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Microsoft CEO Promises “Mindblowing Experiences” With Hololens; Optimistic about Xbox and Windows 10

During the financial conference call for investors and analyst related for the second quarter of the Fiscal Year 2015, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood gave some interesting information about the business and their expectation for the future.

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Foehammer935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

WOW

Strong words indeed from Nadella

Looks like Xbox will be around for very, very, very long time.

Congrats on strong sales and profits

christocolus935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

yeah strong words indeed.The guy is championing them into a new era.The just concluded windows event had a different feel and vibe to it.it was different from what the old MS would normally do. it was "cool".something i usually associate with Apple. Satya is bringing the change needed and regarding Hololens,Im actually glad they aren't doing the same thing as the others. cant wait to see what they've got planned for fans.

GameNameFame935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

@Christopher

Exactly.

Any management or MS rep will try their best to hype anything up. Or even try to hype up something that has little backing.

This is why whole DX12 and Spence/other MS engineering rep comment is so important/crazy.

Part of their job is to hype something up. Instead of hyping they straight up shoot down any DX12 hopes at X1.If your job is to hype something up, but decide to shoot it down. Common sense tells you that there really must be nothing to hype. I mean guy had to go out and say "no" like so many times.

Keep in mind their job is to say anything to create excitement.

Double Toasted935d ago

Keep dreaming gamefamename or whatever you call yourself.

GameNameFame935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

@Double Toasted.

Nothing to dream about.

http://wccftech.com/phil-sp...

This is crazy. Some people get so blinded. They do not care about realities. You need to understand these people are there to represent their companies interest and trying put them in best light possible.

Yet, they tell themselves w.e to let fantasy ran wild. Sorry, that there are facts to ruin that fantasy.

beans935d ago

I'm not calling any of you right or wrong and see possible truths in every argument! The thing is I don't think any of us should be getting excited or spreading negative talk about dx12 until it's actually out and being used for x1 games.

Concertoine935d ago

@GameNameFame

Microsoft says to expect a great product.
"They're biased, PR bull, etc"

Microsoft gives a realistic expectation rather than overhyping, the kind of thing more companies should do.
"Wow, it must REALLY suck if they arent overhyping it!"

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Christopher935d ago

I read it as the usual response one would expect. They are playing up all of their current objectives. 2011, when they said Kinect was the fastest selling consumer electronics device, that was normal. Now? It's nowhere to be seen because it's not a "winning" element of their ongoing products and services. A year from now, what he says may change depending on the success or failure of any of the items mentioned.

The point? Always sell the pros, never the cons. Everyone does this. Even Sony and Nintendo.

So, you saying "strong words" when what I really hear you write is "I'm ignorant and think that a CEO would tell me if something in his company was going bad or had issues."

Glad MS is seeing some success, but let's not let what a CEO says get in the way of the fact that not everything is bright and shiny and not everything works out in the end. Here's to hoping they keep focusing on improving the XBO brand and the games that come with it.

nicksetzer1935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

You are correct to an extant, grant it, a VERY small extent. However, words with results definitely inspire (as they should) an actual level of confidence in those words. That said you should still always have a level of apprehention when reading into PR answers.

I for one though couldn't be happier with the direction MS has taken (following their leadership turnovers) and see it as clear evidence of nadella and spencers commitment to their words; or more accurately, their words actual reflect THEIR vision for microsoft.

I will say though, saying "strong words" certainly doesn't make you an ignorant human being as you claim.

@gangsta not a good idea to call out cgood, never ends well. (Honestly, I was a little worried to say this)

moldybread935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

"I'm ignorant and think that a CEO would tell me if something in his company was going bad or had issues."

this is coming from the adim of this site?

what we should be doing is celebrating satya nadella became the ceo when there were rumors that the guy from nokia stephen elop would take over and sell of the xbox division. looks to me the xbox is part of their plan to partner itself with windows 10. you know, the thing that got microsoft started years ago and the company is now the second most valuable brand in the world. where exactly is sony and nintendo on that list?

microsoft is strategizing itself for the future, its why they have invested so much into cloud technology. which again ties into the xbox.

