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Submitted by zme-ul 439d ago | news

Believe it or not, Xbox is taking care of business

Marques Lyons - Microsoft Xbox MVP and the Director of Consumer Camp:
"As the owner of a small business, you find great value in your computer and your phone. Between the two of them you are prepped for presentations, up to date on your appointments and able to create documents with relative ease.
However, let me throw another device into that mix: The Xbox One.
What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business. In fact, it's entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense. The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms." (Microsoft, Xbox One)

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zme-ul  +   439d ago
Microsoft clearly lost their marbles
NewMonday  +   439d ago
WTF!

this is not a parody, MS are actually saying this.

TV TV TV sports business TV

just when you think you have seen everything, MS invent new ways to fail.

its funny but this article is becoming true:
"Xbox One is Becoming a Great Ad for the PS4"
http://n4g.com/news/1306300...
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zme-ul  +   439d ago
MS has "something" here, a perfect opportunity for industrial espionage :lol:
edonus  +   439d ago | Well said
Well let me get in here before the circle jerk get out of control.

Its funny how the first set of comments come from clear sony fanboys that clearly dont own businesses. Everything they say in the article is totally viable. The ONE is a very versatile machine.

The more it does the better it can sell. Imagine Xbox ONES at the office. That would be cool.
NewMonday  +   439d ago
@edonus

sure, video conferences on a machine that collects information, no problem at all :/
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dredgewalker  +   439d ago
I'm sorry but for business a pc is all you need, which is cheaper, more flexible and costs less to maintain. The Xbox One is looking like a jack of all trades and master of none console.
zme-ul  +   439d ago
@edonus
being a small business, chanches are (100%) that you have a notebook or a PC around, yes?!
it's fairly easy to install Skype or any other software for video conferences
chances are that you do not have a webcam, then you need to buy one

but, bottom line - it's not gonna cost you 499.99USD

for a small business it's very important on what they spend they money on - do you actually think a gaming console would be part of their budget
dredgewalker  +   439d ago
MS should also fire the idiot who thought of this idea. A console will never replace nor will it outperform the function of a pc for office use. My god is MS deliberately trying to sabotage the Xbox One?
aiBreeze  +   439d ago
Lmfao edonus.. you'd say white was black if Microsoft came out and said so. Xbox One as a device for small businesses.. no just no. For what they are claiming there are far cheaper and far more productive solutions.

It's also funny you call people out as clear sony fanboys when it's crystal clear who you are a fanboy of. Do I own a small business? No but one of my closest friend does and he just laughed the idea out the window. Regardless of fanboy or not, I think it's fairly obvious Microsoft really are losing their marbles and are clearly deluded if they think they are going to sell the Xbox One as a business device.
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JoySticksFTW  +   439d ago
Any apologists still want to say that gaming is a priority for MS?

You know when PS3 started getting good? When Sony stopped marketing it as a everything box and began focusing on games again.

It's like MS is totally ignoring this generation's lessons, and just throwing anything against the wall to see what sticks.

How can anyone in their right mind not see the lack of vision and focus from MS with Xbox One?

Didn't MS only begin working on Xbone in 2010, while Sony began in 2007-2008?

MS were unprepared for the next gen to come so soon and it shows. They became complacent due to 360's success. And the most damning, MS seems out of touch with what people want from their system. All of this happening as MS is restructuring. Just after scrapping their vision of the future with Xbox One due to extreme backlash.

Who can feel confident in X1, when MS themselves don't seem confident in their own product with them grasping at straws?

Get it together, MS
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gnothe1  +   439d ago
guys like you disgust me...all MS is doing is showing MORE WAYS you can use this system ON TOP of playing GAMES AN BLU RAYS....its like no matter what MS shows guys like you find a reason to hate on it....if you hate MS so much why do you feel the need to post a bash in EVERY XBOX ARTICLE...I really don't like my PS3 but I don't need to bash it..im just gonna give sony another try this gen...ive never seen fanboys so bad in my life...I bet you've told all your friends NOT to get a xbox because the playstation is THE BEST...I don't even know why im wasting my time on you guys....I really need a new site..this place is PATHETIC
aiBreeze  +   439d ago
^^^ Lol, overreaction much? This is a site for GAMERS.. seeing how Microsoft completely screwed gamers over when they got delusions of Wii grandeur, I think gamers have every right to feel a little betrayed by Microsoft's lack of focus on the core gamers.

