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Anyone else starting to get this sense? What the XBox One can do in just the way people use it in a day to day sense is a game changer IMO. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc4pyTA1PF8

This demo just hammers it home. This is something even if my parents never play a game on, they can use the X1 and get a lot of use out of it. 

In the console evolution, I feel like the XBox One is like what the advent of smart phones were to cell phones. 

Previous cell phones (or "dumb phones" if you will) had basic functionality like you could make calls, text, play some rudimentary games, even take photos by 2003 or so, but "smart phones" with touch based OS interfaces like the iPhone completely changed everything, even though you could say "well it's just a phone, I just make phone calls and text with it". 

I think for all the flak MS has gotten a lot of people are sleeping on the potential of this ... this IMO is also truly the first game console almost anyone can use as long as they can talk. The Kinect camera even automatically recognizes who you are when the system boots up, this is something a grandparent use, the interface is that intuitive. 

PS4 is a terrific console, but it still in many ways feels like a "dumb console", the X1 feels like something that's connected to the broader internet and your cable TV at all times, not just a walled in "video game network". I think for once Microsoft has finally beaten Apple to the punch -- they missed out on iPhone and iPad, but they got to Apple first by getting X1 out before Apple iTV. This is the product Apple should have made first. 



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No not at all

Soundwave said:

 

Anyone else starting to get this sense? What the XBox One can do in just the way people use it in a day to day sense is a game changer IMO. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc4pyTA1PF8

This demo just hammers it home. This is something even if my parents never play a game on, they can use the X1 and get a lot of use out of it. 

In the console evolution, I feel like the XBox One is like what the advent of smart phones were to cell phones. 

Previous cell phones (or "dumb phones" if you will) had basic functionality like you could make calls, text, play some rudimentary games, even take photos by 2003 or so, but "smart phones" with touch based OS interfaces like the iPhone completely changed everything, even though you could say "well it's just a phone, I just make phone calls and text with it". 

I think for all the flak MS has gotten a lot of people are sleeping on the potential of this ... this IMO is also truly the first game console almost anyone can use as long as they can talk. The Kinect camera even automatically recognizes who you are when the system boots up, this is something a grandparent use, the interface is that intuitive. 

PS4 is a terrific console, but it still in many ways feels like a "dumb console", the X1 feels like something that's connected to the broader internet and your cable TV at all times, not just a walled in "video game network". I think for once Microsoft has finally beaten Apple to the punch -- they missed out on iPhone and iPad, but they got to Apple first by getting X1 out before Apple iTV. This is the product Apple should have made first. 


I agree with you to a degree.  The only problem is that for years, cell phone companies have been able to mask the high costs of phones using the pay plan.  Microsoft doesn't seem to have the same with this console, meaning a pretty high price.



g911turbo said:
Soundwave said:

 

Anyone else starting to get this sense? What the XBox One can do in just the way people use it in a day to day sense is a game changer IMO. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc4pyTA1PF8

This demo just hammers it home. This is something even if my parents never play a game on, they can use the X1 and get a lot of use out of it. 

In the console evolution, I feel like the XBox One is like what the advent of smart phones were to cell phones. 

Previous cell phones (or "dumb phones" if you will) had basic functionality like you could make calls, text, play some rudimentary games, even take photos by 2003 or so, but "smart phones" with touch based OS interfaces like the iPhone completely changed everything, even though you could say "well it's just a phone, I just make phone calls and text with it". 

I think for all the flak MS has gotten a lot of people are sleeping on the potential of this ... this IMO is also truly the first game console almost anyone can use as long as they can talk. The Kinect camera even automatically recognizes who you are when the system boots up, this is something a grandparent use, the interface is that intuitive. 

PS4 is a terrific console, but it still in many ways feels like a "dumb console", the X1 feels like something that's connected to the broader internet and your cable TV at all times, not just a walled in "video game network". I think for once Microsoft has finally beaten Apple to the punch -- they missed out on iPhone and iPad, but they got to Apple first by getting X1 out before Apple iTV. This is the product Apple should have made first. 


