Xbox One "changes everything" says Microsoft

Phil Spencer says it is hard to explain all the ways the console impacts the overall entertainment experience.

The Xbox One "changes everything," according to Microsoft.

Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer appeared on Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's latest podcast to discuss the next-generation platform and how it is shaping up. He said the next-generation console changes entertainment on such a profound level that it is hard to describe.

"I have my Xbox One at home now, so I'm getting to use it," Spencer said. "It's hard to talk about all of the ways that this console impacts my entertainment experiences."

Major Nelson interjected, saying, "It changes everything."

"It does change everything," Spencer added.

For Spencer, what makes the Xbox One so compelling is that the box is a truly multi-purpose device, allowing users to jump from games to live or on-demand content with the press of a button.

"And then I think about games as really showing up as a first-class form of entertainment for everybody. Because before, I was really either on my Xbox 360 or I was probably on my Comcast TV box," Spencer said. "And those two things…never the twain shall meet. There was no overlap."

"Now, as I'm sitting there playing games, I can instantly go over and watch and see what the Mariner's score is or watch something on TV and vice versa," he added. "I'm always socially connected to my [Xbox Live] community, now matter what I'm doing on the box. All of my entertainment comes through the box: movies, television, and games."

Spencer added that Microsoft has applied the lessons it learned from social gaming on Xbox 360 to every form of entertainment on the Xbox One.

The Xbox One launches in November for $500. Those attending Gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany can go hands-on with the device and some of its upcoming games, like Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome. Microsoft will also announce "exciting news" at the event.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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nomadski69
nomadski69

Xbox One TRIED to change everything, but got shot down on the internet.

Look Microsoft, the only thing that needs changing is the lack of new IPs, the proliferation of sequels, and the utterly derivative nature of most so called AAA titles.

Xenro4
Xenro4

Achievement Unlocked: You've watched 1000 hours of tv.

O.o fuck that

csward
csward

Xbox One "changes everything" says Microsoft

M$'s arrogance is at full throttle today.

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

LOL Changes Everything coz we saw ps4 proder numbers

meatz666
meatz666

Spencer never used a PC in his life then. 

And Apple called, and they want their blatant misleading marketing iPhone 4 quote "It changes everything". Actually, back in the day, it didn't.

orangesonic
orangesonic

as if we need more ways to connect to facebook or skype... come on MS... look around

orangesonic
orangesonic

magical and breathtaking WOW LOL [sarcasm]

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

It changes everything for those who accept the changes they feel are necessary.

With Microsoft trying to tap into a wider range of audience it's hard to deny his statements about it changing a great deal of things, but in terms of the gaming industry alone I would argue that he is wrong. It's by no means a comparison but actors and actresses who attempt to branch out into the music industry or clothing or any other art form, generally speaking, tend to fail. Here we have a company now attempting to branch out into "TV land" by having an all-in-one cable and gaming box, among other things, and unless they're willing to really give the billions of people what they want, it won't be successful. They would be the new kid in town when compared to the big cable companies and it will likely be a struggle but if it works than we can probably say goodbye to a quality console system from Microsoft.

A couple hundred million gamers compared to the billions who watch TV...who do you think Microsoft will gravitate towards?

blackothh
blackothh

they sure are changing everything over the last few months alright.

farcorners
farcorners

They are trying to BE the Hub and not just a part of it.

ZAD-Man
ZAD-Man

I have this button on my remote called "input"...it does amazing things.

GingerGSM
GingerGSM

This may hardly be original, but I think "Xbox One-Eighty" might be an appropriate name at this point.

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

Lol... Microsoft must be truly desperate if the company is resorting to having it's own employee's say good things about its new console. You get zero likability when your own company employee's say positive things about its product.

How is this not considered advertising?

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

Yeah, It would drive us bankrupt and turn us into paupers! GOLD required for EVERYTHING? seriously, MS... SERIOUSLY?!

noobslaya1993
noobslaya1993

Yeah, changes everything, like their policies

Gargus
Gargus

It might have changed not everything, but a lot in its original state. But they have back peddled so much that now its just a 360 only more powerful.

Of course they will say it will change everything, its their product so they have to hype it and make it sound like more than it is.

I liked the whole "it changes so much that I cant begin to say how or why" that was hilarious.

Rayrota
Rayrota

The Xbox One certainly changed everything about itself.

beansnob
beansnob

Xbox1/ps4/wiiu who cares they will all be outdone by mid-range gaming laptops.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

With cable tv becoming even more and more expensive in Canada with many providers as the have all sorts of bundles I think any mention of cable tv or any tv when talking about a console makes me think less and less about buying the system.  ****off MS and ****off to the cable companies in Canada.

elitedemo
elitedemo

a glorified cable box...I really dont care...how is this news?  

Major Nelson interjected, saying, "It changes everything."

"It does change everything," Spencer added. 

oh a love making session between these two....now this is news

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

xbox one changes everything.. literally

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Sony with PS4 seems it will win the first battle and maybe this console era war

Microsoft shot themselves in the foot with their stupid policies even if most are dropped....But the damage has already been done for Microsoft plus no one wants a always connected Kinect spy device....

EatADikGamespot
EatADikGamespot

Hey maybe they can get the failure rate below 50% on this one. Dare to dream, Microsoft!! Seriously, how the fuck are these assholes still making consoles? Also, how much do they pay Gamespot to shill for them?

innocent69
innocent69

I love that MS is eliminating the $100 family plan. With XBone and the regular $60 gold membership, your family members will be able to create their "own unique gamertags" on that one family console. Allowing your family members to join you in an online multiplayer match......This is a big change, making it easier to enjoy online gaming with your family.

