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IGN Article hinting at two simultaneous XBoxes for 2013
That's interesting, but not interesting. I just want my super powerful new Xbox with super awesome games.
11-23-2012 #3Soldier 95BGuest
I would easily buy both. However, I wish they would find a way to have them built inside of some TV's as an option. I am trying to eliminate set tops whenever possible. I like a clean setup.
I think that would just confuse costumers! If that was indeed true.
A new report suggests that Microsoft's next generation Xbox will come in two very different models.
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The first is the console we're all expecting, providing true next-generation gaming experiences, while the other will be a more affordable unit aimed at the casual market. The latter is said to use Windows 8 as the basis of its operating system, and won't be able to run the latest triple-A titles, but will support downloadable casual games from Xbox Live.
So it will function more like a set-top box, or an Apple TV, allowing a greater number of consumers to experience the console's growing range of entertainment apps. Apparently, the next-gen Xbox will be an 'always on' device that starts up almost instantly, letting you resume your game with little downtime.
This latest report comes from The Verge, which cites "multiple sources familiar with Redmond's plans". (Redmond, if you were wondering, is the location of Microsoft's head quarters.) It also claims that this twin SKU approach is part of a larger Microsoft strategy to ensure that its core Xbox software is 'scalable' to run on a variety of devices. There's even talk of making it so that a phone could be capable of delivering a full Xbox Live experience. It has also looked into including licensing core Xbox functionality into television sets.
It's believed that both devices will be announced sometime in 2013 and made available before the end of the year.
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I have been reading this all week. The multiple SKU's is something to get used to after this generation, so I don't find it surprising. At the same time catering to the casual market is a great idea, but the fact it won't play Xbox games is a huge concern. Is there really a strong enough market for a model that doesn't play the games, but only arcade titles?
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My only concern is with the ramifications on developer support. If this is a bid to split off the "Kinect Crowd" from their gaming core, what will the end result be? This generation, we've seen a nice mass exodus from the Wii and both the PS3 and the 360's base has grown healthily as a result. If the casual gamers abandon Nintendo, for instance, and run to this casual XBox, what will it mean for developer support of the core-gamer oriented machine? I thought Sony and MS went the right route this gen in trying to create a "One Box to Rule Them All" approach. It allows casual gamers to bleed over to core-games and vice versa while giving a nice boost to overall unit sales for the hardware. I think doing this may make the core and casual gamers silo in, especially when the offerings are from the same pool of developers.
11-23-2012 #10Soldier 95BGuest
You guys need to calm the hell down.
Remember when MS put out the statistics about non gaming usage of the 360? This "secondary" device is likely to be designed to do just that. It will likely be a way for people to access xbl media content, applications and xbla games on the cheap (along with streaming/media center capabilities) compared to buying a full console to do those simple things.
As for confusion it should be pretty obvious when one retails for ~$400 and the other retails for ~$99 that they clearly do different things.
This is not a different "gaming" sku, there will only be 1 main gaming xbox at a time.
Any videos that are available on Xbox Live, are available on something else.... have no need for media center extender. So yeah. Anything not related to actual gaming can be done on w/o Xbox/Xbox Live.
And just because some content is available elsewhere doesn't make it as easily accessible/seamless as the experience on the xbox marketplace.
Not to mention, the 360 marketplace also allows access to other vendors marketplaces.
"Oh I want netflix!! NEED A 360!!!" lol
How many people upgrade their free Xbox Live access, so they can pay for features they can already have for free?
There are people currently buying 360's to use primarily for the non gaming purposes I listed previously.
They could buy another product to access some of those services, but they buy a 360 instead.
So MS sees fit to sell a product that can do those things, but costs significantly less than a console.
Nowhere did I say that if people want to use a service, like netflix for example that they must buy a 360 to do so. There are several other ways to do so. But people do buy 360's and use them for non gaming purposes like watching netflix.
Let's see a survey that shows that more people are buying a 360 to use primarily for non-gaming activities lol.
If you can't see the trend based on those articles, I don't know what to tell you.
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Sounds pretty corny if I can say so! I'm not gonna buy that cheap crap thing they're releasing!
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