I agree with you to a degree.  The only problem is that for years, cell phone companies have been able to mask the high costs of phones using the pay plan.  Microsoft doesn't seem to have the same with this console, meaning a pretty high price.


The price is high, but not ridiculously so. If they can drop it by $100, to $399.99 ... I mean that's an OK price. They may be in for a bit of a struggle for the Jan-April months though with that higher price point. 



Xenostar said:
No not at all


Classic response, anything else to contribute?

 

And OP, I agree, the more I see the Xbox One UI, the more I think it is far and beyond any smart bluray player, TV or smartphones. 

Remember before the smartphone crazy, the majority of phones sold were low end nokia models, the high end models which featured nice screens and nice cameras never appealed to the masses, but now look at the mobile industry, everyone has the latest smartphones despite being rediculously over priced. I'm thinking the same will happen to Xbox One, just like it happened with Smartphones and even Kinect. 



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The Vita is closer to a smartphone so I would put the Vita closer to being a "smart" console. But even that isn't right. The bone isn't.

JerCotter7 said:
The Vita is closer to a smartphone so I would put the Vita closer to being a "smart" console. But even that isn't right. The bone isn't.


I'm speaking in terms of the elevation in user experience, not form factor. 

The X1 is something I can put in front of my sister who's clueless with technical things and needs to ask me to change inputs so that she can watch a movie or something ... I can put that infront of her and she can just say "XBox On". "XBox go to Netflix". And it does all that without having to cycle through TV inputs, etc. 

It just saves a lot of headaches. I'm almost contemplating buying one for my parents when the price is cheaper just because it makes TV/movie watching so much easier for them and they can Skype with friends no problem. 

I think after XBox 1 ... consoles won't be the same anymore, much in the same way the iPhone/smart phones completely changed what it meant to be a cell phone. A cell phone that just makes phone calls and can fire off texts today isn't what consumers expect anymore, they expect a lot more now. 



foodfather said:
Xenostar said:
No not at all


Classic response, anything else to contribute?

 

And OP, I agree, the more I see the Xbox One UI, the more I think it is far and beyond any smart bluray player, TV or smartphones. 

Remember before the smartphone crazy, the majority of phones sold were low end nokia models, the high end models which featured nice screens and nice cameras never appealed to the masses, but now look at the mobile industry, everyone has the latest smartphones despite being rediculously over priced. I'm thinking the same will happen to Xbox One, just like it happened with Smartphones and even Kinect. 

Nope not really there all nice features but not system sellers

Xbox One will still sell well as a games machine



Xenostar said:
foodfather said:
Xenostar said:
No not at all


Classic response, anything else to contribute?

 

And OP, I agree, the more I see the Xbox One UI, the more I think it is far and beyond any smart bluray player, TV or smartphones. 

Remember before the smartphone crazy, the majority of phones sold were low end nokia models, the high end models which featured nice screens and nice cameras never appealed to the masses, but now look at the mobile industry, everyone has the latest smartphones despite being rediculously over priced. I'm thinking the same will happen to Xbox One, just like it happened with Smartphones and even Kinect. 

Nope not really there all nice features but not system sellers

Xbox One will still sell well as a games machine


Everybody said the same about Kinect. 20m units. 



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foodfather said:
Xenostar said:
foodfather said:
Xenostar said:
No not at all


Classic response, anything else to contribute?

 

And OP, I agree, the more I see the Xbox One UI, the more I think it is far and beyond any smart bluray player, TV or smartphones. 

Remember before the smartphone crazy, the majority of phones sold were low end nokia models, the high end models which featured nice screens and nice cameras never appealed to the masses, but now look at the mobile industry, everyone has the latest smartphones despite being rediculously over priced. I'm thinking the same will happen to Xbox One, just like it happened with Smartphones and even Kinect. 

Nope not really there all nice features but not system sellers

Xbox One will still sell well as a games machine


Everybody said the same about Kinect. 20m units. 


Im sure XO will beat 20m units.