Anyway, ask Edonus and Jokesonyou, I'm sure they know a good place where you merry band of Xbox fanboys can go talk it up and go on about how awesome Microsoft and the Xbox One is.
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devwan  +   439d ago
@edonus

Yes, I have my own small business and I'm a Sony fan(boy), but (and this might come as a bit of a shocker)... I've got this magical device called a laptop, and blow me if the thing isn't already able to do all that stuff and more! Imagine my surprise as it didn't even cost as much as an xbox one!

Thanks for the giggles at least...
n4rc  +   439d ago
God.. You people are too dumb to even know what fanboy means..

You people do nothing but wait for any post that isnt slamming Xbox and starting talking nonsense.

You can use video chat for business.. Well no kidding! There is nothing bad or inaccurate about that..

Yes.. Let's all bitching about privacy when Sony has lost more users private data then any other console maker ever..

Fanboy idiocy.. Get a life
Dlacy13g  +   439d ago
Sony sold the US Air Force a ton of PS3's back in the day because it could be used to make a "super computer". Sony itself was publicly promoting a cloud program (forgot the name) that if you accepted allowed scientists to use your PS3 for data crunching. My point here is... there already is precedent for pitching game consoles for non-gaming use.

Xbox One most certainly won't be a popular choice for businesses but it could have business merit for those companies looking for a low end video conference call solution.

We already know MS wants Xbox One to be more than just a games console. This is merely part of that broader view.
nukeitall  +   439d ago
@devwan:

Do you have staff?

If your business is hectic, then time is the most valuable and costly resource you have. Dicking around with a laptop fixing problems trying to get things to work isn't resourceful use of your time or of your employees.

That is why companies invest in communication, and if this makes it all easier you bet they are going to jump on it.

A professional would cost you close to $400-500 a day at around $70k a year salary. If he/she or a few more people dick around for 2 hours, you spent that already.

Consumers see only single dollar savings, while even just small businesses looks at hundreds to thousands dollars.

People here have no clue how much businesses spend on things. Ask Cisco how much it cost for an enterprise video conference system. Hint, it far exceeds the cost of Xbox One several times over.
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HammadTheBeast  +   439d ago
Wow.

For about $1.99 (or even free) I can do conference calls with up to 26 people....

Wait for it....

On my phone.

But no, let's spend $500 cause as a small business I obviously have money to blow on games consoles for the office.
mewhy32  +   439d ago
Wow. I think micro$oft should leave the gaming to Sony. I mean, it's like every time that I read about them on the new there's something new idiotic thing that they're saying or doing.
dlocsta  +   439d ago
@newmonday
Did you type your response on a computer or cell phone? Just wanted to let you know that if you did they are both collecting information about you. I really wish you people would stop speaking just to be heard and actually think about the things you are saying. There is no more intrusive a device on the planet than a cell phone and you use that every day.
Urusernamesucks  +   439d ago
My god you people are so thickskulled, "a console should be only for gaming" then pcs should be only for calculatios and not videogames.
die_fiend  +   439d ago
This sums it up:

"The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms."

It could rival even the most modest of video conferencing. That's them admitting it's really quite poor at those things isn't it? If it can EVEN rival the most modest? Bad choice of words. Shouldn't it rival the good ones. Not, EVEN rival the poor ones
blanket14  +   439d ago
lol at 499 I could buy a pc that does it better for business than the one lol
mediate-this  +   439d ago
only thing that makes white white is the word
RememberThe357  +   439d ago
Why do you have to be a fanboy to recognize this is the exact thing we didn't want to see form MS. I'm not fanboy,thought I do lean Sony most of the time. I grew up with MS, born and raised in Seattle, I love Windows, and I think Office is beast, but I did not want to see MS push this system as a business opportunity for themselves. This is a games console they're trying to sell as a "cheep" conferencing platform. But like many have said here PCs (Windows) do it much better and cheaper.

I'm not a fanboy, I'm a gamer and I want my gaming console to be about games. If MS can pull off giving the system a steady stream of games as well as quality service in other sectors them I'm all for it, I just don't see it happening.

