E3 and the future

I (eventually) watched the E3 Microsoft and Sony broadcasts.

I’m sure you’ve read about it already, much as I had before watching it.

Here are some thoughts.

Wasn’t it nice to see Sony’s announcements get more cheers and positive reactions for its policy on used games and internet connectivity than it did for also undercutting the price of the XBox One? It gladdens the heart that it seems that consumer’s rights are more important to people than raw price and Microsoft’s rather out-of-date attitude to used games bite them in the butt. After all, even EA have recently put an end to their Online Passes.

A few have complained about the DRM on the Playstation 4, and DRM is always a valid concern, but not from the people who compare it unfavourably to the XBox 360, which has more restrictive DRM in the first place with the exception that its easier to bypass.

Two interesting things for the future are the issues of being able to record video gameplay so easily as the new consoles provide and what position the PS4 and XBox One are going to hold in the new generation. Will the PS4 be this generation’s XBox 360, hanging just ahead of the competition, or perhaps this generation’s Playstation 2, with no real competition.

I don’t think Let’s Plays and amateur game reviews are ever going to be the same again when they’re released.

It was also strange how different they were, Microsoft’s was rather mediocre, and seemed to have more stereotypical games – military style shooters, whereas Sony’s seemed far more well-rounded and interesting, and possibly even sophisticated.