It is my immense pleasure to announce that, despite all the hate from immature, progress-fearing, change-hating dinosaurs, Micro$oft (I just wrote it like thi$ because someone wrote a blog to say they hate it. I'm petty like that), Microsoft finally sold me on their vision for the Xbox One when they said the Xbox 360 can be plugged into the Xbox One
! What's that? You're asking why the hell you'd want to do that? I have no idea, but it's exciting because CHANGE! DISRUPTION! Major Nelson is excited too. It was one of the first things he asked, even though he doesn't really know why he'd want to do that either. But to be fair, Microsoft hasn't been clear about why many things about the One will be beneficial, or even about how they will work at all, so it's not like he can break company policy and start giving straight answers just like that.
This is yet another in a long list of Xbox One features that we're all excited about, even though nobody really knows why. Like Smartglass, for example. Did you know you can manage your inventory on your tablet or phone? It's the next evolution in gaming. Now, when you're smack dab in the middle of hardcore, fast-paced action, instead of fiddling about with a slow, unrefined UI, you can just put the controller down, pick up the tablet, choose your items, put the tablet down, and pick up the controller again! That, my friends, is called streamlining.
Major Nelson is confident that "gamers are going to love our vision of the future and what we're going to offer for gaming", and with such killer features as plugging one console into another, it's hard to disagree. Like Microsoft has said, gamers will buy whatever, and they are unconcerned about the backslash because "change is always unsettling". So if you are still on the fence about the future, my friends, I have just three words for you: "change, future, progress". Once you understand that, you will come around, because, as we have been told time and time again, both by Microsoft and a good chunk of the press, all it takes to turn something seemingly bad into something good is to label it "change", "progress", or "the future". And if they bind it all together in a cool sounding message like "we're confident that core gamers will buy anything once they see the progress. We expected some backslash, because change is always scary, but once we drill into their head that they will absolutely love our vision of the future no matter what, we're sure they will".
Well played, Microsoft. I have no doubt Sony and Nintendo are preparing to take refuge in the shoe business (because everybody needs shoes, so the potential install base is just ridiculous. Logic dictates that it's much better to make shoes, a potential market of 7 billion people than to make silly Mario games that sell to 30 or 40 million people at most) as I write.