*Fingers crossed*
die_fiend  +   439d ago
What an awful article. Small businesses are not going to spunk $ 500 on a games console so they can video chat. They could buy a pc for half that. Microsoft have pissed on their consumers and this is a desperate plea for any market segment to get tipped off. £429 for that?! Must be a joke
lawgone  +   439d ago
The only thing that is a joke are your fanboy comments.
die_fiend  +   438d ago
It's not a fanboy comment. It's highlighting how desperate MS are becoming. The fact the head of Xbox resigned and they've recently restructured speaks volumes - they're in big trouble
ALLWRONG  +   439d ago
Actually this is a cheaper option for small business. Only a blind fool wouldn't see the importance of capturing the office space. You Sony fans should be a little worried about this. If MS can capture even a fraction of it's MS Office users, they could double the install base. Once in the work place there is no stopping it, just look at Windows and MS Office.

I'm still not getting one because I spent my money on a PC.
devwan  +   439d ago
Well pass me a cane and a jester hat because I must be the most foolish, short sighted GAMER there is.

So not only is ms not creating a games console and instead a device to capture the living room, but it's box is aiming to become the centre of operations in the office space?

You know what happens when you aim to be all things to all men...? You fail on every single count.

All aboard ms' omnia omnibus! Toot toot!
ALLWRONG  +   439d ago
"You know what happens when you aim to be all things to all men...? You fail on every single count."

Is that what happened to Sony when they lost so much money? "too many cooks in the kitchen" Movies, music, phones, PC, consoles, TV's, stereos, Blu-ray and barely enough money to keep it going.

You should have thought that comment out before posting.
n4rc  +   439d ago
Yet all Sony fans jumped on the "it does everything" bandwagon when Sony tried it.. Now Microsoft are screwing gamers for doing the same thing

Hypocritical bs..
lawgone  +   439d ago
@nr4c...the hypocrisy is truly infuriating at times. They are not going to like anything the XBox does. It could give them 3 blow jobs a day and they would complain.
theEx1Le  +   439d ago
Im sure the PS3 was advertised as a business machine too when it launched. Didnt they have something about clustering ps3 together as a supercomputer. IDK, if it shifted more units I dont see the harm.
ALLWRONG  +   439d ago
Yup... Sony did say something like that, but that's Sony and this is N4G.
iceman06  +   439d ago
Actually, several government agencies were intrigued by the prospect of using the PS3 clusters to crunch raw data (which the CELL was really good at). So, the US Air Force purchased PS3's to make that cluster. Then, there was the Folding At Home program to integrate gamers PS3's into a cloud computing group that helped to discern protein structures during cancer research. But, it wasn't an advertisement of sorts. It was more of...hey this is what others want to do with PS3 that isn't game related.
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oof46  +   439d ago
They weren't kidding when they said they were going after the mass market.
Wizziokid  +   439d ago
Xbox is taking care of business, for the PS4.

I'm sorry but MS just keep getting bad press, they need to sit down and rethink their business plan and fire the people who where involved with the X1 reveal.
HyperBear  +   439d ago
I'm thinking Microsoft should have just named it the Xbox 8 or the Windows Xbox. They have completely lost their minds and, I think legally, you cannot classify the Xbox One as a gaming console anymore, when it's actually an Xbox with Windows 8.
NewMonday  +   439d ago
gimped Windows 8, you can't install W8 software, if it it could the XB1 would be a must have, you can install Steam and Origin and play Sony MMO's lol
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HyperBear  +   439d ago
Ahh, you're right, my bad. The correct way of putting it should have been:

"Microsoft should have named it Xbox RT or the Windows RT/box"
DiRtY  +   439d ago
They are simply telling smaller companies that the Xbox One supports Skype video conferences just fine and it is an entertainment machine for the employees.

