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No TV, just games at E3 Xbox One presentation

When Xbox One comes to E3 on June 10, TVs will still take center stage. But instead of cable programming and Skype calls, those TVs will be there to show video games.


Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb took to Twitter to confirm what many gamers already hoped was the case about the continued roll-out of Xbox One details.

PS4 games were at the center of Sony's reveal event, but its other entertainment features are still largely unexplored. We'll see how Sony and Microsoft wrangle consumer expectations for their respective consoles very soon.

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37 comments

  • Redeater - June 2, 2013 11:33 p.m.

    I'm calling it. Microsoft will have the worst presentation of E3. I have been a huge Xbox fan for the last two generations but by God is it going to be great to feel the warm embrace of Sony or Nintendo again. My computer (which is hooked up to the same tv as my consoles) already does EVERYTHING the Xbone does......but faster and with 100% less bullshit microsoft ads. Plus, I don't have to have Kinect watch me which is a huge creepy factor for me. Seriously......why DOES that thing have to be on 100% of the time in order for it to work....and why the fuck are people not more concerned about that?
  • ZeeCaptain - June 2, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    Probably because american society is used to the threat of constant surveillance, I mean I remember when the whole Furby fiasco happened back in 1999, they were banned from all intelligence agencies due to the fact they had a chip that could repeat what they have heard. I always thought that it was a joke until I left my Furby in my dad's office and it came back saying some disturbing things ;P
  • ZeeCaptain - June 1, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    No that's not fucking fare, you can't just declare a dumb idea and have a smug look of satisfaction like your the dam president of the universe and then the slightest tinge of consumer dissatisfaction you just shove it under the rug. You revealed the TV function, you were proud of the TV function, now you better own up to the bloody TV function, hell if you do, and it's good, maybe people will come around and forget that you haven't said a dam thing about video games since you announced the console, the console used to play video games.
  • Jacko415 - June 1, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    It's E3 dude. It's about games. So they are showing games. But to address what you said ("you haven't said a dam thing about video games since you announced the console, the console used to play video games") Their console isn't just about games anymore. That's why the reveal was targeted at a wider audience. And they have talked about video games since the reveal, they just weren't what you wanted to hear. And furthermore, they haven't shown enough about the TV function for you to declare it a dumb idea right off the bat. stop being butthurt.
  • BladedFalcon - June 1, 2013 6:29 p.m.

    Psh, you've obviously haven't watched previous MS E3 conferences before, then. It's never just about games for Microsoft, a quick look and their two past e3 presentations should be more than enough evidence for you. And like I said before, E3 conferences are sadly as game focused as they should be, this includes Sony and Nintendo as well. Often, the 2+ hour long presentations meander with either minute long rants made of buzzwords and sales figures, and the actual amount of time spent talking about games ends up being 30 minutes at best. Can't see how that'll change in this E3
  • Jacko415 - June 1, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    No i do not watch them, i just wait here on GR and see what games were announced and whats going on with the hardware lol. Nothing else really needed.
  • BladedFalcon - June 1, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    That's a fair enough way to look at things, I suppose. Just remember that while it's true that the Xbone isn't just about games anymore, nor is the PS4 for that matter, but the key difference is how each company has gone about it so far. Sony has at least put a very nice facade in saying that the PS4 is aimed at gamers first and foremost, and what they've shown so far is somewhat resonant with that message. MS on the other hand, took the complete opposite route, leaving gaming as a afterthought so far. So you can't really blame gamers for being offended at that. And yes, a lot of people are banking on the E3 presentation to be MS's redeeming point, but until then, not a single facet of their approach has been at all friendly to the gaming community. And the community as a whole has every right to voice displeasure at that.
  • avantguardian - June 2, 2013 12:55 a.m.

