Microsoft bowing out of CES in 2013

Xbox maker says 2012 keynote address, booth will be its last at annual Las Vegas technology show, citing expo's January timing.

The Consumer Electronics Show returns to Las Vegas January 10-13, and with 2,700 exhibitors expected to draw 140,000 attendees, it's shaping up to be one of the trade show's biggest events yet. However, come 2013, the show will lose one of its most important exhibitors, and it remains to be seen what impact that will have on audience draw.

Microsoft unveiled Avatar Kinect at CES 2011.

Microsoft announced this week that it will not be participating in CES after 2012. The Redmond, Washington-based software company has been a key player in the annual technology show, as Microsoft CEOs Bill Gates, and then Steve Ballmer, have traditionally delivered CES' show-opening keynote addresses.

"We'll continue to participate in CES as a great place to connect with partners and customers across the PC, phone, and entertainment industries, but we won't have a keynote or booth after this year because our product news milestones generally don't align with the show's January timing," Microsoft corporate communications vice president Frank Shaw said in a statement.

Microsoft has made a handful of Xbox-related announcements at CES in previous years, most notably revealing the final design of the original Xbox at the Las Vegas show in 2001. The company's final keynote address at CES will take place January 9, 2012.

Written By

Discussion

160 comments
JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

MS, besides Xbox and MS Office, you're not doing too well. Windows Phones are struggling for market share, your advertising division is losing money, and the outlook for Windows 8 is murky at best. And now you're going to pull out of one of the most important tech conferences in the world? Bad move!

josecer
josecer

@Soothsayer42 I actually like more xbox 360...except for the network xbox has....well I think Iam putting the same thing as my last comment below...

josecer
josecer

@orestes1981 exactly..well I actually like xbox 360 more than PS3 excpet for that you just mentioned...I mean if I have an xbxo 360 and I buy MW3 I need to pay just to play online AND spec ops....and I think that everybody in here knows that MW3 is about online and not so much of campaign...is just dumb how they made that meanwhile with the PS3 I only need an internet connection...

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

I wonder if there is a certain type of person that prefers PS3 over 360 and vice versa. I wonder if there is actually a distinction. Personally, I bought a PS3 before a 360 because I wanted a good Blu-ray player. Maybe 15 year olds don't buy many Blu-rays. Maybe there is a different demographic between the two systems' buyers. I'd read that study :D lol

Gonefishing95
Gonefishing95

In the last quarter of 2011 it clearly showed how Xbox 360 has had a lot more sales than the PS3, its consumer demand. Majority of people want the Xbox at the moment, not the PS3, this doesn't mean the Xbox is better or the PS3 worse, it just shows that Xbox is ahead in sales. Also at some of the other comments, Trolllolololololololol get a grip, they are consoles, both different businesses, they keep each other alive just by the sheer competion.

20years
20years

@Soothsayer42 what ? i was just kidding ... :( @marlobc where did you come from ? read my comments (completely) first before wasting your time writing about it

marlobc
marlobc

Thats a little harsh Microsoft, don't you think?!

marlobc
marlobc

@Soothsayer42 leave it bro,these fanboyss....

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@20years Why dont you stop acting like a kid here? Calling people blind and all... gahh

20years
20years

@Soothsayer42 it's not just about games , i really don't like any Japanese medium : games , animes , movies etc (except MGS and Catherine) . i say a game series like MGS (which is not published by SCEA) is always on the edge , as you can see Metal Gear Rising and MGS-HD are multiplatform . same goes fo the ones on X360 like Splinter Cell . and if i buy a PS3 i will never play any Resistance or Killzone on it , i am really fed up with FPSs P.S : no we are not done yet , because you are blind ;)

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@20years japanese? Japanese are the one that created Nintendo,Playstation and beyond the thing that we are calling it 'gaming' right now. And why is your comment is different from our first converstation. Hmmph? Btw, theres more exclusives on the PS3 that defines the console. Such as Uncharted, God of War, The Masterpieceful MGS4, Infamous , Resistance, Killzone. I get your point for not liking Japanese stuff, I guess I can call you blind now? P.S : You called me first. Are we done here?

