Sometimes it’s nice to get some vindication. While I’m not normally one to harp on when I get something right (since it so rarely happens), I would like to point out that the following news is something I’ve been hypothesizing for years — the next XBox is going to focus on TV programming, according to a report from the Verge.
While many of the console makers have been saying for years that they want to make their system of choice into your all-inclusive entertainment box, Microsoft actually seems to be taking a legitimate step in that direction with their plans for the next XBox. Not only will the new system function as a DVR of sorts, it’ll also have HDMI-in for your cable TV.
Instead of your regular cable box’s interface, Microsoft’s supposed aim here is to overlay the XBox interface over your regular TV programming, complete with Kinect commands. This would include multiple eye tracking, and perhaps even the ability to pause your TV when someone looks away (an idea that sounds, quite frankly, terrible on multiple levels). All of this is well and truly a step toward making Microsoft’s console the true epicenter of your entertainment, especially with their existing media partnerships. Couple this with the rumors swirling earlier this week that the machine will launch for around $500, or $300 with an ongoing subscription plan this fall, and suddenly it seems like we finally know a bit more about the next XBox, whatever it may be called. There’s also that pesky “always-online” drama that happened last week. But perhaps we’ll know more in May, when the reveal is rumored to be planned.
As I said before, people have been talking about this for years, and Microsoft may have secured the ability to do it with TV providers. While all providers probably won’t be available at launch, it seems like things are in the works to add more over time. What’s interesting to me is that while Sony pushed for this with the PS3, they have by all rights backed off on the PS4, choosing instead (and smartly, I believe) to focus more on social.
Here’s the question, though: what do gamers actually want? I honestly don’t want one machine to necessarily be the center, unless it can legitimately offer everything I want and do it well. As it stands, the only reason I use my XBox anymore is to occasionally watch Doctor Who on Amazon, and I can do that with my PS3 just as easily.
What do you guys think about Miscrosoft’s plans to take over your TV with the Halolz and the Kinectz? Fair or foul? Go!
Source – The Verge