Watched the Xbox One announcement today, I still have no idea how I feel about it. The presentation was slightly over one hour long, and almost none of it appealed to me whatsoever. I’ve never been a huge PlayStation fan, and loved Xbox Live since
Xbox one the first Xbox, but I’m still undecided as to what console is next for me. My gaming life has become pretty much all about playing Battlefield, and so I definitely want to be on a next-gen console for Battlefield 4, but so far both Sony and Microsoft aren’t exactly wowing me. Today Microsoft’s focus was all about the Xbox becoming the main device in living rooms, but I really don’t care much about that. The gestures and voice controls seem like gimmicks to me, and what in the heck is up with all this cable integration?
This Xbox presumably will be around for around 7-10 years, and I would love to see just where exactly Microsoft sees cable TV going in that time. I’ve personally seen it as on it’s way out, especially in the younger generations, but Microsoft made it one of the first and longest featured points in the show today. Amazon and Netflix seem content on making it obsolete with their own shows, and now even Microsoft is bringing original shows, starting with Halo, to the Xbox. Microsoft is helping to kill its own feature!
So one rumor I’m starting right now is that the Xbox One might even play games, but that feature was pretty hidden today, and while they plan on showing more of that at E3, perhaps a little bit more info on that wouldn’t have killed them? EA Sports announced that their standard set of games are coming to the Xbox One, I’m sure a lot of jaws dropped at that one. Forza was shown off, you can’t launch a console without a racing game to “cheat” at having good graphics, and also some Quantum Break game was shown which I legitimately thought was going to be a comedy game as the trailer went on. And then they finished off with Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was essentially the opposite of what I was hoping to see, waiting for Battlefield 4 to appear.
Anywho, Microsoft just didn’t impress me yet, I’m hoping for a better showing at E3, but I’m afraid it will mostly be about how using the new Kinect will let me shake my arms or something in Call of Duty to pet dogs. While Sony didn’t even show the PlayStation 4 at their announcement, their one feature of having a share button on the controller is cooler to me than the Kinect gestures and being able to Skype while I watch TV. The two good things that Microsoft did announce were that 1) They didn’t fuck up the controller, a legitimate huge concern of mine as they’ve pushed more and more forward with Kinect, and 2) The thing, although reminiscent of a VCR that had sex with PS3, at least is rectangular so I can put my other stuff on top it.
DICE, just tell me which to buy. I just can’t join the PC Gaming Master Race, so just tell me which console will be better for Battlefield.