Since the reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft has found itself on the wrong end of the stick where gamers are concerned. Gamers who seem to think a video game machine must solely focus on games and much of nothing else, which is quite an immature thought. However, despite what hardcore gamers and the gaming press think of the Xbox One, the console is still poised to come out on top due to all its innovations.
When we look at the Xbox One, we see a console that is doing things differently, a console that wants to break away from the shackles of the gaming industry. By focusing on other aspects outside of gaming, Microsoft is ensuring the Xbox One has a bright future ahead, along with the possibility of bringing none gaming consumers into the realm of Xbox. Overtime, gamers will have to accept that the Xbox caters to a wider audience, and that there is really nothing bad about going in this direction.
As the most innovative next generation console, let’s talk about some of the non gaming features that will help propel the Xbox One to glory when it launches on November 22, 2013.
TV and Sports
The ability to connect the Xbox One to your cable box is a huge deal since it would get rid of the problem of switching between devices. Want to watch TV after playing video games for 5 hours? That’s fine, no need to switch to your cable box, Microsoft’s new baby will do all the work for you. Furthermore, there’s all the sports related content Microsoft talked about at the reveal, which could turn out to be a big deal.
Right now the NFL is the most popular sports in the United States, so by integrating the Xbox One with live NFL content along with ESPN, American sports fans might see this as something worth considering. Furthermore, the ability to control everything with just the sound of your voice via Kinect is pretty neat, and Microsoft should be applauded for this move.
Now, these TV and Sports features are not yet available in Europe, but imagine when it does, it could turn out to be a big boon for football loving fans.
People are still wary of Kinect because the first one didn’t perform as well Microsoft promised. However, the Kinect One from all the previews so far, is proving this device could change the way we play games. We’ve seen all the hands-on articles from across the web, it’s pretty difficult to dispute the claims of Kinect One actually working as intended.
Here’s the thing, if Microsoft is able to market Kinect towards the casual crowd in a meaningful way, it is likely the Xbox One could usher in a new wave of entertainment for those who are afraid of the controller. It worked wonderfully for the Nintendo Wii, so there’s no reason it couldn’t happen with the Xbox One. As long as the content is there, Microsoft will have the opportunity to create a big lead between the Xbox One and competing consoles where sales are concerned.
Wait, what? Didn’t think we’d even mention Skype? Of course, lads, it’s a big part of the Xbox One’s experience. There will be those who might want to downplay the significance of Skype, but make no mistake, it is just as important as everything else. We expect families and friends to take full advantage of what Skype has to offer.
At the end of the day, Microsoft will have to advertise the advantage of owning a Xbox One properly, or else the target audience outside of the gaming community will not bite. Of course, Microsoft have already begun its ad campaign, which showcases the NFL and ESPN integration. So far, it looks great, but time will tell if Microsoft is able to deliver more quality ads and if consumers find interest.
If they do, then the Xbox One will become the star of the next generation due to the casual market, and hardcore gamers will have to accept that.
Xbox One is scheduled to go on sale come November 22 in 13 markets around the world. If you’re interested, you can pre-order the Xbox One Standard Edition at Amazon for $499 if you’re in the U.S.