You are trying too hard to make a big deal out of this.
oof46  +   439d ago
Aren't there cheaper options for small businesses to Skype on?
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iamnsuperman  +   439d ago
What small businesses are going to shell out money for entertainment machines when they need their workforce to work at the business and not play/watch movies. They aren't Google. Also its fairly cheap to get a PC which can skype especially when some companies make deals when it comes to big orders. I know my mother had some ipad deal when it came to fitting out all senior staff with them at the school she runs
zme-ul  +   439d ago
being a small business, chanches are (100%) that you have a notebook or a PC around, yes?!
it's fairly easy to install Skype or any other software for video conferences
chances are that you do not have a webcam, then you need to buy one

but, bottom line - it's not gonna cost you 499.99USD

for a small business it's very important on what they spend they money on - do you actually think a gaming console would be part of their budget
dredgewalker  +   439d ago
Agreed, even a netbook can do those kind of jobs and you can have 2 of those for the Xbox One's price.
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Flatbattery  +   439d ago
Let's not forget the extra cost of needing a HD TV.
DiRtY  +   439d ago
Okay, I am arguing with some guys that still go to school here.

Entertainment stuff is pretty common these days in the working world. We have had some consoles in our office before and a lot of my clients offer a pool-table, Table-football (Is that the right word for it?), consoles etc. If one of those can be used for video conferences, it is not a disadvantage.

Actually I do this stuff for a living, but N4G will still know more about this.
iamnsuperman  +   439d ago
"Okay, I am arguing with some guys that still go to school here"

No actually I was talking about my mother's job which I thought I made pretty clear. Usually headmistresses are much older as they work from the bottom. The jobs I have done do not have entertainment stuff in the workplace because I went to work to work for the office and earn my keep.
Hicken  +   439d ago
Yeah... a $300 PC can do what they're claiming, and still be able to, you know, be a PC, which makes it far more versatile than the XBOne.

And if it were bought for video conferencing, I don't think the boss would be too happy if the employees broke it playing Halo.

Just saying.

Edit: I should add, one of the reasons this doesn't look good is because Microsoft is, honestly, still needing to garner support from the gaming community. They're pretty far behind right now, and continuing to take aim like this at other groups won't exactly reassure people that they've got gaming as first priority.
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DVAcme  +   439d ago
Exactly. Plus, why would Microsoft want to sell the console itself to people who will never buy games for it? Software sales is where the biggest income in gaming comes from, and they would not get a single cent of it from a small business owner.
devwan  +   439d ago
@DVAcme They would actually, the office would have to take out a live subscription to be able to make use of the console's Skype etc. which is just more unnecessary expense. Maybe they plan a whole suite of office tools for xbox one owners... is this where the xbox division is headed under Julie Larson-Green?

ms should be courting GAMERS, regaining a lost trust and focussing all their efforts beyond launch on GAMES. Do this crazy stuff 6 months down the line when you want to shift a few extra boxes, but not now, it's incredibly badly judged when so many people are worried the box isn't going to cater enough to gamers.
Gekko36  +   439d ago
Actually in my consultancy firm I decided to put in a load of xbox 360's and the guys live em. I will be replacing them with xbox one's before "magic baby day" (25/12/13). I will shove one in the conference room for skype, should be cool.

The guys will love it.
DVAcme  +   439d ago
Soooooo they're trying to sucker small business owners into buying the XBox One as a business machine.

That is being REALLY FUCKING DESPERATE to sell your console at any cost.
devwan  +   439d ago
Desperation is exactly how this comes across, it feels like they're really clutching at straws to convince people to buy the box when the box should be selling itself at this point (yet as the owner of a small business I can kind of see the appeal of offsetting the cost of a games console and online subscription as a legitimate business expense, however, it's pretty shady and doesn't sit right... certainly not something I'd like to have to justify to the Inland Revenue under questioning ;-)
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Animal Mutha 76  +   439d ago
I guess the kinect 1 was used for a lot of non gaming applications so I don't see why this can't be true of the new equipment.

For balance its no different to PS3s being hooked together for low end budget super computation.
DVAcme  +   439d ago
There's a huge difference: the PS3 was used for super computation but never advertised as such, it's just that the Cell was particularly good as a solution. Microsoft is actively trying to advertise the XB1 as a business machine when there's MUCH more useful alternatives for the same price. $499 can buy you a low-end PC that is nevertheless MUCH more flexible and business appropriate than an XBox One.

