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We are just a few short weeks away from arguably the biggest video game conference of the year, E3. With both “next-gen” consoles officially available to the public, this year it’ll be all about the games, but who has the better lineup planned? Microsoft or Sony

PS4 sales have a huge lead over the Xbox One right now, but in a pre-E3 power move Microsoft announced that a Kinect-less version of their console would be launching in June, putting it at the same price as the PS4 in the US and even cheaper in other territories. Since the announcement, many financial analysts predict Xbox One sales will surpass PS4 sales by the end of the fiscal year.

In the last few weeks Microsoft also revealed Halo 5: Guardians and showcased a huge amount of gameplay from Sunset Overdrive. It was also announced earlier today that Quantum Break would not be making an appearance at E3 this year. With Microsoft seemingly covering these huge exclusives before E3 even begins, we have to wonder that they have hidden up their sleeves for the conference. Their lineup must be pretty impressive if they can casually announce Halo 5 weeks before their biggest presentation of the year, but Microsoft still promises “huge announcements” at E3. The company recently confirmed that Fable Legends will get plenty of time in the limelight. Hopefully we get more information about other exclusives like D4, Below, and Killer Instinct Season 2 as well.

Sony has kept rather quiet in the weeks leading up to E3. Last week they teased a live stream of a “mystery game,” which turned out to be three minutes of pre-recorded gameplay from The Order:1886. Many people (ourselves included) felt the promotional video for one of the system’s biggest upcoming exclusives was incredibly underwhelming. Fans are speculating announcements of a new Uncharted and God of War, and some wild rumors even suggest Sony may announce reboots for franchises like as Medieval and Ape Escape, though I wouldn’t hold out much hope for that. Capcom’s cryptic free-to-play RPG Deep Down is also expected to get some attention, as well as FROM SOFTWARE’s latest PS4 exclusive, the very Dark Souls-esque Project Beast.

This is the point in the console cycle where fans should expect some big announcements. Both companies are desperately battling for the top spot and with great competition comes great products. The recently appointed head of Xbox Phil Spencer aims to reclaim the throne, but we can be sure Sony and the PS4 won’t give it up without a fight. Both companies will undoubtedly have fantastic announcements, but for this week’s round of Nerd Wars!, we want to know who you predict to have the better overall presentation.

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i mileson iMiles Dompier is the chief editor and founder of What’s Your Tag?. He is a Seattle native who recently moved to the sweltering heat of Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a composer/voice actor. When he’s not up writing until his eyes bleed, he likes to play a Prince level of instruments and listen to terrible death metal. Follow his shenanigans on Twitter and be sure to join our gaming community; TEAM XBRO

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12 comments

  1. I’m more excited for the Xbox One lineup. Seeing more of Halo 5, Below, D4, the 2nd season of Killer Instinct, potentially some sort of Gears teaser, more info on the Master Chief collection, and Sunset Overdrive excite me far more than anything on Sony’s plate that we know about. That’s not to say I’m not curious about Project Beast or Deep Down, just less so than the Xbox One lineup.

    1. I definitely want to see some more of Project Beast and Deep Down, but I’m way more excited for Microsoft’s upcoming exclusives. I’d love to see how the co-op in Fable Legends works in detail and the more of Sunset Overdrive I see, the more I feel like I must own it as soon as possible.

  2. I don’t think Sony has much to talk about besides Project Morpheus and PS Now. MS will go all out because they’re way behind in console sales. Hoping for a White Xbox One Slim with a 1TB hard drive in order to play my Halo’s on, but its much to early for that.

    1. I’m expecting a huge presentation from Microsoft this year, especially after the confusing and upsetting conference last year. Phil Spencer seems to have a better vision for the future of Xbox.

  3. Probably pretty obvious who I’m rooting for. Unless Microsoft has some VR of their own to show they are dead to me. Especially with the announcement of a Kinectless Xbone. It was an integral part of the Xbox One experience, now it won’t be. I was excited to see what would happen with it because devs wouldn’t be afraid to make kinect an essential part of their game. Now they can’t assume that everyone will have it and so it will be an afterthought. Good business move probably, but bad gaming move.

    1. The Kinectless Xbox One was definitely upsetting to me. I’m a huge supporter of the Kinect and I’d love to see more developers take advantage of this amazing technology, but unfortunately only a very small number of studios are honestly trying.

      Sony has huge indie support right now and that’s great, but their first-party lineup seems rather barren and while I’m excited about VR, I’m not excited about spending several hundred dollars on a headset.

      1. I doubt that they are going to release it if they can’t figure out a way to make it reasonably priced. No one wants to spend the same amount of money on a peripheral that they did on the system. Maybe they will take a hit in an attempt to outsell Oculus.

      2. If the price is reasonably, I’m sure more people will be willing it, but we have to consider that people are already complaining about spending the extra $100 on Kinect. I don’t think people realize that new technology doesn’t come cheap.

    2. I’m a big fan of the Kinect when it comes down to voice commands, but not much else. Even though the Kinect will no longer be a mandatory purchase, there are still almost 6 million homes that have one, so it’s not like the install base is chump change. Honestly we haven’t seen much use of the Kinect since the Xbox One’s launch, although some games provided fun ways to use voice commands (Ryse and Dead Rising 3 come to mind). But even Rare struggled with Kinect Sports Rivals and they were funded to create the definitive Kinect experience. I think too many developers were just trying to make the Kinect do stuff that it just wasn’t good at, and like many a peripheral before it, it’s just not working as intended. Just give me a box that plays games well and a comfortable controller, and I’m good.

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