Xbox One – Is it All That and a Bag of Chips? [POLL]
Ok, so I’m dating myself with the reference, but Microsoft has announced the introduction of Xbox One which some analysts are saying may change the way video gamers are able to play their favorite games, watch TV, listen to music, and God only knows what else.
The video touts the Xbox as something that, to me, seems to be able to wash your car, blow your nose, and tie your shoes; all at the sound of your voice.
Of course I’m kidding, but just check out the video and you’ll see what I mean.
I’m guessiong that once the release date for Xbox One is announced, lines will be forming at electronics stores nationwide to get one of the few that will be on sale that day.
Will you be one of them? Are you geeked up for this as much as you may have been geeked up for the release of the multitude of video games that have come out in the last few years; along with a variety of Playstations that have hit the market?
The Xbox One will be an entertainment hub, letting you control your TV, surf the web, Skype and, yes, play video games. And it will also be the home of Spielberg's new project, a collaboration between the Hollywood legend and Microsoft to make an original "Halo" live-action television series with interactive Xbox One content.
Meanwhile, Microsoft did its best to present the Xbox One as a groundbreaking device. It will have a Blu-Ray player, and support voice-recognition, letting you simply tell your TV what you want to watch.
The company showed off just a handful of games (likely saving the bulk of them for June's Electronics Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles), but an event-ending trailer of the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts game showcased stunning graphics.
Microsoft also swiftly dispelled a key rumor that has swirled for a few months.
A report on Wired.com Tuesday indicated that the console would force people to install games onto the console's hard drive, and that, once installed, the games could only be installed on other consoles if new users paid a fee. But Ron Pessner, GM of Xbox Live, told the News that won't prevent users from reselling their old games.
"I can confirm for games that you buy for your Xbox One, you will be able to resell them in the secondary market," he said.
The One will hit stores later this year, likely going head-to-head with the PS4, which is touting heavy sharing capabilities among gamers, during the holidays.
Some analysts are saying the drawback is that:
Xbox One isn't backwards compatible with Xbox 360 discs or Xbox Live Arcade.
So what does this mean? For me, it’s all Greek; but for you the gamer it probably means you’ll have to go out and buy a new generation of games thereby screwing you out of more money in the long run.
So with all that in mind, I ask, albeit in retro fashion: Is Xbox One “all that and a bag of chips?” Will you be one of the herds to line up at the nearest BestBuy to get your hands on one of the first to be unloaded off the delivery trucks?