The E3 2013 Expo (Electronic Entertainment Expo), the annual video game conference and show at the Los Angeles Convention center, started off with a bang this year. At the forefront of the excitement is the console war between Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Despite the fact that both companies had major press conferences in the last few months there is still many questions about both consoles left unanswered. Both Microsoft and Sony are yet to reveal the pricing and the full catalog of games available on release. In fact, Sony hasn’t even shown what their console looks like yet.
Fans from around the world have had plenty to say regarding both press conferences, with most of the favor swinging towards the PS4 system. Microsoft has a lot of making up to do, hopefully their latest reveals will draw back fans and win over new ones. The biggest let down for most fans were Microsoft’s focus on developing the Xbox One into a multimedia player rather than a gaming console.
It’s no surprise then that the open statement echoed by Microsoft at the E3 2013 Press Conference was “It’s all about the games.” Speakers tried their utmost to reassure gamers across the globe that the Xbox One does in fact cater to their gaming needs. The conference opened with a number of game trailers – most notably Metal Gear Solid (which now features Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer instead of Snake), World of Tanks, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dark Souls II, Ryse, Forza 5 and Killer Instinct.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson Forza 5 will signal the beginning of a new era. The new trailer featuring in-game footage stuns and the 3D models certainly drive the point home. The game remembers your driving style, and uses it as AI against other players when you’re gone.
The event continued with hosts of speakers revealing more games – Minecraft Xbox One Edition, Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Battlefield 4, Witcher 3, Halo 2014 and Quantum Break. One of the highlights included a new title called Project Spark, a game that allows gamers to create their own game. “There are an infinite number of way to build, create, share,” the hosts ensured the audience. They continued to demonstrate the games awesome features and announced that Project Spark is coming to Xbox One and Windows 8.
Marc Whitten then took centre stage to showcase Xbox One’s ability to let you curate, edit, share gameplay videos — within seconds, you can personalize the clips of “epic moments” then share that on the cloud. Thanks to a new relationship with Twitter, gamers will be able to tweet live updates about their current gaming experiences in Twitch.
Xbox One will launch for $499 (that’s 499 Euros, 429 pounds in the UK). Whether or not Microsoft has done/shown enough to convince gamers to purchase the Xbox One console above a PS4 come launch day remains to be seen. What are your thoughts?