No, I don’t think Sony did what he’s talking about. Sony focused on hardware specifications, sharing features, and games. They only showed their content partners for a few seconds, on one slide. I think he’s saying that Microsoft is going to focus on taking over the living room as an all-in-one entertainment device at this event, and then shift the focus totally towards games for E3.
I’m craving a new RPG, so keep ’em coming.
I think it’ll be called Xbox. It’ll be released some time in November for $500. There will also be a $300 option that requires monthly payments of $10, that also cover the cost of Xbox Live. I think it will have the ability for developers to choose if they want their games to be always on. I doubt many developers will use this, but the feature is there to create a more developer-friendly environment. Also, the ability to add achievements post-launch will give developers more tools to keep their games fresh, and try to combat used game sales.
I think Microsoft will partner with many different cable providers so that Xbox can be used as a set top box. The Xbox interface will take over your TV, but you’ll still have all your original content. It’ll have a Blu-ray drive. Basically, I think Microsoft is going to try to make this box the center of your living room gaming and entertainment. Kinect will probably be built into the box, therefore always on. Microsoft will probably emphasize to developers that the system has a shared core with Windows 8, making games and apps easy to port over.
The PS4 will probably have better exclusive games, but I think the Xbox will be a better all around entertainment system, with more advanced social features. I know a lot of gamers are upset that Microsoft doesn’t seem to be focusing on games first and foremost, and is trying to take over the living room, but I personally want my living room taken over. I hate the sluggish interfaces of cable boxes, and think Microsoft’s software would be much better. Gaming is just one form of entertainment that I consume, so I would enjoy one entertainment device at the center of my living room that does it all. That being said, I really do hope Microsoft acknowledges the importance of great exclusives with the next generation. I recently traded my Xbox 360 for a PS3 because there aren’t any more exclusives coming and I wanted to play The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.
So basically, this confirms that there’s going to be a free to play Fable MMO launching with the next generation Xbox. Depending how it looks, this could be a system seller for me.