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Xbox One Focuses on Entertainment First, Games Second

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Microsoft's new Xbox will radically change your living room. Officially called the Xbox One, the new console comes with a built-in Blu-ray drive, extensive cloud capabilities, and the ability to pipe in live TV direct from cable providers and the Internet. In all, the new device is looking more like a premium home theater component than a gaming machine. So is the Xbox One the new must-have console or will its do-it-all personality have hardcore gamers flocking to the PS4?

Microsoft Wants Control of Your Living Room

First the good news. Previous rumors that the next-gen Xbox would require an always-on Internet connection and would stomp out the used games market were pretty much debunked at Tuesday's unveiling in Redmond. While it's true that the Xbox One will greatly benefit from an always-on connection (since many of the device's new features are cloud-based), playing games and watching Blu-ray movies don't necessarily require an Internet connection. Likewise, the rumor stating that gamers would not be able to trade-in and resell games was also squashed: Microsoft said there would be a market for trading in and playing used games, though the complete details of reselling used games weren't completely revealed.

But before you hand Microsoft half of your paycheck, make note that not everything will run smoothly on the new console. For starters, the Xbox One won't be backwards compatible thereby leaving many loyal Xbox 360 gamers with a potentially useless library of 360 games. Likewise, any Xbox Live Arcade games purchased on your 360 won't transfer over to the new console largely due to the Xbox One's new architecture, says Microsoft.

But to help lessen that blow, the new console will come with a redesigned Xbox controller and a smarter Kinect camera, the latter of which will do everything from reading your heart rate to enabling voice commands between your Xbox and your TV.

In the end, there are still many unknowns Microsoft didn't address in yesterday's announcement. Like Sony, the company offered no pricing or an exact release date. We simply know the Xbox One be out sometime later this year, though with E3 just weeks away, we're hoping both companies offer more concrete pricing information, as that will play a major role in consumers' decisions. But in the meantime, what camp are you siding with now, dealnews reader? Xbox One all the way or eagerly awaiting the PS4's launch?



An avid gadget lover, Louis Ramirez has covered technology for Gizmodo, CNET, Laptop, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @LouisRamirez.

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6 comments
SeecretSqur1s
I still don't get how not having backward compatibility leaves you with a " useless library of 360 games." You still have your Xbox360. Were they talking about reselling digital downloads or physical media?
ibex333
"Xbox One Focuses on Entertainment First, Games Second
Are games not entertainment?!
decadre
All you need to know about the new Xbox one via this Youtube video...

http://youtu.be/KbWgUO-Rqcw
Lasto
My biggest issue is that if I want to lend a game to a friend I now also have to lend my Xbox Live account to them. I'd have to give them my password and we wouldn't be able to be online at the same time. Or if i want to let my son take a game into his room to play, it won't be possible unless he plays under my profile or pay a fee.
And he (Phil Harrison Microsoft V.P.) is very inconsistent in his interviews regarding being able to re-sale games. ""We will have a system where you can take that digital content and trade a previously played game at a retail store" which sounds fine. However afterwards he makes this statement "We will have a solution—we’re not talking about it today—for you to be able to trade your previously-played games online". Also, It wasn't clear exactly who we'd be trading our games online with... trading them in to Microsoft for credit or other games? Or even trading licenses with friends? As a Xbox fan, I am worried.
bilboBagit
Such teases! I swear they're gauging public reaction to decide what features to keep or ditch when it actually comes out.
valle07
It was nice seeing the Xbox One reveal yesterday and I honestly think they will offer more over the PS4 in terms of entertainment. With that being said, if either console is more than $399, I think I'm hoping over to PC for good. Video game sales or cheaper via Steam than any other platform but the only down side is that you can't sell "used games" (though there are rumors that Steam is working on a solution). I care more about gaming than I do about watching tv. I don't have Cable TV. I have the internet, a Roku, a laptop, and an xbox 360. Only thing I could think of adding that would be helpful is a Blu-ray player which can be had for $40.

Truth be told, the 360 may be my last video game console.
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