Plus, let's be realistic: if you walked into a small business and the owner looked up stuff on an XBox One, would that look anything professional at all?
Animal Mutha 76  +   439d ago
Hmmm. Yes I agree it wasn't advertised as for business but I do recall Sony providing select customers on special request with large volumes of PS3 fats configured with the Linux partition for that use ( I will look for the link).

http://phys.org/news/2010-1...

As for MS looking to provide the One to small business I really don't see what your issue is. Even if there are better solutions in the market it's all about choice and competition. If the MS offering is no good it won't sell. Businesses are not being duped in any way. If you have ever been involved in office equipment procurement ( and I have) , then you will know that a half decent video conference kit can be very expensive along with requiring a phone line in many cases.

I could provide examples if you like and I bet it's more than £429 + a small business could claim back the 20% VAT in the UK so making the unit approx £343. That's dirt cheap for a network based video conference kit which can track 6 people and I've not considered bulk purchase discounts.

If MS or Sony look to sell their kit to non gamers then good luck to them. It's not for you or I to judge. The judgement will be sales performance and reviews by those in the know.

I can't fathom how people can get irate over a suggestion like this. If it sells more Xbox technology then that can only be good right? Same for Sony - anything that sells more PS4s is a good thing right?
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devwan  +   439d ago
@Animal Mutha 76 "I can't fathom how people can get irate over a suggestion like this"

Because they're gamers and this year there hasn't nearly been the concentration or reassurances regarding games.
Animal Mutha 76  +   439d ago
@Devwan

"Because they're gamers and this year there hasn't nearly been the concentration or reassurances regarding games."

Seriously???

If 2 new next gen consoles announced, massive game line ups at E3 from Sony/MS, great titles for existing platforms such as Last of Us, GT6, BF4, CODG are not enough to reassure gamers then I don't know what is. Not to mention the new areas of innovation such as Occulus, Ouya and Project Shield.

The industry looks pretty concentrated to me. Nothing to worry about this is going to be a bumper year for us all even If MS do sell a few Ones as vid conferencing kits.
zme-ul  +   439d ago
a 1st gen Kinect cost around 220$ on Amazon .. not 500$ (!!)
DVAcme  +   439d ago
I'm talking about the XBox One. And you're right, the Kinect was used for a lot of non-gaming applications, but it was on the same boat as the PS3 as a computing device. Advertising the XBox One as a business machine is a whole different beast.
Animal Mutha 76  +   439d ago
$200 or $500 is small beans to all but the smallest businesses. Any firm that would require high quality vid conferencing wouldn't bat an eyelid at that price. Not an issue.
iamnsuperman  +   439d ago
What are they trying to do. Isn't it cheaper and more efficient for these small companies to buy cheap PCs for skype...... Unless they make skype exclusive to the One (then we can say Microsoft have gone crazy) this won't work.
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5eriously  +   439d ago
You get cheap skype phones you just connect to the ethernet network or fixed landline. Some can cope with both. Skype is the last reason to buy a console.

M$ is with desperate times, worse than the Wii-U which is at least an unique gaming device as opposed to the Xbone which seem to have no real defined space or use.

May as well just buy another PC.
DVAcme  +   439d ago
Exactly. For the same price as a XB1 I can get a PC with a good software package, a webcam and MUCH MORE upgradeability. And why would I want to use Office Web Apps when I can use the ACTUAL MS Office on a PC without being nerfed for features or having to expose my documents to THE FRIGGIN' INTERNET where any hacker could easily poach them? That's a corporate security breach waiting to happen.
abzdine  +   439d ago
One more great ad for PS4!
lawgone  +   439d ago
Trust me, it only appears that way to Sony trolls.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   439d ago
This whole Xbone thing is .....surreal and suspicious.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   439d ago
Definitely MS is showing its superiority over the competion.
5eriously  +   439d ago
That must have been born in sarcasm because no individual human could be so stupid in life.
dredgewalker  +   439d ago
You kidding me? You just replied to him bro :P
5eriously  +   439d ago
And another idiot replied to me again. (wink)
SniperControl  +   439d ago
Definitely MS is showing its stupidity over the competion.
sashimi  +   439d ago
Frigid has way too many bubbles...and they say this site is populated by Sony fans hah
JamieL  +   439d ago
It is, that’s 100% undeniable.
JBSleek  +   439d ago
Why is Microsoft stupid for appealing to a bigger audience? I confused on the logic behind such thought but would be open to a logical response on the matter.
strickers  +   439d ago
Logical for business? That's PC. I have 2 for my business. I'd like to see Xbone run my CADCAM scanner or run my job logging software. If I want Skype, I buy a webcam. Duh! That's logic
Hicken  +   439d ago
As strickers says, it's stupid because small businesses have far more viable options to choose from. PCs, tablets, hell even phones are cheaper and more flexible a device to use than the XBOne.