20years
20years

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

Shoinko
Shoinko

@Soothsayer42 I agree that they are all great games, all i'm saying is that even including the PS1 games there are still a lot more games on XBL, that's all. I like the fact that classic PS1 games are available to buy on PSN, I've bought Tekken 2 and Wipeout myself. Flower is one of the most enjoyable downloadable games i've played. My personal favourite is Braid, which is available on both formats. I don't like to judge the content on different platforms as a contest, I just wanted to give an honest opinion as to which console is my favourite and why. I like both consoles and the 360 is my personal favourite. I'm not saying that one console is better than the other. Fanboyism is tiring and puts me off reading comments. I understand your reasons for preferring the PS3 and thats fine. At the end of the day gaming is better for having rival formats, competitiveness leads to better hardware. Both formats have their strengths and weaknesses.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@Shoinko PSN got MGS1, the best game in the PS1 era. And hundrends of PS1 and PS2 classics. Plus more innovative games like Flower,Eufloria,Rochard,Okabu,Infamous Festival of Blood,Final Fantasy VI,Final Fantasy V,Chrono Cross. Hmmph?

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@20years Still I have my point, XBL is better, but more unique games is more available in the PS3. Your 360 might have not break yet, but MS has spent 1billion replacing their broken consoles. Deal with facts? PSN is not safe, nothing is. Duhh

Shoinko
Shoinko

@Soothsayer42 Come on man, there are a lot more games on XBL than on PSN. Happy New Year as well.

Shoinko
Shoinko

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

20years
20years

@Soothsayer42 when and where did i bash PS3 exactly ?! do you even read my comments completely ? i am a hardcore too and i play 5 hours a day yet i have seen no RROD and no fire no breaking etc . (as i said) i'll buy a PS3 soon and i'll play ONLY exclusives on it and no online play , i am sorry but PSN is not safe indeed . i didn't say PS3's hardware is blameful in the matter of multiplatforms . i said they are better on X360 and that's a fact whether devs are the ones to blame or not . it's like you have $10 billion but it's on Mars . you understand what i'm talking about ? good to chat to you too . happy new year to everyone :)

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@20years favoring a console while bashing the other does make you a fanboy, fact. Dude look up my previous comments first. I did say that XBL is better than PSN. page 1 or 2. Most multiplatforms sure does perform better on the 360. Is that the PS3 fault? nope. Devs are responsible for that. And yet they are greedy enough to actually 'develop' it to the PS3. which is shameful. P.S the reason I didnt like my 360 was the the failure rate of it is 56%, and paying for online (the thing that is supposed to be free), seems dumb other than cross chat option. Other than that, the content is the same. I can tell you the name of 20PSN exclusives games that beats XBL exclusives. People who think paying online gonna be safes from hacks is surely wrong. Anything can get hacked. Just because the XBL is a paid service, doesnt mean it is secure. Im just a guy with a my opinion (and yes I own a 360 back in 2007.) Im a hardcore gamer dude, I cant play 4-7 hours a day on my 360. It breaks twice. Good to chat to you. Happy New Year

20years
20years

@Soothsayer42 you are wrong on both matters . first i am not X360 fanboy . i play both on 360 and PC . i have owned PSP , PS2 , PS1 etc before and i have had good times with all of 'em but have enjoyed X360 the most (yes more than PS2) . i will have a PS3 in less than a year and i will keep my 360 as i said and i should admit that XBLA is a lot better than PSN in every matter . secondly i am sure the winner of this generation is X360 even if PS3 sells more or has more exclusives . because 1.multiplatform games are better on X360 mostly 2.(as i said) XBLA is way much better than PSN 3. previous generation was completely in control of PS2 and XBOX was not a real threat to it but in this generation we can see that X360 has improved a lot compared to its predecessor in the matter of sold units and is still ahead of PS3 P.S : remember you cast the first stone you silly fanboy

