Microsoft Exec: We're Going to Improve Xbox One
January 5, 2014 8:08 PM
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He said gamers will see changes in the operating system
A Microsoft executive recently said that gamers could expect the Xbox One to change and improve over time the way the Xbox 360 did, likely hoping that this will encourage more customers to buy the console.
, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson), said that the company is committed to improving Xbox One's operating system to make it increasingly user-friendly.
“If you look back at the Xbox 360′s launch, what it was in 2005 when it launched is completely different from what it is now," said Hryb. "It’s fascinating to see the different things that have come along. Things iterated. We didn’t even have things like the party system or the ability to support external storage when we launched the Xbox 360. So we are absolutely committed to adding new features to the Xbox One over the course of its life span."
Some aspects of the Xbox One's OS is more difficult than they should be, such as pinning favorite applications or finding out how full the Xbox One’s hard drive is. There have also been complaints about the Kinect's voice commands being too challenging to remember.
Hryb went on to say that Microsoft is paying close attention to what gamers want via feedback, which can be found on sites like
Larry Hryb [SOURCE: gengame.net]
“When we look back and look at what we’ve done, we want to continue to adapt the system to what gamers want," said Hryb. "The team that works on Xbox are gamers themselves. We want to build the system that we use and that we know gamers would enjoy using.
“We’re going to continue to refine the system and make it what the Xbox fans are expecting and what they want. We’re listening to the feedback every single day. I’ve already seen some changes in the operating system internally with what we’re building.”
The Xbox One console has had a pretty rough start. Before it even launched in November 2013, Microsoft announced a
used games ban
(which allowed third-party publishers to ban used Xbox One games) and the new "always-on" digital rights management (DRM) system. Microsoft later
retracted these features
after major complaints from the gaming community.
Xbox One has also been criticized for its price, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4s (and that's largely because Kinect 2.0 is bundled in with the console, and not many gamers were happy about that as well).
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1/6/2014 5:35:04 AM
I'm right though. The Kinect 2.0 is very unreliable. Gestures are a total joke. The voice commands are about 80% accurate, and gets a lot worse with background noises of a normal home. It takes me an average of 3 times to say "XBox, On" before it listens. Half the time I end up using the controller. The controller is the best thing about the console, but the PS4 has an equally good controller. And the PS4 has better gameplay overall.
Doesn't take a genius to figure this out, but a blind fanboy to ignore it,
1/6/2014 6:39:30 AM
Voice recognition will likely improve as they get more people using it. But voice recognition has always been kind of a gimmick anyway, in most usage scenarios. Some people love it, but most prefer physical control interfaces. Just like some people dictate to their PC, but most type.
1/6/2014 10:25:58 AM
Never has it taken more than one "XBOX ON" for it to register so you're obviously doing something wrong or have a faulty unit.
I've even navigated the TV app with nothing but voice commands, and while it's slower than a remote, it still recognized every single thing I said.
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