Microsoft to focus on services, not games, at E3

According to Michael Pachter, research analyst at Wedbush Securities, gamers shouldn't expect a lot of gaming-related content from Microsoft at the company's E3 press conference. Instead, Microsoft will focus on services on Xbox Live during their press conference.

In yesterday's episode of Bonus Round on Gametrailers, Pachter stated that that Microsoft invited him to a preview event for content they plan to reveal at E3. "And they told me don't expect a lot of game stuff," Pachter said. "Expect a lot of dashboard, interface, multimedia. So I think you're going to get exactly that." Earlier in the episode, Pachter stated that Microsoft's goal is "to own the living room, not just for gaming, but for everything. So I actually think that's what all the announcements are going to be... is all about multimedia capability, changes to the dashboard, access to new services." 

Former G4 host Adam Sessler agreed with Pachter, saying he expects Microsoft to focus on multimedia capabilities on the Xbox 360. Sessler felt Microsoft may be ignoring the hardcore gamer, and specifically questioned Halo 4's launch date, as it launches just a week before Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Tom Warren of The Verge recently reported that Microsoft will be announcing a Zune replacement service at E3, with a focus on streaming music in a manner similar to Spotify. Microsoft has already stated they will not be discussing the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3. In the same episode of Bonus Round, Pachter stated that he expects a Spring 2014 release for Microsoft's next console. Pachter also stated that he expects Microsoft to sit back and wait for Sony to launch its next console in order to see what Sony's strategy is.

Microsoft is scheduled to host its E3 press conference at 10 a.m. on June 6. It is currently scheduled to be the first press conference at E3.

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We know already the NextBox is going to get DVR capabilities. That's the reason Media Center is being killed in Windows 9 completely.

what said,

Stopped reading there.


If this were more of a prediction, I'd agree with you. But he's saying Microsoft TOLD HIM not to expect many games.

God damn. Enough with the Xbox already, Windows 8 around the corner, MS needs to explain how and if the Store will sell games for PC's with multi-platform support.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
God damn. Enough with the Xbox already, Windows 8 around the corner, MS needs to explain how and if the Store will sell games for PC's with multi-platform support.

They've been hinting about cross-platform abilities with the fact that Xbox Live is now part of Windows 8, I'd have to expect it at this point, but we'll need to see what the SDK brings. At the least we should be able to play the same game either on the PC or Xbox and then save where we're at and pick up the rest on the other system.

GP007 said,

They've been hinting about cross-platform abilities with the fact that Xbox Live is now part of Windows 8, I'd have to expect it at this point, but we'll need to see what the SDK brings. At the least we should be able to play the same game either on the PC or Xbox and then save where we're at and pick up the rest on the other system.

I think companies like Activision, EA, THQ etc really don't like the idea, then the game prices would go up a lot since instead of 2 copies (1 for PC and 1 for Xbox) they'll sell only 1...

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

I think companies like Activision, EA, THQ etc really don't like the idea, then the game prices would go up a lot since instead of 2 copies (1 for PC and 1 for Xbox) they'll sell only 1...

They wouldn't be though, it'd still be two copies but you'd be able to move between the PC and Xbox version like it's one copy since your save data would be synced between the two etc.

GP007 said,

They wouldn't be though, it'd still be two copies but you'd be able to move between the PC and Xbox version like it's one copy since your save data would be synced between the two etc.

Imho that would be a bit..redundant