Shoinko
Shoinko

I have both Xbox 360 and PS3 and play both regularly. I prefer the 360 because the vast majority of multiformat games are superior on it, I much prefer the shape, analogue sticks, triggers and layout of the controller and I prefer XBL over PSN for its content and functionality. The d-pad is much better on the PS3 controller but I hate the analogue sticks. That said I'm glad I own a PS3 and two of my favourite games of this generation are Killzone 3 for the excellent online mp and Uncharted 2's amazing single player. I am also currently enjoying MAG as well. RE the guy who asked 'who buys a console for superior hardware over exclusive games?' I chose the original xbox for that very reason. I wanted to play the most technically advanced console games available and games like Splinter Cell, Max Payne 2, Black, GTA3 were all notably better on it. Also games like PGR 2, Halo, Ninja Gaiden, Chronicles of Riddick were very impressive for their time. I still think that the PS2 is a great console and had a much better selection of games but I just personally preferred the Xbox for my own reasons. In actual fact the PS2 is the only console I still own from the last gen as there are still games that I have yet to play on it. I recenly picked up Okami for PS2 and have to say that it's as good as anything i've played on the 360 or PS3, amazing game. And as a final caveat, I will always lament the early passing of the Dreamcast. Shenmue RIP.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@ezjohny seriously! they just both need to work to reduce pc hardware prices by building their own branded rigs, so everybody can finally play without all the ps3 vs. xbox vs pc bullcrap... and finally pick a damn industry standard, for apis, architecture everything so everybody can make games on everything without transition to diff toolsets.

ezjohny
ezjohny

What is really going on here! I really hope there giving gamers up to date hardware and not crappy add-ons for the XB OX 720! I want the hardware to be as close to the PC 's hardware as possible, for better video games!!! PC gamer here! That goes for the PS4 to!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@20years Says a fanboy who never owns a PS3. Blind? Im a PS3 guy, so i'll say that PS3 wins. Well and you will decide the same thing right? Dumb is dumb.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@lmaocarrots, The Kinect stuff you said is just your opinion. I think The Gunstringer and Dance Central are top-tier games by any standard. I have logged dozens of hours in DC 2, and I put a good dozen into The Gunstringer. And, yes, they're still a lot of fun.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@lmaocarrots, It's not the art style that's Shadow's problem. The art style makes the games technical shortcomings bearable. The game's flat textures, poor antialiasing and choppy frame rate were most certainly NOT done on purpose. If they were, the dev team wouldn't have fixed them in the PS3 remake. Shadow would have looked much better on the original Xbox's superior hardware. Period. Also, the PS2's tendency to break down is fact. It's a matter of record. Like I said' check GameFAQs DRE section. Early PS2s had a high failure rate much like early Xbox 360s did. I don't care if yours still works. I know people who are still on their 2005 Xbox 360, but that doesn't mean the RRoD problem didn't exist. The failure rates, lawsuits and retail policies of not taking pre-5000-series PS2s on trade (because they break so much) don't lie.

lmaocarrots
lmaocarrots

@IceJester45 Shadow of the Colossus had a gritty, dark look on purpose, therefore making it the beautiful, artistic masterpiece it continues to be today. Also, I don't see how the PS2 was unreliable at all, all my friends own one and 10 years later they all work and run fine. I know it's ridiculous to compare over generations, but the Xbox 360 is almost destined to break within a year, mine did, and 4 of my friends. I even know a guy who has gone through 4. And finally, at the Kinect thing, I agree those are decent games, but they aren't high class games you truly want to play for hours, they're mid class that you play longer when your bored and a couple of mid class games in a sea of mediocre and crap ones isn't going to stop me from regretting spending $150 on the initial Kinect itself.

