Microsoft says it is listening to negative feedback about Xbox One DRM ( NeoWin 2013-05-30 )
Sure you are! The problem is that it goes in one ear and right out the other. Same for Windows 8.
The interesting thing is that there is a Softie in the comments trying hard to convince folks how important DRM is for them. And you want to know what the core of the argument is that the Softie uses? It goes like this ( paraphrased ): 'Well since your games are installed to the HDD, DRM is vital because of how easy it would be to copy them'. ... Epiphany! ... Now we know why Microsoft made this drastic change of not playing games from the disc instead choosing to install them first. It wasn't to gain some performance edge after all. It was to open the door to unlimited DRM, including phoning home. Thank you anonymous Softie for inadvertantly spilling the beans.
Microsoft reveals more on its 'liquid black' design for Xbox One ( NeoWin 2013-05-30 )
Another fluff piece bordering on the ridiculous ...
In a new Xbox Wire blog post, along with a new YouTube video, Xbox design team members revealed that the color of the main Xbox One console, along with the Kinect sensor and the controller, is called "liquid black" which it says is the "blackest black creatable" for a molded resin. Microsoft states:The controller's liquid black color also allows the colored A, B, X and Y buttons to look like they are 'floating' on top of the device, according to Microsoft.
The console and Kinect sensor are liquid black so they melt into the background when being used, allowing the content on your TV to dominate the living room. The user interface is overlaid on the same shade of deep black so that the content tiles on the dashboard are more vivid and easier to navigate and interact with "dozens and dozens”.
Skipping the absurdity of "matching" blacks and making it blend in to the background ( What? The little "X" logo won't be visible? ), did you catch the great disconnect: "allows the colored A, B, X and Y buttons to look like they are 'floating' on top of the device"? That's the NeoWin author suggesting a non-flat 3D GUI? Wait, isn't that kinda old now? Hypocrites!
Xbox One controllers designed to last a decade, or more ( NeoWin 2013-05-30 )
And another fluff piece where Microsoft talks up some little factoid, this time implying some super-construction of the game controller. Photos of testing labs. Blah, blah. One sharp commenter asks a very good question ...
So, is that a ten year warranty then?
... which cuts right to the chase indeed. If you think about it, Microsoft missed an opportunity here. This alleged uber-controller should be released standalone as a peripheral for any console or other use. Furthermore, a 10-year warranty would be a marvelous idea. First of all they get to prove they are not lying. Secondly it is unarguably a pro-consumer move. But most importantly it could start a race for the top for both manufacturing quality and warranty policy, something the industry needs as we race to the bottom in practically all categories. That last part would also be very pro-consumer. So the rhetorical question of the day is, will Microsoft do any of these pro-consumer things?
Microsoft is Investing a Billion Dollars in Xbox One Games ( Tom's Hardware 2013-05-30 )
Not really a lot of money believe it or not. If they build and/or sell 100 million consoles, that will equal spending a mere $10 per system, a drop in the bucket. Now here is something interesting. They say they are delivering 15 exclusive titles. Want to know what that calculation works out to be?
1,000,000,000 dollars divided by 15 game titles = $ 66,666,666.666666666666666666666667How about that? The number of the beast indeed. I think this commenter at the article nails it though ...
You're spending 1 billion dollars to monopolize a market and act as a gate keeper preventing people from playing new games unless they give money to you. It's also encouraging developers to avoid multiple system releases. Well it benefits you, and it benefits the developer... I'm just not seeing how this is anything to boast about to everyone else.
Edited by CharlotteTheHarlot, 31 May 2013 - 02:46 PM.