Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Just Outside Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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So playing devils advocate here, from Leo, Jeremy and Michaels responses, wouldn't we have been better served if Microsoft only updated the Kinect, did a refresh of the Xbox 360 (more memory, bigger HDD and minor hardware changes) and release it at a much cheaper price with the same features that they incorporated in the One. Many people are using the 360 as a a media hub in one form or another. It's obviously what some of you seem to be looking for.
In regards to the One, 1080p should be the standard for sure, as again, it's the NEXT-GEN machine, and along with the myriad of new features, 1080p is expected, as it is the next jump from where we are now.
And playing devils advocate again, as for not surviving without gamers, I just don't know how you think it can. Gaming will be one of the bigger revenue streams for the first couple of years. From first party titles to 3rd party games which include licensing fees....and of course there are the XBL subscription fees. If gamers, who are making up a HUGE market in the first couple of years, don't see the benefits of the Xbox One for gaming needs, and don't support it, then developers will start focusing on the other platform more giving the better experiences to the competitor. Then starts the cycle, less quality games, less gamers, less royalities, less sales, and on and on.
And for those that think I don't have a vested interest in the xbox one, I say again my pre-order is paid for and I will have it at launch. But that doesn't mean that I am particularly happy with it at this time. Being in Canada we still don't have confirmation of if our cable boxes will work as noted, and we don't get the NFL app either. Add to this that some of the games that I was interested in are indeed technological inferior, and we still don't have the comparisons for other 3rd party games, and you have a shaky launch indeed. Playing CDs and supporting DLNA support off the hop isn't enough to cover the gap AT THIS POINT. Do I think things can get better, in some ways II do, but the other half of me is worried. Reports are the eSRAM is a bitch to use and the measly 32mb of it is not enough of a buffer to fully run 1080p games that are more taxing on the machine. Of course the bottle neck of less cores and slower memory are still going to be a factor. Developers are going to have to be creative to get what they want out of the Xbox One, but if that comes to having to sacrifice key tech features, including resolution, frame rate, stablitiy, etc, then there have to be concerns to had for the Xbox One, the "All in One Gaming and Entertainment Console" future. Hey, that is how press releases coin it.
Anyhow, I appreciate having a forum I can come and intelligently discuss this issue. Being able to vent, discuss, as well as learn other's takes on this machine is pleasant. When I see the forums in NEOgaf, IGN, and other sties, I just cringe from the fanboyism. Thanks for letting me hang out with you AVS'ers and rant away.
I don't have alot of posts since I joined AVS Forums in 2004. I mainly read the information in threads as a source of research material. - quoted from The Outcast in April 2007.