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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. 
According to, 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:]

“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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By Motoman on 1/5/2014 11:48:16 PM , Rating: 5
Microsoft Exec: We're Going to Improve Xbox One

Translation: All that really sh1tty stuff we said we were going to do to you originally, that you made us change before we launched? Yeah...gonna do that all to you anyway. SUCKERS!

RE: Translation
By y2jarmy on 1/6/14, Rating: 0
RE: Translation
By f00man on 1/6/2014 5:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
I'm having a blast playing Ghosts and BF4 multiplayer on my PS4. And they all play better on the Ps4 than the Xbox One (same thing for Assassins Creed and other 3rd party games). Forza and DR3 are overrated.

RE: Translation
By somerset on 1/6/2014 7:44:29 AM , Rating: 1
Image quality is alot better on PS4 as well. The XboxOne's graphics are atrocious for a 2013 console. The choice to use system RAM and not more expensive, much faster high speed graphics RAM will leave them kicking themselves.

RE: Translation
By FITCamaro on 1/6/2014 7:55:28 AM , Rating: 5
Aren't you teenagers tired of arguing about this?

Buy the freaking system you want, shut up, and just play games.

RE: Translation
By lexluthermiester on 1/10/2014 2:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't you teenagers tired of arguing about this?

I've been using, working on and playing games on PC's and game systems since before you were born. While some of these arguments are a bit juvenile, most are valid from the point of view that they compare the hardware specs and implementation in software that shows the sometimes serious differences in gaming experiences. The whole point of these arguments is to share information about which systems run games best and has a better user experience. I have or have played on all three current generation systems. My fav? WiiU. Why? It has all of the games I want to play and all without Nintendo sticking their nose into my personal life. PS4 follows closely and for similar reasons. Microsoft has the second weaker system of the three, spec-wise, and yet they have nothing to offer over the WiiU. Nothing. Out of the 10 gamers in my circle of friends only 2 bought an xbone. And both are regretting the purchase. One has gone out and bought a PS4 and the other a WiiU. We all have PC's.

Let's take Mass Effect 3, shall we? A well equipped pc runs it flawlessly. WiiU? A very well done version. Not quite as nice as a high-end pc, but still good, in 1080p, with good frame-rates and strong controller response. The 360 and PS3 versions? Not quite as nice. The PS3 version suffered from laggy controller response and the 360 frame-tearing[something that should NEVER happen on a console]. Now let's think about the same game on xbone and PS4. Both have plausibly competent hardware specs, yet the the PS4 is very clearly ahead. Both could easily run it at 1080p and look as good as or better than the WiiU[if they release ME3 for xbone or PS4]. Yet with only 3 cores the WiiU is running all of it's games in 1080p. I haven't played one game yet that runs at lower resolution. Not one. So why is it that xbone is running most of it's games[at least the ones that I've seen] in 720p? It has more theoretical power, so why? That answer is simple. Too many bottlenecks designed into the hardware and software of the xbone. Even though Sony used similar hardware, they designed it for lean, clean operation with very little running in the background while a game is running. WiiU has similarly efficient design which allows it to do more with less. Microsoft over-designed the cluttered, ugly mess that is it's UI and leaves too much software running in the background while it tries to play games. The PS4 and WiiU do not suffer this problem. They both run lean and clean. This makes the both of them much better choices over the xbone.

Buy the freaking system you want, shut up, and just play games.

People who use reason and logic, do their homework and think for themselves before they buy, will find themselves feeling much better about a purchase. Microsoft "fanboi's" are very similar to Apple freaks, they tend to buy whatever is shown to them without using their brains for anything more than a seat cushion, all because of a perceived[and often misconstrued] "cool" factor.

RE: Translation
By StevoLincolnite on 1/6/2014 9:38:25 AM , Rating: 4
Both consoles are laughable, it's 2014 and both haven't had all games running at 1080P.

Microsoft took a gamble with the Ram, they opted for more slower memory.

Sony also took a gamble, originally they were going to employ 4Gb of GDDR5 (Less but faster memory), but higher density chips were released before the consoles launched which made the move a sensible and possible choice.

