How Xbox Had the Best Showcase, But Still Lost E3

How Xbox Had the Best Showcase, But Still Lost E3

Many would say I’m bias. Many would be right. I’ve been a PlayStation supporter my whole life and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. And for the past few E3’s Sony has been crushing it, and most would agree. However this year…this year is a bit different. Now in terms of game announcements, Xbox clearly had more. In terms of growth, Xbox has seemingly turned everything around and is giving us gamers what we want. In terms of format, Xbox had a great beginning to end experience. So how did they lose? What could they have done more? In short, nothing.

Xbox came out and had a perfect performance and showcase, yet a decision they made a few years back is costing them now. Xbox on Windows 10. They have no exclusives, no reason to buy the actual Xbox One console. This has been a fear of Xbox gamers and why the industry was confused by this decision when it was made a few years back.

Consoles live and die on exclusives. Why you would want this box over that box, and with Xbox on Windows you lose all incentive. This is how PlayStation won E3. Sony had a bizarre idea with its attendees, to move from a small theater where they showed some incredible gameplay to The Last of Us Part II, to the main theater where they showed the rest of the conference. They had to throw the streaming audience into an intermission while the crowd went from one theater to the other. They only announced five new games. They showed us a new trailer for CoD, Destiny, Kingdom Hearts, and showed us deep dives into the next four big exclusives; The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, and Spider-Man. And even now, fans are losing their minds over the fact you can’t sign into your epic account on Switch for Fortnite if you have it tied to PlayStation (this will change with negative publicity Sony is getting because of it). All of these things should have been working against them, however they won. How? Their exclusives can only be played on PlayStation. You need to have this box to play these games.

Xbox ended their show teasing the next Xbox. This is not a hype move, even though it’s very exciting. It’s a surrender. Xbox made a big splash, they got games on their stage that no one expected, and have been killing it with services for the fans. However with them saying they are working on the next Xbox says one thing, “We lost this gen, we will use this momentum to succeed with the next console”. Honestly it’s the best move for them. Sony was in this situation last gen with PS3 and it paid off with PS4, so it’s only logical that history will repeat itself for Microsoft’s favor. Only time will tell, but in the meantime who do you think won E3? Someone else, or no one? For all things E3 stick to Mammoth Gamers!

Mark Kriska

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.