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Submitted by -Mezzo- 1010d ago | opinion piece

Four Ways Microsoft Can Win With the Next Xbox

Forbes - The next Xbox is on its way, and while we already know a lot, there are many unanswered questions leading up to Microsoft May 21 reveal. The landscape for console gaming is changing. An old console with beefier hardware isn’t going to cut it this time, and both Microsoft and Sony are going to have to work harder than ever to convince consumers to shell out the cash for a new system. Nintendo didn’t make that argument as well as it could have — it’s paying the price as it struggles to move the Wii U. (Microsoft, Xbox One)

kingmushroom  +   1010d ago
1. No RROD
2.Free online
3.Fresh IP exclusives
4. don't focus much on Kinect
WeAreLegion  +   1010d ago
Those would all be incredible, but I think only number 1 will happen. I REALLY hope they push some new IP's this generation, however. :) Sony needs some competition.
MikeMyers  +   1010d ago
1. Good price
(value, various options)
2. Good content
(from AAA games to small indie games, also unique games that show off the hardware, and exclusive content)
3. Good hardware
(reliable, future-proof, powerful)
4. Good service
(customer satisfaction, DRM restrictions, Xbox Live, online services including dashboard navigation)

Let's see later this year which of those 4 they actually fulfill.
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Jek_Porkins  +   1010d ago
1,3 and 4 will most likely happen, they wont give up that sweet one billion dollar per year Xbox Live service, they have no real reason to, it's not like the service is declining, and it costs money to operate and maintain it.

I see people mention RROD quite often, but the original Xbox had no failure issues, after 2007 the Xbox 360's failure rate was drastically reduced, and when the 360s came out I don't believe its had any problems, so basically in 12 years of making consoles they had an issue for 2 of those years, then offered 3 year warranties on all their consoles.

Almost all of their studios are working on new IP's, and they have some quality third party support as well, or at least that's the rumor. I'm sure Kinect will be a huge focus on the entertainment side, I'm not sure they'll implement it into gaming quite as much this time around, unless it can do 1:1 motion, then I think people wouldn't mind it.
joab777  +   1010d ago
Its funny b/c who won this gen? We did as Sony and MS finished about dead even. Look for more of the same and we as gamers will benefit. Theres more than enough room for both.
morganfell  +   1010d ago
Two points.

This generation has not ended and will not end even once the next gen launches. At least it doesn't end for Sony. You can expect the PS3 and 360 to be far from Dead Even once this generation truly ends.

Second and more important, stating gamers won because of a sales tie isn't gamers winning. Gamers that had the console with tons of great games, features, exclusives, and inexpensive access are the only ones that actually won.
SpinalRemains138  +   1010d ago
Ill tell you who 'won', since that matters to you.

PS3 gamers won because they only pay 60 bucks to play any given game online.
360 gamers pay 60 for the game, then 60 again to play it online.

Clearly we see who loses. Double the price for exact same experience. Simple really. You're being ripped off and you're not only blind to it, but you embrace it.
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1nsaint  +   1010d ago
1 feature i would like to see is mod support, but i doubt any console will ever have that
haymoza  +   1010d ago
All they need to do is not focus on Kinect games come E3. Show the fans real games.
CommonSenseGamer  +   1010d ago
Kinect is great for family oriented games however, if they can reduce the lag and improve the tracking then I'd be keen on seeing QuickTime sections of a game being kinect enabled.
cyberninja  +   1010d ago
More games, less crap. It's that simple.
cleft5  +   1010d ago
If this has always online drm than they don't exist to me. I am sure everyone else will buy it. The same way everyone buys the dlc that all these companies sell and then complain about it.
Jek_Porkins  +   1010d ago
Personally, as long as they sell enough to keep operating I'm happy, I'm not one who's all into "winning" a generation, mostly because I don't see jack squat for anyone winning a generation.
BanBrother  +   1010d ago
Dude, of course you get something for 'winning'. You become a super saiyan and grow a bigger penis and stop being a weak little nerd.

Well, at least that's what I think the fanboys on the internet think.

I must now sit and wait for a white knight in a superman costume to arrive. See ya.
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fardan85  +   1010d ago
I think there are other way important things.
1- Reliable Hardware, Less RROD
2- New Exclusives, I don't think 4 new franchises will cause a harm to MS.
3- Online play should be free.
4- BluRay.
fardan85  +   1010d ago
LOL, some people like to pay extra cash for nothing & unreliable hardware.
Kakashi Hatake  +   1010d ago
Why is there so many "how xbox can win" articles? Is that the only acceptable outcome for these "journalists"?
strigoi814  +   1010d ago
concentrate on hardcore gamers wish for..GAMES and new IP's
SDF Repellent  +   1010d ago
1. Undercut PS4 by $100 across all Sku.
2. Comparable spec to PS4
3. New Fresh IPs, Black Tusk studio and Respawan rumored exclusive is a great start.
4. Blu-Ray Drive

Added bonus:
1. Integration with all Windows apps, = PC, tablets, phones
2. Backward compatibility with X360
3. Crossed-platform play with PC,ie..Games for Window
4. Kinect 2.0 adding new ideas and gameplay element to core gaming, ie..using both controller and Kinect for games.
NukaCola  +   1010d ago
Asking a lot there.
humbleopinion  +   1010d ago
Can't stress enough how important bonus point 4#. Until Kinect is integrated with a proper controller, it will be useless for most types of gaming. Supplement, not replacement.

As for the main points, last gen they pretty much fulfilled 1-3, whereas bluray was left out because they released before it was even available. This time around bluray is pretty much guaranteed as it's a ~7 years old tech now.

What I'll add on top of that is cheap tools for indie developers and a good store frontend for them. XBLA XBLIG was a great step, but it seemed MS took a small step backwards since then.
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Droid Control  +   1010d ago
1. Quality reliable hardware. No disc scratching, no RROD
2. Free Online
3. Remove the adverts from the dashboard
4. Focus on games, not apps
5. Develop a ton of new and varied IP's
6. Do not put Kinect 2 in the box and force us to pay for it
7. Ensure the console is backwards compatabile with xbox 360
8. 8GB of RDDR5 RAM or higher...
9. Do not have always-on!
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RuleofOne343  +   1010d ago
Do whatever needs to be done to destroy & put Sony gaming division im the Red am talking red where it takes ten years to even attempt to correct. Ha ha ha
Lazarus69  +   1010d ago
Why on earth would you want that to happen?,unless you don't actually mean it and are just trolling
Hicken  +   1010d ago
Oh, he means it.
PooEgg  +   1010d ago
TV & Kinect? Don't care about that at all. So I don't agree with this article. I think that if you are releasing a GAMING console the #1 way you can win is by focusing on better games and better performance. Create a console that developers find easy to work with, and encourage them to create lots of good games for you. Do that and the gamers will come.

It will be interesting to see what happens when MS puts some cards on the table. Until they do, I won't count them out, but I have to say everything I have read so far has not made me interested, I hope most of it turns out to be rumors, but I get the feeling a lot of it will prove to be spot on.

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