Next-Gen Console Wars: 10 Steps to Dominance for the Next Xbox

This week, Hilary Goldstein examines what the next Xbox must do to beat the PlayStation 4 and Wii U.

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With Nintendo's Wii follow-up, the Wii U, due at the end of this year, the talk of next-generation consoles is already crackling. Soon we'll be overcome with rumors, leaks, and speculation about the eighth generation of game systems, which includes the next hardware from Microsoft and Sony.

But what are at least 10 things each console manufacturer needs to do to find success in the next iteration of the system wars? Let's kick things off by examining Microsoft, but be sure to check back in the following weeks for an assessment on Sony, Nintendo, and the next crop of mobile devices.

What Microsoft Needs to Do

One-Stop Box
It has been a longtime assumption that Microsoft would like its console to be the only device you need in your entertainment center. With recent increases in services provided through Xbox Live, that vision is coming closer to reality. For Microsoft to win the next generation, this needs to be at the core of its next Xbox. It needs to make my cable box, Blu-ray player, and iPad irrelevant. All three of these are essential to my current entertainment needs, but outside of playing Halo or Ghost Recon, I can do more on my iPad than I can on my Xbox 360 (and it's easier). To beat the next PlayStation, Wii U, and the continuing emergence of mobile devices, Microsoft's new machine must be the only entertainment device I need in my home. I need to be able to watch and record TV, play games, shop, interface socially, and organize my life in one place. It's time to stop talking about a single entertainment box future and make it happen.

Set the Lowest Bar High
Microsoft created several versions of the Xbox 360 to accommodate consumers on different budgets, but using this strategy limits developers' options since they must make games to the lowest common denominator and often can't use the full benefits from a hard drive. While Microsoft will seek to offer a low-cost version of its next console, it can't do so at the expense of its baseline. In other words, there simply has to be a core minimum that, regardless of cost, the system cannot ever dip below.

The next Xbox must have a hard drive, Kinect, wireless Internet, and Bluetooth built in. Production cost (and therefore retail cost) on a console will always come down over time to appeal to a broader consumer base. You can't sacrifice minimum quality to shave $50 to $100 off the price for "casual" gamers, which was the game plan for the Xbox 360. If you can hack something off to sell a lower-priced system, then it wasn't a necessity, and if these items aren't a necessity, then the Xbox 720 isn't being used to its maximum capability. Sony has shown its unwillingness to sacrifice in these ways, and you can bet the fight for next-gen dominance will be too fierce to come up short in any area.

Embrace Blu-ray
Research group In-Stat predicts there will be 105 million Blu-ray units in homes worldwide by 2015 and states that 15 percent of Netflix users already receive Blu-ray discs. While on-demand and streaming services are gaining in popularity, physical media will continue to have a major place in homes through the next decade. Blu-ray will replace DVD as the dominant disc form for media during the era of the next generation of consoles. To exclude a Blu-ray disc from the next Xbox could be disastrous for Microsoft.

More importantly, Microsoft needs to embrace the free-to-play realm
But this issue isn't such a slam dunk for Microsoft. Sony (along with Phillips and Panasonic) is a major patent holder for the Blu-ray format. No company can manufacture hardware with a Blu-ray disc player without a license from the Blu-ray Disc Association, and guess who helps make those decisions? Sony. However, from a business perspective, Sony gains more by supporting Microsoft in this effort. Sony earns money on every Blu-ray device sold, meaning that Microsoft's rival can profit from new system sales and greatly increase the global Blu-ray installed base. Microsoft might be considering a streaming-focused, non-disc system, but that would defy the first rule for winning the next-generation battle: the all-in-one box.

Steam for Consoles
This isn't to say that Steam needs to come to the next Xbox (though that's a pretty good idea), but a similar service must be part of the new Xbox dashboard. Digital releases must coincide with retail ship dates, with a discount for the online purchase--this is, in fact, the best way to cut down on used-game sales. Indie games need to be more accessible and, along with traditional XBLA fare, mixed in with full retail releases. A service such as GameFly could make for a great online partner in this regard.

