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The third entrant in the 8th console generation has been unveiled, the Xbox One. I thought the system sounds  like a cross between Xbox 360 & Wii U. It has a lot of the same stuff 360 does and adds in a spin on the Nintendo TVii features of Wii U along with SmartGlass which was a take on the Wii U GamePad. I’m surprised they went with Blu-Ray for the media. I didn’t think they would want to pay Sony royalties for that since they are the competition. I wanted them to show more games for the system as all we got to see was Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza Motorsport 5, and Quantum Break (a new IP). They discussed some EA Sports titles, but no real footage other than a tiny bit in the Ignite Engine video. I guess they are waiting for E3 to show more games. They didn’t give us a specific launch date or price either, which doesn’t surprise me that much and it does makes sense because they’re probably saving that for E3 as well. I’m kinda surprised they showed both the controller and console at this event though. I thought maybe they would save one for E3.

Overall I wasn’t that impressed with it. Sure the graphics look great, especially Forza, but the games shown don’t interest me that much. I’ve never been into racing games a whole lot, nor have I gotten into Call of Duty. Quantum Break looks interesting, but I need to see more of it. With the EA Sports titles we know what to expect, nothing too shocking there. The NFL deal stuff sounds interesting and will be cool for me since I’m a NFL fan and enjoy fantasy football. But ESPN doesn’t really matter much to me because they don’t show much NFL, mainly other sports. The Halo TV series doesn’t interest me that much. Shows & movies based on games usually bomb, so the odds are not in its favor. But I’ll reserve final judgment for when it actually debuts.

They didn’t really clear up anything about always online or used games on the system during the event, though they tried to do so with a Q&A feature that was posted online. It’s still not 100% clear. It sounds like they’re going to make you pay a fee if you buy a used game and want to install it to the hard drive. Though again that is not all 100% confirmed/clear. Hopefully they will explain this in more detail in the near future.

Now as for my predictions? Well let’s recap what I predicted first. I predicted we would probably only see just the console or the controller. Instead Microsoft showed us both. So that was wrong. I was pretty much spot on with the release date (or lack thereof) as they just said “Later This Year,” which to me sounds like holiday season timing, which would make sense. Both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 launched in November, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see that happen with Xbox One as well.

They did mention that Forza was a launch title, so I was correct partially about that. I don’t recall if they said Call of Duty or Quantum Break would be launch titles, but they probably are. I didn’t think we get a real date or price and we didn’t so I was right about that.

I was was partially correct about the shape of the console. It is indeed rectangular like the Xbox & Xbox 360, but doesn’t feature that many angular features like the S model of the Xbox 360. The Xbox One is indeed using HDMI and has Wi-FI built in just as I predicted as well as an Ethernet out port. The system appears to have 2 USB ports on the back and possibly a 3rd one tucked away from the rest, though this could be a different connector of some sort, but it appears to look like a USB port. So I was right about that either way as I said it would have 2-4. It might have a flip panel or something like that on the front though, like the Xbox 360, so it could potentially have 5-6 depending on how many they put there if there are any at all. So I could have under estimated, but we don’t know that for sure yet. They did include a hard drive with the console, 500 GB, I didn’t predict a size, just a drive existing. It doesn’t appear to protrude like the Xbox 360 one does, so it must be fully internal, which means it could be a standard drive, but it could still be proprietary as well. We just don’t know yet. So I was half right on that so far. Side note: 500 GB is too small  still I think. Especially since they are wanting us to install ALL games to the drive. It should’ve been 2-4 TB at least. Oh well, maybe they will sell an upgraded drive or a newer model with an upgraded drive built in later on. I was completely wrong about my Blu-Ray prediction. I didn’t think they would use it. But they are going with that, so I guess Sony will get a cut of each sale of the console. I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with some people at Microsoft.

Nothing was really said about my Wii U eShop-like prediction for digital same-day releases of new games, so that’s up in the air still. But given how much they are pushing digital and cloud services, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see it happen. I was spot on with the Windows 8 themed UI. The Xbox One is using the Metro style tile interface as seen in Windows 8. Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube were not mentioned but I’m sure they will be there eventually if not at launch. ESPN was mentioned and so I was right about that. The controllers appear to be wireless so it looks like I was right about that. Not sure about the battery prediction. They mentioned the compartment was smaller but didn’t say whether it was rechargeable or not I don’t believe, so that’s up in the air still.

I was right (so far) about there not being a Halo game mentioned, but they did reveal a Halo TV show, so I’ll count this as half right. I was right about Kinect being part of the system and given the apparent inclusion of it with every system sold, I was close with the built-in pseudo-prediction. So this will be half right. Given that Kinect is apparently going to be utilized in just about every game in some way, I was right about the launch title prediction for that. Fable 4 wasn’t mentioned, but I wasn’t 100% on that as I said it would likely not be a launch title and so far it’s not. Same with a new Gears of War game.

It appears I was right about Call of Duty: Ghosts being a launch title, though that wasn’t 100% confirmed I don’t believe. So I’ll count that as half right. FIFA 14 was mentioned but EA said their sports games were “within the next year,” so it could be a 2014 title. And that was all of the predictions. Overall I think I did a pretty good job with my predictions. I hit a lot of them dead on, though I did screw up big time by predicting no Blu-Ray, but hey you win some, you lose some.

Source: GameSaga Original

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