Xbox One doesn't need to care about core gamers

Microsoft doesn't need to cater for gamers - why should it? It's focus is broader - and some would say, smarter in the long run...

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DaveyB1645d ago

Finally! Nice to read an article which doesn't a) completely miss the point and b)is relatively positive bout Xbox One. So tired of reading 'how Microsoft messed up their presentation' articles. It's ony been 24 hours and it's already boring.

NewMonday1645d ago

This goes 2 ways, core gamers will not care about the X1

DaveyB1645d ago

The point he's making is that with a popular eco system (therefor a large audience) developers will be more attracted to it. If developers are attracted to it, then gamers will follow where the developers go.

'Genuine' core gamers will go where he games are. Games will go to to the most popular ecosystem.

As gamer-focused as Nintendo claim to be - this is what they're missing. The popularlity of their ecosystem is poor, so they're missing developer support.

jimbobwahey1645d ago

The problem you seem to be missing though, DaveyB, is that core gamers are integral to the success of a console launch because they're the only ones who will be willing to put down the amount of cash required to own such a device within the first few years of its lifespan.

If Microsoft abandons them, who will be there to buy the Xbox One at release? It certainly won't be the casual crowd.

Freak of Nature1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

"XBOX, tell me why you don't care for us core gamers"?

"XBOX, switch me over to my PS4 please"....

loulou1645d ago

so a bunch of n4g fanboys are the voice and know what core gamers want and dont want??

for all these lack of core games on the 360 this gen, i can tell you that my 360 has seen more use than my ps3.

so i did i miss the part where microsoft said the xbox1 doesn't play games? from what i could understand from yesterday was, that the xbox1 is a games console with lots of added features.

the xbox1 will get EVERY 3rd party game that sony gets next-gen, and the only difference will be the exclusives..

looks like a console to me

Kaneda1645d ago

@loulou n4g fanboys are core gamers.. This is a game site... and you have a lot of disagreed.

mmccarthy41645d ago

I don't think ms will abandon the core market but it definately will try and bring all groups of people together. I think if kinect 2 delivers what kinect one promised it could add to the core experience if done right but that all depends on how it performs and how devs implement it. I was suprised so few people were impressed with the ui and how quickly everyone dismissed the new ip sinse when does ms release new ips

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syphon321644d ago

It really was a so so conference

Chapter111645d ago

Gamers will never follow a system that requires Kinect, a fee to play used games, and a company that obviously doesn't care about them on any level.

Objective1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Precisely. A progressive business model creates an accessible, popular and functional platform off which developers will be enticed to do their magic. Trying to wrest control of platform and content is an outdated business model. Apple's success is proof of this. Glad MS can see this.

syphon321644d ago

Not progressive objectively, destructive. For a system who's main patron is gamers.

Raf1k11645d ago

With so much focus on other features and little focus on games I can't help but feel that the X1 would be better suited to a CES reveal than a pre-E3 one.

Alos881645d ago

You know what, DaveyB? I think that if yesterday had gone differently you would be singing a very different tune.
We only "don't matter" until casual gamers take a good look at the price and say "no thanks"- then suddenly, we become vital to the success of a console. What a mysterious occurence.

ZeroX98761645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Then if they don't care about core gamer, how about we remove it from N4G completely?

Most of the fan base on this site are core gamers and I don't see much posting about ios and android games.

My first console pick was PS4 before the reveal of the Xbox one. it didn't change after the reveal. Maybe E3 will bring more positive things for the xbox on the GAME side. I hope so for all the core xbox fans out there who's been supporting them since 2001.

wishingW3L1645d ago

are you really that interested on its cable-box features that you're willing to sacrifice specs, put up with always online and games locked to an account just for that? On top of it pay to play online too?

joeorc1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

while on a whole I do agree this is great and A GOOD THING FOR MICROSOFT TO EXPAND INTO but there is a under lining core problem that Microsoft is facing, and that here take a look.

Press conference introducing the "Samsung Smart TV at CES 2012 that has motion gesture control, voice control and face recognition.

Looks familiar?

The problem for Microsoft is the fact that not just Samsung but you have LG, Philips,Panasonic,sharp,vizio, lenovo,Apple,Google TV. that does not include other topset box'es like sling or cube roku.

ALL COURTING THOSE VERY SAME road maps to attract the same consumer's. So Microsoft just split their consumer target dynamics be a hell of a lot, one of which is going to be quite hard to do will, if Microsoft does well it will be fantastic, if they do not they will have paid dearly for it.

While i Applaud microsoft to moving into this part of the market it is going into a more contested market dynamic than just game console.

I think Nintendo and Sony are taking a better way to challenge this part of the market than what Microsoft is doing, and while i think its good Microsoft is open to doing this.

I think that Microsoft may have a much harder time to compete in this part of the market. but we will see i wish them Luck they are going to need it.

himdeel1645d ago

I agree that if MS can do it right it will be something to see. But I'd argue that most smart TVs already do all of this stuff already and your games are still only a button press away now on the 360/PS3/WiiU.

Lastly as someone who has given up cable a little more than 2 years ago and spend my free time gaming. I'm glad the Xbox One will have the usual suspects of apps for internet TV watchers. All I could think of during this announcement was this is the new Blackberry.

mananimal1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

What you just stumbled on is the "Consolidation of ALL THINGS" , that is happening in every concievable market Worldwide, not just entertainment. Its not a coincidence but by DESIGN. All business sectors basically doing the same things to a degree until it becomes a way of life, the norm for people, then no one resist the tyranny any longer. Consolidation......of all things on earth. nations, EVERYTHING etc etc etc. Console wars? lol lol, theres never been such a thing, a lie told to sheeple by the media(they're liars always have been). PS4 will be similarly draconian, you'll see people.

