Xbox One – Revealed
Just a few days ago, Microsoft revealed the successor to the popular Xbox 360 console. The Xbox One. As a result, have now been introduced to all three of the “next-gen” consoles.
The Xbox One in many ways is a standard upgrade. More processing power, better graphics capability. The software is a 64-bit Windows 8 based OS. The Kinect is now built in to the base package and features voice commands that can control the console. Additionally, the system now features Blu-Ray support instead of standard DVDs.
Microsoft seems to pushing this system as more of an entertainment center than a game console. It will feature a television pass-thru that allows interaction with standard Television programming. This is also something that Nintendo has done with the Wii U.
I watched the keynote, and personally, much like the PS4 reveal, I didn’t see anything that floored me. Of course we still have E3 to receive more info on both products, but so far I don’t see any clear breakaway winner between the two. In fact, I don’t see anything in particular that makes me want to run out and grab either one, to be honest.
This is going to be a situation of “time will tell”. The Xbox doesn’t typically have any exclusive titles (beyond Halo). And if the Playstation does acquire some exclusive releases, Microsoft might be in for a bad time.
We’ll have to see how this all plays out in the coming months.
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What do you believe are the main reasons for Sony’s success over Microsoft and Nintendo for the 8th generation home console market? When all was said and done the PS3 and 360 were pretty much neck-and-neck when it came to overall sales with the Wii having a slight 15% lead. The way things look now, the Wii U and Xbox One don’t seem like they will ever catch up to PS4.
Also, with the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets do you think the days of handhelds and home consoles selling 80+ million units are over?
It is difficult to say for sure. But, if I had to guess, I’d say it was the way MS initially presented the Xbox One. At first, it seemed like they really didn’t know what they wanted the machine to be. They were very focused on the TV control aspect at first. Plus, the lack of backwards compatibility was scoffed at by many considering the underlying architecture of the 360 and One were pretty much the same. – Plus, Sony was able to snag a number of exclusives from the get-go. Not to mention, online multiplayer was not as dependent on paying for a subscription when it came to PSN vs XBox.
Personally, I bought a PS4 pretty quick. To this day, I still don’t have an X-Box One. The only thing on that system I really want to play is Halo… and I’m waiting to see if MS makes good on their promise to bring it to Windows 10 proper.
I don’t think consoles will ever die completely. I feel like smart phones and tablets will evolve to work alongside consoles. For example, official apps that provide a 2nd screen experience.
Regardless, rumors about the Nintendo NX do seem to indicate that Nintendo plans to shake-up the way people look at consoles. We’ll just have to see.