Xbox One announced, launches with next-gen Kinect this year

Today at Microsoft's presentation, it announced the Xbox One.

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Today at Microsoft's presentation, the company announced the Xbox One. Don Mattrick called it an "all in one system," and a sizzle reel accented its cloud capabilities, a new Kinect, and a revised "precision" controller. It will be launching later this year.

During the presentation, we saw the Xbox turn on with a voice command, and immediately recognize the speaker. The home screen looked familiar, but Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi pointed out a few differences. They confirmed it as a cable box, and Mehdi simply said "live TV" to switch to the television input. He also showed "Instant Switching," which let him swap between TV, games, and music with voice commands. Further highlighting the multiple functions, he continued with "Snap Mode," which lets one function continue while browsing others. Finally, Mehdi showed the box running Skype to perform group video calls.

Moving onto TV functionality specifically, Mehdi showed ESPN and then went to the guide, which appeared similar to local TV listings. It let him browse with voice commands, and then responded to natural questions like "What's on HBO?" A Favorites menu pinned content in one place, and a Trending menu shows what the Xbox Live community is watching.

The presentation then moved into hardware specs, including a 500GB HDD, 8GB of RAM, and an 8-core CPU. It will use Blu-ray discs, and 802.11n wireless, with USB 3.0 and HDMI in and out. It runs "three operating systems in one." One is the Xbox OS for access to the hardware, the second is a Windows OS for web applications. The third OS connects the two for "instant switching."

The new Kinect sensor is a 1080p HD RGB camera, with more than 2GBps data. It runs in 30 FPS, and Microsoft calls it "time of flight technology." A teaser video showed the more precision Kinect sensing, and promised that when you're moving it will be able to read your heartbeat. The Kinect sensor is called the "binding power" between it and the other two input devices, the controller and SmartGlass.

The new controller will have an integrated battery, impulse triggers, wi-fi directed radio share, and a newly redesigned D-pad. The presentation also claimed that SmartGlass will be more closely integrated with the hardware since it was designed to be that way from the start.

The new Xbox Live will use 300,000 servers, as opposed to 15,000 for the modern Xbox Live. Data will be stored in the cloud, and the console will work as a "dedicated game DVR" to share moments. You can also asynchronously search for matches while you play another game or watch a movie.

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    May 21, 2013 10:08 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Microsoft announces Xbox One.

    Today at Microsoft's presentation, it announced the Xbox One.

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      May 21, 2013 10:24 AM

      Oh hell this rocks, the most perfect name ever.

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        May 21, 2013 10:32 AM

        Is it?

        It seems really weird to go from "X-Box", to "X-Box 360", to "X-Box 1".

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          May 21, 2013 10:46 AM

          iPad
          iPad2
          iPad , um new?

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            May 21, 2013 10:47 AM

            That makes more sense

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            May 21, 2013 10:52 AM

            That's a product that is going to receive 1-2 releases per year. Game consoles aren't supposed to release very often (been 8 years since the 360) so a logical name makes sense.

            Also we're trashing the Wii U because no one realizes it's the Wii 2. Now Microsoft goes and names their console that sounds like they're talking about the first one. Maybe it will work but it's questionable at least.

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          May 21, 2013 10:50 AM

          IT IS! It is funny, and awesome as hell, especially for geezers like me who still play... XBox... One... (online even)

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          May 21, 2013 10:57 AM

          HTC One

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          May 21, 2013 12:44 PM

          I agree, it's just too weirdz *sobs uncontrollably* *commits suicide*

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        May 21, 2013 11:36 AM

        Yeah, people will be saying "I'm picking up Call of Duty for THE ONE"

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        May 21, 2013 3:33 PM

        I love it when all the rumors are completely wrong.

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      May 21, 2013 10:31 AM

      WHAT THE FUCK DO WE CALL THE XBOX 1 THEN?!?!

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      May 21, 2013 10:40 AM

      OHHH SHIIII!!!
      'Quantum Break' coming from Remedy (makers of Alan Wake and Max Payne)

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        May 21, 2013 11:21 AM

        If you have any inkling on what the game is, I'll eat my hat.

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          May 21, 2013 11:37 AM

          A game about quantum leaping stuff into other stuff with telekinetic type power I guess?

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        May 21, 2013 11:39 AM

        I'm guessing it's a tv show with a tie in game that takes advantage of the interactive xbox tv stuff. maybe they will unlock the game episodically in line with the show or something.

