"PlayStation" is a literal description of what you do with it: it's a station at which you play. Nintendo has released systems with "game" in the name--Game Boy, GameCube. But Xbox doesn't mean much of anything. Originally it stood for, in charming Microsoft fashion, "DirectX Box," as it used the familiar DirectX graphics technology. Now? It's just a box. Who knows what it does?
And that's fitting, because the Xbox One, newly announced today, is barely a games device.
Of course I'm going to get one. But I would have loved to have seen one game I could get excited about. #XboxReveal
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 21, 2013
Microsoft spent the first half of the Xbox announcement on non-gaming elements of the system. People tuned in, excited to hear about the first new Xbox in eight years, and Microsoft talked about voice control and motion sensing navigation, the addition of live TV, Skype integration, a new guide that lets you search by show/actor/genre, how to connect your cable box to the new Xbox, and a new TV show from Steven Spielberg. After all that, there were some games, but even the games were tempered with non-game parts; the new version of Madden NFL has a fantasy football integration, the new Halo will have a standalone TV show exclusive to the Xbox.
This is all because the Xbox isn't a games console: it's Microsoft's living room device. This generation, there are only two consoles on the market that cater to hardcore gamers (the Xbox and the PS4). Microsoft already has locked down a fair number of exclusive franchises, and isn't trying to reinvent the gaming wheel, which makes the Xbox unlikely to fail. That means this isn't really a battle; Microsoft doesn't have to beat Sony at all. It'll sell plenty of consoles and games by just cruising. The real game is to get non-gamers to buy Xboxes, and the Xbox One is a ridiculously high-level entertainment device.
Let's say you don't play games at all. Not your thing! But you are an American, and as such you spend hours and hours a day watching TV and movies. And because it is 2013, and the new season of "Arrested Development" is only available on Netflix, you have to have some kind of way to connect your TV to the internet.
Your options: use a "smart TV," which are usually designed in a way that couldn't be less smart, or get a box. Roku and Apple TV are the two most successful; they are very small boxes that cost around $100 and have apps to watch things.
Or: the Xbox One. The Xbox integrates your existing cable box or, presumably, HD antenna, so you don't have to use multiple remotes or switch between inputs. It has a pretty guide for this input. It has a web browser and Skype, which neither Roku nor Apple TV have. It has more apps than the Apple TV (including HBO Go and Amazon), and integrates with your computer, tablet, or smartphone (provided you're using Microsoft products) better than Roku. It has a crazy-futuristic control scheme; you can turn it on by talking to it, you can navigate by waving your arms, you can yell at it and the thing listens and obeys.
And, of course, if you want to play games, it's good at that, too.
It'll be more expensive than $100--we don't know how much yet, but $350 or $400, with the Kinect, wouldn't be surprising--but you get so much more. It makes existing media devices seem like little toys from some decade past. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find a well-used Xbox One in a house with no games--it's a tremendously capable and forward-thinking gadget even without that element.
Why would anyone buy this if they already have an xbox 360 or a PS3? Heck even some blu ray players have the same feature set now, for less than what this box is going to cost. I have a cable box and a smart blu ray player. That gives me TV, Netflix, video streaming from devices, and Blu ray and DVD playback. That's all I need, and my Blu Ray player was a mere 80$.
My previous consideration of this was a definite maybe.
Considering the above illustration shows it displays as Windows 8, the answer is a big NO!
I do not want it!
With a simple desktop (hooked to my TV) and a tablet (useing Splashtop Streamer) I get all those fancy media features(play music, movies, photos, hell even ebooks), higher quality gaming, streaming up the whazoo (dont need the streaming app, just need a browser). The funniest part is to watch or listen to your own music/videos on your xbox you have to convert them to a supported format on your PC anyways.
All of this is already possible and in many ways already available to you, but we have to have that convienance of sitting down and doing nothing but say "xbox play this". Save your hundreds of dollars and figure out how you can do the same thing with the devices you already own.
