With launch of new consoles underway that will define gaming for a lot of people...something much bigger is happening IMO. By that I mean,,,the "First Shots of Next Generation"
gaming have been fired with a BOOM! I won't attempt to describe it here in the Xbox Area. But I will say very rich and insightful conversation is taking place about it in the HTPC Forum. And maybe that is where it needs to happen. Because PC is truly the nursery of all next gen gaming anyway IMO. I'm starting this thread because Microsoft has some critical decisions to make relative to all of its game platforms to meet serious challengers that are emerging. And there is no topic in the XB area to talk about it anymore.
The old Next Gen thread was sort of a catch all for it. But IMO that give and take has been lost in the Xbox One threads. People are just too dug in. And I mean that in a positive way. People should be excited about the new stuff. And shout it out. But Next Generation is an entirely different conversation. IMO Xbox One is decidedly Not a next generation console. I think it was conceived as one. But the conception was lost in a blizzard of poor execution and rushed delivery. That's just my take. Many will disagree. But we have what we have now. XB1 the NOW
console for MS. And it is a good product that fits Donald Rumsfeld's definition..."You fight a war with the Military you have".Valve fired the first shot in Next Generation Gaming
with announcement of Linux/SteamOS...its collaboration with Oculus Rift in VR development...Android integration...SteamBox architecture. If rumors and whispers are correct about Half Life 3...that may well be our first authentic Next Generation game. And we know when real Next Gen will happen. It will be in 2014-2015. The PC world moves that fast. Which means XB1 and the new consoles could easily be obsolete by the end of 2014.Microsoft can easily meet this threat.
And actually dominate next generation IMO. Will They? They will have to change a lot more than just a CEO in 2014 to do it. They truly have the assets and patents to open a breathtaking gaming window into the emerging gaming world. XB1 should evolve and become just one piece of it. But it should link seamlessly with Xbox ecosystems past-present-future to meet the challenges from the likes of Valve/Linux/Steam/Oculus Rift-PC others-Mobile-Google-Apple-Samsung-Sony-ISP Hosts and many others.
Microsoft can fire the second shot. And it can be a powerful one. Here is what it would look like to me.
- Xbox OS1 for Win8 PC-A proprietary DD enabled SSD that can Dual Boot a PC & link with an XB1 via its Blu-Ray drive to play XB1 games. Or to DD directly to the SSD from XBL
- A Streaming DD Only version XB1 to execute their original vision. But capable of streaming games and media content to the XBOS1 SSD
- XPhone by Nokia at once. That can tether and link with the Xbox & Windows ecosystem...Dock with a proprietary XBoard/Keyboard/XPad/XB1 Controller via Bluetooth or IR
- Kinect 2.0 for PC "Users". And use with XBOS1 games
- Tight collaboration with Oculus Rift and integration of VR with Windows PC...XBOS1...XPhone...XPad/Board/Controller/Kinect/XB1
- Re-Launch the full Halo Platform in VR, in 2015-2016 for the full Windows/Xbox ecosystem.
That's all I'd like to see from Microsoft Gaming in the next 3 years. That would align them and Xbox with the furture IMO. And prepare them to really fight "Next Generation" battles and wars, well beyond this current weak looking cycle that is launching in 2013. And I mean that from all sides of the console aisle. Please wade in if you are interested in a free flowing conversation reminiscent of the last thread. Perhaps a tad less vitriolic & personal at times (myself included). But biased and opinionated is fair game. Just acknowledge that Xbox One is NextGen enough for you and move the conversation forward to what you want to see it or the next one become. Or tell us why it failed you. And share your "Phoenix" Xbox with us. Personally...XB1 hits a lot of my buttons. But it just misses way too many. So many that I see no need whatsoever to change from the Xbox 360 right now. The vast majority of the misses, to my amazement were in the area of "Next Generation".Edit 11/15:
These articles explain somewhat exactly what I'm talking about. Mobile technology is moving at light speed. And will surpass the current consoles very soon. Microsoft is ready for this change with Nokia. It should be ready with a Mobile XPhone that is more like XB1 in 2014-2015 to participate in the Mobile shift. Especially as it relates to integrating with XB1 and the total Xbox...Win8 ecosystem. When the VR shift happens...They should be ready to rock & roll. But I'm just not sure about MS. Their assets and patents say they could be dominant. Their execution with Windows 8 and Xbox One say MEH. Right now the Google glasses seem more like the platform waiting to marry with the right player. Like maybe Sony (and their serious VR development) or another player like Apple or even Nintendo.