Rista B wrote:I would be very surprised after the direction Microsoft has taken over the last couple of years if the next Xbox "doubles down" on the gaming.
MS clearly wants the Xbox to feed into the whole Windows 8 worldview and since they have struggled with pretty much every other part of their portfolio over the last 12 months they are probably viewing this as the one product they can use to help move the other stuff.
I'm not sure they are right but I think that's the most likely strategy they are implementing.
I'm so worried about that. Windows 8 is awful (compared to 7) and has been widely acknowledged as a failure. I'm concerned Microsoft are going to make this new console with the same unwanted changes just so it fits in with their vision of what we should have, rather than what we want, need or asked for.
I remember being quite vocal (on this very site) about the launch of Kinect, and that it would mean a decline in quality - that Microsoft would move away from the "Core" gaming experience to focus on the fad of motion control. Aside from the redesign for Kinect buggering up the dashboard and filling it with adverts, this nay-saying was largely unwarranted and I think I was wrong. True, there hasn't been a single game on the Kinect that I'd want, but it wasn't the death-knell for Xbox gaming that I thought it would be.
So I'm not sure what to think of talk of the new Xbox being more of a media hub than a games console. So long as it can do what I want - i.e. play games at the same quality or better than a PS4 - I'm not fussed what other functions it has. Just remember the adage - it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.