Microsoft then tried to compensate for the slower DRAM by throwing eSRAM into the mix, the problem with that though is it costs obscene amounts of transistors to implement... Transisters that would have otherwise been better spent towards extra GPU resources such as Pixel pipelines, Render Output Pipelines, Texture Mapping units, Geometry engines... You name it.

Basically, Sony's gamble paid off.

However the main thing to keep in mind though is that cross platform game engines such as CryEngine and Unreal Engine aren't going to be pushing any platforms maximum potential, which is what the majority of the games will be built from, we saw it last generation where even towards the end of the generation developers were still pushing out horrible looking games powered by Unreal and they all looked like molasses. (Mass Effect 3 rings a bell, although great gameplay.)
I expect no different this next generation, only the first party developers like 343 industries and Naughty Dog will do anything *really* amazing from an image quality standpoint.

Anyway, enough about the decrepit gaming platforms that have severe disabilities in all things graphics...


RE: Translation
By Flunk on 1/6/2014 10:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, both consoles are about as powerful as midrange PCs. Frankly there is no real reason that they can't run at 1080p. Resolution can be balanced vs detail on any console. If they required 1080p support it would be there, the level of detail would just be lower. The current batch of games is a bunch of rushed ports that have barely been optimized for either system.

What this really means is that not only are current high-end gaming PCs much more powerful than the new consoles, in the near future even bargain-basement systems with integrated graphics will be more powerful. I don't think it would be a stretch to say that it's fully possible that we'll see a phone more powerful than the PS4 within the next 5-10 years.

You don't have to be smug about it.

RE: Translation
By rwei on 1/6/2014 11:32:23 AM , Rating: 1
You think Mass Effect looked bad? Whoa.

I thought they did a great job with a sparse design style. Lots of smooth surfaces (including characters *cough* Miranda) so you can't argue the graphics were very detailed, but I thought the game was beautiful.

And it ran brilliantly on my 3-year-old laptop at 1080P.

RE: Translation
By Ammohunt on 1/6/2014 1:39:27 PM , Rating: 2

I predict SteamOS will be the defacto standard soon.

RE: Translation
By TSS on 1/6/2014 5:28:57 AM , Rating: 1
Unlikely. We're still in the beginning stages and unless they want to see their sales go the way of their pre-orders, they're going to try and minimize DRM atleast in the short run, and possibly even in the long run.

Maybe they'll sneak a bombshell in there as the console nears the end of it's cycle, is alot cheaper and has a much higher installed user base then they will have in the next year or 2. Possibly (probably) preparing for the next Xbox, where they'll just try this crap again.

Meanwhile, all this article is is free PR for Microsoft/Xbox. No Shit Sherlock they're going to improve the OS. "No instead we're going to run this baby into the ground and waste billions. Why? Because Microsoft bitch, we have swag money lol YOLO".

That statement could only happen if the machine was called Xbox Millenium Edition.

Waiting for price drop
By saarek on 1/6/2014 8:31:43 AM , Rating: 1
I'll grab an Xbox One when they ether drop the price or offer a version that does not come with the Kinect.

I don't want the Kinect and don't see why I should be forced to pay for it.

My living room is too small for it to operate properly so it's really a pointless piece of kit for me.

RE: Waiting for price drop
By Argon18 on 1/6/2014 10:58:07 AM , Rating: 1
The NSA wants you to have it. A camera in every living room, hmmm.

RE: Waiting for price drop
By lexluthermiester on 1/10/2014 1:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
A year ago I would have thought that a statement a little on the paranoid side. Now? Completely valid and lucid point. Kinda sad....

RE: Waiting for price drop
By althaz on 1/6/2014 5:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
You're living room might be too small for Kinect 1 to work, but Kinect 2 works at less than 2 feet of distance.

RE: Waiting for price drop
By althaz on 1/6/2014 5:20:22 PM , Rating: 4
F*** no edit button. "Your", not "You're" obviously. I changed what I was writing :).

RE: Waiting for price drop
By p05esto on 1/8/2014 2:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
The voice commands are nice, I don't even use the controller anymore. It's nice to say "xbox on" and my tv and receiver and everything turn right on... or "go to netflix".... or it recognizes me and logs me in when I sit down. Don't knock it until you try it. I'm sold, that's for sure.

