Xbox One disappointment caused by 'lack of focus on games,' says Just Cause boss

Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg says negativity from Xbox One reveal is likely from a lack of focus on games rather than the console itself.

The head of Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has said he is confident that the negativity surrounding Microsoft's Xbox One unveiling last week was due to Microsoft's "lack of focus on games" rather than the console itself.

"I understand the disappointment of many fans," said Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg in an interview with VideoGamer, "but I am confident their disappointment is in the lack of focus on games during the reveal, rather than in the console."

Microsoft came under scrutiny from gamers after its Xbox One unveiling focused more on television and entertainment rather than games, though Microsoft has repeatedly pledged to show off more gaming at E3, including the 15 Xbox One exclusives it is currently working on.

"I hope that Microsoft will turn that around during E3," added Sundberg, also teasing to VideoGamer that "E3 2013 will be the biggest E3 for Avalanche Studios since we showed Just Cause back in 2005."

Sundberg added that Avalanche Studios has been working with the Xbox One for some time, and that the studio's "impressions from first sight until the recent public reveal have been positive."

Last week Avalanche Studios' chief technical officer, Linus Blomberg, compared the hardware in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, saying "the specs on paper would favor the PS4 over the Xbox One in terms of raw power, but there are many other factors involved so we’ll just have to wait and see a bit longer before making that judgment."

"Once [Microsoft has] cleared any remaining question marks around touchy subjects like always-on and second-hand sales, they are able to focus on the games and the real console war can finally kick off," concluded Sundberg.

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geojf3
geojf3

I just saw this quote/topic today....and the first think I thought of is how self absorbed these people are.  Can they really believe that they do not cause their own problems?  To say the consumers are disinterested in the next xBox because of games and not the way the company mishandles everything from manufacturing of the machine to customer support has to be one of the most empty headed responses I have heard in a while.

If the customers do not like our product, it must be someone else's fault, because we can do no wrong...(even typing that I felt nauseated)

Doddie
Doddie

I can see it all now ..... move over mom and dad, I am taking over the Xbox to play games on the TV.  You can go back to reading or whatever.  LOL   No way....I want the Xbox or PS4 to myself to play games.  Period.

lewishim666
lewishim666

I'm getting Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, a Nvidia 700,series graphics card, and whatever 8 core processor I feel like getting. So I don't give a flying sh*t f*ck about all this fanboy BS console bashing. I'm getting it all so i can enjoy it all. Stop being poor and you won't have to put so much effort into bashing the console your jealous of because you can't afford it. Just STFU and get out. Get it all so you can play whatever game you feel like. Consoles aren't that much. Get a job and save your money until you can get one of the consoles and then do it again and again until you have them all. Stop collecting unemployment or disability that you are getting even though you aren't disabled. Get off your lazy *ss and look for a job. People would rather talk sh*t about a console then work. I wonder why your jealous of the console you can't afford?

HighlifeDetour
HighlifeDetour

Burn this wannabe monopoly to the ground. No but seriously, Microsoft's greed is going to be the end of them, they don't see people only $. I just hope the PS4 does the complete opposite and ends the console race with Microsoft and it would really make my day to see them eating crow.

heimdal8
heimdal8

No. It's NOT about the games... It's about the FREAKING always on Kinect!!!! That shit should be downright outlawed! The fact that not more people are enraged by this is scary to say the least. George Orwell, you should be proud of yourself. Your nightmare finally came through (but not thanks to Big Brother but Microsoft). And dont give me that phony MS-explanation "you will be able to turn the Kinect off completely". Yeah, if you unplug the enitre machine the Kinect will turn off (hopefully) but just the fact that MS wans to put in camera-spyware in your livingroom is creepy as fuck!

sneakthief81
sneakthief81

..nah, Sandberg..how about you, and your pals at microsoft have a long and hard discussion about how is it exactly that you're able to drive around in your BMW's and Benz's, pop bottles at the clubs, give yourself bonuses, and go on "vacays"..maybe then you'll figure out that it's not the LACK OF A LIBRARY that we're pist about..it's the SUX BOX ONEs features!..numbnuts!

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Sir please read the shit storms that have been brewing here, people are saying they don't care how many games the XBone has it is an attack on consumer rights and we don't like that. 

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

The disappointment wasn't about games, it was about all the anti-consumer shit that came out in interviews AFTER the reveal. And even to this day, there's like 3-4 different "official" responses to everything.