Most importantly, Microsoft needs to embrace the free-to-play realm. There's no viable F2P model on the Xbox 360, but the next Xbox must be built with F2P in mind. Full-priced retail releases, such as the next generation of Assassin's Creed games, will always have a primary place in the console world. But there's money--a lot of money--to be made in the F2P market. A proper revenue share model for publishers, an easy and reliable shopping experience for gamers, and prominence for free-to-play games are essential to the Xbox 720's success.

The New Gold Account
Xbox Live has seen numerous improvements over the past two years with a number of new services offered. You can access Hulu, Netflix, Twitter, HBO Go, and much more with an Xbox Live Gold account. The core service and its price model, though, are outdated. Next generation doesn't just mean better graphics; it means the future of online services. Currently, an Xbox Live Gold account lets you use your separately purchased Netflix or Hulu account through your 360. It's merely a convenience (easier, perhaps, to use my Xbox 360 than use these services from my PC). Winning the next generation means aggressive actions that make Xbox Live Gold as essential to the new one-stop box as anything else.

Microsoft is too reliant on Halo for its success.
Think of the new Gold account more like signing up for DirecTV or any cable TV service. You pay a low base price that provides some simple offerings (such as multiplayer, early demo access, and cloud storage) and then select optional packages on top of this to suit your entertainment needs. Want to include (as in buy) Netflix streaming, ESPN3, and MLB.TV? Add the Sports package (with a slight discount, of course). I shouldn't need a cable box in the next generation or have to go to Netflix.com to buy a streaming account or want for any of my entertainment needs when my new Xbox is on. Xbox Live Gold has to evolve to pull us away from our external devices. The future is full consumer investment in our game system for all TV needs. Anything less opens the door for Sony and Nintendo.

A New Game Franchise
Microsoft is too reliant on Halo for its success. With Gears of War, Forza, and a very uncertain future for Fable, Microsoft is thin on its number of first-party powerhouse franchises. The next console needs to launch with something new--the next generation's Halo that isn't actually Halo.

Exclusive Bonus Content
Microsoft is already one step ahead of Sony here. The future of console success is not exclusive third-party games, but earlier releases of downloadable content. Early access to Call of Duty maps, for example, not only shifts sales heavily in favor of the Xbox, but also makes a nonexclusive game weighted more toward Microsoft's side.

Mobility Matters
Entertainment and information are no longer stuck at home. I can start a movie streaming on my PC at work, continue it on my iPad on the train, and finish it off on my TV at home. You don't need to take Halo 5 with you on a mobile device, but access to elements of your next-generation games must come with you--whether it's tracking stats, managing character progression, or playing tie-in mobile games.

HD Kinect Bundled In
The Kinect lost the core gamer the moment Microsoft abandoned using an HD camera in it (for valid cost reasons). Kinect HD needs to happen for next gen, allowing for full facial and finger recognition. And it should come bundled in with the next Xbox launch to ensure every home has one.

Kinect Integration for All Games
And with that, all games must have Kinect integration. This doesn't mean the gameplay uses the Kinect, but that there must be some surface layer (menus and interface) that have some consistent Kinect usage. Voice commands to pause games, motion commands to make menu selections--it should be a requirement. Either go all in with the Kinect or abandon it completely. Don't go halfway in the next generation.

