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Anthony Sargon

Xbox One going for mass appeal, forgets gamers

www.neoseeker.com

After watching yesterday's Xbox One reveal, it's clear that Microsoft has very little interest in actual video games. The bulk of the presentation consisted of showing off TV broadcasting capabilities and an improved Kinect, which would be fine if the Xbox One wasn't intended to be a gaming console. Sure, we learned of some franchises that are headed to the system and saw some cutscenes here and there, but gamers were obviously not the focus of the presentation. Microsoft is going for mass appeal, while Sony has decided to target hardcore gamers.

 

It should be noted that Microsoft will be showing off more games in a couple of weeks at E3, but it's still disappointing to see that they've chosen to announce their system with such a high focus on non-gaming related stuff. While the PS4's unveiling was far from perfect, it resonated with gamers thanks to its gamer-centric theme, and a plethora of game announcements and footage.

 

As for the hardware itself, it's pretty similar to the PS4's in terms of graphical capabilities, although Microsoft hasn't gone into as much detail about their hardware, which could be a sign that Sony's console is slightly more powerful. 

 

I'll admit that some of the Kinect stuff looked cool, but it's dumb to force people to own Kinect and have it plugged in at all times for the system to work. It's unfair, and it makes the system cost more for no important reason. At the end of the day, I want a console that can play the best games, not one that turns on because I ordered it to. There was also too much of a focus on sports. Good for you if you're into that, but again, why the hell should I care about those things at an Xbox reveal? 

 

Microsoft is so preoccupied with appealing to every demographic imaginable that they completely ignored the people they're supposed to cherish the most: gamers. I've always been a Sony guy, and the Xbox One reveal does nothing to worry me about the PS4's future. We'll know a lot more about both consoles at E3, but as long as Sony keeps its focus on games, this generation can give the company back some of the edge its lost. 

 

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"Microsoft is so preoccupied with appealing to every demographic imaginable that they completely ignored the people they're supposed to cherish the most: gamers."