Microsoft: core gamers 'incredibly important' for Xbox One

Xbox exec says company's new platform will appeal to broad range of people; Kinect 2.0 is a "game-changer" for the system.

The Xbox One is not only aimed at core gamers, though this group remains "incredibly important" for the next-generation platform, Microsoft has said.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Microsoft executive Phil Harrison said because the Xbox One is not only a game console, but also an "all-in-one" entertainment device, a new set of consumers are opened up to the system.

"By making it simple and instant and complete, it means we can get men, women, old, young to enjoy playing and interacting with the device. It's not just about core gamers; although, they are incredibly important to our future," Harrison said. "It's also about finding entry points for all members of the household."

Harrison explained that the barriers for entry are being knocked down with the Xbox One, due in part to the updated Kinect 2.0 sensor. He said that not enough attention is being paid to the Kinect automatic identity system, which can detect who is playing--without any manual input--and assemble games and content specific to them.

"One of the things that I don't think we truly understand the significance of yet is automatic identity through Kinect. If your wife or your daughter or your son or yourself starts interacting with the machine, it instantly switches to their choice of content, their profile, their personalization, their recommendation," he said. "That alone, that simplicity, is going to dramatically increase the number of people who want to interact with Xbox One. "

In fact, Harrison said he believes the most impactful element of the Xbox One is that Kinect is included with every system, as opposed to being an optional peripheral, which is the case for the Xbox 360.

"That made it difficult for developers to invest against 20 percent of the installed base or whatever it was. Having it as 100 percent--that’s a game-changer," Harrison said.

The Xbox One launches later this year, though pricing information and specific launch timing has not been divulged. According to comments from GameStop management, the Xbox One will launch at a lower price point than the Xbox 360 did in 2005.

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Lillypaw
Lillypaw

No Core Gamer let alone Hardcore wants Kinect it ok for a bit of fun with family but thats it I Load xbox 360 up it already signed into my profile because Hello It's my console and i'm ready to play the game in the machine at a touch of a button.  Now Kinect has to scan my face check I'm still legal owner make sure i've ate my greens and done my homework?  gah WE DON'T Want kinect and if you force it on us we won't buy your console!

I Choose to game or not to, I choose what Game to play and when to play it, I choose which platform I want to play it on.  This BOX takes those and many more choices away from me therefore I Loose the control over my gaming to you, Forget it Xbox you lost sight of the right path months if not years ago.  You want control over who plays with your console and how it is played I'll give you control because it will still be sat in your warehouse because I Choose to leave it there by not buying it.

pete420630
pete420630

no hardcore gamer uses the kinect i dont want a free one  on the 360  skipped it get me a turtle beach headset and top notch hardware thats all we realy want right.... still to early  i hate to say it but ps4 is doing what xbox did last time and microsofts doing an everything approch risky it will sell a ton i bet but not the true gamers 

pete420630
pete420630

too early to judge but i want the best one for gaming

chad28_69
chad28_69

it sure didn't seemed like it.

i bet the console will have few japanese games and even less jrpgs.

steelmouth
steelmouth

lol this guy says "core gamers 'incredibly important' for Xbox One" and he goes on to talk about kinect

damo320
damo320

Kinect 2.0 is a game changer? It sucks that you have to have that thing connected to the console permanently. Certainly a change from previous console... change for the worse.

Vertigem
Vertigem

Core gamers important to you? Really? Then release a gaming console please, not some garbage social networking glorified TV box wanabe that can play some games as well.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

when you aim at many things at the same time, you often hit nothing

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

They say E3 is games games games. Games game games is what the core gamer wants so delivering on games  games games at e3 will show the hardcore gamer is important to them.At the mo it to early to be decided. some people are like i am getting a ps 4 or am not buying the xbox one. to me that is ridiculous at least give the xbox one a chance to show the games and the ps 4 a chance to show of something other than a multi platform game in watchdogs before making your mind up.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

Am I the only one on these boards that really doesn't have an issue with the fact that this is more than a gaming console?  

rdwolf260
rdwolf260

The core gamer should be "extremely important" because they're the ones that rush out and buy your system at launch. All the other people who don't play games will look at it and say "hmmm, it's interesting, I might look at it later when the price drops below $200." If the core gamer is extremely important, why did you put so much effort to screw them over by implementing a cumbersome DRM? Is piracy so rampant on Xbox 360? Even though I've purchased many used games on 360, I've spent thousands on games that were brand new and thousands on digital downloads like XBLA games, DLC, movies, and even had a Zune Pass. So this coming generation, Microsoft simply says that we're not satisfied with how much money we got from you in the past, we want more going forward. Too bad, I won't let you try to bleed me dry and instead will opt to not give you any money on the next generation.

