Escapist Podcast: Bonus: The Xbox One Reveal

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Bonus: The Xbox One Reveal

In this special bonus podcast, we discuss the reveal of the brand new Xbox One!

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I just want to see this become a memetic slogan for the thing:

Xbox One. Step Back. (TM)

It makes so much sense - a step back in numeric identifier, a step back in gaming functionality, and of course the infamous space requirements of the Kinect.
 

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What episode of kitchen nightmares was everyone talking about?

More on topic: I am so far nonplussed on all these consoles, even if one could argue that they haven't really told us anything. I guess I'll just be sticking with my PC and smartphone this generation if this persists.
 

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Oh man, I loved 1 vs 100, I'm with Susan, I'd totally buy this if it came back.

Also, definitely want to see more of Quantum Break, and the other new IPs.

The Dog was fantastic as well. Even has its' own Twitter account. And yeah, it is so dead. In fact, they're probably gonna make you kill it, because you have to keep extremely quiet after 'The Enemy' know that your team are in a certain area. After you and your team (including the dog) sustain rather bad injuries - possibly from an explosion, which explains how the enemies are alerted. The dog can't keep quiet and you have to kill it.

Also, I wonder if the EA Sports engine will have the same hilarious glitches



Also, what you guys mentioned about them leaving the stuff to wow people is why I'm not writing anything off yet, unlike many other people that I have seen so far
 

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Xbox One's announcement did not really move the needle for me...every single TV / Home entertainment feature they promoted, pretty much already exists in other forms in the living room. So what MS is basically trying to sell is Kinect functionality (which, even if it worked properly, is still awkward for most consumers) and their dashboard in lieu of SmartTV/Settop box interfaces, a Dashboard who's functionally costs $5/mo to fully use while providing nothing extra to the home experience.

Even as a sports fan...the presentation did not convince me that the Xbox 1 experience would be all that different than a PS4 version. As a football fan, Sony has a deal for NFL Sunday Ticket (rights to all games minus blackouts), MS has a deal with ESPN (rights to Monday night game only,) "Exclusive Fifa content" is vague and has almost no meaning.

That said, Depending on what the new IPs turn out to be, how they plan to distribute exclusive TV programming, and what consumer protections they decide to implement with their new installed/used game features, I could very easily turn my opinion around on the console, but for right now PS4 will be my choice when/if i decide to invest in the next generation of consoles.

PS: "it was only an hour long presentation" is not really a good excuse. They were not renting out a convention center, the presentation length and detail/information given was not restricted by any outside influences. MS said what they wanted to say, showed what they wanted to show.
 

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Personally... I think X-Bone is the best name. I'm guessing all the articles being updated weren't covered during the release.
 

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I have a feeling that, given the practicality, flexibility, and the control over the system, the big three aren't going to win this generation - It'll be little start-ups and small computer shops that offer deals in creating powerful affordable no-nonsense HTPCs for people, whose parts can be easily upgraded and replaced in order to keep up with increasing demands, whereas with locked consoles have to provide specs that are meant to last for the next five to ten years. And if HTPCs break down, all you have to do is drop it off at the nearest PC repair shop, compared to where you actually have to mail a broken console to the manufacturer in order to get it fixed.
 

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Andy Shandy said:
The Dog was fantastic as well. Even has its' own Twitter account. And yeah, it is so dead. In fact, they're probably gonna make you kill it, because you have to keep extremely quiet after 'The Enemy' know that your team are in a certain area. After you and your team (including the dog) sustain rather bad injuries - possibly from an explosion, which explains how the enemies are alerted. The dog can't keep quiet and you have to kill it.
Aw... Aw dude. I hope that's not the case, but in a series where you've already had do some really horrible things (Modern Warfare 2's airport scene, for example), I can totally see them making the player have to go through that.
 

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Andy Shandy said:
The Dog was fantastic as well. Even has its' own Twitter account. And yeah, it is so dead. In fact, they're probably gonna make you kill it, because you have to keep extremely quiet after 'The Enemy' know that your team are in a certain area. After you and your team (including the dog) sustain rather bad injuries - possibly from an explosion, which explains how the enemies are alerted. The dog can't keep quiet and you have to kill it.
Oh, dude, I bet you're right.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
Andy Shandy said:
The Dog was fantastic as well. Even has its' own Twitter account. And yeah, it is so dead. In fact, they're probably gonna make you kill it, because you have to keep extremely quiet after 'The Enemy' know that your team are in a certain area. After you and your team (including the dog) sustain rather bad injuries - possibly from an explosion, which explains how the enemies are alerted. The dog can't keep quiet and you have to kill it.
Oh, dude, I bet you're right.
Call of Duty: Old Yeller
 

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Still waiting on a sold line of games worth having on from either the Xbox1 or the PS4 to justify spending hundreds of dollars on. In the meantime I'll be here with my PC.
Oh by the way good job on more or less staying on topic this time guys.

