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The Xbox One TV demonstration was faked

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I need not remind you about how badly the Xbox One TV demonstration was received by gamers around the world, but what if I told you that the entire thing was faked and it doesn’t actually work that well in real life?

So do you remember when Yusuf Mehdi just stood there and spoke to the device and it instantly changed?

Well first thing you need to do is go back and watch the video, click here for an example, you’ll see that every time he tells the Xbox One what to do his hand is in his right pocket. It’s either a coincidence or he’s pushing a button.

Now this was picked up quite quickly and to be honest I don’t have an issue with that. This is a live conference and hoping there wouldn’t be interference is just asking for a disaster so I’m happy to let that one slide.

However now it appears that while it wasn’t listening to voice commands it wasn’t showing true pictures either. In a recent video interview with Wired we get to see what live TV snapped onto the side bar looks like and it’s not good. Here’s the video just scrub to 1:09 and then make sure it’s buffered so it streams flawlessly.

So how does that live TV look to you? It’s in awesome 5 frames per second. If you prefer you can click here and see an animated gif of the crucial moments.

Seeing that nothing was said about it during the awfully staged interview then I can only presume this is the way it is going to work out the box. So that idea of playing FIFA14 while watching Liverpool in the side panel is just going to stay… I was going to say stay a dream but really who on earth would actually want to do that?

The entire principle doesn’t work for me and faking it to make it a little better is a douche move Microsoft.

[Apologies I somehow forgot the source link, thanks to Neogaf for pointing this out]

Last Updated: June 5, 2013

96 Comments

  1. Rainman

    June 5, 2013 at 12:38

    So even TV is not TV – maybe just a big dvd player?

    Reply

    • DrKiller

      June 5, 2013 at 13:54

      You mean the BluRay was also a fake? o.O

      Reply

      • Trevor Davies

        June 5, 2013 at 15:36

        Yes, the laser is really just a light bulb covered with blue cellophane.

        Reply

  2. MariusDolfAnnandale

    June 5, 2013 at 12:40

    Such a piece of rubbish this is -_-

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      June 5, 2013 at 12:41

      horse shit you mean!

      Reply

      • MariusDolfAnnandale

        June 5, 2013 at 12:43

        Lmao, I’m trying to cut back on my Xbox One rants

        Reply

      • OVG

        June 5, 2013 at 12:49

        Horse shit is horse shit. The Bone does not know wtf it is.

        Reply

        • ElNicko

          June 5, 2013 at 14:53

          Horse shit is atleast useful……..as for the xbomb ?? Im not too sure

          Reply

  3. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 5, 2013 at 12:41

    Frame Drops ….. Interviewer: Let’s talk about Skype … LOL Quick quick! Let’s divert the attention off the laggy TV

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  4. OVG

    June 5, 2013 at 12:47

    Sorry but this news should be on the TV Guide magazine or Wall Street Journal or some other Tech medium mag.
    WTF? has THE ONE got to do with Videogame news ;P

    Reply

  5. Craig Deubler

    June 5, 2013 at 12:48

    Oh come on Lazy that’s seriously stretching.
    a. It’s debug console.
    b. That just looks like a bad digital signal. Do you guys have terrestrial digital yet?

    X1 will tank for being a boring beige black box, with no really compelling content, not silly crap like this.

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    • Rinceandspit...

      June 5, 2013 at 12:53

      Beige? Looks totally black to me!

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      • Craig Deubler

        June 5, 2013 at 13:13

        “boring beige black box” – beige as in unremarkable, no matter how black it is.
        Hopefully they pull some amazing stuff out the bag on Monday, but the last few years of 360 exclusives have not been inspiring.

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        • RincemysoulXboxOne

          June 5, 2013 at 13:16

          Ahh, I see what you did there 🙂 Agreed, if they don’t have 10 Playboy models jumping our of cakes with games I fear there is no hope…

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          • Craig Deubler

            June 5, 2013 at 13:20

            And Ninjas. Has to ship with Ninjas as a standard feature.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 5, 2013 at 13:21

            The ninjas that change the channel for you when you speak to your xbox and think it’s listening to you, you mean?

