Yesterday Microsoft held their annual press conference for E3 2010 and, just like last year, once again failed to amaze. The conference lasted for a little over an hour, and other than a sleeker new Xbox, and a highlight on Kinect nothing new was presented. Microsoft's poor turnout leaves gamers all over the world wondering "is that all you've got?"
A new Xbox 360 design is definitely newsworthy, but is it enough to last for an entire year? Sure, it looks much more PC-like, and gets away from the "child's toy" appearance the current gene 360 has, but beyond there just aren't enough features to warrant any existing 360 owners to trade up. Microsoft has spent the last 4 years boasting that the Xbox 360 is killing in sales. Wouldn't that mean that by now anyone who wanted a 360 would already have one?
So then why would someone spend their hard earned money to purchase a system that's only new features besides the new look are an internal wireless card, more storage, and a usb port specifically built for Kinect. I for one will not be buying this new system, and I honestly doubt any current 360 owners will either.
MS' next big "announcement" was their Kinect hardware and a few games for it. I'm not sure if it's the system or the software but the Kinect presentation was overall very underwhelming. The thought of swinging my arm and having a digital lightsaber cutting up stormtroopers sounds appealing, but after investigating further, it seems that the game isn't going to be as good as I'd hoped.
But even if one of the 15 launch games did interest me, I don't think I'm going to be willing to spend $150 on a fancy camera that will undoubtedly just end up collecting dust along with my Playstation Eye, Scene It Controllers, Ferrari Racing Wheel, or any of the Wii accessories I'd been tricked into purchasing.
And can someone please tell me why the Kinect games are coming in a light purple case? Does MS think that Kinect owners are moonlighting as pimps when they're not playing?