Gamefront Answers Our Questions About The Xbox One

Break.com Staff by Break.com Staff on May. 22, 2013

 

Following Monday's big unveiling of Microsoft's Xbox One, we reached out to our favorite gaming site, Game Front, and asked Ross Lincoln to answer just a few questions about the new Xbox for us.
 

Compare the reveals for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Where does the Microsoft reveal rank?

In terms of spectacle and content, the three reveals were essentially the same. Big on emphasizing the bells and whistles, peripherals and gimmicks, small on what gamers can actually look forward to playing on them. But even with that in mind, Microsoft's reveal was hands-down the worst of the three, for one simple reason: the absolute bungling of the message management.

Nintendo's Wii U reveal left people feeling like we'd just reached the part of The Aviator when Leo DiCario is obsessively saying "wave of the future, wave of the future". Sony's PS4 reveal felt like watching a movie composed solely of trailers.  But at least each company managed to convey a clear, organized point to their audiences.

For some reason, Microsoft clearly did not anticipate the level of interest in the rumors that Xbox One will not function without an Internet connection, and that used games won't be playable. Instead of addressing those rumors, Microsoft hoped that the big take-away from the presentation would be "Wow, 'intelligent TV'. Gee Whiz!" Instead, it ended up being "So is this thing going to be a tremendous ripoff, or what?" Oops.

Is there backwards compatibility, allowing gamers to enjoy their current generation of Xbox games on XBoxOne?

If Xbox 360 was a bridge to the company's gaming past, the Xbox One is gasoline and a match. Backwards compatibility has been ruled out entirely, and that includes digital downloads of Xbox 360 games onto Xbox One. "If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards" Microsoft's Don Mattrick told the Wall Street Journal, presumably while scratching Xbox 360's name out of his yearbook.

Sony is reportedly working on a way of bringing digital ports of PS3-era games to PS4. Meanwhile, Microsoft will continue to support Xbox 360 with a variety of new games and apps. Let slip the dogs of war.

How important are all the social aspects of gaming that Microsoft showed off?

Clearly, they're going to be core to the Xbox One experience, almost to the point that Microsoft wants you to socialize with the device itself. The system's built in Kinect not only allows for more robust voice and motion commands, it's also always on, just watching you and keeping track of your interactions with Xbox one... and that isn't remotely creepy.

Actual social features were alluded to, particularly matchmaking in multiplayer and communication between gamers in a wide variety of ways (including Skype), but the presentation didn't get very deep into them. We'll need to see for ourselves at E3. Which is just enough time to find out whether you can get a restraining order against a peripheral device .

Microsoft showed off DVR functionality for games. Does it exist for live TV, too?

According to several Microsoft spokespeople, you'll be able to DVR game play, but the system won't support DVR from live TV . Instead, for some reason, consumers can take advantage of  a HDMI pass through system that allows them to run their cable through Xbox One and back to their provider's DVR box. Just as convenient, in order to access the live TV functions shown off during yesterday's presentation, the consumer will need to buy a supported receiver device with HDMI output.

In essence, Microsoft created a console that heavily integrates television viewing into the Xbox experience, and then boldly opted not to include the single most obvious benefit of such integration. 

Have we reached the point where gaming on a game console is an afterthought?

No, but that's because we've reached the point where calling something a gaming console is a lot like calling a synthesizer a "pianoforte'. Gaming will almost certainly be essential to the core experience -  there will be 15 exclusive titles within the first year of launch and presumably far more second party cross-platform titles. And the system will also have a hell of a lot of additional features on top of it.

Will we still be paying for Xbox Live, and if so, will the cost remain the same?

Aside from confirming that Xbox Live profiles can be carried over to Xbox One, no pricing details or specific aspects of the Xbox One XBL experience have been released. Given the rumors that games will be locked to individual profiles (requiring that anyone else playing that copy of a game pay full price for the license) , assume that if there's a way to get more money out of consumers, Microsoft will find it.

Thanks Ross! Check out Game Front, every day, for gaming news, and don't forget to follow Ross on Twitter @rossalincoln. Now check out these pics of the Xbox One!

 

87 comments
The-Langolier
The-Langolier

I'll tell you why. When you have a bunch of games that you still like playing, or want to play again some day, or have not gotten around to playing yet, you don't want to be switching around consoles, and what not. It's cumbersome, and might not still be compatible with a newer TV/monitor. So, let's say you have a playstation, playstation 2, playstation 3, and playstation 4 (when that comes out). It would be really nice if there was one that played games for all of those generations. Let'

AdmiralAntilles
AdmiralAntilles

No offense.. by why is everyone obsessed with Backwards Compatibility. When the 360 came out, only a select few Xbox games were compatible. Sure when the PS3 came out, it was backwards compatible, but when they released the new model it was dropped. Nintendo is notorious for this as well, with the switching through different mediums to put out games. The Xbox One is a completely new Software and Hardware set up that just isnt compatible with 360 games, and it would cost them alot more to make them so. Besi

OCNEONJ
OCNEONJ User

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OCNEONJ
OCNEONJ

The only thing you will ever achieve with this is getting fatter, dumber and lazier, move out of your parents house and get a job and a life

GoatHoles
GoatHoles User

I still play my NES a lot thank you

GoatHoles
GoatHoles

I still play my NES a lot thank you

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Cassey-Jlo-532

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asshole1000
asshole1000 User

They clearly have a very low opinion of consumers if they expect anyone to buy this fuggin pile of shit.

asshole1000
asshole1000

They clearly have a very low opinion of consumers if they expect anyone to buy this fuggin pile of shit.

