Identity of Xbox 720 preceding E3 2012
We are moments away from E3 2012 starting and while it’s pretty clear you can forget about Xbox 720 news being featured during Microsoft’s presentation, what about the identity of Xbox 720 that seems to be pushing towards an entertainment hub rather than games console?
Within the last few days the entertainment hub controversy has started again, which is thanks to pre-E3 2012 statements by Microsoft during some official discussions. While the company explained about the success of the Xbox 360 in terms of sales, it became pretty clear that Microsoft want to create a full entertainment center out of the Xbox, although if the 720 goes this way then some gamers feel a little disappointed by it.
Microsoft’s Next Xbox should be primarily a games console – this article points to Microsoft’s plans for the current machine and the future Xbox 720, as we like to call it, and states that an average of over 80 hours per month was spent gaming, listening to music, and watching videos on the Xbox 360 per user over the last year. While we cannot confirm or deny these stats, it would also be interesting to hear how many hours you spend gaming and doing other tasks on the Xbox 360, so feel free to share this in the comments below.
The Next Xbox is likely to take advantage of Windows 8 integration for making it a real entertainment hub, not only for gaming but also for streaming content to smartphones, tablet, and PCs. This is something Sony also want to do and Apple do very well already, without the games console for now, but do Xbox gamers really want the focus shifted away from games?
Users we’ve spoken to feel they “don’t want the Xbox to be an entertainment hub“, another stated their Xbox 360 has “become a paperweight with a lack in variety of 1st party exclusives“. Although gamers put it plan and simple by stating “It’s a games console Microsoft…a games console“.
While we don’t agree with every point raised by these people, it’s worth pointing out that there is uncertainty over what the Xbox 720 will become, and this identity crisis might also be tied to the PS4 as well.
If you are to buy the Xbox 720 within the next year or two, is the main reason still for gaming? How would you feel if Microsoft put more attention into other services rather than games? You might also want to see these unusual Xbox 720 concept designs found here.