Sorry Sony, The Xbox One is the One For Me

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O MICROSOFT, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against Xbox and against you. Forgive my sins and come back with me, so that I may worship your holy service once more.

In the days prior to Microsoft’s press conference, I was afraid; Afraid that Microsoft might not have what it takes to win me back from the clutches of Sony, but after seeing the announcement of the Xbox One, I have returned to my rightful spot, right back to the Xbox fanboy I was. I have seen the error of my ways, and, while not fully removing myself from the enemies clutches, I have declared the Xbox One triumphant.

At Microsoft’s Xbox One event Tuesday, we saw many great things. I didn’t understand why the majority of the community was upset with what we saw. It was very apparent to me that we wouldn’t be seeing games. This was a hardware show, with software taking a sideline, making games an afterthought. E3 is where we’ll be seeing a game, that’s why this event is so close to the expo.

Microsoft started off the show with a bit of a tease, Don Mattrick talked to us about how Xbox has changed the world since it’s inception, which it truly has, by bringing us things we take for granted like HD gaming, Achievements, and first person shooters as we know them today.

Then he said it. He said the words.

Xbox Reveal DateXbox One. Such a simple name, so little to it; We were as far off as we could have been, we all guessed Infinite but in the end we got One… and I’m OK with that. Right out of the gate we got to see the console, a smart move to counteract Sony’s shy nature with the PlayStation 4. It looked beautiful. Very simple and elegant, almost like something Apple would put out, but at the same time, like a set-top box for your cable. Maybe that’s the point? Everything was very crisp and solid, all sharp edges with hard lines. Each piece was adorned with a single white glowing Xbox orb.

The controller for the most part is unchanged. The D-pad is completely redesigned, the analog sticks remain where they were, but with rimmed edged for better grip. The bumpers and triggers have tactile feedback and can be changed to be as loose or solid as you’d like. Microsoft has managed to improve something that was already perfect.Xbox controller

Then there’s the Kinect. The original Kinect wasn’t very attractive, to say the least. It didn’t fit in. The new Kinect is a work of beauty. Microsoft has turned the ugly, five eyes Kinect of yesteryear into a one eyed, graceful bar of excellence. It looks like its base is in front of it, yet it impossibly manages to stand up on its own. It’s mystically appealing, yet somewhat frightening.

The Kinect is what’s seen the largest improvement. It’s somewhat scary how accurate is. It knows who you are before it’s even powered on, and it’s so accurate it can even read your heartbeat. Imagine how that could be used! A Dead Space style horror game that reads your heartbeat and knows the exact moment your at the height of your suspense and use that to scare your socks off. That’s insane. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

After that we talked about the TV features. I’m not going to go in depth on this one, they look groundbreaking but nothing I need to go over here.

Then we hit the task switching. You can do anything and everything you want to without ever even having to get out of your seat. “Xbox, let’s play Forza” and Forza comes up right in the middle of a race, right where you left it. Now, say you are searching for a game in Halo and you want to play Forza until you find a match. Sounds impossible, right? Not anymore. “Xbox, snap Forza.” Magically, Forza will come up right where you left off, and Halo will be “snapped” to the left or right of your screen where it will continue to search. It’s magical how it all works together seamlessly.Specs

They’ve done this by combining the Xbox One’s unique architecture with the Kernel of Windows and then brought together using the systems 8GB of RAM to keep everything seamless and instant, all tied together with a bow called the Cloud.

By that point I was convinced. Add in the fact that they’ve made achievements more dynamic and able to be updated and changed whenever they want to, and I’m completely sold.

I’m sorry, Sony, as much as I’d like to be a man of my word, Microsoft has my heart again. The Xbox One is the One for me, and that’s just how it’s meant to be.


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Author: Austin Griffith View all posts by
Austin Griffith is LevelSave.com's Reviews Editor. He began gaming young with Pokemon Silver and Banjo-Tooie and hasn't stopped since. You can find him on Twitter @AustinG909 and on Xbox Live at iKarmakazi. You can email him directly at AustinGriffith@LevelSave.com
  • James Pope

    All of this tech works very nicely during a demo, but lets not get carried away. They said you would be able to snap multiple apps (A game with IE, a movie, Skype etc) but never said you could snap 2 games at once. He mentioned searching for the perfect game on your smartphone while doing something else. Also the 8GB of DDR3 RAM they boasted is only about half as fast and powerful as the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM the PS4 is carrying. Also there is 0 backwards compatibility for the XBLA or 360 titles you’ve amassed over your time with the system. Until someone makes a good Kinnect game I will never use that as a personal selling point. One is going to a great multi-media platform, but I don’t care about it searching for shows or movies for me. Xbox One will be a monster in the next gen, but I just don’t think its the console for me.

    • Chris Lock

      To be fair, PS4 is also not backwards compatible.

      • James Pope

        PSN games will be via a streaming service. Its not the best option, but its something.

  • Chris Lock

    “This was a hardware show, with software taking a sideline, making GAMERS an afterthought”

    There, I both fixed that for you and explained why people were so “meh” on the announcment.

    • Mattrick

      Dude without the hardware gamers will be stood looking at the pictures on the back of game boxes . To say that gamers were an afterthought is morinic considering this was a games console press conference .