Edge Online had a chance to speak with Microsoft executives about their disappointing performance at E3 as well as their policy changes. Microsoft's corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business, Phil Harrison believes that they were simply looking too far ahead stating:
“I think when you create a vision of the future, you paint the vision of the future that you are most excited about But we got clear feedback that some of the things we were proposing were perhaps a little too far into the future. So we changed. We took feedback from the community; we changed our plans. We think that’s a good thing.”
Harrison believes they have overcome their consumers initial disappointment. He also says that Microsoft is confident in the knowledge that they are winning the games war. “We had over 100 awards coming out of E3 for games on our platform. That is more than twice as many awards as any other platform. So the media recognised our games on Xbox One as being the best lineup – including Titanfall, which is the most awarded game in the history of E3, coming to Xbox One and to Xbox 360.”
Microsoft has confirmed 23 titles will be available at launch while PlayStation has guaranteed 33 titles by the end of the year. So there will be no shortage of games this holiday season. In short, Microsoft believes they are no longer in danger and have emerged stronger. They will explain in further detail in the next issue of Edge Magazine, which will be available September 26 2013.