Xbox One X was one of the biggest announcements that Team Xbox made at E3 2017, priced at $499 and release date of November 2017. Apart from this, Team Xbox showcased a total of 42 games at their E3 2017 press conference, out of which 22 of them were Xbox console exclusive. Many critics still felt that the Xbox E3 2017 presser missed out on showing games that would build up the desirability of the Xbox One X. Microsoft’s Dave McCarthy in a recent interview with MCVUK has defended Xbox 2017 line-up.
Dave McCarthy stated for the year 2017 line-up, Team Xbox is banking on strength-in-depth and diversity, and this was very much visible at their E3 2017 press conference.
“You saw [that] in the diversity of game types we showed,” McCarthy told MCVUK. “We showed community games, indie games, triple-A games, games from around the globe. There are all these different types of games for different types of gamers now. It has never been more diverse. I think that choice is becoming more and more critical to a gamer’s everyday life, because they do flex across these different experiences, and we have to be able to keep up with that.”
When asked whether Xbox E3 2017 showing was designed primary keeping diversity in minds and to appeal to every section of the gaming community? McCarthy replied that it was a conscious experience.
“It was a really conscious experience for us to say we want something that speaks to every type of gamer on our stage. And I can’t say we’ve consciously done that every other year before. It was a principle for the briefing overall that we wanted every type of game for every type of gamer. You noticed that there were fewer speakers on stage this year. We had too many games overall, it would have been a disaster [to have them all up there] and I like the format of Phil being able to tell the story throughout the show,” McCarthy says.
“Of those 42 titles we showed, 22 of them are console exclusive, 18 of those are PC titles as well. Your ability with first party titles from Microsoft – and a lot of the ID@Xbox ones, too – to do things like Xbox Play Anywhere where your license rooms, right across those devices, is going to apply to the whole first-party line-up. Forza MotorSport 7, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves – they’re all going to do that.”
Sony and Microsoft: Two companies in video-game hardware and software business going ahead in 2017-2018 with a completely different approach. Sony is going for a single-player AAA-story driven games and is openly letting the world know about it by stating that they are playing to their strength. On the other side, Microsoft is concentrating on a Games-As-A-Service such as Co-op and community elements.
Who will come on top only time will tell.