Xbox's Penello says next-gen rumors are "clouding logic and reason."

"There is nothing going on behind the scenes nearly as interesting as everyone would like to believe," says Xbox director of product planning.

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Microsoft has addressed the current spate of rumors surrounding the Xbox One, saying that a desire for drama is "clouding logic and reason."

Numerous rumours circulated over the weekend, namely that the Xbox One OS was suffering from severe performance issues that would not be fixed in time for launch. A concise summary of the speculation can be found on Kotaku.

Microsoft's Xbox director of product planning Albert Penello took to NeoGAF and Reddit to discuss the publisher's challenges in coordinating live demonstrations of the Xbox One user interface. Addressing the other rumours surrounding the console, Penello said "I will make one small comment: There is a really bizarre phenomenon going on right now where the frenzy for news, drama, and behind-the-scenes dealings is clouding logic and reason."

"There is nothing going on behind the scenes nearly as interesting as everyone would like to believe," Penello added.

"We are a month away from launch, and people are working hard to finalize the last of the bugs. There are still a lot things left to be done. We’re crunching and I’m sure Sony’s crunching too."

"I know people are excited. I’m sorry but things are nowhere near as dire or dramatic or exciting as everyone would like to believe. That’s why I’m not commenting on every single random rumor that comes along, because everything I see is so drastically overblown vs. reality."

Confirmed but anonymous Reddit poster XboxOneDev likened Microsoft's current situation to the media interest in Britney Spears towards the end of the last decade.

"It's like Xbox One has become Britney Spears back when every part of her life was under constant surveillance by the media\paparazzi. Every detail, relevant or not, could be taken, fed, digested through social media, and emerge as a complete new beast over the span of a day."

"A console launch is huge and intricate. Every product has bugs and will have bugs throughout the entire product lifetime. I suppose media outlets need to dig for straws to create 'content' for their readers," concluded the anonymous poster.

The Xbox One will be released on November 22.

Discussion

1056 comments
Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Reason and Logic?  They do realize they're talking about bitter fanboys and haters right?  Like MattytheButcher below shows, these losers desperately try to paint MS as this huge evil corporation that rose from the depths of hell.  When in fact, it all started out as a couple of guys in a garage.

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

I heard Microsoft sacrifices orphans and goats before every press conference to try and boost ratings.

the13stuff
the13stuff

So... "Nothing to see here, move along" confirmed?

Played the Xbone over the weekend and had fun on Dead Rising 3, and watched the wave runner game crash the system. Ryse was underwhelming in a word, though alright. KI was KI and I didn't care to try Forza. Battlefield 4 was cool but I've got that ordered for the PS4.

chrisrooR
chrisrooR

Mattrick and the other executives at MS have already done far more damage to the image of their product than anyone else could have. 

crushbrain
crushbrain

If there wasn't anything to talk about, he wouldn't have to say "Hey, there is nothing to talk about."

FreddieBootleg
FreddieBootleg

So is the Xbox Call Of Duty Ghosts's resolution crippled or not?  Why doesn't he answer the native FULL HD question that actually matters.

zenstrata
zenstrata

*Microsoft executives wave their hand* "You don't need to see our identification...  These are not the droids you are looking for..."

Furwings
Furwings

It isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. We'll all be playing these consoles for the next 6 or 7 years. As far as launch window lineup is concerned, I have to give the slight edge to the Xbox One. Now if Infamous Second Son and Drive Club would've been day 1 launch games for PS4, I'd call it even. However I still pre-ordered the PS4. My reasons are that I have no doubt when the dust settles and the smoke clears, the PS4 will have more AAA quality exclusives in it's lifetime than the XB1, just as the PS3 had more than the 360. I like that it's $100 less, but it's not even so much the price difference so much as the difference in philosophies. The policies Microsoft attempted to implement were ONLY reversed because of how badly the XB1 was getting pummeled in not only pre-orders, but public mindshare, not because Microsoft all of a sudden "cares for the gamer". If the public backlash wasn't so strong, they may well have stuck with their original plans.

