It’s been a terrible week for Microsoft. The long-awaited reveal of their next-gen console turned out to be a damp squib of television focus and Hollywood courting. It really laid out their stall in no uncertain terms: they want the Xbone to be The Blockbuster Console for movies, TV, music and big-name games. There’s no denying that their sights are set firmly on the Call Of Duty and FIFA set, the kind of players who just want their Friend Lists to carry over into a game that’s the same but shinier. However, for the rest of us, that leaves a bad taste in our mouths. The Xbone, for all its Kinect functionality and instant switching, will likely not be the place to find a wide variety of titles that further push back the boundaries of this medium. With the ball now deep in Sony’s court, all eyes will be on June’s E3 to see if they can seal the deal with actual, real games on display.
It’s here. After months of speculation and fevered guesswork, Microsoft today unveiled its latest machine poised to take on Sony’s incoming Playstation 4. At a special event in Seattle, journalists from all over the world were packed into a tent to to be shown…well, it’s a cable box that also plays games.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Xbox One.
It’s a giant black box, that’s for sure. The smaller section is actually the new Kinect, and it forms an integral part of the new system. In fact, it’s mandatory, and every part of the One is accessible via custom gestures. Full details after the jump.