Xbox One Is First And Foremost About Games
Many gamers are, perhaps irrationally, upset that Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal had most of the emphasis on non-gaming things such as TV and sports and sports and TV but E3 is just a few short weeks away so why show your hand prematurely? Only after E3 can we fairly judge just how much of a focus or lack thereof Microsoft is putting on gaming.
Activision has come out defending the new console saying that it is a gaming machine before anything else. Activision publishing boss Eric Hirshberg said “it’s a game machine first and foremost” and believes there is a false divide that exists in the way people get their entertainment kicks. Nonetheless he is pleased with Microsoft’s apporach thus far and I personally echo that sentiment.
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“I don’t think competition for different forms of entertainment in the living room is anything new. People can watch TV in their living rooms now. People can listen to music in their living rooms now. There’s a false divide that gets created in people’s minds sometimes, as though hardcore gamers don’t also consume other forms of entertainment and wouldn’t appreciate those things being made more seamless and more integrated into a more elegant experience. I think that’s all that you’re seeing here. To me, as a gamer, I’m excited by it,” he said.
Hirschberg is also excited at the prospect of an evolved Kinect.
“I made a passing comment that you’re going to see voice integration, voice commands via Kinect, which is something that we haven’t done in the past with Call of Duty. We think the improvements to Kinect really excite us because of the level of responsiveness and detail. I thought that the demo they did with the voice commands on television, the instant changing between games and music, was really compelling. You’ll see more of this coming from us as we get closer to the launch,” Hirshberg said.
“Obviously, we didn’t reveal that element today. We just mentioned it. But we’ve always made sure that we don’t just use new technology for novelty’s sake. We always make sure that it makes the gameplay better. In this case, we think it will.”
So while the Xbox One reveal could be summarised as TV, sports, USA and dogs; it may not be that radical departure that some think it is. Wait for E3 before you dismiss Xbox One as DSTV with Siri. Actually I haven’t heard anybody say anything along those lines but it sounded witty.