enough to get people's interest. The variety seems more secondary to their overall approach to software diversity, as opposed to the diversity being a core aspect of their product portfolio....as is the case with Sony.

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Nitrowolf22952d ago (Edited 2952d ago )

To me it was Sony.

Reason is obvious, but the meaning behind it is more than just showing games. It told me the company, despite having a new console, didn't bother to mention it and focused on what we have now and what we will be getting this October. They assured gamers by presenting games and showing off support of it's current system

I don't own an Xbox, some of the games like Scalebound interests me. I have a PC rig, but I prefer console gaming. Microsoft came with their presentation, showed off games, but as someone who doesn't own an xbox, I don't see why I should buy an Xbox One when Scorpio out Holiday next year. I know some people enjoy what they showed, and I really want Forza, but for me its been three years and Microsoft yet to gauge my interest in their current console and announcing Scorpio just tells me I should wait. The same argument though of course could work the other way around.

The thing is, Sony didn't do it this E3, and will probably do it later this year, but this conference shows they have confidence in their current model.

Also, I think Sony and Santa Monica had some Huge balls showing God of War in it's current state. Why? Not that it looked awful or anything, because it's looked absolutely stunning, but because they took a HUGE risk in changing it. After 6 games though, this is what the series needed, a Major change up. Throughout the entire series it has always been the same gameplay with new weapons, and although all enjoyable, they really didn't feel like they were evolving the series. I know a lot of games out there would be crucified if they pulled something like this, but God of War really did need a change and this new direction is looking well executed. There's still more left unknown and I look forward to seeing it

freshslicepizza2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

sony doesn't have total confidence in their current model, which is why they are going to talk about neo later this year and probably release it this year. unlike microsoft they have psvr to sell so they dont really want to talk about neo right now.

what sony does better than microsoft is nurture its studios and allow more freedom. i do think this will change with phil spencer now at the helm as seen with games like sea of thieves from rare. another thing microsoft is more guilty of is dropping ip's or even studios if they are not big commercial hits. it really is something that spreads throughout the entire industry with the aaa market. now we see microsoft invest in more risk games like ori and cuphead, that's where i see them investing in new ideas whereas sony will get games like horizon and detroit out there with full aaa market support on new ip's. microsoft takes less risks by collabortaing with other developers much more than building in house studios.

i also predict scalebound and recore will be flops but i am hoping sea of thieves will be a big game for them. scopio is not going to stall xbox one sales because it is still over a year away and likely to be a lot more money (probably $499). announcing ps4 neo isn't going to stop ps4 sales either. personally i think the reason why microsoft announced it was to put a big damper on neo's plans and to tell sony they are not going away but are ready to up the ante. it will totally screw sony's future plans now because sony was hoping neo would allow them to coast for another 3 years. by also saying its totally backwards with xbox one means gamers dont have to fear its the new generation because it will share the same games just like what occurs on the pc market. announcing the new greatest gpu doesn't mean current pc gamers have to upgrade.

Rookie_Monster2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

Xbox won. Hands down. The one two punch of the Slim and Scorpio kills it.

"Play anywhere" "no one gets left behind" "XB1 slim with 4k blu ray player" "the 6tflop Scorpio" won MS E3. Sony's up against a wall. Release PlayStation Neo this year and get left behind next year, or delay it and let Xbox One S be THE 4K Blu Ray player this Xmas. Well played Phil and Team Xbox, well played.

pyroado2951d ago

Lol why even bother? Instead of using your cash on scorpio you can build yourself a high quality PC seeing as every xbox game will be on windows as well so whats the point? You already would have your scorpio right there.

Rookie_Monster2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

@Pyroado,

I already have a gaming rig. I just want to play console exclusive third party games with the highest specs from Red Dead Redemption 2 to Destiny 2. Scorpio is the answer for me.

Also, able to share my elite controllers, VR headset, and now games across both my PC and the most powerful console ever with one purchase is a no brainer. Day one!

I've now decided to just keep my PS4 for PS4 exclusives and use my new Xbox One Slim for my first UHD Blu Ray player as well as $299 for a Blu Ray UHD player with an awesone game console all in one is a no brainer. Day one as well.

