Five Things I Want To See From Microsoft At E3 2014
Now that I've listed the five things I'd like to see from Nintendo at E3 this year, it's Microsoft's turn. For the console in green, 2014 will be all about catching up to Sony. The Xbox One is selling great, but is vastly outpaced by the Playstation 4. Here's five things I want to see from them that could help them close the gap.
Games That Actually Use Kinect
The original Kinect's debut at E3 2010 largely consisted of awkward demos and as annoying as it was, Microsoft succeeded in drilling the Kinect experience into our skulls. When Microsoft announced Xbox One would come bundled with Kinect, I expected the same aggressive push 10x and, to my surprise, Microsoft hardly showed anything. Kinect Sports Rivals just released but, in my opinion, that should have been available at the system's launch. Now that we're forced into a relationship with this thing, at least give it something to do other than recognize faces and, uh, be a sleek, black rectangle.
An Xbox One Price Drop
One of the major reasons Playstation 4 is out-selling Xbox One is that it's $100 bucks cheaper (and slightly more powerful to boot). Reducing the price to at least $450 would help could do wonders. Either that, or...
A Kinect-Less Xbox One
...They could do this. To say that most gamers have a mild interest in Kinect would be generous, and the fact that it's the main reason Xbox One is more expensive is irksome, to say the least. No matter what Microsoft says otherwise, some people simply don't give a hoot about voice commands or swiping through menus - and let's face it, that's mostly all you can do with it at this point. Unless they follow through on my first point, there's no reason to force customers to purchase a peripheral that won't be fully supported. You know what would sweeten the deal? If this camera-free model came with a second controller instead.
Beef Up Games With Gold
Games With Gold is Microsoft's answer to the Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection, but it's arms have been too short to box with Sony's generous offerings. GWG only offers two games per month (with a two week window for each, mind you) and have largely consisted of several-year-old games such as Halo 3 and Dead Rising 2. That doesn't hold a candle to PS+, which doles out at least five titles for the entire month across various Playstation platforms. That includes recent hits like Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite, as well as quality indie titles such as Mercenary Kings (which was available for free on it's launch). This doesn't have to be discussed at E3, but it must happen soon if Microsoft wants to claim even competition with Sony with a straight face.
Fresh, Exclusive, IP
This is probably the most obvious, but still worth mentioning. New gen entries of Xbox staples like Halo and Gears of War are already confirmed, and while they'll likely be great, that's not enough to get me excited about Xbox One's future. New franchises, such as Sunset Overdrive (pictured above) and Project Spark do. I'm confident we'll see even more new exclusives unveiled that will help strengthen Microsoft's first-party roster, which as always been the weakest of the three companies.
What do you hope to see from Microsoft at E3 this year?