Microsoft's E3 Surprise is Not Gaming - Will IPTV + Diamond Fees Save Them?

This podcast reveals the potential rumors being broadcast throughout the internet, and addresses the multimedia push from Microsoft as irrelevant by comparison to the stride of other companies. Their E3 show for 2011 is called into question and analysis is done on their overall strategic stance this year and in years' past.

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SpaceSquirrel2787d ago

Microsoft should focus on hardcore gaming for E3.

Hitman07692787d ago (Edited 2787d ago )

Couldn't have said it better myself.

@iamnsuperman No doubt man. Definitely. Thanks for the listen and feedback!

Active Reload2787d ago

Yeah MS, what's up with the games? It's not like L.A. Noire, RAGE, SKYRIM, DARKSOULS, WITCHER 2 are on or coming to the Xbox 360. Oh... wait...

Biggest2787d ago

Remember when people were saying "BluRay? I want games, Sony!" How about when people said "I don't need no stinkin internet browser! I have a PC!" It's funny because those same people are going Lady Gaga over half-cable and Kinect.

Active Reload2787d ago

It's ok, I damn sure ain't about to spend $300 on another console to play average exclusives, lol.

shoddy2787d ago

Why play more variety when you can play less right?

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NYC_Gamer2787d ago

they will continue to let 3rd party software/xbl features move the console

iamnsuperman2787d ago (Edited 2787d ago )

I like they are adding services but like mentioned in the podcast TVs do it already (and in the UK with a service called freeview which is free) kind of makes this redundant in the UK (I hear the US has expensive cable so probably useful there). Microsoft still need to focus on the hardcore like you said. It seems they are stretching the Xbox brand. I wouldn't have minded if they announced this at another press conference and not at E3 (if the rumours are true). They need to announce some exclusives

-Superman-2787d ago

No, i want games not Xbox Live upgrade
I bought console for games not for network

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JsonHenry2787d ago (Edited 2787d ago )

"save" them? I didn't know they needed saving. For me, this could be cool if the programming/features are similar to my satellite provider.

AND, the music in the background is annoying.

ManGastaS2787d ago

they dont need to be saved, they sold 55 million consoles!!!

1998gamer2787d ago (Edited 2787d ago )

and 30% of that is somewhere in a ditch collecting dust illuminated by red light. They sure did such a great job /s They need all the help they can get for their next console.

shoddy2787d ago

Hardcore fans need saving.

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JellyJelly2787d ago

Who says they won't have more than one surprise? Sure, IPTV and Kinect will have its place in their conference but that doesn't mean they won't have hardcore titles on show as well. At least I hope :)

Chaostar2787d ago (Edited 2787d ago )

I''ll be honest I only listened to the first few minutes but they make a few good points.

Best of them is that on demand TV is already a part of lots of different hardware i.e even TVs have it nowadays, and it's free.

MS will have to give a VERY good reason for people to pay extra. It's possible they have a ton of exclusive content but I doubt gamers will pay extra on top of xbl fees unless they manage to grab a LOT of incentive.

guigsy2787d ago

This may be a big announcement in their press conference but he acts like this is their only announcement. I don't see why people have a problem with consoles becoming more multi-functional; the stats show that people use their consoles for entertainment other than gaming. This guy comes across more as a disgruntled fanboy throwing a fit as opposed to someone more focused on generating interesting debate.

ash_divine2787d ago

My only concern with consoles becoming multimedia devices is that Gaming(what the consoles were originally intended for) could get pushed into the background because of it.

I get the feeling that this is most people's concern. Because you have to admit, Microsoft seem to be getting less and less interested in the video game industry.(Especially the hardcore side of the industry.)

NYC_Gamer2787d ago

gaming will never get pushed back long as 3rd party studios exist

BabyTownFrolics2787d ago

nyc gamer dont even try to talk sense.

if your not bashing MS then your not a true gamer on N4G.

FlashXIII2787d ago

You're right that gaming won't get pushed back because of 3rd party studios but ultimately why stick with an xbox and play just those 3rd party studio games when you can get a ps3 and play all those plus a whole load of great exclusives spread out across the year?

Unfortunately this gen microsoft can get away with shunning their hardcore gamers and trying to expand their brand however they have a lot of convincing to do if they want me to buy their next console.

ash_divine2787d ago


Oh grow up will you? No one bashed Microsoft (your fanboyism is making you paranoid lol). People are allowed to voice their opinion, because not everyone worships their console.(or the company that created it.)

fanatics, sheesh.


At least you didn't get all defensive, but I still don't really understand the point you're trying to make. If Microsoft relies solely on third parties then what incentive will people have to buy the console?(as opposed to the competition)

and I think you (and Babytown) misunderstood what I was saying. I was simply saying that I'm worried that Microsoft will get too invested into other ventures (such as IPTV) to really focus on games. I think anyone who enjoys the 360 can agree that that would be a bad thing.

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Alos882787d ago

Dear Microsoft,
We don't watch your conferences for BS like "integrated media" or "convergence" or any other meaningless marketing phrases and half baked concepts.
We watch for the GAMES.
Please remember this.

karl2787d ago

they do remember it .. they just dont give a shit..

Ms has no shame.. or exclusives for that matter