While the Xbox One and PS4 took a lion’s share of the limelight at E3, there was more to the event than the console launches and their Day One games lineups. While catching up with NVIDIA about SHIELD at E3 I also heard about some of their plans for PC gaming. Arch-rivals AMD also have plenty to say on that subject, and an AMD spokesperson took a few moments to fill me in on their perspective too.
With the reveal of the Xbox One at E3, gamers had all-but declared Xbox’s competitor, the PlayStation 4, as the victor in this particular console war. One feature of the One that seemed particularly vexing to Xboxers was the need for Internet connectivity. But as of today, this issue has been put to bed.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo of 2013 brought a convention-full of excitement, and it wasn’t just the reveal of the PlayStation 4 plus more details about the Xbox One. 48,200 attendees (up from 45,700 in 2012), myself included, had a look at the future of fun as E3 showcased the videogames that we’ll be playing in the coming months.
“X-Box One: Because that’s how many we’re gonna sell,” gamer Paul Sposato wrote on his Facebook page when he saw the Microsoft and Sony announcements at E3. Sposato is an Xbox enthusiast, an Xbox loyalist. But after last night’s presentations, he does not plan on buying the new-generation console, Xbox One.
Microsoft has sold 76 million units of the Xbox 360 since its release in 2005. Or shall I say, a mere 76 million units. That’s because over 96% of Americans homes have a television while only 49% of U.S. households own a game console. And from where I’m standing, it looks like Microsoft wants to close that gap with its next-generation console, Xbox One.
Halo is a much-loved franchise that leapt from the computer screen to books, comic books, and even a successful web series, Forward Unto Dawn. But now it’s going to be a television series, one produced by multi-award-winning (and Forbes-listed billionaire), Steven Spielberg. It’s an excellent choice.
A PlayStation fangirl admits it: Today’s reveal of the Xbox One kind of blew the PlayStation 4 reveal out of the water. Even the name, Xbox One, rather than the casually monikered Xbox 720, is surprising and different. The PS4 reveal was centered on the games (and yes, the graphics capability of the PS4 seems superior). But the Xbox One focused on the integration of the Xbox with all of the media in your living room, making it “one” system. Obviously, a tech demo held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond is less proof and more proof of concept, but if the Xbox One is everything Microsoft claims, it looks like science fiction made reality.