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      May 21, 2013 10:48 AM

      I wonder if they're going to do the part of the rumor where they knock down the 360's price to $99

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      May 21, 2013 10:57 AM

      What's with MS releasing a honking huge console? The thing is a flashback VCR from the 80's.

      I wonder what the Slim version will look like in a few years.

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        May 21, 2013 11:20 AM

        My guess would be they're going for the "piece of home theater equipment" look

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        May 21, 2013 11:32 AM

        To be fair we haven't even seen the PS4. How big is that thing?

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          May 21, 2013 12:14 PM

          My guess is smaller than Xbox One since Sony isn't going the "all in One" see what I did there route.

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            May 21, 2013 1:20 PM

            How would that even matter? Their services are all software, last I checked those don't take up any physical space.

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              May 21, 2013 3:40 PM

              Have you seen the Xbox One? Take another look, you might see a tow hitch next to the HDMI port. >_<

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              May 21, 2013 7:14 PM

              It has to matter... there is no other explanation for why the thing is so freaking huge. Personally, I don't believe that is the retail box. It just can't be.

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        May 21, 2013 2:03 PM

        looks like a Tivo. Will look great in my home theater next to my TIVO.

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        May 22, 2013 12:03 AM

        It's big so that they can put a huge fan in it that runs at a slow speed. Otherwise people would bitch about it being loud and getting hot.

        Also the PS may be internal.

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      May 21, 2013 11:32 AM

      Oh, MS wants the xbox to do what my TV already does. Pass.

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        May 21, 2013 1:34 PM

        really makes u think....

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        May 21, 2013 1:39 PM

        yeah fuck google voice too

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        May 21, 2013 2:56 PM

        PASS

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        May 21, 2013 3:25 PM

        what TV do you have exactly? because mine sure as hell sucks shit for watching cable.

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        May 21, 2013 3:26 PM

        just like g+! amirite

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        May 21, 2013 3:33 PM

        You don't even remember that google tv exists do you.

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        May 21, 2013 4:52 PM

        Oh, Big G wants gmail to do what hotmail already does. Pass.

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        May 21, 2013 5:28 PM

        Oh no you said something negative so now I will bring up your employer and their products ha ha ha!

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        May 21, 2013 7:24 PM

        Nexus Q

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        May 21, 2013 8:15 PM

        Congratulations to Virus and the rest of the Google TV team!

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      May 21, 2013 11:35 AM

      I think the WiiU has proven that names actually do matter to the average consumer, and the Xbox 1 will bring brand confusion. When the kids ask for an Xbox One for Christmas the parents will look for the cheapest deals and find the Xbox 1 for sale cheap in used stores and there will be a lot of tears shed.

      Or it'll be like 'but I already have a 360, why would you want to downgrade?'

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        May 21, 2013 2:08 PM

        I think it may not be as big an issue with the Xbox since every single one of their consoles have been effectively the same way to just say Xbox.

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      May 21, 2013 11:43 AM

      And what will the next one be called? Microsoft X-Box Number Two?

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      May 21, 2013 11:47 AM

      epic name fail.

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      May 21, 2013 11:48 AM

      More like Xbox Zzz. That console design is putting me to sleep.

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      May 21, 2013 12:04 PM

      Soooooo...always on...yea or nay?

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        May 21, 2013 12:09 PM

        the correct answer is, TVSPORTSWIBBYWOBBY

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        May 21, 2013 12:16 PM

        If you turn it off a UFC fighter will come to your home and kick you in the face.

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        May 21, 2013 1:40 PM

        It wouldn't be able to start with a voice command if it was truly off.

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      May 21, 2013 12:12 PM

      Did they go into an explanation as to why they chose 'Xbox One'?

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      May 21, 2013 12:12 PM

      Any one else disappointed at the utter lack of attention to gaming on the console. They spent a good 90% of the event talking about smart TV , entertainment features, and media tie ins and less about the real appeal of the system. They totally neglected details like back compatibility or Xbox Live arcade titles or indie games. We get to see Windows 8 functionality on a TV and not much else.

      I am hoping E3 shows has a better focus.

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        May 21, 2013 12:16 PM

        The point of this event was obviously not games. It was the Xbox as a whole-home entertainment solution. Games are a part of that. So is television. So is other media.

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        May 21, 2013 1:44 PM

        Dude, they fixed the D-pad.

