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    How Microsoft Could Beat the PS4 With the Next Xbox


    The ball is in Microsoftís court. Sonyís Playstation 4 announcement confirmed that we are going to get a next-gen console this year, but it left a lot of important questions unanswered Ė price, form factor and release date chief among them. We heard a lot of vagaries about how technological prowess would enable us to game in ways weíve never even dreamed of. As Mark Rogowsky points out, weíve heard it all before.

    That leaves the door open.

    Microsoft will have to launch its new product with hardware powerful enough to run Unreal Engine 4 and all the multi-platform games it needs to compete. Graphic fidelity is good, but at this point, itís a given. Raw computing power wonít determine success in this generation. Hereís a few ways Microsoft can get the edge when it makes its own announcement.

    Make it Cheap

    We still donít know how much the PS4 costs, and thatís no small question. Itís time to get real about the fact that consoles are competing with a wide range of other devices for entertainment and tech dollars. If something wholly dedicated to games is priced too high, only the more dedicated customers are going to make the plunge. Products like this need mass market appeal.

    Consoles are generally sold at a loss. Thatís nothing new. If Microsoft can build a beefy system at a seriously competitive price point, it could capture that fat middle market that gave it the edge in this generation. Better yet, it could offer the next Xbox on a subscription basis, like it does with the Xbox 360. Anything to get the machine in as many living rooms as possible, as quickly as possible.

    Sony, as a whole, is struggling. Microsoft isnít rolling in cash like chief competitor Apple, but it has a little more room to play. If it can undercut Sony and make the next Xbox the economical choice this holiday season, it wins.

    Real TV

    I donít need another Netflix-enabled device. At this point, I feel like my ceiling fan is going to be Netflix-enabled. Those tried and true apps donít cut it anymore. Microsoft has been dancing around the concept of bringing full-blown TV to a games console for a while now, and I think that it will use the announcement of the next Xbox to debut something big. Xbox wonít just be competing with Sony here. Thereís a pot of gold for whoever cracks the next-gen set-top box first.

    Games

    I still donít see the exclusives that are going to make the PS4 a necessary buy. We saw some nice concepts, and some games we already knew about, but I didnít walk away impressed knowing that Killzone was now going to have more realistic blood spatter. Some of last nightís biggest fanfare was reserved for Diablo 3, a game which has been out for months.

    Sony had an edge here in this generation, but I didnít see that muscle out in force last night. That doesnít mean it isnít coming. This is a battle that will be fought at E3, and both companies better be readying some impressive demos to woo core gamers. Microsoft doesnít have Bungie anymore. If it can capture that one title that will sell the next Xbox like Halo sold the first one, it can make up a lot of lost ground.

    Something Else

    We need a reason to get excited about console gaming. We donít need another console with more impressive hardware and all the same games. We need something new. Sony has yet to impress me. Microsoft has a chance. Go nuts. Do something weird. There are plenty of ways Microsoft could fail as well. If it launches with some form of used-games blocking or always-online DRM requirements, hardcore gamers will flock to the PS4 in droves. If its architecture and software gives developers a headache, then it will struggle to match Sony on games. Neither of these things are out of the question.

    In order to win, Microsoft must acknowledge that the console business has changed in the last six years. It needs to do something truly new, or launch with just one feature that will define this as a new and important machine. If neither Sony nor Microsoft can muster that, maybe Valve or Apple will have to step in.
    Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthi...the-next-xbox/

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    Well, this article holds actual validity for me. For once, the ideas actually make sense and seem feasible. Nice find!

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    Yea i love forbes.com LOL

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    I think price really is the main selling point for Xbox 720 it it want to bet Sony. Microsoft really doesn't need to make the Xbox 720 more powerful than the PS4 to sell well. The GPU on PS4 according to some is comparable to Radeon 7850. Another article posted here on the forum section I think today mentioned about it being as powerful as GTX 660 or GTX 660 TI. I don't think it's as powerful as GTX 660 which cost around $225-$300 on PC (even if Sony is paying for the GPU chip only it's still an expensive GPU). The PS4 really doesn't need that much GPU power. Just bumping up a little bet both the CPU & RAM will do the trick. It's a huge mistake for Sony I think cuz this would add up to the overall cost of the PS4 minus the PS Vita.

