Xbox One is a desperate prayer to stop time

Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander wasn't particularly impressed with today's "groundbreaking" Xbox One unveiling.

"At the opening of Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, my first thought was that I feel old: An amped movie trailer soundtrack accompanies the pan-out on the big Reveal Tent on the company's campus, and I couldn't be gladder not to be there: No wristband, no ambling in line for logo lanyards and pounding sizzle reel, no obligatory applause for yet another annual lime green laser light show. Other people are excited about this, probably. I'm not. I'm become the jaded cynic, destroyer of dreams."

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GribbleGrunger1672d ago

Whether you agree with it or not, that's one hell of a well written article.

Enemy1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

Fastforward to 10:10, guys. Xbox One only gives games 5GB RAM to work with.

PS4 = 8GB GDDR5 unified to games

I love how Marc tries to brush it off by saying "but but the other 3 gigs will let you watch TV while you play!"

LightofDarkness1672d ago

That's 5GB of system RAM, which will more than likely be on par with what PS4 will offer in terms of system RAM use. Remember, PS4's 8GB are shared between GPU and CPU with 1GB reserved for OS. So imagine 2GB will be used for VRAM (mostly textures) at any given time if not more, so it could well be around 5GB available for anything other than VRAM uses in the PS4 too. They've yet to confirm how much VRAM the X1 will have (which will undoubtedly be GDDR5). If they're using DDR3 for VRAM, god help them.

Anyway, the thing sucks in general, I don't know why I'm wasting my breath defending it on a technical level.

tuglu_pati1672d ago

According to some rumors PS4 will use 1GB of ram for the operating system, leaving developers 7Gb to use which, is way more than the Xbox one have or use for gaming.

Xbox One will be competing with Wii U in terms of power.

darthv721672d ago

shadowfall was said to only be using 3gb of ram. So if xbox one has 5gb to work with and can achieve some sort of parity in its visuals then...hey.

Its all good.

The main difference between ther two is the type of memory. 8gb DDR3 is =/= to 8gb GDDR5 from what some site say. GDDR is higher latency but faster and better for graphic intensive uses. DDR is lower latency and slower but better for multitasking workload.

both platforms seem to be using similar specs with what we can discern. Specs aside...its the games and features that define each platform.

Each will be a welcome addition in my home.

jerethdagryphon1672d ago

light the apu that the x1 uses is similat to this

only slower with 8 cores.

the ram pool is shared 8gb is vram+cpuram they may have a small framebuffer again not sure

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abzdine1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

i could really feel MS didn't see that feb 20th announcement coming!! it was such a mess with that console design they just made yesterday night -_-

Clarence1672d ago

Hell naw!they didn't see it coming! It hit'em like the hulk

M$ is trying to appeal to people who watch TV all day and night. Fantasy football they can't be serious. Fail every article pretty on here pretty much is saying how bad their conference was.

uuaschbaer1672d ago

Yes, it is,and not littered with the usual going-forwardses.

d0nni31672d ago

I agree sir, very well written artical that bought up points i hadn't considered as yet. It does paint a very jaded look at what we saw today and i have to say i can't find a reason to disagree with him.

EVILDEAD3601672d ago

Conference was far from desperate.

MS showed off what they needed to show, you could lobby the same criticisms at Sony.

At the end of the day, even without E3, MS is set-up perfectly to have a hugely successful launch.


PirateThom1672d ago

The entire internet disagrees with you. There was a wholly positive vibe after a 2 hour PS4 event. the XB1 event has been met with mostly negativity or indifference.

That's the reality. The disappointing reality.

They didn't show what they needed to show, they showed a media box rather than a gaming console.

kenshiro1001672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

Are you kidding me? You, of ALL people should not be defending this. And please don't give me that 'wait until E3' crap because I am not looking forward to E3.

Microsoft disappoints yet again.

d0nni31672d ago

It will have a great launch i'm sure but we're too far away to be speculating about that yet, we know next to nothing about how they will realistically stack up against each other!

I would disagree that they have set themselves up perfectly though, the conference left a lot to be desired. Granted they have got the basic functionality on show and got the console reveal out of the way meaning they can focus on games more at E3, it just seems that the things they did announce did nothing to increase hype, they whole thing left me feeling empty i have to say.

What was there to get excited about? Fifa getting an exclusing mode in Ultimate Team (i've yet to meet anyone that uses this part of Fifa). Another CoD game that didn't really show anything apart from the usual fanfare of slow-mo running with a few dogs and not so great arm hair (o_0) more slow mo cars and the only thing that looked half decent was Remedys new project.

It lack substance and anything to really make you look back and say "Wow, i didn't see that coming" It was lots of promises for the future without promising anything

They best have a dam good ace up their sleeve for E3 because from what they showed today, they've forgotten who buys the damn thing

SCW19821672d ago

How can you lobby the same complaints against Sony? They actually showed live gameplay not a bunch of trailers calling it gameplay. Not once was there an actual game being played at this event. I laughed out loud when they showed XBOXONE graphics by showing a trailer for EA sports games that was laughably prerendered. So please explain how the same complaints can be thrown against Sony? Or go on defending your Black Laser Disc Player from 79

EVILDEAD3601672d ago

@ Pirate Thom

'The entire internet disagrees with you'

LMAO. The ENTIRE Internet disagrees with what?

Are you really claiming that EVERONE on the internet had only positive things about Sony and EVERYONE on the internet has only negative things to say about this conference?

Believe what YOU want. I'm not hating on the Sony conference at all. What I am saying is you could easily make the argument that they both showed what they had to show to get their messaging across and are BOTH saving their big announcements for E3.

Either way, the MS conference was far from a desperate at all.

Sony showed it's hardware capabilities, tech demos, 1st and 3rd party games, and leveraged partnerships.

MS did exactly the same thing. But didn't use 2 hours to do it.


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rainslacker1672d ago

Gamasutra is one of the last bastions of good gaming journalism, and it's to be expected. Most of their writing focuses on the development and business side of games though, not really as much on the consumer side.

ArchangelMike1672d ago

Excellent article. Who in the gaming industry has been gasping for a media cable box? Nobody, that's who.
M$ just failed at their own unveiling.

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HowarthsNJ1672d ago

I get the joke, "Xbox Won". Sorry if I'm not the first to think this.

kingmushroom1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

i was thinking the same thing and that's what they have to do to trick the public, which is lame.

majiebeast1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

Xbox one official theme song has been revealed.

4 is better then 1.

Polygon and wired are both reporting that the xbox one will have a powerbrick. This thing is just a massive disaster.

Show me the power supply in this pic

This unveiling just beat Sony E3 2006 and thats a pretty big achievement.

adorie1672d ago

To think I had this in a tab, ready to use. *closes tab and hits agree*

Enemy1672d ago

Not sure if you're joking about the powerbrick but that would be tragic.

HammadTheBeast1672d ago

I just realized my PS3 didn't have on lol.

Then I remembered..... cold winter nights.... Xbox RROD.... power brick.... giving me warmth.....

adorie1672d ago

Destroyer of Dreams Vs Freddy Kruger.
On-topic: Touche, Gribble. I can't even talk negatively about Xbox one anymore, because it's already getting old. This article is a similar reflection, thus after reading it, I came to the conclusion that the negative press will live on without me.

On a final note, can't wait for E3. My pre-order money is ready for Greatness. :)

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