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        May 21, 2013 3:51 PM

        Can't say I'm the least bit surprised. All the rumors were pointing to a more entertainment focused device, and not so much a games centric box. Sure it'll play games too, but I think Microsoft is look at something bigger, or at least further outside that.

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        May 21, 2013 5:11 PM

        It plays games?!?

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        May 21, 2013 5:32 PM

        Is there any doubt that it'll have games? The main purpose is to show what else it can do imo.

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        May 22, 2013 12:46 AM

        they said a billon tomes in that press conference, we will show games at e3.

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      May 21, 2013 12:26 PM

      I already wrote this in the 'xbox live coverage' thread, but here it is again for fun

      Isn't this exactly what Garnett was wanting in the wknd confirmed podcast a couple weeks ago. The Xbox One will be plugged into Input 1 on the TV, and then quickly accesses whatever you want from there. It's also really aimed at NFL fans (I am not one!) so Garnett will have to LOVE this device. I will agree that switching between inputs is a pain in the ass, and I do like what they are showing from that aspect.

      Note that I'm still leaning towards a PS4 solely because I don't have a PS3, and want to access their current catalog through backwards compatibility, so that I can play journey, uncharted, last of us and other prior sony exclusives that I've missed.

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      May 21, 2013 12:28 PM

      Cool announcement, very visible. https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3ASNE&ei=b7ibUZDBLoSm0AHz7wE

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      May 21, 2013 12:39 PM

      Mandatory Kinect?

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        May 21, 2013 12:45 PM

        Looks like it. It comes in every box.

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          May 21, 2013 12:49 PM

          can i hook on my kinect 1 to the new kinect to create a mega-kinect? MEGANECT!

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            May 21, 2013 2:24 PM

            Then it might see itself and become self-aware. This would not be advised.

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            May 21, 2013 2:32 PM

            You have it wrong. The new Kinect is Kinect 1. The old Kinect is just Kinect, even though it's the first one. So the 1 is 2, and 2 1. To hook your Kinect 1 to your new Kinect is like hooking your Xbox 1 to your new Xbox, which may sound like I'm talking about hooking the original Xbox to the 360 that I just bought, but I'm not.

            I think.

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      May 21, 2013 12:42 PM

      Microsoft VCR

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      May 21, 2013 12:46 PM

      Soooo Sony and Microsoft switched roles this generation? The PS3 tried to do too much and suffered while the 360 was primarily for games. Now Sony says you know what we fucked up with the PS3 we are going to focus on games for the PS4 and Microsoft decided to pack the console with a bunch of junk.

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        May 21, 2013 1:13 PM

        how did the PS3 try to do too much other than cram a bunch of dumb hardware in that resulted in it being too expensive? The PS3 was always focused on games. It's not like Blu-Ray was a complex feature. It's a disc, you put it in, it plays movies, just like your old consoles with a DVD drive. It just added a ton of cost and was less appealing than DVD was in the PS2 era.

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          May 21, 2013 1:23 PM

          if anything the PS3 tried to do too little at the start, it wasn't until they started adding more features that it became worthwhile.

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            May 21, 2013 1:49 PM

            exactly, if anything it focused too much on games and hardware and underestimated how important the services around those things were.

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              May 21, 2013 3:58 PM

              Services around game, or services outside of them?

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                May 21, 2013 4:02 PM

                Both. Specific to gaming itself: Outside the game services like a good storefront where I can easily discover new stuff, try demos, quick and friction free OS/game updates, etc. Inside the game services like built in voice chat, cross game/app messaging, achievements, beacons, etc.

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      May 21, 2013 1:06 PM

      No Xbone for me.

      ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING.

      "PREOWNED FEE" ???

      I'M SO OUT !!!

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        May 21, 2013 5:27 PM

        OH FUCK I'm calling it Xbone or XBone or maybe XBOne from now on...probably just XBone!

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      May 21, 2013 1:13 PM

      https://twitter.com/AdamSessler/status/336935531877388288 - Sessler gets confirmation that the TV initiative is slated for 41 countries.

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        May 21, 2013 1:24 PM

        That makes it a lot more interesting.

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        May 21, 2013 1:35 PM

        It'll be a major flop if it ever comes over here. Set top boxes and external receivers are very rare here, unless you're on sattelite TV. Most people just use the built-in tuner in their TV and add a slot-in card reader if they want premium channels.

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          May 21, 2013 1:44 PM

          I'm guessing the multinational company has taken the usage statistics for the countries they're scheduling this for into account.