Rogue1906
Rogue1906

I want my xbone to do all the stuff that was on the reveal. everything they said I was like, HELL YEAH!!! .  I want a always connected xbone, my 360 & ps3 stay connected right now anyway. i always have internet at my house. i want my xbone to let me take a quick peek at the game or game of thornes or whatever. Of course the are focused on games, ITS AN XBOX!! people. everything else is gravy on top. I'm not worried about being spied on. if they want to look at furniture in an empty media room while i'm at work, have at it. if they want to watch me with controller in hand looking back at them, fine. if i ever want to play an old 360 game, not likely, i'll just play it in my 360 console.  Bottom line is that XBone is going to be baadasszz, and so is the PS4. Get the one you want, no need to bash the other

nomailx
nomailx

Yeah, that's so true. they kept throwing stuff like "yeyyy living room! One box to rule the live tv! sports! yeyyy!". At the same time PS4 gained the hearts of all gamers with advanced multiplayer/remote features, instant share, emphasis on games, superior graphics, all games downloadable, and the awesome new controller.

northArrow
northArrow

Sadly it's not about the games anymore. This console is so bad that I don't even care what the games are or what they do.

In order to salvage this train wreck, Microsoft needs to announce the following at E3:

- Kinect is optional and the Xbox One will function as a gaming system without it. (I don't mind losing voice activation or the ability to wag my hands at the TV)

- Internet connection not required to function

- No used games fee

It's not the games that are the problem, it's your console Microsoft, please fix it.

Jasper_73
Jasper_73

my disappointment had nothing to do with the "lack of games during the reveal" my disappointment came from the console and business practices that M$ want to employ with their new console. they could have all the exclusives they want... i will NOT be getting an xbox one!

telaros
telaros

Oh good. I was expecting a thread full of "You DON'T SAY?" posts. Glad to see we've reason above that and just facepalm quietly instead.

Fallover
Fallover

I think Microsoft has diverted from what has made the console successful-excellent games. I've never bought a Playstation for the simple reason that Xbox has always offered better games in my opinion. Why on earth would I want to buy a console that can do exactly what switching to my other HDMI input linked to my cable box can do? It's redundant, there are TONS of options for watching tv I could care less if my xbox did it all, give me games, and good ones!

Vienreich
Vienreich

PS4 will mayby outpower -some- PC's for a day or two when it's released. It's just ridiculous hype that these consoles will be able to compete with awesome PC's for more than a year or so.

TrueGB
TrueGB

This website is proof it's not just the TV stuff that bugs us.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

No, we are disappointed with MICROSCAMS lack of common sense

supergr33k
supergr33k

the xbox is choked by dd3 , thats pretty low bandwidth for a modern gpu.

Mr8ball
Mr8ball

yeah i'd like to see any hardcore gamer not turn that crap off after 20 minutes where they are still talking about all the useless stuff you can do with your xbox. i'm not just some casual gamer that only buys a game a month. Us hardcore gamers buy it ALL. so good luck with your new customers microsoft because i'm out.

Ghostdog201
Ghostdog201

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed.  I watched the XBox reveal on Youtube last night, and something like 30 minutes in, they hadn't mentioned games- or had only made scant mention of them.  Then, 54 minutes into the hour long presentation, they showed us an incomplete, mostly wireframe graphical semi-demo/trailer of Call of Duty Ghosts.

The whole presentation was TV this, TV that, TV will be more TV-like than TV has ever been.  Xbox 1 will let you experience the most awesome TV experience on your TV that your TV has ever seen.

Did we mention TV?

I had high hopes for the XBox one, but I'm hesitant now.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

"rather than the console itself". That implies the problem was they were focusing on the console and not games that can be played on it. The problem is that the CONSOLE doesn't focus on games first...

rogue81
rogue81

Sundberg is absolutely correct. The mistake was not showing games first. Microsoft should have just waited till E3 to show everything. They could have split the presentation up over two days: have the games reveal on the first day, and the console reveal on the second. By focusing on the social aspects of the console, MS has given gamers the impression that we've been put in the backseat. It gives us the impression that gamers are not the core focus of this console. 

You can argue that we should be patient. You can say everything will be fine once E3 is here and we can see the games. The thing that needs to be understood is a lot of us feel like we've been given the finger, and we won't be quick to forget it. For me, I'm not at all excited about the next generation of gaming.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

This generation of gaming is going to be a bust. All three companies are rushing into it way too early. Its evident in the amount of restrictions and cutting back of fundemental features it takes just for these consoles to do what they were designed to do.

Instead, a bunch of time was invested around expanding the integration of other forms of media and social networking.

