New Xbox Reveal Impressions

So here’s the deal, I’m writing this as it’s happening so forgive the mistakes I’ll make. But I wanted to write up impressions now instead of later when everyone else already has their stuff up.

First off, it’s called the Xbox One. Kind of a dumb name, but if the Wii proves anything it’s that the name doesn’t matter. The system doesn’t look very good though. Very square and bulky. At least the controller looks… nice. Could be smaller though.

Not gonna lie, I don’t care about gestures. At all.

Is multitasking necessary? Don’t people just use their phones for this kind of thing? I can’t imagine people are going to use the internet on their TV.

I really don’t care about sports, or this fantasy nonsense but I suppose there is an audience for it. Having it up on the screen beside the game might be helpful/fun for those people.

Okay, so Xbox has a TV guide now. So does my phone and the rest of the internet.

Twenty minutes in and we still haven’t seen any games. We’ve only got forty minutes left right?

And now we’re getting some weird tech jargon that makes sense to less than quarter of the audience. I’ve stopped paying attention now and am surfing twitter and other blogs for funny remarkes (there are plenty).

Even CliffyB is getting tired of this shit.

Now we’re talking about the controller. It’s at least related to games. We’re getting there. They claim to have fixed the d-pad. We’ll see, but if so that’s awesome.

SMARTGLASS. IT LIVES. But wait, what does it do? He never said. Maybe they don’t know.

Xbox Live time. Just like Sony, they’ll have a sharing and editing suite that lets you record gameplay live and share it on the cloud. They said something about achievements but my phone went off and I stopped listening.

:O EA on stage. Are we finally going to talk about games? We’ve only got 30 minutes left. FIFA 14, Madden, NBA Live, and UFC all in development for Xbox One.

“EA Sports Ignite” is their new engine for their sports games? I think.

Aaaaand now we’ve got a montage of athletes. Even with a game company on stage we can’t get any goddamn game footage.

More talk about the engine. Most people on twitter said they left to get a snack. I am jealous of them.

FIFA 14 gets exclusive Xbox One content. And now we’ve got a “gameplay trailer”. Something that easily looks like pre-rendered CG. It’s something at least.

Phil Spencer taking stage. Forza Motorsports 5 taking the stage. It looks pretty, cars always do. Forza 5 is a launch title.

Remedy up next. They did Alan Wake is you forgot who they were. Wouldn’t blame you if you did. Their new game is called Quantum Break. We’ve got actual graphics on display. Looks pretty good.

15 new exclusives will be released during the first year of Xbox One, 8 of which are new IPs (finally).

…and we’re done with games? We’re back to TV again. Ugh. Whoever this woman is she can’t read the teleprompter. She did say Halo, so now we’re headed to 343 Industries. Are they debuting a game or TV show?

It’s a TV show. Spielberg is “involved”. If you liked their webseries I imagine you’ll enjoy this too.

Xbox has partnered with NFL. Probably some app like Sony has with the hockey leagues. Let’s you watch through the system.

I guess we’re ending? We need to demo Call of Duty first though right?

Xbox One arriving “later this year”. Sweet. Sure. Whatever.

Call of Duty will have the same DLC as last generation. DLC will launch first on the system. Probably means things like maps, etc etc.

Called Call of Duty “Ghosts” if you were unaware. They said something about not playing it safe, but I’m pretty sure all CoD games have used the same blueprint since Modern Warfare nearly ten years ago.

At the very least they have a new engine. Which is nice because CoD hasn’t looked good in years. They’re marketing their writer, some Oscar winning guy. I’m pretty sure they said the same thing about Homefront and look how that turned out (not well).

YAY DOGS! (what?)

They’re talking about multiplayer now. New dynamic maps and character customization. Just “two of the new innovations coming in the future”.

Welp, I’m done. Gotta head to work. Finally. I feel like I wasted an hour of my life.


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