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      May 21, 2013 1:33 PM

      I predict 90% of you crying, sandy vaginas on this thread will own an Xbox One before the end of 2014.

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        May 21, 2013 1:36 PM

        meanwhile, i'm totally fine with it so far and would like one.... but probably won't own one till 2016 :(

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        May 21, 2013 2:16 PM

        Maybe by then there will be something worth playing on it?

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        May 21, 2013 7:17 PM

        That's a dumb prediction... seeing as 90% of gamers don't even own a 360, and a 360 seems just as appealing as that mess they revealed today.

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      May 21, 2013 1:43 PM

      I'm not that interested anyway as I mostly play games on PC, so the focus on home entertainment stuff appealed to me. I mostly use my Xbox for iPlayer nowadays, and more cool video-y sort of stuff sounds good. It's sitting under my TV, so let's use it for more cool things.

      Video games will be on the Xbox 360. Not many were announced today but that's okay. Others will happen. Video games will be made for this video games console. I don't need someone to tell me that.

      The US-centric stuff means nothing to me but, you know, ideas and stuff.

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        May 21, 2013 1:47 PM

        this is where i am. i love the home entertainment features with the additional ability to play a few exclusive titles while still gaming on PC quite a bit.

        there's absolutely no way the xbox one will have fewer "traditional" titles than the 360, no way at all. it's x86, it's still primarily a games console, but they want to show what it can do besides game.

        built-in kinect, 1080p/4k, voice commands, game DVR, sharing, they talked about a bunch of very interesting things here.

        anyone worried that there won't be traditional hardcore games on xbox is just being overly negative and paranoid.

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          May 21, 2013 5:32 PM

          I am interested to learn more about how the DVR will work for gaming... And so long, as Kinect comes packaged in the box, I will likely use the tv media features... even though that kind of thing doesn't really impress me.

          My concern is the other part of your statement... I got the 360 b/c it came out first... in terms of exclusives, it reaaaally wasn't that impressive of a system. Especially compared to all the exclusives that came out on the PS3 or Wii. So I disagree... they HAVE to do more to show they are focusing on the core gaming experience.

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        May 21, 2013 1:59 PM

        Yes, this is me. I'm a PC gamer who has never owned a console, but I find the XBox One compelling for the speed of the interface and the integration of all the media stuff. If they include (or add) streaming from own media collection via the network, (and if the price is right) then I'm sold since I'd have to build an HTPC to do the same things otherwise.

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        May 21, 2013 2:18 PM

        I feel the same. I wonder how they'il integrate the DVR functionality from all those different devices around the world.

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      May 21, 2013 1:46 PM

      Haven't had a chance to watch the announcement yet, but are they killing WMC?

      I'll be annoyed if they do, I don't ever want to have a Comcast DVR in my house again.

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        May 21, 2013 2:52 PM

        i have to assume basically all the resources devoted to wmc have moved to xbox since vista was released

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      May 21, 2013 1:54 PM

      The system has some good Ideas and I like most of them , but they are all extras to me. The System must play games first and foremost and this system seems to be shooting itself in the foot. It does not play 360 games. Ok thats bad but maybe I could live with it, But not being able to play used games without some kind of fee! That is a Total Deal Breaker and a Dick move Microsoft. What about services like Gamefly ?!?! Or any rental service for that matter, red box etc.. Doesn't this fee thing totally kill said services! If Microsoft changes this I'll probably buy it but otherwise MS can stick it where the sun don't shine! And thats hard for me to say since I just bought a PS4 6 months ago and Have bought every Xbox at launch and have been a Live gold subscriber since the launch of the service! Oh well, Adios Xbox i'm more PC these days anyway.

      Also they can have all the EA exclusives they want I'm done with that company.

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        May 21, 2013 1:59 PM

        Oh and I meant PS3 sorry.

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        May 21, 2013 2:02 PM

        has Sony said they are not doing the same thing (no more free used games)? I havent seen them deny it outright.

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          May 21, 2013 2:15 PM

          I believe they just said 'the console won't stop used games' or something to that effect but didn't go into any further detail yet (since obviously that doesn't preclude them from working but only with a fee or other stipulations).

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            May 21, 2013 2:33 PM

            no they said it will be up to the publisher I believe ... and you can bet the big ones are all going to turn it on.

            I think the destruction of the used game market is a bad idea, but it's going to happen in both places.

