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Utena-mobile

hmmmm. ok!

I think we will finally see some gameplay for ReCore (and it will be one of the greatest things ever)!
Also, some Scalebound (and I predict Drew will have seen a redesign)
I think there will be one more game announced that will be developed by a Japanese company.
Some Final Fantasy stuff (even though 15 is coming out on Ps4 too)
A Halo 6 teaser (but only a teaser, with Halo 6 probably not coming out until 2018)
Some indie games.

Even though Spencer said they will announce BC games as soon as they're available, I think we will "coincidentally" get a bunch more E3 week. Lost Odyssey will probably be part of that list.

And that's my prediction. Some things I would love to see (but probably won't) are a lot of Japanese games.
Some former ps4 exclusives announced for Xb1, like Nights of Azure, World of Final Fantasy and Tales of Berseria etc.
Games with women as main characters (besides ReCore of course).
Drew from Scalebound has been scrapped and instead we have a woman protagonist.
A remastered Final Fantasy XIII trilogy
and an update where we can save screenshots to a usb drive.

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BAMozzy

I can see MS announcing the 'NeXtBox' and it will be more powerful than PS4k.Games will be upscaled to 4K and run native at 1200-1440p - some even native 4k but these will be indies/remasters. It will run the same software as XB1 inc the BC XB360 games and so will slot into the eco-system. XB360 games will be playable with XB360 and XB1 owners and party chat will work across all windows devices so instead of 'splitting' the user base it slots in with them. Some older XB1 games could receive a patch to boost resolution and/or frame rates. Your XB1 external Hard Drive can just be plugged into it transferring all your games instantly across.

I can see it having Oculus Rift support to rival Sony's PSVR. Because Sony's PSVR has to run on PS4, it will limit some of the games that will be available to VR but these will run on the new Xbox/OR. Because its a new 'system', MS won't specify that all games have to have 'exactly' the same 'content' as XB1 meaning that games, not just VR, could have extra features (like split screen) not found in XB1, PS4, PS4k consoles. Unfortunately though, this could also mean that 'some' games may not get a XB1 version.

As for games, MS will show ReCore, Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2 and Sea of Thieves with announcements about release dates. Crackdown could also coincide with the launch of the new Xbox console. Scalebound will get a new video and show the new consoles visuals (personally I think the delay could be because of the new console). Some new announcements like a new Forza Horizon and 1-2 surprises announced too.

Games like Battlefield 1 will get showcased with DLC first to Xbox. Some new footage will be shown and it will look amazing - people will say its PC footage but at the end, it will say 'nextbox' footage. Rockstar will also announce Red Dead 2 with an Xbox partnership and Red Dead Redemption will be announced as BC now.

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Vincent294
  • Xbox One S w/ ac Wi-Fi and faster processor (no exclusive content, only better performance for Oculus support)
  • ReCore, Scalebound, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Sea of Thieves, & Crackdown 3 trailers
  • Rockstar finally okays Red Dead Redemption for backwards compatibility in the wake of a new Red Dead announcement
  • Cortana & headset voice commands
  • Offline Media/Game DVR storage & QR code support for Smartglass [AKA common sense] (a man can dream)
  • Halo 6 teaser?
  • CoD 180?
  • DEUS EX HELL YEAH I ASKED FOR THIS!!!

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Vincent294

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BAMozzy

@Vincent294: For a console to have Oculus support, it would need to be about 3 times as powerful as the current XB1 (about as powerful as the rumoured PS4k). It would need to have a faster CPU and a much better GPU because graphics would need to run at 90fps and at a higher resolution (1200p). The added processing power is needed for the movement tracking (no lag). Just by adding OR though, it would have exclusive content - VR software and apps. I can see MS releasing a 'Slim' XB1 too as the 'budget' option but won't have the performance of the new console. As I said I can see MS going bigger than Sony on this and not limiting developers by making them release 'poor' versions or cutting content of games because they have to release the 'same' for both - like Sony are doing. I can see them also trying to integrate console and PC gamers into the same online experience and the extra power will be used to bring game performance closer.

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Gamer83

Posted this over at PushSquare...

