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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.

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kingmushroom1182d ago

1. No RROD
2.Free online
3.Fresh IP exclusives
4. don't focus much on Kinect

WeAreLegion1182d 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.

MikeMyers1182d ago (Edited 1182d 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.

Jek_Porkins1182d 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.

joab7771182d 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.

morganfell1182d 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.

SpinalRemains1381181d 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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1nsaint1181d ago

1 feature i would like to see is mod support, but i doubt any console will ever have that

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haymoza1182d ago

All they need to do is not focus on Kinect games come E3. Show the fans real games.

CommonSenseGamer1182d 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.

cyberninja1182d ago

More games, less crap. It's that simple.

cleft51182d 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_Porkins1182d 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.

BanBrother1182d ago (Edited 1182d 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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