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          May 21, 2013 5:25 PM

          Yes, they stated no fees for used games on the PS4.

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        May 21, 2013 2:28 PM

        Not really unique to Microsoft. All developers want this basically and used games aren't popular on PC are they?

        I actually like it. If I was designing a content market it doesn't make sense that an instance of digital media could be passed along to 100 people which was only paid for once. Of course it mainly affects single player titles.

        Steam works pretty well, since everything ends up getting discounted which makes up for the lack of used games, and ends up being cheaper anyway since there's only one middleman, while still funding developers.

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        May 21, 2013 2:32 PM

        The System must play games first and foremost and this system seems to be shooting itself in the foot

        I'm confused, does the xbox one not play games?

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          May 21, 2013 2:54 PM

          only after you take a picture of yourself and send it to Balmer so he can decide if you're pretty enough to play his console.

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      May 21, 2013 2:06 PM

      I forgot this was happening today. Ha! I guess I'm old now :(

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      May 21, 2013 2:08 PM

      This may be a stupid question, but what was keeping Microsoft from supporting the Occulus Rift on it's new console / all of the XB One games? Is the Rift strictly a PC device at this point and time? Like I said, possibly a dumb question, but it seemed like if Sony or MS baked Occulus Rift support into it's new system, it would be the dealbreaker for lots and lots of gamers.

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        May 21, 2013 2:59 PM

        the only thing the rift needs from the console is the head tracking input being passed to the game via USB. so the only thing stopping a developer from supporting the oculus rift is if Sony/MS allows the device to pass the input via USB.

        the screen inside the goggles connects via HDMI/DVI so that doesnt need involvement with the console

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          May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

          So that begs the question: Why hasn't Sony or MS thrown gobs of money at the Oculus guys to get exclusivity console rights/bundling?? This seems like such a forward-thinking yet obvious feature on the next-gen consoles.

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            May 21, 2013 3:28 PM

            eh its still a niche, and its cool but its also $300.
            they can do it in a firmware update easy

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              May 21, 2013 3:29 PM

              also, exclusivity? screw that, I wouldn't invest much money in it. its cool but i dont think its for the masses yet

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            May 21, 2013 3:30 PM

            it's a completely unproven market for a $300+ peripheral that doesn't play well with > 1 person in the room. There's a ton of potential there but it's hardly a surprise.

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            May 21, 2013 7:50 PM

            no software, market opporunity isnt proven, why buy from someone else when they are hardware companies, came too late in the planning for next gen, cost is close to the price of the console, fragments the userbase on day one, makes you look like a doofus.

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      May 21, 2013 2:48 PM

      Wow that is one ugly-looking boxy piece of hardware. Yikes!

      Looks (to me) like Sony wins the reveal contest. Though I DO like that they include Wireless automatically as well as Blu-Ray (Sony must be loving that last factor).

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        May 21, 2013 3:10 PM

        Why cause they haven't completely shown theirs yet?

        Also the Blu-Ray part cost Sony a pretty penny to win that battle and though it is the new standard it never took off like DVDs of VHS and is loosing more and more to streaming so hallow victory.

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        May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

        i think they built it with a Home Theater setup in mind, no?

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          May 21, 2013 11:16 PM

          Probably but I don't really care WHY they made it so fugly. It's just fugly.

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      May 21, 2013 3:07 PM

      MS quickly glossed over the XOne being able to record gameplay but didnt mention any ways of sharing your videos other than to say you'll be able to share it via Xbox live or some shit like that.

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        May 21, 2013 3:24 PM

        Skydrive integration would be pretty slick.

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      May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

      shoot dogs! Watch tv!

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      May 21, 2013 3:37 PM

      Oh, so everyone called the 360 "The 360", and they caught on to that and now they want people to say "THE ONE". I don't know why but that kind of rubs me the wrong way.

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        May 21, 2013 3:41 PM

        normal people usually just call it Xbox or the Xbox because they're not intimately familiar with every gaming console and its various historical iterations.

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          May 21, 2013 4:09 PM

          Everyone I know who discusses it IRL calls the console a "360". "I was playing blah blah on my 360"...

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            May 21, 2013 4:21 PM

            Even on something like the bombast they routinely switch between calling it the xbox and the 360.

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      May 21, 2013 3:39 PM

      OMG what a xbox. has my favs exclusives Call of Duty, NFL, Max Payne developer, next gen Forza and best controller design made better. 1st Day Buy!!!!

