Since Microsoft’s conference yesterday of the new Xbox One, fans and critics have been having mixed feelings over the next-gen console. Putting aside the boring presentation of the new features, the Xbox One console itself is not that bad as some people may think it is. It does have its pros and cons, but how Microsoft is marketing this system will matter.
I think it’s pretty cool to have an all-in-one system at either the touch of your fingertips or the sound of your voice. I cannot tell you how irritating it gets to fish for a remote and press various buttons to switch from my gaming console to the regular TV to switching back if I want to watch a movie and such. I do not find it irritating, but considering I am the only technologically savvy person in my house…constantly hearing “LUCY! FIX THE TV!” can get on your nerves really quick. So having the voice commands where I can just tell my Xbox One to switch back and forth will make this transitioning a breeze. As long as it is a greatly improved system from the Kinect, then I am all for it. Voice commands for that thing were a nightmare.
The graphics are pretty darn crisp. The trailers for both the Call of Duty: Ghosts and Forza Motorsport 5 were super detailed and dare I say, sexy. Whether it is the graphics from the Xbox One or the games themselves, either way it looked really good.
Uh…what about the games? If there is anything I took away from E3 last year, it was the excitement for the upcoming games for my favorite consoles. Granted this was not an E3 conference, I think a better hype up for the Xbox One would have been to tease a few of the exclusive games for it and then leave us hanging for E3. Instead what we got were the next installments of FIFA, Madden, NBA Live, and UFC, which I assumed were going to come out for the Xbox One anyway since they were never really exclusive to a console to begin with. Fans of Xbox will still be looking forward to what Microsoft has to offer at E3 this year (hopefully improving on its presentation skills), so these games had better show up. Otherwise, we may be saying goodbye to Xbox as a gaming console.
It’s a gaming console, not a PC. Following many of the criticisms on the Internet about the Xbox One since yesterday, many people are not digging the all-in-one features. The Xbox One has become a jack-of-all-trades console that can do a little bit of everything. You can watch TV, listen to music, watch a movie, chat on Skype, follow your fantasy team, oh yeah and play video games.
Indie developers cannot self-publish their games without a partnership with Microsoft or another third-party associated with Microsoft. Indie games have been coming up in the gaming world and many people are strutting their creative stuff and putting out some pretty awesome games. Having to partner with Microsoft or a third-party may harbor the creative juices and produce a product that is not as awesome as it could be.
What did the Halo live-action TV series have to do with the Xbox One? Still trying to find that connection.
Ultimately, if Microsoft’s angle is to gradually move the Xbox console into an all-in-one entertainment system that focuses on each mode of entertainment equally, then so far it is doing a good job. However, if it is still gearing the Xbox towards gamers, then it may have another thing coming.