Kavorklestein935d ago

Cgood- Hey thanx for the nice example of how insults are allowed by N4G royalty... exclusively.

How the hell does him saying "strong words"
mean he is ignorant?
He may have thought it through much the same way you did, but just chose to comment about it in a more positive or hopeful way than you... so if people have a different perspective than you they are somehow ignorant?
Sounds like the ignorant label fits YOU a little better to be honest.

You seriously just threw that in there for the sting didn't ya? What a gentleman.

u got owned935d ago

Hopefully this Hololens doesn't turn into the next Kinect where MS forgot completely about the hardcore gamer.

strangeaeon935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Why are you being so nasty about this and calling someone "ignorant"? These are games, calm yourself.

Christopher935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

***However, words with results definitely inspire***

As I've always said to past PR statements and claims, shut up and prove it. But, people throwing themselves all over the place because of what a person said? Makes me shake my head.

***I will say though, saying "strong words" certainly doesn't make you an ignorant human being as you claim.***

I disagree. If you find PR "strong" in strength, then you are ignorant or playing it up for some other reason.

***this is coming from the adim of this site? ***

Yes. Last I checked, it was okay to say someone "lack[s] knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular."

Man, I should really feel bad about myself?

***Cgood- Hey thanx for the nice example of how insults are allowed by N4G royalty... exclusively. ***

Saying someone is ignorant isn't an insult. It's an my opinion on their level of knowledge. I'm not calling someone stupid, only that they don't understand what they're talking about.

You, that type of thing we say all day long here to people who call DDoS a hack or the like?

***Why are you being so nasty about this and calling someone "ignorant"? These are games, calm yourself.***

Why are people jumping all over the place over PR statements? And when did saying someone is ignorant equate to a personal attack?

Do you people know that ignorant != stupid?

Death935d ago

@Chris,

Do you really think this was public relations? The target audience seems to be investors and analysts. "During the financial conference call for investors and analyst related for the second quarter of the Fiscal Year 2015..."

Many times gamers feel they are the center of universe. Not all announcements or company statements apply to us. Unless you are an investor or analyst, you were not the target audience.

Did this financial call to investors state something that made you feel we had to "hope" Microsoft will improve the Xbox One brand or games? I was under the impression we already felt this was an ongoing effort.

Christopher935d ago

***Do you really think this was public relations? ***

Absolutely.

***The target audience seems to be investors and analysts. ***

And you think that he's going to go "off book" for those people who they rely on making and maintaining happy? Those people who in the past have said to get rid of the XBox One division? Those people who questioned the heck out of Kinect?

He is saying only things that shine a light on the benefits of what they are doing to the people who have just as much power as the consumer, only they can get people fired because they think someone else isn't doing a good enough job. That primary position? CEO.

***Not all announcements or company statements apply to us.***

And others are just as likely to get PR responses as to the development of business. Especially knowing that these calls would be made public. Especially that.

***Did this financial call to investors state something that made you feel we had to "hope" Microsoft will improve the Xbox One brand or games?***

No, as I said, it's just hitting all the current objectives in a good light without actually mentioning any of the possible issues with them. It's selling the whole concept as "great".

As I said, in 2011, they were saying the same thing about Kinect. Look at it now. It's not even mentioned, it's de-bundled, the games aren't coming for it, it's just not there. Did he mention anything about Kinect? No. He only mentioned the "good" stuff that they think have potential and selling it as best as they can without mentioning any of the problems with them.

It's just PR speak. You sell the good, don't mention the bad, and you keep people thinking about how much you're trying to do and not any specifics.

gangsta_red935d ago

I'm sorry Cgoodno but you are wrong on this one.

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ignorant/ADJECTIVE

lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated:

1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned:
"an ignorant man."

2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact:
"ignorant of quantum physics."

3. uninformed; unaware.

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You are basically calling someone stupid and an idiot for being excited about the future for Xbox.

"But, ignorant, it doesn't require intellect, it just means I don't feel you know what you are talking about."

