May 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm #88716
Soooooo….new X Box.
Thoughts?May 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm #88721
I’ll start off.
Things I liked:
*new controller and Kinect interface
*8 New IPs for the coming year; i’m glad they are moving past the churn of sequels that’s watered down properties like Gears of War. We are due some new hotness and I’m looking forward to E3 reveals
Things I’m “meh” about:
*talking to my Xbox sounds cool, but if I’m watching Some random program and a character yells “xbox”, is my system going to go haywire?
Things I didn’t ‘t care for:
*screen space is valuable real estate; PiP tech is obsolete. If I want to surf the net while watching a movie, I have dozens of miniature screens (smartphone, tablet) that allow me to do that. Also, screaming xbox commands during a movie would be super annoying for everyone else in the room
*i don’t buy many EA sports games, and I don’t have cable. Made most of the presentation kind of ho hum for meMay 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm #88722
Its criminal that this doesn’t have at least a terabyte to work with on this console.May 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm #88879
I LOVE the integration with the TV. I’ve gotten totally used to controlling everything with my Wii U tablet and its great that they’re taking that to the next level. I just hope that you can also do it with controller commands just in case the voice control doesn’t quite work.
I agree with N’jalia though, 500 GB is smaller than I expected, especially if you’re installing every game that you get. It should be enough for the majority of folks though – my steam folder is 300 GB and I have about 70 games installed. Unless they’ll let you throw any hard drive in, prepare to pay for some overpriced Microsoft hard drive upgrades.May 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm #88881
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Well it sounds great… but I’m going to wait till the 1st wave of excitement and bugs/glitches come and go… I got plenty more to get out of my 360 now and I’m not inspired to rush and get the One when it comes out.June 3, 2013 at 1:25 am #89557
N’Jaila: yeah 500GB does seem kind of low, although from what I see the PS4 has the same amount.
I think Xbox can possibly end up nickel and diming people for add-ons.
I wonder if the games and live subscriptions stay at a reasonable price (current) or how much of an increase will it be.
I’m also concerned about 360 live support, especially if the demand for One is not somewhat satisfied at offset, will they try to stop supporting the 360 to force people into getting the One? Considering games are still being developed, probably not right away but maybe within one year’s time. Who knows?
I probably going to chill with my 360 for awhile, at least until I play some of the latest games.June 3, 2013 at 1:29 am #89558
Unless I misinterpret how the online game experience works.June 3, 2013 at 3:23 am #89559
The specs are pretty much similar to the PS4, which means that porting from one console to the other will be a much easier proposition this generation. Your shaders might have to adapt a bit because of the memory architectures.June 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm #89621
Overall I liked a lot of what the XB1 is offering, but I think that it is moving dangerously in the direction of becoming more and more difficult for disabled gamers to use and enjoy at the same level as TAB gamers.June 4, 2013 at 5:01 am #89689
Hey Patient C, I don’t know exactly what you mean. Do you think all games will start to use body movements because of the kinect?June 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm #89765
They didn’t advertise motion stuff so I don’t anticipate it will be a small niche group of games, like Kinect for 360. I think the Xbox One is focusing more on voice control and camera recognition as opposed to motion control.June 10, 2013 at 11:24 am #90235
Microsoft Will Let You Resell Xbox One Games — But Publishers May Not
As a publisher of games for its Xbox One hardware, Microsoft will allow players to trade in their games at “participating retailers” without anyone having to pay an extra fee, it said Thursday in a statement released online.
However, it can’t say the same for the other publishers that will create Xbox One games. They, Microsoft says, have the right to “opt out” entirely of letting players sell games, or to negotiate separate terms with retail stores like GameStop that do involve the payments of “transfer fees.”
In other words: Don’t ask us anymore, ask third-party publishers.
Since used games can only be sold at “participating retailers,” this necessarily excludes private sales: You can’t sell a game to your next-door neighbor, or on eBay. Only by using a certain retail store as a middleman will you be able to trade in your games.
Microsoft says that it is possible to give your games to your friends, but puts serious restrictions on this practice: You can only give a game to someone who has been on your Xbox Live friends list for 30 days, and each copy of a game can only exchange hands once. No passing a single game around a group of people or getting it back later: Each transfer is permanent and exhausts the possibility of further transfer.
“Loaning or renting” games, Microsoft says, won’t be possible when Xbox One launches, although it might down the line.
In a separate informational post, Microsoft said that the Xbox One would indeed need to connect to the internet once every 24 hours to “verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend.”
If the system is unable to connect, Microsoft said, it would not be able to play any games at all, even single-player ones, although it could still watch live television and disc-based movies.
“In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband,” Microsoft said.
These clear statements on the Xbox One’s restrictions on used games come weeks after a confusing debut for the new console, at which Microsoft executives gave different answers to different publications that often directly contradicted each other.June 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm #90286
Xbox One Will Arrive in November, Cost $499
Xbox One will hit store shelves in November, and it’ll cost you $499 here in the States.
The Xbox One has from the start been hailed as a “living room experience.” Microsoft says it’s not just a gaming console, it’s a TV portal and communications device, the one-stop entertainment box that will convince you to trash the other gadgets lurking on or beneath your TV.
The question now is: Is that something you want, and if so, is it worth $500?
Microsoft announced pricing for its next-gen console today at its annual E3 press conference. The console will go for 499 euros in Europe and £429 in the U.K. Microsoft also revealed that it will be abandoning its convoluted Microsoft Points pricing structure for online purchases made via the Xbox One. Instead of forcing customers to convert cash into spendable points to buy games, Xbox One users can directly purchase everything using the currency of their home country.
The company did not reveal details on pricing for its Xbox Live Gold subscription service, which currently costs $59.99 per year.
Sony is expected to finally reveal the pricing details of its PlayStation 4 console later this evening, at its own E3 conference.
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