I, like many other gamers out there simply have no interest and don't want Kinect. Yet we have NO choice but to pay $100 more for an XB1 than a PS4 because of it. Now that PSN will pretty much be equivalent to Live, features-wise (including no longer being free), the much greater value of PS Plus will make Live feel like a bit of a ripoff (it has for the last 2 years for me already). The fact the XB1 controllers sill take freakin batteries in 2013 is comical as well. The fact that services you already pay for such as Netflix and Hulu can't be accessed without a XBL Gold subscription is also just dumb.

All that being said, at the end of the day I'm a gamer. I love Uncharted, Zelda and Halo. I owned all 3 consoles the last 2 generations. As far as next gen goes, I have the Wii U already,  I'm getting a PS4 on Nov 15th, and I most likely will buy an XB1 at some point this upcoming generation.

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

I just saw Xbone BF4 video, it looked like crap running at 720p. 

daemonproject
daemonproject

If the XONE turns out to be what I've seen so far then kudos, cause to me it looks amazing! My PS4 will also be great but I don't see Sony anything that will actually wow me!

I'm excited for both consoles I'm getting both day one but I'm mostly excited for the XONE

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

If I was committed to buying an inferior system with no innovations and a lackluster online service, I'd be trying to nitpick faults in the Xbox One too. At the end of the day it's just insecurities that cause people to behave like this. I'm quite confident that MS have built an awesome system around their experience with operating systems. Think about it you idiots.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Everyone's in a frenzy for news because the Xbox One, like Britney Spears, is an ABSOLUTE TRAIN WRECK that we can't look away from.

Skinon
Skinon

Pre-ordered cant fricken wait!

Daian
Daian

Did they just compare themselves to Britney Spears to make themselves look good? Who went insane and shaved her head?

She was literaly legally prevented from getting married again because she wasn't considered mentally stable and has been on meds for years.

Oh yeah, nice comparison there Microsoft.

R083R70
R083R70

The rampant spying of Britney Spears was the inspiration behind Kinect. I never got a Kinect because I don't like motion gaming, the voyeurism didn't bother me because I'm hung like a slightly above average human male.


Seriously though Xbox One's own policies hurt its reputation with its policies, and Microsoft quickly backing out of something they were so sure would revolutionize the industry instead of enduring the backlash to let their product speak for itself at release really made me question their integrity, it made them seem as though the new policies were just a milking scheme from the start and they couldn't fool costumers. I know at the end of the day most companies only care about the money, but Microsoft took an approach that would go against my interests and as such I switch to the competitors product.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

saying that a desire for drama is "clouding logic and reason."

Welcome to the internet.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Cant believe these guys havent learned the leason yet....if a rumor is false then you do all you can to prove that fact, you dont wait around for it to gather steam before posting some half assed denial without any proof. With the console launching afew weeks they should get there act together, then again PR hasnt been one of your strong points has it M$ ?

bouchart
bouchart

I heard that the Xbox One was actually just a shoe box full of yarn.  Is there any truth to that rumor?

inscript
inscript

Lol it's was Sony fans who said xbox one would run at 720 for battled field 4. After watching xboxone vs ps4 battlefield 4 graphics if that's ps4 1080p I would take xboxone 720p over sony's 1080p from the looks of it xbox one looks a lot sharper and better ... Sony fans always proven wrong

xolivierx
xolivierx

buying an xbox one = having no self respect

z33z00
z33z00

If you have any criticism for Xbone MSFT execs are always ready with some lame … excuse.

Xbox Chief MATTRICK: “We have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity, it's called Xbox 360."

“Xbox One has become Britney Spears back when every part of her life was under constant surveillance”

Albert Penello: “There is a really bizarre phenomenon going on right now where the frenzy for news, drama, and behind-the-scenes dealings is clouding logic and reason”

Amy Hood: “The Xbox One will be a first-class experience"

leimonides
leimonides

@Furwings With exception of an eventual buy of the XBoxOne, which I will not do; I whole-hardheartedly agree.

