I watched the reveal last week and let me tell ya... it left me much less than impressed. More on the 'iffy' side. Here's why:
1.) The Console (Design and Specs)
- ...Why Microsoft? Why would you make your new gaming system look like a cable box of all things? Sure; it truly doesn't completely matter WHAT the console LOOKS like. What really matters is what's INSIDE the system. But even so - the XOne doesn't *look* like a gaming console. Yes, all game consoles look different - but they all share a distinct look. The XOne doesn't have that look. It's like Microsoft looked at a DVR/VCR/Cable box and said "Let's take that design and slapped the 'XBOX' logo on it. Yeah, that's genuis!"
..At least it's specs are better. With new x86-architecture (which brings it more in line with PC), 8GB of RAM and 3 operating systems - the new XBOX can is just a few notches weaker than the PS4 - just like how the 360 was a few notches weaker than the PS3.
Either way ~ I don't like how the system looks. The design turns me off and it looks like it'll take up a bit too much space. Forget trying to stand it up horizontally next to your T.V either.
2.) The Controller (Design and Functionality)
- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That seems to be the quote the XBOX Team was sticking to when they were designing the XBOX One's new controller. It's design is virtually the same as the 360 controller. There are some visible differences - but it seems to be the same old, same old. Not that it's actually a problem - seeing that the 360 controller is amazing. Seems like they've FINALLY fixed the D-pad (I still think the person who came up with the 360's D-pad should be behind bars for life). But what as added? IR Signals to be used with the new Kinect.... oh yeah... that thing...
3.) The New Kinect
- Erm...... I need an adult. In all honesty; This is what turned me off the most. In 2010 - I was seeking to buy my first ever game console. It was between the Wii and the 360 (the PS3 was too expensive at the time). I had seen the Kinect in commercials and I loved it. I had also tried out the Wii extensively, and was quite interested in it (not to mention their was a certain Sonic game that was released at the time that I NEEDED to play).
So, I went to Best Buy and saw a Kinect kiosk. Alright, showtime. Sluggish - frustrating - unresponsive - tiering. Those are the words I used to describe my Kinect experience. I hated it instantly. Didn't like long for me to switch gears to the Wii completely. The only Kinect games I can really say *worked* was Kinect Adventures and Dance Central 3 - both I played at a friend's house. Other than that; simply no.
Now, Microsoft has decided to re-launch the Kinect... or should I say Kinect ONE. They seemed to have improved it...hopefully. Unless all that Kinect action at the reveal was just simulated. But what really gets me is that it's no longer OPTIONAL but now MANDATORY. This is a problem. What if Kinect One is no better than Kinect 1? (yes you read that right) What if it still bites? Then what? That's what I'm concerned about. Until I try the Kinect One for myself; I will continue to hold that as a major downplay for the One.
4.) The Name
- When I heard the name announced; I had to take a double take. I thought I was hearing things. Then "XBOX One" appeared on the screen. I understand what they're saying - that it's an all-in-one system. But technically, the XBOX *1* already exists. It was your first system, Microsoft. If you wanted to emphasize the all-in-one functionality of the new system - you should have called it "XBOX AiO" or something like that. It would have made more sense.
5.) The Entire Conference
- Meh. In all honesty, it was...okay, but not encouraging at all. The 360 is a giant right now. I can't see how Microsoft could spring off such a successful system and come up with...this. The conference focused more on how Kinect makes watching TV more *interactive* and *cool*, instead of showing off what most (if not everyone) was interested in - GAMES. It's like they were trying to hype everyone up for "Kinect TV" instead of "The Ultimate 8th-Generation Home Console - XBOX One" It was a blunder, to be honest. Microsoft is really going to need to pull up their socks at E3, if they expect me (and it seems like several others) to buy their console this new generation.
It's a game console Microsoft - not a Smart TV. It's cool how Kinect enhances your TV experience - but I don't really watch TV, anyway. And aside from that; you seem to be putting more effort in the TV side of things, than the actual game. It's like you were pretty much saying "Here's the new XBOX. It makes your TV a hundred times better with the new Kinect! Oh... and it plays games too..."
No, just plain no. You're adding features that virtually nobody cares about and that's bound to up the price into the $500+ category. That new Kinect, plus those specs? Oh yeah... Woo-hoo.