So now we’ve seen the two big conferences of this years convention. We’ve all formed our opinions on who had the best games and apps, but what we should turn our attention to is who had the fans cheering and jeering? This is the most important principle in having a very memorable conference, which most of the companies so far this year have figured out. Some however, don’t give the fans what they want, and rely solely on their finale to get them by. Yes EA, we’re talking about you, Star Wars Battlefront saved your convention. Anyway, let’s get down to what each company’s conferences got right.
We’ll start by talking about the games, and who had the games that had the fans most excited.
Microsoft started out strongly with their biggest franchise. We got some fast paced, high intensity gameplay from Halo 5: Guardians right off the bat, as well as an awesome new mode coming with Halo 5 called WarZone! Throughout the conference we then saw things like a new Gears, plus the Gears of War collection, a new interesting looking IP called Recore, the much loved racer Forza 6, Dark Souls III and many more great modern classics! We also saw how a lot of these games are going to have the ability for cross platform play with the PC and Windows 10. A lot of exciting, fan pleasing games!
Sony started off extremely well too, showcasing the extremely long awaited The Last Guardian with some gameplay to boot! The fans definitely cheered for this one, and it was the first of many exciting game reveals from this conference. We then got a taste of some new IP’s such as Guerilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn and Shenmue III, which a lot of people were happy about as well as some well known games with timed exclusivity deals like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and the new Destiny expansion: The Taken King. There was one thing I noticed about the Sony conferences games however and that was that a lot of the games that were announced or shown off didn’t have a release date or were all slated for 2016 releases at the earliest. This was where Sony fell and Microsoft gained some ground.
Next up, we’re going to talk about new features coming to each console, for a better player and user experience.
Now, there was one really huge one to note for Microsoft and Xbox One, and that is the fact that starting soon, games from your Xbox 360 will be able to be downloaded and played on the Xbox One, as Xbox open up their backwards compatibility program. This is something that gamers have asked for from these new consoles for a long time and Microsoft, under the reigns of Phil Spencer have finally given us what we have asked for. We also saw the new Xbox One Elite controller which will be coming soon, which seems to have the features that all gamers want. Whether you’re a fighter and want the new and improved omnidirectional D-pad, or a shooter guy where those paddles may appeal to you, you can now buy an in-house controller that does everything you need it to do without buying it from an outside source. That was pretty much it in terms of features for the Microsoft conference, with the team at Xbox really giving the fans what they want with a couple of big features, but mostly all about games.
The Sony conference didn’t really have too much in the way of new features for the console, apart from their usual sales pitch of Playstation Vue, their TV service. I mentioned to my colleague that it seemed as though the conferences had done a complete flip from what we got 2 years ago with Sony all about games and Microsoft showing off their TV features and things like the 10 minute long Call of Duty segment. We then also saw Playstations virtual reality provider of choice show up, in Project Morpheus.
Overall, it is a tough one to call. I was absolutely blown away by both conferences this year and I think it’s fair to say that neither conference was bad at all. That being said, given the fact that I am an Xbox player primarily, I am going to say that the Xbox conference was the one that got me most hyped and therefore is my winner. I will say however, if I was a Playstation gamer, I may have had a differing opinion. Let the fanboy wars commence!
Let us know what your favourite things about each of the conferences were, down below!