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. 

Eraldus
Eraldus

@lewishim666 You talk as if everybody could pay for all that stuff with their current jobs... as if bills, supporting your kids, etc... didn't even matter at all...

My guess is: You should really leave your momma's basement... And Doddie was right... you REALLY got some issues with yourself, if you think the real world is that easy...

Doddie
Doddie

@lewishim666 and you base your comments on what!!!!!! Do you have proof that people are un employed or broke?  You certainly have issues that go far beyond consoles.

TheDebauchee
TheDebauchee

@heimdal8 Really? You think that a company deciding to make their console work with one of their services is Orwellian? You should see North Korea. I hate to use this idiom but check your privileges. I'm sure Microsoft has better things to do than to watch you fap at night through kinnect.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

There is a need to bash systems that take a crap on consumer rights and threaten to change the industry in a negative way. Small used game stores will likely go out of business because they will now have to comply with MS system which if its anything like XBL patches that will be expensive. 

willzihang
willzihang

@FalloverI know... surely, surely- 95% of console owners own that console to play, well- GAMES. I seriously doubt they spend even a tenth of that time doing anything that isn't playing a game.

What is it with this over-homogenisation of technologies?

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

@Vienreich  

Yes the highest PC's which not every single PC player has, even if you own a 2 gb ram PC, PC gamers on this site act like they have a Titan with 16gb ram...

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@SoulxReaperx366 How do you know Sony will? Microsoft said that the reveal wasn't going to be about games. Sony just said they had games and showed their controller.

Ghostdog201
Ghostdog201

@Double_Wide I too am concerned that they're focussing on ancillary features, like social networking.  That stuff can be added later after you see how the games are being played.

I'm more pleased with PS4s reveal because it was portrayed as a gaming machine-- with a lot of social networking features, but it was still 90% about the games.

My takeaway from the Xbox reveal was that it does some neat interactive TV stuff, and lets you have your fantasy basketball team up in a sidebar while you're watching TV.  And that TV will be better than ever with Xbox One. Oh,   and it plays Angry Birds or something.

JudgementEden
JudgementEden

Lol, Microscam is such a stupid company. No, i have not wished i can skype while watching a movie. Why wish for something i can already do? My phone can skype, AND i can do so while watching a movie. My computer can aslo skype when im watching something. My console does NOT NEED to follow suit.

MalakTawus
MalakTawus

.........plus Xbox One is region locked and that alone is an HUUUUGE NO for a lot of people (me included)......

slainta
slainta

@EL_Bomberdor @Vienreich Indeed. They all pretend to have a State of the Art PC, while they are probably still running a Pentium III!! :D

slainta
slainta

@willzihang @slainta @EL_Bomberdor @Vienreich I tell you what. I used to be a graphics junky, but at the current level I am already quite satisfied. The new consoles, PS4 in top, will give me all that I need. I am quite sure this is going to be the last gen. Anything above that are only artificially inducted needs.

slainta
slainta

@xeoneex66 @JudgementEden Really? Did you have any knowledge that the consoles are banned in China since year 2000 and soon that ban can be lifted? China is the second PC gaming market and growing.. Just wait for the consoles to be available there as well.

Oh, regarding the next gen consoles. Once they will run games at 1080p@60fps, which is a sort of physical limit for the human eye, at whatever high or ultra settings, that will be it. The new competition in gaming is coming from tablets, not from those dinosaurs shaped computers.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@JudgementEden Here's a hint, becuase the console gaming industry is falling apart so fast, that PC gaming is going to be able to survive where consoles failed.  Just like the original massive video game crash of 1983.  PC gaming is going to survive is the key word here.  You can dislike us PC gamers all you want.  But sit back and take a look.  Do you honestly think the consoles will even be remotely worthwhile after they release and people start to release just how flawed they are?  Take it for what its worth but pc gamers know their shit.

JudgementEden
JudgementEden

But you see, the point is, no one gives a shit. Honestly, pc fans are the worst; utterly obnoxious and act like the gaming world should revolve around them. Why pc fans cant just shut their elitist traps and just enjoy gaming is beyond me.

willzihang
willzihang

@slainta @EL_Bomberdor @Vienreich

He's also being fair, because it won't even compete with mid-range gaming PCs, particularly now that the 700 series are out.

But it is only about graphics fidelity and framerates. You still get the game on console- it will simply look and run less shiny than on a more expensive PC.

The point is the stagnation in graphics tech IS almost entirely because of consoles; and with the next gen it's looking that that stagnation will occur even sooner than on ps3/360. Yes, PC gamers tend to be more anal about shiny graphics- I personally don't see it as a bad thing.