With the launch of Microsoft’s next generation console it became very apparent of their intentions, and to most hardcore gamers the conference fell short. The bulky size and awkward box like shape threw most gamers for a loop, while the size of the system isn’t as important as it’s core content, this was not a good start for Microsoft’s new system.
Xbox One does have it’s slight charms, but with features such as chatting on Skype, watching live TV, browsing photos and videos, it has become obvious this is intended to be an all-in-one entertainment system. The nostalgic VCR-like shape could bring some gamers back to their youth, though i don’t think even that can help Microsoft after they have turned the switch to cater towards casual gamers.
Since the conference ended Microsoft has been very tight lipped on any more information going forward, the reveal that Microsoft is taking out used game trading among friends has angered quite a few gamers to say the least. The battle between systems that had been raging for years seems to be coming to a close, with Sony sticking to it’s guns and not turning the new PS4 into an all in one system has seemed to convert quite a few fans already.
Microsoft has previously stated it’s plan to keep all of their information close to their side until E3 makes sense, but at this stage what can they really have hidden to win back fans.
Written By: First & Last Name: Chadd English
> Single-chip custom processor
> CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8-cores
> GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
> GDDR5 8GB
Xbox One specs
> CPU : 8-core
> GPU : Nvidia N/A
> DDR3 8GB
The Hardware inside both Sony’s PS4, and Microsoft’s Xbox one are quite amazing for console gaming standards, though Microsoft has yet to announce all of it’s specs, Nvidia did come out to say it will be offer the console PhysX support, but with that being said it doesn’t seem that Microsoft is putting much effort to wow fans with gaming content, apart from banking on Call Of Duty to carry the gaming load. It’s hard to tell why Microsoft began to pull towards that direction, and cast aside the fans that helped build the Xbox into what it is today, it feels like they have begun to lose touch with their fan base, which will, and has already caused stock to drop significantly since the conference has ended. If i didn’t know any better i would say that Microsoft and Sony were in a title fight, and someone paid Microsoft to take a dive in the 9th, which would make far more sense than anything Microsoft could tell me at this point. At this stage it seems Microsoft is in damage control mode, especially after having to let go Creative Director Adam Orth, who made some very offensive comments during a twitter battle. Going forward Microsoft has a lot of things to address, many questions still need answering, like why would the kinect need to be plugged in all the time if you have zero interest in using it? With E3 coming up, I’m very excited to hear if Microsoft will be addressing these issues, but until then they seem to be shooting themselves in the foot.
Written By: Chadd English