During its presentation at E3 2014, Microsoft focused on recruiting gamers to its Xbox One system by touting the system's exclusives. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
LOS ANGELES - All games, just games. Yes, it can still be used for movies, music and all sorts of other general living room entertainment, but at its big E3 opening press conference, all Microsoft chose to talk about was games as it tries to lure more next-gen gamers to the Xbox One console in its battle with Sony's Playstation 4.
"We will continue to invest in bringing new creators to Xbox One," said Phil Spencer of Microsoft. "We'll continue to bring you new features to ensure that Xbox Live is the only place where you and your friends will be able to play the most anticipated multiplayer games of the year."
In its effort to do just that, Microsoft dedicated much of its presentation to Xbox One exclusives like the next Forza, "Horizon 2," the next Fable, "Legends," and entirely new games like "Sunset Overdrive," which can best be described as a zombie/monster shooter made light and humorous by mixing in a skateboarding, X-Games type feel.
The video game exclusive that perhaps has the best shot at unbalancing this console war in Microsoft's favor is one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time: Halo.
"Halo: The Master Chief Collection" will hit shelves in November and serve as a way to lure in those gamers who haven't been lured already into this universe by allowing users to play all four previous Halo games on one disc through the Xbox One.
"The collection features a single unified interface to give you all four games with everything unlocked, on one disc, in a single seamless interface so you can play the chief's journey however you want," says Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries.
It'll also help with the lead-in to the next iteration, "Halo 5: Guardians," which won't be out until next year, though parts will be available for download and play as part of beta testing at the end of this year.