So, with the unveiling of the Xbox One as Microsoft’s contender, the console wars can soon enter into the next battle. Will we see a repeat of the previous generation (as this handy image I found on the ‘net demonstrates) or will one side trump the other? Time will tell, but what about this fancy new Xbox?
Anticipation has been building for Microsoft’s newest console, and yesterday we finally got the unveiling in an hour-long conference. The console has shaped up largely as expected – it will feature hardware competitive with Sony’s PS4 and an integrated, more sensitive Kinect sensor.
On the software side of things, Microsoft is touting the console’s ability to instantly switch between playing games, watching TV and movies, and browsing the web, pushing the console as an ‘all-in-one’ entertainment device. Now, the cynic in me would feel remise if I didn’t point out that I already own a device that lets me do all of that already, it’s called a PC. Still, there are sure to be people who want a dedicated entertainment device in their living room, although for browsing the web it’s hard to top a keyboard and mouse, in my opinion.
We learned that the Xbox One is going to have fifteen exclusive games following the launch, eight of which will be entirely new IPs, as well as the Halo TV series that has been making some buzz across the web recently.
On the console’s appearance, I really think Microsoft missed a beat. With it’s square, black monolithic appearance and the way it sits in the corner, watching and listening to your every move (you can power it on with a voice command), silently judging you, I can’t help but feel they should have gone with something a little bit closer to this:
“Open the PlayStation official website please, Xbox” we would say, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” it would reply.