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Posted on Friday, January 7 @ 09:39:20 PST by

Ever since Sony and Microsoft launched their own version of motion-controls this past fall, the two console manufacturers have went down completely different paths with their software line-up. Sony has touted their PlayStation Move controller as an option for both casual and hardcore titles, all while sending a clear message that they won't be abandoning traditionally-controlled core titles. Microsoft, on the other hand is clearly pushing Kinect toward casual gamers, and their core line-up has suffered because of it.

Microsoft has said time and time again, that 2011 is the year of Kinect. But as far as their plans go for core titles, well, they seem to keep dwelling on the past. In a recent interview with IGN, David Dennis, Microsoft's Group Manager for Public Relations, was asked about the future of hardcore games on the Xbox 360.

Obviously we're very excited by the success of Kinect

But we have no intention of abandoning the Xbox 360 audience that bought in originally. We're very aware of the key role the enthusiastic core audience played in making the Xbox 360 what it is, and we'll continue to support and develop (titles) like Halo and Gears of War.

Halo and Gears of War? Apparently, any core gamers wanting a fresh experience or IP will have to look to Kinect. Granted, Gears of War 3 is on the horizon for 2011, and is very much anticipated by Xbox 360 owners, but aside from that, Microsoft doesn't have much in the way of core titles that they've announced thus far. IGN says that Dennis does admit that they have unannounced core exclusives in development, but didn't discuss details. These unannounced titles would have to be far along in production to release in 2011. Any longer than that and MS could lose the grasp they have on core gamers.

Meanwhile, Sony's stable of first-party exclusives is looking better than ever, having announced release dates for key franchises like Uncharted 3 and Resistance 3 at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. And even though those titles won't be releasing until late in 2011, Sony has the rest of the year covered starting as soon as next week with LittleBigPlanet 2. Following in February is Killzone 3.

Strangely, Sony seems to be dropping the ball with their PlayStation Move motion-controller, as there are only a handful of worthy first-party titles focused on the device.

2011 is going to be a huge year for gaming, and we fully expect both Sony and Microsoft to announce plenty more casual and core games throughout the year, but at the moment, it's clear which console is going to win with the core crowd for the majority of 2011.

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