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Xbox to show strongest holiday offering?

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Microsoft is pulling out all the stops now – the Xbox One was already a pretty cool system. Now, by losing the Kinect it is getting a serious boost. I will definitely need to get one when it launches locally, but are we also getting the console just in time for some really great games?

Speaking to GameSpot, Microsoft’s chief marketing and strategy officer, Yusuf Mehdi, explained that the reason they made the announcements about the Kinect now was to free up space at E3 to focus on the games. Perhaps this will also include some talk about TV, but somehow I doubt it – it seems that Microsoft has finally gotten their act together.

I’m really excited about E3; cautiously optimistic that we’ll have the value proposition that is also a very strong, if not the strongest, games lineup for the second holiday. And then finally, the thing that has also differentiated Xbox One has been Xbox Live Gold, and that great multiplayer experience that we’re going to continue to invest in; some of it’s with the new announcements we’re making today, and some of it with the continued best-in-class Smartmatch experience. Those are the things that we think will stack up, so we love that comparison.

There’s so much good news – a kinect-less option, which should add some extra power to the Xbox One, plus new and improved Xbox Live Gold games. Microsoft is finally stepping up to the plate. Now that they are competing properly, it will be interesting to see if they can overcome Sony’s headstart with the PS4. Somehow, I think their sexy controller will help sell the Xbox even more. Of course, in the end it all comes down to the games. Microsoft has finally realized that again, which should make E3 even more exciting.

Last Updated: May 14, 2014


  1. Pugamall

    May 14, 2014 at 18:10

    Project CARS is what I’m holding out for, although I don’t think we have seen any XBOX ONE Screens yet have we ?


    • CAE9872

      May 15, 2014 at 08:38

      I WANT that game!!!


  2. Molotrololol

    May 14, 2014 at 18:11

    Another one where the comments of this article will be like this: Xbox One LOL… Door
    stop LOL…Piece of crap LOL…Nobody will buy that console LOL… PS4
    teh bestest LOL… Kinect LOL LOL LOL… No one cares LOL!!!


    • iAmWeasel

      May 14, 2014 at 18:16

      Its OK my Xbot friend.. we understand, the last 12 months must have been quite tough to deal with.. there there.


    • Hammersteyn

      May 14, 2014 at 18:49



    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 14, 2014 at 18:56

      *hug* it’ll be okay, it’ll be okay.


    • Mark Treloar

      May 14, 2014 at 23:05

      You cant really blame people for being sceptical when you consider how Microsoft has handled the launch of their console.


  3. iAmWeasel

    May 14, 2014 at 18:12

    So seeing as the Xbox “One” is now a gaming device again, and no longer an all in “One” device.. can we expect them to rename it.. maybe the “Xbox One Quarter” ?


  4. Hammersteyn

    May 14, 2014 at 18:52

    Good for them, I mean it’s a console. Get the basics right first. Then you can try and be an all in one device.


    • Norm the Horrible

      May 15, 2014 at 08:18



    • CAE9872

      May 15, 2014 at 08:37

      Sound advice – hey you should consider becoming a MS exec! Just don’t shoot your mouth off on things you don’t yet know! “Measure twice, cut once.”


      • Hammersteyn

        May 15, 2014 at 08:46



  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 14, 2014 at 18:55

    Yes. Ignore the other platforms. Forget bragging about numbers that mean little to anyone. Show games. Show people having fun. People have short memories, if they were predisposed to you in the first place that’ll make them happy again. Boom, more sales, done.


  6. Brian Murphy

    May 14, 2014 at 19:05

    Yusuf Mehdi, why does that name sound familiar:

    Oh that’s right:

    “People have been more satisfied with the Xbox 360 than the PS3, so in that respect people have less of a need to upgrade in the short term due to regular updates for the Xbox 360. ”


    Interesting that PS3 has sold more than the 360, even having launched a year behind, even more interesting that I have several friends who went from 360 to PS4 this gen, and are anxiously awaiting the TLOU remake as they missed it the first time around.

    And by the way, a Company executive predicting they have the strongest holiday offering? Didn’t Microsoft also expect to be kicking the PS4’s ass, right about now? Couldn’t possibly be PR…nooo.


    • Hammersteyn

      May 14, 2014 at 19:13

      TLOU,Every time I hear that name I feel the need to buy it again just to see how much better it looks on the PS4


      • Brian Murphy

        May 14, 2014 at 19:24

        Yeah, it’s something that perked ears among all gamer’s imo, not just Sony fans. I even have a friend who games largely on PC, who says it’s easily one of the best games ever made.


  7. Ryanza

    May 14, 2014 at 19:44

    number 6 = Xbox One
    number 5 = WiiU
    number 3 = PS4 (that looks like his real beard)


  8. Tulipdame

    May 16, 2014 at 12:44

    Inspite of negativity, I love my xbox one.


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