Kotaku - I Finally Got My Hands On The Xbox One. Hmm.

Kotaku - Last Thursday night at the 2013 Xbox Comic-Con Media Showcase, I got my first hands-on time with the Xbox One. I was pleased — well, mostly pleased.

Having manned home base during both E3 and Microsoft's initial Xbox One reveal, for the past few months, the extent of my experience with the console has been second hand. I read the accounts of my colleagues. I looked at pictures. I watched gameplay videos. I was a well-informed spectator.

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Wizziokid1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

About Killer Instinct
"but nothing that couldn't run on an Xbox 360 without trimming away much in the way of gameplay and visuals."

That's disappointing.

"For now it just doesn't feel like a next-gen system to me."

Mr_Nuts1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

I'm going to trust him on this.....he has a beard

Those people never lie :)

ANIALATOR1361487d ago

"when you see a beard like that, you know you're in safe hands"

TechnicianTed1487d ago

Ming the Merciless had a beard, and I wouldn't trust him. I'd sleep with his daughter though, because she was fit.

darthv721487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

Isnt this generally the norm? I mean the first batch of titles you see essentially started development on the former system and then gets shifted to the newer as it progresses.

I can recall many saying the first few 360/ps3 games looked like they were xbox/ps2 games but in hd. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

It should come as no surprise that the first batch of X1 games will be supped up 360 games. Its the 2nd wave of x1 games that will tell a different story as those will have been built for the x1 from the ground up.

I am reminded that within a consoles life cycle the quality of the games increases to the point of looking at a game near its end and comparing it to a game at its launch it is a noticeable difference. And yet its the same hardware from beginning to end.

Genesis, snes, ps1, ps2...all had better looking games as the consoles got older. It just comes down to the developers and fully understanding how everything should work to get the most out of the platform.

Im not worried in the least for the quality of next gen ps4 and x1 games. hell...even the wii-u will get better looking games as it goes.

malokevi1487d ago

Its a valid opinion. Of course, he only got a taste, but I think maybe he's expecting too much. Its this statement that irks me:

"It's very frantic and pretty, but nothing that couldn't run on an Xbox 360 without trimming away much in the way of gameplay and visuals. "

I don't think that its realistic to expect major advancements, or even any advancements whatsoever, in terms of gameplay during the launch window. We have the same developers working with basically the same tools on the same types of games... can you really expect all new gameplay experiences? Especially considering this is a small sample of offline content?

Its prettier. Better visuals and bigger worlds are all I am expecting for the time being.

That being said, its always nice to read a fresh perspective, and I think, given the same experience, I would have come away with basically the same impression.

JokesOnYou1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

Was anybody else confused?

Its not so bad, you got keep things in perspective:

"I'm quite impressed with Ryse: Son of Rome,despite the negative press the game's been garnering lately. Sure, the portion of the game we've seen and I've now played focuses heavily on pressing the face buttons of the new Xbox One controller in time, the battles I fought were rather satisfying, in a completely brutal sort of way."

"The graphics are pretty intense, and there's a ton of stuff going on throughout the demo — little events and interactions easy to miss in the heat of battle. I get the feeling the demo I played barely scratched the surface of Crytek's Xbox One title."

"What I am not impressed by is the Xbox One. The design is great (I love rectangles), the controller is a near-perfect evolution of the Xbox 360 pad and I'm sure we'll eventually see some of its power and cloud computing enhancements come into play."

"I don't expect I'll feel the difference between the two systems until I get up to my virtual elbows in Xbox One's guts later this year. I'm beginning to understand why our first introduction to the Xbox One focused on cable TV and streaming video and second-screen tech — it's the experience between and beyond the games that will define this console, and until I have a chance to sit down with that bit, I'm standing by my "hmmm.""

-OK so he was impressed but not impressed enough???? What does he want it to do, first Kotaku was one of the leaders of the "reveal didn't show any games" now he's like well the games are good (mostly) but I'll wait to see the other TV stuff and features because thats what will seperate X1 from last gen.

abzdine1487d ago

what is crazy is that they've started with TV stuff at the reveal and when people got angry about no game shown they starting pretending the X1 is all about the games at E3.
Now the only way for them to lure people was to show their console as a gaming console at first place, but they already killed it for me cause i know the TV crap isn't banned for good.
Don't get me wrong, Xbox One will have good games like every console that hit the market, the question is how long is it gonna stand against the PS4 which is the hottest thing to own at the moment..

