The lights are on
Did you miss any of the big stories this week? Want to find out how the pieces fit together? You're in the right place. This week's big story was the reveal of the Xbox One (and almost everyone else just got out of the way of that freight train).
The Xbox One, follow-up PR, and the rage of a million core gamers
We've extensively covered this week's Xbox One news (you can see every story we published in our Xbox One Reveal Headquarters), but I want to draw your attention to a couple of key pieces.
There's a lot of information right now on the hardware, Kinect 2.0 (with a new report suggesting additional functionality), the controller, the television functions, and more. We are still waiting on the thing that most of you are probably interested in: games. We've been told that Microsoft is working on 15 exclusives in the first 12 months, and we've known since the reveal date was announced that this week was about platform and services. E3 is where we'll be seeing the good stuff. This could be the first time in years that Microsoft doesn't disappoint with its keynote. A press conference light on Usher and creepy kids and heavy on new game announcements would go a long way to winning back the core segment of the market.
More news on Nintendo's E3 Plans
Bad news for us, good news for you. This is going to make coverage tricky, but on the first day of E3 (Tuesday June 11), Nintendo will be presenting its next Direct program at 7 AM Pacific. This week, company president Satoru Iwata teased a new Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and 3D Mario title. We're hopeful we'll have hands-on with those when we visit the booth later that morning.
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Microsoft really screwed up this week
thanks for the weekly roundup, mike. i always love catching up in case i missed something. cheers!
Seems like quite a week for some news.
Wow. There was actually more news than I thought there was this week.
I don't know what to think of Freedom Wars. It looks cool, has a fascinating premise... but it also sounds like another Monster Hunter clone for the Vita. It seems like a lot of Japanese-developed Vita games are trying to fill that void. And it's kinda lame.
So Monster Hunter is popular? Does that mean EVERY GAME has to be like it? Western developers stopped trying to out-Call of Duty Call of Duty some time ago. Why do so many Japanese devs keep gunning for Monster Hunter's crown?
I don't know, I watched the Xbox One announcement on Xbox Live and I'm not convinced that it's the machine I want. All of the television watching stuff is not at all appealing to me because I don't watch much TV to begin with and waving my arms around seems like it's more complicated than just pressing a button on my remote. And I'm sorry but having Kinect change the channel when someone says something is about the syptupidest thing I can think of, so I'm playing a game when my wife asks me if "watched the new episode of (insert tv show title)" and all of a sudden the Kinektmgoes to the shows channel. Not like Kinect can read minds. Cracked.com has a pretty interesting article listing the apparent faults with the new Xbox. While I'll reserve judgement right now PS4 and all of its sweet exclusives is looking better and better. If PS4 was backwards compatible I'd definately jump ship to Sony.
Huge week in the news. Enjoyed all of these stories, well, short of any of the Microsoft ones. Come to think of it, that was pretty much the whole week, so I guess I didn't enjoy it that much, lol. Looking forward to all the current-gen stuff this year a lot more.
Oh E3 what wonders you shall bring. Sony revealing the design of the PS4, and undoubtedly showing off some more inFAMOUS Second Son among their other exclusives like Killzone Shadow Fall and Knack. Square might show off a Final Fantasy that doesn't involve Lightning or anyone else from FF XIII and XII-2. (Hoping for Kingdom Hearts 3 as well) Maybe Kojima will show off more Metal Gear Solid V. Even more info on Watch Dogs would be nice. I would love to see more of The Bureau XCOM Declassified, and my personal most anticipated: BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS!. I'm also interested in seeing how GT 6 is looking, and seeing whether or not Nintendo is willing to even start teasing a new Zelda game. Also looking forward to seeing if in Halo 5 you finally get to see MC's face. That teaser during the legendary ending of 4 gives me hope!
interesting news for the week.
Most of the news this past week has been about "Xbox One" I dont know if its just me... But Im Not Excited.