As just about everyone knows by now, Microsoft will release a Kinect-less Xbox One on June 9 for $399.
As far as I'm concerned, that should've been an option on launch day. Had this been the case, I'm sure Microsoft would have the next-gen console lead in North America, and the gap wouldn't be quite as large internationally. The problem was that consumers don't like being forced to purchase an accessory; in some ways, Kinect is more of a gimmick than anything else.
But now that Microsoft has finally done the right thing, and consumers can buy a PS4 and an Xbox One for the same price, it's time for Sony to respond. They won't drop the price of the PS4 yet, obviously, but they can impress everyone by doing what they always do: Excelling in the category of first-party exclusive software. Such titles not only set new quality bars for the industry, they also push the envelope in a variety of ways. PlayStation has always outstripped Xbox when it comes to exclusives, and Sony has to prove that they're still king.
So, at E3, they better wow the crowd. Sure, we'll see Uncharted 4 , The Order: 1886 , and probably a new God of War and The Dark Sorcerer . However, it would help if we had gameplay and dates for these games; even if we can't get all that information, we need at least some of it. Sony needs to prove that in a battle against the Xbox One, it's still a better idea to get the PS4. And with games like Sunset Overdrive (an Xbox One exclusive and a new IP) getting lots of press right now, Microsoft appears to have all the momentum.
The only way for Sony to steal it back? Games. It's what PlayStation does .