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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