So that's the new console. In truth. I don't have anywhere NEAR as many complaints as people seem to about it. But that's because, and please, feel free to argue, but the outspoken buncha gamers are the most complainy, self-entitled, over opinionated people on the planet.
First thing I saw was the desgin. In all honesty...I'm not bothered by it. It has the whole horizontal design which is nice, but tha'ts minor. I love the minimalist design. I mean, the console ain't just about the box, but everything inside, and there's a whole lot of that, too. I don't have too much to say on that angle.
The controller just..looks better. It's a step up from the already-simple 360 controller. But they added in the one thing that was a giant 'DUH' from the start. A d-pad that isn't a pain to use. Simliar to the 'pro' controllers that cost 60 right now, the Xbox One controller is just naturally good for D-pad use.
The integration of Skype and voice commands was pretty nifty, too. I mean, it is a bit extra...unneeded bells and whistles to do the whole "Xbox, On" and have the voice recognition turn the system on and pull you and your gamertag up. Cool, but seems a bit much. The whole system is voice commanded now though. The Picture in Picture thing, or "Xbox Snap" was pretty neat though. So you can, insttead of having to pull your laptop out to look at something in case you're stuck in a game, you can just say "Xbox, Snap Youtube" and bam, there you go. It'll pop up beside your game. Tell it what you want and it'll pop up the video for you. And of course, having Skype on the system is pretty neat although details...I don't think I need to go into it, because it's still just Skype. Does give the neat possibility to video chat while gaming though.
They also integrated a DVR system into the Xbox so you can record your greatness whenever you feel it should be recorded. I thought that pretty cool. So not only will you have your beat one shot from across the map, but you can keep that moment and cherish it forever. Because we can end that whole "pics or it didn't happen" song and dance.
Although it doesn't have as much to do with Xbox as it did 343 Industries, they announced that Speilberg is on board with making a live action Halo TV series. I have no problems with this. Their animated works have all been great and Speilberg himself is a legend. So...let's see where that goes.
Oh, and onto the complaining I was talking about. I'm already hearing of people being bothered at the console design, bothered at the Kinect that comes with it, and all that other stuff. Those aren't even that big of a deal. Kinect...there's a possibility it'll want some games to go along with it, but we vote with our pockets. If they start pumping out games that make it mandatory, tell them no and don't buy it and practices will change. That easy.
The other side of the coin I'm starting to grow extremely weary of, is how people are still touting that the PC will be able to always to better than any console no matter what. That's getting old to me. Simply because not everybody can have an awesome gaming rig with 16GB Ram and all that crap. (I know its an exaggeration but my point stands). I love Steam, and I do enjoy PC Gaming and the like, but I'm tired of being dogged/laughed at because I enjoy both worlds.
And I don't like it becuase I can't always afford to buy brand new games. I'm a used-games dude. I buy 'em used because that's what's most affordable and cost effective. But that's a personal issue. I'm sure it's bigger than what I'm making it out to be though.
And lastly...that they used EA as their first 3rd party business to present anything. Madden and Fifa look no different. At all. They don't change even across generations. Graphics get a slight bump...but it's all the same. And why pick EA, when they do nothing but piss off gamers everywhere, all the time? I don't get it. I know they did a lot of work, but try to bring out the appeal companies first like 343 and Remedy first, since Alan Wake was beloved by gamers everywhere. But again, that's a minor thing from my take.
All in all, I like the new console. It has some issues but what console doesn't? Gotta love something for what it was and don't expect perfection out of everything. It looks nice, feels nice, feels smooth, and I can't wait to own one 5 or 6 years from now. XD