Xbox One: was it a solid reveal? VG247 webcast inside

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 09:14 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One was unveiled last night at Microsoft’s Redmond campus, and now we’ve had time to sleep on it, Pat, Brenna and Dave have discussed the reveal, the console’s features, always-online, preowned and much more. Watch our banter here.

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  1. Reddpayn

    This is what a casual gamer says when he or she buys a next gen console: xbox one? I have xbox 360 so i dont do anything with the first version. Ah wiiu, a new controller for wii… but im not interested buying a 300 dollar controller. Oh ps4 a new console, finally a new console. I must buy it no matter the costs:)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Bomba Luigi


    #2 2 years ago
  3. OmegaSlayer
    Angry Joe

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    I never knew Brenna was so cute.

    She actually reminds me of someone I went to high school with.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Mike W

    Nice podcast guys…..

    In all honesty, I’m not really suprise by their conference. MS main focus coming into this market was to take control of the consumer’s living room back when they announced the original Xbox. From a gamer’s perspective it was a little disappointing. Brenna made an excellent point stating that MS had almost three months to steal the thunder from Sony’s event, but they failed to do so with yesterday event.

    But E3 is two weeks away now, so hopefully they will have a better event then.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. dex3108

    There is one question too and it is what would i pay more than US citizen for hardware that it will lock large amount features to me? Price in Europe will be at least 30% more than in US and yet we will get product that is locking features for us.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Paranormal Pett

    Nice podcast, One thing, I’m not attached to an arbitrary number like gamer score (it’s more then 20,000) which may put me in the minority, but if a console isn’t right for me, I will cut my ties with it. I did the same with my iphone 3s, loads of apps and music on that bad boy, but the iphone5 wasn’t what I wanted, so I upgraded to a Samsung S3.

    I need way more information before I decide if I get xbox1 or the ps4. If any at all.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. heroes159

    WOW, Brenna, yeah she looks cute. all i did was watched her part lol :P

    Edit : Ok.. ok.. I watching the whole thing now :D

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DreamCleaver

    @6 +1

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Jet Black

    Pat, how come you already have an Xbox One in the background of your room!? ;-)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    haha :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. actuallyisnotafox

    i notice they didnt show multiple people around the kinect, it was always just one and thats what worries me, especially how family friendly microsoft are trying to be :/

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Deacon

    Really great video guys :) love hearing your thoughts. You covered some really key issues and I thank you for it!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Jet Black

    Aye, great video guys, more of this please! :-)

    #14 2 years ago
  15. daytripper

    That was a great watch, some good points made by all three of you

    #15 2 years ago
  16. sh4dow

    I think this here sums up the reveal quite nicely:

    #16 2 years ago
  17. heroes159

    @ 14 +1

    Ok .. I watched the whole thing. I’d actually like to see more like this.This is really cool stuff. loved it. Great work Pat, Dave, Brenna :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. mojo

    hands down, this was the absolute low in terms of console reveals. seriously the single worst presentation ever. this even beats nintendo e3 conferences.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Mike W


    Come on, it wasn’t that bad.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. karma

    Its not just about the lack of games though guys, though that is extremely important issue to us gamers, its about the online connection requirement every 24 hour period, its about the countermeasures they’re obviously taking against used games but trying to stay vague on for fear of scaring us off, its about not wanting a kinect camera watching your living room space 24 hours a day, or having to pay to play our games online when we don’t get charged elsewhere. Why should we pay for xbox live as a service when it doesn’t actually make any of the content that it delivers? Its nothing more than a glorified tollbooth onto the internet highway. They aren’t ISP, they don’t deliver an actual and necessary service. We still have to pay our ISP’s, or entertainment delivery services like Netflix, so how in the hell do they get away with blocking such content and charging the xbox live gold fee to unlock it?
    Xbox started off promising, as an untested, but hardcore gaming machine that converted many a PC fanatic over and made online gaming popular. But its turned into nothing more than a mass marketing, consumer manipulation tool. All the features are designed to control your experience and manipulate you into spending money on things you don’t want or need.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. kolab

    I think you guys hit the nail on the head…

    Game Consoles don’t exist in Microsoft’s vision of the future.

    Our beloved hobby (gaming) was simply a gateway into the living room of the general population…and now the core gamer is no longer the CORE market!

    My concern is from the gaming perspective, as I DO want a games console, not an entertainment centre.

    I will purchase the machine that gives the developers the BEST tools to create the BEST games. If the Xbox One has a third of its innards devoted to Windows, does that mean that the PS4 will eventually be able to produce the better games during this gen? (Not even considering the issues pertaining to the better RAM in SONY’s console)


    Roll on E3, as I’m not in any way clear on which decision I’ll be making come November.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. MadFlavour

    I’ve eighty thousand gamerscore and I’m not gonna buy it. I think you guys are grossly underestimating how poorly this was received.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    118,000+ gamerscore.

    I’m close to jumping off a tall building.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. SplatteredHouse

    That snapping business, my previous display (not even a “smart” one, just a Syncmaster) could do that.