EDIT:
The most interesting thing about the event for me was that they used the terms "space age tech" and "8GB of RAM" in the same conference.
 

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Interesting stuff, not that I really feel concerned. I want to play games, and the presentation did not cater to an audience that plays games.
Might I ask why you didn't address the issue of Installing games on the hard drive and a fee being required for used games?
 

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I'm not throwing the baby out with the bathwater yet.. but I wasn't at all impressed, and that's coming from someone who only has a 360 (and PC) this gen. I don't want an entertainment hub. I barely watch TV as it is so full blown TV integration means nothing to me. I want a gaming console. The rest of the details like no backwards compatibility, a sometimes online requirement, anti used game measures, etc. don't reallt sway me much. That sort of stuff is just the way things are, liie it or not. I just want to play games, and they bsaically didn't show me any games.
 

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Really guys? You honestly think that the Xbox One has a BETTER chance than the PS4?

Didn't you hear the part where Microsoft is going to CHARGE YOU AGAIN FOR USED GAMES THAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT?

Unless Microsoft scrapes that quickly, they do not have a snowball's chance in hell against the PS4, which btw, does NOT require you to pay again for a used game.
 

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They totally should have called it "Xbox Three Sixty".

What I find most surprising is that I found this reveal disappointing even though I should not even care. PC Master Race, and all that.
 

Susan Arendt

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MrCollins said:
Interesting stuff, not that I really feel concerned. I want to play games, and the presentation did not cater to an audience that plays games.
Might I ask why you didn't address the issue of Installing games on the hard drive and a fee being required for used games?
snowfi6916 said:
Really guys? You honestly think that the Xbox One has a BETTER chance than the PS4?

Didn't you hear the part where Microsoft is going to CHARGE YOU AGAIN FOR USED GAMES THAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT?

Unless Microsoft scrapes that quickly, they do not have a snowball's chance in hell against the PS4, which btw, does NOT require you to pay again for a used game.
Did any of us say we thought it had a better chance than the PS4? I don't recall that happening.

Also, we recorded this immediately after the live event, so the information about the fee for used games (or not fee, depending on who was saying what at what moment) hadn't come out yet. That's why we didn't address that during the discussion. Same for the info about installing on the hard drive, and the having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. We'll address those issues in the regular weekly podcast.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
MrCollins said:
Interesting stuff, not that I really feel concerned. I want to play games, and the presentation did not cater to an audience that plays games.
Might I ask why you didn't address the issue of Installing games on the hard drive and a fee being required for used games?
snowfi6916 said:
Really guys? You honestly think that the Xbox One has a BETTER chance than the PS4?

Didn't you hear the part where Microsoft is going to CHARGE YOU AGAIN FOR USED GAMES THAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT?

Unless Microsoft scrapes that quickly, they do not have a snowball's chance in hell against the PS4, which btw, does NOT require you to pay again for a used game.
Did any of us say we thought it had a better chance than the PS4? I don't recall that happening.

Also, we recorded this immediately after the live event, so the information about the fee for used games (or not fee, depending on who was saying what at what moment) hadn't come out yet. That's why we didn't address that during the discussion. Same for the info about installing on the hard drive, and the having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. We'll address those issues in the regular weekly podcast.
My mistake then. I thought you guys said something about Microsoft looking better than Sony. Also I wasn't aware that the used game news hadn't come out yet.
 

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snowfi6916 said:
Susan Arendt said:
MrCollins said:
Interesting stuff, not that I really feel concerned. I want to play games, and the presentation did not cater to an audience that plays games.
Might I ask why you didn't address the issue of Installing games on the hard drive and a fee being required for used games?
snowfi6916 said:
Really guys? You honestly think that the Xbox One has a BETTER chance than the PS4?

Didn't you hear the part where Microsoft is going to CHARGE YOU AGAIN FOR USED GAMES THAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT?