I wonder if the new IBM Watson can find and find the correct motivation for Mr. Bill Gates out of retirement. Microsoft is desperate need of a CEO.
Maybe being old school has come 360 degrees. <-- pun
I built a new PC gaming rig 15 months ago after my 8 year old one died of mobo failure. I'm hardly into gaming like I was 10 years ago, but it's easy to do, and the best way to get the most bang for your buck.
There's none of what I see posted that I can't currently do, or have to buy some cheap piece of whizbang and plug in.
This is the scary part...
"And, of course, if you want to play games, it's good at that, too."
It's good at that? Just good?!? My Android plays good games. Someone has lost their way. The next gen consoles are supposed to make you sleep in a tent for 4 days in line good.
"Xbox One Is The First Games Console For People Who Don't Like Games" and it shows...
I play console games a ton and i'm looking forward to the extra speed and power the One will offer as well as the new kinds of games developers will be able to make using the One's shiny tricks. The fact that it will seamlessly blend into my room as an all-in-one entertainment center is a bonus. FYI the 360 does not have a Blue-Ray player and i'm not sure some of you watched Microsoft show this thing off, it can do some pretty neat stuff.
Um yeah we know it doesn't have blue ray. My point is that pretty much everyone already has a blu ray player because they go for about 80$ now so the Xbox One having Blu Ray isn't that big a deal. Also, everyone has blu ray so unlike the PS3 nobody is going to buy an Xbox One just for blu ray. And if you already have a 360 and a blu ray player which I'm willing to bet a vast majority do, then you can do all the same stuff with what you already have and therefore have no reason what so ever to buy this stupid thing.
Call it a game console we should not!
In case anyone is curious of the Xbox One characteristics:
“Xbox One” is the name of the new Xbox Console that sees the daylight on its third generation. Microsoft started their presentation by showing some of the things we’ll be able to do with the new “Xbox One”, marking a huge jump on what home consoles are supposed to do. Basically, we’ll be given a unique interactive television experience, that will allow us to bring games, TV shows, Skype, Windows and Xbox Live itself, to a whole new level. Voice controls are there, and gives us a terrific freedom on what you can wonder about controlling your console. All this is possible thanks to the relation that the new Xbox has with a brand new Kinect re-designed alongside with Smartglass and the well-known controller itself that gives you a never seen before Multitasking Control.
- 5 Billion Transistors
- 8 Core CPU
- 8GB System Memory
- 500GB HDD
- Blu-Ray Disk
-802.11m wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
- HDMI In/Out
- USB 3.0
KINECT GLOBAL CHARACTERISTICS
- 1080P HD RGB Camera
- 30 FPS Color
- Time Of Flight (TOF) Technology
- Microphone Arrays
-Integrated Battery Compartment
- Impulse Triggers
- Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack
- Precision Directional Pad
The SOLE reason I would consider buying this monument to the end of the console gaming era is if Bethesda deigns to bless us with another Elder Scrolls cannon game... and then I'd likely be able to play it on a different console.
@blarg_king how much does Sony pay you?? You've made 3 different posts in 2 different articles making the same uninformed argument just to bash the new Xbox. You're argument about there being no reason to buy it could easily be said about the PS4. They haven't even told us the price yet, but yet you're already assuming you know everything about it. At least wait until E3 when they start showing games for it. Although this might be shocking to you, there are lots of people including myself that wants the features that have been announced. So regardless of your premature bashing, people will buy it....lots of people will buy it...get over it
Sony isn't paying me anything. I'm pointing out the fact that this new "console" doesn't do anything we don't already have, and in fact impedes the progress of the gaming industry as a whole by implementing DRM and getting rid of backwards compatibility. I haven't said anything about the PS4 because I haven't given enough of a crap in the last 10 years to pay attention to what sony is doing. PC gaming is now at the forefront for the best quality gaming and entertainment.
And be honest. Look at all the comments on both the posts about the Xbox One. Look at the comments on the youtube videos and on gaming forums. A LOT of people are disappointed by the Xbox One, and aren't going to buy it because of the DRM. If they scrapped the DRM, then maybe this would be worth it when my 360 breaks, but even then its not because it can't play 360 games.
