Xbox One-The Next Generation of Lies

Xbox One:  The Next Generation of Lies

It is nothing new for software companies to make bold claims in preparation for a new console release and subsequent sales war.  In this respect, Microsoft tends to outdo itself when it comes to exaggerations; and with the pending Xbox One release right on the horizon, this next generation system will come equipped with a brand new set of lies and imaginary capabilities.

Microsoft’s main marketing point on this system, and the primary reason they claim to have entitled it Xbox One, is that it is the sole requirement for entertainment required for the living room.  It will handle all gaming, music, video streaming, and any various additional entertainment demands that a consumer may possibly have.  Not only is this quite an unreasonable boast, but it is almost comical on many levels.

First of all, the standard now for watching movies in the home is on a Blu-Ray disc.  Blu-Rays were invented by Sony, and the Sony Playstation 4 will be the main competition for the Xbox One.  So this all-encompassing entertainment juggernaut would not even be able to include a Blu-Ray player in their system if Sony had not invented it in the first place.  This will not be playing a huge factor in the winner of the console war, but it is quite humorous.

The exaggerations really begin when Microsoft claims their system is more powerful than the Playstation 4.  They made these same claims about the Xbox 360, the original Xbox, and any other products they release as being the best in their given market, but it is simply not true.  In terms of graphic resolution and processing power the current Xbox is nowhere close to the level of what the Playstation 3 is capable of.  The sole reason that the original Xbox and Xbox 360 have been a popular endeavor is the game franchise of Halo.  Although other successful franchises such as Gears of War have since came along, without Halo: Combat Evolved the original Xbox would have been a terrific failure.  It was not graphics, it was not power, and it simply was just Halo.

Now Microsoft is making these same claims once again, but they have a major problem on their hands:  Halo is no longer such an important franchise.  This is not to say that people no longer play Halo, but it is no longer produced by its original creator Bungie, and Bungie was what made Halo so special in the first place.  Halo 4 was made by 343 Studios and although it was critically reviewed as a decent game, it does not have the elements that set Halo apart from all other games, and many gamers still play Halo Reach which was released in 2010 instead of bowing down to Microsoft and buying the fake Halo made by 343 Studios.

In terms of the graphical power of the system it is already being proven to be a blatant exaggeration.  Battlefield 4 will run at 720p on the Xbox One, and 900p on the Playstation 4.  The new Call of Duty game, one of the most popular franchises across all systems, will run at 1080p on Playstation 4 and 720p on Xbox One.  So regardless of what happens down the road, the Xbox One is simply not the most powerful home console system someone will be able to buy, the Playstation 4 is, and they do not need to lie about it.

(Op-Ed)

By: Michael Blain

Twitter: @michaelblain

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20 Responses to "Xbox One-The Next Generation of Lies"

  1. mrgamer360   December 9, 2013 at 4:06 am

    This was a very bias article I’m the type of person that enjoys both systems and in time will get both. I praise both systems financially obviously I praise Ps4 and the Xbox one vision, I find it childish to say they’re lairs because you prefer one than the other.

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  2. AndyPandy   December 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    WOW!!! Was this written by the Sony marketing team? or should I say Sonys resident court jester.
    This kind of article/journalism makes me despair for the future of mankind. Are there actually people out there this stupid? And god help us if they pro-create.

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  3. ricco   November 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I can see it now Xbox one offline connection 720 p 30 online with cloud 900 p 30 if it even works ps4 1080 p 60 most games no cloud needed

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  4. Liberty   November 8, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Cod has been confirmed as having less than half the pixels on the x1 as ps4. The simple facts are that the x1 is less powerful than the ps4. It’s also rather disingenuous to suggest that Microsoft have more exclusives than the ps4. Ultimately if you enjoy the exclusives Microsoft offer then buy the x1 ifyou mainly play multiplats then you should really buy the ps4. It’s cheaper and more powerful and the cloud isn’t going to change that as hilarious as reading people stating that it will. Personally even tho I enjoy the ps exclusives if the ps4 was noticeably less powerful than the x1 and the x1 was cheaper then I’d be buying the x1 but its all about personal choice. I just hope that you are basing your purchase on facts rather than nonsense.