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GrumpyMcNasty
GrumpyMcNasty

Expect the next Xbox to integrate seamlessly with the Windows 8 tablet using a Windows marketplace-like account to allow you to pause games on the Xbox and pick them up on the Windows 8 pad. The one change I would make would be to finally allow the transfer of my video and music library from Media Center on my PC directly to my next Xbox. Tie that in with Netflix, MLB.tv and NHL Game Center and I'm good to go. Goodbye set top box and stereo, the Xbox is my go-to media center.

chrisangelo2k7
chrisangelo2k7

Kinect is Microsoft's worst idea. If they integrate it in all next games, I'm out. Where's the joy of sitting in a couch or a sofa, and use only your hands and fingers on a comfortable controller? You know have to play with your body?! Leave that to hyper-active kids. What's next for XBOX 1080, PS5, and Wii Z? You're gonna use eye or psychic control motion to play videogames? Gimme a friggin break, this is getting out of hand, and we're getting way off how videogaming should be!!!!God how I miss the 90s, my super nintendo, my sega mega-drive, my PSX. And how I'm gonna miss my Xbox 1 and Kinectless 360...

doheny420
doheny420

Well, if Microsoft designs this "...single entertainment box...", it sure as hell better not crash with the ring of death. I wouldn't be impressed if I am reliant on one system for all my entertainment needs and then it crashes.

 

I'm currently at a precipice with gaming publishers and other corporate bodies. If I have to send in another Xbox for repair, I will consider Microsoft's competitor. 

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

"Think of the new Gold account more like signing up for DirecTV or any cable TV service."

 

Yes yes yes! This is what I was thinking of myself.  This should absolutely happen....and it will light some fires under the arses of those greedy little cable companies.

joshhi
joshhi

Also, they should really up the design of the console itself. That clunky and ugly green/white X360 with it's unflattering design will never look good standing next to any of my beautiful media gear, whereas the PS3 blends in beautifully. Sony unarguably is much superior to Microsoft in its design esthetics overall, but that was always one of Microsofts biggest problems throughout all those years (Pc vs Mac).

rarson
rarson

Microsoft, the d-pad on the 360 is defective, and your little "fix" (which also happened to ruin other aspects of the controller, like the colored buttons) didn't. Design a real d-pad (if you need help, just look in your own back catalog to the Sidewinder gamepad) and put it where it belongs, where you currently have the left thumb stick.

TeeniestChaos
TeeniestChaos

As a 360 owner seriously considering jumping ship to the WiiU and relying on a PC for my next-gen gaming needs, several things would need to happen to get me to stay. I'll start with the ones most likely to happen:

 

1) Rare. The company became a legend for figuring out how to develop SNES games before that system was released, and they handled the 360 launch as perfectly as possible, IMO. Kameo sold me on the 360, Perfect Dark Zero is perhaps still the best 4-player local coop shooter on the system, and both dared to be different (the hybrid fighter-creature collection - platformer and the new skeleton modes that made zombie style games work well for shooters). Having finished their forced projects handling Kinnect Sports for Microsoft, they're definitely working on 720 games as we speak. And if Kameo is any indication, they've been working on 720 launch titles for years. As a platforming fan, I'd love to see a real Banjo/Kameo/Conker or something new entirely in addition to their more action-oriented franchises.

 

2)  Release the Xbox Live Arcade service for PC. Get me interested in the indie scene from my computer/wired 360 controller hybrid and I might just be interested in what the next version can do.

 

3) A partner with gamespy/steam/onlive/xpadder for pc-360 connectivity. Let me stream my PC games to the console and play on my TV with a 360 controller- a lot of titles, from Rogue Squadron 3D to Rayman Origins for the PC work great with a wired controller. The PC has a virtually unlimited backlog of games compared to consoles, and that should be tapped if Microsoft wants to compete with the richer gaming histories of there console competitors. Allow for a mouse and keyboard option and provide a free windows OS (perhaps XP). Partner with FTP Pc games to make versions available on the system at launch to showcase free online support (perhaps DDO).

 

4) Full backwards compatibility. Finish the xbox compatibility list, and let 360 games work on 720. The wii is 10 times more attractive for it's excellent gamecube library (rogue leader/Pac Man vs./Baten Kaitos/and the Nintendo bit - smash/mario/metroid/zelda/pikmin/etc).

 

5) Plug and play USB support for custom controllers. Bring out your PC joystick, map the controls to the 360's sticks and buttons and play H.A.W.X. or an Air Combat game. Bring out your mouse and keyboard and play an MMO or RTS in a way that works.

