GalacticEmpire (User)

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A harsh but honest criticism of Xbox One

459d ago ... I can safely say I’m known for my harsh criticism of Microsoft, not just here on N4G but all over and even among friends. The root of my disparagement is often dismissed as blind fanboyism and I understand this need to discredit my opinion in the absence of a compelling argument but, whether you believe me or not, it actually stems from what was once great admiration. Admiration of great hard...

What would a U-turn on Windows 8 mean for the third Xbox?

482d ago ... I came across an article recently titled, ‘Microsoft prepares rethink on Windows 8 flagship software’ found here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/330c8b8e-b66b-11e2-93ba-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2SdBxKC8V The article suggests that Microsoft is, “preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system, marking one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-m...

Buying up 3rd party exclusivity is a band aid on a severed artery

487d ago ... Before I begin let me apologise for the slightly grotesque imagery in the title, I recently finished God of War: Ascension and now I’m having trouble conjuring up tasteful metaphors. Ok, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors suggesting Microsoft may be as much as “six months behind” as far as first party production of Xbox 3 content is concerned. Apparently their solution is “aggressively trying...

Illumiroom: More Smoke and Mirrors

488d ago ... When I first saw the proof of concept video for Illumiroom I thought to myself “neat”. It’s the kind of thing that someone who invests heavily in entertainment technology to ever increase that feeling of immersion would enjoy, someone like me. If I thought for one second that it would ever translate into any kind of affordable consumer device this blog would be praising it instead of trying t...

Microsoft's TV Ambitions are a Cop Out

493d ago ... So, Microsoft have finally stopped pretending there isn’t a third Xbox on the way and has found it in their hearts to give us a date for the big unveiling. Like the good consumers they take us for we’re supposed to watch the countdown timer patiently with baited breath. Then, when the time is upon us, Microsoft will bestow its new master plan for gaming on the world. It is said that this pla...

What if the third Xbox doesn’t release this year?

497d ago ... Asking a ‘what if’ question is of course just a form of speculation but, as far as we know, the Xbox 3 might not make it out this year, the possibility exists is what I’m saying. The thought first occurred to me after observing the silence Microsoft has cast around their next gen efforts after the PS4 reveal. I wondered if maybe they saw what Sony had to offer and changed their plans in an ef...

Is All Publicity Really Good Publicity?

505d ago ... Let’s be honest here, it’s raining s*** on Microsoft at the minute. With ‘always online’ rumors circulating, Adam Orth dealing with it, PS4 gaining momentum unchallenged and potential hack or service issues; they’re really not having a good time. While it’s fair to say that none, or at least not all, of the terrible things happening could translate to Xbox 3, there is still damage to the Xbox...

I Warned You Microsoft

514d ago ... A few weeks ago I wrote a blog here on N4G titled ‘Microsoft I’m Calling You Out’. My intention was to put forward the message, aimed optimistically at Microsoft, that if they don’t do something about the negative press surrounding their third Xbox then all hell could break loose. I won’t link to it but it’s in my profile/history/whatever if you want to read it. Well, here we are, weeks la...

Xbox 3 & PS4 - A Fair Race?

525d ago ... First off I’d like to congratulate MS for well and truly forcing their foot into the door of the industry that we all love, gaming. They have created a brand that is recognisable and popular (in some parts of the world), as well as introduced a lot of interesting new IPs to gamers. During a questionable start with hardware reliability they still managed to grab a lot of sales and 3rd party su...

Microsoft, I'm Calling You Out

534d ago ... There’s been more than a few rumours surrounding Microsoft’s third Xbox attempt, the 720, the Xbox 8, the Xbox Infinity, the whatever. A lot of these rumours have been unflattering and, in light of Sony’s PS4 reveal and renewed focus on gaming, they cast an ominous shadow on the future of the Xbox brand. By coming out first and putting forward their message of a developer friendly, powerful...

Has Xbox Lost Timed-Exclusivity of Destiny?

561d ago ... I recently noticed someone in the pending section trying to suggest that Destiny would be launched simultaneously across both PS3 and 360 by posting a link directly to the Destiny website. I was going to suggest he/she write a blog to better make their point but then I thought, what the hell, I'll write one myself. It has been long rumoured that Bungie's first game away from the clutches of...

Is Microsoft Spreading The Third Xbox Too Thin?

589d ago ... There are few websites I trust more than Digital Foundry from Eurogamer.net, their insightful, informative and well-written articles contrast brilliantly with the cornucopia of trash available in gaming media. So, when I read their piece on ‘Playstation 4’ specs ( http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/df-hardware-orbis-unmasked-what-to-expect-from-next-gen-console...

XBL on iOS: Christmas Gift or Sour Eggnog?

617d ago ... Xbox live is a decent service, some would say it’s the best, some wouldn’t but, fees aside, it’s pretty good for gamers. Having access to XBL was one of, if not the ONLY reason to buy a Windows 8 phone/tablet over Android or iOS, that I can think of right now. So it comes as a shock that MS has decided to share the love with other platforms. One could argue that this move will be a boost for...

Hero to Zero, Microsoft's Next-Gen Concerns

632d ago ... If I’ve heard any assumption once too often it’s that Microsoft are in the “best position” to move forward into the next generation of consoles. I can see where it comes from, Microsoft make a lot of money, especially when compared to the other major players in the gaming industry, but does that money always translate into better products? More importantly, for us gamers, does their misfortune...
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