The only reason why they thought their DRM would go unnoticed is because they're targeting non-core gamers who don't know the inherent problems with such DRM schemes because they never experienced them firsthand. Many gamers have been burned by them before and M$ knew it wont fly with them, however, they did it anyway. So much for caring about the core gamers MicroShaft.

And their comment about making it "simple and instant and complete" is utter bullshit. If it was "simple" why can't they just give a straight answer to the questions about online connectivity requirement and their used game fees? That tells me it's really not that simple. "Instant" is total bullshit as well because my Xbox 360 dashboard now takes minutes to load because of all the advertising crap that's on there. In fact, when I need to go to Settings and delete some of the content from my HDD, it takes up to 5 minutes for me to be able to select my HDD in order to do so. So I'm pretty skeptical as you can see that they can actually accomplish this.

Kinect being able to recognize a person? I have Kinect now and anytime I try to sign in via Kinect into a game, it always tells me  that it can't recognize me.

This launch has been utter disaster for the "core gamer" on all fronts, and I don't see how M$ can say with a straight face that they consider a core gamer important because all the things they've put into the console pisses the core gamers off more than anything.

mwamba1
mwamba1

So this coming X1 generation, I have to buy the game, pay for internet (can't play without), pay for Xbox Live, and pay for a used game disc...then pay again to activate it. Not only that but I have this camera thats always on, always listening. Any drop in income that see's me not being able to pay for internet means I'm essentially stuck with a fancy paper-weight brick of a device. Nice 1 Microsoft.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

personally i would have liked the choice to pick between family entertainment and game console.  it was there to a certain point with my xbox 360. i am forced to buy and pay for half of the machine i really don't need and want.  like so many i never bought the kinect for the 360, and that seems to be the core decision in forcing it onto the xbox1, otherwise it still would not sell.

B_STATS
B_STATS

And for the record. 'Core' gamers never play COD...

B_STATS
B_STATS

Being online all the time doesn't bother me. I am always online anyway when I play my 360. Some games already don't work properly unless you're online. Just go play Minecraft offline and watch the error message come up telling you some of your skin packs are corrupt. Doesn't happen online. Besides you're all here on forums crying about shit everyday. I bet you all have Facebook too. Get over it.

Dradeeus
Dradeeus

When is this a clarification and not a obvious given? When people have some reason to believe it not to be. No one watched their videos about TV, sports, and Call of Duty, and thought that gamers were the main demographic of the system.

hottgamer31
hottgamer31

Clearly the meeting wasn't about core gamers. I mean, it wasn't about gamers at all. But, it wasn't supposed to be. Microsoft made that clear before the meeting. The meeting was just a console reveal. And the company talked about the non-gaming features while they were at it to open their schedule for a full games conference at E3. What, would you guys rather Microsoft talked about Netflix during E3? And those game trailers we saw in the meeting were just put there to prevent the baffling confusion we're getting now from the gaming community. Anyway, that's my 2 cents, and I personally can't wait to find out more about the games coming to the Xbox at E3.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

if you think that core gamer is incredibly important, then release an xbox one 'gaming' edition which cut anything from the standard xbox one that doesn't have anything to do with video gaming. I would be happy to get it, especially if they can cut $100 dollar from it.

stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

I respect all of your opinion and I'm positive ps4 will be awesome but my loyalty is with Xbox and I'm extremely excited for the Xbox one. Too each his own.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"If your wife or your daughter or your son or yourself starts interacting with the machine...". This is where MS always lose me. No one else is interacting with my damn machine! lol

zisek
zisek

You know, I've been a Console/PC gamer since the family, and the first prince of persia on PC. And I actually like the one, I will buy it.

I don't know why there is so much trouble with it, I know the presentation wasn't so hardcore gamer-oriented, but all the games will be shown at E3.

The x1 will have all the gaming we want, plus some features, give the thing some time, What is different in the ps4?, their gamer-oriented conference?, are they gonna get different games that xbox one owners will not, just beacuase the xbox has kinect and new social-tv features? , don't think so.... all they are gonna get are the ps4 exclusives, as we will get ours... plus we have all the tv-skype-etc functions.....

Everybody is mad because of the conference, and yes it sucked, I hated the people who presented it with all their memory dialogues and scripts...., but I think the console will be better.

ollie_sr
ollie_sr

People complain about the xbox being online once every 24 hours.

Those same people spend hours bitching on the internet. 


