Xbox is starting the new year off on a bad foot with the cancellation of Scalebound, a game that had been in development for several years, and was an exclusive to the platform. The lack of exclusive titles is becoming a real problem for Xbox, and from what I have read lately they are aware of it. Another problem is lack of new IP’s, it seem lately all we get is either sequels like Gears of War 4, Halo, and so on, or remastered versions of games that came out for the Xbox 360. The Playstation 4 is continuing to out sell the Xbox One, this is another problem for Xbox as well, it well be interesting to see if this continues after the launch of the Xbox Scorpio later this year.
This time of year everyone in the business is getting ready for E3, and Microsoft really needs to step it up this year. You have the PS4 Pro that released last fall, and is more powerful than the current model Xbox OneS, and in March the Nintendo Switch drops, and there’s a lot of excitement about it going on at the moment.
Now I mentioned before about the lack of new IP’s, and I get it’s hard to come up with totally new ideas for games, but I get tired of seeing the same old games every year, and it seems Sony has the edge right now in that department, Horizon Zero Dawn looks really cool, not only is it a new IP, it’s also only on Playstation. I do think Microsoft will announce some brand new games at E3, and to be honest they have too. I really want to see something completely new, like Sea of Thieves for example.
Having just mentioned Sea of Thieves, Microsoft has to have some exclusive titles in the mix, I mean thats the reason I own both a Xbox, and a PS4, so I can play the games that may not release on both consoles. Two exclusives I’m excited about are Cup Head, and Crackdown 3. This is even more important now with Scalebound out of the picture.
Let’s not forget about Project Scorpio, this is going to be a really big deal when it releases later this year. The make it or break for the Scorpio will be the price, if it’s much more expensive than the Playstation 4 Pro, I don’t see it doing well, and I think this will be Xbox’s best chance to try to outsell Playstation. One thing they need to do with folks like me, is show me why I should buy a Scorpio if I already own a Xbox One, the games really need to look great. I’m expecting more details at E3 including price, and release date.
The bottom line Microsoft needs to have a killer presentation this year, probably more than any other year. If they can show some really cool totally new games, great exclusives, and a few returning favorites, and have a good showing with Scorpio at a good price point, I think they will be fine. If they don’t then they might as well get used to being in the number two spot this console generation, and look forward to the next one.
Another thing I was just thinking about, it might be a good idea to move up the Scorpio release, I noticed recently that I’m buying, and play more games on my PS4 Pro right now due to the better performance of the system, I was planning on getting the new Mass Effect on Xbox, but after reading that it will take advantage of the new PS4 Pro’s hardware I will most likely play it on Playstation. It’s long time between now, and holiday 2017.
I think both Microsoft, and Nintendo will be the big players at E3 since they both have new hardware this year. No matter what happens I always get really excited for E3, and this year should be really interesting to watch.
What are your thoughts on this years E3, can Microsoft make a good showing? Let us know in the comments.