Unless Microsoft scrapes that quickly, they do not have a snowball's chance in hell against the PS4, which btw, does NOT require you to pay again for a used game.
Did any of us say we thought it had a better chance than the PS4? I don't recall that happening.

Also, we recorded this immediately after the live event, so the information about the fee for used games (or not fee, depending on who was saying what at what moment) hadn't come out yet. That's why we didn't address that during the discussion. Same for the info about installing on the hard drive, and the having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. We'll address those issues in the regular weekly podcast.
My mistake then. I thought you guys said something about Microsoft looking better than Sony. Also I wasn't aware that the used game news hadn't come out yet.
Maybe give us a bit more benefit of the doubt next time before you start yelling, eh? ;)
 

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Susan Arendt said:
Amy's Baking Company. It must be seen to be believed, truly.
Even after seeing it, I have trouble believing it. The most well-oiled crazy train I have ever seen.



P.S-My family were huge fans of 1 vs. 100, built a whole game night around it.
 

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while i don't expect this to be an actual issue i can totally see someones video game illiterate grand mother buying the xbox 360 over the xbox one, when asked to buy the new xbox as a gift, because of the implied first from the one. i myself don't like the name but ill holdoff final judgement until the gaming zeitgeist decides on a shorthand for it. the best i could come up with is X1.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
snowfi6916 said:
Susan Arendt said:
MrCollins said:
Interesting stuff, not that I really feel concerned. I want to play games, and the presentation did not cater to an audience that plays games.
Might I ask why you didn't address the issue of Installing games on the hard drive and a fee being required for used games?
snowfi6916 said:
Really guys? You honestly think that the Xbox One has a BETTER chance than the PS4?

Didn't you hear the part where Microsoft is going to CHARGE YOU AGAIN FOR USED GAMES THAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT?

Unless Microsoft scrapes that quickly, they do not have a snowball's chance in hell against the PS4, which btw, does NOT require you to pay again for a used game.
Did any of us say we thought it had a better chance than the PS4? I don't recall that happening.

Also, we recorded this immediately after the live event, so the information about the fee for used games (or not fee, depending on who was saying what at what moment) hadn't come out yet. That's why we didn't address that during the discussion. Same for the info about installing on the hard drive, and the having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. We'll address those issues in the regular weekly podcast.

My mistake then. I thought you guys said something about Microsoft looking better than Sony. Also I wasn't aware that the used game news hadn't come out yet.
Maybe give us a bit more benefit of the doubt next time before you start yelling, eh? ;)

Justin stated that he thought we "know" more about the Xbox One, than we know about the PS4, I think this might be where the confusion lies, When Paul said he thought they were on par, Justin said he thought the Xbox One was ahead.... You disagreed, but Justin did say that.
 

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Did I just hear them make fun of a Star Trek Kickstarter?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/145553614/star-trek-renegades

Hello?
 

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Meh. I already have a nondescript black box that has mandatory installations and games associated with online accounts. Honestly not seeing the appeal of this generation at all. Nothing like the entertainment and tech revolution vibe we got from the last one. Beginning to think investing in a long HDMI cable for my desktop to my TV is overall the more sound investment.
 

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The systems are just dropping like flies this generation.

First the PS Vita, then the Wii U, now the XBOX One. Only the Nintendo 3DS has been left standing.

Looks like we're going to hear success for only two systems this generation, the Nintendo 3DS and the Sony PlayStation.
Turns out Adam Orth isn't the only person at Microsoft who loves always on. He was just the messenger.
 

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That was a lot of questions right there at the end, but ok.

The name does nothing for me. I know that MS is terrified that calling it the Xbox3 would make it seem less powerful than the PS4 but "One"? It is about as stupid as the Wii. Just stop putting mission statements in your name please, especially when the naming scheme has already been used by Sony (the made a remodel of the original Playstation and called it "the PSone").

Will I buy it? Right now that would be a no. While kinda neat, voice and motion control does not seem like something I need nor would use (also I have doubts about the fidelity of both of them). In fact, for me, it all comes down to exclusives. I do not think I will get both a PS4 and a Xbox One (ugh that name) so I will pick up the one with, to me, more interesting exclusives. Historically that has been the PS but lets see what MS has to offer.

And a quick question for you guys:
It seems that the best art comes from the artist fighting against restraints. This forces them to come up with more elegant and creative solutions. As Susan herself said, she just witnessed a lot of incredible creative games all trying to get the very best out of current game hardware. Do you guys think there is a danger of this creativity dying again as the restraints are lifted?
 