    you said it yourself. a 'facade'. that's all i see. they're all vying for that precious space in our living rooms (sony's focus back when the ps3 was announced), and we still don't know a lot about the ps4 and its policies. until it's made clear that sony and microsoft are, in fact, going in different directions, i won't believe a single veiled word they have to say. microsoft's past couple of conferences at e3 have been underwhelming, to say the least. that coupled with the seemingly universal ire they conjured up over the last couple of months gives this e3 more of a feeling of 'damage control' than anything else. hence, the purported focus on games.
  • BladedFalcon - June 2, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Yuuup, which is why, if you noticed, I've never said I'm all in favor of the PS4 just yet. I just pointed out the contrast and difference in the message, and how even though we still don't know nearly enough of each machine, people are reacting more favorably to Sony because they at least seem to be showing an interest to gamers, or at least make the effort of sweet talking to us that MS has not done at all. And well, yes, like you said, MS's conferences in the past years have been pretty lackluster, which is why, even though they are promising games games and just games, I remain pretty skeptical about it.
  • ZeeCaptain - June 2, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    I admit i'm being prejudiced against non-gamers, but is it wrong to say "we don't like you'r kind around here"? I mean if the industry that was specifically catering to gamers starts to multi-task to appease a larger audience, all their doing is taking away resources that should be used to better the gaming, on things like TV, Social Media, and Casual gaming. Two of the three things are valid enough not to have to argue against, now I know i'll earn some hate for trying to separate myself from the casual audience, but truly they have no business on the console. A casual game say like Peagle, Angry Birds, and Cut the rope, are all fine games, but there games you play when your away from serious things like home, and a console, or maybe just because that's as serious as you want to treat your gaming, but to put these on the consoles and make them a reason for the casual gamers to buy them is silly, no one wants to sit around on a console with a large controller when most of these gamers were built for touch screen and apple products. As for the TV functionality of the XBONE, I stated that if they own up to it and show it's functionality, there is a possibility it won't be a dumb idea, sure I want to know about games, but so far all MS has done is shown gimmicky functions that the console can do, and now they're just trying to hide that behind a curtain of games. Also I'm not being butt-hurt, but I would have been if you pointed out that I spelled "fair" wrong lol.
  • Meleedragon27 - June 1, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    I'm still skeptical. If Microsoft truly wants to win me over, then their press conference is going to have to be the biggest, bestest, most pro-gamer conference ever. Given past E3 press conferences, I don't see that happening. But maybe MS can pull through and prove me wrong. Key word there being "maybe."
  • Danomeon - June 1, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    This is my opinion as well. I have extreme skepticism of microsoft at the moment. After the second half of last generation featuring a butchered kinect version of fable, small children playing on stage with tiger cubs, too many kinect minigame compilations to count, and the public milking of the Halo and Gears of War Franchises far beyond their original trilogies, Microsoft if REALLY going to need to work hard to regain my trust. Here's what I need at E3 from them: 1: I want them to prove to me that their decision to make our first impression of the console one of television shows and sporting partnerships was merely getting the featureset of the xbox one explained so that they could move on to showcasing videogames. Right now, I believe that choosing to let us see the xbox one as a multimedia device first communicates that tehy put multimedia before video gaming. I want them to prove me wrong. 2: I want them to put their money where their mouth is and tell us exactly about these new IPs and returning exclusives. Show me that they aren't nkinect collections: Give me raw gaemplay footage of some new IP's. Show me something new: if all I see is halo, gears of war, and fable at this conference I'm giong to be worried that this will be a repeat of the last console generation. 3: Show a clear dedication to filling up their console with more than just shooters. Sony showing Knack and The Witness alongside shooting games like Killzone implied that their library variety will be nice, and microsoft needs to match that. I would urge Microsoft to look at the time period in which the 360 started selling out in Japan because they nabbed Tales of Vesperia as a timed exclusive. Catering to gaming audiences other than first person shooter fans pays off, and it shows a dedication to gaming as a whole, not just what is currently in fashion. 4: Cliffy B. has packed up and left Epic studios, Peter Molyneux is no longer putting his ambition into new Fable Games, and Bungie is developing exclusive content for the playstation 4. Meanwhile, Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch are filling sony's gaming library with stuff like Infamous: Second Son and The Last of Us. Microsoft needs to show that they have the first party power to compensate for their losses. What key development studios and personalities does Microsoft have that can one-up Sony's exclusives lineup? 5: Be EXTREMELY CLEAR on all of the nasty rumors surfacing about the xbox one. When does it have to be online, and what happens if it is not online for that period? How exactly will used games be handled on the xbox one? What will the xbox live subscription fee be? Some of these questions may have been answered post-conference, but they need to put these answers to frequently asked questions on a pedestal. 6: Don't pamper us with excessively showy trailers displaying little to no gameplay footage like the Call of Duty and Forza "trailers" we saw at the xbox one reveal. Show us RAW, unedited gameplay footage. Basically, Microsoft needs to bring the thunder to E3. They need to win back the trust of gamers that they lost with such a television-heavyb reveal, and they are going to need to do it with strength. This also means that the ball is in sony's court to deliver a finishing blow to the xbox one and get their console an immediate leg up over the competition. If they do what I have specified above in their press conference and microsoft fails to do this, they may be seeing some pretty heavy profits. I want to like tyhe xbox one AND the PS4, and I want reason to own them both. Please don't dissapoint me, E3!
  • Rowdie - June 1, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    So they tell you upfront it's a two part show and the first part is going to be about the platform and the second part, that takes place at a video game convention, is about the games. Then they show you the platform first and that makes you skeptical about the second part being about games. It seems like skepticism is the opposite of the feeling you should have right now.
  • AllusiveTurtle - June 1, 2013 3:46 a.m.

