Microsoft needs to make some changes to the Xbox One, but what comes first? Dropping the Kinect or reducing the price? Maybe both?
While the Xbox One is having success with over 4 million consoles sold to consumers, the direct competition from Sony with its’ Playstation 4, dilutes anything Microsoft accomplishes. The PS4 has sold 7 million units to consumers as of May 2014, while Microsoft hasn’t given a clear number to inform gamers how many consoles have actually been sold to consumers. Some like to claim that the Xbox One is somehow doomed or failing, but that is simply not true. What is true is that the Xbox One needs some help to revitalize the consoles appearance and allure.
Microsoft needs to make some changes to the Xbox One or they will face a situation that could end with them being in a race that will take years to catch up. Not even a year into the latest generation of consoles, and they are already over 2 million consoles behind the PS4. We all have heard this isn’t a sprint but a marathon, but it’s safe to say Xbox One has lost the sprint.
E3 2014 Microsoft Predictions: Halo 5, Banjo 3, Alan Wake 2, Forza Horizon 2, New IP, and A Price Cut
E3 2014 for Microsoft and the Xbox One is shaping up to be a blockbuster event. Gamers know a new Halo is coming, but what about the return of some franchises like Banjo Kazooie, Alan Wake, and Forza Horizon?
I kicked off my E3 2014 predictions with the oddball of the group yesterday, Nintendo. While we still have no idea if Nintendo will even be at E3 2014 in a more traditional sense, we know that the other two big players Microsoft and Sony will be at the show with big presentations in hand.
Microsoft has had a fairly successful console launch with the Xbox One, which is amazing considering all of the negative energy surrounding the console before its’ launch, but Microsoft has been extremely quite since the release of Titanfall back in March. E3 2014 needs to be a huge show for Microsoft for many reasons, but the biggest being a lot of consumers are finding it difficult to to pick up the Xbox One when the competition has the cheaper console. Like I said with Nintendo, Microsoft needs to use their E3 conference to remind gamers what makes the Xbox experience unique, but more importantly why the Xbox brand is one that focuses on games.
So lets get started with some easy predictions.
Sony and the Playstation 4 are performing tremendously well. Can the momentum be stopped?
It is still very early in the 8th generation of consoles, but if you read comments on pretty much any gaming site, you will see a lot of opinions that Sony has already won.
Ever since the reveal of the Playstation 4 back in February 2013, gamers could feel that Sony had changed. The arrogant and strictly business attitude that Sony had for the first half of the Playstation 3’s life was gone. Instead, there was a new company that drove home the fact they are the makers of the a console for developers, but more importantly for the gamers. E3 2013 came around and Sony’s message didn’t change. While Microsoft was refusing to talk about their controversial DRM policies, and announced a $500 price tag, Sony was busy undercutting Microsoft by $100 and not forcing any type of DRM on the Playstation 4. When the launch of the PS4 came, the momentum was still in Sony’s favor and Playstation 4’s flew off the shelves, and are still hard to find in some places of the world.
Sony is doing a ton of things right presently. From the Playstation 4’s price tag, to the controversial debates of multiplatform games having better resolutions compared to the Xbox One, the online gaming community has picked their pony for the 8th gen of consoles. The question is, can Sony and the PS4 keep this momentum going?
It’s 2013 that means it’s time for some video game predictions.
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Since it’s the new year it’s time for some predictions. These predictions will cover everything I think will happen in the gaming world. So let’s get started.
Let’s start with the obvious one: there will be one, maybe two new consoles that will come out next year. The consoles I’m talking about are the next Xbox and the next PlayStation. I’m 100% sure the next Xbox will come out around the Holiday season. We’ve been hearing about for awhile all the leaks and rumors, and even Microsoft has given hints here and there. Microsoft is definitely ready to bring out their next console. For more Microsoft predictions, Cory has written a good piece here. Now the one I’m not sure about is the next PlayStation. I really don’t think Sony will release a new console till 2014, which could hurt them once again. We saw it with this current generation of consoles and only now is the PS3 being successful. But I am sure Sony will announce it at E3.
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Ten Minute Topic: Microsoft and Sony 2013 Predictions.
It is the end of the year, so news is pretty shallow, but we very quickly go over a few things.
Microsoft 2013 Predictions: Xbox 720, Killer Instinct, Alan Wake 2, New Controller, Call of Duty Future Warfare
2013 will behold a new Xbox, possible returns of big franchises, and the evolution of the Xbox controller.
The Xbox 360 made a statement this generation. With the original Xbox only surpassing 24 million units worldwide, Microsoft found themselves selling a few million consoles more than Nintendo, but obviously came nowhere close to Sony’s Playstation 2. With the Xbox 360, however, Microsoft made a statement, and proved that they are here to stay in the gaming universe. 2013 is going to be a big year for Microsoft; with the rumors of a new console, new Kinect, and new games from Microsoft 1st parties, 2013 could prove to be the most important year for Microsoft since the launch of the Xbox 360.
Let’s get this out of the way right now: Even with all of the rumors, such as poor chip quality for the next Xbox, there is no doubt in my mind that Microsoft will be releasing a new console in 2013. There is a ton of evidence supporting this theory, besides the supposed leaks of Microsoft documentation. Microsoft has been very quiet about what the second half of 2013 will look like for the Xbox brand. I believe this is simply because there is a new console slated for release, and they don’t want to talk about the console before the holidays.