    Gamasutra’s Leigh Alexander describes Xbox One as “a desperate prayer to stop time”

    Suggesting that Microsoft want/need us to believe that we need to use a TV to do tasks that we already do on other devices, and arguably, more comfortably and conveniently. Painting their intent as unrealistic, unless people alter and resculpt their lifestyle and entertainment consumption behaviour to mirror Microsoft’s odd vision of TV and services domination (because, as others have mentioned in reacting to the conference – and Brenna here, with her comment about the Trojan Horse nature; Microsoft’s betting on services, not games.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    You folks think a number(gamerscore) is important. Because it makes people feel invested in the Xbox brand…how about the actual investments like Arcade/indie games? That bit of news about them not going to the new platform is a real killer to me.

    Gamer score is just a number. IMO, BC has never been a bigger issue. This gen was so long and has such a high amount of digital content that not bringing it along with you is much more important than a number.

    I like the webcams tho, puts a personal touch on the site.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @25 for the record OG, I couldn’t care less about my gamerscore. It’s more the implication that I’ve spent a lot of time and loyalty on the Xbox brand. I’m just cautious that I may not stick with it as closely as I have done previously.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. monkeygourmet


    This… +1000

    It is absolute bollocks… They want to compete with Apple, but don’t offer features that make Apple products great.

    My Apple products all sync and offer the ability of sharing my media across all the devices, for MS to not offer that is a joke.

    It only makes me think one thing:

    That they know there isn’t a huge difference between the services on the 360 and the Xbox ONE to the average person.

    They need to cut the old system dead which too me is a big mistake.

    I have over 50 games on 360 Live. I would be more inclined to take the plunge if I could sell my old 360 or give it to my brother then put the money towards a Xbox ONE…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Samoan Spider

    @25 Yup, out of everything, the absence of BC is the bit that pissed me. They better have that break-out-box that has been rumoured waiting in the wings for E3 because it’ll be a saving grace of this problem if they do. Otherwise, who knows, it’s not looking nearly enticing enough for me yet.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. SplatteredHouse

    I also was caught off-guard by the first thing I read following the conference, the first clarification they made, must have been half an hour after, was about how your gamerscore carries over between generations! x.x

    I was disappointed that the objectives were mostly pedestrian for it, especially as time went on, there was focus sent away from growing that system; but that just goes toward my disinterest in the concept, as Microsoft presents it. I play a game, and sometimes a little picture pops up. Should the name prompt investigation to check what astounding milestone I must have just crossed, I might do that by bringing up the list. That’s all that is.

    Whilst I still had a 360, a good deal of my time on that machine was spent enjoying XBLA games. I had a strong list of them and their addons. No longer having the access to those, unless I were to buy another 360 (which I can’t foresee myself doing) is, at least unfortunate

    #29 2 years ago
  30. zinc

    It’ll be a £400+ device, that’s offers you slightly better looking games, services you already have & Skype.

    Oh and a always on remote control you can talk to.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Samoan Spider

    @30 But some people get lonely and need someone to listen. Talk to Kinect 2.0

    #31 2 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    No wonder EA said goodbye to online passes.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Lengendaryboss

    Well i guess people were right about EA having an ulterior motive, but how exactly will they do without it on PS3 , PC And Xbox360.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. mojo

    33: like they do with the wiiu :D

    #34 2 years ago
  35. NocturnalB

    I retract what i said about YouTube it’s working for me now, thanks again!

    Edit #2 Haha this was exactly what i meant Dave, great idea!

    #35 2 years ago
  36. NocturnalB

    It won’t allow me to edit my previous comment again, so i’ll just say this.

    I don’t know which guy said it yesterday but the quote was: “As you all know we here at Xbox love games..” But those were just hollow words to me, because their actions were busy ringing far louder.

    I feel as though Microsoft completely lost the core ideology of gaming consoles… primarily being they are supposed to be ABOUT GAMES; as well as making games both affordable and accessible to the masses, the every-man. I’ve known plenty of people who love the idea behind gaming on a PC but it’s either too expensive or simply not their preferred peripheral (mouse & keyboard). At least for the last decade or so of consoles.

    When people want all of their entertainment in the living room with them they have smartphones, tablets, cable tv boxes, and even on occasion a computer! Believe it or not i can understand what Microsoft wants to do, create an “all in one” box of everything, and i see no problem with that, but create it separately! Don’t ruin what has so far been a very well liked gaming platform and completely alienate the majority of it’s user base.

    And it’s only getting worse with them already retracting/changing statements and causing mass confusion over very big issues for gamers i.e. paying fees for used games and even worse paying MORE fees for other accounts to play it. That doesn’t say “we love games”, that doesn’t say “we care about our gamers”. That says “Hey fuck you as a customer, how deep do your pockets go.” Which is exactly what Microsoft told me as a gamer and long time customer yesterday. That is what I took from it.

    When i game, i don’t want to feel like I’m gaming in communist China, don’t treat me like a person you need to protect yourself from, treat me like a customer, HELL treat me like a gamer!

    That’s my 2 cents, and Dave, Pat, and Brenna, great vid! Hope to see more.

    P.S. Pat long time here too! 9 years colletively on XBL over 3 gamertags since the original Xbox.

    #36 2 years ago

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