Microsoft Unveils Xbox One; It’s Shiny, But There’s A Catch

By May 21, 2013

If you were awake this morning at 11am PST, you may have seen the unveiling of the much-anticipated next generation Xbox console, the Xbox One.

Formally dubbed by the world at large as the “720”, the Xbox One is very shiny…check out the official “trailer” below:

THEN Wired got an exclusive close-up looky loo at the new features the Xbox One will offer, such as TV integration…

…AND the new Xbox One’s Kinect sensor with advanced 3D and infrared capabilities.

Looks great, right? The specs for the Xbox One are also sleek and shiny.

Now before you start screaming “TAKE MY MONIES NAO”, there are a couple things you should know…

1) Xbox One will NOT have backwards compatibility with current 360 games OR XBLA titles.

Sorry, darlings. Just like the upcoming PS4, Xbox One will also not have backwards compat…in simple terms, you won’t be able to play any games you own for the 360 OR have in your Xbox Live Arcade on the One. Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten confirmed as such to The Verge earlier today when he said, “The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective.”

Xbox One will utilize an x86 CPU and because the 360’s Xenon processor used “PowerPC” architecture, this means those 360 games simply won’t run correctly. If this sounds familiar, PS4 is also utilizing the same CPU…BUT while Sony is promising that sooner or later PS4 owners will be able to stream PS3 games from the cloud at SOME point, Whitten will not confirm or deny if the One will do the same.

2) Xbox One requires mandatory game installation AND a pre-owned fee to install pre-owned discs.

I get and support game installations to the console’s hard drive (as it saves wear and tear on your disc drive) and I dig that you’ll be able to play the game without the disc, but the fee (unknown at this point but I’m GUESSING will be $5-$10) to install used (or borrowed) games is crap.

I’m okay with the automatic uninstall of game once the game has been sold and reinstalled BUT it also kills the fun of “Hey, can I borrow your game for a week?” as once you loan out your game and your buddy installs to his One, your stuff is wiped out THEN you have to pay a fee to re-install once your buddy returns said game.

So much for sharing. Boo-urns.

On the bright side, as of now the word is “no” on “always-online” requirement for Xbox One games – which is a relief.

3) It’s MASSIVE. Seriously, bro – look at the SIZE of it…it looks like it practically ATE the 360. I sincerely hope that’s forced perspective on the photographer’s part because if not, that’s a huge b***h.

If you’re like me and like to kick it old school with the 360, breathe a sigh of relief as they’ll still be on the market; as MS VP Whitten himself said, “This isn’t about getting rid of the Xbox 360.”

I remember being slightly miffed when they got rid of the detachable hard drive for the built in one on the last gen 360 console, so you can imagine my reaction to the One today was “WTF?”

As predicted, the Xbox One is slated to come out later this year (but no price point has been set), so here’s hoping they have a hands on at E3!

And yes – if there is one, I will tell you ALL about it!

What do you think about the new Xbox One?

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Cricket Lee
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