Xbox TV

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by PsychoPere, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. PsychoPere

    PsychoPere Vice Admiral Admiral

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    From Reuters comes word that Microsoft (perhaps unsurprisingly?) is looking into the possibility of using the Xbox 360 as a cable television box.
    If this led to an "a la carte" situation wherein I could purchase access only to the channels that most interest me, I'd be very interested in trying this out, should it come to fruition. This proposal sounds far more interesting to me than a Google TV or Apple TV, presuming, of course, that any deals Microsoft inks are more along the lines of what this sounds like (a cable tv system all its own), rather than satellite tv + Google/Apple TV.
     
  2. darthraidr

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    this would be awesome if it happened. as it stands now, i am ready to cancel my cable subscription. the only thing my wife and i watch on tv is the daily show, the walking dead and no ordinary family. daily show we can watch online... probably the same with the other two. but i'd love to be able to pay only for HBO and get it.... as it stands now, i pay for netflix and wait for HBO shows to show up there.
     
  3. PsychoPere

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    You can definitely watch No Ordinary Family through Hulu or ABC.com, but AMC doesn't put The Walking Dead online for free streaming (they tend to put just season premieres online). For me, HBO would also be a huge draw if it were a possibility. There really are generally only a handful of cable channels I watch (HBO, Syfy, FX, Showtime, Cartoon Network), so such a system as Microsoft seems interested in bringing to the Xbox would be fantastic as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    I'd definitely go with this if they could get the Science Channel, Military, Military History, History International, NatGeo, Boomerang, and BBC America in addition to regular cable channels. You can only get those through the overpriced premium packages, which give you tons of crap along with the good stuff.
     
  5. PKerr

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    I'm kinda mixed about this.
    On one hand I posted another thread and asked about Hulu plus for the PS3/future Xbox
    But on the other hand M$ is kinda Pissing me off that they seem to be trying to turn my gaming system into everything BUT a gaming system.

    They need to concentrate on the roots of the 360 which is gaming, they really seem like they have been slipping on that the last few years.
     
  6. PsychoPere

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    Microsoft has consistently stated from the first announcement about the Xbox 360 that they want it to be more than just a gaming console, that they envisioned it as becoming a nexus of home entertainment. To be "piss[ed] off" that they have been attempting to follow through on one of their core stated goals does not make sense, as we all knew what Microsoft wanted with this console from the very beginning.
     
  7. PKerr

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    I think you are thinking of the PS3 because M$ actually slammed Sony in the beginning for those statements.

    Now M$ (Sony too) just as with the Wii and Kinect is trying to play catch-up.

    And they will eventually cave with the Nextbox 360 with some sort of Blu-ray player.

    Pissed off might be the wrong choice in words but they need to focus more on gaming.

    they took their eye off the ball to play catch-up IMO
     
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  8. darthraidr

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    i can understand the frustration of making the system more than gaming, if the gaming side suffered... but i dont see any indication of the gaming side of the xbox getting the short end of the stick.
     
  9. PKerr

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    really?
    please list the latest exclusives or new I.p.'s

    Halo part 73 check
    Alan Wake? took forever to come out and then sucked
    Fable 3? semi-sucked
    Gears of War? absolutely love the I.p. but is being delayed until holiday next year because M$ doesn't really have anything in the works.

    The PS3 exclusives on the other hand are kicking M$'s @ss

    Look from 2009 to 2011 on both of these lists

    XBOX 360

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_exclusives#Microsoft_Xbox_360

    PS3

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_exclusives#Sony_PlayStation_3
     
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  10. PsychoPere

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    I barely know anything about the PS3; I've never given it more than cursory attention at best. As far back as I can recall, Microsoft has talked about expanding the Xbox 360 from gaming as the core experience to a more integral part of a home entertainment setup. After all, Microsoft has consistently referred to the Xbox 360 as a "video game and entertainment system," while having referred to the original Xbox simply as "a video game system." A lot of the progress towards Microsoft's goal has been occurring slowly, but that's to be expected with all the different deals that would need to be in place for what Microsoft has maintained for years that it intends. The first major push towards becoming a digital media hub in living rooms was arguably 2007, but it was a goal Microsoft had made clear prior to that point.

