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E3 2012: Microsoft Does What Microsoft...Does

Microsoft's E3 conference went as expected.  Gears, Fable, Forza, and Halo all made an appearance alongside a handful of LIVE apps, Kinect integrations, and planned features.  Seems Microsoft is just doing what they've been doing the past few years of the expo.  

My initial reaction to what Microsoft showed was disappointment, as if I expected something major.  The fact that I lack enthusiasm for nearly every Microsoft flagship-franchise is surely the reason I'm left with a bitter taste in my mouth.  Not to mention I could care less for any Kinect or XBL news, I guess I'm looking for excitement in the wrong places.  A new Splinter Cell reveal did sooth the pain a bit.  

What I did enjoy was brief.  SmartGlass seems to be a step in the right direction for anyone looking to tether their 360 experience to a "smart-device", and a sign that proprietary isn't as smart a move as the past would suggest.  I especially didn't expect to hear about SmartGlass on iOS, and that had me wide-eyed for a few.  

I also took a liking to Microsoft's approach to exclusivity, which they showed plenty of.  This is probably proof that their previous efforts with exclusivity has its benefits, and they're sticking with their guns.  

As for Internet Explorer finally finding a place on our 360, the more I thought about how late and useless this feature would be to me, the less I cared.  

It won't be a surprise to anyone that LIVE "gold" accounts will more than likely be required to utilize any of the new features and apps, meaning most of this press conference means little to me since I began refusing to pay for the service.  That being said, if you do use the extent of the Xbox's features you should have a lot to look forward to.  

The games came, but I didn't need any of them.  The features followed, and I don't use them.  I hoped for a next-gen sizzle reel, and left empty handed.  For me, Microsoft's conference kick-started this years e3 in an anti-climactic manner. That's just me...right? 



  • pioshfd 7 years, 4 months ago

    I think the question on everyone's minds is, "Will there be Kinect support?" :P I didn't watch their conference but I'm not surprised after reading your article. Sounds kind of same-old-same-old. I'm a little curious about the Splinter Cell though; hopefully they bring it back a little to what it was in the past.

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  • fulldarkgear 7 years, 4 months ago

    I am pumped for Halo 4, having been a fan since the first (I like the lore and story). RE6 looked good. Splinter Cell looked good. Most of the conference was pretty dissapointing because of the lack of surprise and similarity to the past two E3 conferences. Oh well, heres to next year...

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  • lolo125 7 years, 4 months ago

    I was watching a live stream of the thing until I realized i was wasting my time and decided to quit, stupid Microsoft and their stupid sports apps...

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  • TheOttomatic91 7 years, 4 months ago

    I haven't really been impressed with anything from MS this generation with the opposition of Alan Wake and Mass effect but even those became multi-platform.

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  • WingZero 7 years, 4 months ago

    Watched the live stream and I have to say that it is not only you, Jeffrey. I'm also disappointed with how MS handled their presser. Call me naive, but I thought maybe MS would come out with at least a few surprises, but they essentially only had one that caught my eyes (...and no, it was not CoD).

    Is it too early to say MS failed this E3, cause it sure feels that way?

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  • Sickbrain 7 years, 4 months ago

    Well, we're close to the end of the cycle for this generation of consoles. I didn't expect any big exclusive announcements. MS just goes with a flow right now until next E3 where they should announce new console. I thought SmartGlass technology presentation was an interesting way of sticking to Nintendo. I'm looking forward to learn more about SC as well.

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  • lemith 7 years, 4 months ago

    Finally internet.

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