E3 2013 Recap, Thoughts and Review
By Dan Maurer
Well another year and another E3 Expo has passed us by and so in this article I will take a look at some of the announcements made by Microsoft, Sony (including news about the PlayStation 4) and Nintendo, along with giving my thoughts on some of the news and I’ll throw in a couple of good trailers that were released last week.
After the somewhat disastrous Xbox One reveal conference Microsoft had three weeks prior to E3 where the main focus seemed to be “TV”, Microsoft came out firing with plenty of exclusives and games. Previews of Forza 5, Halo 5, Ryse, and other Microsoft exclusives were shown, along with timed exclusives such as Dead Rising 3. Microsoft then dropped the bombshell of a $499 price point for the new system. This puts it $100 above its main competitor in the PS4, which does not have many of the same DRM restrictions as the Xbox One. Timed exclusive DLC will also come to Battlefield 4 and Call Of Duty: Ghosts.
World of Tanks – Xbox 360 Edition Trailer
Sony came out later and also showed off an impressive list of launch titles and games. Drive Club, Knack, and the new Killzone were the featured titles shown. Perhaps the biggest bombshell of all that was dropped was the announcement that PS4 would impose NO DRM restrictions of any of their PS4 titles. Also a $399 price tag was announced for the system with a Holiday 2013 release date. This places it $100 cheaper than the Xbox One and at a huge advantage.
The Last of Us – E3 2013 Launch Trailer
PlayStation 4 – E3 2013 Analysis
At E3, Sony fired the first shots by announcing a consumer friendly console that didn’t offer the same restrictions as it’s main competitor, the Xbox One. Sony’s next-generation console took a pro-consumer approach, in contrast to Microsoft’s Xbox One.
“When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that copy of the game,” Jack Tretton, Sony Computer Entertainment America President told the crowd. “They can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend or keep it forever.”
This is how people use games now, so it may seem strange that it created such applause. But the Xbox One wanted to heavily restrict the use of second-hand games, sharing games and would require a constant internet connection to function. Those policies have now been scrapped in the wake of a brutal backlash from gamers and retailers, but Sony is confident they still have the upper hand.
“Well, if you want to play games – and that’s what consoles are about – the PlayStation 4 is the device. There’s no hurdles,” says Michael Ephraim, Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Aus/NZ.
“We’re listening to the consumer. The consumer wants to buy a game, and do whatever they want with it, and that’s what we’re allowing them to do.”
And then there’s the price, the PS4 is going to cost gamers $100 less than the Xbox One when the consoles launch later this year. The PlayStation 4 will also offer a slightly more powerful machine at launch than the Xbox One.
The much anticipated Gaikai service that will stream PS4, Vita, and classic PS3 titles will not make the launch window, but will instead launch in 2014. All in all the PlayStation 4 seems to be the more attractive machine this holiday season for gamers. Between the cheaper price, the game selection, and the slight power advantage, the PlayStation 4 will be a hard item to find this holiday season.
Gran Turismo 6 – Official E3 2013 Trailer
This year Nintendo decided to skip the E3 conference and go for a more direct approach with a direct conference to its customers. Among the strategy approaches for the upcoming fiscal year and various other game info, we learned that there is a new Super Smash Bros game in development for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Also announced for Holiday 2013 was a new Super Mario 3D game. It was also revealed that Nintendo has sold 3.6 million Wii U’s to date.
In closing, this holiday season will see a big battle between Sony and Microsoft with their next generation console debuts. Nintendo will also be involved with new games of its own set to debut in time for Christmas. In the end, we as the consumer will decide the victor with our wallets.
BEYOND: Two Souls – E3 2013 Trailer
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