The Outhouse is reporting on a story, that Gamespot is reporting on, from an Official XBox Magaine story (ah- the circle of
lifejournalism) that Microsoft is investing at least a billion dollars into XBox One games.
We just ran through our script and counted the number of exclusives, and looked at the amount of money that we're spending and the deals that we have, exclusive windows and [things to create differentiation]. I think, candidly, people are way, way under-indexing how hard we're punching.
Microsoft is attacking the gaming market on all fronts, not just competing with Sony, but also with the new wave of gaming and entertainment from Apple as well.
Today, our creators are really lighting up with the opportunity to build games that can live as full-screen immersive experiences like you're seeing on shelves today, but also the idea of building device experiences that live in the SmartGlass world that connect to what's on the screen. The ability to take your mobile away with you and continue to engage on it, engage with the game. The opportunities today--more people are playing games today than, I think, ever before.
By expanding their platform into casual gaming and entertainment, they expect it's possible to move close to a billion units.
Although we've all heard the endless complaints about the XBox One since their reveal, there are two things to keep in mind about the console. 1. Until we see what they have to offer in games at E3, it's best to withhold judgement, and 2. Most of the people that are crying about the console, will still end up buying it. If you don't put your money where your mouth is, then your complaints are a waste of breath (or finger motion as the case may be).
As for E3, it's only a couple of weeks away and Microsoft has confirmed they have 15 exclusive games coming to the XBox One the first year. That may be the difference maker, and if you are still having privacy concerns for the all seeing Kinect, perhaps MadCatz will come out with a Kinect booty accessory to cover it up.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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