So after all the hype, rumors and speculation, the next Xbox was finally announced on May 21st and surprise, surprise it’s called the Xbox One. Now I know there are plenty of negative articles flowing throughout the various gaming communities, with all the negatives going on, I thought it’d be a good time to point out some actual positives from the Microsoft Xbox One reveal.
I’d like to say that I originally wanted to do a recap of the full Xbox One reveal, but I just couldn’t justify writing about things nobody is one hundred percent sure about, it’d be professionally ignorant of me to do so. Also, if you think there were only negatives things surrounding the Xbox One reveal, you weren’t paying attention. So, without further delay, let’s list the top seven things that came from the Xbox One event.
The Xbox One controller is a huge leap forward over the Xbox 360’s controller, even though I personally felt like the Xbox 360 controller was the best in the business, I wont deny that the D-pad was pretty terrible. The Xbox One’s controller looks to correct that issue, and it also added many new features. Overall 40 things have been changed on the controller, including feedback in the triggers. The controller is the thing that needs to last the entire length of the consoles life, and this one looks to be one of the best controllers of all time, designed by gamer’s for gamer’s.
This is one of my personal favorites that nobody seems to be talking about, Microsoft will launch the Xbox One with 300,000 servers, and every single game with a multiplayer element will be played on these servers. Imagine the game changer that this becomes if the Xbox One is the only place you’ll be able to play Call Of Duty, Battlefield and Madden on pure dedicated online gaming servers? These servers open up a lot of questions, I mean there are a lot of hardcore Call Of Duty fans, we could see some of these people buy the Xbox One just to play Call Of Duty on servers. If there is a single complaint I hear the most about Call Of Duty games, it’s that there is so much lag, so servers mean no more host advantage, no more host migration to interrupt the games, and no more being sent out to the lobby because the host rage quit the game by shutting off his Xbox.
One of the things I’ve heard some people complain about it Microsoft’s lack of new IP’s over the last few years, this is something I agree with, but didn’t really complain about because I bought an Xbox 360 to play Halo, Gears and Forza and Microsoft was great about putting those out. I truly believe Microsoft had their first party studios working on Xbox One titles since late 2010 or so, which makes perfect sense. We heard that at this years E3 Microsoft will show off 15 new exclusives that are coming out the first year of the Xbox One’s life, 8 of these games are completely new IP’s, and if they are all as interesting looking as Remedy’s Quantum Break, we gamer’s are in for a treat. Now if you’re a cynic you’ll be asking “How many will be Kinect games?”, and that’s a fair question, I’m sure of the 15 we’ll see 3-5 that might be Kinect based, but I believe the rest will be pure core games, and if I had to guess, I’d say Respawns game which is code named Titan is going to play a big part in the event at E3. I’ve been saying for over a year that Black Tusk Studios has a lot of talented people, including former Rockstar members, they have been working on a game that supposedly out-scales the Halo franchise, oh and Black Tusk is a completely core game studio.
This blew my mind at the reveal, I love Halo and the Forward Until Dawn web series proved that you can do Halo right on the small screen, you add in the genius of one Mr.Steven Spielberg and that is a winning combination. Halo has such a rich history and lore, the expanded universe rivals that of even Star Wars, the possibilities are really endless. If you love gaming, I believe you probably love gaming news, gaming sites and gaming series like this. If Microsoft can pull this off, it opens up the door for a lot of other future projects with gaming franchises. I think movies have done a lot of damage when it comes to trying to convert video games to movies, but television seems like a good fit because it allows for a lot more plot to develop over the course of a full season, where as movies have to wrap everything up in a little over two hours.
I think that gamer’s were expecting Microsoft to do exactly what Sony did, which was coming out and showing a lot of games and demo’s over a two hour time frame, Microsoft went in the opposite direction and showed their console, but also showed off a lot of other features aside from gaming. They said in the weeks leading up to May 21st that the event would be more about the console itself, and E3 would be about games. Microsoft has been quoted as saying they were glad to get the boring stuff out of the way because they know gamer’s don’t like that. I couldn’t imagine being happy seeing that reveal at E3, so in that way I’m happy with what I saw at the Xbox One reveal, sure I would have loved to see more games, or demo’s, but E3 is a mere few weeks away, and now we can focus on what we’re interested in, the games.
Well there it is, sure there was a lot of confusion and negative aspects, but I believe these seven things were actually quite positive, aside from the great looking controller, I haven’t seen many people talking about the other things very much at all. With E3 so close, we can only hope for a complete game blowout by Microsoft, and no little kids or Usher to interfere with that.