Shielder7
Shielder7

Really Microsoft?  You could of fooled me.

slycoon6003
slycoon6003

i usually support all consoles but i think im going to skip this gen  

Master_Adeum
Master_Adeum

If core gamers are important, when why have you screwed us over with an always-on kinect? LOL

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Phil Harrison reading from the MS script. They better use E3 as their chance to show how important the core really is to them. Cause the Reveal presentation sure as hell didn't.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Their actions and decisions have already betrayed the core gaming audience.  What they say is irrelevant.  What they do is everything.

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

I believe Microsoft is right about needing core gamers for the Xbox One. They are the people that actually buy their consoles. To sum it up, Microsoft needs more Fans for their console if they want to be the best.

Curbdog51
Curbdog51

I don't need or want to feel forced into buying Kinect 2.0. Bundled with the system it just adds to the price. The voice feature will get old after 7 days anyways. MS trying to appease a broader audience IS ignoring the core gamer. It's totally watered down what used to be a console, known for gaming. This next gen will hark back to the original Xbox and the PS2.


Slagar
Slagar

I think Microsoft have made the right business decisions here. It really seems like this is a good logical next step for consoles, what with more online and media capabilities. I'm also really excited that Kinect will be included. I hope it turns out to be REALLY GOOD this time around, in both hardware and the software's implentations. Frankly, I don't understand why all the whining - games will be as good as ever, and online and native Kinect will open up a lot more possibilities.

WALKING_nUKE
WALKING_nUKE

Kinect should just stay what it is - a peripheral. Sure, there are people that actually want it, but there are also people that HATE it, why not let everyone have a choice? those who want can buy it separately and those who don't don't have to. Not the other way around. And to make matters worse, the xbox one could be more than $100 cheaper if the kinect wasn't included.

B_STATS
B_STATS

Core gamers never used Kinect and sure as Hell don't want Kinect 2. Microsoft wants Kinect 2 so they can monitor and police content.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Damn right core gamers are important. Without us nobody would have bought an Xbox meaning no 360 and no Xbox one. So if you think we are important M$, then act like it.

mtouchprod
mtouchprod

Here's the deal: Non-gamers will never buy an Xbox, if for no other reason than that the price point, no matter how low for a gaming console, will be ridiculously high for a DVR/streaming service.

DjTIEST0
DjTIEST0

lol all this article spam abut xbox one just rise the hype of E3

Irondiesel58
Irondiesel58

Oh you silly people release your games  now when E3 is coming, You don't announce games when you announcement is for a new system. Games are announced at E3 can you understand that. I love oh you had your chance MS. Microsoft has one main thing in mind with xbox one and that's the gamer in mind. I have no doubt about that and I will be pre ordering three systems when I can. One for me, one for My kids and one for my Nephew. I don't even know what the price is. $399.00 , $599.00 , $699.00 Cool give me three thanks!! 8 exclusive games in the first year!! All COD released on Xbox one First !!!!steven  spielberg on board too !!!!! Sony gave Us their Blu Ray !!!!! ESPN and the NFL are on board too. !!!! HELL YEAH !!!!!!!! Now what were you guys saying?

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

You had a chance to show that at your conference  MS, but you failed to do so. I didn't want connect 2, i don't care about Halo, and most importantly i don't need a damn cable box.

awhite27
awhite27

The Xbox One isn't for core gamers so MS you fucked up.

Dr_McTeabag
Dr_McTeabag

Sets out to reassure core gamers.

Touts Kinect again.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I don't care how advanced or powerful Kinect 2.0 is, I have zero interest in it. I would rather XB1 shipped with IllumiRoom. That I would use once in a while.

cboye18
cboye18

I suddenly have the urge to play Metroid Prime again; ugh I miss the old times :(

Polynecro
Polynecro

Xbox One is going to have the very same 3rd party games as PS4 as well as Xbox One exclusives aimed directly at core gamers.  Why is everyone in such a tizzy?  Do you really think that the actual game experience is going to be different on each console?

Vambran
Vambran

Core gamers? I just found out all my XBLA games will not work on the Xbox One. I got about 1000$ worth of games on there. 

I can understand Xbox360 discs not working but XBLA games? Oh so i just play them on my 360 fine.... but now the "Xbox One" Becomes the "Xbox Two"

starjay009
starjay009

Oh yeah, I can hear ya M$. You are not about gamers and gamers any more. You are the "family" people who cater to a wide audience. Well then don't f**king say that you wish to cater to gamers when you actually don't MEAN it. Have fun showing your sports games, NFL fantasy league gimmicks to your new audience at E3. 

powerman1426
powerman1426

Great, a console with mandatory intrusive spyware