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        May 21, 2013 3:46 PM

        Of course your post history reads like a Microsoft rep.

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          May 21, 2013 3:48 PM

          who needed to read his post history with a shackname like finalSpart4n? :D

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            May 21, 2013 4:31 PM

            To be honest it's hard to tell if he really is an Xbox Live fanboy. He has no xX, Swag, YOLO or 420 in his name.

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          May 21, 2013 3:49 PM

          I picture him looking like Valcan but with a goatee, a scar over one eye, and a giant nail sticking out of his brain. He comes from the darkest timeline.

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            May 22, 2013 6:23 AM

            look at you making a community reference!!!

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        May 21, 2013 4:18 PM

        I think your post is the first one that was genuinely shilling excited for the Xbone.

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        May 21, 2013 10:46 PM

        Why the fuck are these accounts not perma banned?

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      May 21, 2013 3:52 PM

      I'm kind of surprised more people are not complaining about the actual look of the console. It looks like a square version of the Xbox 1 (Xbox OG now?) it's very 90's looking.
      I kind of like really simple flat design but it just looks so .. gaudy and 90's looking. Why did they not add some kind of basic styling to the thing?

      I don't know about any of the rest of it. It will sell lots and the trojan horse thing could really work out for them. It could become the iphone of consoles, people thinking "not a chance" but they may well take over the living room with this sucker long term, the MS app store, angry birds on the TV - that kind of penetration, who knows.

      As a gamer with a HTPC and a PS3 - I think I know where my dollars are going next though.

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        May 21, 2013 4:46 PM

        I really couldn't care less what my consoles looks like.

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          May 21, 2013 7:13 PM

          So don't you have a g/f, wife, people visiting? I don't like gaudy looking shit in my lounge.

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            May 21, 2013 7:15 PM

            pics of lounge plz

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            May 21, 2013 7:29 PM

            lol. They don't give a fuck and even if they did, I wouldn't give a fuck that they do.

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        May 21, 2013 4:52 PM

        i was about to ask this. How did this design happen? It is the worst looking piece of hardware I've seen in ages.
        We are in the era slick handheld devices, super slim televisions, and now this. It just looks slapped together and unfinished.

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          May 21, 2013 7:05 PM

          It's as bad as that Nvidia handheld thing Davinci1980 is so defensive about. I am flabberghasted that the PS3 got labelled the grill and ugly shit and this thing is basically a perfectly square version of the Xbox 1 + some 1990's retroness, it's fucking AWFUL.

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        May 21, 2013 7:43 PM

        It's much more low key and 'a/v device' looking than a 360. If you're really concerned about what friends, family, and other random people will think about the fact that you play games, I'd think you'd want something as generic and anonymous as possible.

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          May 21, 2013 7:50 PM

          I love generic, low key and agree it's somewhat A/V looking but it's really missing some basic syling to make it look appealing. I think the main issue is the top looks awful with the angled lines on the right side of the panel. It just kinda looks a bit cheap and nasty. Even just a nice silver bezel around the front might've made a huge difference.

          A/V is fine by me - not chunky and gross 90's (although I just looked at some more pics and I don't detest it now, I just don't like it)

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        May 21, 2013 11:17 PM

        I did. See above. It's hideous.

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          May 21, 2013 11:34 PM

          Why is there not more people complaining about this? The PS3 copped it.

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            May 21, 2013 11:58 PM

            we've got far more important irrelevant shit to argue about

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              May 22, 2013 12:23 AM

              Are you still playing defense squad here dude? I think if Sony fucking copped it, why isn't MS? that thing is ugly as fuck.

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                May 22, 2013 12:28 AM

                no I think the console looks fine. I have very few feelings about it. It's a black box, it sits under my TV and hopefully blends in with the blackness in that area. I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict the PS4 will also be a black box that is largely nondescript. The look of the console is pretty low on the list of things I'm concerned about. The PS3 design was dumb more from a functional perspective (just enormous and shaped in a way that stops you from even putting a game on top of it for a minute, adding size for ports out the wazoo for no good reason) than anything aethestic that I cared about.

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                May 22, 2013 12:34 AM

                They are catching flack very similar to how the PS3 was received. PS3 = george foreman grill, XBone = Betamax or VCR player. Maybe not so much here, but elsewhere yes.

