About Microsoft and always on…
Yes, it’s about piracy and used games. This pretty much goes without saying. They want to make sure the game you’re playing are legit and if is, and it should be, why does should that matter. It doesn’t to me. You know what’s also always on and connected, my PC and cell phone. Yes I may lose coverage in certain areas and that’s annoying but they’re always working to expand better coverage and that represents what I think Microsoft is really doing here.
We all know all digital disc-less games are coming. We’re there with music, tv, and movies and games are next. They problem is that games are big and a lot of people still have slow Internet or no Internet at all. That’s a problem.
One way to fix this, is to create an incredibly popular service that demands a high speed Internet infrastructure. If the need is there, service providers will have no choice but to comply to meet the demand of their consumers. And if they won’t, someone will enter the market to fill that void because money is there to be made. Google Fiber stands to make a small fortune if they can ramp up production of their own high speed Internet service, but that doesn’t seem to be happening right now. Sow for now, we’re stuck with slower speeds.
Microsoft isn’t settling for what the market and consumers want right now. The 360 taught them that they’ll need to be adaptable as the gaming landscape changes. Compare what was available on the first 360 to what you can do with that machine now and the difference is substantial. Microsoft is banking on the future where gamers will download all their media, including games, in a time when you’ll not only need to be always on, but want to always be online and connected.
The Xbox One may not live up to its potential on day one, but in time, with some refinement, it has the potential to be something truly great. The people crying that Microsoft is doomed, based solely on what they saw yesterday are failing to see the larger picture. In less than three weeks, Microsoft will no doubt showcase a plethora of games at E3. Between now and then and even after that up to the point the console actually launches, they’ll likely spend a great deal of time on their message, branding, and clarifying what the console can and can’t do on day one. And realistically until people actually get their hands on it, I remain optimistic about its potential. Secondly, they couldn’t show everything yesterday, because they need things to show at E3 so any expecting a nonstop lineup of games going in, was going to be disappointed no matter what.
Lets keep in mind that Sony hasn’t even shown what they’re actual console looks like yet. Yesterday, Microsoft was showing a working console. And the WiiU isn’t even in the same class. It’s a current gen console at best, with two of it’s major games, Batman and Mass Effect, already long over on its competitors consoles. And do we actually remember the Nintendo press conference? Ninetnedo only showed the tablet, never making it clear until after the press conference that it was indeed a new console and not just a new peripheral for the Wii.
None of the big three have exactly come out and taken the top spot yet, and to claim a winner at his point is simply ridiculous.