Xbox One Reveal event viewed by 8.4 million people around the globe
If you didn’t notice from last week, Microsoft’s Xbox One console made a huge impact on the press and consumers alike. Today the boys up in Redmond confirmed the number of curious eyes watching in on the Xbox Reveal event – 8.4 million.
When Microsoft’s mysterious black tent was opened and the next revolution of Xbox was announced, 8.4 million people were ready to sneak a glance. The event rivaled as one of the top-streamed events of all time; its viewership rate surpassed the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 Royal wedding, and even the 2012 presidential election night coverage.
The numbers don’t stop there; according to Nielsen reports, over 1.73 million people tuned in to watch the Reveal Event on SPIKE TV. The number of viewers was so high that day that the event was rated as the #1 television show for men ages 18-34 at during the 10 AM PDT timeslot.
Microsoft is touting that millions turned out to view the console’s reveal, but the more important question is how the unit was received by media and gamers alike. The Xbox One has been a bit of a punching bag for some tech and gaming outlets, as they claim the PS4 has already won and that the unit has “already lost the console war”. Common concerns include a required Kinect 2.0 accessory, no backwards compatibility, online game license verification and the name itself.
Initial reactions by the media don’t necessarily decide a console’s fate, so fans of the system (like myself) can breathe and worry a bit less. Once E3 hits and more games for the Xbox One are demoed, the negative reactions should subside a bit and the true capabilities of the console will have a chance to shine.
If you were one of the few who missed out, don’t worry; you can catch up on what happened by checking out our Xbox One Reveal Day Wrap Up. If you did check out the event and want more, stay tuned to Windows Phone Central as we move closer to E3.
What are your overall thoughts on the console - is the media being too negative without giving the unit a chance?
Sources: The Fire House, PC Mag, WhatCulture
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We don't know if there is an online verification check when you want to play your games. Why? Because Microsoft has given contradictory statements on it multiple times to multiple outlets. Even their new "official" line doesn't state it clearly.
this Is the only article I found about the hardware on Ars, and the PS4 isn't mentioned. What is stated is that Microsoft is using smoke and mirrors to represent the capabilities of the hardware, and I trust AnandTech's numbers over theirs. The gap is considerably in favor of the PS4.
While the Xbox One has 32MB eSRAM Embedded Memory dedicated to the GPU and 8GB Shared RAM.
What this actually means is that the PS4 just like the PS3 will claim that technically there machine is more powerful but in the end just like the xbox360 vs ps3 there wont really be much difference at all when it comes to most multi-platform games.
One Question I have is; if SONY are so focused on games for there PS4, then why aren't they releasing Gran Turismo 6 on the PS4 as a launch title to try and have a similar game experience to Xbox One with Forza Motorsport 5???
It's not that Sony is all about games,.. is just they haven't got the ecosystem or resources to focus on anything more in my opinion
That's because cross platform games had to meet the lowest common denominator. The 360. The PS4 was hardware to code for, but it beat the pants off the Xbox in terms of graphics power. Now that they are using industry mainstream parts, that handicap will pretty much disappear. They have the advantage this round because they are going for broke, and the parts aren't hard to code for. With Microsoft's setup they have the potential to erase the gap for the most part, but they have to work harder to make sure they can get the potential performance out of their hardware. The roles have pretty much reversed this generation. Only time will tell, but Microsoft is having to do more legwork this go round.
And as far as doing other things with their ecosystem, it doesn't really matter. Nothing revealed at the Xbox conference works outside the United States anyway. They have a big gap there to start.
But Thats a very big lie - As most cross platform games running on both "360 & ps3" actually look better on the 360 So your statement goes right out the window
Also this is a favorite for comparison Ghostbuster made by Atari & Sony Computer Enterainment released on ps3 first then released on xbox 360 a few months later.
You'd think since Sony where involved they'd try and make and effort to at least make the games equal if not the PS3 version way better, but No the xbox360 version walks all over the ps3 in many areas
Then theres framerate as the Xbox360 version of Black Ops walks all over the PS3 version
There have been conflicting statements from Microsoft about selling a used game to third parties and places like Gamestop. They've said there will be a fee (an undisclosed amount) and an ambiguous statement that third party sales "will be an option." There's no concrete information about them handling the First Sale doctrine IAW the way it is currently written. Which has huge ramifications if it goes against the First Sale doctrine. It's a pretty easy question to answer over all. Can I sell my game to someone else, and if I can how can I do it? Very simple answer to that question.
Also, the text on the disc is a warning against piracy, not legally reselling the game. There's a big distinction there that you are actively ignoring.
I do think the level of anger on this issue is funny. Be nice to have conversations about these entertainment platforms without it degrading so rapidly.
MS is being smart...bad press is still free press. Everyone needs to wait until BUILD and E3 are over. Things like the checking online for DRM - that can change. They could have launched without it and then ADDED it later in an update....at least concumers will be able to make an informed decision by the time the console launches. if the used game market and once a day check pisses you off, don't buy one.