PlayStation press conference
Expectations:
1. Back patting for Naughty Dog on the stellar job it did with Uncharted 4 followed by details and trailer for the story DLC
2. Lots of VR talk
3. PS4K, Neo, whatever you want to call it, it has to be talked about at this point, even if very briefly
4. Another showing of The Last Guardian and release date details
5. new Horizon: Zero Dawn demonstration followed by announce of 'delay' into early 2017, I'm thinking with sometime in March being listed as a tentative release date.
6. God of War PS4 debut trailer
7. Gran Turismo Sport demonstration and launch details
8. Sizzle reel for new indie games we don't know about yet
9. Activision talks Destiny and Call of Duty

Hopes:
1. Spider-Man game developed by Sucker Punch
2. Gravity Rush 2 details
3. new Crash Bandicoot game for PS4

Xbox Press Conference
Expectations:
1. Gears of War 4 is going to dominate the headlines for the press conference... new gameplay segment shown off, multiplayer details and reconfirmation of October release date
2. Like with Sony, MS has to address rumors of new console hardware
3. Forza Horizon 3 made official, set for release this fall (and I will buy day one)
4. ReCore trailer and more details about game, including release date, possibly pushed into 2017
5. Halo... as the Xbox brand's biggest property it has to have some kind of presence, maybe we'll learn more about Halo Wars 2
6. EA discusses Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2
7. Crackdown 3 multiplayer demo, talk of plans for singleplayer

Hopes:
1. Sunset Overdrive 2
2. Dead Rising 4
3. Saints Row V

Gamer83

Vincent294

@BAMozzy: If Oculus support doesn't come at a realistic price then a boost in power is logical, but making exclusives ruins what makes consoles consoles: guaranteed support, no frills. Cutting content [BO3 campaign] is bad enough, and if it went full PC but not PC, well why not go PC?

Vincent294

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Vincent294

@Gamer83: Before the rumors. I'm okay with an Xbox 1.5, but if consoles become walled-garden PC knockoffs I'll just stick with their controllers.
Edit: Then again, there are the exclusives. And I'm with you on Sunset Overdrive hopes.

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Vincent294

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Gamer83

@Vincent294:
I think that's exactly where we're headed and I'm not really sure if I'm for or against it. I have to see how all this is handled, but for now I'm not too bothered by the prospect of the PS4 'Neo' or Xbox One.5. The only thing I know for sure, or at least think I know for sure, is that this will be the last 'traditional' console cycle.

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Gamer83

Vincent294

@Gamer83: I wouldn't be surprised but I really hope not. I think the console industry will decline if it goes that way. I'll be cool if the Neo and company turn out how they're rumored to be, but if they're anything but I'll probably go PC only from here on out.

Vincent294

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Gamer83

@Vincent294:
Just makes E3 this year all the more intriguing. Which is nice since Nintendo couldn't be bothered to have anything ready to show regarding its new console at the biggest video game tradeshow of the year.

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Gamer83

Vincent294

@Gamer83: At least there's Zelda. Nothing else though, and recent history has done nothing to quell my doubts about their future. It'll be interesting to see though, with all eyes on them and them only. It'll make or break them, that's for sure.

Vincent294

Xbox Gamertag: Vincent294

Gamer83

@Vincent294:
Yeah, I don't even know what to think about Nintendo anymore. I always hope for the best but it's been so long since I've truly been a fan of that company. If it wasn't for the Mario platformers and Zelda I'd be entirely indifferent, and Skyward Sword was a massive disappointment, imo, so this new Zelda better impress.

Gamer83

BAMozzy

@Vincent294: What determines a consoles lifespan? How long its been out or the technology/software advancements? The reason last gen lasted so long was because of the software and technology and why this gen won't last as long. It has nothing to do with 'turning consoles into PC's' although internally they are similar. Its not about turning consoles into phones either. Phones are on contracts and so its easier to get the latest. Its about keeping up with technology and providing us with the latest games in a good playable state.

Since the launch of Gen 8 consoles, we have had a number of 'big' leaps in both Software and Hardware - things like DX12, Vulcan etc and next gen GPU's, VR etc. The smaller chips in the new wave of GPU's are faster, more efficient and more powerful and 'affordable'. Just by using the new 'Polaris' GPU, the PS4k is effectively 2.5x as powerful as the PS4, 3x that of the XB1. This gen saw an 8x power jump fro last gen. It is possible to build a console today that can be 8x the XB1 and not cost £1,000's. The new wave of nVidia GPU's are performing better than the Titan and Fury cards - running 4k at playable frame rates where the others can't.

Developers will be using all these 'bells and whistles' to make games, which will make it harder to get games to run on consoles. The Frostbite 3 engine games for example are 720/60 on XB1 so games like SW:BF, BF1, Mirrors Edge will not look their best. Games like DS3 struggles to maintain a solid 30fps at 900p. Even Doom doesn't manage a locked 60fps or a full 1080p all the time - in fact it drops down to 720p in places and runs mostly at 900p. Maybe that doesn't matter to you, but that matters to a LOT of people. If MS don't release a much more powerful console soon, it won't be able to offer the latest games, not without compromising the experience - fewer enemies, poor draw distances, long loading screens, fewer lighting/particle effects low resolution/frame rates etc. Do you think people will buy it when there is a much more powerful option and a cheap option that has VR and better performance? Maybe the NX will take sales away too leaving the XB1 as the WiiU this gen - only good enough for exclusives.