Using an analogy: This Next Gen will seperate the wheat from the tares, the sheep from the goats, gamer freedom lovers from those who wld trade there freedoms as slave minded gamer whimps.

To each his own though. But I would NEVER by a SPY BOX & bring it into my home, I Love my family & my right to privacy. Xbox One is a threat to freedom & privacy. No thanks from this Core Gamer, Never.

himdeel1645d ago

Xbox One only cares about your living room...doesn't matter who's in there.

CONFIRMED: The vents on the new Xbox are so big because its dual purpose is to cool your home in the summer and keep you toasty in the winter.

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Patashnik1645d ago

I think a lot of what he says is true. If you build an environment that works and becomes popular, everything else falls into place. Look at Apple - it's not the device that;s key - it's the ecosystem that sits inside it. Once you have that developers will follow.

In that sense MS are going about it a sensible way.

Still wish they showed some games though! >_<

mega311645d ago

I read an article how this was Steve Jobs Dream device created by Microsoft LOL :D nice twist

mega311645d ago

LOL why do u care if its denial hes right, people will go towards the all in one system. Look at how apple succeded with the tablet iPad, its games, movies, internet capabilities. People like simplistic things, and the xbox is as simple as simple gets. This will sell very well cause u know the saying, "Simplicity is its own reward"

SexyGamerDude1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

I don't know why you are comparing this to the iPad. It's nothing like the IPad. Yes, the IPad had games, movies, and internet capabilities but the main reason people bought it is because you can do all that AND it's mobile and on the go. The main reason people all like the all these mobile devices is because they are smart, easy to use, and mobile.

You cannot put your One away and take it out to play games or watch movies on the train/bus. The ONE is nothing like the IPad.

Why not compare it to Sony's WiFi Blue ray media players? They do everything the Xbox One is trying to do. They offer you all kind of free movie channels and you can watch videos from Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, and other services. Plus, it's much cheaper.

Not even TV lovers will love this thing. Give it up. You're not convincing anybody.

mega311645d ago

Im not convincing anyone, lol, jeez, im saying everyone likes simple, this is simple. Tv lovers will love this thing, half of my friends parents want to buy this because of the tv thing, and THAT IS DEPRESSING. Xbox moved away from gamers because they have the opinion that this should be an entertainment box. And i never compared xbox to ipad i just said look at how apple succeeded with an all in one device.

An all in one device is perfect for everyone, im not happy, but at the same time i know why they chose this route. We are gamers, there aren't enough of us in the world, and MS wants to have a console in every home, well guess what no matter what you say this is the best way to do it. TV integration, and Skype and all this. This is going to be in a lot of homes.

There will be an XboxOne in a lot of homes this year because well, its an entertainment hub. Thats it, nothing to it.

Im disappointed in the way Microsoft chooses to handle it but in the long run, this will make them A LOT of money.

Im getting PS4 and XboxOne, so ill have best of both worlds cause they both are unique in their own way.

ebreda1645d ago

Mega31 is absolutely right. Unfortunately, there's NOT enough of us real gamers to make MS the fortune they want.
They came from 20 or so million Xboxes to 70 or so million 360s, and EVERYONE agrees MS did almost everything right this generation (except for missing some exclusives towards the end of the cycle). And all this marketing/investment/hard work has gotten them 70 million hardware sales.

Realistically, how many consoles could MS expect to sell next-gen, IF they did everything we wanted? Say, tons of exclusives games, best hardware, etc? How many? 100 million? 120 million at the most? Is that what Sony expect to sell? 150 million maybe?

Now look at where Apple and Samsung are. That'a what MS wants. There's simply not enough of us gamers to buy 250 million of Xbox Ones, if only because a gaming machine is what it is, and it's geared towards a very specific crowd, and that is us and us alone.

Nintendo effectively broaded gaming appeal, and the most they got was 100 million Wiis sold. That's it.

MS was very clear about wanting to sell a all-in-one box (it even showed those exactly same words during the event), and with that they are aiming at everyone who enjoys sitting on the couch and watching TV, and maybe playing some games too. They're not coming for US, they're coming for everyone else, and maybe some of us too, if they're smart about system exclusives.

MS is now following a whole different path. Sony wants to sell game consoles, and that will probably guarantee them 150 million sales, because as a gaming machine, the PS4 is an absolutely beast of a system. MS on the other hand is heading for the all-in-one/media center set-top box, and they can realistically sell a lot more, if only because they have a very different demographic to cater to.

Is it good for us real gamers? It doesn't seem so, because the gaming aspect has apparently been neglected. But it really doesn't matter to MS, because they have a much wider potential market waiting for them.

urwifeminder1645d ago

Is it something to do with fruit? so many labels these days I know I like the box1.

sly-Famous1645d ago

Of course MS doesnt have to care about core gamers because Sony will.

maxgamehard1645d ago

I am shocked at how many Xbox fans are cool with what M$ did. What is E3 going to change? There will still be mandatory installs, mandatory every 24 hour internet checks, mandatory kinect, used game fees.

Are people cool with this, cause i am not.

I have bought every console this gen and last gen but this next gen i will only own a Wii U and PS4.

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