This week Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360. Boasting a sleek new controller, loads of processing power, and an updated Kinect peripheral worthy of SkyNet, the Xbox One is ready to go head to head with Nintendo’s Wii U and Sony’s upcoming Playstation 4 for its share of the next-gen gaming market.
There are a ton of new features that excite me as a gaymer. The online matchmaking system looks to fix a lot of hurdles like language and skill level that have been the bane of my experiences with Xbox Live, and the expanded Achievements system means a higher Gamer Score to brag about.
However, in a move that may keep me from ever walking around the house in my underwear again, the new Kinect can differentiate players based on biorhythms, skin tone, and heart rate. That is quite invasive for a machine-made for me to kill time with. But, on the flip side of this big-brother-cam-system, the new Xbox can also facilitate group Skype sessions, allowing me to reconnect with those cute guys I met in Europe last winter.
There has been talk about the system’s lack of backwards compatibility meaning 360 games and accessories wont work on the new devise which is a bit of a let down. Because I’m a cheap bastard, I’m concerned with claims used games wont work on the system either. Plus, is it just me or does the initial launch lineup seem like nothing but first person shooters, sports titles, and racing games? Call of Duty 16 is great and all, but I’d rather be playing Rayman Legends or the new Smash Bros. on Wii U.
I mean, I’m still be waiting in line to pick one up at launch, despite no announced price and a vague “Holiday 2013” release date, but lacking the ability to play the games I already have and love and a stale launch lineup mean my shiny new console may just sit around watching me sleep while live-tweeting my friends about it.
Jerid Prater is a contributing writer and filmmaker studying at VCU. He’s written and directed films both in central Virginia and for Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh. He loves John Waters and eggs benedict.
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