ChasingTheCool
ChasingTheCool

My thing is every other console reveal I've ever seen left me wanting to see more, and the Xbox One didn't. The games thing was a no brainer, obviously there coming. But my biggest problem is if they will be enough to sway me back, and I've never felt like that before. Nothing I've seen or heard about this system has interested me. And I have this bad feeling that the PS4 will decide to go down a similar path, and that makes me really nervous. I've had an Xbox 360 for years now as well as a PS3, and I've loved every minute of this generation (Though I will admit some moments more than others.) but now I'm wondering if this gen will be my last. I've been gaming for so long now that the very idea of not during it freaks me out completely.   

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Microsoft certainly put up a rather odd show.  I heard some guy on here a week ago describing MS's latest next-gen console plans as nothing more than a massive "living room land-grab", and to be honest I can't think of a better way of putting it.  MS seem to have forgotten who their core console buyers are:  GAMERS.  Gamers want games.  If I am to buy a GAMING CONSOLE, I am buying it to PLAY GAMES.  And primarily single-player, offline games.

Case in point:  An email from Microsoft last week that came into my inbox gave some specs and razzle dazzle about the XBone.  It asked one VERY telling question:  "Ever wished you could Skype someone AND watch a movie at the same time?".

-_-  Uh, no.

That's my point.  Just who are they trying to target here?  The chronically ADHD who have to be doing sixteen different things at once to feel satiated?!?  WHY the f$%&ck would I want to Skype someone during a MOVIE?!?  Crap - my cellphone gets switched off at HOME when I'm watching a movie!  I participate in one activity at a time, and savor each one to the fullest.  And listen up MS - because I do the same with my games.

Go on.  Impress me.  You're going to have to to make me buy the XBoxOne.  And I'm an XBox girl through and through. 

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

No, the reason why Xbox one is quite disappointing (at least compared to ps4) is not only because they didn't focus on games.

The new Kinect is super creepy, some people don't own cable TV and some others don't give a damn about NFL and other crap like that.

If we add to that that the difference in power compared to the ps4 seems to be actually way bigger than what some people claim..........

......also, i don't know what ps4 will have, but sure as hell the 500GB of Hard Disk in the Xbox One is RIDICULOUS! Sure, we can buy external HD, but that still doesn't justify the low level HD choice (and even if for someone may be nothing,being almost forced to buy extra HD basically translates in increasing the real cost of the console.....)

Tygraph
Tygraph

Adam Sessler said it best about this reveal. They had the conference at 10am on the west coast. The only people tuning in at that time are the core gamers who are very interested in the console, not the family gathered around the TV set looking for a new way to add to their entertainment. That is where they mainly went wrong. A majority of the people who tuned in only cared about the games. Regardless of them saying they will hold off until E3, they should have known their audience. It's the lack of wherewithal that allowed this frenzy to begin with. I still think the console is salvageable but it'll really take a kick in the pants at E3 to win over the early adopters which are the core gamers. 

ewjiml
ewjiml

Excuses.  Excuses.  I don't care WHEN Microsoft says they will show games.  I was EXPECTING games to be shown at the premiere because that is what the system is first and foremost: a GAMING system.  It is an entertainment system 2nd.  The reveal was disappointing for many reasons but the most unforgiveable reason was the lack of information. They did not quell any of the rumors (i.e. used games, always online, etc.) that people have been speculating on....in fact they made it worse.  Sony was upfront by saying they want to focus on GAMES.  That is why gaming enthusiasts like myself got excited during Sony's reveal when in fact they released less information than Microsoft. 

Also, by focusing on COD: Ghosts, which is 3rd party, there was no compelling reason to buy the system.  Exclusives?  Oh thats right....wait til E3.  Again, the waiting game like people did with the Wii U and looked where that ended up. 

tchanah
tchanah

It's partly because of lack of games. Yes MS told they will show them on E3, but 1st impression is vital. AND this is a console in roots though they call it a entertainment system. And also the features revealed is nothing new in current trend. Nothing fresh as PS4 gave us [Don't ask me to define. Am talking about THE FEEL]. So am disappointed.

FYI : I'm not buying any of the console. I'm just a enthusiast

Flames03
Flames03

I'm not sure how much better microsoft could have explained it?They said they was showing the Console on may 21st and some features then  the games at E3 on june 10.I know some fanboys are slow but how hard is it to understand that?

Carreau13
Carreau13

I'm fairly certain I wasn't disappointed about the lack of games and it was all from the console itself.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Again, we need the head of a studio to repeat what gamers have been saying for days for it to sink in. "Always On" and Kinect foolishness aside, the main reason I hated the reveal was the lack of games, especially exclusives that would make me want to forget about the PS4 games that have already been shown. "Knack" may not be my cup of tea, but at least I know it's there if I get thirsty.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

so what he is saying is that they failed to reveal it while jingling some keys in front of us to take our attention away from the annoying shit they are trying to do.

