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Published on June 24th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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Can Microsoft take E3? E3 Judges weigh the chances.

Michael Pachter, Shane Satterfield, N’Gai Croal and Billy Berghammer got together with GameTrailers.com and discussed Microsoft’s chances of taking E3.

It’s pretty intriguing, so have a look!

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There are some very valid points made there, especially with the 360’s mass of shooters in comparison to the rest of the genres. Also, though, there are a lot of things that I don’t necessarily agree with.

It seems like the interview steered more toward a Wii vs everything else debate, which is valid considering the Wii’s controls, but they still haven’t touched the most important reason behind the systems sales numbers: Price.

When you look at the sales of the consoles, the system that sells the most (Wii) is also the cheapest at $250. Middle ground is covered by the 360 at $300-400, and the PS3 sells the least but is the most expensive selling at $600. Of course the Wii is going to grab the more casual gamers due to it’s controls, but the primary reason for the systems not selling up to the numbers they could lies directly on the pricing.

N’Gai Croal brings good points to the table pointing out that Sony has first party companies that have experience since the original Playstation but at the same time, if the system doesn’t drop in price you won’t find many gamers with PS3s to buy those games. The best point overall, in my opinion, is that Microsoft needs to serve up more first-party games from other genres that don’t contain “shooter” in their description.

Personally, I see a ray of light in exclusives like Mass Effect, Alan Wake, Banjo Kazooie, BioShock, Blue Dragon, Fable 2, and many other titles that don’t necessarily fit into the shooter category that might bring the 360 a bit more sales.

A price drop wouldn’t hurt either, but that’s likely going to happen when Sony drops prices. Considering that might happen this fall – or even at E3 if they want to drive sales out of the sub-100k a month it’s been doing currently – the console races are definitely heating up!

If you’ve read my breakdown this far, leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are. If I’ll do this more often with the Bonus Round segments and maybe even start writing editorials on the subject myself.


About the Author

Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at GAMINGtruth.com, streaming at http://www.twitch.tv/deejayknight and teaching.



  • Double D

    I enjoyed watching that piece. I also think the problem with the 360 is that it does have a lot of shooters compared to rest. They still need more rpgs and non-shooters game first or third. But I think titles you listed above Microsoft should be good and their E3 should be fine but I don’t think they will steal the show.

    It did turn about into Wii versus the world thing because of how well it sold and companies are just jumping on the bandwagon. I’m not really excited about their E3 because other then a couple of first-party stuff there hasn’t been much to look forward so I think their E3 is going to have to WOW people which I don’t think thats going to happen.

    As for Sony I think they have the most to lose or gain given their situation. Killzone 2 going to have to be out of this world because people are waiting to see if this matches that E3 trailer or, just maybe look better and they need a price drop, no questions about it. Like N’Gai Croal said they have the first-party down right. They don’t have as much third-party like they used too but I think Sony has a good balance of games that cater to all users but that price needs to drop I can’t stress that enough.

    Like DJ said, price is the key factor to everything. PS3 needs to drop now, 360 is fine but if the PS3 drops so will they and Wii cheap enough already.

  • Double D

    I enjoyed watching that piece. I also think the problem with the 360 is that it does have a lot of shooters compared to rest. They still need more rpgs and non-shooters game first or third. But I think titles you listed above Microsoft should be good and their E3 should be fine but I don’t think they will steal the show.

    It did turn about into Wii versus the world thing because of how well it sold and companies are just jumping on the bandwagon. I’m not really excited about their E3 because other then a couple of first-party stuff there hasn’t been much to look forward so I think their E3 is going to have to WOW people which I don’t think thats going to happen.

    As for Sony I think they have the most to lose or gain given their situation. Killzone 2 going to have to be out of this world because people are waiting to see if this matches that E3 trailer or, just maybe look better and they need a price drop, no questions about it. Like N’Gai Croal said they have the first-party down right. They don’t have as much third-party like they used too but I think Sony has a good balance of games that cater to all users but that price needs to drop I can’t stress that enough.

    Like DJ said, price is the key factor to everything. PS3 needs to drop now, 360 is fine but if the PS3 drops so will they and Wii cheap enough already.

  • http://wednesdayreview.wordpress.com treKs

    i feel like the 360 has a huge expectation as far as what people are going to be looking for in games. We already know it is going to be dropping huge titles, no doubt. but i think that what lies in the future for 360 is simply this = MORE INNOVATION, you look at what they currently have and its the same stuff, just revamped with different characters….the reason it sells so well is because of the immersive storylines and characters that you can connect with.

    I think that if the 360 lead in the price drop market….which it should…its been out longer…dropping the premium to the core price, and putting elite to premium price would be a brilliant decision. one that i would really hope to see. and they may as well get rid of the core system because everyone know that if you’re going to be playing a 360…your going to get arcade games, demos, movies, and other stuff. and if your going to store it….guess what your going to need….a hard drive. lol

    the way i see it…if microsoft can rid themselves of the core system that will allow for games to actually allocate things onto the hard drive if the owner allows for it. that way there can be a whole new realm of gameplay for the 360…thats partially why the ps3 can perform so well…because they know everyone that owns a ps3 has the internal hard drive.

    i guess im just rambling but damnit microsoft….just rid yourselves of the core system and bring in a new era of 360. please?

    ps dj – ur added to the Wednesday Reviews links 😉

  • http://wednesdayreview.wordpress.com treKs

    i feel like the 360 has a huge expectation as far as what people are going to be looking for in games. We already know it is going to be dropping huge titles, no doubt. but i think that what lies in the future for 360 is simply this = MORE INNOVATION, you look at what they currently have and its the same stuff, just revamped with different characters….the reason it sells so well is because of the immersive storylines and characters that you can connect with.

    I think that if the 360 lead in the price drop market….which it should…its been out longer…dropping the premium to the core price, and putting elite to premium price would be a brilliant decision. one that i would really hope to see. and they may as well get rid of the core system because everyone know that if you’re going to be playing a 360…your going to get arcade games, demos, movies, and other stuff. and if your going to store it….guess what your going to need….a hard drive. lol

    the way i see it…if microsoft can rid themselves of the core system that will allow for games to actually allocate things onto the hard drive if the owner allows for it. that way there can be a whole new realm of gameplay for the 360…thats partially why the ps3 can perform so well…because they know everyone that owns a ps3 has the internal hard drive.

    i guess im just rambling but damnit microsoft….just rid yourselves of the core system and bring in a new era of 360. please?

    ps dj – ur added to the Wednesday Reviews links 😉

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