    The PS4 is able to do things like download while playing, minimal loading time (I don't believe that it doesn't have any load time as Sony was just hyping things I guess), able to record & stream game while playing, etc. is because it has plenty of RAM to spare. As far as improving the graphic quality of its game, it really doesn't need that strong of a GPU. Right now console is stock on 1080p max resolution. Bumping up the game physic with a better physic engine is the best the PS4 can do but it can't scale higher than 1080 resolution (even if someone will make a game that supports a much higher resolution) as the TV set is limited to 1080p so there's really no winning there.

    For Xbox choosing the right hardware without going overboard compared to PS4 will do the trick. A GPU power comparable to a GTX 560 or GTX 560 TI would be a good choice. A CPU slower than what PS4 is also a good choice. The internal storage also doesn't need to be on par with PS4 as there's really plenty of options out there for the end user (he can always replace it with a much larger HDD or if he wants to he can add up an external USB HDD). It also need to match up the innovative feature of a tablet controller like that of the Gamepad on the Wii U to be able to do more being a game console.

    As for the apps it really doesn't matter for the Xbox 720 to have that much as long as it got the basic ones found on other next gen consoles. It got a better multimedia streaming feature with Wi-Fi Direct which is newer & much better I think compared to the older DLNA which now with a never specification also carries a Wi-FI Direct compliant feature.

    The 3rd party supports was always been good with Microsoft. I don't really have to worry about the 3rd party support on Xbox 720 cuz I'm sure there's plenty of 3rd party game developers out there that loves to do some business with Microsoft on their next gen console. Besides it's always easy to port games on Microsoft game consoles cuz of its PC based architecture.

    It Microsoft could lower the price of the Xbox 720 to $400 & up while getting the same features (with the tablet controller) out of the box then it's really on the running. There's so much competition out there by the end of the year including Valve's Steam Box which I think is a force to reckon with plus the tablet & smartphone game market which really took a lot of revenue out of the game console market, both Sony & Microsoft really needs to think hard as to how much they're going to sell their products.

    As for the Wii U, it's still very much on the race. I still think there's a lot of potential out there for the Nintendo game console. Its price & the Gamepad innovation are it's selling point. Nintendo really needs to showcase the Gamepad feature on its game as will convince more 3rd party developers that making games for the Wii U is profitable. Also you can't get a Pikmin game if you don't go with Nintendo.
    Last edited by Cheaptrick; 02-24-2013 at 10:24 PM.

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    I'll be owning all three consoles, so I'll be good no matter what

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiss_army_74 View Post
    I'll be owning all three consoles, so I'll be good no matter what
    ...What if there's an amazing PC exclusive game???

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    Cheaptrick, I cannot decide which read was better, the article or your post.
    At least you mentioned Nintendo.
    I'll have to remember to return here and give some likes.

    Consoles are generally sold at a loss. That’s nothing new. If Microsoft can build a beefy system at a seriously competitive price point, it could capture that fat middle market that gave it the edge in this generation. Better yet, it could offer the next Xbox on a subscription basis, like it does with the Xbox 360. Anything to get the machine in as many living rooms as possible, as quickly as possible.
    Excuse me, but what edge did Microsoft really have over the PS3 last generation outside of America?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History...ales_standings
    We're so different here. According to sales, there wasn't that much competitiveness between the seventh generation consoles here. I've heard a theory that the PS3 lost the US console war because of affordability. What other reasons would you add for the considerable difference in sales? I think the FPS games may have played a big role. I know Microsoft for 3 series: Halo, Gears of War, and Call of Duty (3rd party). I guess those types of games just appeal more to Americans than what Sony had to offer. Opinions?
    Last edited by Lightning Kick; 02-25-2013 at 12:45 PM. Reason: typos, expanded

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