 

Those are what would get me excited about the system. I miss the strength of Nintendo's franchises and their willingness to do something different with them and pursue new IP like they did on the 'cube (mario sunshine, windwaker and pikmin come to mind). With Rare and some good PC connections, I might decide to stick with Microsoft for another round. Without them, I'll likely bounce back to Nintendo.

Supabul
Supabul

I want to be able to play 360 games and transfer over my DLC and arcade games, I'll be really disappointed if its not BC

 

jark888
jark888

I don't buy Xbox games for 2 reasons. First, they are NOT better than Blu-ray discs, and second I will always end up paying for online service (Xbox Live). I would buy some Xbox games like Dance Central or Child of Eden because they are more intuitive to play these games with Kinect than PS Move.

jark888
jark888

Blu-ray drive is a must! Don't take too much BS pride MS. Sony PC can use Window OS; then, why can't you utilize their Blu-ray technology!

 

menacefox
menacefox

Microsoft only has two realistic options to succeed:

 

1. Buy the Blu-ray license from Sony to make the console great. There is no reason why games should be on 2 discs in the near future.

2. Don't buy the Blu-ray license from Sony - but make Xbox Live free in exchange for the loss of Blu-ray.

 

If there is no Blu-ray or free Xbox Live (to make up for lacking Blu-ray) I will not be buying this console. I will stick with my PC.

 

P.S. I am keeping my Xbox 360 until it stops working.

daveg1
daveg1

way better first party blockbuster games is what ms sorley misses here sony is king easily.

ShipwreckX
ShipwreckX

I do not want to get up and move to play games, I bust my ass at work all day and just want to play with a controller.

rarson
rarson

"The future of console success is not exclusive third-party games, but earlier releases of downloadable content."

 

I disagree. Console exclusives are much more likely to make me buy the hardware than early release of downloadable content, which I'm content (no pun intended) waiting for, if I even buy it at all.

 

I would love Steam on a console, especially if the console comes with an adequately-sized hard drive or lets me put my own huge hard drive inside. The pricing needs to match the current pricing of PC games on Steam, though, which is one of the biggest reasons I like using the service.

tie3
tie3

What they also Need To Do Is Fix The Hacking Of accounts On Xbox Live.

Besides, Once Its Hacked, They Dry Up You're Credit card And there's Nothing You can Do about It.

 

kingdakka
kingdakka

"It needs to make my cable box, Blu-ray player, and iPad irrelevant"-  Why?  if I wanted that I'll just use my PC.

 

"Sony has shown its unwillingness to sacrifice in these ways, and you can bet the fight for next-gen dominance will be too fierce to come up short in any area." - Seems like you forgot how much the PS3 cost when it first came out.

 

"Embrace Blu-ray" - No beef here.

 

"Steam for Consoles" -  I think steam is over rated to be honest.  I only have it for dawn of war.

 

"with a discount for the online purchase"  Ummm no all that will do is kill retail stores, and eat up space on the Hard drive.  Besides I like having a physical copy.

 

"Mobility Matters"  yes and no, I do travel with my X-box but I dont want it to be so small they skimp on performance.

 

"HD Kinect Bundled In"  No please, if they include this I wont buy it.

 

"Kinect Integration for All Games"  see above.

 

Sorry dude I disagree with your assessment, I honestly think you dont really play games.  You remind me of a CEO at a video game company,  You call the shots but don't know a thing about the customers and how they think.

KevinJKoren
KevinJKoren

We need different shooters. Less Halo (don't get me wrong they're awesome) and Gears of War. Steam for Consoles would be AWESOME!!!!!! Also add blu-ray movies. Lastly though they need to add some sort of portable gaming system thingy but then again most of the people who play Xbox are either older teens or Adults so when will they need to play portably. One last word to Xbox......GOOD JOB!!!!