X-RS
X-RS

The issue is theyre trying to be the one thing in the living room, which face it, even if all the kids and family play love to play/watch/whatever, those are reasons NOT to buy anything (tho some accessories). Sure lack of games is rather bonkers, but as much as I can see not having to bother with a remote perhaps very convenient (they turned dials before =\) I can't help dread I'd be stuck with one product and have no options at the end of the day. 

johnnybowman
johnnybowman

People need to relax. You already know the PS4 is going to have the same "entertainment" focused features just presented differently. Their used game policies will also probably be similar.


It comes down to system capabilities and games. Microsoft will show you guys with no patience games at E3. Same goes for PS4 and WiiU. 


Relax about "dissapointing this and that" when you already know you do not know the full story.

malokevi
malokevi

""Once [Microsoft has] cleared any remaining question marks around touchy subjects like always-on and second-hand sales, they are able to focus on the games and the real console war can finally kick off," concluded Sundberg."

wrd.

Furwings
Furwings

I really don't think the majority of disappointed gamers are disgruntled over the lack of a gaming focus at the reveal event. Micro$haft did state it would be a 2 part reveal and promised to show lots of games at E3. Perhaps they could've done things a bit differently and led with a game reveal, rather than waiting 33 minutes or whatever it was talking about TV features before showing/mentioning games, but still I don't feel that's where most of the anger stems from.

Honestly there's been an overall negative vibe about the Xbox One ever since the rumors started and the whole Adam Orth thing. So then we get to the reveal and there are conflicting and vague answers to the questions on everyone's mind from M$ execs. It came across as dodging or backpedaling, but mostly misleading or shady.

So things like Kinect required and bundled in with every system (whether we want it or not), always online (or at least every 24 hrs), the whole used game/sharing games thing and so on. These are topics that have been running rampant on the Internet for weeks leading up to the event. M$ had plenty of time to take note of this and come up with unified, definitive answers to these concerns. Yet it almost came across as if they were caught off guard by them?

Sure now, almost daily we find out things like now Kinect can in fact be turned off after all among other things. Great, that's super, but why wasn't that KNOWN by all of the talking heads at M$?

Don't get me wrong I don't think EA dropped online pass just for Xbox One. I'm now convinced there will be a similar announcement from Sony at E3. So even though I'm personally more excited and enthused about the PS4, Sony could still steal some of Microsoft's negative thunder away if they drop the ball and announce similar unpopular features as well.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

It wasn't the lack of games for me, I mean, I already know what to expect on the system (Halo, Forza, GoW, Etc.) But that the console itself doesn't seem to focus on the games may be PART of the problem.

erMonezza
erMonezza

What more is there to clarify about always-on and second hand games?

24hr check-in for the console and a fee for second hand games. Pretty much explained and people still do not like it.

Prats1993
Prats1993

It wasnt just the conference, that console has issues, it needs to see a therapist.

farcorners
farcorners

Yeah, but come on! There are a lot of troubling things when you concentrate on the new platform. Quite a few spinning comments and false/misleading comments from Microsoft presenters doesn't help much either. 

dvlboi43
dvlboi43

why are we constantly getting updated on what the Just Cause devs think about various gaming events? This is at least the third "just cause dev opinion" article that I've read recently from this site. Either GS is interviewing them a lot or they're just a lot more outspoken than other devs

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

MS cant say shit about this... its a f*cking good point. Think MS what is a gaming console anyway and how did you guys get this far..? hhhmmm... yeah you guys f*cked up.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I think he's over thinking this. MS simply zapped it's core audience with an apathy gun. Good shooting MS. 

skiggy29
skiggy29

I just saw a website claiming PS4 made its price announcement. Damn it I just closed the page but it said $799 for the base model and $899 for the better model.  I dont know if this is true but I got to the website off of gamespot but the link took me elsewhere.  I'll look for the link and repost.  Has anyone else seen this???

Mersinary_Myth
Mersinary_Myth

yeah i was think about the once a day log in and it's still an inconvenience small one but it is. and threy changed it from alway on to the once a day tthats why the conference was pushed back. but personally I think Xbox is making alot of bad decision and from how thing are panning out I dont want to invest in the Box One.   well not anymore anyway

so_1t_goes
so_1t_goes

15 exclusives doesn't mean squat if 13 of them are kinect games...

lion2447
lion2447

Nope. Your wrong. I'm disappointed by the console.  It seems any device that tries to do to much, lacks focus, and ends up not doing much at all.