What gets me is the cry of the people who are 100% sure of the performance benchmarks of the Xbox One.
Its funny because we don't know, yet we have a lot of experts running around here pointing to "those" documents, without actually benchmarking this system.
Paper spec vs "benchmarked" is entirely different matter.
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I know this is standard practice in the auto industry, people like J-Clarkson rag on Ferrari for example for supplying specifically tuned cars for journalists purely to garner the best coverage possible. Where I think this is different is that there's a real deception taking place. We're not talking about a slight bump in speed or the swopping say of a single component. We've got a high performance PC, hidden with a fake lit up Xbox One console, running gimped console games for the purpose of getting positive buzz.
In the past we've had dev kits with more mature version of components, tweaks in ram and storage configurations. This is entirely different, these are pretty much bleeding edge components which carry a £1,000-£1,300 price tag.
I also really doubt Microsoft would dial back performance, why would they. They're creating the perfect deception, that its running on the announced Xbox One hardware in the first place, otherwise why places dummy units on the top of the display stands. Why not have a notice saying running on developmental hardware?
I'll stick with the automotive analogy, it's like test driving a Ford Fiesta and they've stuck an Aston Martin engine under the bonnet, so impressed I place an order and find out it's come with a bog standard 1.4L engine after all.
I know some people might accuse me of splitting hairs, but I feel like there's so much spin being put forward on MS behalf. This is just another example of them thinking that they're outsmarting us. It shows utter contempt. I love the talk about this being the new digital frontier and all of the options their strategy opens up. But it's all hyperbole and it gives the end consumer no benefits, wow family sharing, a positive by-product of the new restrictions. How is that a bonus? I found the comments about service people not being considered by Don Mattrick, totally embarrasing. He says they're not even in his consciousness when they developed the strategy and sort of defends his approach. Yes I've arrogantly not considered these people, why would it's not in my reality...is he being serious....? But then again why would he be concerned....he's probably got really good internet too!
I always found Major Nelson to be pretty cool, but he's comments recently have been as dis-ingenuous as the other higher ups. Well I guess he can stick to hawking Doritos and Mountain Dew special edition Xbones....
Who would have thought that Adam Orth's early douche comments were actually the party line after all?
Ironically this was the level of hubris I think Sony had when launching the PS3, I like to think they learn't the hard way.
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