Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its ticket to the next generation with the XBOX One. Though the conference stirred controversy due to its focus on features over games, what did our editorial team think of the reveal?
Sports Games aside, nearly everything about the Xbox One’s reveal had me on the edge of my seat. What I am impressed with most is the new model’s sleek design. It's one more step away from the “gaming” look of our current gen and one more closer to that of a piece of AV equipment. Microsoft has claimed they are able to cram a lot of power into this shiny, black box.
The Xbox One is already making waves as the next generation’s newest entertainment system. An eight core processor, 8GB of RAM, 500GB of hard drive space, integrated Kinect system, and Blu-ray capabilities rest under its hood. The most intriguing moment of the conference for me was the showcase of the multitask functionality of the system. With the apparent marriage of Xbox, Windows, and a multitask interface, I can see my family checking their fantasy football scores online while I’m in the middle of a gaming session. The ease with which this system switched between windows onscreen was astounding, and had me wondering if this multitask functionality was even possible. I am impressed with Microsoft’s newest unveiling and cannot wait for more game announcements. Bring on E3!
My reaction to the Xbox One reveal can be summed up in one simple image:
Everything was amazing, but some of my personal highlights include dedicated servers, three internal operating systems, 8GB of RAM, Skype integration, and a new, beefed-up Kinect with a 60% wider lens. The specs on this console are ridiculous, so it does raise some concern of how much it will cost. One of the major complaints about the reveal was that it didn’t showcase the games. The reveal was certainly not game heavy - that’s undeniable. But we all know Microsoft can make a kick-ass games console. If they focused just on games during their debut, it’d be like Apple talking about how you can make telephone calls on the iPhone. I know that. What else can it do? I think Microsoft answered that question by featuring the guts and potential of the Xbox One. Besides, E3 is only 3 weeks away, so, as my French teacher used to say, calmer vous. Lastly, I think Microsoft hit this reveal out of the park in ways that had nothing to do with the console itself. Plainly put, Microsoft’s reveal featured people on stage that were something other than white males. At one point, there were actually two women. On stage. At the same time. Talking about Halo. Hallelujah and pass the ammunition! Also, they actually showed the console. Win.
P.S. HALO TV SERIES!
Xbox One was something I was very excited about and I could not wait for the announcement! However, when the news finally dropped, I can say the "One" word I came away with was disappointment. My biggest issue with the announcement was that games are required to be installed, and on top of that, used games may require a fee when installed. As a wife, my husband and I have two separate consoles. We also share games constantly. So we will have to pay a fee each time to borrow games from each other? Also, I borrow games from friends all the time. You're telling me I have to pay to test a game out?
In addition, the announcement stemmed from two things, sports and tv. Microsoft needs to get back to the basic idea that while we enjoy doing other things with our consoles, we are first and foremost buying it as a gaming system. I know that E3 will bring more information, but at first glance, I am not sure I will be investing in an XBOX One.
The Xbox One announcement left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, I sympathized with the Internet gaming crowd. Microsoft didn't produce any games that told me I needed their system. But on the other hand, I'm glad they didn't. Microsoft appears to be targeting a consumer unlike me. I don't have cable, I don't watch movies, and my PC is inches from my television. I'm not their market, and I'm glad I'm not. With Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft targeting separate demographics, it gives me faith in the three companies surviving instead of eating each other whole. Had Xbox One been all about games, it may have ignited a war for gamers' hearts between itself and the PS4. A war with a winner. A winner that then occupies one of two places in the console hierarchy. At a time when game companies seem to be failing left and right, a loss of a manufacturer could be a deadly blow to console innovation and quality. The Xbox One isn't for me, and y'know what? It doesn't need to be.
We did get to see that dog in a mocap suit, though. That was pretty awesome!
Did you like or hate Microsoft's Xbox One announcement? Let us know in the comments!