Did Microsoft forget what industry the Xbox is in as they seem to have focused on Media. One hopes that E3 will be where they let the gamers know what’s in store for us. So in the view of this blogger and gamer the big reveal was a bit of a let down.
The highlights for me were…
Expansion of the XBL server to something like 300k (does this mean we may get dedicated servers, or maybe more regional gaming!?)
The Call of Duty visual comparison showed what kind of visuals we can expect
Good specs on the hardware except the 500gb hdd could be a tad small.
I think that’s about it for the good points.
So, do I care that Kinect has all this cool new tech to make it awesome, not really. Shoot me down Microsoft but I just want a joy pad that I can sit down and relax with and the only shouting at the TV I want to do is when a game annoys me!
Do I care about the NFL partnership, no. Do I care about the EA partnership, no not really as it will just be all about making their micro purchases even easier and more accessible.
I can see that all the TV and media stuff is the way things are going and Microsoft clearly want the One to be the hub of all living rooms but is this what I would have put in the reveal, over showing more games. Hell no!
Media bits aside and I know I am hardly touching upon them all as this is just a few first thoughts, but they were saying that we were about to see gameplay..really! My excitement quickly dropped as it was mostly video sequences which was not really what I had in mind, how about a couple of five minute walk throughs to really showcase the hardware.
Did anyone actually feel that the entire briefing felt so false and commercial, I know it’s a press launch but what about some authenticity and passion, it kinda summed up the looks of the console too. Which just didn’t inspire me. However at least MS got that right and had the hardware on display.
The crowning moment for me was when they talked about the release date “later this year” oh come on really, way to commit to us.
The price point is what I was expecting, yes it’s high, around £400 but I don’t think that will help Microsoft hit huge sales as that’s going to be out of reach for most people.
There you have it, there were highs and lows for me and I don’t think that they got the reveal quite right. I may not be as pumped as I thought I would be but I still plan on getting one. The only caveat that could change my mind is a lack of games announcements at E3.
I will put some other posts up when I get five with some detail on certain subjects as I will admit a lot of this post is a bit of a rant as it just didn’t pump me up like I was expecting!!