Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Jun 2013 18:35 UTC
Games "Microsoft's Build developers conference in San Francisco has mainly focused on Windows 8.1 so far, but the company spent a few minutes talking about the future Xbox One development platform on Thursday. Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism group, provided big hints at how developers can target the Xbox One in future." Many Windows 8 Metro applications would work relatively well with Kinect gestures and such - so this makes sense to me. Still don't want a 'media entertainment experience device' though; I want a game console.
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Problem is ....
by WorknMan on Thu 27th Jun 2013 20:23 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

The problem is that very few people (including myself) are going to pay $400+ for a game console, so you'd better make it do something else in addition to playing games. I'm not saying that I'm jazzed about doing searches with Internet Explorer on a split screen while watching TV, but then again... I'm not the majority who watches TV either.

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RE: Problem is ....
by jockm on Thu 27th Jun 2013 23:55 in reply to "Problem is ...."
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2012-12-22

If history is any judge, lots of people are willing to pay $399 and higher for game consoles (just look at what people are willing to pay for bundles, and day one units on ebay). I am not planning on it (arthritis keeps me from being a gamer anymore), and you aren't (for whatever reason), but let us not deny the market

While I have heard lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth about aspects of the XBox One, none of them I know personally were from people who have owned a console in the last few years, or were XBox users — ie lots of Sturm und Drang, but none of it from people who were likely to buy anyway.

I think there is every indication that Microsoft is going to have a very good launch with the XBox One. And the price will come down, and while some will continue to protest certain features and aspects of the console, the odds are that most people won't really remember this stuff six months from now.

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RE[2]: Problem is ....
by WorknMan on Fri 28th Jun 2013 00:47 in reply to "RE: Problem is ...."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If history is any judge, lots of people are willing to pay $399 and higher for game consoles (just look at what people are willing to pay for bundles, and day one units on ebay). I am not planning on it (arthritis keeps me from being a gamer anymore), and you aren't (for whatever reason), but let us not deny the market


Please to define 'lots of people'. Certainly not the 90 million or so who bought Wii's last gen. Most people I know who bought a PS3 did so because at the time, it was the only future-proof blu-ray player on the market. The fact that it could play video games was a nice bonus. And the only people I knew that owned a 360 (all 2 of them) were hardcore gamers. Those are the only folks that are going to pay $400+ for a pure game console, and there just aren't that many of them, vs the rest of the population that are sane ;)

Edited 2013-06-28 00:49 UTC

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