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The Xbox One doesn't interest me in the least.

I don't watch enough TV or movies for this "entertainment center" ideal to pull through for me. I just want a box and a controller with which to play games.

The only thing about this announcement that's perked my ears is the supposed 15 exclusives in its first year. What was it, 8 of them are going to be new IPs? Hm, well... we'll just see how that turns out. But given that Microsoft is hellbent on making you love Kinect, and reaching to the broadest audience possible... I hold no high hopes.

I will be getting the PS4 though. Sony's earned my consumer trust (and also their exclusive IPs are the bomb-diggity).
 

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Honestly ATM PS4 has one big thing on XBone, how easy it is to develop for. Which says to me it will probably get a lot more support from smaller companies.

That being said I play almost entirely Indie PC games or niche Handheld titles, so I guess neither really sparks my interest.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
snowfi6916 said:
Susan Arendt said:
MrCollins said:
Interesting stuff, not that I really feel concerned. I want to play games, and the presentation did not cater to an audience that plays games.
Might I ask why you didn't address the issue of Installing games on the hard drive and a fee being required for used games?
snowfi6916 said:
Really guys? You honestly think that the Xbox One has a BETTER chance than the PS4?

Didn't you hear the part where Microsoft is going to CHARGE YOU AGAIN FOR USED GAMES THAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT?

Unless Microsoft scrapes that quickly, they do not have a snowball's chance in hell against the PS4, which btw, does NOT require you to pay again for a used game.
Did any of us say we thought it had a better chance than the PS4? I don't recall that happening.

Also, we recorded this immediately after the live event, so the information about the fee for used games (or not fee, depending on who was saying what at what moment) hadn't come out yet. That's why we didn't address that during the discussion. Same for the info about installing on the hard drive, and the having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. We'll address those issues in the regular weekly podcast.
My mistake then. I thought you guys said something about Microsoft looking better than Sony. Also I wasn't aware that the used game news hadn't come out yet.
Maybe give us a bit more benefit of the doubt next time before you start yelling, eh? ;)
I was wondering why all the actual news about the XBoned wasn't included.
 

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What's going to happen is all will die except the dog. We'll spend the next 2 games playing as the dog as he seeks the enemy and tennis balls.
 

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WMDogma said:
Aw... Aw dude. I hope that's not the case, but in a series where you've already had do some really horrible things (Modern Warfare 2's airport scene, for example), I can totally see them making the player have to go through that.
Susan Arendt said:
Oh, dude, I bet you're right.
What can I say, I know my Call Of Duty.

Doesn't make me feel any less horrible for coming up with the idea though, I must say.
 

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I hoped to hear more game-related points touched on this podcat. I think you guys focused too much on the whole TV thing. Only a miniscule amount of people would even consider buying Xbox for their TV setup. Xbox is mainly a game console and you skipped topics like used games, compatibility, comparison to current gen PCs etc.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
EmperorZuma said:
What episode of kitchen nightmares was everyone talking about?
Amy's Baking Company. It must be seen to be believed, truly.
You are wrong. I just saw it and I still do not believe it. I can't even put in to words... oh my god.
 

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AJey said:
I hoped to hear more game-related points touched on this podcat. I think you guys focused too much on the whole TV thing. Only a miniscule amount of people would even consider buying Xbox for their TV setup. Xbox is mainly a game console and you skipped topics like used games, compatibility, comparison to current gen PCs etc.
But we did discuss the games they showed. They just didn't show much about games at all. As stated previously, we recorded this immediately after the presentation, before any information about used games, etc, had come out.
 

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Well, it appears that they are missing their target audience by trying to reach a "broader" audience. We've seen how well that has worked for publishers as of late, making mountains of money and still claiming losses or breaking even. I think Sony might have won this one if Microsoft doesn't try to focus its next press release around...oh I don't know...

Games?

As a side note, as a person who never liked most sports games and call of duty is nothing more than an occasional party game, I am not too impressed by the showing.
 

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BayouStalker said:
Well, it appears that they are missing their target audience by trying to reach a "broader" audience. We've seen how well that has worked for publishers as of late, making mountains of money and still claiming losses or breaking even. I think Sony might have won this one if Microsoft doesn't try to focus its next press release around...oh I don't know...

Games?

As a side note, as a person who never liked most sports games and call of duty is nothing more than an occasional party game, I am not too impressed by the showing.
I'm pretty sure a broader audience IS Microsoft's target. Just saying.
 