    The Reveal for the One was a shambles; firstly, MS may well have been aiming for a mainstream audience, but the vast majority of those that watched were (disappointed!) gamers and the media, not the general public that they were aiming for. Secondly, the presentation was very American centric and so much of the Reveal meant little to anyone outside of the US as they would not benefit from what was being shown. Having failed to answer many of the significant concerns of those gamers that have made the brand successful in the first place, MS have now had to openly state that E3 will be about games(!) The Reveal has been somewhat of a PR failure because MS having caused a furore have failed to quell the fears, and it is just possible that a handful of exclusives (of which the PS4 will have just as many) may not be enough to quieten the rumblings of discontent.
  • Rowdie - June 1, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    No one is forcing you to use any of the other features. You don't have to watch one tv show, not one bluray, not one ESPN event. You can just play games. In fact they have more games under development than they've ever had before, but you're pissed about that for some reason. Some how more games being developed than ever in the history of MS studios is ignoring gamers. What looks to be the greatest gaming controller ever, is ignoring gamers. A billion dollars to get you exclusive content outside of the games they're developing is ignoring gamers? Hey, I'm all for being pissed, but if you're going to get your panties in a wad do it over something that's real, like both companies going for a single chip solution. This apu crap is bunk. Talk about transistors all you want, fact of the matter is we should be looking at twice what is actually in the boxes. If you want to be pissed about something taking resources away from the gaming side of things be pissed at bluray drives. Not one penny from bluray movies adds to the life time value of the platform to the platform manufacturer. At least it can be argued that the addition of all the other functions of the devices are possible revenue generators and thus added to that life time value. The fact they'll sell a lot of kinect games, like kinect sports and Dance Central, means they can offset the expense of the kinect. The bluray drive? Nope. It's just an anchor.
  • BladedFalcon - June 1, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    "In fact they have more games under development than they've ever had before" You talk about that as if it was a fact, and it isn't. It's easy to say, "oh, we have 15 exclusives being developed right now!" and show no evidence about it, but it doesn't become a proven fact until you actually SHOW what those 15 properties are. Yes, the main assumption is that MS will do just that on E3, but until then, you can't really blame gamers for getting angry at Microsoft because their whole push so far has been very gamer-unfriendly. Two part plan or not.
  • Frieza - May 31, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    Let's see if these chumps can win our favor back with their conference. They'll need to show some of the best looking exclusives the video game industry has ever seen if they want to top Sony. Which I'll doubt they'll do, since the hardcore gamer audience isn't their focus anymore. Their show will mostly be about Kinect 2, and how it actually works this time. It doesn't really matter to me though. I'll never touch an Xbox One as long as you have to pay $60 a year to play online, as well as all the other bullshit Microsoft thinks they can get away with.

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