What a very pompous and arrogant thing to say. How can you even begin to tell from his statement that he doesn't know what he's talking about? He's not explaining quantum physics, he's not explaining how to build a rocket ship. How is what he said being ignorant and not knowing what he's talking about?

C'mon Cgoodno, you broke the rules and now you are twisting and reaching any lame excuse trying to cover your tracks. As you can tell by the many comments below you are in the wrong and you de-railed the topic, is that not TROLLING!? When you purposely come in a article and de-rail the topic at hand.

"Again, who wouldn't say this? Why do people jump up and down for these sort of comments? Do people really get off on PR?"

Nintendo, Sony, MS, EA, Activision and every and ALL companies say this. Why is this such a shock to you now when MS does it?
And here's a better question, why do you care how other people react to these statements? Are you in Driveclub, Morpheus, The Order articles when Sony or the dev are over-hyping them, are you telling people they're IGNORANT when they are excited for the game or any new Sony product?

"I downplay all PR BS. MS isn't exclusive to my criticism."

No you don't, I see you make a bigger deal when MS does something, but then say very little when Sony does the same.

I wonder how long any of us could get away with going into Sony articles and calling people ignorant for liking whatever Sony was selling.

Christopher935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

***You are basically calling someone stupid and an idiot for being excited about the future for Xbox. ***

No, I'm not basically saying that at all.

If you want to turn being ignorant into being stupid, then that is ignorance on your part. If you want to turn my words into what you want them to mean and not what they actually mean, then that is all on you.

*** How can you even begin to tell from his statement that he doesn't know what he's talking about?***

Because he called PR speak "strong words". It's PR speak. It's intended to only shine light on the positive. If you actually believe that to be "strong words"...

You can disagree with me, but to say I can't call someone ignorant because they don't seem to understand the point of PR speak in the first place?

***C'mon Cgoodno, you broke the rules and now you are twisting and reaching any lame excuse trying to cover your tracks.***

With the definition of the word I used...

***Nintendo, Sony, MS, EA, Activision and every and ALL companies say this. Why is this such a shock to you now when MS does it? ***

Where did I cite any shock at what MS said? My response is to how people here are taking it.

***No you don't, I see you make a bigger deal when MS does something, but then say very little when Sony does the same. ***

I would have left it at one comment here, but you guys made it a big deal that an "admin of N4G" said the word ignorant to another user.

Here's a list of Sony's PR statements I've complained about in the past (I'm sure there are a ton more I can't think of now):

- Inflating number of PSN users to make it look like unique users
- Citing how often people watch Netflix on the PS3 compared to the competitor
- Discussing "growth" from one quarter to another at a time when sales were down from the year before.
- Focusing on world numbers when losing NPD
- Pretty much anything about PSVita as far as sales and their goals to "support" it

***I wonder how long any of us could get away with going into Sony articles and calling people ignorant for liking whatever Sony was selling.***

You really think you don't do anything of a similar nature that doesn't require moderation?

Saying Sony moneyhats: http://n4g.com/news/1660692...

Mocking Driveclub graphics: http://n4g.com/news/1660610...

Going into a dualshockers article solely to criticize their titles and not be on topic: http://n4g.com/news/1660610...

As it is, we can talk about this forever, but how about we take it to PMs if you want to continue?

Bdub2000934d ago

Someone's grouchy today... Let's all take a break from slamming eachother about the things we enjoy, and be glad collectively that the gaming industry is seeing so much innovation, change, and success.

'nuff said, go play games!

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gangsta_red935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

You know you can't celebrate any good MS news without some kind of Debbie Downer to come in and ruin it. But it's even more disheartening when an actual admin has to come in and be "that" guy.

@Cgoodno
"Everyone does this. Even Sony and Nintendo."

So why do you feel the need to even point it out then? Of course everyone does it, does this mean we still shouldn't be excited or look forward to what MS has in store for their users.

"So, you saying "strong words" when what I really hear you write is "I'm ignorant and think that a CEO would tell me if something in his company was going bad or had issues.""