          • RincemysoulXboxOne

            June 5, 2013 at 13:22

            Yeah, the ones hiding in your living room counting how many faces are trying to watch your movies…

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 5, 2013 at 13:23

            Are they also the ones who are going to enforce licence rights on how many may watch or play?
            Rather extreme hey

          • RincemysoulXboxOne

            June 5, 2013 at 13:21

            Playboy Ninjas? But wouldn’t that mean they would be covered up? 0-o

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 5, 2013 at 13:22

            No, it means you wouldn’t see them. Which, kind of defeats the purpose I guess…..

          • RincemysoulXboxOne

            June 5, 2013 at 13:23

            This makes me sadder than when I first watched the Xbox One reveal…

  6. Martin du preez

    June 5, 2013 at 12:48

    Moar lies!

    I think I figured it out..There’s merit in that one suit’s statement from MS that said “We’re going to Kill Sony at E3”

    Sony might actually die from laughter.

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    • OVG

      June 5, 2013 at 12:58

      Microsoft will KILL SONY at E3 with more NEGATIVE INTERNET MEMES. Then we will die from laughing because public opinion is the main driving force behind marketing a product.

      NEW COKE anyone??

      and the public internet memes can be very funny.

      Reply

      • Argentil

        June 5, 2013 at 14:59

        That is nefarious… Kill off all of Sony’s fans with hilarious internet memes, then there would be no one left to buy Sony’s console.

        Reply

  7. Rinceandspit...

    June 5, 2013 at 12:51

    SO, in the US of A, you know, the best place for internet, this is what they are happy with? What are we going to get in SA?

    Reply

    • OVG

      June 5, 2013 at 12:54

      Smoke signals.

      Reply

      • RincemysoulXboxOne

        June 5, 2013 at 12:57

        I was going to suggest…

        Reply

        • OVG

          June 5, 2013 at 13:02

          Did you steal that wire from METRO FAIL? Why you…

          Reply

          • RincemysoulXboxOne

            June 5, 2013 at 13:08

            Eish! I am sorry!

          • OVG

            June 5, 2013 at 13:11

            You will be if you buy an X Bone.

    • boet

      June 5, 2013 at 15:58

      Actually, the USA has pretty weak internet compared to many other countries.

      http://www.netindex.com/download/allcountries/

      SA is sitting proud just above Uganda.

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      • RincemysoulXboxOne

        June 5, 2013 at 16:05

        Interesting, we are 123 in the world! Woot! Suck on that North Korea!

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        • mancera

          June 5, 2013 at 16:18

          Better than I thought… but that’s still including all those companies that have recently put in some pretty awesome 10+ mbps lines, that actually give them that, which is surprising in SA.

          One of our clients gets 15mbps no problem, no cap, no shaping, no throttling… I want that at home…

          Also noting that all the tropical islands (where people would run to) have crap internet speeds… I’m looking at you Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.

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          • RincemysoulXboxOne

            June 5, 2013 at 16:23

            Yeah, I suppose it makes sense as the tropical islands probable need to use satellite connection, like we used to before the T1 connection was laid.

          • mancera

            June 5, 2013 at 16:29

            But… no decent downloads, DLC’s, online gaming, etc… that’s not paradise!!! 🙁

          • RincemysoulXboxOne

            June 5, 2013 at 16:33

            Agreed, who needs blue oceans, cocktails and hot chicks hanging around in little clothing!? 0-o

  8. Brady miaau

    June 5, 2013 at 13:00

    When I was a teenager, during school holidays, I would sometimes watch 5 day cricket. How you watch is with a good book, with sound a bit low. When you hear some sort of excitement, you look at the replay.

    A quick glance every now and again revealed that 5 run were scored in the last hour.

    I kind of thought you could (but why?) keep a sport event in the background and pause your game and highlight the sport event when you hear big cheers or something. But you hear that while playing your game, right?

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    • Martin du preez

      June 5, 2013 at 13:10

      …..

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        June 5, 2013 at 13:17

        It is what, right?

        Also, sarcasm was used. I am almost positive about that.

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        • OVG

          June 5, 2013 at 13:58

          According to the stats from the 44million Americans and a few South Africans on XBOX LIVE, they spend 1 third of their time playing games and the other 2 thirds watching Youtube, Facebook and films.

