Reactions to the Xbox One, E3 Musings, and Summer Movies – g33kWatch Podcast

The Xbox One was revealed and the Internet lost their shit in every way possible2013 has been a very busy year, for the media industries as well as our little website.  Maybe not the website, but at least the people associated with the website.  We’re working on a lot of cool stuff, with more information coming soon.

When last we spoke, we talked greatly about the PlayStation 4 announcement and what that meant.  Sony made a plea out to core gamers and developers, basically begging them to come back to their brand.  They had shown an understanding that the PS3 in terms of technology and messaging had rubbed people the wrong way and that a radical change was needed.  While some of our staff were encouraged by the proceedings, others wanted to hold off broad thoughts and proclamations until Microsoft talked about what they had for the next-gen XBOX.

Is the Kinect required to even turn on the Xbox One?  We don't know, no one will give us a straight answerWelp, we finally know about that new box; the Xbox One.  Your one stop shop for all things media!  At least, that’s how Microsoft is trying to spin it.  Many people have come out and talked about how boring the initial Xbox One reveal was.  It was only an hour, and they spent most of that time talking about Television, Madden, FIFA, Skype, and Call of Duty.  They didn’t really show much in terms of new games.  To be fair though, E3 is right around the corner, and many of us just need to take them at their word when they say “Games are coming.”  If they wanted to have this initial presentation to talk about system level things, and then save all the gaming to E3 as to not bore anyone, I think that’s a good thing and I don’t mind what they did.

It was the PR nightmare that happened after that conference that has everyone jumping off the Microsoft bandwagon.  Rumors of rigid always online Internet, always on Kinect that can always be watching you, and fees associated with used games, started spreading like wildfire after the initial Xbox One reveal.  What made this all blow up out of proportion was that Microsoft executives and support staff were not on the same page at all.  We’ve heard so many different “facts” about what may or may not be the actual policy, that Microsoft is really digging themselves into a hole.  Inadvertently, the company has now made E3 this place where they need to explain very large and complex systems and policies that simply may not be ready yet.  Microsoft will then have to stick to what they say with absolute certainty for the next six months as if they change anything, the public will baulk.  Worse yet, Sony has seen exactly where the gaming community has found issue with the Xbox One, and now the PlayStation 4 can effectively change their policies to ensure that they are exactly what the Xbox is not.

This happens a lot in Fast 6This topic lead to us talking a bit about E3, but we’ll be sure to have more E3 news and predictions in the coming days.  To finish up the Podcast, we talked about a few of the recent and upcoming movie releases, and what films you may want to go out and see.  We give you the information on This is the End, World War Z, and Fast & Furious 6.

 

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  1. I’ve never been on Sony’s side in any generation but if I’m paying extra for an always-on kinect that I have no interest in owning and probably no space for with my current tv setup then the PS4 is sounding better. I’m not really sold on any of the new consoles right now and unless they have something big to show at E3 I’ll probably just stick with the current consoles for a while.

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    • I think that is a great way to go about this Reborn. I am in a state where I am super excited for a Console Launch. I’ve never been apart of it so it’s fun to be in the moment. That being said, I don’t think either company is making a huge, compelling reason to buy these consoles over a PC or 360 / PS3 release. I mean, all the games they are releasing, except for the Witcher 3, are being cross-gen games.

      Taking the wait and see approach, might be the smartest thing. See what happens and then make an informed decision.

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