Microsoft looking to “break the bank” at E3 2009

Monday, 8th December 2008 08:46 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft is planning to talk about plans beyond 2009′s Christmas season at next year’s E3, MGS boss Phil Spencer has said, talking in the latest Major Nelson podcast.

“The last two E3s at least, if I use that a proxy for what’s coming, we’ve talked a lot about what its coming in the next five to six months after E3, and we’ve had some pressure that maybe we want to think a little broader about what we want to say at E3, a little further out in the future,” he said.

“I came out of an E3 planning meeting just about an hour ago, and we were looking at some of the plans for the future and things that we might want to tease, and it’s very exciting.

“There’s a lot of stuff on the docket, and maybe we’ll break the bank a little bit and talk about things that are further out, which will hopefully get the community excited.”


Listen to the full thing through the link. Spencer’s section is 15:06–30:44, and his comments about E3 are right at the end.



  1. morriss

    Halo 4. :)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. JonFE

    Halo 4 as a launch Xbox 4 title. :-D

    There, fixed that for you Morriss. ;-)

    And before anyone asks how come the next Xbox is number 4 with only two xbox’s released so far, let me remind you Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Case of the Missing Floppies – numbering is an art you know. :-P

    EDIT1: Sorry about the missing ‘s’ Morriss – fixed that also :-(

    EDIT2: Too many smilies – must resist…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. morriss

    two ‘s’

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Don’t announce a new machine yet, Microsoft. You’re doing quite well, don’t spoil it.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    I think that it’s becuase the only thing that meant anything at this years E3, for MS was about a title that will no doubt, first be released for the 360 in 2010. So the idea that they tease games only due in the next 6 months isn’t true.

    All it means, I think is that they have less plans for 2009 than 2010, and so they need to tease stuff due that year as opposed to next.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    You’re not making much sense this morning, Pud. Been on the sauce? :-D

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    Yeah :(

    It’s even worse when you can’t see where you’ve gone wrong :P

    I’ll re-read that post for the next 5 minutes and fix some stuff.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    He sounds like Matt Twattamisatas of IGN Wii infame…

    #8 6 years ago
  9. onyxbox

    MS: We’ve stolen another PS3 exclusive… look… ‘MGS4′

    or something like that I’m sure.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Esha

    “MS: We’ve stolen another PS3 exclusive… look… ‘MGS4′”

    More like ‘XBox 720 port of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, planned for 2014.‘, I’d imagine.

    Though ACiD is just around the corner, so there’s that. I’m actually looking forward to that too.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    MS Handheld? They’ve got to step into the market at some point surely?

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Blerk

    I don’t think they will. They saw what happened to Sony’s attempt, why even bother trying when it’s obvious that Nintendo crushes all?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    Sony have sold a hell of a lot of PSP’s. Games are maybe somewhat of a problem but at least but it’s by no means a failure as a device.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. airdom

    Its no use for MS to adventure into the handheld market. they could never catch up with the sales of the DS and PSP


    Nintendo has an assload more of DS’s, but i think that devs embrace the DS more, that is why it is doing wayyyy better. it truse that the games on PSP are where the problems are at. they have to start craking if they wanna catch up software-wise.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    It doesn’t need to catch up. The same way the PSP is still quite a big success regardless of how well the DS also does. If as a product they can make a decent amount of money and support there other console line then why not?

    Besides if they had thought that way we would never have seen the Xbox/360 in the first place would we? What would have been the point they would never catch up with the PS/Nintendo etc?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Blerk

    It’d probably make more sense for Microsoft to reinvent the Zune as a (potential) iPhone killer. Music/XNA/phone sort of thing.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    I thought that too – but have you ever used a Windows Mobile Phone?

    I think some sort of Zune extension is a possibility, probably accompanied by a rebranding.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Blerk

    Yes, not calling it ‘Zune’ would be a good start. Something like the ‘winPhone’ would be better. :-D

    #18 6 years ago
  19. mortiferus

    Zune = Epic Fail. I tried using one, the Gears 2 CE, and hated it. Returned it after a weekend. I think Apple though flawed (at times) is just so far ahead, MS should give up on the Zune. They have tried twice and failed badly both times.

    Anybpdy seen NFS or Brothers in Arms on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Holy SHIT, PSP quality indeed.

    #19 6 years ago

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