E3, the largest gaming expo, has come and gone. Many gaming companies came to show off the new lineup of games they plan on wowing us with during the holiday season. With every E3, there are winners and losers. I will go down the list of console manufacturers and tell you how each one did pushing their hardware.
Microsoft was the first to present their wares last Sunday. Last year Microsoft teased a mid-cycle upgrade to their Xbox One console dubbed “Project Scorpio”. There were many teasers and rumors over the course of the next year of what this beast would be. On Sunday it was revealed as the Xbox One X well as creative as it is will be sure to create some confusion during the holidays.
Hardcore gamers will have no problem navigating the different SKUs but, parents will have a hell of a time. Microsoft showed off a lot of games that looked really pretty on the device, but neither were truly a killer app, and the one killer app they did show will be available on other platforms as well.
The other problem with this console is that to enjoy most of its graphical benefits, one must own a 4K TV which still has a low adoption rate due to price and won’t be reasonably priced for another three years. Microsoft proved that they have the most powerful console on the market but, they didn’t provide any compelling reasons for people to want to drop $500, especially since those same games will be playable on the current Xbox One. Power is nothing without really compelling titles and many companies like Sega had to learn that one the hard way back in the day. It was like watching that Sega Saturn announcement from E3 of 95 all over again. Sega toted this really powerful console with very few compelling reasons to buy it other than the fact that it made games look pretty. Microsoft’s conference wasn’t terrible, but they just couldn’t get me excited.
Sony presented last Monday and did an overall good job of focusing solely on games. There was barely any talking; it was game after game after game. It should be noted that Sony released their mid-cycle upgrade, The PlayStation 4 Pro back in November; Sony spent no time boasting about the console’s power the way Microsoft did, the games. which Sony had plenty of, just spoke for themselves.
The best part about all of this was that about 90% of the games shown on that stage were exclusive to the PlayStation 4 line of consoles. Sony did a very good job of hyping their system up as a great home to exclusives. Sony has been killing Microsoft in the exclusives category for quite some time now and Sony delivered on making sure they showed compelling experiences you’d only find on their system.
Nintendo presented last Tuesday and definitely delivered with their presentation. They launched their new console The Nintendo Switch back in march and it definitely hasn’t disappointed. The system had sold extremely well and had a lot of hype going into E3. Nintendo did a great job of increasing that hype tenfold by showing off a lot of games that have release dates for the 2017 holiday season with a few coming out in 2018.
Nintendo also teased new Pokemon and Metroid titles that are both in development. The Metroid announcement was a big deal because fans have been asking for a new title for years. Not only did they tease Metroid Prime 4, they’re also releasing another title for the Nintendo 3DS this September. It’s great to see a recommitment to the series after God knows how long.
The one thing Nintendo did right was make sure that the majority of their titles shown were ones coming out within the next 9 months; way too often at these shows, companies like to show/tease games that wound up either not coming out for another two years or, they get cancelled. It was great to see games and feel confident that I would be able to play them within the next nine months.
I feel like Nintendo was the clear winner of E3 with Sony coming in second. Nintendo did a great job of reminding people that you don’t need a super expensive or, powerful system to enjoy great games. Sony did a great job of reminding people that their ecosystem is the home for great exclusives. Microsoft on the other hand did a poor job of convincing people they need to buy a $500 system just to enjoy games.
Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90’s.