Poll: Who had the better E3 keynote, Microsoft or Sony?

Both Microsoft and Sony have now executed their E3 2014 keynote but we are curious what you, our dear readers, think about both press events. Microsoft's strategy was all about games, games, and more games and only a small bit of content for the Kinect. Sony pushed games heavily as well but showed off new hardware in the form of a white PS4 and a new streaming box that will start at $99.

Microsoft played its press event much more conservatively than last year and Sony continued its aggressive push to sell more consoles. Ultimately, the consumer wins as they have two great choices for next gen hardware, the PS4 and the Xbox One. While the Wii U is considered next gen hardware, it has been struggling to compete against the others in the market.

So, from your perspective, who had the better show? Cast a vote in the poll below and head to the comments to tell us why you voted they way you did.

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Who had the better E3 keynote?

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I'd say MS won this one, but that's not even really saying much this year. Both Sony and MS were pretty underwhelming. I was expecting to see some bigger surprises than what was shown, nothing really impressed me too much. OH, where the hell was D4? We saw like what, 20 seconds of it last year? and it's been dead in the wind ever since.

Jaybonaut said,
Sony: Check out all our TV stuff!

MS: Games Games Games!

I thought it was interesting how Sony downplayed the XB1 last year saying that MS is not focusing on the core gamer and that they were going back to the basic and focusing on the games again with the PS4 and then they broke out a bunch of TV stuff a year later. The funny thing is that their fans agreed with them last year, and agree with them going TV this year.

Gotta hand it to Sony, they really know how to play their fans like a fiddle. MS does it, it's back tracking, Sony does it, it genius.

Honestly Nintendo is missing a window of opportunity here. A window to be back on top or close. I thibk both the PS4 and XBox One are kinda weak. If Nintendo would already be working on a new console with updated hardware for fall 2016 they would have a winner in hands.

Kind of a "meh" for both to be honest. Voted for MS just because they seemed to have listed to their fans more and delivered on what they wanted, learned lessons and all that.

Both MS and Sony played it safe... That can't be denied...
E3 2014, a 50/50 split between the 2

I personally loved MS 2013 reveal & E3, more than their showing this E3.
I'm all for chances (If the chance being taken, is going to be supported in the long haul)

Not voting because it seem the same from last year no big announcements except Mortal Kombat X and Battlefield Hardline which as leaked. Other than that both xbox and PS had nothing new other than indie games.

If we're talking about which one excited me more, then they were both equally dull. MS seemed to have more polish to their announcements though so they got my vote.

Below, Inside, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Master Chief Collection - Microsoft won me with the exclusives this year.

Really have to give props to Sony though, the latest trailer for The Order 1886 was amazing and got me interested in the game again. No Man's Sky also looks absolutely gorgeous.

I gotta give it to Microsoft by a mile. Even if you didn't like Microsoft's games/announcements, the actual presentation was far superior. Microsoft was streamlined, focused, highlighted the games and made sure presentations were quick and to the point. It all had a great flow and was entertaining from beginning to the end.

Sony was nearly the complete opposite. Presenters rambled, game announcements were sandwiched between TV shows and accessories, nothing really flowed together and ultimately the Sony conference felt like it dragged on forever. It was laughably bad by the end.

To be honest, both were weak. They didn't introduce any new 3-D World IP (I was expecting Quantum Break and some more from Sony).

Jose_49 said,
To be honest, both were weak. They didn't introduce any new 3-D World IP (I was expecting Quantum Break and some more from Sony).

We already knew that they wouldn't show QB at E3, it's going to be shown at Gamescom, and who knows what else. But I agree, no new big IP unless you're a big fan of the titles they're bringing back like Crackdown etc.

No Man's Sky doesn't count? Planet to planet travel, being able to get out of a ship and walk them even? Not sure how much more 3D you can get...

dead.cell said,
No Man's Sky doesn't count? Planet to planet travel, being able to get out of a ship and walk them even? Not sure how much more 3D you can get...

That was one of the games that got peoples attention but if we're talking Sony vs MS only here then that doesn't count, it's multiplatform from what I remember.

Exactly. It's not that the whole E3 was weak, there were some games that caught my attention. It's just that in general, we didn't see this "Ace" card that other companies have played.

George P said,
That was one of the games that got peoples attention but if we're talking Sony vs MS only here then that doesn't count, it's multiplatform from what I remember.

My bad. I guess I don't care about company flags like others. I was just interested in the games themselves...

dead.cell said,

My bad. I guess I don't care about company flags like others. I was just interested in the games themselves...

That's how it should be, but when the topic is comparing one vs the other then you can only break it down by exclusives really. *shrug*

George P said,
That's how it should be, but when the topic is comparing one vs the other then you can only break it down by exclusives really. *shrug*

My dad is better than your dad basically. :laugh:

No real big name surprise hits this time around, I'd say MS and Sony fell close depending on what games you liked the most. Overall E3 has been average this year I'd say.

Yep even the 3rd party was weak. Nothing reallu wowed me. Some nice sequels incoming no doubt about it but nothing really groundbreaking.

LaP said,
Yep even the 3rd party was weak. Nothing reallu wowed me. Some nice sequels incoming no doubt about it but nothing really groundbreaking.

Yeah, there's good stuff there but nothing stole the show like last year IMO. I guess because last year we had the new systems and so on so that's expected but it's not like I'm saying they're bad just expected and more of the same.

They could be holding back for Gamescom and TGS though, at least I have a feeling MS is from how Phil was talking. Either way, the real good stuff is in 2015 so no rush to spend $400 on a new system personally.

George P said,

Gamescom and TGS though,.

Yeah specially games targeting the japenese market first. We could see more of Konami, Capcom, Square-Enix, etc ... at the TGS no doubt about it. E3 is still big but it's not what it used to be. Gotta save some content for other shows later this year.

Also we blame companies to announce games too fast with cgi video and then delay over and over but then when they show nothing new we complain about it. Lot of games got delayed and obviously the new big stuff wont come before winter 2015 or spring 2016. Long way to go but there's some interesting stuff in between. Spring 2014 might be a little bit too soon to make a move some companies might want to wait Gamescom and have a more playable game to show.

MS and Sony showed Halo 5 and Uncharted 4 cause they did not have a choice but obviously both games are still far from done and what we saw was nothing exciting.

I think Sony had the better keynote. I liked the diversity of their games better than Microsoft's. Sony had more and better exclusives, but I disliked the way they portrayed several cross platform games as if they were exclusives. Keep E3 about the Games, but MS's conference felt like all of the games were just upgraded versions of what already exists. There was nothing really new or innovative.

I still think MS needs a Kinect developers conference where they can showcase all of the interesting research and apps that could come to both Windows and Xbox One.

Sony had the best keynote because the highlight of it wasn't the remasters of 5-10 year old games. I don't care how good Halo is, I want to see new original games. Sony barely spent any time on it's remastered announcements (The Last of Us, Grim Fandango, GTA V) and I felt they came out stronger.

uxo22 said,

Stopped reading your comment right after that.

Yeah, basically that post came out as "Sony rulez MDollar sux"

I think they were both kinda weak. I would say it was 50-50. Sony should have cut the movie and TV serie from their show.

Next gen? That won't start until the next gen machines are announced, which could be several years away.

myxomatosis said,

No it doesn't, it was just some idiot who shouldn't be taking the spot of someone who actually cares about consoles and couldn't attend.

I watched both Keynotes and think they were pretty much the same. Nothing amazing on both keynotes, plus most of the games were multi platform anyway.