So one part of me wants to give them brownie points for really staying on target, as well as maintaining a steady momentum. Games were the center piece here, as they should be. The features and services all looked pretty solid.
Yet.... pretty much everything shown was multiplatform release, things that were already previously announced, and the few actual big reveals were already spoiled yesterday. Spoilers cannot be helped, I wouldn't hold that entirely against them. Still, those spoiled goodies came down to CGI trailers mostly anyway. Speaking of, that was an issue, so many clips were just fluff piece CGI trailers. I can be relatively ok with such things but only when they at least progress interest in the story of a game in some way.
It's just so sad to say but very little interested me here, even with a hardy 60 games shown. One might bring up MS's new ethos is to be device agnostic, something that can really open up some doors for their business model. While this makes perfect since financially......what is exactly making this a draw to Xbox ecosystem over Playstation/Nintendo? They are seemingly just making it easier and easier to respectfully NOT buy their hardware as everything coming from them is still available elsewhere. GamePass value is growing while Xbox value is shrinking.
This really did feel like the complete admittance of them stepping out of the main console race, even if they casually tipped about Next Gen Hardware.
They just announced the ability to use your console as a server.....PS4 already does this, albeit not the most effective route. You can remotely control and utilize your PS4 now on devices. So forgive me for not being so shocked at this announcement either.
When it comes down to it, this was an earnest attempt for the cards that they have, but ultimately a mediocre showing. 6/10