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Activision: Xbox One is a gaming rig first and foremost
Posted: 24.05.2013 07:31 by Comments: 8
Activision boss Eric Hirshberg is surprised that the reaction to the Xbox One conference was that Microsoft was prioritizing multimedia over games, stating flatly in an interview, "it's a game machine first and foremost."

He stated that Microsoft knows that all consoles "have to be great game machines first." He went on to say that hardcore gamers have a wrongheaded belief that a console can't do both entertainment and games.

"I don't think competition for different forms of entertainment in the living room is anything new. People can watch TV in their living rooms now. People can listen to music in their living rooms now," he noted, adding, "There's a false divide that gets created in people's minds sometimes, as though hardcore gamers don't also consume other forms of entertainment and wouldn't appreciate those things being made more seamless and more integrated into a more elegant experience. I think that's all that you're seeing here. To me, as a gamer, I'm excited by it."

Hirshberg also says Activision is finally intrigued by Kinect, after shying away from it. "I made a passing comment that you're going to see voice integration, voice commands via Kinect, which is something that we haven't done in the past with Call of Duty. We think the improvements to Kinect really excite us because of the level of responsiveness and detail. I thought that the demo they did with the voice commands on television, the instant changing between games and music, was really compelling. You'll see more of this coming from us as we get closer to the launch," Hirshberg admitted.

He then added, "Obviously, we didn't reveal that element today. We just mentioned it. But we've always made sure that we don't just use new technology for novelty's sake. We always make sure that it makes the gameplay better. In this case, we think it will."
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Comments

By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
danfreeman
No it isn`t,the features that were mostly talked about had nothing to do with gaming, you`re not fooling anyone.
By Chris_Spray (SI Member) on May 24, 2013
Chris_Spray
At the unveiling event, games were mentioned pretty much en passant.
By baszermaszer (SI Veteran Member) on May 24, 2013
baszermaszer
A console might become interesting as soon as it can provide that Star-Wars Holo-Chess quality. Then later Holo-Deck from Star Strek. Until then PC-s will do perfectly. Indies hopefully now will turn the tide and revive the PC Golden Era
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
JonahFalcon
Were they? Funny, last I saw, one third of the show belonged to Electronic Arts and Activision, with one game getting 12 minutes all to its lonesome. Microsoft also talked about 15 exclusives, 8 of which are original IPs.

Oh, and the fact they said for weeks before the event that E3 would be their game showcase.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
JonahFalcon
Were they? Funny, last I saw, one third of the show belonged to Electronic Arts and Activision, with one game getting 12 minutes all to its lonesome. Microsoft also talked about 15 exclusives, 8 of which are original IPs.

Oh, and the fact they said for weeks before the event that E3 would be their game showcase.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
JonahFalcon
Were they? Funny, last I saw, one third of the show belonged to Electronic Arts and Activision, with one game getting 12 minutes all to its lonesome. Microsoft also talked about 15 exclusives, 8 of which are original IPs.

Oh, and the fact they said for weeks before the event that E3 would be their game showcase.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on May 24, 2013
danfreeman
Well i guess i was wrong,they are fooling someone,wake up and smell the coffee mate,the xbone is not a next-gen gaming console,way too many stuff in there that have nothing to do with gaming.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on May 26, 2013
Gale47
Come on, Jonah, why do you try to defend Microsoft in this situation? The box might not suck that much, but it pales in comparison to the PS4. I'm even thinking of getting that thing too.
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