First Take: Games Lineup Strong Enough for $499 Xbox One?

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Brett Molina, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES -- While entertainment options will continue to play a major role, Microsoft made it clear with its press briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo: the Xbox One is heavily focused on video games.

The company used its spotlight at E3, the first of several events before the expo officially launches, to tout the Xbox One's exclusive games lineup.

Entertainment features? Microsoft didn't make a peep. Games for the whole family? Nope. This event was all about interactive experiences for their core audience.

The shift in attention should come as no surprise, as many players felt shunned after the Xbox One was revealed last month, showcasing several entertainment features such as live TV integration and Skype video calling, but spent few minutes on games.

For E3, Microsoft went all-in on core video games, featuring titles such as:

Ryse: Son of Rome. An action game from Crysis creators Crytek, players serve as a Roman general commanding a fleet of soldiers in a tale reminscent of 300. A demo showed the general and his soldiers storming a beach to attack a nearby village.

Titanfall. The first title from Respawn Entertainment, featuring the creators of Call of Duty, is a first-person shooter that seems to meld single-player adventures with components of cooperative and multiplayer gameplay.

Halo. A new journey for Master Chief will also appear on Xbox One, slated for launch in 2014. However, Microsoft held back on details.

It's a promising lineup. However, now that Microsoft has revealed the Xbox One will launch this November at $499, how will their core audience respond?

There are still unanswered questions about the role of pre-owned titles and constant online checks. It seems crazy to expect players to pay $499 for a box that plays retail games with limited tradeback value, not to mention Microsoft has not clarified whether games will even be made available as rentals.

For now, the games have generated a lot of buzz surrounding Xbox One. We'll know if it's enough come November.

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