P.S. Don't forget that Apple could be coming out with a video game consle so keep that in mind because it's usually Apple that sets the bar for Microsoft

P.P.S: Don't forget that Microsoft is in the middle of a Lawsuit with Motorola (gasp!)

slimskelter
slimskelter

Put a mouth on it and call it the Oral-Sex-Box. Damn, that's a basement boy comment isn't it.

hitmanking124
hitmanking124

i feel the next x-box needs to have new technologies never seen before in the gaming universe like making games even more interactive also like as gamespot said bring in more game to x box as origonal games that are made for x-box and its fans giving it a wide spand of game variety

FeldtGrace
FeldtGrace

Microsoft needs to stop porting their exclusives to PC just like $ony!!!

holtrocks
holtrocks

Ima sound like a PC douche here but, get a PC then u have everything netflix, hbogo, hulu, web-browser, digital downloads if u want for everygame. Everything ppl want in a console is exactly what a PC is.

SporeManiac13
SporeManiac13

 

I'm tired of all this media and entertainment nonsense for Xbox Live. If Microsoft wants to go the way of an entertainment model for a next-gen console, then all I ask is that you make a games-only Xbox Live model, where you can only download games, and you can play multiplayer. The sheer amount of media apps Microsoft has added is ridiculous, and while I'm sure many people get much use out of them, I don't, so if I don't want to use the media apps, don't force me to pay for them with my yearly Xbox Live Subscription. Either add more features to Xbox Live that cater to GAMERS, or make multiplayer and the ability to download games into a separate Xbox Live package so I don't have to pay for apps that I don't use!

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

My only question with xbox is what they do in Asia, specifically Japan, which is one of the big 3 markets along with US and Europe, they even to this day are a 3rd rank citizen behind Sony and Nintendo. But if they make even half the or 1/3 the improvement from the first xbox to the 360, this will be a fantastic system.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

"ExplicitMike said @Kinguard73 Full disclosure I run on windows OS systems. I am a fan of the OS not Microsoft. Some people still run linux and other OS. PC is free market I can buy from Steam, Amazon, Origin, Impulse, Direct to Drive, and so on. That means shop around for the best price. Is Microsoft takes over you can forget it. They are not giving you any freedom. In fact they take away freedom with their useless DRM. You will be force to run their games only.  All prices will be locked down by them. Xbox 360 is a closed platform. So you are saying you want PC to be one as well? No thank you. Many developers don't wanna pay MS ridiculous license fees. You should know MS have pretty much abandon PC because they can't compete. Many PC gamers hate the GFWL overlay in games. Not me but to each their own. I get that you like Xbox and PC but no is a bad idea."

 

Well I siad what Xbox needs to be regardless of what you said. This would succeed. It wouldn't be good for you but this is for their success. Otherwisae they will not win.

 

Cristero
Cristero

If this girl is right, prepare for a zillion dollars console. Some of her ideas are good, but we're gamers, and a good gaming experience is what matters the most.

MrYuyo
MrYuyo

I want my video game console to be excellent and superb at playing video games  everything else is a bonus for me, not a must. 

kingrodney1246
kingrodney1246

I think its pretty obvious that this list is very flawed. I dissagree with this one stop boxidea and frankly it doesnt sound possible. Even if it were, the console would be obscenly expensive.I really don't care about Blu-Ray and while i personally dont stream videos on my 360, i can see the appeal. Also, if the kinect were made for all games, it would be the death of microsoft's gaming console. We already see (with ninendo) that the controller way of playing games is never going away. Adding interesting ways interface will never supplant precise controls and quality games. 

 

When you said mobile I thought you were going for a more mobile console which I would like but I dont see that happening since the 720 will probably be bigger and heavier than the 360. 

 

I do agree with a new franchise though and well as exclusive titles. In fact new franchises as well as maybe bringing in some previously exclusive Sony titles. This is really what it all comes down to when choosing a console. The Sony and microsoft systems will be comparable to each other and really not have any significant difference other than their games. Games sell consoles...nothing else. 