What I hear him write is...

"It's an exciting time for Xbox and Xbox owners and I am really looking forward to seeing how the future pans out and what they have in store for us gamers."

Isn't calling someone "ignorant" a personal attack??

And if Sony and Nintendo also do it, how come we only find you in here complaining about it when MS does it?

@nicksetzer1
I'm not going to treat him any different from any other user who would have put the same comment down.
My only mistake was replying to Fowhammer and not Cgoodno.

Kavorklestein935d ago

Yeah gotta love how cgood gets to break the same rules he's supposed to uphold.

Leadership at it's finest.

Pogmathoin935d ago

Lately, there has been so much positives for Xbox/MS, that it has become really frustrating for some here. There is literally no negative news, that is really causing severe irritation for the usual lot here. Now, I do not see the mods comment, talk about moving the posts. Great stuff from MS, even better is the desparation and despair of some here..... Pathetic was made for this.

remixx116935d ago

Damn I kinda feel like your right.......I felt like the "this is a Sony fanboy site" ranting was a bunch a hoohah but seeing admins run in and downplay some MS positivity is kinda pointing the sharp end ain't it?

Christopher935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Calling someone ignorant isn't against any rules I know. When you say someone is wrong, you are saying the same thing. Saying someone doesn't understand something? Not a rule break.

Now, calling someone an idiot or the like? That I might flag you for, but that's about it. You are essentially saying the person is stupid. But, ignorant, it doesn't require intellect, it just means I don't feel you know what you are talking about.
***"It's an exciting time for Xbox and Xbox owners and I am really looking forward to seeing how the future pans out and what they have in store for us gamers."***

Again, who wouldn't say this? Why do people jump up and down for these sort of comments? Do people really get off on PR?

***Damn I kinda feel like your right.......I felt like the "this is a Sony fanboy site" ranting was a bunch a hoohah but seeing admins run in and downplay some MS positivity is kinda pointing the sharp end ain't it?**

I downplay all PR BS. MS isn't exclusive to my criticism.

donthate935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

I think mods/admins should never change their username without it being clear they did so when posting.

Didn't realise that cg was christopher.

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christocolus935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Great to see the CEO talking about gaming this way.Satya has been steering the organisation in the right direction.they seem to be correcting all their mistakes with Windows 10 and its great to see Halo mcc, forza horizon2 and minecraft printing cash for MS. Hololens will undoubtedly produce some amazing experiences cant wait to see how they integrate it into xbox one and pc. great times ahead.

@GangstaR

i'm highly impressed by his leadership so far. i think all the divisions will thrive under him.

gangsta_red935d ago

It's good to see the MS CEO speaking very nicely about the Xbox One. Maybe now we can all finally put to rest this MS is selling Xbox nonsense that seem to always creep on to the N4G site from time to time.

Mega24935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Completely agree with Windows 10, they took what made 8 and 7 great and put them together. It's quick simple. I expect DX12 improving hardware optimization for developers.

ABizzel1935d ago

The Xbox is okay, and it's not going anywhere. They done a great job turning things around, and now they can get back on track to finishing this gen with a positively accepted console (although many won't forget).

As far as Xbox on PC, I'm interested to see what comes of it. I don't think it's going to be that big this gen, but it sets them up to make a console that's everything steam machine tried to be, which is the real win IMO for them if that's the route they take, because they could completely change the scape of traditional PC's, by selling Xbox's as video game consoles that can also be full functioning PC's. That's the win for MS in the long run, not trying to compete with Sony and take the casual gamer from Nintendo.

PC play sounded great at first, but Remote play is something I rarely use as is. On top of that a surface tablet is pretty much the main tablet to play on which are $250 and up, and if you have a gaming PC then chances are you're not too keen on streaming XBO games except the occasional exclusive, when you can power through anything with your PC. It's a nice bonus that Sony and Nintendo offer, but personally I don't feel like the Remote Play feature was ever a huge selling point, just an great and beneficial bonus to have when you use it.