I thought Nintendo Wii was "The First Games Console For People Who Don't Like Games"?
I would prefer voice control and 3D. Samsung UN40F6400.
@Blarg_King I'm sorry, what other devices allow you to video chat while simultaneously watch a movie and then instantly switch to playing a game or searching the internet... without interrupting your video chat, all on your cheaper-than-a-smart TV? Watch the game and get live updates at the same time? What other device lets you do that just by saying or motioning to do so? There is plenty of reason to get excited about the Xbox One and that is before you get to the video games, many of which will utilize the One's advanced hardware and as such will look and act very different on the older 360 if they even come to it. Its like asking "why get a 360 when I can do all that already?"
No, you can't do that on your PC and personally, I would rather do it in the comfort of my living room anyways. Backwards compatibility seems more of a personal preference than anything else and I personally wouldn't miss it much. If you want to play old software just use your old hardware to do it... and what about DRM? If your talking about linking games to Gamertags when they are installed on the hard drive then all I can say is if people weren't dishonest to begin with companies might not be so overprotective. Buying one disc and then installing it to multiple devices to get free copies for you and your palls is dishonest and it is what Microsoft and everyone who works hard to make those games wants to avoid. But hey, one bad apple. The simple solution would be to let multiple people use the same Gamertag, if I want to share a game with my buddy I let him sign in as me or my guest. If he wants something better than a rental he can borrow my disk, install and buy. It might be even simpler than that if Microsoft does something similar to the PS4's hand-your-friend-the-controller-via-cloud feature.
I can respect the fact that you are not thrilled by the Xbox One, but don't start ranting on about how useless and inferior it is because it can't play Halo 3. BTW no price points announced yet so don't argue "for less money". For all you know it will cost less money to get an Xbox (well I can fantasize a little).
Um yes, yes I can do all that on my laptop, and in the comfort of my living room no less thanks to the lovely inclusion of HDMI. Heck most android tablets can do that. My 200$ Nexus 7 can stream to my 80$ blu ray player so I can watch movies and whatnot on my TV while I don't bother checking social media while I'm watching a movie anyways. But I could if I wanted to. And you clearly don't understand how installing games works on the 360, because even if you install it on the HDD you still need the disc in the console in order to play it so you can't give free copies to anyone.
I like the Idea of everything in a all in one device... but will it also have the capability to Tivo TV?
A computer can do all and be a tivo like device too.
Thanks for that input but I'm asking if anyone knows if the new "Xbox One" will have this as a fetcher... software not hardware. I already can see that the hardware is capable of a Tivo recorder. because as they mentioned in the presentation that you will be able to record your games and achievements. What I'm interested in is if they have the software for recording TV not games built in as well; if they want to make it a all-in one system.
I could place my PC right were my xbox is and have the same things available to me that the xbox one has. I even have a wireless controller for it. Whats the only difference? This fancy kinect and voice control? That is your only step up from a computer, becasue a PC can use all those applications at the same time, heck i could be useing them on different screens to.
The day a console becomes an all in one device is the day it becomes your computer.
Blarg_King, AnyIcon, Auroria, StarsShineBright, animie:
are all the same troll, he's so easy to spot by the way he talks, just ignore him.
I suspect this thing will cost much more than a typical computer, when it really just has typical parts.
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You're doing it ALL wrong microsoft. I buy consoles to play video games, I don't give a damn about how many apps and/or pointless fluff you can stuff into this.
They're going the totally wrong direction with this system and it's pretty obvious for anyone who enjoys gaming.
If your're going to ape a damn smart tv and a PC then at least do something better than one or the other.
Also why does this damn thing have to spy on everything in the room at all times? That's annoying as hell and is an absolute no-go for me. Microsoft must have been reading 1984 to get ideas for this console.
For all those arguing that they can do the same exact same things on their PC, they're right... However, could you not say the exact same thing about the 360 (or anything other console really)?
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