Tuesday, 5 June 2012

E3: Microsoft Want to Bow Out of The Console Race

Microsoft's E3 conference last year was terrible. Due to an over focus on Kinect, a worrying lack of new exclusive blockbuster IP's and a worrying amount of time being spent on non-gaming features, many people jumped ship to Sony or Nintendo. I was one of these people.

This year I was wondering if they might tempt me back, I do miss Halo and Gears of War, and as awesome as the PSN is, it isn't as good as Xbox Live. So, how did they do?

Well, they might as well have just said we don't want to be part of the console race anymore. Seriously. This year featured, like last year, an over focus on Kinect and non-gaming features, no new blockbuster hardcore IPs and a bunch of multi platform games. That was it. Wow.

Kinect last year was a huge success because it was exciting and new, now though it isn't and it's momentum is waning. Also people are getting fed up with the lack of focus on gaming, the Xbox is supposed to be a games console but it is increasingly becoming something else.

Don't get me wrong, the new Halo and Gears look great but that's all they really had that made me think that the Xbox is cool. Two games isn't good enough. If they want to survive, particularly with Nintendo trying to reclaim the hardcore market, then they need to act like it.

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