As far as XBL on PC I want to know the full details. Is it just an app, or is it the full XBL service, and if so does your XBO sub cover PC as well. It has to either be the free app or 1 service for all, because no PC gamer is going to pay for XBL when Steam is free.

The big news to me is PC crossplay, which is great, but I want to see how it works out for MS, since something like XBO and 360 play should be even simpler, yet it's skipped in pretty much ever release (that goes for PS3 -> PS4 as well), because of excuses like resolution, well now with PC you have resolution, framerate, graphical settings, and keyboard and mouse differences.

Windows 10 seems like a great OS with all the benefits and additions they've added. It seems like they learned a lot from Apple about being consumer friendly, and even eclipsed them in many areas in a single OS upgrade. I'm all for this upgrade, and hope it lives up to it's demonstrations.

HoloLens I think is potentially revolutionary, but I don't see it reaching it's full potential for YEARS to come, and as far as gaming goes, it doesn't seem there yet especially considering it should cost.

I think in another 5 years, MS will be in an amazing place technologically. The XB4 should be out and powerful enough for all things VR, AR, and QHD up to UDH (4K). And HoloLens should have enough developers and applications, and a consumer price to be a truly the revolution it could be.

A good time for MS technologically.

MSBAUSTX935d ago

I am definitely interested in remote play. We have a small house and only two TVs but only one is hooked up to cable. If my wife wants to watch TV guess what, i cant play XBox. I use remote play on my PS4 with my Vita and of course the Wii U.

I am a user who would utilize remote play for my XB1 a lot so that I can still play games and my wife can watch TV. Or if I want to play a game I dont want my 3 year old seeing on a 55 inch screen I can remote play.

I am sure there are at least a million people in my situation across the market for MS products and if that is the case then that equals potential sales and profits by providing a service their customers want. I look forward to remote play.

BitbyDeath935d ago

Looking forward to seeing what this offers.
I'd certainly pick one up with the right software and right price.

oSHINSAo935d ago

So Holo lens can replace illumiroom easily, just scan where you tv is and there you have it, a full 3D environment for gaming even movies. Can wait to try it myself.

brotherlymoses935d ago

Let me stream PC games to my Xbox one and I'll love you

Dudebro90935d ago

It rumored to be happening

No_Limit935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

They are saving that megaton announcement for E3 as they already hinted during the reveal last week from the Windows 10 reveal.

Edit at Bodge below.

"How would this be a megaton? Not all pc games have controller support."

That is true fir games that are in Steam and current and older games but I am specifically talking about games that are license to be on the New Windows 10 platform. I think MS might mandate every Windows 10 game to have support for the XB1 controller as a requirement. Just a thought.

Bodge935d ago

How would this be a megaton? Not all pc games have controller support.

kenmid935d ago

@Bodge so your saying it want be huge announcement just because not all games you a controller? What if I reverse and said not all games use a keyboard then would it be a huge announcement.

rainslacker935d ago

At some point someone will have to explain to me how this is beneficial to MS without some sort of partnership with Steam.

No one has been able to explain to me why MS would lose money by allowing people to buy cheaper versions of games from steam, or pirate them for free, then just play them on the console, instead of requiring people to buy the Xbox version of said game where they get their cut of the sale.

It makes sense to stream from X1 to PC, because Ms will get their cut from the software sale.

Looking at the past, with Windows 8, the game development community didn't look too kindly on MS licensing proposals. I don't see why that would change in 2 years time. Gabe was particularly critical of it, so dunno why he'd suddenly be on board when the idea of it is what he's always railed against since starting Steam.

Right now it is absolutely free to publish a game for Windows with all the cost coming after purchase. Why would PC devs want to move to a more restrictive platform?

I appreciate that people try to look at optimistic things that are beneficial for them, but sometimes it's good to temper expectations to stay in the realm of reality.

Would it be a megaton? Sure, because honestly the idea of it actually being a thing are really preposterous.

LexHazard79935d ago

@bodge, is it possible MS can have Keyboard/mouse support along with controller.

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LexHazard79935d ago

I think your dreams will be coming true this yr. Then watch how others follow suit..

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