Prepping for the Next Xbox Reveal

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The time is fast approaching. We are less than a week away from the official reveal of the next generation of Xbox. I’ve supported the Xbox since it’s initial release way back in November of 2001 and personally, I’m very excited to see what Microsoft plans on bringing to the table. 

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Now to avoid an all-out grilling in the comments, I will phrase this next section very gently. I was less than impressed with Sony’s reveal of the Playstation 4. There were some really great features announced and I’m incredibly excited about their focus in online game streaming. It’s something I plan on fully utilizing, but generally speaking, the presentation lacked substance. We were shown the new Dualshock controller and a small selection of launch titles, but that was about it. Sony still hasn’t established the Vita and didn’t offer us much hope in the way of exclusives. We have a new Infamous and a new Killzone. In my opinion, we didn’t really need either. Sony needs another “Uncharted”, figuratively speaking of course. They need something that makes you stop and say, “I need a Playstation.” The original Playstation is still one of my all-time favorite consoles and has one of the strongest lineups ever. I would love to see the Playstation return to it’s former glory, but as it stands now, Microsoft and the Xbox are squeezing the life out of Sony.

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I’m genuinely hoping Microsoft cranks it up to 11 with their Xbox announcement. Console gaming has become very stale over the last few years and sales are definitely reflecting that. Games aren’t selling like they use to and many developers are trying to blame it on a lack of sufficient hardware. Rumors are speculating that the new Xbox will have six times the processing power of the 360. Current claims state the next Xbox will have an 8-Core CPU. It’s also been confirmed that they will be operating with AMD graphics hardware. We’ve also been told that all next-gen Xbox games will be on blu-ray discs. This will eliminate the need for multiple discs for larger games, a common complaint with the current system. And for those fearing the horrifying concept of “online-only” gaming, an internal memo has pretty much confirmed that this will not be happening.

“Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”

I try to stay fairly neutral in the ridiculousness of the “Console Wars,” but maybe it’s just my immeasurable love for America that sways my favor towards the Xbox. (I’ll be taking that check now Microsoft.) Many of these rumors are simply that; rumors. We will have to wait until Tuesday, May 21st before we get an official word from Microsoft. Until then, turn on your 360’s and love them like they deserve to be loved. I will be mentally and physically prepping for the next several days. Hopefully my body doesn’t explode from sheer anticipation.

I Mileson I

21 comments

  1. And the war begins…..now.

    No, I feel you about the Xbox, but I’m more of a PlayStation type of guy. I definitely agree with you about how the PlayStation seems never to launch with an impressive set of games. It’s always year two that they seem to pick up.

    1. Men!!! Axes Ready!!!
      I’m a console supporter all around. I have the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3. I guess I’m more of a fan of solid games than anything else. The Xbox has just done an amazing job connecting online players from around the world. I have a few really good and really distant friends and we “hang out” regularly thanks to this advancement in online gaming.

      1. When it comes to online gaming, the 360 is second to none. When Sony announced the video share feature but decided not to go with twitch.tv and youtube, I couldn’t help but think Microsoft had already snagged them. Still, in the end, I’m a Nintendo guy anyway, but I play my PS3 over my 360 a lot more. Not because the exclusives are better (although I do like all the JRPGs Sony gets as a Japanese company), but it’s just how the cards fell.

      2. I’ve always been a huge supporter of Nintendo. I’ve always liked that they’ve done things their own way, whether or not everyone is into it. I respect the creativity behind many of their projects. I just always seem to find myself playing my 360 the most. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that I always have someone I know online.

    1. I’m serious a little concerned for my health. I’m hoping the reveal doesn’t devastate my cranium. I need that for thinking and stuff.

      1. Ah the beauty of hindsight. She is a cruel temptress. Well I better get that helmet ready before Tuesday.

    1. Noooooo! You gaming hipster, you hahaha. It honestly seems like more developers are heading back towards PC exclusives. This next generation of consoles will truly be the test to see if they can last.

      1. Oh yeah, paying a couple hundred bucks for an amazing graphics card that can play anything is way cheaper than getting all new consoles, but it’s hard to recreate that console experience on a PC.

      2. Yes that is true also! There’s nothing quite like having the controller in your hand. Personally I think it’s easier to play games on a console than PC, but maybe that is because I have mainly played console games…

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