E3 Surprises: Sony Routs Microsoft, "Plants Versus Zombies" Leaves Mobile

In this video from The Motley Fool's Weekly Tech Review, host Chris Hill and analysts Eric Bleeker and Austin Smith discuss this year's E3 conference, and some of the biggest surprises to come from it. Eric tells us why the biggest surprise for him was Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) all-out assault on Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Xbox One and its shortcomings, and not just in terms of its expensive price point. either. He then tells us what Microsoft is going to have to do to repair the new console's image, and why it could be in big trouble if it doesn't.

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The relevant video segment can be found between 3:01 and 6:04.


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  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 9:40 AM, Zatannux wrote:

    Micro$oft has used the Xbone "Death Star" to blowup planet Xbox and the survivors are making their way to the Sony Galaxy to live on planet PlayStation in the "DRM-free" zone. Welcome home new citizens, Beers in the fridge and pizza is on the way.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 10:29 AM, harshaw2002 wrote:

    Apparently these guys are behind on times,EA might have said but plants vs zombies is going console but what they apparently don't realize is that is already been on the xbox since its on the 360 and ps3 as we speak

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 10:58 AM, TMFRhino wrote:

    Hershaw,

    Not sure if you watched the video, but the semantics of whether on previous consoles mattered... We're discussing creating a game made specifically *for* consoles. I met with Popcap a few weeks ago and asked what percent of their business was consoles though areas like repackaging popular titles to Xbox Live Arcade or releasing a game to something like Nintendo DS. The answer was essentially "not so much."

    The difference is, creating something that's a mobile game (and often one that plays well on as a PC game as well, like Bejewled), versus making a headliner console game that's going through traditional channels for selling big game titles. PvZ Garden Warfare is just that, and as such, a departure from what they've done in the past.

    -Eric

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 12:46 PM, techy46 wrote:

    Another dumb analysis but foolish contributors. XBox 360 already is so much nore than a gaming console. I used it with Windows Media Center to sync all my music, photos and video across my Windows 7 notebook and server and Lumia 900 plus play games. It really cool to rip albums to notebook and then enjoy them on Lumia 900 or XBox connected to 800w amp with great speakers. The whole gaming crowd nees to stay in their basements with their dedicated PC's or POS3/4 and leave Microsoft's XBox One entertainment console to the real winners.

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