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Is XBox One The First "Smart Console" (ala Smartphones)?

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ps3-sales! said:
I don't want a multimedia focusing console. I want a gaming console. I am a gamer. Games are the most important aspect of my gaming console. I can watch NFL on my tv.

K.


Yes because as we all know if you use a console for more than games there is the possibility that when you want to play a game the console could be to tired.



Its libraries that sell systems not a single game.

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Ive been saying this for for ages now. I don't believe over the next 10 years just a games console will win the hardware sales war. In 5 years people will easily afford an Xbox One. And it will be even more robust thanks to the design of the system being geared to this from day 1. IMO Sony will struggle to sell to outside the gamers. Where Microsoft I believe will really take Consoles to a new level of acceptance. Hell its not really a console.

Its a true multimedia device.



ExistentialNihilist said:
double A batteries are the future. lawl

Seriously you brought up the type of batteries you use in the controller.  Eneloop for the win. Not only can I use them in a controller I can use them in other devices s well.  If the batteries run down I pop them out and pop in other rechargeables in moments.  Rather than have to be corded.



Its libraries that sell systems not a single game.

Ok this is just starting to sound like hopes and dreams now. You are in no way cut off from the world when playing games. The smartphones you are comparing the xbone to makes sure of that. If anything the psp could be considered the first but it's not.



No. It's not a necessary evolution. The average non-gamer isn't going to pay $500 dollars for a gaming console if they're not going to play games. With a mobile phone, they had one anyway, so they naturally moved on to the next evolutionary stage.

Before that happens, we're going to see a $200 dedicated TV box with a voice command system. Perhaps from Microsoft, but maybe from Apple or Google. Whomever does that first will win the "smart TV box" war.

Personally, I don't give a rat's ass about talking to my television. I really, honestly do not. I don't even want cable and I'd much rather have a remote in my hand. In fact, I like Microsoft's Smart Glass thing a lot, lot more than voice commands.



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Voice controls aren't perfect. It's really cool and much more convenient. But frankly, it's like the Doctor Who's remote control that works with gestures. They're read incorrectly and trigger things you don't want. I can't even use Siri outside. Since it can't understand me. Just because wind or some other nonsense. If the xbox mic can understand you if the microwave is on. Or people chatting in the room. Then it's good. But if it falters, or you have to speak like captain Kirk. It won't replace a normal remote or controller inputs.



selnor1983 said:
Ive been saying this for for ages now. I don't believe over the next 10 years just a games console will win the hardware sales war. In 5 years people will easily afford an Xbox One. And it will be even more robust thanks to the design of the system being geared to this from day 1. IMO Sony will struggle to sell to outside the gamers. Where Microsoft I believe will really take Consoles to a new level of acceptance. Hell its not really a console.

Its a true multimedia device.


Give me a list of things that are truly innovative and practical that x1 does that ps4 doesn't. 



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thx1139 said:
ps3-sales! said:
I don't want a multimedia focusing console. I want a gaming console. I am a gamer. Games are the most important aspect of my gaming console. I can watch NFL on my tv.

K.


Yes because as we all know if you use a console for more than games there is the possibility that when you want to play a game the console could be to tired.

If I ever use a console for gaming I want it to do gaming first and foremost without any compromise in graphics, resolution or framerate. I don't want a half-ass machine that's all over the place. 



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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. 

Without a shred of doubt the PS4 will be a better gaming console - more muscle, more raw power, better exclusives list (highly opinionated, but this is my opinion).  

But looking at this, the XBox One, will be a better overall entertainment device.  The HDMI throughput to your cable box, the Skype and Kinect features, the superior software experience.  Even being able to launch apps, and even Windows Phone apps, and snap them onto an Xbox One display.  Microsoft has shifted their focus, and it may pay out well as long as the message gets out that it's much more than just games.

I'm happy about the games for the PS4.  I'm happy about the possibilities with the XBOne.



allblue said:
selnor1983 said:
Ive been saying this for for ages now. I don't believe over the next 10 years just a games console will win the hardware sales war. In 5 years people will easily afford an Xbox One. And it will be even more robust thanks to the design of the system being geared to this from day 1. IMO Sony will struggle to sell to outside the gamers. Where Microsoft I believe will really take Consoles to a new level of acceptance. Hell its not really a console.

Its a true multimedia device.


Give me a list of things that are truly innovative and practical that x1 does that ps4 doesn't. 

Can you create a list of things that the 1st iPhone truly innovated and practical that a Blackberry or a Windows Mobile device didnt already do?  Remember the 1st iPhone didnt even have an app store and they cost I forget was it $499 or $599 with a contract.   So what were the innovations?



Its libraries that sell systems not a single game.