This Week In The Business: 'One Of Microsoft's Best E3 Conferences'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "One of Microsoft's best E3 press conferences to date." — Analyst Jesse Divnich, talking about Microsoft's press event at E3, which has been widely panned.

QUOTE | "[Xbox One has] the computational power of more than 10 Xbox 360 consoles." — Xbox One engineering manager Jeff Henshaw, talking about the power of the new console.

QUOTE | "I'm not actively thinking about retirement, but ... particularly at my age now, it wouldn't be strange if I were to just one day fall over." — Shigeru Miyamoto, acclaimed designer, talking about his career and his thoughts on the industry and Nintendo's games.

QUOTE | "This is me, purely as a consumer — it seemed to me like two frat houses." — Veteran designer Peter Molyneux, talking about the back and forth between Sony and Microsoft at E3.

QUOTE | "It has a very positive impact on the industry, because it keeps customers with the possibility of buying many games." — Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, explaining why he thinks used games are a good thing that should not be restricted by next-gen consoles.

QUOTE | "Is PlayStation going to be a profitable business? It needs to be and it intends to be a profitable business over the next year." — Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara talking about the goals for the entire PlayStation division.

QUOTE | "It's about what we do outside of graphics that will make a difference." — Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Games, talking about what EA has to do to make successful next-gen console games.

STAT | $US10 million — Amount that Chris Roberts has raised through crowd funding to make Star Citizen; the company raised the last $US1 million in a little over a month.

QUOTE | "The second you get the controller something turns off in the heart, and it becomes a sport." — Director Steven Spielberg, talking about the problems that keep games from being totally immersive.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International.

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    QUOTE | "Jesse Divnich makes me look like a genius" — Michael Pachter

    Well it went down pretty well considering ms told the population they were effectively releasing a flightless drone for the living room to perv on every move you and your family make and that you'll actually buy this because you'll buy anything.
    Impressive they got away with it, and people will actually buy it... their best, yeah why not, I can see that.

    “One of Microsoft’s best E3 press conferences to date.”

    If you aren't a consumer.

      It was better than Sony's. I'm buying a PS4 first, but not on the strength of their E3 show. Sony had the benefit of everyone still remembering how their initial reveal was a positive thing, and Microsoft had the burden of everyone remembering how theirs was a disaster.

      Sony only 'won' E3 because of their pricing and online announcements at E3, everything before then was almost as dull as EA's conference. Microsoft on the other hand revealed lots of gameplay of new games, when Sony rehashed over old announcements and revealed, shockingly, that there's a Final Fantasy game and a Kingdom Hearts game in development, still without actual release dates.

    Everyone should come play Star Citizen with me. Getting involved in this game gives some pretty interesting insights into game development, as the team is very open about the creation process (even this early in the project). If you don't want to buy the game, the website makes some pretty interesting viewing/reading too.

    Microsoft released a console that does little to tempt their current users to buy the new machine. Infact they have many customers swearing off the machine. Their Press Conference didn't win anybody back.

    Best Conference yet? I certainly don't think so.

      Well to be honest they mainly talked about games and avoided the kinect and specs, which the fans would of enjoyed… had they had any fans left after their console reveal.

        The games where great but being left in the dark about something they want us to purchase is highly unlikely to promote a purchase.

        If this was the 2nd year of the console that would have been a fantastic E3, here's a bunch of cool new games to play. But when so much about the machine is unclear more information would be good.

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