Even After E3 Last Night, I Still Want An Xbox One
Let me get this out of the way before we begin. In no way, absolutely no way, am I going to try and convince you that Microsoft somehow won E3 last night. Sony’s “no DRM” bombshell was a swift and righteous kick to Microsoft’s sensitive area, even though it seems like the Xbox One has fallen prey to horrendous timing when it comes to feature announcements. Because seriously, who really didn’t think Sony would possibly follow suit with the whole “no used games, online authentication” crap. Publishers sneakily dodged a bullet, and Microsoft is taking one hell of a fall for it.
But that’s a debate for another day, possibly a day when Microsoft announces some rather essential policy changes in the near future (I’m almost certain this will probably happen). But let’s peel back the DRM cloud for a moment and compare Sony and Microsoft on the night. Imagine those magical few minutes were absent from Sony’s keynote, who would’ve won E3? Still a close call with Sony coming out guns blazing in terms of Final Fantasy and anticipated sequels, but I do think Microsoft might have just gone one better in regards to games.
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And that’s one thing you can’t take away from Microsoft at E3, because they definitely delivered on that front. Ninety minutes of games was probably one of the only things Xbox fans could’ve asked for during their press conference, and boy were their some surprises along for the ride. The reimagining of Ryse, a now Kinect enhanced title that looks like a gorgeous take on Roman history with God of War styled gameplay. Sunset Overdrive, an Xbox One exclusive from famed developers Insomniac Games, which was surely the highlight of the conference. Project Spark, a rather powerful looking creation tool that could empower gamers to produced stellar pieces of art in minutes. And, of course, Halo (Halo 5? Who the fuck knows), the sequel to one of the best games of 2012.
Sure, Sony had equally impressive exclusives to show off, but let it be said that a lot of the titles we’re looking most forward to already belong to established franchises. The IP’s that were new hardly got any floor time, and in this regard Microsoft stood out. Gameplay demos of Ryse, Killer Instinct and Dead Rising 3 certainly made sure that third time was the charm for Microsoft, after an abysmal showing the past two years. Hell, even Kinect didn’t make it into much conversation, and with EA even announcing some exclusive titles, the night looked like it belonged to Microsoft in the early hours.
And you know what, even after Sony’s massive shot to the Xbox’s jugular, I still want the Xbox One. I seriously cannot imagine going on with next-gen without playing some of the intriguing titles Microsoft has chosen to make exclusive, leaving me a bit torn after all the action last night. Sure, the console everyone wants now is a real no-brainer, and I have no doubt in my mind that the PS4 will be my preferred option when both consoles drop later this year (or later for us locally), but eventually I’ll have to give in. Eventually I’ll have to buy an Xbox One, DRM included or not.
Of course, there was also no doubt in my mind that I would eventually get both consoles anyway, and I also understand that this makes me one of the fortunate few who are able to experience such a luxury. Most people only end up getting one console, and for the thousands of people who fall into that majority, the PS4 is certainly looking like the undeniably better choice at the moment. But that in no way means no one wants the Xbox One. You’d be a fool to try and convince yourself that they don’t have at least one exclusive you don’t want to play.
Whether that’s enough to warrant a purchase from your side is entirely up to you, but I know that Microsoft did enough to keep me interested in their console. Having uncapped internet and the option to go for both does make this decision a lot easier of course, so I’m not really the demographic Microsoft should be worrying about right now. Their eyes should be more focused on the massive portion of their fan base that migrated last night.