    I agree. I'm more than satisfied with my Xbox 360, and I'd be even more happy if Microsoft's hopes with this cable television concept comes to fruition
     
  11. PKerr

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    Well we all have our own opinions, I too am pleased with my Xbox but as stated before I don't like the direction it's going.

    I loved how they announced ESPN would be free (which even at free I'll never use) and then bumped up XBL $10.00

    I don't want a "Social network" either, I have no use for Facebook, Twitter or whatever the newest kid on the block is.

    I already have a PC, DVD player and stereo, I bought my Xbox for gaming, IMO the gaming portion is suffering, the list I provided is pretty much proof in the pudding.
     
  12. darthraidr

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    so MS just launched this new controller free camera device and along with it a few new IPs... but i guess that isnt big enough for you.

    you probably want "New IPs for teh Hardcore gamerz" oh no you dont because the hardcore gamers are more than happy buying CoD ZZ or Halo XX or Madden VV...

    you want the "new IP for the jaded fanboys who think anything with a sequel has sold out." so head on over to the indie dev channel on the 360 and check out those games... or is that too radical of an approach to getting games... i mean MS is selling you games online! they have changed their game system into a game store!! OMG WTF!!!11!! GET BACK TO TEH GAMEZ M$!!
     
  13. PKerr

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    Ok first of all I'm sorry I somehow offended you for you to have to resort to name calling and silly rant. :rolleyes:

    Second I'm not 4 years old so I have zero interest in Kinect and as far as being it being "New" whatever, it's more like Wii rejects.

    Lastly I have no problem with sequels and I'm talking about more FIRST party games. ;)
     
  14. PsychoPere

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    There really is no need to descend into mocking, darthraidr. I think we're all capable of disagreeing with one another and having a reasonable conversation at the same time.

    Having thought about it a little more, I do see where PKerr is coming from with his concern over X360 exclusives. I can't speak to the state of PS3 exclusives (I skimmed the list linked to, but a list of quantity doesn't necessarily reflect quality for any system), but he does have a point that Microsoft seems to have already used up its biggest franchise guns.

    Let's look a little more at that, shall we?


    • Halo: Reach - the last installment from Bungie, which means that 343 Industries's first entry is going to be met with extreme scrutiny.
    • Fable 3 - probably won't be the last Fable title, though it may be the last "centerpiece." I'm expecting the next Fable title will likely be a Kinect-oriented game. Another entry in the franchise might also take a backseat to completing Milo and Kate.
    • Alan Wake - was first announced in 2005 and was released this year. I think it's a great game, though I have yet to finish it. I haven't looked up articles about its sales to see if it's likely to receive a sequel.
    • Gears of War 3 - as PKerr pointed out, it was delayed until next year because all of the big titles Microsoft had in the pipeline were released this year and they didn't have anything top tier exclusive scheduled for next year. I'm not a fan of GOW personally, so I could be wrong, but I believe this one is set to be the final installment.
    • Crackdown - I don't get the appeal of these games myself, but with a Bungie-less future for Halo and the possible end of both GOW and Fable, this seems to be the only big franchise exclusive Microsoft has left.
    • Rare - Rare has been "sidelined" to work specifically on Kinect games, which could either result in more "casual" games or possibly even the first "core" Kinect game. I'm expecting it to be the latter, however. I'm sad that the company that gave us Perfect Dark is now a Kinect factory. Of course, maybe that is a good thing, since Rare's Microsoft era has been something of a disappointment.
    • Kinect - the only game I've seen that personally interests me is Children of Eden. THQ claims to be preparing to announce "one core Kinect game soon." Other companies are likely going to wait to see holiday sales figures of Kinect units before they decide whether or not to proceed with Kinect game development.
    So, yes, I do see where PKerr is coming from and why he might be simultaneously concerned and disappointed in the future of the Xbox 360. The thing is, though, that Microsoft wants to expand beyond just "core" gamers, and really they have to in order to keep the Xbox brand at the top moving forward, hence ideas like this cable television proposal. I highly doubt that Microsoft is going to forget about gaming (they want this console cycle to last until at least 2015, after all); they have just hit an unfortunate period of time in which all of the "usual suspects" in terms of "big guns" have already hit the shelves or are coming to an end soon. To my way of thinking, that means Microsoft has even more reason to remember that gaming is just as important to the future of the Xbox 360 as all of the other media possibilities they want to expand into.
     
