Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Xbox One

I just checked out the GameStop Facebook page and guess what? The new Xbox is called "Xbox One!"
Is it just me, or does thing thing look BIGGER than the original Xbox? Speaking of which, some people call the Xbox "Xbox 1", instead of Xbox, or "Original Xbox" for the same reason that the PlayStation is called psOne or PS1 or PSX. You may remember from my Xbox 720 article a few pictures, the one on the upper-right of the below picture evokes a prototype of this particular Xbox.... Thing.
So the controller is a needless re-design of the Xbox 360 controller, it looks like it could fit about ten HDDs inside it, and I'm guessing the iPod dock-looking thing is the improved Kinect, the only question remaining is whether it will play used games, and is there always-on DRM? Questions should be answered sometime between now and Christmas. Here's a quote from the Xbox One website:

With Xbox One, games are so lifelike, you’ll swear
they’re real. Immerse yourself in cinematic worlds
with characters that are more human than ever.
And reach into television, sports, music, and even
the web in ways you never imagined possible.
So? Games are already lifelike enough! You can't improve too much over the PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 before all that hardware just comes back to the bitwars, a whole bunch of wasted power in one place, a focus on making the games LOOK good as opposed to BEING good. Pandora's Tower is in 480p and it's a good game, it also looks pretty nice. We can't push graphics technology any further without starting to lose miles SOMEWHERE along the line! The hardware of the last gen was perfectly adequate, full 1080p is perfectly fine, the PS3 and Xbox 360 both proved that you can have human-looking 3D rendered characters on their hardware, the reality of this is that there's too much hype over graphics technology, just as during the bitwars there was too much hype over the bits in the CPU. All in all I'm gonna stick with the current gen for now and let the prices drop a few hundred dollars before I consider buying one of the eighth generation consoles, or even SEVENTH generation consoles (I'm looking directly at YOU Sony). It doesn't even look like they fixed the controller ergonomics. The Xbox 360 controller is pretty good, but it could have been designed a LITTLE bit better
Image credits gamestop facebook page and Xbox720 news