It's been hyped for a while now. After a slew of bad press and worse public reception management, the Xbox reveal is or was Microsoft's chance to win consumers over to their side. There's still E3 of course, but if Microsoft stays their current course, I don't see them doing very well at all this generation. After watching a short, somewhat tepid reveal, I had only one response: "is that all you got?"
Despite a laundry list of buzz words, I wasn't exactly impressed. I expect a healthy amount of lies and bullshit at these kinds of events, but there was little substance to back up the hype here. It felt like Microsoft was trying their best to make up for a severe lack of actual gaming content. It seems clear that Microsoft had nothing of value to bring to the table, and is just banking on hype at this point. Hey, here's a good drinking game. Watch the reveal, and take a shot every time someone says “innovation”. You'll be wasted in no time.
Aside from some flaccid attempts at over-hyping gimmicky integration with social media and television services, there wasn't anything of substance to mention. I went into this thing sceptical and came out scared. They showed us one new IP for example, but told us absolutely nothing about it, only giving us pre-rendered footage with little context. What else did we get? EA Sports titles and a Call of Duty game? Seriously? You mean the games that come out on a yearly basis anyway? How anyone gets hyped for What is largely the same game every year escapes me, but did they really expect this to get people excited?
Compare this to what Sony showed us. They unveiled a brand new IP caled Knack, but also showed us two sequels to existing franchises with Killzone: Shadowfall and InFamous: Second Son. What does Xbox have to offer? A few sports games, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and a live-action Halo series, though I feel that this last one was just dropped because they felt obligated to mention their flagship franchise, and they had nothing to show us in game form.
Of course, I was really dumbfounded when the Infinity Ward representatives said this: We didn't want to do the safe thing." Ummm yeah. Right. That’s why you annualised your series. But hey, look at how great those dogs look!
Microsoft is acting with the same level of arrogance Sony was at the beginning of this generation. They're foolishly moving forward without once considering the repressions of their actions or what their consumer wants. They seem to be making one bad decision after another with this console, and it doesn't look like anyone is looking forward to it. Hell, even the name is horrible. Of all the names you could have chosen, why would you name your new console "Xbox One", the same informal name used for the original Xbox? "Durango" is a better name than that!
It also doesn't help that Microsoft made no mention of "always-online" allegations. This, combined with reports that the Xbox requires a Kinect to function, and that players will be charged to use the same disc on multiple accounts, doesn't paint a pretty picture for the console at all. A racing game, non-identified EA sports titles, and a Halo TV show? Is that all you got? Things aren't looking up for Microsoft, not at all. Honestly, this may have been one of, if not the, most horribly tepid console reveal in the history of gaming.
Deal with that.