Friday, July 25, 2014

Without Kinect does Xbox One face the stigma of being seen as a redundant Console?

Without Kinect does Xbox One face the stigma of being seen as a redundant Console?

A Kinect-less Xbox One doesn't seem to have a good selling point or 'It Factor' next to it's closest competition.
  • There is exclusive titles but Halo seems to be the only one that will make a big difference in the line up so far that could make the Xbox One stand out. 
  • No price advantage that could make it the lowest hanging fruit for people who just want a new console.
  • No technical advantages that will make games look or play better compared to it's competition (besides the push for cloud computing).
  • There wasn't a years head-start that would make it the more established console on the market with more games & developers having a better grip on the hardware.
  • It's not aimed at a different market from it's competition where it could escape the head to head comparison in which it pretty much comes up short in every area. 
  • It's not a smaller design making it easier to carry around & better for kids/teens who take their consoles with them from place to place.

Xbox One with Kinect was a vision that a lot of people didn't agree with but at least there was a vision before. Now it seems to be a question of "why is the Xbox One here?" & I have a scary feeling that Microsoft & some devs are starting to ask this same question.

Xbox One remind me a lot of the Sega Saturn.
Priced $100 more at launch then dropped the price to match the competition, 3rd party devs have a hurdle to jump over vs making the same game for the other system and it hasn't really made a case for it's self besides having exclusives but that didn't help Saturn much because people was able to find games that filled the void on the PS1.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Xbox One's June software dev kit gives devs access to more GPU bandwidth




Sunday, June 1, 2014

Free Dark Souls Xbox 360 Digital Download Game

From slickdeals

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

PlayStation 4 & GPGPU : Software Rendering will push PS4 far above Xbox One in Graphics.

At the moment PS4 & Xbox One games look a like for the most part besides better framerates & higher resolutions on the PS4, but PS4 still has a big advantage on it's side that's not being put to good use at the moment & that's the 8 ACE's vs the 2 ACE's of the Xbox One  GPU this will make a big difference when devs start to do more compute based rendering using the GPGPU  & it will make a big difference in the look of the games a bigger difference than what you see now with with PS4 extra power only being used for higher resolution & frame rates.