RE: Waiting for price drop
By lexluthermiester on 1/10/2014 2:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on the Kinect thing. No need for a high res camera in my home. But then, I've already decided to pass on the xbone. The PC, WiiU and PS4 are my gaming choices this round of gaming systems. And most people who have done any competent level of homework and thinking are similar choices.

Each to there own though...

By jnemesh on 1/6/2014 11:48:25 AM , Rating: 2
"You are all Beta testers! Have fun testing our product over the next six months."

RE: Translation?
By ClownPuncher on 1/6/2014 2:54:17 PM , Rating: 3
Both of the last gen consoles made major UI and OS changes over the years. I say both, because what's a Nintendo?

RE: Translation?
By lexluthermiester on 1/10/2014 2:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
I say both, because what's a Nintendo?

So you're saying you don't play all that many games? Or are you saying that you're not up to speed on one of the more successful gaming systems in history? Here's a hint, the 360 and PS3 aren't even in the top 15 of most systems sold and most games sold for a system. Wii is in the top 5 in most systems sold and top ten for games sold for a system.

Would you like help getting that foot out of your mouth?

By Nephelai on 1/6/14, Rating: 0
RE: Sigh
By WayneG on 1/6/2014 5:59:36 AM , Rating: 2
Some sort of gaming console you could say... - Scour eBay, it's not too late for you!

In other news I've not even opened my PS4 yet, had it nearly 3 weeks... None of the launch line up interests me, and I'm not playing BF4 or COD on a console. That's what PC's are for!

RE: Sigh
By Totally on 1/6/2014 6:06:39 AM , Rating: 2
CoD is macking on console dong so hard the tip is coming out the other end, that series will never be installed on my comp again.

RE: Sigh
By sorry dog on 1/11/2014 12:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming that you know English... would you mind translating what you just typed?

By althaz on 1/6/2014 12:44:56 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft announced a used games ban

Complete and utter rubbish. Microsoft announced that publishers had the option to require a fee befor their games could be sold to somebody. Microsoft announced they would not be using this feature, merely providing it. A very, very long way from a used game ban.

Note, this is still possible on the PS4 (as it was on the PS3), but unsurprisingly, no publishers have made use of it because (as Microsoft found out the hard way), the backlash from even imagined restrictions would be immense.

RE: Balderdash!
By troysavary on 1/6/2014 5:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
Don't let facts get in the way of mindless hate.

By inperfectdarkness on 1/6/2014 11:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
*Shrugs and goes back to playing PC/Wii* I will never understand the fanbois who keep propping up the tepid, mediocre offerings from MS and Sony. Nintendo isn't installing malware on your system or requiring you to have a 24-7 connection.

I have them both....
By dxf2891 on 1/7/2014 11:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
I really thought the XBox One was going to shine out of the gate, but the PS4 is really showing me something. Through a gift giving mishap, I received NBA 2K14 for both systems and both were opened (one by me and the other by my son). I took this opportunity to compare control comfortability, game play and graphics for both and I gotta say, the PS4 edges out the XBox One. The XBox One is kind of glitchy when it connects to the 2K Servers and I don't experience this with the PS4. But games like Titanfall still have me anxious and excited. I think there will be a back and forth until one or the other has a definitive game that really sets it apart ala Halo or God of War.

By f00man on 1/6/14, Rating: -1
RE: Awkward...
By y2jarmy on 1/6/14, Rating: -1
RE: Awkward...
By piroroadkill on 1/6/2014 4:24:48 AM , Rating: 1
Apparently you have plenty of time to make useless comments too.

RE: Awkward...
By f00man on 1/6/2014 5:35:04 AM , Rating: 2
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,

RE: Awkward...
By troysavary on 1/6/2014 6:39:30 AM , Rating: 2
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.

RE: Awkward...
By degobah77 on 1/6/2014 10:25:58 AM , Rating: 2
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.

RE: Awkward...
By Argon18 on 1/6/14, Rating: 0
RE: Awkward...
By themaster08 on 1/7/2014 11:08:06 AM , Rating: 3
Seek help.

RE: Awkward...
By lexluthermiester on 1/10/2014 1:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
Once again, irony rearing it's hilarious head on DT.

Seek help.

Take your own advice genius.

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