I was actually about to post that Koren. The Kinect spies on you, and there is no way you can look around that unless you're in denial about it.
In the same sense that google spies on you, collecting data to tailor their ads to you.
I don't see what problem people have with the 24 hour check-in, it was designed to stop people from installing a disc game onto the hard-drive, going off-line, and selling that game and retaining the ability to play that game forever. By the way, that sentence means that yes, you'd be able to trade games into gamestop; I was at gamestop the other day and joked with them that "I'll be buying the XBOX one, because I hate gamestop and they hate your ass too!" But I was corrected; They told me that their company had actually been working with Microsoft on this new system. Getting rid of re-sellers was never the plan of microsoft; Preventing trade-ins was just fanboy hype. Also, a lot of next-gen games are going to be online only; And even if they're not, almost all of them are going to be better games if you're online.
I don't know much about specifications, here's an article
that gets more in depth about it, but they pretty much confirm what I've heard: "In short, while there are small hardware differences between the consoles, they will ultimately have very similar performance characteristics
. The PS4, with its one, big block of fast RAM, and bigger GPU, probably has the edge."Here's another article worth your time.
I'm quite excited by the cloud computing capabilities they've been touting, here's the quote that really made me say "Wow, that's pretty nuts."
Microsoft holds sessions during E3 called Xbox 101. During these sessions, a team of Microsoft engineers led by a man named Jeff Henshaw, discuss the benefits of the Xbox One's better Kinect sensor, the ability to run interactive apps alongside live TV and the computational prowess of Microsoft's cloud servers, those same servers Zampella's Titanfall team are using.
Henshaw starts running a demo that shows 30,000 or so asteroids, all of whose positions and movement are culled from real NASA data. The asteroid show up on a big screen in the Xbox 101 demo room. They're all purple.
"Doing all of this computation would require a little over 10 consoles from the last generation," he says. "This is like taking about 10 1/2 Xbox 360s worth of CPU power and cramming it into one elegantly-designed Xbox One. So we are thrilled at what we have been able to do there. Because this type of raw processor horsepower that's mapping the current time and position in space in real time can all be done by a single Xbox One."
He then flips a switch or presses a button or something and about 300,000 more asteroids appear. These are green and all calculated, he says, by the cloud. "What we've done is we've actually invoked CPU resources from the cloud that can instantly be brought online and scaled up and those cloud CPU processes are now feeding about 500,000 updates per second to help us track every single asteroid in real time."
I later ask him if this demo is for real. We're seeing it in the middle of the E3 show, after all, where Internet connections are notoriously dreadful. Yes, it's real, he says, "We are on an Ethernet line with a private line out connected to our data centers." If the plug was pulled, the cloud asteroids would disappear.
In summation: The XBOX One is worth 10.5 XBOX 360's in raw processing power. Cloud computing is capable of making the XBOX One worth 105 XBOX 360's
. I realize that they might not be able to achieve that with every game, but even if they only double the processing power, I think that's pretty damn impressive, and with Direct X 11.2
coming out (Which will allow the GPU to use memory from the RAM, which I've been told 8GB is overkill just for running games, leaving plenty for the GPU to take), I think that narrows the specification gap between the two consoles, or perhaps even obliterates it.
Now I'm not trying to put the PS4 down. I think it has a lot of cool features, and even cooler exclusives (especially if The Last of Us 2 ever happens, holy shit!), but I think that the PS4 is unambitious, content with just a hardware upgrade, while Microsoft is really pushing out a lot of nifty console features (and let's face it, stuff like DRM, always online, etc. are things that are going to happen, whether it's this generation or the next. Physical licenses will be going away, I guarantee it). I also am uncomfortable with a lot of the uneducated (not taking any shots at anyone, but can you really argue that the millions of people who went nuts after E3 are wholly coherent on the subject? xbox done more like amirite lmao) hype that's already prepared to bury the XBOX One before it's even out.