          I know… what has happened to the hobby of playing on a dedicated machine. Much like our current internet generation, everything seems to be the jack of all trades master of none. We just pay for shit we do not use because…

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          • Brady miaau

            June 5, 2013 at 14:06

            Sigh. or Le sigh.

            Sounds like my professional career then! I can do loads of things, but master at anything? Seeing a big picture or getting the right people together, but soft skills are not as valued.

      • OVG

        June 5, 2013 at 13:20

        lol

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    • OVG

      June 5, 2013 at 13:20

      You are ONE of those people that walk up and down the cinema stairs answering your pnone every 10 minutes aren’t you? ;P

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        June 5, 2013 at 13:23

        No. Never go to the Cinema. BUT if I did I would never be as rude as to do that. Other people are watching a movie.

        I think you cannot listen to a game and a live sport event in the background at the same time.

        I actually loathe noise and play some games with no sound at all (Skyrim, for one). Sound is always set to a low level.

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        • OVG

          June 5, 2013 at 13:30

          How do you get the juices flowing with no Viking Choir pumping your drums? ONE feature that I loved on the 360 that the PS3 never had was to pump your bad ass music while playing a Brainless (Like Watching Cricket) driving game.

          Sound to me is more important for the immersion than graphics. Playing a game like Deadspace (BAFTA AWARD winning sound studio) on low is sacrilege.

          Get a good pair of ear phones and i promise, you will never get distracted ever again… unless you are married 🙁

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          • Argentil

            June 5, 2013 at 13:35

            GT5 had the ability to do that, and LBP2, maybe more games. Those are the two I know of. I loved half-playing B-Spec with my own music playing. I do agree that having the ability ingrained into the console’s design was a missed opportunity for Sony. I really hope that they have this all sorted out for the PS4.

          • Brady miaau

            June 5, 2013 at 14:03

            I am married, but normally play when wife is asleep. Some games I like the music and so forth or the voice acting (Mass Effect, for example) but others I just lower the volume to the point of not hearing. Does not bother me.

            I listened to Metallica and Guns n Roses while playing Mechwarrior 3 and 4. Now that was loud and proud and the juices flowed. Was AWESOME.

          • OVG

            June 5, 2013 at 14:10

            RAAAAAA!!!!!

          • Brady miaau

            June 5, 2013 at 14:13

            Exactly what it was like!

            One million upvotes!

          • Skyblue

            June 6, 2013 at 09:39

            MASTER!! MASTER!!

  9. ElNicko

    June 5, 2013 at 13:02

    This is “Milo” all over again – where can I hand in my Xbox fanboy card to be destroyed ??

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 5, 2013 at 13:02

      Sony Headquarters

      Reply

      • ElNicko

        June 5, 2013 at 13:04

        care to cover my airfare to Japan ??
        This just keeps on getting worse and worse……….E3 cannot get here fast enough

        Reply

  10. OVG

    June 5, 2013 at 13:13

    IT ONLY WORKS IF YOU HAVE INTERNET YOU MONKEY Bones

    Reply

  11. brad coetzee

    June 5, 2013 at 13:14

    been waiting for something like this, when I watched I thought they were prob faking it. Think Sony fakes something with the PS3 too a few years ago? Or was it nintendo? at one of the E3’s

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    • Argentil

      June 5, 2013 at 13:37

      *Ahem* I’ll just leave this here:

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      • Argentil

        June 5, 2013 at 13:46

        To be fair, every company does it. Last thing you need is your OS locking up in the middle of a pivotal press conference. Sony’s demonstrations from Feb were all mock-ups also, but at least they didn’t pass it off as live and proclaim how fast it was.

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        • Brady miaau

          June 5, 2013 at 14:28

          point

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      • OVG

        June 5, 2013 at 13:52

        stop littering :p

        Reply

      • HvR

        June 5, 2013 at 14:14

        Any then real life happens

        Reply

        • OVG

          June 5, 2013 at 15:14

          Kinection!!! call next of Kin

          Reply

        • whatthe

          June 5, 2013 at 22:21

          At least we know the rag doll isn’t fake with the kinect

          Reply

      • brad coetzee

        June 5, 2013 at 14:17

        Damn! It was xbox doing the faking then as well!!

