Originally Posted by Yrd
The big picture sucks right now. I don't want to have to dance to play games. I don't want to be the one laying the bricks for the "15 years in the future technology" that is actually fun to play.
I can't decide with my dollars either. Because it matters none that I haven't bought COD since MW1. The other billion sheep keep buying it every 6 months. It won't matter if I don't buy this xbox because there are tons of people that obviously love it and can't find a thing wrong with what they are provided with.
You most definitely can decide with your dollars. You and most people posting on forums like this represent the passionate heart & core of the gaming world. If people who agree with your pov make similar choices with their dollars...that is usually where the mass market gravitates too. So you do count with your purchase decisions. Manufacturers ignore your decisions at their own risk.
IMO the big picture in game world has never looked more exciting. It is finally changing toward a focus on new gaming experiences. I for one can't wait to buy Oculus Rift (OR) and couple it with my HTPC & XBox 360 immediately and XBox One (afterwards/later). I also can't wait to play all of the new IPs designed for XB1 and HTPC with OR in mind like Valve's rumored HL3 and redo of the full HL series. Or Eden with Kinect 2.0 with Oculus Rift .I can't wait to replay Halo that is reduxed for OR/Kinect 2.0/glove. That would be awesome...and Cortana would be real
. I can't wait to see games move more toward more immersive single player VR landscapes & experiences, with problem solving and discovery being just as crucial to gameplay as brute force shooting power..in multi-player gladiator arenas. I can't wait to actually see the first holographic control structure in a VR world that is generated by Oculus Rift, Kinect 2.0 and the Kinect/OR glove referenced in an article above. There is much, much more coming next cycle that I am amped up about. And none of this will be 15 years out as you surmised. It's actually one to two years away (2014-2016). Those who want to go casual, dancing or fitness with Kinect 2.0 will be able to do it. Those who want to leap into the adrenalin filled future with Kinect/OR/VR...and leave manual controls behind will be able to do it. Those who want to stay tethered to the controller for some experiences or all of them will be able to do it. Those who want to cross pollinate their game playing experiences with the Windows gaming world via Waypoint or other CO-OP portals will be able to do it seamlessly. That is how impressively adaptable and versatile MS made XBox One IMO. Too bad they didn't focus on those aspects more at their reveal. But I suspect we will all be getting a special heavy dose about all of this convergence as Team XBox progresses along its critical path.
I share the concerns of every critic on the privacy risks. But I also believe MS is assessing those risk very intensively. Hence all of the controlled leaks and seaming missteps. Also because of the backlash...and fact that it could actually sink their ship with Windows too. Especially if an ethically challenged partner like...oh shall we say Rupert Murdoch type (Bing/Newscorp) abuse their platform like they did with the teleco giants in the UK. As MS proceeds with development of XB1...I'm sure they are considering the rewards associated with eliminating those kind of risks entirely. If not...and worse case happens...they deserve their consumer judgement & fate IMO. And they can be absolutely sure, Rupert Murdoch/Newscorp could care less about their critical path. They only cares about their agenda. That's the danger & risk of dabbling too much in TV for XBox. TV is Hyper politicised in real time. We usually don't want to export that garbage into our make believe game worlds. Commercials are a nuisance. But okay up to a point where they become invasive to a game.