Microsoft's new "Xbox One" has been revealed just weeks before E3 and I have a few thoughts on their presentation.
I personally did not enjoy the presentation as a gamer. It felt as if Microsoft left gamers in the cold and focused on simple afterthought features such as Apps, Social Networking, Media, and TV. The fact that MS did not focus next gen games did not nessisarily bother me because the whole idea of the event is to just to reveal what the Xbox One's next generation hardware abilities were. They barely revealed anything as far as next gen can do.
Only 3 games were shown that I can remember; 2 of which are sequels. Forza Motorsport 5, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and a new IP from the makers of Kane and Lynch. Now, these are all nice games and all, but Microsoft needed to really use a game that can fully express the capabilities of the new hardware.
Forza 5 had the best trailer as far as showing what this new shiny Xbox One can do. It seemed to show off higher resolution models and environmental/lighighting details, which is great. Call of Duty Ghosts is being developed to run on current generation games and it did not impress from a next gen standpoint. And finally, the new IP didn't display anything as it was a live action trailer with generally prerendered gameplay sequences.
I am very displeased about the name of the console. The leaked "Xbox Infinity" name was a much better name. It's as if MS didn't want people to be right about rumors and speculation so they changed it for no reason. Also, I did not like that they were using big numbers and seldom used terms in the specifications. They should have skipped that part completely and used a real time LIVE demo to showcase what next gen can do.
All that I can say is that I'm glad we know what the Nextbox is and what it looks like and I'm excited to see all the new next gen games at E3.