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  5. erm   November 1, 2013 at 4:27 am

    pretty sure sony only made the playstation as nintendo comissioned them to make a disc based drive and they hi jacked it so hardly humorous that the xbox uses blu ray

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    • John   November 10, 2013 at 6:47 am

      first of all it was Nintendo that backstabbed Sony and went with another company like Phillips to make this CD game console that Sony was supposed to create for them. So Sony did not hijack it, they were actually stabbed in the back by Nintendo and look where that got Nintendo. Sony announced the PlayStation Nintendo at a conference not knowing that Nintendo decided to go with Phillips, even tho they made a deal with sony. Nintendo did it because they wanted more money from the cd part of the profits. So do a little research before commenting.

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  6. Yea umm ok   November 1, 2013 at 2:52 am

    So the main points of your article were 1- that Xbox won’t have Blu-ray because you say that Sony invented Blu-ray which is ludicrous because that’s just not true as was above stated. they don’t own the patent or anything, they’re part of several of companies that are partnered in they are simply one vote in about a 15 company panel. 2- Halo…. Yeah Microsoft you have the number one game ever created …..you suck…..really sticking it to them. All in all it is a terrible fiction based article. Do your research

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  7. Rich   October 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

    To all the people hating on this article, ask yourselves one question; “umadbrah?” The truth hurts doesn’t it? You’re only mad because more than 3/4 of this article is accurate. If you buy a Kinect Box One then you are a moron with an inferior product and $100 less in your mommy’s bank account. Nothing you can say to me or anyone else will change this fact. So STFU and #DealWithIt

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    • Rich Sucks Dich   October 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Congradulations! You just demonstrated the retard inside of you, enjoy your IndieStation 4 that has 3/4 of indie games that it provides, enjoy your p2p servers with 50k capacity, i bet you think the indiestation is all more powerful than ever – you make me laugh, its takes a retard to know it’s all about the cloud now and hardware is way 2005 so Microsoft can make their console 6 times greater than Sony if they wanted to, not by resources by logic my friend. And 99.9% of this post is a fact, the other 0.1% is the fact that your not a retard but a super duper retard! yay!

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      • Rich   October 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        That’s very immature of you! you should know that i have mental problems that i can’t help what i type 🙁

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        • Rich Sucks Dich   October 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

          Oh i apologize Rich, i didn’t know, you shouldn’t really be trolling on comment sections on websites, it’s unhealthy to your fake illness – not trying to offend you but laying the cards straight.

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      • Andrew   October 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Hey Rich Sucks Dich, that’s very immature of you to write that.. It’s not his fault he bums the indiestation 4 up the disk tray! >:(

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        • Rich   October 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

          It’s not disk tray you tool, it’s a bluray slot drive and no i don’t make love with video game consoles, is that your sort of fetish these days?

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      • John   November 10, 2013 at 6:56 am

        Ok the whold cloud computing is theoretical and Sony already said that the PlayStation 4 is capable of cloud computing as well. they’re just not going to advertise it as one of its selling points since it is still theoretical.

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  8. REX   October 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    The Xbox One is… An Xbox, that is why i’ll buy it. That is the reason. Microsoft would never release a platform worse then PS4. Why would they? They have the tech to make it just as good or better.

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  9. Andrew   October 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Bad news article. Period

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  10. Veronica Bean   October 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    There are a number of errors in this ‘news’ article. To correct your ‘First of all, the standard of watching movies now is blu-ray’; that was last gen’s standard. This gen, and the end of last gen, was streaming/download. The whole argument of who invented the bluray is stupid. PC gaming and XBox Live both existed long before any PS Network…so Sony can thank them for that. Microsoft’s infrastructure is designed to handle this traffic. Sony’s is not. You also claim that the XBox is not more powerful than the PS, but only delve into specifics related to gaming whereas much of XBox’s power will be directed to other entertainment means. You then contradict your claim that XBox is an inferior gaming machine by stating that the only reason why it is popular is because it has better games!!! Halo not an important franchise? It consistently sells about 6-8 million copies each iteration and is the number 1 played game on Xbox Live. As far as pure graphical power, none of the specs you listed have been confirmed for either system. Additionally current side by side comparisons of other games for each system are minimal to none. Certainly not enough to sway a purchase. Here’s a tip: the next ‘news’ article you write, try to be impartial.

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    • You suck   October 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Haha agreed! Worst article ever. The only reason I kept reading was pure morbid fascination as to how bad it was going to get. Don’t quit your day job (if you have one).

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  11. Dave   October 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Pioneer invented the bluray

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  12. Brian   October 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

    On paper it is true that PS4 is more powerful. But listing games frame rate as fact is poor journalism. COD has not been confirmed nor denied on frame rate. BF4 latest news is that it will run 900 on PS4 and 720 on Xbox One but that it looks more crisp on the Xbox One…what that means…I don’t know?

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