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                  May 22, 2013 12:41 AM

                  I think they will accept design criticisms from abrasion and co if they get reactions like this from the press:

                  The console itself is more angular and practical looking than either of its two predecessors. Flat and rectangular like a cable box, you could almost call the design reserved. But it is by no means unattractive, and will probably sit tucked away in a cabinet anyways.

                  and Microsoft scored an instant win over rival Sony by actually having a working console to show off.

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                    May 22, 2013 1:05 AM

                    I would call it reserved and I appreciate reserved - it's still fucking butt ugly. The PS2 was square but it looked better and that's 12 years older.

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                    May 22, 2013 4:38 AM

                    I did laugh at the "by no means unattractive" part - because, well, it is by pretty much every means, unattractive unless the writer is, perhaps, blind.

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          May 22, 2013 4:37 AM

          I fully understand that these types of things are subjective but to me, at least, it's surprisingly not elegant or cool-looking, even. :(

          And while it won't affect functionality at all (clearly), it's still something that lightly impacts my impression of the product. I understand and appreciate that others might not care at all.

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      May 21, 2013 3:54 PM

      What a mess ?

      Instead of discussing the system, now all the focus is on that used game thing.

      PR disaster MS !

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      May 21, 2013 4:54 PM

      Does this thing play Blu-rays or what?

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      May 21, 2013 4:55 PM

      Alex St John on the xbox one: http://www.alexstjohn.com/WP/2013/05/21/xbox-one-first-reaction

      apologies if repost.

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      May 21, 2013 4:57 PM

      also, anyone got a recording of the presentation?

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        May 21, 2013 5:02 PM

        Just search it on youtube. I think ign and gametrailers has it on their channels. Hope the guy who did the PS4 Abridged version does one for the Xbox One.

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          May 21, 2013 5:42 PM

          thanks, found it on ign

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            May 21, 2013 5:49 PM

            i'm 27 minutes in, these poor guys need some presentation training, they're all stumbling over their words

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      May 21, 2013 5:06 PM

      I haven't read through most of this thread, but reading other forums and just listening to online gamers talk about the conference and the system, the trend seems to be pretty negative.

      Let me start by saying this conference wasn't for the ideal hard core gamer. I was at work when they priemered the show on Spike so I went into the break room and asked to change the channel.

      There were about 5 people in the room, a 20 year old male teenager, two 25 year old females (who aren't gamers) and a 35+ year old lady with kids. And they were all blown away by the tv functions. I know it's not a gamers ideal, but everyone in the room was just in awe at how cool it was.

      One of the 25 year old female employee mentioned how she's not into gaming really but has played games like mario kart and she really liked the whole xbox being the hub of all things.

      Everyone in the room was in awe at Forza and Call of Duty. And for most gamers, they were nice but nothing impressive, yet their "Target" audience was in awe.

      The system itself in my opinion seems very cool and I would love to just have one unit controlling everything and being able to change inputs at will. Games wise, nothing breathe taking, yes it is a video game system first and foremost, but i would wait until E3 before throwing it under the bus

      And BTW wasn't Jeff ranting about hating changing inputs for his t.v, they answered his prayers lol

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      May 21, 2013 5:09 PM

      Lol apparently people who were watching the stream on their 360, the 360 would turn off the stream when the guy in the conference said Xbox go home

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      May 21, 2013 5:10 PM

      the box looks awesome. sleek stylish and sophisticated. PS4 will be another foreman grill part 2. hahaha i just remembered how epic fail ps3 foreman grill was.

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        May 21, 2013 5:22 PM

        this is 8th time you have bagged out the ps4. even though you have a 4 in your name!

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        May 21, 2013 5:30 PM

        Spot on commentary!

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        May 21, 2013 5:43 PM

        You are an amazing poster, please tell me more about this grill.

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        May 21, 2013 11:18 PM

        LOL...seriously? It's hideous, dude. I think maybe you left your contacts in last night.

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      May 21, 2013 5:17 PM

      The only good part of that hour long presentation was the fucking controller! The box itself is ugly as hell. And what the hell is up with calling it One??? No dummies, the first xbox was the xbox one. Dumbest name ever. And they emphasized a bunch of new features that can't possibly be attractive to anyone but casual gamers. The TV/Kinect stuff was kind of cool... but not worth buying your new next gen system cool.

