Why Microsoft won E3

Microsoft won E3, and is poised to own 2015.

Some of the most interesting conversations post-E3 come out of debating who "won."

There are many factors that decide who had the most successful conference, but based on software, services, and making fans excited to own a console, Microsoft made Sony and Nintendo look bad.


We can all almost unanimously agree that Xbox has better games coming out this year compared to Nintendo and Sony. Sony has incredible games coming next year, but short of their 2016 lineup Sony does not seem to have a killer 1st-party exclusive app for this winter.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is sitting with Halo 5, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza 6, and a timed exclusive in Rise of the Tomb Raider. All of these games come out this year, on top of both Microsoft and Sony getting most big AAA third-party games.

And then there is Nintendo, who do not have much lined up for this year. Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker headline Nintendo's Fall/Winter lineup, but these two games will have a hard time competing since they are attached to the Wii U, which is much less popular than the 3DS.

In terms of games, Microsoft wins. They may not have had the exciting announcements that Sony had. However, judging what is coming this year, Microsoft has a vastly superior lineup this year, but with Sony looking stronger than Microsoft in 2016 with Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, and other potential hits.


Microsoft introduced backwards compatibility, perhaps the biggest announcement in any press conference. This is a huge move in favor for the consumer, who is now offered a console that can play games from two libraries.

Add in the fact that Fallout 4 PC mods will be available on the Xbox One version (with mods on PS4 presumed to come later), and you have some really cool services and features coming to Xbox One.

Sony is certainly playing the long game, introducing phenomenal looking games slated for 2016. That being said, Microsoft is seizing the moment and looks to tighten the console sales gap separating them and their Sony counterpart.


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Published Jun. 16th 2015
  • Matt Amenda
    Featured Contributor
    Bethesda kicked everybody's teeth in, just because of how they handled Doom and Fallout 4. Especially Fallout 4.
  • Michael Slevin
    Bethesda was incredible! Cannot wait for Fallout 4! :D
  • Ford James
    Featured Contributor
    There's a billion and one things wrong with this. The only conferences Microsoft did better than were EA and Nintendo. All the others far surpassed them.

    I'll start with what Microsoft did well:

    Elite Controller - That looks pretty impressive. It does everything a Scuf pad can do and for cheaper, plus it's first party. They get a +1 for that, wasn't expecting it at all.

    Recore - They get another +1 for this. Even though we didn't see too much, I got a Borderlands vibe from it and it looks like it has a lot of potential so I'm looking forward to that, although it hasn't persuaded me to buy an Xbox One so I'll probably just watch an LP.

    Gears 4 - Another Gears title isn't necessary and it is pretty much just another corridor shooter, but I'll admit it looked quite impressive. I was a fan of the older GoW titles and while it's not a huge announcement, anything is better than Judgment.

    That's all that really made me excited. The rest of it was outright bad or at least mediocre. The main mediocre thing that comes to mind is:

    Backwards compatibility - Yeah, it's a cool feature in concept and if they regularly and quickly update it to have a lot more titles it'll be good, but right now it's absolutely barren with worthwhile games. Most of them were Rare titles anyway which is funny seeing as though they just announced the Rare collection. Right now, there's not much to be excited about, but there could be in the future.

    And here's everything else, which was either uninspired or outright bad:

    Halo 5 - I didn't see anything there that was more than a Halo 4 reskin and I've played every single Halo extensively except MCC as I didn't get an Xbox One. 24 player battles? Not impressive whatsoever. Call of Duty has had 18 player matches since CoD4 with Ground War while Halo has had the same in Big Team Battle. Not to mention how many games on PC have had the function for years.

    Forza 6 - Nothing announcement at this point, they completely overdid it with the car lowering down. All that did was evoke sarcastic comments and tweets, literally nobody cares about seeing a car, people want to see games. Plus, even though it was a sarcastic tweet, whoever said 'They could've funded 10 indie studios with the amount it cost to lower that car down' does have a point.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider - I don't think I've been less excited for a game ever. All they showed was uninspired, QTE filled, linear gameplay. I completed the previous one and it was the definition of boring. If they want to go the linear route, they should give it to Telltale or try to emulate their style.Who actually finds it fun to execute QTEs and follow a corridor with invisible walls?

    Fable Legends - Didn't show us anything new whatsoever, all faith in the Fable series has gone after Molyneux cocked up Fable 3. They should've left it dead and buried.

    Ion - No hype for this at all. Dean Hall abandoned his last project shamelessly while it was in a nearly unplayable state. He could redeem himself with this but the chances are slim.

    HoloLens - Boy where do I start? There's not a chance in hell it'll work like the demo showed. It'll be an overpriced gimmick, especially in a game like Minecraft, It honestly looked clunky enough anyway while they were playing, with features that didn't seem useful whatsoever in Minecraft such as the beacon placing. It'll go the same way as Kinect; they'll try to promote it over the next year or two then when nobody is buying it they'll leave it to die.

    Sony outperformed them in nearly every way but I'll leave that for my own article.
  • Dalton White I
    I agree that Microsoft owned on the hardware front, Sony didn't have much to back up on. However when you say that Sony doesn't have a single 1st party exclusive for Winter, you are kinda mistaken: Persona 5, the next game that hundreds of fans have been waiting for has been confirmed at E3 to be coming out in 2015, so likely late 2015. No offense but the Persona series is a renowned series that has hundreds of fans. I'm not saying that Sony beats Microsoft in number of quality games for the winter, but I am clarifying that they have Persona 5 coming out...and it looks amazing.

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