In some ways, it was a difficult platform for Microsoft to walk after Sony had already done it so spectacularly but with the time they had to prepare, you would think they’d have learnt from Sony’s mistakes, am I right? It has reached a point where I’m starting to believe that both Sony and Microsoft are hiring the wrong people to design and come up with ideas for their consoles. Its almost as if they have hired a middle aged dad to invent something they consider to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’.
The PlayStation Move and the Kinect are great ideas…in theory, but only a small minority of gamers actually care about these products and will use them consistently, they are just gimmicky toys that lose their entertainment value pretty quickly. The difference between Sony’s implementation of the Move with the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s use of the Kinect are truly extraordinary. The PS Move is portrayed as an optional extra that carries out all these neat little features, on the other hand the Kinect for the Xbox One is seen as the focal point and is almost being forced into our lives. Its the difference between being spoon fed something new or having it shoved into your face and unfortunately for Microsoft, they seem to be carrying out the latter. After reading several articles across the internet, my mind has been scrambled with information but from what I’ve heard, the Kinect for the Xbox One is practically going to be a necessity. Moving on!
I’d like to note that at the beginning of the hour long reveal, I was excited to see what the new Xbox had to offer but as soon as they booted up the console and that same old OS showed up, I was severely disappointed. Why is it that Microsoft wants the whole world to be made out of friggin’ tiles?! We’ve already seen that with the 360 and Windows 8, and I know it isn’t easy designing and programming all these things (I would know, I’m a 3rd year Games Development student) but after all this time, you’d think they would have at least made SOME changes but no, they didn’t.
Despite all of this, I could look past it, as long as they showed off some game play and not just trailers and snippets, once again…this didn’t happen. At the risk of sounding like an old grumpy man, a lot of the hour long show kind of left me saying “Yeah, so…?” I hope for Microsoft’s sake that they intentionally left out a lot of details and kept us a little in the dark so they had something to show off later, however I feel as if I’m just making excuses for them.
I own an Xbox 360 and a PlayStation 3 and both consoles have their pros and cons but when it comes to the next generation, from what I’ve seen so far, it looks like PlayStation all the way. There are also some other issues that I’m not going to touch on at the moment, such as the ‘Always Online’ and that the Xbox One won’t be friendly with pre-owned games rumors, simply because nothing has been confirmed 100% yet.
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