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I'm more excited for the PS4 for the moment just because exclusive titles Sony tends to have are ones I prefer over ones Microsoft has. That said, the lack of backwards compatibility is kind of a killer. There's still stuff coming out for the older systems I'm interested in and I'm not adopting new tech until they have a bigger library of games. If the PS4 had come out with PS3 (or PS2!!!) compatibility that would have been an instant purchase.
 

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My thoughts on the possible dog death scenarios.

Dog is unceremoniously killed by long range gun-fire.
At the very end of the game, some large explosion has knocked you unconscious, the dog arrives and wakes you up by licking your face, and is then killed by the main bad guy.
Whilst fighting the main bad guy, (think weird button mashy quick time event like MW2) you are about to lose, when the dog arrives and distracts the guy just long enough for you to recover and kill him. But the dog dies in the process.
Dog dies (and possibly alerts you to) gas attack.
Slow-mo event like in the epilogue of MW1 with the hostage. Where the dog is fighting a bad guy and you have to shoot the bad guy, hitting the dog means you fail the level.

Also I think there could be multiple points throughout the game/a single level where the dog has a chance to die but you can save him. (Again similar to I think Roycewitz from MW1 where he has a knife fight with a guy right in front of you, and you can either watch or join in.)
 

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Susan Arendt said:
AJey said:
I hoped to hear more game-related points touched on this podcat. I think you guys focused too much on the whole TV thing. Only a miniscule amount of people would even consider buying Xbox for their TV setup. Xbox is mainly a game console and you skipped topics like used games, compatibility, comparison to current gen PCs etc.
But we did discuss the games they showed. They just didn't show much about games at all. As stated previously, we recorded this immediately after the presentation, before any information about used games, etc, had come out.
Then I apologize.
 

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As soon as I heard they had an announcement party, I had to search for the abridged version
http://youtu.be/KOxdMQhDMIU

My personal theory is, that it is that the dog will only get wounded, so that the main character will have to put it out of it's misery, with loads of manly tears (make it a small quick-time-event and it will be complete)
 

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Go watch the Wired video on the new Kinect. It's insane!
It can see in the dark, determine your weight distribution, read your face for emotion, scan for your pulse, tell if your paying attention, and can watch your joints to tell witch way each limb is facing.
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/xbox-one/
(It's the first video, but you have to scroll down some)
It's insane.

OT:
I think the biggest thing I've seen is picture-in-picture. They've showed live TV with Skype.
If it can do games and live TV, it'll settle SO many arguments in my house.
 

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The game development tools are going to take a while to change for the next generation consoles. The studios are still not in the best financial place to scrap every current tool/library for an upgraded version, so it going to take a while to see huge leaps in technology from current to next gen. Both consoles have whole new architecture, developers have to relearn all new software. I agree with Susan on taking a couple years to really see exciting next gen titles.
 

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I don't think right now, xbox and PS4 are neck to neck. (only from this presentation and not whatever came out after)

PS4 we kinda know it's capabilities, their future plan, the GPU specs with the benchmarks they run at their show, tech demos, how the cloud its gonna play its role, even the share button where many are not liking it at least we saw live upload to their fb page. We saw the functionality of the console even though we didn't see the box (But realy what the hell where they thinking?)

Xbox on the other hand, we saw it can Alt-Tab quickly, watch TV, movie but we where only told we can play games on it. We know nothing more than what it looks like. We saw functionality only on dash board lvl.

So right now PS4 has an advantage.

As pricing goes, I'm a little bit skeptical.
As boxes both machines have more or less the same specs, with PS4 better RAM and correct me if I'm wrong slightly better GPU. Xbox comes with kinect. So does the cost on GDDR5 vs DDR3 and kinect even out? I don't know but I predict that they might have similar prices.

(When i use the word better I don't want to start witch one is superior or whatever, just production cost)

19 more day and all our questions will be answered. I cannot wait.
 

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For my fellow Americans who want to watch the Kitchen Nightmares episode:
http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/full-episodes/29299267648/amy-s-baking-company

The episode on Youtube was blocked but Fox has it.

OT:

I love how there's a whole new console generation right when I have to spend a whole lot of money for school I don't have.

EDIT:
We shouldn't forget that CoD2 and Condemned were both launch titles and those are both great games and still hold up.
 

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To me the whole Microsoft event felt like the only reason they did it was because Sony did it, and they felt like they had to do something before E3. It just felt rushed.

