ill start by saying i am/was a huge xbox fan. i would post from my real gamertag but it cant access the forums and ms apparently cant fix it or just doesnt care. i dont know which ones worse but thats another story.
today i read an article online in the uk version of xbox world magazine about the xbox 720 leaked info. yes i know its probably not 100% accurate but sounds about right for ms and it annoys the hell out of me. apparently the next xbox is going to come with kinect 2.0 and touch screens in the controllers. really? whatever you do dont mess the controllers up. we have all seen how much of a fail the kinect is. other than a couple titles using a few gimmicky voice recognition features (that ms probably paid them to add) just so they can slap a "better with kinect" label on it. better with kinect now thats funny. kinect has brought nothing to the table not to mention it barely works. also voice recognition is nothing new and all you need is the $5 mic that came with xbox and you have voice recognition. end war anyone? even all the little kids i know would rather play cod then use a kinect. so why are they putting kinect 2.0 in the next xbox? it also says there will be a touch screen in the controller. why? STOP COPYING NINTENDO! nintendo is trying as hard as it can to distance itself from the little kid garbage shovelware games image it had because of the first wii. and guess what ms is trying to do? you guessed it copy nintendo. i dont get it.
if ms insists on making a kinect 2.0 it needs to be a separate peripheral and you can leave the touch screens to the smart glass (also useless for gaming imo and ill never use it). ms needs to step up and make more 1st party games. this is the reason i bought an xbox over ps. but sony has smoked ms in 1st party games over the past couple of years. ms is happy releasing a bunch of ms studio xbla junk and lets their best studio leave as 343 butchers halo. it seems ms is more concerned with non-gaming stuff and would be happy turning the xbox into ms tv. ask apple and google how that worked out. the unfortunate part is gaming is now taking a backseat to everything else. ms would rather try to convince mommy/granny to use the xbox then satisfy their core fans who spend the money. i have 70+ games, 2 xboxs, 8+ controllers, 2 wireless mics, 6 years of live and who knows how many hundrededs of dollars ive spend on ms points. i hate to break it to them but 40+ year old women are NOT going to buy an xbox for themselves.
the number one thing that will make the next xbox a success long term is the gpu. end of story. that and not having them all rrod. all your money needs to go towards the gpu, cpu, memory, ssd, games and live NOT gimmicky add-ons that add no gaming value. how about investing in dedicated servers for live because its apparent that most/all publishers wont because they are too cheap and busy trying to figure out how they are going to squeeze every last nickle out of you. this includes you ms. you have to have ALL gears 3 dlc to play on a dedicated server. how lame. its no longer good enough to buy a $60 game. now you have to pre-order and spend $100 on some special edition version to get the FULL game. then you enter codes to unlock content thats already on the disk or download half a gb of content that was left off on purpose or so you can play mp (even though i pay ms $60 a year to play mp). but thats not it then you still need to spend another $30-40 on some dumb season pass before the game is even released so you can get all the rushed 1 hour long dlc. what a joke. the people running xbox and ms studios are out of touch and clueless and they should all be fired. im so fed up with the entire video game industry.
i dont want an xbox 540 with kinect 2.0 i want xbox 720. as it stands now i probably wont be getting the next xbox and will either consider getting a ps4 (even though i despise the controller and sony seems to be going in the same direction) or just game on my pc. go ahead ms ruin xbox just like you did with windows 8 and see what happens. you have been warned. sorry for the rant.