Theres a charm in simplicity that seems to have passed over Microsofts heads in the development of the Xbox One. The reveal shows us what gamers, and mostly non-gamers, can utilize with this shiny piece of Next Gen tech when its released later this year. There were some impressive demonstrations, but, for the most part, the new dashboard features made me wonder what would happen to those with low attention spans and made me glad that I now bed with Sony.
Kinect remains overall unappealing. The ability to turn your Xbox One on and off via a voice command is a nifty feat, but the 1080 camera, improved motion capture, etc., are all wasted on me. Its like theyre milking a one-trick pony. In all fairness, I feel the same way about Sonys Move. I cant help that Im an old-fart gamer!
Microsofts Xbox luster is gone from my eyes. They seemed to focus more on what products to show via their new system than they were of the games one could play. They mentioned a number in the teens of exclusive titles, apparently within the next year, but instead showed two of the games and spent the rest of the game trailers on multi-platform releases. Granted, they did look very nice.
On paper, the PS4 and XBO (XB1?) are identical. The major differences between the two lay in the companies differing focus which gives Sony an advantage on the gaming side, and thats the point of the systems. Sonys presentation showed us more of what gamers can do with the powerful system. Microsofts every-man appeal has its draws, and Steven Spielberg, but I was turned off by the fact that it seemed like they were trying to say the gamer is not their main target.
Forza looks awesome. The controller looks cool, and theres no denying that the number of exclusives coming in the next year is impressive. A lot of the new bells and whistles seem to over complicate the system and could threaten to ruin the entire experience. But dont take an old gamers word for it. Im just looking forward to spooning the PS4 controller.