Originally Posted by number1laing
Problem is... gamers hate all that. Gamers want a powerful box for games primarily. MS might say who cares right? After all the Xbox 360 has been most successful without gamers, and gamers demand too much anyway. Well the problem is gamers are loud. The type of people who bought a Xbox 360 in 2011 aren't posting on NeoGAF and every comment thread - the people who bought the Xbox 360 in 2005 and 2006 are. And they want a box designed for them. Basically MS lost the early adopter crowd and needs to figure out some way to get them back. Meanwhile Sony has courted the early adopters from day one.
They have a box designed for them. It's called the PC, and has been and always will be where gamers looking for the bleeding edge will make their home. As we're seeing even with the power differences between the two next-gen systems, the overall visuals are at a point of diminishing returns for most living room situations. So what will differentiate the two systems? All the stuff in addition to
As loud as hardcore gamers can be, it's time to accept that they're now the vocal minority. The way this current generation broadened the market, it may well turn out to be a smart play for Microsoft to not only support great gaming experiences but all those other secondary experiences that people (even gamers) have become accustomed to. Things like DLNA and CD-audio support are examples of that. And given the way they have designed their system so that they can plug in modular apps on the OS side, they're in a very good position to provide even more of the things like what your casual audience are interested in while still maintaining the quality of gaming experiences 360 users have become accustomed to. That's why I'm getting an Xbox One... Not because it needs to be the most powerful system, but because they have a better ecosystem, they're more forward-looking, they bring new experiences to the console gaming table, and because despite all the haters, I think Kinect + controller gaming could very well make gaming better.
But hey... what do I know?