20years
20years

@Soothsayer42 i think the opposite . imo X360>PS3 and i have a good reason for it : PS3 was supposed to be something really different back in 2006 with all that stuff about "CELL" and sixaxis etc where X360 came out without none of 'em and we still can see PS3 exclusives are almost the same as X360 exclusives (technically) and even sometimes 360 exclusives were (and are) better than PS3 exclusives . and as anyone knows more than 90% of multiplatforms run better on X360 . on the other hand , 360 has 2 major problems : RROD (i have a 5 year old 360 and it still runs perfectly) and that you should pay extra money for playing online . but considering everything , unlike the previous generation which was dominated by PS2 , X360 wins this generation's best console award (i didn't count hand-helds and i think Wii is pretty crappy) P.S : i may someday buy a PS3 because games like MGS4 , God of War 3 , Uncharted 2 etc , but i will keep my american 5 year old friend for a long time :) P.S.S : sorry lad but u are just a blind fanboy ... blind is blind

y3ivan
y3ivan

in my country, PS2 dominate the console industry for 6 years, xbox arrived late 2002. almost 2 years of sony dominance and didnt gain much success. It was the first console to have online play (but its a paid subscription) PS2 was a bit unreliable during those time (2.5 years before the gpu burnout) while my old xbox is still working today. No brainer, rushed consoles design are a bad thing for consumers.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@y3ivan, I kind of agree in a way. Sony entered the PS2 era with the wind at its back, thanks to a strong performance by the original PlayStation. The PS2 did have competition from the Xbox, which came out a year after the PS2, and Gamecube. However, Nintendo was no real threat to Sony, and Microsoft was an unknown in the gaming world and had little support in Japan. That said, all three consoles had a good selection of exclusives back then. Nintendo had great family titles and multiplayer games. Xbox was unmatched for first-person shooters, strategy games, Western RPGs, sports titles and online play. But, Sony had the largest, most well-rounded selection of exclusives.

y3ivan
y3ivan

@IceJester45 thats because ps2 didnt really have any real competitors during most of the lifetime. Nintendo are into kids/family games. Hence more exclusives. xbox was released a fews years back and had better hardware.some games took advantage of the hardware like KUF

IceJester45
IceJester45

@lmaocarrots, The hardware thing is true. Also, I never discounted the importance of exclusives. As I said, I still preferred the PS2 specifically for exclusives. Plenty of Xbox games looked better than "Shadow of the Colossus." Sure, it looked good for a PS2 game. But, it still had that washed-out, jaggy PS2 look -- not to mention framerate issues caused by the PS2's relatively weak hardware. Shadow would have looked better on Xbox (it would have had better texturing, better anti-aliasing, a better framerate, etc.). Also, owning every system doesn't make you unbiased. Everybody is biased, including me -- though I have owned virtually every major system since the Atari 2600 (including the 3DS). With respect to reliability, I wasn't saying the PS3 is unreliable. I was saying the PS1 and PS2 were. And, there are worthwhile Kinect games. "The Gunstringer" and "Dance Central 2" are great.

lmaocarrots
lmaocarrots

@IceJester45 Though the hardware thing may be true, who plays consoles for better hardware? Exclusives are what drags me to consoles (which was my main reason for switching from 360 to PS3, I still play both though). And nothing on Xbox ever reached the graphical high or technical impressiveness of Shadow of the Colossus on PS2. I have owned every system since N64 (excluding 3DS) so this is unbiased, I just think PS continues to have better exclusives and be more reliables (all my friends and I have had at least one of our Xbox 360's break and had to replace it, but yet my PS3 continues to be in mint condition). PS: I don't know why i got thumbed down so much, it's true that Microsoft hasn't done anything with the Kinect, I've had one since the week it came out and I have yet to see anything worthwhile, such a waste of money.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Microsoft isn't a player in the smartphone or laptop business anymore, so mabye they're focusing on other things.