Doabarrelroll2951d ago

Lol of course rookie said MS won e3 what a surprise

Sparta072951d ago

@ rookie, there are no exclusives on Xbox anymore just play on your magic gaming rig.
"Xbox won. Hands down. The one two punch of the Slim and Scorpio kills it." Lmao... Yeah ok.

magiciandude2951d ago

Well played MS for playing their cards right this time! By far the most powerful console to date, the best features, the best games, the best variety of games etc. MS is making a huge huge HUGE comeback!

r2oB2951d ago

@ rookiemonster

None of what you mentioned offers additional benefits to current Xbox One owners. "Play anywhere is a benefit for Windows 10 and a means to get PC gamers on board with Microsoft. "No one gets left behind" is a joke; all its saying is that Xbox One gamers are going to be able to continue to play games being released for the Xbox One. You don't say. It's just a way to reassure gamers that the upgraded versions won't mean abandonment (which was obvious, and most people already know the upgraded consoles won't alienate the original consoles). "Xbox Slim with 4K blu ray player" doesn't help current Xbox One owners, not to mention is not a game related feature (do we really need to go down that road again). The Scorpio, although a nice announcement and promising console, doesn't help current Xbox One owners.

As a current Xbox One owner, you know what would have made Microsofts conference more appealing? More new game announcements for my console. State of Decay 2 and Dead Rising 4 (not interested in) were nice, new announcements. But what else was there?

CaptainObvious8782951d ago

You're not making any sense rookie.

If you have a gaming rig, you already have the ability to play 3rd party games at the highest settings.

Also, if you're so concerned about owning the most powerful console, why haven't you bought a PS4? We all know you don't have one.

Magnes2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

How predictable in the face of overwhelming opinions that sony clearly had the best showing not that MS was bad. Rookie doesn't even say in my opinion or for my taste no, it's "Xbox won. Hands down." But I'm sure you will be back trying to convince everyone you own a ps4 which why even bother your an Xbox fanboy own it be proud fanboy it up, wait you already do.

rainslacker2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

It's sad that new hardware...one being a slim model, is more "killing it" than the games shown. I mean, both MS and Sony had great games to show. MS had plenty that could be said to be great showing for your useless opinions. Yet you decide to stick to hardware?

Does that hardware make the games better beyond the superficial? Does the 6TF remove the excessive banter of your squad mates in GeOW? Does that 6TF make that kid in Scalebound to stop acting like an annoying tool? Will that 6TF keep those annoying "gamers" away from me in Sea of Thieves? Will that 6TF mean anything for the numerous indie games they showed? Will it make their most interesting game(We Happy Few) be any different?

No, it's just hardware. It's either more aesthetically pleasing and more efficient, or more powerful to play games we could play otherwise, or games we know nothing about.

Play anywhere is really, "play on Windows 10". PSNow is more play anywhere than MS solution, only difference is it's not streamed. You don't like PSNow though, do you? I mean, the only difference between the two is that one is streamed, and one isn't. Prices are going to be the same between the two. It's a cross buy solution, and I don't recall anyone claiming cross buy on the PS systems was a win for Sony, just a nice feature to have....which sadly, did go under implemented. Wonder how many 3rd party games will see that kind of implementation going forward for MS....or if it will just be for MS published games.

4K UHD is great. It'll probably move some consoles if they have it at $300. But it'll be short lived, because in all likelihood, when the new wave of 4K UHD players come out in a few months, the stand alones will be less than that, so the benefits Sony gained from that kind of implementation in prior consoles is lost. Oh, and rumors suggest Sony will have a more powerful Neo console with that feature, and likely the base version will get that revision as well coming up with a PS4 "slim". But, yeah, 4K UHD, another feature that isn't about games.

New hardware is hardly a killshot to Sony or anyone else.

I'd also like to point out, MS doesn't have the best track record of supporting older hardware...or even software for that matter. It's actually a major criticism thrown at them by many in and out of gaming. I can't imagine why any knowledgeable X1 owner would be excited for new hardware, because if they keep track, they have to know their days are numbered.

It's just how MS rolls, and I don't see it changing just because Phil says, "no gamer left behind". Tell that to all the gamers who have had to upgrade windows numerous times just to get the latest version of DX. Tell that to the OGXbox purchasers. Tell that to 360 owners. Tell that to any number of businesses who are forced into upgrading to get continued support in windows or office if they want support and updates.

Sorry, but MS made their own reputation, now they have to prove they have changed. I'm not one to take them at their word when it comes to "continued support".