There’s currently a lot of internet negativity amongst core gamers about the next generation Xbox, The Xbox One. Gamers seems to have their panties in a twist over the used games thing, the implied DRM and the lack of games shown. they’re also largely unimpressed that the console seems to be more service oriented than focused on games. That’s the impression you’d get reading reading just about any gaming website.
That said, real core gamers account for very little of the market – with most games being sold to mainstream gamers. so what does the mainstream press feel about the console and its reveal? turns out, it’s largely rather overwhelmingly positive; they’ve been praising the thing – particularly impressed by the design, the features – and even the games.
Here’s what they had to say (via Kotaku)
Indeed, the Xbox One demonstration was so impressive it made me wonder, why the heck didn’t they do this with the disastrous Windows 8?
The console itself is more angular and practical looking than either of its two predecessors. Flat and rectangular like a cable box, you could almost call the design reserved. But it is by no means unattractive, and will probably sit tucked away in a cabinet anyways.
On the face of it, the new console looks pretty impressive. Response times and gesture control are very good indeed, the visuals are stunning, and Microsoft scored an instant win over rival Sony by actually having a working console to show off. The demonstrations were in a tightly controlled environment, but the upgraded Kinect system looks impressive and the console looks very speedy to operate.
Xbox has been the exclusive home to such popular gaming franchises as sci-fi first-person shooter Halo, racing simulator Forza and alien shoot-’em-up Gears of War. In recent years, Microsoft expanded the scope of the Xbox 360 beyond just games, adding streaming media apps and the camera-based Kinect system. With the innovations showcased on Tuesday, Microsoft is taking those ideas further.
Key features of the Xbox One revealed in Microsoft headquarters in Seattle are advanced voice controls and the inclusion of a new-generation Kinect controller with every console, allowing you to switch from watching TV to playing games by spreading your arms as if you are grabbing the screen similar to the way you pinch an image on a smartphone or tablet.
But the news that really got gamers salivating was the exclusive gaming deals they announced.
Call of Duty: Ghosts takes the critically-acclaimed franchise into the next generation. Downloadable content for the new Call of Duty game, Ghosts, is available exclusively first on the Xbox, as is FIFA 14?s Ultimate Team feature.
Fans were treated to some spectacular footage from both flagship titles, as well as some glorious footage of Forza Motorsport 5 — one of a number of titles that will be available as soon as the console is out.
Out in the Twitter peanut gallery, we’ve been hearing people calling the case design "boxy." One guy said, "Looks like a VCR. Hopefully that means it will play VHS," while another echoed, "Does it come with a cassette rewinder tho?"
Cosmetics aside, the response for the whole system seems more upbeat, ranging from "Sexy" to "Can’t wait to have mine!" But this is a big year for gaming, and things are just heating up.
Have we, the core gamers, lost our minds – and is Microsoft’s next generation console actually the best thing since sliced bread? Or is the mainstream media just very, very wrong about games?
Last Updated: May 22, 2013