Microsoft has the most difficult task with Xbox One, the company has to satisfy two crowds. One would be the hardcore gamers, this people want to enjoy Durango with core titles like Halo, Gears and exclusives galore. They are not going to play with Kinect 2.0, in fact they use to hate Kinect. I understand them.
If you want to produce money, easy money, you have to make games for the second public: the casual gamers. This people enjoy Kinect or try to enjoy it. Microsoft should balance its products with games and apps for everybody, but slightly oriented to the hardcore gamers, because this people won’t hesitate to spend their money in your new console if you present the right games for them.
I would like to make a little summary upon Durango/Xbox One, I’ll split the article in two sections, hardware and software.
We have published too many leaks for Durango. I really think that we have dissected the hardware for the new Microsoft console. This product should compete with Sony, truly that’s not the most important point and a console is a piece of hardware able to run games…
Durango Unveiled: A summary that includes the general info for the hardware. If you don’t want to read a lot, this is your article. Serve chilled.
Sound of Tomorrow: Take advantage of the next-gen sound.
Microsoft Xbox roadmap 2013: Neither always online, nor block second-hand games and Xbox Mini. Microsoft could be working on a set top box aside the Xbox Mini, this is another info that we have got, but they are working on this system too.
Durango XDK: If you have a dev kit, you have to install programs to run your development tools. A Sneak peek for this unknown face of Durango.
Kinect 2.0: Microsoft will include an enhanced Kinect with Durango. I hope this time I will be able to play with Kinect and not Kinect with me.
Call of Duty: Ghosts. That’s not a surprise, although the Durango’s presentation will be the first act where we will see the first footage for Ghosts. It’s COD, so I would not expect a big change in the series. One thing, I want 60fps and 1080p.
Forza 5: Sony will have Driveclub, hence Microsoft should show Forza 5. Supposedly this game will have top graphics, close to the real life. Next-gen Forza should represent a leap between the current gen and the new one (speaking about technology). This game could make the debut of a new feature called Vista. This tool will allow the player to obtain statistical info upon different car features (internal and external) and to virtually navigate and operate the vehicles.
Ryse: A Kinect game powered by Crytek. Microsoft likes to start the generation with a megaton; Ryse could be the Infinity’s megaton. Xbox had Halo, Xbox 360 had Gears of War and Durango could show the first game that takes advantage of Kinect 2.0. Hard to believe, I know.
Project Gotham Racing 5: Bizarre was closed years ago, but Lucid Games was founded by Bizarre former employees. According the rumors this team would be developing the game with Rare. Personally, this game would obligate me to buy Durango.
Halo 5: Not for the window launch, less for the launch. I wouldn’t bet a buck on this possibility. I guess 343i could show a teaser trailer or a trailer, but not a game for the next months.
Gears of War 4: Epic Games relied their work on People Can Fly with GoW: Judgment. The company released Gears of War 3 almost two years ago, so, they have had enough time to work on a new Gears of War and maybe they are ready to show us the tech symbol on Xbox One.
Rare: The legacy of the Stamper bros it’s only a memory when we talk about Rare, albeit the gamers always give an opportunity to Rare. This is the last chance, if the group is working on an AAA, they have to unveil it during the Next-Xbox presentation. Kameo 2 would be a perfect game to release with Durango. Open maps, detailed worlds and a way to explore the new hardware. Moreover, I want colorful games.
EA: Microsoft and the worst company of the States could have signed an exclusive contract. EA could be programing an only for Mass Effect for Durango. This deal could cover some games for a specific time. EA have a multiplatform business, so these games should appear in other systems along the time (not for Wii U). FIFA 14 will be on the presentation, maybe they could announce and exclusive deal for some points, not for the full game.
Titan: Respawn Entertainment could unveil the new million seller for Durango. According rumors this game would be a multiplayer game only for Infinity. Activision VS EA.
Kinect 2.0: Party games, family games and this type of stuff for the gimmick. I’m not going to dedicate time to this point and you don’t want to read it.
Microsoft: More rumors, Micro could be six months behind the games production with Durango. