Posted 9:19am on Mon 25 February 2013
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Trusted source says date is, however, subject to change.
Posted 9:19am on Mon 25 February 2013
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I have a horrible feeling that the new xbox is going to spread itself too thinly trying to focus more towards entertainment and entertainment/family style games thus alienating the core of gamers that picked up the original xbox and 360. I hope I'm wrong but remain sceptical.
Posted 9:21am on Mon 25 February 2013
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It's not really hard to stack up against what we know about the PS4. If the Nextbox announcement includes 8GB of RAM and a few games it'll be level pegging again.
Posted 9:32am on Mon 25 February 2013
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I'm surprised that Microsoft haven't come out quicker for the next Xbox. The PS4 has certainly made a very good impression and lots of people were impressed, even the Xbox loyalists! Interesting times lie ahead.
Posted 9:36am on Mon 25 February 2013
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I think Microsoft need to realise (and or hopefully do realise) is that the reason why the family focus style caught on this generation is because enthusiastic gamers bought the console in their droves and then introduced their family and non-gamer-friends to said features. It's why the Wii was a success and it's why the 360 has become a media box.
If they don't focus on the games just at first, to draw in the enthusiast (i.e the kind of people who would watch a live stream for the announcement of a console), then those enthusiasts won't introduce the product to the family crowd who will use the media functions. Microsoft will be in a similar situation to what Nintendo are in right now with the Wii U (which will hopefully Nintendo be rectify this coming E3).
Posted 11:10am on Mon 25 February 2013
Yeah I agree and I think it will be Kinnect/entertainment driven rather than core games.
Will have to wait and see though, plus will it play 2nd hand games which is also something that is very important to me anyway!
Posted 11:25am on Mon 25 February 2013
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If they don't focus on the games just at first, to draw in the enthusiast (i.e the kind of people who would watch a live stream for the announcement of a console), then those enthusiasts won't be able to introduce the product to the family crowd who will use the media functions
Yup, I'll go with that. The 360, for me, has felt way more family friendly than the PS3. Everything's brighter, laid out better with a big, chunky UI and it just feels like it would be more attractive to those with kids or someone who maybe has only a very casual interest in games and wants an entertainment unit.
I think Microsoft will be wary if they do boost that family-friendly image further though having seen what's happened so far with the WiiU. I think they'll carry on bolstering themselves as family-friendly while still appealing to core gamers with solid titles and decent exclusives, which is basically what they've been doing the last few years anyway.
Posted 11:37am on Mon 25 February 2013
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I'd say Nintendo didn't focus enough on the casual market with Wii U. They need to do this now and really explain to that market why they need a Wii U.
Posted 11:42am on Mon 25 February 2013
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mmmm ,trusted source sounds delicious.
Posted 1:07pm on Mon 25 February 2013
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I'd say they definitely need to come out before E3, then both Sony and MS need to show the hardware itself at E3.
if Sony can do a bit of self reflection and come up trumps with what we've seen on PS4, then there's every chance MS can as well. But there is admittedly a heavier emphasis on media on the current Xbox which could influence their decisions a lot more than Sony.
We live in hope