More Like Xbox ‘Merica?
The Xbox Reveal is now well in the past. We know what Microsoft had hidden under its covers and we’ve seen what it can do. But now that all is said and done, at least until E3, why can’t I shake the feeling that even though the console was revealed in the UK, absolutely everything appealed almost exclusively to American audiences.
But before we get to that, let’s talk about the name. Xbox One? Okay, that’s kinda cool. Different. Strange. Unexpected. But I’ll take it. It seems almost like a parody of sequels and reboots, doesn’t it? As if it’s that child in your average classroom which keeps making jokes, gets into trouble, and then continues making jokes regardless. In that way, it reminds me of Fred and George Weasley, from the Harry Potter series. So I’ll have that.
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So that’s all great, but what about the rest of the reveal? Well, that’s where it all goes to pot.
Picture-in-picture television, NFL, Forza, Call of Duty, and fucking Halo… Always fucking Halo.
Now I was not unimpressed by the Reveal in its entirety, on the contrary I quite enjoyed watching the presentation from start to finish, even while listening to Azhar and Adam groaning away on Mumble. The truth is, I fully expected a home entertainment system which fights not just to win over gamers but rather anyone with a living room, who wishes to experience media. To that extent, it was a great success of a showing, which didn’t always show brand new stuff but did show cool new ways that they work together with the proper brand new stuff.
However, I did not appreciate how outrageously American everything was. I mean really now, how many people in the world are going to be able to enjoy half of what’s featured in that Reveal? Being able to switch over from television to gaming and back again is great, but will it work locally? Who knows. And NFL? Say what you will about the local fanbase, it is nothing compared to the likes of FIFA and Call of Duty. At least the latter had you guys covered, but then everyone knows that Call of Duty is huuuuuge in America.
And of course, fucking Halo.
I don’t want to talk about this for too long because chances are we’ll be spending a great deal of our podcast talking about it, when we record tonight, but I just wanted to get this off my chest, so to speak. Why oh why is the Xbox One so heavily focused on one region? One audience? What of the rest of the world, Microsoft? Are we meant to wait for E3? Do you realise I turned down what could have been an awesome evening out, to watch your Reveal?
Oh well. ‘Merica, fuck yeah!
[UPDATE: To further emphasise how focused Microsoft’s
Patriot ShowReveal was, here’s a new source which confirms that the TV functionality will be US-only for the moment. Really, Microsoft?]