MS know they can't compete with Sony with the XB1. Even though it is now cheaper, offers BC and has a good range of exclusives, it still can't match sales - let alone try and close the gap. A lot of that is because of the power difference and the fact that difference is noticeable in gaming. Unlike Sony though, it has its UWP which means a new, much more powerful device could be slotted in to the eco-system. It 'could' offer OR to rival and better Sony's PSVR because it doesn't have to cater to an underpowered console too. The fact it could play XB1 and XB360 games also mean it adds to the user base rather than splits it. A good example of this is the recent CoD:BO BC game that is now populated with XB1 and XB360 owners. If MS make a console that is 6-7x as powerful as the XB1 (which is possible and still affordable for us), that would be twice as powerful as the PS4k and could sell more too. It wouldn't be a 'PC' because unlike PC's, that box wouldn't be upgradeable, wouldn't have variable configurations of hardware/clock speeds etc - it would be a 'static' console.

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Utena-mobile

@Gamer83: and @Vincent294:
Nintendo's never really been one to care about marketing in the U.S. that much though. They let Nintendo of America handle it, and what happens, happens. I mean, a couple of years ago Nintendo of America didn't even bother showing up at E3 and just had a Nintendo Direct instead. I would argue that the Tokyo Game Show is much more important when it comes to seeing what Nintendo is up to and a lot of things are indicating that the NX will make its debut there.

btw, I love Nintendo, couldn't care less for Nintendo of America though.

Valkyrie 2, standing by.

Gamer83

@Utena-mobile:
The problem is looking at the current gaming landscape, making an impression in North America, and especially Europe, is more important than Japan. If Nintendo doesn't want to show up at E3, the next best venue is Gamescom.

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Gamer83

Utena-mobile

@Gamer83: yeah, I agree. They may have done pretty well in Japan, but their message (whatever that message may have been) has really been lost in Europe and NA. I'm really curious about where they can go from here. While I am looking forward to seeing more Zelda (love that series), I'm a bit worried about what they will do. What will their online network be like? Will their console still be region-locked? What kind of 3rd party support will they have? Just too many questions, and unfortunately, I don't think Nintendo of America is doing anything to boost NA confidence.
My sister and I have been die-hard Nintendo fans since we started gaming on the 64. I'm in my 20's now, and have bought every single Nintendo console since, but this may be the first time that I'm ok with skipping a Nintendo console on launch week.

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Gamer83

@Utena-mobile:
I grew up with the NES and SNES, Nintendo's real glory years if you ask me. It's a shame seeing what the company has become since. I'm always interested in what it does because like you, I love the Zelda series and I also still love the Mario platformers be it 2D or 3D and frankly of all the Big 3, Nintendo is the company that does the least bullsh*tty, stuff. As companies on the whole, Sony and MS have a lot of people who despise them for good reason. The thing is, I always find myself, and have been finding myself going to Nintendo's competition since the 16-bit days because they're a little bit looser with certain restrictions and do a better job with the genres I like. Genesis had a better lineup of sports games and the best version of one of my favorite fighters at the time, Mortal Kombat 1, so I was more of a Genesis guy (though I'll admit at the end, SNES was the better console), PSone had the sports games, the racing games, the survival/horror games, action/adventure. Since the PS2 and original Xbox days we've seen franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, Burnout, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Need for Speed, Far Cry, Deus Ex, just to name a few, get just a one-off or skip over Nintendo consoles completely. That's an issue. Not having Madden NFL, FIFA, NHL, NBA 2K or a Major League Baseball game is also a serious problem and until it changes, PlayStation and Xbox consoles are always going to have my interest over a Nintendo console.

As you posted, Nintendo has a lot of questions to answer, the main question is... Is it too late to get third parties on board? When I go to Nintendo Life it seems like hardcore Nintendo fans detest series like GTA or Madden, which is fine, but for people to deny their importance - and especially the importance of Madden in the U.S. - is ignorance to the highest degree.

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Gamer83

Utena-mobile

@Gamer83: Lol. That's hardcore. I've bought a few NES games on the Wii U's VC and they're ungodly hard.

But I think all consoles have room to improve. Nintendo is obviously 3rd party support. MS is more variety in games. They have a decent number of 1st party and exclusives, but a lot of them sort of target the same demographic.
Sony? Uhm... I'm not sure. They're doing really good this console gen. In the past it's been their arrogance, but I feel like the PS4 has been pretty solid so far (with the exception of how bad their UI has been). Maybe their online network? I get kind of laggy when playing Battlefront on ps4, but on Halo, when I can find a match, I never have that problem. Would that be Sony's fault or is EA's servers the issue?

But my biggest anticipation this year is seeing what MS has up their sleeves. So far ReCore is the only Xbone exclusive I will buy day 1, but I'm more than willing to have E3 change my mind. (^_^ ) btw, I'm always on NintendoLife.

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