        Reply

  12. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 5, 2013 at 13:17

    *puts hand up*

    I have a question? Why do people keep faking stuff when they know they will never get away with it? Isn’t that the worst thing you can do to your product’s image?

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  13. Unavengedavo

    June 5, 2013 at 13:29

    So if the Xbox One was a Girl… She would be faking it?

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    • OVG

      June 5, 2013 at 13:45

      you just got to push the right buttons 😉

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      • Argentil

        June 5, 2013 at 13:50

        🙁

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  14. OVG

    June 5, 2013 at 13:32

    XBOX ONE Minute attention span.

    Reply

  15. ALKi1234

    June 5, 2013 at 13:42

    Not this again….

    Reply

  16. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    June 5, 2013 at 13:44

    I was going to care about further developments with the horrible X1, but then I carried on with my life.

    Reply

  17. ElimiNathan

    June 5, 2013 at 13:45

    Lol Gavin I sense much anger in you. But ye as soon as the one guy said you can Skype while watching tv I felt sick

    Reply

  18. DarthofZA

    June 5, 2013 at 13:53

    Is it just me or does Peter Rubin look like Zachary Levi’s identical twin… I’m almost sure they’re the same person!

    Reply

  19. Trevor Davies

    June 5, 2013 at 14:07

    ahahahahahahahahaha *breath breath* ahahahahahahahahahaha I TOLD YOU SO!

    Reply

  20. Brady miaau

    June 5, 2013 at 14:27

    I must add this:

    I have done product demonstrations before. it is scary, something will go wrong. Always.

    So you stack the odds in your favour, so that you can better cope when something does go wrong.

    That part I do understand. But to fake the main product is looking for trouble, your customers will notice.

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  21. Bierboer

    June 5, 2013 at 14:44

    She should’ve just come clean and said something like “so obviously it’s an early build” or something but NOOOOO, instead MS keeps piling on the lies…..wait what’s that……she did? Ohhhhh….

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    • Argentil

      June 5, 2013 at 14:49

      Enjoy ignoring the laggy TV features on your Xbox One then. If no one makes a fuss about it, you shouldn’t blindly believe that MS will improve it.

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      • Bierboer

        June 5, 2013 at 15:29

        I hear you. Just saying that she did make a point of the fact that they’re using an early build, but for some reason 99% of the people chose to ignore that! So funny! The hardware is capable of handling this, so I’m sure the final build will have this sorted! ???? Can’t wait to get my hands on the Xbox One, going to be awesome!

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        • HvR

          June 5, 2013 at 16:06

          Then what the hell is wrong with the reveal build that they using an earlier build for demonstration purpose.

          First rule of development club you use the most bulletproof version you can for demo because what can go wrong will go wrong during a demo.

          Second rule of development club is that if hasn’t been programmed and tested thoroughly is hasn’t been completed and therefore doesn’t exist.

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          • Bierboer

            June 5, 2013 at 16:40

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure the reveal was a mock up but then which ones aren’t? My point is just that’s it’s still in development, but that being said I fully trust MS to sort it out before it goes on sale! Relax, everything’s going to be alright! ????

  22. Daryl Eksteen

    June 5, 2013 at 15:55

    WTF Microsoft!?…..they seem to be self destructing…all on their own.

    Reply

  23. iPrimal

    June 5, 2013 at 19:19

    MORE LIES!

    Reply

  24. Circuitflow

    June 6, 2013 at 09:47

    Why so negative about it Gavin?, all i read at LAzygamer is negativity about the xbox one. The only reason why gamers like myself were upset about the reveal is because we wanted to see games. Games will come !,E3 is next week and i am sure better and better games are being develop as we speak just for us gamers to play till our hearts content on the xbox….. Patience is key, talking about things we dont know about or not have enough info on is a waste.

    Reply

  25. Gerhard

    June 6, 2013 at 10:56

    She does say that this is a early build?

    Reply

  26. jGLZA

    June 6, 2013 at 17:02

    I watch live football and play fifa all the time!

    Reply

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