The sports portion did nothing for me. I do like watching football and baseball, but I'm not totally into them because I have other interests out there that I'm super into. However, I know I'm probably in the minority in that, and I can see where there are people that would buy it for that reason other than for games.

At this point in time, I'm leaning more towards the PS4 than the Xbox One, which to me isn't a sexy name at all, but if anything it's making me curious to know what they're gonna do about their press conferences at E3. They both are gonna have to make me care about their next console, but more so from Microsoft because I never cared for the 360 since they seem to be extending what they've already done with the current one.
 

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The name is dumb. Apparently the reason is cos, typical of modern entertainment, its a reboot of the original Xbox.

Outside America the choice of which console to buy will probably just come down to price because we don't need all the TV features so PS4 should be cheaper because it doesn't have them. The only thing the Xbone has going for it is the exclusives. I looks like I will buy a PS4 when I can afford it then an Xbone about 4 years later when price goes down and just play all the exclusives.

Also we have heard the Xbone is not always online but has to be connected once a day. I want to know what happens if miss a day... can it just catch up and do 2 days clouding or is it just dead now?

Looking at twitter during the stream:

oh sports games, time to go make the coffee.
10 mins later
oh sports games time to go make... oh I already did that... guess I'll go for a piss.
10 mins later
oh more sports game... WTF Microsoft.
 

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Broadening the market and appealing to the mainstream.

That used to mean horror games were shooters.

Not it means gaming devices are cable boxes...

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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I could be down with a Halo show if they could finagle it so Cortana is in it, but not Master Chief.
Figure it out Spielberg!

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The Xbox 1 is the worst possible name they could have gone with because doesn't everyone remember that old joke: What happened to the Xbox 2 through 359?
They should have called it the Xbox Prime.
 

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I highly, highly doubt I will buy either console. So far they sound like highly unnecessary "upgrades" and therefore an unnecessary purchase.
 

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You're not the only ones jaded. Graphics are getting prettier, but that's generally it. Only thing I predict this iteration of games is better graphics, more asinine DRM shit, more expensive everything, and games taking fewer and fewer risks, while sticking to what is old, used and makes money. Sure, there will be innovations, cool new stuff and what not, but I see more of the same this time around, and I'm not trying to be cynical (since I guess cynicism is cool for whatever reason.) Hope I'm wrong, though I doubt I'm the only one making these predictions.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
That's why we didn't address that during the discussion. Same for the info about installing on the hard drive, and the having to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. We'll address those issues in the regular weekly podcast.
But you don't have a regular weekly podcast this week.
 

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Susan Arendt said:
EmperorZuma said:
What episode of kitchen nightmares was everyone talking about?
Amy's Baking Company. It must be seen to be believed, truly.
Cheers, I had the same question as well, good to see it answered already.

Hopefully the episode is something other than the standard formula of the show: 1)Ramsy calls the place shit and basically just bashes the people who are down and struggling as it is 2) Gives them some half-assed makeover 3)The places still goes under after while, regardless of the "help".

Their record for the first 3 seasons is pretty damn impressive - only 5 out of 32 places open.
 

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Mhmh said:
Susan Arendt said:
EmperorZuma said:
What episode of kitchen nightmares was everyone talking about?
Amy's Baking Company. It must be seen to be believed, truly.
Cheers, I had the same question as well, good to see it answered already.

Hopefully the episode is something other than the standard formula of the show: 1)Ramsy calls the place shit and basically just bashes the people who are down and struggling as it is 2) Gives them some half-assed makeover 3)The places still goes under after while, regardless of the "help".

Their record for the first 3 seasons is pretty damn impressive - only 5 out of 32 places open.
Ramsay leaves. He considers them so crazy that he's just like "Newp. I'm out." and leaves before he makes a single change to the place.
 

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Question about console names. If you have more than one system (of one brand, say PlayStation for example), and when you want to play a game do you say, "Hey, I'm gonna play PlayStation 3..." or do you say, "I'm gonna go play PlayStation..."

I rarely call my PS2 a PS2, nor my Xbox 360 a Xbox 360. Whatever the current generation, I still just call it Xbox and PlayStation, not PS120 or Xbox Whatever. Am I the only one?
 

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I'm honestly surprised so many people are fine with the name Xbox One, a moniker that was sometimes used for the original Xbox before this announcement. How is that type of branding confusion not worse than a pee homophone?