Personally speaking, the pre-E3 Xbox One reveal was quite a let down. It's incredibly clear they weren't addressing gamers with that event. If you're an NFL fan who watches a lot of TV, adores sports, and is hungry for Call of Duty, maybe you had some buttons pushed there. For the rest of us, there was nothing much to talk about aside from collective head-scratching over the direction chosen for the reveal conference.
Their choice to promote TV and EA above and beyond everything else they could have shown off is incredibly disturbingI've no doubt Xbox One has developers on board and games lined up, but their choice to promote TV and EA above and beyond everything else they could have shown off is, frankly, incredibly disturbing to me as a "core" gamer, as we've come to be known. EA, which has been named "Worst Company in America" two years in a row, makes for a strange hand to be so publicly shaking, seemingly all the while beaming with pride. Along with the rumblings since the event of used games sales being heavily under Microsoft's thumb, indies not being able to self-publish, and so much more... any gamer should be concerned about this direction.
Sony and their Playstation 4 has been playing quite a different tune, featuring gamers and developers first and foremost.Will I boycott the Xbox One? No, I generally don't believe in such tactics. If there games are there, they'll have me as a customer like any other, just maybe not right away. It just seems to be clear at this point that I am not the primary audience, or at least not that of the marketing branch in control so far. Sony and their Playstation 4 has been playing quite a different tune, featuring gamers and developers first and foremost. They've shown a range of titles from fun and creative like Knack and the Media Molecule demos to core titles like Killzone and Infamous. It remains to be seen how the pricing will shake out, but all things being equal, so far my money's on the PS4 as being my entrance to the new 'next-gen' of gaming.