You need to pay a tithe to Microsoft Studios or a third-party developer if you want to be on the platform, and it’s likely to cost you more money to avoid Xbox Live exclusivity.
This is disheartening. Some of the best games are from independent developers. My absolute favorite: Natural Selection 2. Also, this is why we can’t have Dust 514 on Xbox. If Microsoft wants their digital future, this needs to stop.
Cheaper games. Easier sharing. The end of discs. The Xbox One would have been just fine despite the chorus of haters, would have been a better system for ignoring them. Microsoft losing its nerve on this isn’t just disappointing for the features we lose. It’s unfortunate because it shows just how heavy an anchor we can be.
It’s clear that used games do more harm than good to gamers, so it’s disappointing to see Microsoft bend to allow them. Worse, though, is that doing so made some of the futuristic features that we were going to enjoy got axed as well1.
Granted, Microsoft should have done a way better job of showing off why their proposal was better for games, but oh well. There’s still hope that we can still have some of these features by buying the games online.
How wonderful it is to flip open the Surface and quickly type a 4 paragraph email response when I need to. How wonderful it is to browse the web and touch whatever I want to. And switching between the two modes of interaction – sometimes typing, sometimes touching – is completely natural.
I’ve read plenty, and played with one myself, and I’m pretty sure I love the concept. I probably need a Surface Pro, and hopefully they have more of the kinks worked out. I was thinking of waiting for v2 before I read this, also:
It’s a fascinating glimpse into the future, but it’ll be totally utterly obsolete in 2 years. Do not buy this device expecting longevity.
My only gripe is that while SmartGlass itself reacts the way you would expect, controlling your Xbox with your connected device does not.
As much as I hoped Microsoft would better integrate my living room, it definitely seems like they fell a little short. At the same time, it suddenly gives me more use and features for free.1 I just hope they release some updates such that interacting with my Xbox becomes an absolute delight. I’d buy the next one if they do.
It’d be cool if they make my Star Wars viewing more enhanced, with additional info, or a map of where in the galaxy the scene is. That would be awesome. ↩
I’ve had an Xbox for close to a decade now, just for the games. The fact that Microsoft just keeps improving it is icing. In fact, this video makes me feel like Microsoft is better equipped to revolutionize the living room than Google or Apple is.
I can’t wait for SmartGlass.