First off I want to say that I think the general public and media are grossly underestimating Microsoft, and as a gamer I can understand why. I get it. We want games. We want experiences that engulf us into another world, into another body. Leaving our dull 9 to 5’s behind and going out to save the world. Believe me I understand. But I think we need to understand that when Microsoft first stepped into the console ring they lost money on their console. A lot of money. For a couple of years too. That persistence paid off big time. They became the King of the blockbuster game. The ruler of the first person shooter, and in recent years the place where you get all your media. So it should have been no surprise to anyone that the XBOX ONE would have a media focus. If your TV is on Microsoft wants you to be using your XBOX ONE, not just for games but for apps, streaming content and live TV. Does that mean that it wont be an awesome gaming experience? Of course not.
Listen whether gamers (like myself) like it or not the game industry is in a weird place. Mobile gaming is becoming more popular then any of us could have ever imaged. Apple had a large part in this shift in the industry, and Apple doesn’t even make gaming devices. They make devices that do everything, and that’s what people have begun to expect. Most people don’t want to spend 500 + dollars on something that only does one thing, that doesn’t cut it anymore. So if Microsoft just made an XBOX that just does games they would be alienating potential customers.
Recently I got a new laptop, mostly for blogging, a little media consumption and some light gaming via Steam. The one big difference this laptop had over my older one was that it had Windows 8 pre-installed. The first few hours trying to figure this new Windows out was a little rough, but once I got the hang of it I really had the feeling that this, combined with my XBOX 360 and other Microsoft services felt like a complete package. I could really get the sense of where Microsoft was heading. The are going after Apple. That said the XBOX ONE is still a gaming machine but with so much more included. Shouldn’t we be happy that we have more options and more choice and increasing fuller solutions from they companies?
Just remember E3 is still 12 days way. This is where we will see the games from MS, Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft has gone on record saying there will be 15 exclusives coming for the XBOX ONE. Publishers will be bringing out their big guns, this is E3 the place where the gaming industry goes to shine. I for one think we will see some big things from everyone, and then we can make a educated decision on what the future holds for gamers. So what are your thoughts? I know there are a lot of options out there. Share yours in the comments.