Weekend Confirmed 166 - Xbox One

By Ozzie Mejia, May 24, 2013 11:00am PDT

Jeff Cannata is a man on an island (a Hawaiian one, that is), which leaves host Garnett Lee to captain the S.S. Weekend Confirmed alone. He's joined this week by his hardened crew of "Indie" Jeff Mattas, the Escapist's Andrea Rene, and Double Jump's Christian Spicer. Their destination: The fabled isle of Xbox One. The team discusses Tuesday's reveal event, what we know about the new console, and dive into the pile of unknowns and what-if's. After discussing the hardware, features, and rumors, everyone discusses reader reaction and how the Xbox One will fare against stiff competition from Sony and Nintendo. The show ends with some non-Xbox related Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 166: 5/24/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:34 - 00:30:02

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    Whatcha Been Playin Part 2 - 01:01:59 - 01:30:18

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  • So here are the points I think are most relevant to this weeks discussion:

    1) That the XBox (this is how I will refer to it from now on) is the one that will most likely continue to the lead development platform. This was a huge advantage for XBox in this generation. It should not be as big an advantage this time around with such similar architecture in both systems, but I feel that is a very calculated move on the part of MS.

    2) The cloud computing thing obviously scares people. I understand why. I think that MS saw what a long life cycle the 360 had, and how much money they stand to make by the end of it, and thought how about we try to make this next thing last longer. Sure the tech is only to a point now where we may be able to offload certain computations and functions, but it a technology that will undoubtedly get better and as it does the abilities of the console will grow with it. Hopefully making this a box with a longer life cycle. I should say here that if you think Sony is thinking anything different after the acquisition of GaiKai you are nuts. Lets not forget that the expansion of servers for streaming was talked about at that conference as well.

    3) Garnetts statement about what he wanted. Basically a search and sort feature for all your entertainment apps and programming. This one would be amazing. I think that it may already be in there for the most part. What is the one phrase we didn't see used in the conference that was a huge push in the final stages of the 360? "Xbox Bing" , sure bing was on the screen when they showed internet explorer, but not in the fashion it was on the 360. I don't think the DVR will be there because MS wanted the integrated TV functionality and to do that they need deals with providers and you don't get those by taking money out of their pockets. The rest of it could be as easy as "Xbox Bing Friends the with the free porn" and it shows you local listing of when it will be on or where you can purchase it or stream it. That I think is a no brainer and I have a feeling it may already be there.

    Great show as always. Keep up the great work!

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    • I don't think we can even say what lead platform will be. There have been good arguments that PC and PS4 would make more sense too. But more importnatly with PC, PS4 and One even more close in archtecure lead platform might matter even less. It could be teh only one that realy is different is teh PC has some graphicsl sliders...it coudl be [GASP] even the consoles have sliders. We just don't know.

      I think cloud saves and cloud some services like pre-loading dlc could be helpful in the next generation. But that said, the use of the cloud in a way similar to OnLive will not occur....its a tech that won't get pushed in my opinion because there simply isn't the right infer-structure in place. The cloud in other words will be game saves, storage, and pre-loading dlc and little else this gen.

      The Xbox One's biggest hurdle for the non-gamer MS seems to want is...people own TVs...those TVs work...people are tied t fantasy football leagues already....added data on the side to live tv is still 90% just watching TV and you don't need a One to do that. I honestly don't see MS having any advantage at all. They are not creating new services. Take away an Xbox One and people can still watch TV, can still browse and watch tv at once, still play fantasy football, still watch sports with a ticker of other games scores at the bottom.