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E3: Sony, Microsoft Focus on New Games, Eschew Older Consoles

10 Jun, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

Michael Pachter, analyst with Wedbush Securities, had predicted before this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that Microsoft and Sony would use the conference as an opportunity to lower the prices of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, respectively.

However, when the two gaming giants’ press events were in the books, neither had much to share at all for their older consoles, much less a price cut, choosing instead to focus on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Microsoft used most of its time to show off the latest games for its new system, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The company also unveiled “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” retailing for $60, for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Meanwhile, Sony showed off The Order: 1886, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and Batman: Arkham Knight. The company also announced that its PlayStation Now game streaming service will be open for beta in the U.S. and Canada on July 31, featuring more than 100 games.

Other news out of the E3 conference:

• Disney Interactive and Harmonix shared an Oct. 21 street date for their music and motion video game for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Inspired by Disney’s classic animated film Fantasia, the game features more than 30 music tracks, including contemporary hits, classic rock and classical music, from Depeche Mode, Drake, Tchaikovsky, The Police and The Who.

• Sony DADC’s Loot Entertainment announced a mid-summer release of the adventure game Fluster Cluck for the PlayStation 4. The time-trial, action shooter game features both single and multi-player modes.

“Since the dawn of videogames, memorable adventures are those that feature high degrees of competition and challenge. Fluster Cluck is one of those games,” said David Sterling, managing director of Loot Entertainment. “In addition to an engaging single player campaign, Fluster Cluck also features a riotous local multiplayer mode for up to four players which will have gamers smacking the 'cluck' out of each other, both on screen and off.”

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