Xbox One has been officially unveiled!
So my friends, here we are. All three next-generation consoles have been revealed (save for the actual PS4 console, which will probably be shown at E3), and now it’s time to see where this generation will take us.
Microsoft finally showed us what’s in store on their end for this coming generation, and, let me briefly express my thoughts:
It looks great.
I was incredibly surprised to see all the negative reactions on my Twitter feed today. I took all of it with a grain of salt though, because the people that are complaining about the Xbox One are the same people who were fuelling the rumours that the console was going to be always online. Of course, these people tend to just blow things way out of proportion, so, to be different, I’m actually going to give Microsoft some time to show us the rest of what’s in store.
That’s something that people are definitely missing here in 2013: Patience. For real; they just showed off the console today, 8 hours ago, and yet apparently people have spent enough time getting to know it so as to say that they’re experts and everyone who isn’t them is wrong and should go to hell.
To step away from that stupidity, Microsoft showed us the new Kinect sensor, which, if it works as advertised, I’m interested. The thing seemed smooth and responsive, though, some of those gestures were quite questionable.
As far as new games, we got quite a few game confirmations (albeit incredibly obvious ones), and, what’s most exciting is the fact that Microsoft claims that out of the 15 games currently in development, 8 of them are brand new franchises. This is incredibly good news, because as of late, the world of gaming has gotten a little stale.
Among other things, the new controller (pictured above) looks excellent. It really looks like Microsoft put some thought into thinking of ways to make their controller better, and, it certainly looks it. Those analog sticks looking fantastic, and those vibrating triggers are definitely interesting, and I can’t wait to see what that’s like while playing Battlefield 4 or something like that.
Overall, while the conference was a little bland, I think Microsoft was bold in coming on the stage, showing us the box, the controller, the Kinect sensor, and showing us that it actually is a working thing, and not just some images of work-in-progress tech. Microsoft should not be worried about the unwarranted negative reactions of the masses today: I know that their console will be great, considering that it’s coming from the same company that made the 360, which was easily the console I pumped the most hours into this generation.
Here’s to the next generation!