The (Xbox) One with the split opinion…
Never before has a big console announcement split the opinion of the HeyUGuys Gaming team like the Xbox One has. The debate on whether it is actually any good raged late into the night and we have still not come to a conclusion.
We would normally have a single opinion piece on big news like this, because normally we would all agree that the product is either great, poor or middling. On this occasion, though, the entire team is on different part of that spectrum. To represent our splintered opinion, we have each submitted a few paragraphs and rounded them together for your viewing pleasure.
Lets start on a positive note, with the thoughts of Craig Green, who felt the Xbox One unveiling was encouraging and he enjoyed what he saw:[quote]Personally I think that the Xbox Reveal was to show certain aspects of their vision, unlike Sony of who delved into a bit of everything and didn’t show a console Microsoft have shown the console, the vision, what the specs are and the partnership with EA and Call of Duty ghosts. Forza 5 was shown and the new TV series HALO made by Spielberg was also unveiled..thus leaving E3 for the Price and release date and more importantly about games!
The name Xbox One isn’t a name everyone had predicted but it is all about everything in One console and who knows how long this next generation will span over but it is clear Cloud aspects of both consoles appear to be the main focus in the future.
Microsoft however will need to be very clear on the pre owned fee and how that will work but Sony have not said anything yet and it might be that Going in first with the announcement will be the honest way and if Sony do the same then we must embrace it,if they don’t then the PS4 might get the boost.[/quote]
Next up is our Editor in Chief, Ross Keniston, who felt that the reveal was on par with his expectations and has high hopes for E3:
Our Community Manager, Kevin Jordan, hit upon a good point that not all of Europe has a great internet connection, and the “Once every 24 hours” online connectivity could hamper the Xbox One adoption. He also picked up on the used-game debacle:[quote]This “always online” feature is terrible because people who live in Europe like us doesn’t always have a stable connection and so can’t always be online. Also the fact that you pay for a pre owned game and then have to pay Microsoft to play it on top is ridiculous. If you ask me Microsoft are thinking about their wallets more then the customer.[/quote]
Our penultimate opinion is from our founder, Paul Collett, who thought the overall announcement was disappointing:
[quote]Well, my initial thoughts were that the console looks great, modern but with an 80’s Hi Fi vibe which was quite nice. The whole Kinect integration was also impressive at first but the lack of any demo’s of how it would work in games was disappointing.
The spec sounded good as well but nothing that we haven’t heard from the PS4 announcement. It was a worry that they spent too much time promoting all the TV extras the Xbox One can offer. It’s all about games surely. The sparse games that were on show were disappointing and inevitable. Not enough of Quantum Break was shown, as it stands no one has any idea what sort of game we’re expecting. Forza 5 looked OK but most racers on current generation look good.
Halo TV show was a surprise, but again very little information, and no matter how much you get Steven Spielberg to talk, if you don’t tell us what it is, we’re going to loose interest.
Call of Duty Ghosts was stonking to look at, no doubts there, but left me with more questions than answers as I’m worried It;s just going to be another CoD game.
All in all, it was a disappointing reveal, but they showed enough to make me really want to check out E3 to really find out about the Xbox One.[/quote]
Finally, and the most damning of the bunch, are my own thoughts.[quote]What a train wreck. Will the eyes of the entire gaming world focused on them, Microsoft managed to fumble the ball and present an underwhelming product in a disjointed and confusing way. The Xbox One is supposed to be a games console. It should play games. Yes, I understand the Microsoft are a business and all of these other services they showed will make them money, but I am a gamer and tuned in to watch a new games console being announced. What I got instead was a new TiVo box, some pre-rendered footage of 2 exclusive games and solutions to “problems in the living room” that I did not know existed. I already watch TV. I am quite comfortable in the way I do it. Why Microsoft thought they needed to revolutionise the way we do this is beyond me.
The box is fugly. It looks like a black and grey Nuggat bar from the 80′s. The name is uninspiring. Who ever it was in Microsofts marketing team that came up with that name needs taking out back and shot. I much prefered “Xbox: Infinite” and even, dare I say it, Xbox 720.
I like the look of Rememdy’s new title, and Forza has always been a great franchise, but when EA took to the stage and showed off 4 sports titles, that will also be available on the PS4, it felt counter productive. “Look at these amazing games…that you will also be able to buy on our competitors console”. The same applies to Call of Duty, although Ghosts looks like the game to make me fall back in love with the series.
The confusion over used-games and always online after the reveal proves that Microsoft do not have a handle on their own message. They should have premted the questions that were going to get asked, and answered them honestly. Instead, they let the gaming media do its usual rumour riot and now the headlines read “Xbox One stops use of pre-owned games” instead of “Xbox One Announced, comes with cool TV features and great looking games”. Microsoft need to get their act together and pull something out of the bag at E3. Lets hope that the damage is not already done.[/quote]
Whats your opinion on the Xbox One? Where do you sit on the spectrum? Agree with one of us? Disagree with all of us? Lets have a debate in the comments section shall we?