Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft: Which Company Won E3 2014?

The winner is you.

E3 2014 is over and done, but who came out on top? With such a strong showing from every company, it's impossible to decide a unanimous winner, so GameSpot's editors have taken sides in the argument and chosen which company they felt came out on top.

Why Nintendo Won E3

Rather than going toe-to-toe with Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo is playing its own game. [Read the full story]

by Carolyn Petit

Why Sony Won E3

After being forced to eat its fair share of humble pie during the PS3-era, Sony has now spent considerable effort to build up its relationships with publishers and developers. [Read the full story]

by Martin Gaston

Why Microsoft Won E3

Bouncing back from a rocky 2013, Microsoft turned things around at E3 with a conference that was, literally, all about the games. [Read the full story]

by Justin Haywald

Who was the winner for you? Let us know in the comments below!

And to catch up on even more E3 news and videos, check out GameSpot's full E3 2014 coverage run down.

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Discussion

1247 comments
keeper262
keeper262

I own both a PS4 and Xbox One, that being said I am excited most for my Xbox One in 2014 while for 2015 I am most excited for my PS4. That being said it was E3 2014 so Microsoft won when console exclusives are considered.

However if this article would have been properly done and included EA and Ubisoft...

I would hands down vote for Ubisoft.They have The Crew, Far cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity for 2014. AND The Division and Rainbow Six Siege for 2015. Of these game most are actually current gen games instead of crappy dumb downed versions to cater to last gen. The SnowDrop engine is finally something that looks worthy enough to be on this new generation of systems.

Thankfully Ubisoft's games are not exclusive so all gamers win.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

After all of the hype on a month and a half hypetrain everyone expected a big exclusive from Microsoft but it just never came. Really disappointing, especially when everyone knows multiplats are best on consoles on PS4. Sony on the other hand announced exclusive horror/gothic/Souls-esk open world RPG Bloodborne, which seems amazing. They also showed story hints and what Uncharted 4 will look like, the darker side of The Order 1886, Grim Fandango remake and other neat exclusives. 


Nintendo also had a great E3. Bring on Zelda!


IJONOI
IJONOI

After dropping Kinect I was hoping MS would show me a must have title. Didn't happen. But I think it will when Phil has had more time at the helm. Surely the Halo collection will only appeal to Halo fans, who are already on the XBOX bandwagon.. 

Nintendo only had Zelda+Smash for me, not interested in the rest of the rehashing.

Sony took it for me. Bloodborne would be enough, but with uncharted 4 etc, I think I've got the right console. 


Althoiugh, The Witcher 3, DragonAge, Division, Batman and GTAV will all be PC purchases.


FarCry 4, AssCreed and all EA games (less Dragon Age) can go to hell unless they show me something that's actually new and exciting. 

hikaruai
hikaruai

Im gonna go ahead and get my arrogant swag on here n say Nintendo won and thats not opinion thats fact...And furthermore, if you think otherwise you are delusional :p

boringdork
boringdork

Nintendo by a landslide.
Microsoft... boring (what happened to these guys...geeze) Sony, some cool unexpected news.

Nintendo though - they did everything great... even the opening with Robot Chicken, the Smash Invitational, and NON-STOP TREEHOUSE all day!??! WHOA. And the games?? Diversity, quality, and more quality.

Wii U is stacked with upcoming games, and they have great games out RIGHT NOW... which means that my PS4 & infamous will collect more dust... as I wait for something. 

Nintendo showcased a console that is established, already had their wave of craptacular games, and now has their feet on the ground with great stuff... and they did it mostly with Wii U. Smart move, cause 3DS can hold its own right now... but we still are getting FANTASY LIFE?????? YESSSSSS!!!!


