With Microsoft now offering the Xbox One at $399 without Kinect, it will certainly look to cut into PS4 sales, but it’s important to have a strong showing at E3 in order to build off of that momentum.
With the GotGame staff all ready to go for Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing, we’ll be eagerly awaiting to see what the company has up its sleeves on Monday morning, but with a few days to go, we can certainly speculate at what they might showcase (or should showcase) at the presser.
Halo 5 – Obviously this one’s a given. Microsoft teased us all last year when they gave us a little glimpse at Master Chief, but we fully expect the company to give Halo some much needed attention since it’s more or less been quiet on that front since last year, minus a few tidbits here and there. Also while it would be cool to end the presser with a few minutes of Halo 5, I think it would make the presentation much stronger if they kicked off with it instead. That would of course assume that they’d end with some sort of surprise but you just never know with these things.
Less Entertainment – So we all know that Microsoft likes to talk about how the Xbox One isn’t just a gaming console, but that it is also an entertainment hub, where you can get all of your movies, shows and god knows what else in one place. That’s all fine and well, but I want to hear less about video apps and more about how I’m going to be playing in 2014-15. Many of us agree that we want to see games take center stage at Microsoft’s presser. We want to see first party games, third party games, and we want minimal mention of everything else, and that includes Kinect titles.
Accessories – The one other area besides games that needs to be addressed are first-party accessories. Where is the chat pad for the Xbox One? How about an official Xbox One wireless headset? The wired one ain’t that great, and while there are many really good third party headsets, it’d still be nice to have an official one from Microsoft.
Exclusives – Nothing gets the blood pumping of diehard fanboys than exclusive titles for their console of choice. And quite frankly, it’s one of the reasons many of us, including myself, buy each console – for the exclusives. That being said, we’d love to see Microsoft showcase some Xbox One-only titles at E3. Surely Halo 5 would be one, but let’s hear about some games that we don’t see coming – that creates excitement.
New Features for Xbox Live – For the most part, Xbox Live works well, though we’d love to see it $10 cheaper (or free for that matter). But while we get to play multiplayer, download free games, live stream, video chat and use apps, wouldn’t it be cool if Microsoft introduced some new functionality for Xbox Live that we hadn’t even thought of yet? Or at least something that’s been on our wish lists that has yet to be implemented? (Feel free to let us know what’s on your wish list of Xbox Live features, by the way)
It’s only a few days away until Monday, when Microsoft will break it all down for us, but we’d love to hear what your Top-5 must-haves are for the Xbox E3 Media Briefing.