Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 21:38 UTC
Games At an event earlier today, Microsoft unveiled the next Xbox - the third model, but confusingly named Xbox One. The big focus was TV, integrated Kinect, and all the other stuff we all expected to be forced down our throats. I think it took them 25 minutes to actually come to what should be the core of the story: gaming. Nothing groundbreaking in the gaming department, except for how Microsoft intends to handle the used games market and borrowing games from friends: pay up, buddy!
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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by ichi on Wed 22nd May 2013 16:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

With the massive amounts of piracy I am not surprised.

Also it is a license per machine model that has been around with Microsoft forever.

It isn't really surprising.


Do you know what wouldn't be surprising? That not allowing people to play legit games for cheap (rented, borrowed or second hand) led to an increase of piracy rather than the opposite.

The cost of owning a second console dedicated exclusively to pirated games is suddenly not such a luxury if you sum up the price of all the 5 hours long games you can rent, resell or exchange with friends for other equally short games in the current generation of consoles.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The thing is that Microsoft aren't marketing this for hardcore gamers. They are offering it to casual gamers and put a load of Home Theatre PC Tech in which is what Samsung incidentally is doing with their SMART TV technology.

Most of the people I know that have Smart TVs are between 35-50 and like their gadgets.

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RE[3]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by ichi on Thu 23rd May 2013 12:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

They don't need to market it for hardcore gamers as they'll already buy into it if they want to play any of the platform exclusive titles.

I've so far found Samsung's SmartTV stuff to be a rather useless gimmick. It looks good on paper but it's awkward to use and doesn't actually integrate well with the TV flow, requiring quite a few steps to get to launch a not-that-fast-to-load application that more often than not turns out to not be nearly as useful or fun as you might have thought it would be.

I don't see the HTPC features of the XBoxOne being really enticing outside of the US, but at least I hope they work better than that (although going by the Verge's article on the potential desync issues with the IR remote, that might not be exactly the case).

But I disgress... weren't we talking about piracy?.

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