  15. PKerr

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    Well said.

    Just to be clear, I FULLY understand what M$ is trying to do, they are in business to make money and what better way to make Money then expanding your user base.

    I'm just saying dance with the girl you brought to the party and not every other girl in the place. ;)
     
  16. darthraidr

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    ah, an adult discusion... sure.

    then let's be honest. the 360 is a gaming console first and foremost. it can do other things too, but it's primary focus is playing games.

    now if the games being released arent to your liking, fine. but in no way does that change the fact that the system plays games.

    if we want to talk about first party games, then we should recognize that MS has never really had a strong first party presence. Halo was their one big first party title. MS is not Sony, nor are they Nintendo in terms of first party development. they tried back with the original xbox, and most of those titles fell flat. so instead they wrangle third parties into making games for them. a far easier, less risky approach (look at how well Rare has turned out)

    so third party support... seems like there is plenty. plenty of games, plenty of support.

    looking at your list above, most of those games started out this generation. let's not forget this generation is now about 6 years old, so for a game to have it's third iteration in 6 years, it's not too bad at all.

    as for what the future holds for games on the 360. i predict there will be plenty of games. but because they are a ways out, and not being advertised right now (for very good reason, you dont want to stop people from buying games that just came out because of some game a year out). next year will see the next Call of Duty, another Bioshock, Gears 3... i am sure there are more.

    and let's not forget kinect. just because the games dont interest you, doesnt mean the experience or the hardware are invalid.

    my mocking post was mostly, to say "What more do you want?" because honestly, not much has changed over the years. sure the xbox is tapping into new things, but i still dont think it's at the expense of their actual production of games (given their history of console game production).
     
  17. PsychoPere

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    True, which is why I'm willing to trust that Microsoft will re-invest at least some of that money into further game development for the console. Branching out isn't just good business sense in order to wrangle a larger audience; it can also be good for creativity by publishing games that might otherwise not have happened. Take Alan Wake as an example. You didn't enjoy it, but at least it tried to be something a little different and stand out, right?

    Not from Microsoft's perspective, hence continuing efforts to branch outward from "simple" gaming.

    I think that's a good point. Despite five years of Xbox and five years of Xbox 360, Microsoft is still relatively new to video game consoles compared to Nintendo and Sony. Both of those companies have had a great deal more time to attract and invest in first-party developers than Microsoft has. As time goes on, I imagine Microsoft will continue working to minimize that disparity, but they may need extra revenue generated from new opportunities like the cable television idea and Kinect in order to do so.
     
  18. darthraidr

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    i dont know the numbers, but i would guess it might be cheaper for MS to toss money at 3rd parties for exclusives than it would be to fund a first party studio. it's certainly safer. timed exclusive or dlc... if the game fails, not a huge loss.

    i still say the focus of the 360 is on games. the extra stuff, is just that, extra. also, as the lifecycle of this generation goes on, MS probably thinks there needs to be more reason to attract non-gamers to the system. and if they get non-gamers, they can turn them into gamers. and that's alright with me. the more gamers the better.
     
  19. PKerr

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    I don't follow when you say you "rest [your] case." The use of that phrase somehow implies that the linked article is evidence in support of your case, but I don't see how it is. Are 10* exclusives in one year somehow not enough for you? That seems a fairly reasonable number to me.

    (* Really, it's going to be 9, since that list includes a hypothetical Halo 4. I consider it highly unlikely that 343 will release a game next year. Frank O'Connor is consistently talking about continuing DLC support for Reach, so I doubt they're going to split focus between Reach DLC and a new game.)
     

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