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Well Microsoft sure has been busy haven’t they. For those of you who weren’t paying attention today or actually doing something productive with your day, Microsoft just dropped a massive fucking bomb all over the internet 27 days before their own E3 Conference. The announcement basically fixed the last of their E3 fuck ups from last year by offering a new kinect-less version of the Xbox One on June 9, with a kinect stand alone coming in the fall, and with the launch of games with gold for xbox one users on top of what we already get on the 360, with a grand total of five games coming between them both next month! And as if that wasn’t enough they also announced that Xbox live gold is no longer needed for apps like HBO Go, Twitch tv, and most importantly Netflix. Holy shit.
Why is this such a big deal you may be asking, I’ll tell you why. Lets go back a little, I’ll set the scene: June 8th 2013 its the afternoon on a sunny humid Florida and sounds of children playing can be heard from the neighborhood, a wide eyed Evan is hoping Microsoft can redeem themselves after the DRM filled and overall depressing announcement of the Xbox one reveal, is sitting in his living room watching the Microsoft E3 Press conference with his friend and fellow podcast host Peter (shameless plug). Throughout the press conference Evan is saddened by things like kinect integration, stupid looking games (Ryse anyone?), and a ridiculous 499$ price point made him almost get a PS4. Enough of the third person its starting to feel a little weird. Luckily for Microsoft who’s been pretty quick about fixing this mistake in less than a years time, and is finally ready to get back in the fight with sony now after last years ass kicking spectacular.
Now when you put the two consoles together side by side things start to get a little more interesting. Both consoles now are now on even grounds in terms of price which was the biggest challenge Microsoft had to overcome and perhaps Sonys biggest advantage. They both also have similar graphics, features which begs the question: whats the difference between the two then? The answer to that question of course is the main reason why we buy these huge expensive machines in the first place and I’m not talking about Nexflix.
I’m talking about the games of course. Thats right, this years E3 is shaking up to be another violent death match between Sony and Microsoft that will be determined by the games this year and not what extra features and other stupid shit we as gamers could care less about. This E3 is perhaps the most important one yet with both consoles now with both companies ready to show us whats behind those big doors (I hope its a new car). One things for sure this is gonna be a E3 no one should miss. Places your bets now kids (Halo 2 Anniversary pretty please). One bigger question that remains from all of this is “What about the Wii U”? Thats something we’ll talk about later…