Microsoft has won "This Generation Concole War" against Sony and Nintendo and with next-generation of consoles on the horizon, Microsoft will be competing with Apple, Google and Samsung and not with Sony and Nintendo, according to former MS exec and Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux.
In a recent interview to BBC (via OXM), Peter Moyneus said, "2013 is proving to be the year of the console hardware refresh,
"Although it's exciting, it's not nearly as exciting as when the Xbox 360 exploded onto the gaming scene just over seven years ago.
"Back then, the 360 represented a huge leap forward in gaming, with a tangible increase in performance and fantastic multiplayer support. Gamers and game-makers were justifiably super-excited.
"Now it is that time again, but the world has changed. Tablet, mobile PC and smartphone makers are refreshing their hardware on what feels like almost a weekly basis. And on the horizon looms Valve with its PC-based Steam Box. Thereby hangs the problem for Microsoft: how to justify its new console, how to get us all excited.
"Its competition is no longer Sony and Nintendo, but rather Apple, Google and Samsung. Rightfully, Microsoft can claim it won the last console generation. However, it has always targeted the living room as the big prize. That's why it packed the 360 with an array of "living room" features to try to persuade us that the machine could be a mix of set-top box, internet music streamer and Facebook browser."
Molyneux further added that he wants next-gen Xbox console to just focus on videogame. When I used to work at Microsoft the key phrase that I used to hear bandied around was the next Xbox should be "input one" on people's living room screen. Nowadays I'm an independent designer and I just want the next Xbox to be a great gaming machine.
"It should have great connectivity, so I can play spectacular games with my friends and be sold at a reasonable price, perhaps around $300 (£200). That should be Microsoft's goal rather than persisting in trying to make it a box for everyone."
Do you agree with Molyneux, Microsoft won this generation console war against Sony? and with next-gen Xbox console they will be competing with Google, Apple and Samsung?.
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So Microsoft is all set to unveil their next-gen Xbox console tonight at a special event in US. We will be bringing you all the action directly from the venue since the event will be live streamed at our site.
Next-Gen Xbox Reveal event will start on May 21 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. The event will be one hour long, according to Major Nelson. So do come back to catch all the actions live below directly from the Next-Xbox Reveal Event Venue.
NOTE: Live Streaming in the video below will begin half-an hour before the event start.
E3 2013 is less than a month away and according to Michael Pachter its going to be the most important time for both Microsoft and Sony and also for their respective next-gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox 720).
In the latest episode of Pach Attack, Michael Pachter stated that at E3 2013 both Sony and Microsoft will unveil release date, price and other details about their respective next-gen consoles.
"Microsoft and Sony have both departed from prior practice by having an independent event different from E3," said Pachter in the latest episode of Pach Attack.
"Sony was very smart to do a reveal event in February. I thought they kept the buzz up and a lot of people talked about the PS4. That talk has faded."
Pachter adds: "Now talk is all about the next Xbox event, so there's now buzz in front of it. They announced it about a month ahead of time and they're going to get buzz for the two weeks heading into E3.
"The truth is, buzz is one thing, purchase intent is another," said Pachter "I don't think anyone is buying any of these boxes until they see them and they see the price."
"You're going to see the box, you're going to see the price, you're going to hear the launch date," claimed Pachter. "Then from 10 June to launch date, which will probably be November, you have 5 months to make up your mind."
"So I don't think the timing of these pre-launch events mean much at all, other than it gives the press more than one opportunity to write about these things with some knowledge."
have you already made up your mind for next-gen consoles, Which one will you buy PS4 or Xbox 720? or you will go Wait and Watch Route?. Let us know in the comment section below.
Sony unveiled their next-gen Playstation console (PS4) at a special event in February 2013. The PS4 reveal event was a massive success as people talked about PS4, its specification and its launch line-up for many more days after the reveal event. In short there was a massive buzz about PS4 among fans.
Now according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, Buzz surrounding the PlayStation 4 has faded since its reveal in February 2013.
Michael Pachter believes that Sony and Microsoft were both right to host reveal events for new hardware prior to E3 2013 in June.
He also stated that Sony did everything right to ignite interest in PS4, but slowly that talk and excitment has faded and it's next-gen Xbox that everyone is talking about now.
In a latest episode of Pach-Attack, Pachter said, "Microsoft and Sony have both departed from prior practice by having an independent event different from E3,"
"Sony was very smart to do a reveal event in February. I thought they kept the buzz up and a lot of people talked about the PS4.
"That talk has faded, now the talk is all about the next Xbox event, so there's now buzz in front of that. They announced it about a month ahead of time and they're going to get buzz for the two weeks heading into E3."
Pacther also added that buzz surrounding both the consoles won't translates into sales and gamers won't make their minds on which way to go until they see both the next-gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox 720).
"The truth is, buzz is one thing, purchase intent is another," he added.
"I don't think anyone is buying any of these boxes until they see them and they see the price. So what really is going to matter is E3."
Microsoft will be present at GamesCom 2013 as an exhibitor, as per the details revealed in a press-release today. No details was revealed as to what Microsoft will showcase at GamesCom 2013, but it is expected that the firm will exhibit Xbox 360's successor (Xbox 720).
"2013 is a big year for Xbox., We can not wait to introduce the visitors of the Gamescom, the next chapter entertainment on Xbox. We are pleased to provide further details on this in the coming weeks and months known," said Phil Harrison, Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Europe.
Microsoft is all set to unveil their next-gen Xbox console at a special event on May 21. GamesCom 2013 will take place from August 21-25.
Earlier today there were tons of rumors about Respawn Entertainment's upcoming mystery title (futuristic multiplayer-centric online shooter). A anonymous but trusted source close to Kotaku stated that the first game from Jason West and Vince Zampella will arrive exclusively on next-gen Xbox and Xbox 360.
In addition to this the source revealed that this mystery title is powered by Source Engine and it will be always-online.
Respawn Entertainment finally commented on all these rumors via their official Twitter account. The studio neither confirmed nor denied all the above rumors and stated the first details of its project will be unveiled at E3 2013.
Playstation 4 from Sony and next-generation Xbox console (Xbox 720) from Microsoft console should launch simultaneously for the benefit of video-game industry, according to Jesse Divnich (EEDAR analyst).
"It would be best for the industry to see a simultaneous launch of the next generation consoles," he said.
"The combined marketing campaigns from both Microsoft and Sony will act as a catalyst to drive excitement back into traditional consoles."
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Paul Thurrot first predicted May 21 as the date of reveal for next-generation Xbox console (Xbox 720), and he was bang on target. Well Paul Thurrot is at it again, this time around he revealed price of Microsoft's next-generation console.
According to Paul Thurrot, Xbox 720 will carry a price tag of $500 (without subscription model). He further revealed that $300 Xbox 720 console will also be available but with this Microsoft requires gamers to commit to 2 years Xbox Live Subscription.
When Thurrot was quized about always-online feature of Xbox 720 console, he stated that he don't have any details to share in this regard but the feature is it isn not as draconian as people are expecting.
That's all we have for you guys about Xbox 720 Paul Thurrot's prediction. NOTE, all the above details are still rumor so take this with a massive pinch of salt right now, but Thurrot has proven to be a credible guy.