supertom221
supertom221

@BryanParksSuper Trust SONY? Is this what this is all about now, Admiring Corporation-superstars?? Well, it has been so for years, shouldn't be suprised. SONY, Microsoft, Apple, Nintendo, EA, Activision... Doesn't matter, they are all scum & snakes in their own ways. I won't deny it, PS3 is better than XBOX on most if not all accounts, and whatever advantage XBOX has over PS3 is minor and is mainly used as a last resort to fanboys in arguments, it's why I own a PS3. But I also acknowledge the fact PS3 has many faults, as all PS's had over the years, and behind it stands a corporation that makes up facades to show they are "the cool guys" (a la 'Long Live Michael'), while in truth they are just as bad as the rest (Hunting down people for bringing back features their machine originaly had, total control over your product, EULA's and ToU's stating you can't even defend your rights, etc..). Face it, boy, as long as you own & defend a console, you're always going to be that Company's little b***h, Do you like being a little B***h?? I sure don't.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Because MS knows there won't be anything left in 2013.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

My anticipation for the next E3 has just become even more hightened.

otanikun
otanikun

Yeah right, and I'm a monkey's uncle.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Obviously my attempts to defuse the situation have failed...let the fanboys be fanboys and have their little fight i guess, maybe someday they will grow up and realise how stupid it all is...but probably not unfortunately, fanboys are persistent and relentless...and complete idiots.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@BryanParksSuper, Seriously, no problem with a Sony console ever? Early PlayStations and PlayStation 2s were notorious for widespread hardware failures. Remember all the people having to flip their PlayStations upside-down to get them to work? Remember the PS2 DRE problems (there are GameFAQs on the subject, just in case you don't)? I went through three PlayStations and two PlayStation 2s. Until this generation, Sony had a reputation for shoddily built hardware; Microsoft did not. That's not to excuse MS' RRoD problem. But still...some perspective. With respect to Xbox LIVE, accounts "hacked" through phishing (which is what happens on Xbox LIVE) is a far cry from a systemwide security breach (which is what happened to PSN). I think it's foolish for Microsoft fanboys to rub in the PSN hack, because the same thing could happen to Xbox LIVE. But, it hasn't yet.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Xbox Live was hacked 1st. All I gotta say is RROD and MS shipped there console knowing it had hardware problems. I never had a problem with any Sony Console I ever bought.

Cronicx-
Cronicx-

@BryanParksSuper yea cuz playstation totally has an amazing interactive dashboard that gets frequently updated or avatars that are actual people and not just photos of bowling balls, or voice messaging, etc. oh and, a system/company that doesnt fail and you can trust? are you kidding me? yea cuz playstation never got hacked, lost hundreds of thousands of people's credit information, cut off servers for 2 months and then compensated users with a lousy compensation package. nahh playstation never fails....idiot.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@josecer Exactly what Im trying to say PS3>360 PSN is good and all. Im just saying Live has options like voice messages,cross game chats, Hopefully PS4 will imply this features. Long Live Play~

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Sounds more like they will announce xbox related stuff at E3.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

PSN and Xbox Live are the same thing. The only difference is Party Chat. PSN doesn't need Party Chat. I have saved $100's by selling my 360 3 yrs ago. Everybody trusts Sony cause we have a console that won't fail within 6 months.

orestes1981
orestes1981

@josecer Well, I like PS3 more than the 360 because I don't fancy the idea of needing to pay more to get a complete game experience. With the PS3, you just need the game, the internet connection, and the system. For the 360, you need the game, the internet connection, the system, AND you need to pay to have the right to play online. As a company, Microsoft is happy about being the pioneers of micro-transactions for console games and the creation of XBL. In essence, they are proud about making you pay MORE to get a complete game. :-/

josecer
josecer

@Soothsayer42 Live has more options than PSN...but you paid for what you get....and PSN gives you less but you dont pay...and Live common....I actually like xbox 360 more than PS3 but I love PSN because I dont have to pay a year membership just to play online which is mainly what many people want besides the store....but I know I could invert 60 bucks on another game.....