For all the consoles people say "Oh well everything is for 2015" - but we're over halfway through 2014, and we'll be halfway through 2015 at the next E3.

theR34p3R
theR34p3R

Nintendo's conference was quite fresh... but announcement-wise it was just poor, with 2015 being the main theme. MS was just booooooooooooooooooring... Leaving Sony as the #1 for me. Less boring presentation than MS, with far less brainwashing buzzwords and overdone booming music which added too much obvious exaggeration to it all and more interesting games.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Nintendo got the better of this E3 BY FAR. 'Nuff said.

iwatanana
iwatanana

To me, it's Nintendo. Now, my opinion may be a biased one, as I normally don't play the type of games that Sony and MS cater to, but I really loved the Nintendo Digital event. I thought that last year's E3 Nintendo Direct was disappointing, but this year wowed me. New IPs, more release dates for highly anticipated games, a new trailer for Zelda U. Inject some Nintendo humor and it was a winner. Not to mention the vast number of game announcements after it, like Mario Party Wii U, STAR FOX, and a brand new third party exclusive Devil's Third. The Nintendo Treehouse Live thing was great too, because I got to see some gameplay on Codename Steam and Splatoon, my two personal favorites of Nintendo E3. It was a great showing, and I hope Nintendo can continue to please fans next year.

BigT232
BigT232

Nintendo, I have a PS4 and I'm now convinced to buy a Wii U later this year.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

I was going to get a PS4 after E3 and instead bought a Wii U. That was my feelings on who won.

smythmarcello
smythmarcello

Nintendo for sure , they have a lot of ground to make up but i believe they will with the release of their blockbuster titles. I will be getting a wii u soon :)

mario1028
mario1028

You'd have to say Nintendo won. Just looking at Twitter metrics, they dominated the mentions. Their prepared vid was much better than the stale pressers everyone else was doing, and the Treehouse segments really gave you a good glimpse at what they had to offer. Most importantly, it was all geared towards those actually playing the games, not to media and industry types. Whoever does that gets a win in my book every time.

sonic18gamer
sonic18gamer

video game are to be fun, and Nintendo did this well for this E3. Microsoft play it safe and I can respect that since last year was bad. Sony however. fell in the same hole Microsoft fell last year, by not forcing on game, but on stuff like TV and movie. overall I like all the showcase, but I am giving the win to Nintendo.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Anybody know when to expect Steam's Summer sale?

Shawcross
Shawcross

I don't even play a Nintendo console but they overall won the show. They showed back to back blockbusters that actually looked fun. They came out swinging this year for sure. 

paparolo
paparolo

2015 E3 won E3, all games for this "next-gen" will come out then :p

oChampion
oChampion

NINTENDO (for me personally).


I really loved their presentation. The games announced were games that look like I would play as well.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Nintendo fans are so happy about what exactly ? The games that you knew beforehand that they coming ? Kart / Smash / Party and Zelda along with 2D games ?  Missing all those great multis is QQ.


Anyways , Nintendo showed 2 excellent titles. Zelda and Xeno X.  Other than that .. nothing to celebrate about ...  Again and again the same games since SNES/N64 .. Dont get all the excitement ... This nostalgia makes people not to think i guess

Johny_47
Johny_47

Very close but Sony edged ahead. Ubisoft was pretty good too.

darkteddi
darkteddi

Ubisoft and Nintendo both were strong, MS was decent, Sony was ok and EA was boring.

burgo81
burgo81

as long as you have a Mario game out there, Nintendo fan boys will always reckon they win

darkteddi
darkteddi

Carolyn wrote Nintendo. Oh boy, this is gonna be "fun".

windscar26
windscar26

@IJONOI wasn't phil the guy that screwed up the PS3 the first year or so?

thatflint
thatflint

@KaSeRRoR  Only Nintendo's games were all exclusives. A lot of games shown at Sony's and Microsoft's press conferences are also coming to pc, so I think PC did very well this year.

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@boringdork I agree nintendo has so much games to offer and microsoft had the least exclusives for a all about games conference. But they didn't show any systematic online system.

Sony however was great they offered hardware and software and great games.

Microsoft was cool with the halo masterchief collection but only sunset overdrive appealed to me everything else was a waste of time.

joke_man
joke_man

@theR34p3R


"with 2015 being the main theme."


2015 was the focus everybody, more or less--except for 3rd party devs.


Therefore, Nintendo's announcements take the cake.  


