Sony Ditches E3 Again, Microsoft Still Attending

Microsoft and Sony are both releasing new consoles this year. One would think that means both are going to go head to in at E3 2020. Well, you would be wrong. Sony, for the second year in a row, is passing on E3.

Sony confirmed with GameIndustry.biz that E3 is simply not their jam.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020… We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.

“We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”

GamesIndustry.biz

Following this news, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer took to Twitter, to confirm that Microsoft is still attending.

The ESA, which organizes E3, posted their tepid response to Sony’s announcement on their website.

“E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”

TheESA.com

E3 has been on a slow decline for years as the annual gaming trade show simply does not have the same allure to the big gaming companies. The big publishers and console makers have been dropping the show in favor of their own events for years.

Take a Look at the Xbox Series X Backside, If That’s Your Thing

You probably heard about AMD’s big fuck up at CES early in the week when they showed an inaccurate render of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Someone surely donned ribbons of shame for that. Here’s a refresher in case you missed it:

Embarrassing SNAFU, Thurrott.com was apparently able to get the scoop on what actual ports will be on the Series X posterior.

Above are two high speed USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI, optical audio, and a power input. There’s also an additional port that may be used for debugging, or maybe for some super double secret peripheral?

I really hope Microsoft releases more stuff soon, because we’re being reduced to talking about ports.

Ribbons of Shame

[Source: Thurrott.com]

Phil Spencer Throws Water on the Concept of a Streaming Only Xbox – For Now

There has been a lot of speculation of what Microsoft has in store for the next generation. There’s rumors of multiple SKUs, with varying specs. There was even rumors of a streaming only next-gen Xbox powered by xCloud.

Well folks, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, there will be one SKU. In an interview with Gamespot, Spencer has confirmed that the team is “not working on a streaming-only console right now…”

Spencer goes on to state that the team is looking to focus on xCloud as a gaming option on as many devices as possible.

“We have more compute devices around us than we’ve ever had, whether it’s your phone, a Surface Hub or an Xbox… The world where compute devices are gone and it’s all coming from the cloud just isn’t the world that we live in today.”

Gamespot

It’s all about giving you options apparently, for Microsoft. Game at home on a powerful console, or on the road via your phone or tablet, It’s an interesting plan, if Microsoft can deliver.

[Source: Gamespot]

Xbox Sales Are Down 48%—Mass Hysteria Ensues

Microsoft had a recent investor call and the news was not so rosy on the gaming front.

Gaming revenue declined 10% (down 8% in constant currency) with Xbox software and services revenue down 3% (down 1% in constant currency)

Microsoft

Of course, this pales in comparison to the below:

Source: Microsoft (Hey Xbox Live users grew!)

Shit balls that is bad. Of course, the Sony fanboys are gloating and Xbox fanboys are making excuses.

As always, it’s something in the middle. The Xbox One has always struggled against the PS4 since Don Mattrick shit the bed at launch. However, Phil Spencer has turned things around, setting up the next generation.

Speaking of next-gen, Microsoft has whipped their dick out and pretty much revealed what is in the works, so a decline in current hardware sales is to be expected.

Microsoft is also shifting their approach, to be more services centric, than hardware first, even though they claim that the Xbox Scarlett will be a force to be reckoned with. Microsoft is concentrating on multiple fronts, hedging their bets on what the future of gaming will be.

With that said, holy shit, a 48% drop is HUUUUUUGE. Hope Spencer and company have plan in place, because they have their work cut out for them.

[Source: Microsoft]

Rumor: Microsoft May Still Be Developing a Streaming Only Mini Console Stadia Killer

At one time, not too long ago, rumor had it that Microsoft had multiple next-gen consoles. There was a high powered top tier console, which is now known as Xbox Scarlett, a mid-tier, and perhaps a streaming only entry.

The mid-tier version was scrapped, but if rumor has it, a cheap, streaming only, powered by xCloud mini Xbox may still be in the works. This console is intended to be a “Stadia Killer.”

Brad Sims, a contributor at Thurrott.com and industry insider posted the YouTube video below claiming that reliable sources indicate that an answer to Stadia is still in the works by Microsoft.

That is some juicy fucking dirt friends. Can be total bullshit, but I love the rumors and speculation leading up to a new console generation.

I’m personally looking forward to Google, Microsoft, and Sony, three heavyweights if you will, throwing haymakers at each other.

Competition is good for gamers.

[Source: Youtube]