Darryn’s mostly worthless opinion
Like Haley’s Comet, console reveals are a rare sight that are usually worth staying up late for. Last night was no exception, as Microsoft put on a slick show to showcase their Xbox One device.
And you know what? I like it. I really do. I’m just not sure if I actually want one. The technology in that system is pretty damn impressive, I’ll give it that. The architecture to do multitasking between games and applications is something that this generation has sorely been in need of, and the Kinect 2 hardware looks like it’s going to make ordering pizzas and pretending to be an extra in Minority Report even more fluid than before.
There are a ton of great features and ideas in the Xbox One, which looks like a great entertainment hub with some real heavyweight gaming potential. But all those extra bells and whistles come with an added set of problems: They aren’t relevant to us locally.
All that sports and entertainment content, won’t be available outside of the US, essentially negating some of the key attraction points of the Xbox One. Throw in the fact that playing a used game will now cost you extra, the console needing extra peripheral to use that vaunted content and it just becomes less appealing.
I still like the Xbox One though. I like that Microsoft has finally realised that it needs to go ahead and create a new library of exclusive games for their system. But I’m only going to be able to afford one new console this year, even though I would buy both if I could.
And right now, my money is not only on Sony, but with it as well.
Last Updated: May 22, 2013