ThanatosDMC1486d ago


He's basically saying it's not next gen enough for him and he feels a lot of the features are something the 360 could do all ready.

Screw TV features. We got Netflix and Vudu and Amazon and Redbox and ESPN for that...

Boody-Bandit1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

"I'm going to trust him on this.....he has a beard

Those people never lie :)"

This must be why I've had a beard since I could grow one. :)

I have been gaming a really long time. I can't remember a generation where I was blown away out of the gate so I'm not surprised in the least that the author of this title wasn't as well. Either or I am excited for the next generation of gaming to get underway. I just got to finish up my current library of titles before it starts.

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Drakesfortune1487d ago

Bearded men...are true men...wish i had started puberty only 24 god damit

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1487d ago

ah piss off jokesonhim you ms apologist, why dont you send em in a cv? you can state that your great at kissing ass , they will love you.

Cmk01211487d ago

honestly his write up is just confusing. saying ryse is fun to play and graphically amazing only to follow up saying killer instinct doesnt look all the great. saying he liked the games but didnt like one of them, saying wasnt impressed by console but loved the design, and controller. The leap from non hd to HD is bigger than what ps3/360 to these new consoles is hands down. particle effects, weather and world simulation are what to expect. its going from hd to PC type realism this gen. I just think hes lost and i dont say that in defense of the xbox one but both xbox one and ps4. if you have expectations to have a leap of non hd to hd type upgrade on this gen you have another thing coming. its going to be the immersive effects, the multitasking, the seamless worlds with no load times, instant on, quicker processing is whats taking place not a IMMENSE graphical leap IMO

dcj05241487d ago

I feel like the jump from ps1-ps2 was bigger. And the snes to ps1 Massive. Ps2-ps3 was a leap but not a gigantic this is absoloutley impossible on the last system leap. Some next-gen titles are impossible on current gen without severly reducing content and gameplay ( BF4, The division, Destiny, Kill zone SF, Elder Scrolls Online, Planetside 2) I feel a bigger gameplay leap. And this is only year one. Feels like a bigger jump overall.And launch titles never ever show the graphical capabilities a console has.

SegaSaturn6691487d ago

I love ps4, but with kinect 2 being one of the key features on the 360, I'd rather hear a review of an AAA game using that peripheral successfully.

In my mind it just feels like an xbox 360 with redesigned dashboard and mandatory kinect.

ThanatosDMC1486d ago

No, Planetside 2 is not something current consoles can handle. That awesome clusterf*ck of a game is too crazy.

Elders Scrolls Online... sucks. Nuff said. Could be played on the 360. Graphics are severely lacking. Cant even hold a candle to GW2, Rift, Tera, Neverwinter etc. They seemed to have sacrifice graphical fidelity for something and I still cant figure out what it is, especially when compared to recent MMOs.

I wish the Division is more survival than just shoot em-up. I hope it's comparable to DayZ in a sense or I hope it's better and more innovative than DayZ.

MariaHelFutura1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

Ryse was a 360 game, Dead Rising 3 was a 360 game, it wouldn't surprise me if KI was a 360 game. Probably the reason the 360 has no good exclusive games on the horizon.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1487d ago

MariaHelFutura + 8h ago | Well said
Ryse was a 360 game, Dead Rising 3 was a 360 game, it wouldn't surprise me if KI was a 360 game. Probably the reason the 360 has no good exclusive games on the horizon.

lol so true.. but people like jokesonhim will think they are the second coming anyway rofl

MWong1487d ago

That honestly does make a lot of sense. I mean I am honestly really impressed with Project Spark and hopeful for TitanFall so far.

thetruthx11486d ago

Just because a game starts out as a 360 game doesn't mean it can't be revamped and fine tuned into a quality xbox one game.

There's no way Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and these other games can be done on the 360 and still have the next gen look and feel.

I'm not trusting these journalists. I trust my eyes

ThanatosDMC1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Ryse had terrible texture detail and that was running on a high powered PC. Now compare that to God of War 3 which was running on PS3. GoW3 took a *hit on Ryse and it's years old.

No Way1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

@ThanatosDMC -
Question: Why you comparing a complete game to an incomplete one?

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Insomnia_841487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

Have you all noticed how every time someone goes "deep" into detail with anything Xbox One related, be it MS/Devs/Press, always something negative arises? It is only when Microsoft speaks about it that it looks "good" but once people starts asking about the things MS don't talk about or try to avoid talking about, always something bad comes out of it. I think this is way they don't have someone speaking about their console the way Mark Cerny does with the PS4. You have seen videos of people with hands-on the PS4 with the actual system sent by Sony but not a single one with the Xbox One.

