How Xbox One Plans to Fight Sony, Steam, and Everything Else

Wired editor Peter Rubin spent multiple days at Microsoft’s Redmond campus learning all about Xbox One in advance of the announcement, and most of what the Microsoft execs wanted to talk about was entertainment as a whole, not just games. “The decision wasn’t ‘we need a gamebox,’” Xbox executive Marc Whitten told Wired.

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BABYLEG2887d ago

Best system ever made. Something straight out of iRobot

morganfell2887d ago


Microsoft: "We purposefully did not target the highest end graphics"

How jaggy is that iRobot?

MWH2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

why so grumpy? let the kid enjoy the moment while it last.

to the below, it is confirmed that xbox one does not enforce always-on DRM. you can play your games offline.

Maddens Raiders2887d ago

a pittance of exclusives It seems (as they hardly mentioned anything new except Quantum Dream) and a subscription to get onto and enjoy what the internet and gaming have to offer is a non-starter for me.

I thought 2013 would be the year I would have a MS and Sony gaming console in my house... looks like I was wrong. I'll get the PS4 as I've already got a great Direct TV receiver.

ThatCanadianGuy5142887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

This could seriously be the end of xbox.Ask nintendo how easy it is to go from top dog to bust, one move to the next.

nextbox has alienated the used market entirely, focused entirely on tv just to shoehorn in IE and skype, and relying once again on multiplats and timed DLC.If they still charge for XBL than i seriously question the mental health of xbox fans who support this.

Lucreto2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

"Wired asked Microsoft if installation would be mandatory. “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” the company responded in an emailed statement. Sounds mandatory to us.

What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.

Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc."

So online passes are redundant now. Offline Pass confirmed.

dp2774072887d ago

So say if you want to buy a used xbox one game u would have to pay for the activation code right. How do you think they would do this depending on the cost.

Lucreto2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

Not sure how it works.

You have to insert the disc reads it as used and require you to pay a fee to play it.

This requires an online connection to do this.

also it was confirmed by Microsoft


ProjectVulcan2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

Oh wow. This is the worst news of the entire announcement.

I wasn't too impressed with it, not enough games shown, but still open minded to what else they can offer later because E3 should be more games focused.

But this news is the sum of all fears, literally.

EA looked good for ditching online pass few weeks back, NOW WE KNOW WHY!

They got into bed with Microsoft, and came up with this together.

Uh oh.

LightofDarkness2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

Yep, I learned about this two weeks ago. Discs are basically worthless unless you're going to re-install. MS will make no friends at retail like this.

This has a lot of headaches for retailers in general. What happens with returns of supposedly "bad" discs?

Yes, you HAVE to be online to activate the game once. After that, it's tied to your account and your account only. You can play offline all you want after that, but you need to activate in online first. Get banned on Live? Tough, no more games.

rainslacker2887d ago

Sounds like blocking used games to me. How much you want to bet that that fee will be almost as much as a new digital copy?

dp2774072887d ago

See thats what I was thinking I doubt it would be ten dollars and more like the digital price

dp2774072887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

When jeff asked the main guy who's name I forgot aleady if it would require an always online connection he kinda stumbled over himself like no it doesnt but we have a secret alternative lol. edit I just seen where they said it will have preowned fees wonder if sony has this in the works too.

SmokingMonkey2887d ago

What then is the point of even having disc's?

Just Download the game straight from XBLone?

not impressed today.

Nevers2887d ago

I'm not impressed either. Actually, I'm slightly insulted. So far none of the "next gen" anti-consumer consoles entice me in the least.

josephayal2887d ago

Then how do they authenticate your unique copy? Serial keys?

Godmars2902887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

"Given the option"?

So you have the "option" of either not playing a used game which you bought or even borrowed from a friend, or paying the "added" fee to play said used game.

MS has no idea what "option" means, do they?

And FFS - even the "always online" bull crap is still on the table? More so if devs have the "option" of putting part of their games on cloud services, which MS just 'happens" to be providing. Of course just like DLC and patches many are going to use and abuse it while thinking nothing of the minority of console owners with poor or no internet connection.

Nothing has changed.

And even worse, we don't really know if Sony is going to do the exact same thing, or be caught at a disadvantage and be forced to do follow suit anyway.

Ashlen2887d ago

I love this... They use mandatory Kinect to identify you then force anyone who isn't you to re-buy the game. So much for family game night if you have to buy four copies of the same game to play.

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donman12887d ago

Its clear Microsoft invested heavily in multimedia hug feature sets and less in gaming capabilities. The games shown are clearly not on PS4 level. I want a gaming console first and less of a media hub. Xbox One did not impress me.

I already invested in a media entertainment for my living room and do not see the beneficial value of the One. But to each their own.

SlavisH22887d ago

b.s. forza 5 could not be done this gen and they stated it was running on xbox one. That was amazing. Ps4 looked good too i dont understand the need to attack one for the other. I guess you have to be a fanboy to understand it

ricochetmg2887d ago

Clear the multimedia hub is what they are going for

donman12887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

I simply stated why Xbox One is not for me and in no way a fanboy as I will be owning two, WiiU/PS4, this coming generation. its very obvious Microsoft is pushing Entertainment hug first and gaming second. The games shown are not on the level of games show for the PS4. How much clearer does that have to be. Buy what you like and you will be happy. For me its games first then everything else... not in reverse.

Plus the console is HUGE and hideous.

I_am_Batman2887d ago

When deciding which console I buy next I consider games as the most important factor. MS will have to market the One very good if they want all the people to understand that it isn't just for gamers. I for One am not interessted in all that TV shenanigans as long as there are no interessting games. Only game that interessted me was Quantum break but then again there we didn't see much of it yet.

TKCMuzzer2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

It's all good..........if you live in the USA. "hello Microsoft, there's a big world out there"

Everything was tailored to the US audience, half of that stuff won't even work in other countries.

AceofStaves2887d ago

That's the real Achilles' Heel of the XBox One. Those of us who don't live in the U.S. will end up paying more for a console that will offer us less.

porter4702887d ago

Someone should get that Steve ballmer Developer video and change it to America, America, America lol

HarryMasonHerpderp2887d ago

I was thinking that.
Also what if....DUN DUN don't like sports? 0_0
I know it sounds crazy but some of us just aren't interested in sports.

dp2774072887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

Yea I live in the US and Xbox doesnt appeal to me but I do understand that alot of people here have that mentality of made in the USA.

nugnugs2887d ago

Used to make me laugh when I saw 'World Series Baseball' yet most of the world doesn't competitively play it.

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Typical-Guy2887d ago (Edited 2887d ago )

The system looks good, loved the new controller but I was expecting something bigger. Their focus was Kinect and TV.... who gives a shite about TV on a gaming console. It's clear that their system is geared towards the American market with the focus on NFL and ESPN.

Wikkid6662887d ago

Remember that E3 is a gaming conference. MS has always taken a lot flack about the entertainment side of the console. Part 1 Entertainment Part 2 at E3 will be the gaming.

Still lots of treats to be revealed.

HmongAmerican2887d ago

I'am the type of guy that don't watch TV much. So that whole TV thing not impress me a bits. MS just need to show more games at E3 or else, they could be taking a lot of heat from XBOX fans.

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