It's also stupid because they're still so far behind with the core gaming market that they really shouldn't be using resources elsewhere. If core gamers don't adopt this thing at launch. Whatever marketing resources they're applying elsewhere need to be redirected into making sure core gamers have reason enough to buy it.
JBSleek  +   439d ago
Okay I see that point well.

Core gamers are going to buy the Xbox One. I don't think the numbers will be as lopsided as anyone is anticipating. I see a 60-40 split this holiday season with of course PS4 taking the 60.

Also I think their E3 showing was very strong for the core gamer.

Lastly gamers are some really weird people and honestly if Microsoft did right their wrongs there would still be those who simply wouldn't care what "M$" does.
LoveOfTheGame  +   439d ago
Why would people buy this when PC can do it, same when the guy at gamestop asked if I was buying a PS4, I told him "Why when I can get 4 Blu Ray players for the same price"

Why would anyone buy these consoles when you can do their secondary functions on other machines?

I hope by the time some of you have read this you realize that the Xbox's selling point isn't small business applications, it is just a secondary feature. I believe the analogy of buying blu ray players instead of a PS4 will suffice.
Hicken  +   439d ago
That's a ridiculous analogy.

The only way it works is if you were in charge of a business or something that needed a Blu Ray player. If the guy at GameStop was trying to sell you a PS4 specifically as a Blu Ray player, then yeah, the analogy would fit. And even then, it'd be GameStop doing the selling, not Sony.

MS is marketing a secondary feature as a primary feature to businesses. Which is silly when there are far better- far cheaper- alternatives out there.
Animal Mutha 76  +   439d ago
I agree. There's nothing wrong with the idea. See my comments further up. Potentially a good solution for a networked video conferencing kit with windows 8 overlays at a low price.
SpideySpeakz  +   439d ago
Why is Microsoft stupid for appealing to a bigger audience?
Take EA as an example. They tried to "broaden" the audience of many of the games they've published. Many of those end up being a complete failure because of it.
Truth is, attempting to broaden the audience of an already well-known product leads to a off-balanced focus of it's original core functionality.
They're isolating their own fans, hardcore fans, which are GAMERS. Business men and women are NOT going to buy a freaking Xbone on Day 1 because it has functions/applications that are business related that you can already do on your PC. That's why it's pre-orders are lagging behind.

Microsoft should focus on why people buy gaming consoles in the first place.... to freaking GAME. Then worry about the other stuff later.
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shadyiswin  +   439d ago
that ould have some gravity to what your sayng if the xbox one didnt have any launch titles but the launch line up looks strong im having a hard time just picking 2 new games,i want maybe 6

ryse,forza,dead rising 3 then you have the
multi platforms
battlefield 4,watch dogs,madden 25,nba 2k14

going to be a broke xmas -__-
lawgone  +   439d ago
You're asking for logic on N4G...that's a tall order. There is no *logical* reason appealing to a larger audience would be considered bad. But the Sony fanboys bought the Sony PR that they are "just about games" at E3 and haven't let go of it. Now anything that the XBox One can do beyond games they consider as proof of MS being "anti-gamer." You might ask, "But wait, the PS4 does other things and Sony has its hands in all kinds of stuff so why don't they jump on Sony for that?" That would be a very valid, logical question. But the nature of the fanboy is to be completely illogical. They will talk in circles and vehemently defend their console because they somehow tie to their self-worth. It's really kind of sad how rampant it is.
strickers  +   439d ago
Please buy our console! It's good for er business, tramps ..... people who ride horses err....old people.
Anyone? Pleeeeasse!
strickers  +   439d ago
Heh! I've got bubbles. I've been on 2 ever I joined years ago. I was here when it was a 360 hot bed
from the beach  +   439d ago
Liking this idea, definitely could open up another market.