      I also like how they totally ignored the gpu and type of RAM powering the console. Because not only did the little gaming they showed not look like actually gameplay... nothing looked as good as the footage shown at Sony's conference (inFamous or Killzone). Although the pre-rendered stuff in Quantuum Break looked pretty awesome. It's nice to hear that they are focusing more on exclusive IP... but I wish they would have told us how much of that will be Kinect Crapware. I'll give them until E3, but so far I am not impressed. Maybe I'll change my tune when we see some real gameplay at E3 (hopefully).

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        May 21, 2013 5:19 PM

        there was an hour long presentation on the specs and hardware architecture with distinguished engineers who worked on it. Shockingly that type of content doesn't play well on Spike TV.

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          May 21, 2013 5:35 PM

          I'll have to look it up... The game play for COD: Ghosts looked VERY current gen. Of course, COD isn't known for pushing the boundaries of graphics, but still.

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            May 21, 2013 5:45 PM

            yep, agreed, it looked like a game still largely designed with the limitations of current consoles in mind. Standard fare for a year or two after the generation change though, Activision and others can't ignore the 100+ million 360/PS3 owners who aren't going to have a new console for awhile.

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              May 21, 2013 7:10 PM

              I would agree with you except for the fact that Watchdogs still looks awesome although it's coming out on both current gen and next gen systems.

              I am also pretty sure that Battlefield 4 will look significantly better as well... although we haven't seen any of the console footage yet to my knowledge.

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        May 21, 2013 7:24 PM

        No, see, it's One because it's the One multimedia device you'll ever need!!!! OMG!!

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        May 21, 2013 7:51 PM

        Did anyone confirm if they are force feedback triggers? Cause that is actually kind of genuinely cool. Kudos

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          May 21, 2013 8:22 PM

          What I heard confirmed after the main show on Spike when they were breaking down the controller was that there were two new rumble motors near the triggers. No force feedback or resistance. Just extra rumble for the triggers specifically.

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            May 21, 2013 8:42 PM

            Still kinda cool :/

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              May 21, 2013 10:26 PM

              Yeah, could be. I wonder if Sony will do the same for consistency?

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                May 21, 2013 11:09 PM

                they certainly have no qualms with aping controller features at the last minute

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        May 21, 2013 7:51 PM

        The trigger stuff sounded really cool, if it works how I'm imagining it.

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          May 22, 2013 2:01 AM

          Jeff Gerstmann said its just trigger rumble, no varied resistance :(

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      May 21, 2013 5:25 PM

      anybody notice there were ladies at the conference and sony had none? at least microsoft has a diverse workforce and management and sony only has males heading there conference.

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        May 21, 2013 5:32 PM

        Why didn't U respond to m'offer to a truck pull yesterday Spart4n? I'm surprised your Ford Raptor hasn't red ring'd like every JokeBox 3Shitty. Have fun playing with your $400 drugstore DVD player-lookin console. The graphics reveal today was MEGA WEAK.

        everbodE knows the ladies love d'PSTriple. I have 4 friends with 360 red ringas and all of them have lil' jappy ding dongs. no honeys want that. Try coming back in 8 years when Miscrote$oft is out of business bequase the PSQuattro ran it out of town. killzone OWNS halo like u OWN buttplugs

        what playa? wat

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          May 21, 2013 6:46 PM

          As intentional as it is, that was really hard to read haha

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          May 21, 2013 8:18 PM

          lol @ "lil' jappy ding dongs"

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        May 21, 2013 8:25 PM

        ahahahahhha

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        May 22, 2013 4:17 AM

        You mean those wooing and clapping at every single thing? They are Microsoft employees.

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      May 21, 2013 5:30 PM

      I have not yet chosen which console I will buy but I really hope they make the cd key as painless as possible.

      ie: Use the kinect camera to scan the code in.

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      May 21, 2013 5:46 PM

      That console is ugly as sin.

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      May 21, 2013 8:22 PM

      Jesus Christ...just wait until your next trip to Gamestop..."Would you like to reserve Madden for THE ONE today?" Fucking kill me now.

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        May 21, 2013 8:24 PM

        1. what's gamestop 2. just call it the xbox

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      May 21, 2013 8:23 PM

      Hopefully this is one of those Xbox prototypes where the shell is just a placeholder. Remember the huge X machine?

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      May 21, 2013 11:34 PM

      All you need to know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbWgUO-Rqcw

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      May 21, 2013 11:56 PM

      It is the crate because eggs boxes are crates.

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      May 22, 2013 12:02 AM

      anyone here remember if Sony showed their GUI or features when they launched their console or did they just talk a lot on an empty stage to try and get a head?