Sproutman
Sproutman User

Microsoft's money grab. I think the market is now Sony's to lose, given the lack of compelling titles for the Wii-U (which I was really let down by).

Sproutman
Sproutman

Microsoft's money grab. I think the market is now Sony's to lose, given the lack of compelling titles for the Wii-U (which I was really let down by).

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theomis
theomis

surprised no one is talking about the watermark this didnt really confirm nor deny it

theomis
theomis

surprised no one is talking about the watermark this didnt really confirm nor deny it

theomis
theomis

microsoft is following apple in the quest to j-w people out of money

theomis
theomis

microsoft is following apple in the quest to j-w people out of money

Duddamees
Duddamees User

Isn't it a tad bit creepy that the Kinect camera is ALWAYS on, watching everything in your living room?

Duddamees
Duddamees

Isn't it a tad bit creepy that the Kinect camera is ALWAYS on, watching everything in your living room?

g-man1984
g-man1984 User

Not backwards compatible??? They lost a saint when Gabe moved on. Still, at least it holds PC gaming as eternally number 1 in gaming.

g-man1984
g-man1984

Not backwards compatible??? They lost a saint when Gabe moved on. Still, at least it holds PC gaming as eternally number 1 in gaming.

PoopieCory
PoopieCory

What this is going to be epic. Its got Blu-Ray now! Ps4 dont have that upper hand now. Wait to see it at E3 and then make your decision. Only thing I hope is the pricing for online stays the same.

PoopieCory
PoopieCory

What this is going to be epic. Its got Blu-Ray now! Ps4 dont have that upper hand now. Wait to see it at E3 and then make your decision. Only thing I hope is the pricing for online stays the same.

Cool-Jon-1
Cool-Jon-1 User

PC's are obviously better and always will be...for movies, any application you can think of, editing, tv, and especially Gaming...but you already knew that.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier

Let's also say that you've never owned a console. You get the xbox one, but also want to try games from the previous xbox consoles. It takes way more of an investment financially, and mentally to go out and buy another console, than just to buy a game. It's easier for the user, and opens far more possibilities in terms of gaming experience. The software and hardware may be new, but it is certainly possible for a stronger console to emulate previous consoles within itself.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

I'll tell you why. When you have a bunch of games that you still like playing, or want to play again some day, or have not gotten around to playing yet, you don't want to be switching around consoles, and what not. It's cumbersome, and might not still be compatible with a newer TV/monitor. So, let's say you have a playstation, playstation 2, playstation 3, and playstation 4 (when that comes out). It would be really nice if there was one that played games for all of those generations. Let'

warrioricp
warrioricp

so your that guy that still plays those NES games in that photo shot. lol

warrioricp
warrioricp

so your that guy that still plays those NES games in that photo shot. lol

legacy27
legacy27 User

shhh... Microsoft might hear you. They may "blue screen" you.

legacy27
legacy27

shhh... Microsoft might hear you. They may "blue screen" you.

ZeroOrDie
ZeroOrDie User

I've always heard that PC gaming is best. I really don't have over a thousand dollars to buy a computer that can play a game at even a reasonable frame rate.

warrioricp
warrioricp

except viruses and hackers when u or they know they only last about 3 years the hard drive.

WingT74
WingT74 User

Soooo wrong. PS3's and Xboxs were made for gaming. PCs are made or so much more....and cost 5 to 10 times more and become outdated within a year. No thanks

TheWhiteHat
TheWhiteHat

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The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

The pc master gaming race will always be on the top of the food chain. Seems a bit like Microsoft has thrown in the towel on trying to build stronger consoles. Of course, it's not really about the stats (as bad as they may be for a brand new console from 2013). It's about the games. I'd also like to add that the name "xbox one" will cause confusion if anyone has anything to say about the first xbox.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

Let's also say that you've never owned a console. You get the xbox one, but also want to try games from the previous xbox consoles. It takes way more of an investment financially, and mentally to go out and buy another console, than just to buy a game. It's easier for the user, and opens far more possibilities in terms of gaming experience. The software and hardware may be new, but it is certainly possible for a stronger console to emulate previous consoles within itself.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

You're comment states that you know little about pc gaming, so I don't think you're the best person to be telling how it is on the price range of computers that can handle current games.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

kingdomofnothing has a good point. Possibilities if chosen so: Higher player count, higher resolution textures, higher polygon count models for props and players. Most likely better post processing effects, and higher fps, if your pc can handle it. You've got no choice when you're on a console. It will stay one way forever.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

You're pretty wrong wrong, WingT74. If you build your own pc, you can make something good and affordable. Companies pump out new hardware all of the time, which means you can upgrade your pc, or wait a little while to get cheaper parts. Consoles in general don't get upgraded, and therefore need to market a new one after a few years to keep up with the advances.

kingdomofnothing
kingdomofnothing User

Try playing BF3 on PS3 than go play it on the PC. That ought to shut your comment right up....

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

I disagree. It's rather all about the amount you play, and what you're playing.

Xylander
Xylander UserTop Commenter

Consoles are for "casual" gamers. PCs are for those who are tired of playing with toys.