So the time came and went and Microsoft surprised next to no one when they showed next to nothing related to games and everything related to a new home media center.
Here’s a decent comparison chart between both the PS4 and the X1. I’m actually surprised that with 3 months of time between the Sony event and this one, that Microsoft couldn’t come up with something better than Kinect 2.0 and group Skype.
The real question heading into today was if the new X1 would require a persistent internet connection. The answer is a definite maybe – Microsoft posted some stuff then deleted it. From what we do understand, games will require a physical install, load instantly, and likely require a fee to transfer to another account. Essentially killing the used game industry in a small blow. Interesting.
Consoles are used as access points for games. X360 and PS3 are very poor experiences compared to PCs today. My PS3 can take 2 minutes or up to 10 depending on if there’s a patch I need. My PC is just always ready. My PS3 is tethered to a single screen, my laptop can connect to anything. I have a controller for both. The difference between what I’m typing on today and what was shown was the media console.
How exactly is cable TV and movies going to work on a console? They spent 30 minutes on those features, which I’m sure Comcast, Bell and Rogers are asking questions about too. Integrated with locally installed content? Ok, I have that already. With live TV? What’s that going to cost? Swap seamlessly between it all? With 8 gigs of RAM? That, to quote a great mind, is unpossible.
So after a few hours to think about it, I don’t see how Sony or Microsoft really gained “points” with the gaming crowd with either demonstration so far. Neither showed anything that qualified as games. They all touted more realism and more polygons, like every other console launch ever. I do know Sony is aiming for a more “low cost/free” approach to gaming and that Microsoft is really adamant to keep the “pay me now and later, and some in-between too” model. Considering that BOTH new consoles are service-based rather than simply tools to get to games, I am extremely curious to see how both companies will monetize the bells and whistles they’ve been touting.