May 20, 2013
PSA: Next Xbox Reveal Tomorrow, Let’s Discuss!
We have already had the PS4 press event back in February and tomorrow we will get our first look at what Microsoft has to offer in the next generation of consoles. The Wii U is already upon the masses and while it has a new way to play with it’s awesome gamepad, there is little in the way of software and is hurting sales of the Nintendo console. The PS4 had its spot in the limelight showing off a impressive DuelShock 4, an array of amazing looking tech demos, and the splendid enthusiasm of developers stating it is a console designed for gamers and devs alike. Microsoft is claiming this as “entertainment history being made on May 21st” and that has me a little skeptical. What I wished it said was “making gaming history” instead of the term “entertainment”. Granted games are a form of entertainment, but it is also a vague term. Tomorrow needs to be about games, not media. The PS4 showcase had nothing to do about Netflix, Hulu Plus, streaming TV, or being a replacement for a set top box; it focused on what makes a console a console, the games. Microsoft needs to follow suit, if it does media capabilities save it for another time. One thing Nintendo does well in it’s Nintendo Directs is it focuses on what the people watching want, games. I will be truly honest, I will be watching the event instead of it live, but if I see a Netflix, Hulu, or any media outlet logo appear at the event, I might just turn it off and report from emails and press releases I get. Late in it’s cycle the 360 has been a media outlet and that is fine, but it has lost it’s way. The 360 started with huge exclusives, a clean dashboard that wasn’t filled with console crippling ads, and focused on refining online play. In the end, people buy consoles because of the games they can play on it, as seen why Nintendo has flourished when it has lost third party partners, they have Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and the like. If Nintendo has a off console cycle they kill sales with extremely well made first party titles. The 360 as of late has had to rely on the dying Call of Duty fad, and not much else. Sure there has been Halo 4 (which despite being excellent, hasn’t sold as well as it’s predecessors), the Forza franchise, and Gears of War (which has run it’s course). Microsoft needs new IP’s, they need new exclusives that don’t being with Call and end in Duty. The games i bought with my first 360 (been trough 4 of them now) was Rainbow 6: Vegas, Gears of War, Project Gotham Racing 3, Perfect Dark: Zero, Call of Duty 2, and Full Auto. I won’t get into how the games rate because for some we could be here all day, but the point is 4 of those were exclusives. When I bought my Wii U recently I got New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendoland, and Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed; two out of the three are exclusives. When I bought my PS3, I bought Ratchet and Clank Tools of Destruction, Motorstorm, and Resistance; all exclusives. Exclusive titles make the console, what it can do outside gaming, to most of us, is irrelevant. I have 8 devices that have Netflix, 1 Blu-ray player, 6 devices capable of playing MP3’s; how much more “media” content do I need shoved down my throat? Tomorrow will bring a lot of answers as well as E3 in just a few short weeks. The pavilion above is where the “entertainment event” will be held and will determine if Microsoft has their head and heart, in the right place. So what do you think? Agree with me? Disagree? What are your hopes and thoughts as we prepare for the announcement tomorrow? The whole event can be seen here, or on Xbox Live, or on Spike TV at 10 am PST.