Put down that sensor bar and pull up those pants, we’re disconnecting our Kinects to talk all things Microsoft as they reposition the platform heading into E3. Plus, why Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive keeps us up at night, Nintendo looks to Infinity (and beyond), a new Unreal Tournament and much, much more on this sensor-tive edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!
TOPIC: A MAJOR DISKINECT - In a surprise move leading up to E3, Microsoft has announced the unbundling of Kinect from the Xbox One and will offer a version of the console without the sensor for $399 beginning in June. In addition, entertainment apps are no longer behind the Gold paywall and the Games with Gold program has been detailed for the Xbox One. Team EBC discusses these recent developments and evaluates the impact they’ll have on Microsoft’s latest platform moving forward.
Interesting to hear the Destiny budget talk on the show. It's usually impossible to know how much money is really spent on a game/release/advertising in total over a franchise's lifetime for various reasons but I would caution taking Activision at their word. I mean, how much of that money is actually Activision's? Are they counting the cross promotional money as well? Remember Mountain Dew/Doritos commercials for Modern Warfare, the Jeep Commercials, platform specific ads for platform specific content? That is a lot of money that was spent ostensibly on a single game, but it's money that didn't necessarily come out of Activision's coffers... It'll be interesting if they will go that route with Destiny, where every piece of media content you see for an entire quarter has a Destiny tie-in of some kind.