Good way to get a games console into the office ;)
illtownNJONE  +   439d ago
I bet if ps4 was doing this it would get praised SONY DRONES ARE THE WORST.......people fail to realize that its called XBOX ONE for a reason ALL IN ONE........seems like microsoft is putting one on everything though etc...windows 8.one
WeAreLegion  +   439d ago
My phone. My laptop. My tablet. My PS Vita. My TV.

What do all of these have in common? They can Skype.

This is 2013.
LoveOfTheGame  +   439d ago
They can all play mediocre games?

Edit: I know it's off topic but my Vita needs some decent games.
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sAVAge_bEaST  +   439d ago
I would rage @ Sony, just as hard,.. If they made a mandatory spy cam, bundled with the system,. and then market that system, any way they could,.. as the glory-holed cable box it is.. I would Rage hard.. , and go get a Wii-U. (Win. 8, is the most retarded OS, I have ever used,.. M$ is trying Wayyy to hard, I don't know why they used that OS on laptops without smartglass Win.8, should be used for tablet only,. even then iOS is better,.. Thank God I have a macbook pro, and Win. 7,on my other laptop's.)
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dazzrazz  +   439d ago
Desperation is the emotional state of despair in which a person feels a situation to be hopeless and without satisfactory options. Decisions made in desperation may be more rash, impulsive, and inappropriate than those made in a rational frame of mind.
southernbanana  +   439d ago
Glad I pre-ordered both consoles. The comment section and most articles on this site get more ridiculous everyday! The only site I find to be worse is news.com in regards to the comment section.
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alb1899  +   439d ago
I think is not a bad idea from Microsoft to tell people that if they will buy a video game machine they should buy one that will help you with solutions even in your business........they just showing all the applications that x1 could be use for........calm down!
Microsoft is not saying: stop buying PCs because the solution is the X1, they just showing what can be done in every possible way.

Of curse there are better solutions for small business but not if you want to play consoles games too.
5eriously  +   439d ago
When you run a small business here should be no time for playing games bro unless it's after business times.

A decent office PC or laptop would serve an entrepreneur better than a eXbone.
alb1899  +   439d ago
Then is not for you......i don't see The problem yet.
So you think is bad that they promote all what can be done with it?
Is that bad?
They showed already that they are compromise with games too, at least that is what I saw at E3 and that is what we are suppose to be talking about.
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5eriously  +   437d ago
Listen boy, its a gaming console first and formost or that is what it's supposed to be. Then all the nice add on's comes as a bonus. M$ is trying to sell this off as an small office/business device as they already realised that as a gaming console only they are dead in the water. Sony's fault I may add.
iceman06  +   439d ago
I have no problem with that. But, the real issue is the perception of MS and gaming at this point. The Xbox One reveal shocked many people with the "lack of games focus". Then, the DRM issue further segmented the gaming audience as many were vocal about it's short-comings. At a time where MS should be providing more direct fan service to gain momentum leading to launch, this could be perceived as a lack of focus and strategy to the core gamers and a bit desperate. If this is just an aside, then cool. If this is some new pillar to the pronged strategy of selling Xbox, then I can understand how the core could get worried.
alb1899  +   439d ago
At the E3 Microsoft was showing us that they didn't forget about us, the gamers......but that was my perception, a saw a lot of games and they will keep showing but that doesn't mean they have to forget about all the other things that they are offering.
The thing is that they are not promoting this as a much as you think, here in N4g is the only place I've read it. Maybe it is not a gamers news but somebody brought it to here with dark intentions.
Maybe!
FrigidDARKNESS  +   439d ago
MS xbox one office technology may evolve into this.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Ms r& d is ranked number one in the world.
SniperControl  +   439d ago
LOL, maybe 10-15 years from now.

X1 will be a long forgotten painful memory by then.