BuddhaWrath
BuddhaWrath

Damn right they've been changing everything! M$ going back on their word for everything since they knew they would just FLOP vs Sony.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

The Xbox One has been changing everything.. everything in the box, anyway. Now they just need to completely take the Kinect out.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

Microsoft, once again talking up the features no one cares about and passing them off as a game changer. Jesus, the brainwashing tactics this company employs on a near daily basis is disgusting.

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

Microsoft saying good things about their own products is not news.Now if Microsoft came out and said, “man we really F-ed it up this time around.That would be news.”

Maize84
Maize84

Every time I come to this site for the news, The "top story" this website has is Microsoft saying how great it is, and that is not news.  It's just more microsoft advertising.   This is why I quit going to IGN.   If you are a "news" site, then be one, if you are just part of the microsoft pr department, then be that.  

This is not news, it shouldn't be on the news articles, let alone the top story.

McSkombi
McSkombi

This is just a typo, the title should read: "Microsoft 'changes everything' says Xbox one"

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

"It changes everything!!!" "Oh boy oh boy, how?" "Oh, just trust me, it can't be described but it changes EVERYTHING"

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

Jeez, this is a joke man, why should I be psyched because two Microsoft employees can't even find the words to say how good their product is? God damn "console war" ruining everything… this shouldn't be about lining one's pockets and Sony saw Microsoft screwed up a few months ago so now they have the masses on their side but the next generation will be a joke.

I can *watch TV* on my fucking XBOX ONE that is already connected to my damn TV where I have cable? I guess I see the mass appeal but come on M$ don't insult me, first and foremost if I'm buying an XBOX ONE I am a *gamer*.

McGregor
McGregor

I'm all for the multimedia capabilities as long as it can play the .mkv files I have stored on my media server (one less smart tv, or one less PC connected to a tv). Chances are it won't, which means multimedia won't get used at my house, ever. For the masses this might change things, but the core gamers don't seem to care, and those are the people that buy this on day 1.

kryotech
kryotech

Honestly, what it changes is debatable. How many people will actually want the feature of being able to switch from gaming, to movies, to TV is up for debate. Can people really not pick up a remote, or keep track of them to change what the TV is displaying? Will people really say "oh my god, this thing makes life so much easier, I don't have to use remotes anymore!"? That's the question that needs to be answered to determine how useful the Xbox One features really will be. 

As for the other features....well PS4 does offer a lot of the same features, and its cheaper too, not to mention more powerful. So if the switching feature really proves to be a selling point for the console, then it will undoubtably do well.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Now if only Microsoft can change shooting itself in the foot the whole time repeatedly.

silverwings21
silverwings21

Yeah Xboxone changes everything...for the worst.

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Two Microsoft employees talking about how awesome the Xbox One is, why should I believe a word they say? We know Major Nelson is just a mouthpiece, a parrot, paid to sing the songs his masters teach him. Phil Spencer has to say it's great, they both are paid to say it's great. Basically you stroke mine I stroke yours.

aci808
aci808

I'm new to the video game entertainment units. But it seems pretty obvious that the PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One. Doesn't the PS4 have a better GPU and faster RAM? Those are 2 pretty major advantages.

AMG
AMG

As a gamer, these changes don't excite me at all.

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

Ya it keeps changing what they say its going to do........how bout focusing on GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

When Sony had those ridiculous commercials about "it just does everything" I just bowed shook my head. it was just sad.  BUT now not only has Microsoft several times now not learned that lesson but topped it.  

HOW Ridiculous. and I can only hope someone tells them. 

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

Is MS scared of what Sony is doing with the PS4 or what?  This is just crazy.  This console soon will be so much like the PS4.  How many more changes are they going to do before this console comes out?  Out of all the years I have bought consoles, I have never seen anything like this.

northArrow
northArrow

@DeViLzzz It's not just Canada, the US has the same problems. Is there anyone in the world that actually likes their cable provider? In a time when there are lots of people out there looking for ways to ditch cable, it's ironic Microsoft would handcuff themselves to it.

innocent69
innocent69

@BuddhaWrath like how PS3 did a 180 on rumble feedback, a 180 on backwards compatibility, a 180 on allowing to use Linux operating system

Khasym
Khasym

@silverwings21 Noooooo. :-) Microsoft is going to rule. It's going to be god. It's going to make us all want to skip used games, have HAL watching us, and turn our internet connection over to MS. :-) Eventually, there will be prayer worship before the almighty Xbox-One. 

kryotech
kryotech

@aci808 Yea, it's a more powerful machine. That has been proven.

fedetaco
fedetaco

@Cashmoney007  Now there is a real problem here, if two consoles offer exactly the same and have similar specs......Which one would you buy?? the cheapest or the most expensive one?  :/

blackothh
blackothh

@northArrow @DeViLzzz I would love to see the day that cable lets you pay per channel, that way i dont need 600 channels of useless content. But I doubt that will happen.

BuddhaWrath
BuddhaWrath

@innocent69 none of those are as important an issue as the ones that M$ has done "180" on. I'll still buy both eventually, just like I have both Xbox360 and PS3 (check my profile). Doesn't change any of the facts on M$ dude.