Cronoxman
Cronoxman

@BigT232 haha same here! although I don't even have a PS4 because I'm living in China, but I want both so badly! heck, I even want a xbox one!

Shawcross
Shawcross

@spartanx169x Rumor is it starts on the 19th so in a couple days. They already have the mystery steam cards out if you create a badge so the sale has to start very soon. 

Cronoxman
Cronoxman

@Shawcross you really think that the Toad game looked good? I don't know, maybe I just didn't find it appealing at all!

wiggadun
wiggadun

@AzatiS i agree.  Nintendo e3 was the most boring to me bcuz i already know what i was going to be seeing

mario1028
mario1028

@AzatiS Yeah, that's it...people not thinking. Or, could be that people realize that with such well-known and popular franchises they'd be insane not to continue to release titles for them. What's funny is they don't do this nearly as much as they're accused of...we get yearly installments of Madden, FIFA, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, Just Dance, etc, while Ninty is accused of milking their brands if they release just a couple games in a franchise every hardware gen.


iwatanana
iwatanana

Splatoon, Star Fox, Mario Maker, Toad's Treasure Tracker, etc.?

Cronoxman
Cronoxman

@darkteddi the only bad thing about Sony was technical difficulties, but thought they showed a lot of games,in which most looked good to awesome. Although, I thought the demonstration for LBP 3 was way too long.


ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@darkteddi Sony's would have been on par with MS if they'd cut out about 45 minutes of flub from the middle...

boringdork
boringdork

@burgo81 Sure we had Super Mario Bros....and then we have:
Mario 3D World, Mario Galaxy, Paper Mario, and even Mario Kart... and what it comes down to is Nintendo utilizes their mascots in unique and clever ways... because all those games are quite different.

iwatanana
iwatanana

You're exactly the type that the first part of Nintendo Digital Event showed. "What, another Mario game?"

mario1028
mario1028

@burgo81 Um, they didn't have a Mario game as part of their presentation.

xx-tan
xx-tan

@burgo81 I respect Nintendo for what they do…Their exclusive games have always been nothing short of excellent. Its good to have a great company like Nintendo alongside Microsoft and Sony!

I personally will be getting one just to play the new Zelda. Don't want to be ignorant like most sony ponies and not wanting to play anything else but SONY games. You will miss out on all the great games ever made on other consoles just because you have hate for them for no logical reason. Will be getting a PS4 when uncharted comes out too which i can't wait for. Until then sticking to Xbox one (i prefer the exclusives ) as i haven't gone through a single day not playing on it! :) Switching between games… Forza, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Trials Fusion then back to Forza and all over again!…. 

Will be getting Tomb raider also as it seems great! 

Enjoy games on all consoles guys and stop being ignorant! :)

boringdork
boringdork

@Cronoxman @Shawcross The Toad games on Mario 3D World are actually fun, and this is more than just an extension of that. It's not a game for everyone... but for those who like that style of game, it looks really well done.

CrillanK
CrillanK

@iwatanana Also Devil's Third, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Codename STEAM to mention a few others that @AzatiS conveniently left out.  As for multi-platform games that he mentioned, why would anyone get them on anything other than a PC?  PC + Nintendo = win.

joke_man
joke_man

@ExtremePhobia @darkteddi


They did that last year, as well, but people glossed over it.  There conferences are always full of crap that they should just throw out, though.  

ben_jammin619
ben_jammin619

@xx-tan i have to make concious buying decisions and unfortunately can't buy all consoles like other people.  Xbox exclusives do nothing for me.  I havent upgraded to next gen because of my huge backlog of games from ps+.  I will however get a WiiU and PS4 as my primary.  Something about nintendo that i just have to have their system for their games...especially metroid

Spinner198
Spinner198

@burgo81 @iwatanana Mario maker was not what made Nintendo's presentation so good, and if what you are saying is true then they should have been able to showcase only mario maker during the entire presentation and the same reaction would have occurred. No, I don't think so.

Hate all you want, Nintendo makes the best games, period. Other companies might have their one or two good franchises that people buy, but Nintendo has numerous such franchises.