Xbox has a “ton of exclusives” in store for E3

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the console generations of our lives. While Playstation won me over with the first and second generations of the modern console era, over the last eight years, I’ve unashamedly felt that Xbox had the best console this generation. Even though when it came to exclusive games, it had about as many of those as Star Trek had good sequels. Time to change all that then, as Microsoft has something up its sleeve for the upcoming future.

E3 is just around the corner, and seeing as how this carnival of hype is where everything new is debuted, it looks like Microsoft this year will be less about turning the Xbox 360 and its successor into a media hub, and more “all about the games” according to Aaron Greenberg on the latest Major Nelson podcast.

“We’re really going to tell one story across two events,” Greenberg said via VideoGamer.

So we’re going to start on the 21st and really that’s about revealing the next Xbox platform, really our vision for the future of games, the future of entertainment. We definitely have a lot of surprises planned.

I know everyone knows the Infinity Ward team is hard at work on world premiering the next Call of Duty: Ghosts, so we’re going to see what that looks like for the first time. People are going to get a great inside look at really the making of the new platform and the team that’s brought it to life.

I mean, to be honest, it’s really about the team, the people here, that’s why we’re inviting people to campus, we’re going to bring them behind the scenes a little bit. We’ve never done this before and so it’s really exciting to be able to do that. But I think it’s a lot of laying the foundation, probably the best way to describe it, and then just a couple of weeks later we go to E3.

And it’s about damn time. I love the Xbox 360, honestly I do, but Microsoft has no idea how hard it is for me to walk into a games shop and have the Sony fanboys rub copies of Uncharted and posters for The Last of Us in my face. And trust me, a Black Ops 2 DLC pack first month exclusive only affords about a +5 boost to defense.

But it’s a big time for Microsoft. The new Xbox console is expected to be unveiled tomorrow, and with an eye on a more solid line-up of games for once, instead of the usual three suspects, it should be interesting to see how the rest of the industry reacts.

Last Updated: May 20, 2013

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