Originally Posted by onlysublime
I think WiFi Direct is one of the new features of Xbox SmartGlass for the Xbox One.
On the 360, SmartGlass had to go out to the Internet and then come back to the SmartGlass device. Which was fine for some basic second-screen experiences and video/music stuff. Remember, Microsoft never gets it right the first time. But give them a couple iterations and they usually get it right.
I agree with you on all counts here. And I think it applies for the Xbox One in general too. I think all of the negatives surrounding Xbox One....some fair...others unfair...have stung MS' pride deeply. Especially when combined with their struggles with Windows 8, Surface, Win Phone 8 and etc. SmartGlass was part of a very big vision by MS. So was Kinect, Skype and Illumiroom. But a lot of it has been lost in their struggle to change too much too soon...while controlling all of the advantages for themselves. I think they have been humbled on the XB1 before it even reaches the marketplace. But I do think they will ultimately get it all right...and in the proper order. Like you said...it usually takes a couple of iterations with them. Just look at the current transition from WIndows 7-Windows 8 to 8.1 as a classic example. I think MS will ultimately pull all of this together. And present a fully connected and coherent ecosystem together, with a myriad of consumer options ranging from Xbox 360...to Xbox One...to Xbox Loop DD/Cloud...to Windows 8 PC Gaming...to Virtual Reality. I'm really pulling for them to pull the vision off in collaboration with visionary others in the tech world. Because that vision has the most to offer for true Next Generation gaming. But we will get it all in a stop/start fashion over the next 5 years. They tried to grab it all for themselves...and by themselves, in one big gulp with XB1. And got burned for being an arrogant control freak. They won't repeat this error again IMO...as evidenced by their recent retreats toward their install base preferences with Windows 8 and XB1.
I believe they will now help lead the industry into the future they envisioned instead of trying to ram it down everyone's throats. The Xbox One as currently configured will be my console of choice. Mainly because I prefer the comfort of owning and controlling single player experiences via a disk (preferable Blu-Ray). But I will still wait until 2015-2016 to buy it. So that the Library can be developed more. Integration with Windows 8 & VR gaming can begin. inevitable QC issues are resolved. And the pricing market settles down. I salute and envy the early adopters. I'm just not one of them. I made my choice a year ago. And moved on to Next Generation gaming with a new PC. It was much more costly...but a lot more fun to me. At heart...I'm a tinkerer. And consoles don't allow me to tinker. But the connected ecosystem MS envisioned will enable the mother load in terms of tinkering IMO.