They keep saying the "XB1 can do this, can do that" but how much of that have we seen? How much have the shown? Like the sharing video gameplay which they only mentioned not at their XB1 reveal, not at e3, only to the press but have shown NOTHING about, like something implemented at the last minute to counter the PS4 feature which was built with that in mind. Ryse having scripted moments and the final product not being like what the showed at e3, the kinect ui being scripted at e3 and nothing happening in real time (shown behind closed doors and being NOTHING like what they shiwed on stage with lag in response), the console releasing just like they revealed it with the restrictions but needs an update to take the DRM and restrictions away (a detail not said in their official 180 backpedaling announcement but only talked about later when asked about the details of it)...
All this only puts more question marks in my head and doubts about Microsoft next gen console and it only leads me to belive that once the system gets in the market, bad news will happen.

Fireseed1487d ago

You may wanna check any single person in the fighting game community on the topic of KI and you're theory is INCREDIBLY wrong.

jessupj1487d ago

Excellent post.

You're exactly right. Sony have been very open with the PS4 while MS seem to be the opposite. Why they do make a statement their never seems to be any proof and when questioned get asked they never seem to be answered properly.

From everything we've seen and read, it seemed MS is rushing their console again. It's highly likely they were planning to launch next year instead and Sony have abolutely blind sided them.

I'm incredibly excited for the launch of both consoles and getting all my questions answers once and for all.

Antwan3k1486d ago


actually I think it's quite opposite..

we've seem live demo of the Xbox One dashboard UI, game DVR editing/sharing/streaming, asynchronous matchmaking, smartglass integration, voice commands/gestures, cloud processing, and more..

on the other hand, we've seen no live demo of the PS4 UI (only screenshots) so we have no idea how fast, fluid, or intuitive it is.. We haven't seen a live demo of how the share button is going to truly work (just a snippet in a pre-edited video with Will and Sarah).. Will the PS4 have asynchronous matchmaking like the Xbox One? (where I can set up an online game via smartglass while continuing to play the game I'm currently playing or queue up a online game but rather than wait in the game lobby for the game to start, I can play another game, watch a movie, watch tv, or do anything else until the game alerts me that my online game session is ready) we have no idea because Sony hasn't show much at all about the new PSN that we now have to PAY for.. What about party chat?.. Sony has mentioned crossgame voice chat but haven't mentioned party chat.. I'm assuming there is going to be party chat, but it's weird that they haven't outright SAID it yet.. I'm sure the question has been asked but no confirmation from Sony?.. They scream to the high heavens about how you can buy/sell used games but don't say anything about a must-have feature like party chat?.. That should raise some eyebrows.. what about this "PlayStation app" and it's second screen functionality?.. Again, no live demonstration and no real information other than "trust us, it's coming".. What about cloud processing?.. Will Sony only be using Gaikai for PS3 game streaming or will it be used for dedicated servers and CPU cloud processing like the Xbox One's Azure cloud?
. If so, when?.. Gaikai isn't even coming online for the PS4 until "sometime in 2014" but the XB1's cloud is ready to go as we speak.. And the list goes on and on..

how can anyone possibly say that Sony is being more open about the PS4 than Microsoft is about the Xbox One when all we know about the PS4 is it has better graphics than the PS3, you have to pay for online play now, has no DRM, plays games offline, and has the almighty GDDR5?.. What about the UI, PSN+ features/details, PS Home, Party Chat, and a number of other factors that all you "gamers" should be worried about instead?

ThanatosDMC1486d ago

It's in the power of the cloud... in fairy/unicorn land.

thetruthx11486d ago

Insomnia_84 Ever heard of Comic con?

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dark-hollow1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

The thing is people expect a ps2/og Xbox to ps3/360 jump immediately! That won't happen in the first wave of games. The main thing we will notice at the first generation of games is the much improved IQ which is really needed. We can't really tell how great FFXV, killzone SF etc from just looking at gameplay videos just like we could barely tell a difference between HD twins games and PC games just from looking at shitty compressed YouTube videos.

Just look at crysis 3 videos then try playing it yourself with a maxed out PC. The difference is HUGE as you can notice all Tue details comes to life on your HDTV.

Look at gears of war 1 and compare it to the last of us. The difference is jaw dropping! We need to wait couple years before we see how truly capable the next generation consoles are.