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?