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

If they did that I could be quite sure I'm not buying it. I buy consoles for gaming, I don't need 1 do-it-all-machines that does everything halfway. I'm already annoyed how 360 has turned away from gaming to become a multimedia center. IMO they need to go back to the roots, create a gaming console. Decent power, effort in 1st party games, make offline multiplayer viable again. Oh and an Live account level that only has online multiplayer but none of the other moneysinks.

paintedbrain
paintedbrain

You talk about the next xbox embracing blue ray, I don't think they will do that. Here is why.

 

UHDTV sets will have a screen resolution of 33 million pixels (7680 by 4320) – 16 times more than high-definition TV sets and conventional digital movie theatres. Otherwise talked about as 7k.

 

I would expect the new xbox to support this resolution on TV's that are currently being developed. 

 

Any disk media to support this format has yet to be determined (7k is vastly higher res then blue ray) and what form of media disk it takes is unknown (to me anyway) but UDHTV is a certainty and it will be a massive leap in our entertainment experience.

 

I would expect streaming services and broadcast television to start to adopt UDHTV around the same time as a new xbox is released. Stay tuned for UDHTV updates, it should be a reliable indicator of xbox's next move.

 

 

Ruukasu01
Ruukasu01

Im quite the gamer myself but i must admit, i have no use for half the stuff this chick named off not to mention i have to pay double for it when i wouldn't use the freaking thing

HellsMagician
HellsMagician

You know, I'm not a huge fan of Kinect, but it certainly has its uses every now and then (i.e. voice commands to start and stop movies, motion-related games which, granted, aren't the best but are good for when I'm snowed in at home and want to burn off some cabin fever); if Microsoft could come up with a way to integrate the Kinect to logging in more efficiently (i.e. standing/sitting in front of the Kinect when the system boots up to log in without a pause), I would agree with making Kinect a part of every system sale.

 

As for the all-in-one concept: GOOD F***ING LUCK combining my netbook with my laptop with my Xbox with my phone with my cable provider!  If Microsoft can successfully come up with a hybrid-combination-monstrosity that can do everything I currently need all of the above for, my hat's off to them!

 

Mobility: if you have a Windows Phone, this is already done; where's this chik been?

 

Game Franchise: AMEN!  I liked Halo well enough in middle & high school, but let's find something different to market, shall we?

 

Also, @Ruukasu01  is totally right: has this woman ever met an "average gamer" or tried to figure out what the "average gamer" requires?  This entire article is targeting the next-gen Xbox to us rabid gamers (my profile doesn't show it, but I do fit in that category) and basically telling every other gamer they need to be more avid about gaming or find another system which THEY WILL DO!  It's why I've swapped companies almost every generation: I buy the system with what I want and I know about 250 gamers on campus here in town who will do the same, so let's consider the market as a whole, not necessarily specializing in what hardcore gamers will pay big bucks to get the day it comes out and DO IT RIGHT!

Ruukasu01
Ruukasu01

Does anyone notice that this lady describes a next-gen Xbox that would fit HER needs rather than the needs of an average gamer?

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

The only thing they need to really change (besides the standard hardware update) is paying a subscription to play multiplayer in games that aren't MMOs.

 

That's what turned me off the 360 quite often this generation. It's stupid to have to pay extra just to play multiplayer now and then.

THFCspurs1
THFCspurs1

I can't wait for the nex generation of Xbox, it's going to be amazing. I just hope Microsoft put plenty of money into the project because they have the resources, they're one of the biggest companies in the world! Also I hope Microsoft learn their lesson with the 360, where the initial units were made with cheap parts and caused the console to break and get the dreaded red ring!

hsl77
hsl77

I'm probably in the minority but I just want a games console, well one that plays blu rays, yeah. It should be backwards compatible and have more memory but I won't  be buying Kinect, or playing it's games. I don't want to stream movies and as for mini games - absolutely not. Save that for mobile phones. It would be good to be able to surf the complete internet though but the most important thing is that the console is fab for the games.. At least make a version of the next Xbox for people like me who want it for the standard games. If others want all the extra stuff then good for them.

ciotog
ciotog

i just want more RAM and the ability to use 360 controllers.