I do think is funny because my guts tells me Sony will ahve the same used game situation. Let's be honest it is the publishers that want this. If MS is going to do it you can bet Sony will as well, otherwise MS would just tell he publishers it puts MS at a competative disadvantage and pull he feature out.
I not pretending to have done nearly the amount of research you seem to have done specifically for this particular conversation, but i gotta ask, what difference does it make that you have to pay a monthly fee to access live content? your saying that your ok paying a monthly fee to access online gameplay but God forbid you have to pay to access everything else? i look at it this way im gonna get online gaming...regardless and if everything comes with it then why does it matter? AND if by some random chance i dont have live ill use google tv or apple tv or even my windows 8 pc connected via hdmi. you act as if there is no alternative. im just speaking as a consumer who has both consoles ive truly enjoyed my box a million times over the ps3 and it has a similar sub based setup. i dont mean to throw your facts out the windows<< lol get it but at the end of the day its all a matter of choice.
"why microsoft had record earning however..." , "why xbox is awesome but...." and also "why PS4 has no picture and no press release and why it is soooo awesome", "why a speculative, not even in the drawing board yet, apple gaming console will blow microsoft out of the water", I could go on forever. If Jesus worked for microsoft he'd get a headline like "How Jesus descends from the heavens trailing clouds of glory and why its an epic fail".
I go to those outlets not to find real news, I just find their stories riveting. Like a train wreck is riveting. and I'm not going to track down the links for you because you're too lazy.
You're delusional, you're delusional Boy, you're losin' your mind It's confusin' you, you're confused, you know Why you wastin' your time? Oh, oh, oh-oh Boy, why you so obsessed with me? Lyin' that you're sexin' me when everybody knows It's clear that you're upset with me...
Oh oh ooooooh
Here (specifically under the "Games" section)
And finally for you and all the other lazy ones out there, here's a final link. It's not that I can't find any, it's that you're too lazy to look, or in complete denial about the PR disaster Microsoft has become. They've honed it to a fine art.
If you can't back up your statements with facts or links, and then challenge mine, what should I respond with? "You're right, I'm so wrong to trust someone who was actually at the conference and talked directly with Microsoft, and I'm just a dummy"?
Sorry, not gonna happen.
and speaking of delusional, you seem to be under the misapprehension that others are creating multiple dummy accounts to personally accost you. as I said "projective". you seem to see trolls all around but never quite accept that you could possible BE ONE. My writing style is quite different from most people here and unfortunately seems to be more similar to your own. Be assured that I would only respond to you using this alias.
I know you have a penchant for always wanting the last word. please feel free. Unlike some people, I have a life and I really have to get going. I'm glad to note that the verge has turned to a more neutral stance a few days ago after the furor on their own boards.
You, like others here, don't know the definition of a troll. I am not a troll. Here's the definition:
In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
I am not well liked, but I am not a troll. People telling me to "shut my Xbox hating ass up" is trolling. Me having a different viewpoint than you isn't trolling, it's a difference on opinion. Pretty clear distinction. My comments have all been on-topic, and I've given factual evidence to back up my comments while multiple commenters with accounts less than a week old reply to me with foul language and petty insults. I'm pretty sure all those people didn't create accounts just to call me a "faggot" or call me a bitch because they did it on a whim. I've gotten the same insults multiple times when posting, and they are almost identical every time. User "Waiting in the Night" is a troll, go tell him to knock it off if you want to get rid of trolls. I don't have any reason to believe you'd respond with a different alias because despite your (humorous) off-topic comments, you've come back and written something in rebuttal that isn't full of vulgar language and needless attacks.
As an addendum, I'm not a huge fan of the Verge simply because I've never really liked Joshua Topolsky. I don't think he's a bad journalist, or off his rocker in any way, I've just never held his opinion in high regard. He does his job well enough from what I can tell. I will say that I cannot stand Gizmodo. If there's ever any breaking news there I simply won't read it. They are simply the most childish, petulant, disgusting, unscrupulous and unintelligent group of people to run a tech website. But it is Gawker. The only thing of value there is Jalopnik and Lifehacker. The rest is just tabloid crap.
"It's genuinely not clear to me at this point whom the Xbox One is aimed at." Wow, big IGN blogger is confused about the target audience and doesn't know basic rules of grammar. Why am I supposed to give a shit?
So, for me, what was presented on stage during that 1 hour is the shit that sticks and what Microsoft has put on the record. Anything else could be wrong and/or is subject to change. Yes, it would be nice if Microsoft execs would know what they're talking about, but that doesn't speak anything against the product.
Be patient and stop freaking out.
"Microsoft's Xbox One selling like hot cakes, breaks pre-order records at Blockbuster in 24 year history"
but really, the OS can use all that hardware very different. so no... gpu and memory still doesnt matter much.
examples: how many times have you read AMD processors cant beat Intel ones even though AMD had more GHz and cores? or how android still lags with 4 core while other OSs run fine with only 1 or 2 cores?
so again, wait and see how both OS uses the hardware and how a game is developed especially when one console uses Directx and the other Opengl, becuase that simple thing can change everything.