EDIT: @Frigid

You make me laugh sometimes.
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FrigidDARKNESS  +   439d ago
Ms leading Sony following.
M-M  +   439d ago
@FrigidDARKNESS,

No one even mentioned Sony.
Hemipower2010  +   439d ago
Man the circle jerk of Sony fans on this sight is pathetic. Microsoft is showing what all their new console can do that the competition can't and y'all jump all over them like a pack of wolves. Get over yourself. The PS4 is an upgraded PS3 that can't really do anything but play games. Would you rather spend 23,000 on a Kia or 25,000 on a BMW? It's a no brainer.
SniperControl  +   439d ago
Oh the irony..........
WeAreLegion  +   439d ago
In this case, the Kia is more powerful, has better mileage, and plays inFamous.

Also, Kia would have a better track record of reliability.

I might buy a Kia now!
SpideySpeakz  +   439d ago
You're right about one thing. The PS4 IS a gaming console. Xbone is not.
It's just a machine that is ENABLED to play games, like my mobile phone.

If you want the ultimate gaming experience, with the greatest quality that rivals the PC, buy a PS4.
If you want to watch sports/NFL and TV shows, with a secondary option of gaming, buy Xbone.
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Hemipower2010  +   439d ago
The Xbox one can play games just as we'll as the PS4 and then plus some.
warewolfSS  +   439d ago
Dude dont bother arguing with the fanboys. Just shake your head yes and smile and just read the news on the site. They are rabid idiots and show hardcore insecurity.

And for a system that dosent lol at games, it has more than the ps4 so far .
Hemipower2010  +   439d ago
Yeah trying to have a battle of wits with these Sony fan boy noobs is useless. I do find that interesting too, they keep saying how the Xbox doesn't care about games all while the Xbox one has a superior launch lineup.
MonChiChi  +   439d ago
"it has more than the ps4 so far ."

Has more? please list.
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horndog  +   439d ago
They must be taking care of it. Sold out at EB, Amazon and Best Buy.
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warewolfSS  +   439d ago
STOP BEING RATIONAL AND MAKING SENSE!

This is not allowed in n4g
shadyiswin  +   439d ago
There's no such press as bad press
All microsoft wants is that xbox one brand to be everywhere,you think business owners are logged into n4g...no,it will be marketed to people interested in video chat and voice commands,i mean theoretically you could do a whole presentation complete with slide shows and videos with just your voice,is the idea far fetched? of course it is,but if i'm opening a small business and i think im going to have frequent video chats i'd spring for it as something to write off,give the company a fresh new feel,then you could always game on it in the break room -___- ,for every negative spin you can put on an article i can see the positive,as far as cost,how many people get ipads for a small business? $500 isn't a lot of money for me i dont see how people could complain about it,just bought my phone for $650 ,if you know something is coming out in a few months,budget your money well,how hard is it to put aside $25 a week sheesh
airgangstarr  +   439d ago
the ie on xbox 360 is no where near the same as on pc not that anyone uses ie they act like there first outta the gate with what there tryin to sell it does what smart phones have been doin for years but theyre actin like its new technology did they jus unfreeze the people running ms ? snap seems legit if it works as advertised its probably one thing i wish all my tvs did by thereselves but its comin
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Dlacy13g  +   439d ago
Really the only question any needs to ask on this site is: Will it still play Forza 5, BF4 , Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Watch Dogs & COD at launch? Yes?....then anything else really doesn't matter.
Belking  +   439d ago
This is bad news for N4G.
AceBlazer13  +   439d ago
to annyone arguin about costs a laptop would always be the better choice it can play games run skype and what not.with the xbone however your gonna need to learn how to operate a gaming system*might seem like a no brainer but some actually find it confusing and just after they got the hang of the pc to*,you'll need a new fucin flat screen cause you find it more cost effecient apparently,and to pay that xbox gold membership to pay for these online features.on a pc however you get a cheap laptop an everyday projector if needed and since most of the people your gonna be conferencing with will have pcs you can easily screen share with them across skype.you want to be cost efficient?don't throw out hundreds to do video conferencing cause calls r cheaper find a fucing free online chatroom thats being cost effective
sAVAge_bEaST  +   439d ago
So you get Achievements, for watching TeeVee, but what everyone really wants to know,.. what kind of achievements are they gonna offer for video conferencing,?..
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kingdip90  +   439d ago
Getting buisness owners to write xbox one of as a buisness expense may help microsoft shift units. It doesn't project to my mind that microsoft have much confidence in their products ability to sell itself. Microsoft are sounding shaken and weak
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