I hadn't actually seen the Xbox One presentation until just now, and now that I've seen it I cant help but feel... cheated.Vague
The entire presentation can be easily summed up in one word; vague ('TV' and 'Sport' would've also sufficed). I already knew that the presentation wasnt going to focus on gaming, since it was broadcast on American television. Microsoft wants to conquer the living room, and it needs more than just games in order to do that. Okay, so they're gonna talk a bit about TV, entertainment, multi-functionality and a little about games. Or so I thought. You can sum up their presentation that way, but the reality is different.
The reality is very vague. They named some features and made some promises, but almost nothing was actually shown. Sure, they showed us you can now Skype using the Kinect, a feature that hardly needs any explanation. We all know how a webcam works and how such a call looks. And they showed us how easily you can switch between game, film, to the TV and back again. Cool, good work, shoulder pat, but this was on the line of expectations. Microsoft wants to be multi-functional an put everything into one device, so you can expect them to solve the problems they themselves created. And it appears like they done so, and now? What is all of this going to do for us?Yo dawg, I heard you like features
Watch TV, and lots of it, mainly sport. Worldwide sports that everybody loves, like American Football, basketball, those kinds of things. I talked to a friend of mine who's a fan of American Football and even he couldnt get excited about this. There's already so many options to watch sports. "But with the Xbox One, you can switch between TV, movie and games on the fly
!" But I only have one pair of eyes. Who watches a movie and TV at the same time. Not even mentioning the fact that all of this is probably not going to work for us European users, since it would require agreements between the providers here and we'll probably be forced to buy new, expensive decoders.Buzzwords and idiots
The entire presentation was chock-full of buzzwords like 'experience'. It's such a fantastic word since it literally doesn't mean shit. Everything is an 'experience'. Yesterday, I had a fantastic 'train experience' as I took the train back home, quickly followed by a 'dinner experience' as soon as I got there. If that word is vague/slippery/marketing-technical enough for you to make you dry heave, there's always 'transforming television'. What they're transforming, how they're going to do it, or why I should care isn't explained. But I'm only a stupid consumer, I shouldn't worry about such things. Believe Microsoft, it'll be awesome.
I dont want to be treated like an idiot, I want honesty and clarity. The moment people start acting vague, I usually tune out. Microsoft knows exactly what kind of RAM they're using, but they wont show us. It's 8Gb DDR3, and thats less powerful than the GDDR5 memory the Playstation 4 uses. "We'll jut put '8Gb RAM' on the screen, then it'll look just as good as the Playstation 4." Dear Microsoft, I want to believe DDR3 is good enough for your machine, as long as you can show me why. Companies need to stop holding onto their pride, it makes them look fearful.
This became painfully clear thanks to the cheers coming from the 'audience'. You could clearly see that the press was busy typing on their tablets or laptops. All that cheering was coming from people off-screen. Why wont you show us that? These are people that are apparently happy with the announcements, so show us their happiness!... Unless Microsoft has a reason not to show us? Tweets coming from the press quickly tell us that the cheering was coming from the back of the room, where most of the Microsoft employees were sitting. Microsoft was of course hoping that their cheering would be contagious, which made it so painful when it wasn't.Idiot =/= stupid
I often act like an idiot, but that doesnt mean I'm one all the time. I can clearly see that they're deliberately being vague, because Microsoft is afraid to go toe to toe with the Playstation 4 (psst, the Playstation 4 has superior hardware, dont tell anybody). I can see them using big words, without actually showing examples, in the hopes of blinding the consumer. And I can clearly see that the cheering is coming from some unseen audience. The Playstation 4 presentation wasnt great either, especially considering the hype they generated, but at least they were honest. Sony has a clear vision and they pushed what their device would add to the living room forward (games). Microsoft wants to be the best at everything, but cant. But thats okay, they dont have to be. Its the unique coherence of functions of the Xbox One that makes it a great machine. Still they want us to believe their machine does everything better than the competition. As long as they keep being vague, it'll eventually become truth... In the right context... If the light is at the right angle.
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