SPCLong
SPCLong

The last point about having Kinect in every game... no, please no.  i will not buy the next xbox if they force kinect down my throat.  It is a gimmick for casual's i think they have proved that with the piles of terrible games released for it this gen.

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

They need to make a new Road Rash game. That's all they need to do.

RAGEofSTUNTS
RAGEofSTUNTS

I don't give two shits about all these extra "features" it is just taking up more time that could be used making it a better game console, and not a bundle box.

gowthamrkm
gowthamrkm

Backward compatibility is the most important one when it comes to next gen. I want to see the PC game that lag in console with better visuals and smooth graphics. And yeah... why do i need my console to have those online streamings, and stuffs?? i got pc,lap,blu ray player and a dish box that plays all good channels in HD. Even if they did, they won't satisfy as my pc or dish box does. If it does then its not a console. We switch on our console to play games for hours and go live to check out new exciting demos and DLC maps and packs to make our hours of gaming extra exciting, I don't expect nothing more than that, from a console. Is they really wanna make their console interesting let them make their controller even more interesting, cuz its their controller which caught their attention. And make use of their Production house to make some really awesome games, other than relaying on the same halo and GOW over and over again. I am not saying they ain't good. am saying they are the best of Xbox. But for 720 they should bring out new, cuz its next Gen.

 

bossman59420
bossman59420

i dont think all that should be neccessary the all in one box is not needed and the kinect should have special bundles because not everyone is a big fan of the kinect the kinect is good for kids thats it if microsoft does wat sony has done with makeing other utilities like a blu ray player and use the revenue from that to help power the xbox then thats the best making it an all in one will destroy uses of companies that just make dvd players and direct tv useless unless direct tv buys into the xbox being a box for it in homes that have it and the xbox should have a backtrack compatability theres too many 360 games that good too good to be lossed to the previous gen all i want is graphics and smooth gameplay the robotics are better than ps3 on the 360 and the live has always been better the only thing ps3 had on 360 is blue ray and free live that breaks down it would also be nice if internet was available too

Amir-Striker
Amir-Striker

XBOX 360 IS BETWEEN PS2 AND PS3 NOTHING ELSE AND IT CANT REACH THE QUAILITY OF A PS3 EVER.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

People talk about system wars and crap but I think all 3 companies are in cahoots in some way or other. Even down to the functions of the so called rival systems are similar in a lot of ways. Theres no way Sony would block Microsoft from putting bluray on their new console its too much of a win win for them..

BimboShaggins
BimboShaggins

Maybe making Xbox Live free? considering how they plaster the dashboard with ads

robertcain
robertcain

There's a simple solution for Microsoft, ease off the Kinect support and bring in more creative developers. Kinect will only put off the casual audiences when they realise that it only supports crappy, gimmicky and rip off games like Kinect Star Wars and the hardcore crowd will become bored of seeing the same franchises being rehashed over and over again

 

Also they just have to stop buying off companies to release exclusive content and stop restricting their allegiance to one system, companies will simply refuse to strike deals with such a greedy company one day. The Call of Duty series exclusive map packs are a prime example. 

UziKill
UziKill

I'm not to sure about the "one box does it all" concept. I already have HD TV. I can surf the web with my TV, or from my Blu-ray player. I don't see why I would need another box for that. Better, longer games and real life graphics that's what I want... and backward compatibility so I don't have to trow away my tons of 360 games... also, I don't care about Kinect.

HaZerDaZer
HaZerDaZer

I love the possibilities of the next gen consoles. I'm just afraid of how much they will cost. I can see my self just sticking with PC.

Raelador21
Raelador21

lol women talking about video games is funny. " I want the next xbox to do everything for me and run even better graphics. I have never designed a piece of electronics in my life, but I think this is plausible."