Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Xbox None: Thoughts on the Xbox One Reveal
Wouldn't it suck if that's all my blog post really was? No content. Just a simple statement and that's all. Well that's how many gamers felt after watching the Xbox One unveiling.
Now let's not pretend like the Xbox One isn't an amazing electronic. I mean, it can play video games, access Hulu, access Skype, and even track fantasy football stats while you simultaneously watch football. But the problem is that we already have something like that...It's called a computer! That's all Microsoft was hyping, a glorified computer that looks like a VCR. We already have computers, we already have a machine that can perform all of these tasks that Microsoft seemed so proud of. What gamers want to know is how you are going to enhance and innovate the world of Video Games. What is going to happen to and be a part of the actual gaming experience that will entice people who want to play "video games" on a "video game console" to buy your system? They can't rely solely on the people who blindly support their company out of some strange sense of expensive gaming loyalty.
I understand that every business is still a business and needs to do what they can to attract as many customers as possible. But the Xbox is still supposed to be a Video Game console and as a company, you should hype the aspects of the system that truly relate to the gaming experience. Based on what we saw from Microsoft, you'd be led to believe that no enhancements have been achieved on both a fundamental and graphical level. One Twitter poster put it best when they stated that Microsoft has achieved greatness in appealing to the college frat-boy market. That statement is especially true when you consider that the only real mention to gaming was what seemed more like a passing-by comment to the next Call of Duty game. Hmm...Fantasy Football AND Call of Duty? Sounds like Microsoft is trying to bring in every mainstream fan-base out there all into one conglomerate electronic. Is this Microsoft's response to Steam being a server that is not only accessible from your computer, but also able to connect to your TV? Because if it is, it's a very disheartening response.
This is why I've been a fan of Nintendo over the past few years. They're the company that innovates gaming and adds new layers to the gaming experience. Nintendo certainly isn't trying to rip off their players by charging a fee to use a legally bought game on two accounts like Microsoft is.
So, thank you Microsoft. You have made my choice of Next-Generation system so much easier with your over-reliance on flashiness and clear greediness.