People who think Microsoft will "do better" with their July presentation are vastly underestimating what Sony did. There is nothing MS can show that will generate more buzz. Maybe only something impossible like GTA6 being time-exclusive for a year. Not happening.
The PS5 presentation was some avengers endgame levels of buzz, regardless of the 1% of people who thought "it wasn't anything special and that MS can easily do better".
Wasn't the average rating for the PS5 conference online something like 7 or 7.5/10? That's good, but not amazing. I don't think it would be all that hard for MS to match or top the Sony show, I'm pretty sure that Microsoft's 2018 E3 show averaged around 7 or 7.5/10 online.
One thing of note is that many of Sony's 1st party studios released late gen PS4 games, that is why Sony had so few 1st party games on their PS5 show (just GT7, Horizon 2, Astro's Playroom, Ratchet & Clank, and a Spider-Man expansion instead of a full-on sequel). MS by comparison had far more 1st party studios and teams saved up for next gen than Sony. 5 have already been announced (Halo Infinite, Everwild, Hellblade 2, Project Mara, and Grounded), with many more 1st party teams known to have games pretty far along in development that will likely release before the end of 2022, including Playground RPG (Fable reboot rumored), The Initiative (Perfect Dark reboot rumored), Turn 10 (Forza Motorsport 8), Playground Racing (Forza Horizon 5), Undead Labs (State of Decay 3), Obsidian AAA team (3D AAA Pillars of Eternity rumored), and Double Fine (they have multiple teams). Many of those could be announced on the July show, not all but some for sure.
Sony compensated for having less 1st party with several 2nd party games, like Sackboy, Returnal, Destruction All-Stars, and Demon's Souls remake. That is perfectly fine, but MS is also known to have many 2nd party deals in the works. Several unreleased 2nd party games are already announced, including Age of Empires 4, Flight Simulator, Battletoads, Tell Me Why, and Gears Tactics console port. But it is known that there are many more 2nd party games in the works through Xbox Global Publishing, including whatever Ken Lobb has been working on as a Creative Director for the last 4 years. It was implied in an interview with the head of Xbox Global Publishing earlier this year that there are 10+ unannounced XGP games in development currently, I wouldn't be surprised if at least four 2nd party games are announced on the July show.
One area where the Sony show will almost certainly have MS beat is on 3rd party deals. MS announced most or all of their 3rd party exclusives at their shorter May show, games like The Medium, The Ascent, Call of the Sea, and Scorn. Sony by comparison moneyhatted timed exclusivity on AAA 3rd parties like Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo from Bethesda, as well as Luminous' Project Athia. They also had several A and AA timed 3rd party exclusives on their show, like Kena, Bugsnax, Godfall, Solar Ash, and Stray. Phil Spencer by comparison has said he is against the practice of moneyhatting 3rd party exclusives, and only makes 3rd party exclusivity deals if he doesn't have to buy them, which is why we see fewer 3rd party exclusivity deals on Xbox, none of which are AAA. MS can't compete with Sony in 3rd party exclusivity deals unless they are willing to moneyhat, it's just not possible. So unless Phil has changed that stance since last year, we aren't likely to see the MS July show match Sony's June show on 3rd party deals.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 30 June 2020