Brad-Ridge
Brad-Ridge

@NeoBillbine i wouldn't say crap but it wasn't the best version. for sure it beats last gen so come man.

ggregd
ggregd

@XNEXUS666X "I'm quite confident that MS have built an awesome system around their experience with operating systems."  

That's funny.  If anything, the public's experience with MS operating systems only increases their willingness to believe MS is having issues.  They didn't get Windows right until version 3.1, and they screwed up every other major release since.

lazhyz
lazhyz

@XNEXUS666X Its messages like the one you just wrote that are caused by insecurities :P

daemonproject
daemonproject

@DaianNo MS never said that! Learn to read mate!

Confirmed but anonymous Reddit poster XboxOneDev likened Microsoft's current situation to the media interest in Britney Spears towards the end of the last decade.

"It's like Xbox One has become Britney Spears back when every part of her life was under constant surveillance by the media\paparazzi. Every detail, relevant or not, could be taken, fed, digested through social media, and emerge as a complete new beast over the span of a day."

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Paul2004 Classic formula fanboy self righteousness. I think they're focusing their efforts on releasing a superior console than entertain the silly claims of insecure Sony fanboys that troll message boards, don't be such an idiot.

danabo
danabo

@Paul2004 I think they played this well. T'internet exploded when the BF4 comparison showed the Xbox One version looking better, even though the PS4 version is 'technically' superior.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@bouchart Yes its true and theres a peephole for a camera so when you unplug the Kinnect they can still watch you 

nervedamaged
nervedamaged

@inscript The XB1 version of Battlefield 4 Is still under embargo.  Watch the review,  They said they were not allowed to review the XB1 version because of embargo, so you didnt see it yet.

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

Being you = having no self respect

I dont think what i wrote above is true, but the point is that the statement is so stupid, biased, and irrational that i cannot believe anybody could have the capacity of sating it.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@xolivierx making disrespectful, judgmental, and overly generalized statements = you are a dumb ass 

MVan86
MVan86

@z33z00 We're not talking criticism we're talking outright paranoia or a desire to see the X1 fail. 

Paul2004
Paul2004

@XNEXUS666X @Paul2004 No fanboy here, i got a 360 right besides me. Simple truth IMO is that if the rumors are as bad as they are making them out to be then they should do something about it ASAP. But since some of these rumors are now Confirmed they have a bigger problem....time to see the S**t hit the fan :P

inscript
inscript

Sony fans are upset, I can't stop laughing

xolivierx
xolivierx

@OMGUPOS @xolivierx I take it you are buying a xbox one...

tell me, how do you feel about the console being built for advertisement?

how do you feel about the lies surrounding the drm and always online not being removable?
how do you feel about the kinect?

lazhyz
lazhyz

@XNEXUS666X LOL funny you should say that, but I haven't made up my mind about any console. I'm getting one a couple years later when all the smoke clears and I have some games to ponder at. Assuming just makes you an a$$.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@danabo @xolivierx @inscript Oh look IGN pulled the video in question, I wonder why perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the video was doctored in favour of the bone, who would do such a thing ???? 

inscript
inscript

This is not a joke little guy, it's a fact. Google Forbes battlefield xboxone vs ps4 lol after ea got the results they decided to rub the Titan fall factor in your face Sony fan boy

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@anybodykilla15 @OMGUPOS @danabo @xolivierx @z33z00 I have no doubt that their will be some launch glitches. As big as these launches are, it is impossible for it to go off without a hitch. MS has 6+ years of experience with party chat rooms, so I believe they will be able to fix these issues as they arise. It's impossible to foresee how everyone's internet will connect to the servers. I'm sure there will be some ports that will need to be forwarded to optimize the connection as there is with the Xbox 360.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@danabo @xolivierx @anybodykilla15 @z33z00 if I wanted ''product Y'' but learned the company was tricked in a web of lies  surrounding ''poduct Y'' and those lies exposed how much the company was trying to milk me...I would not buy product Y no matter what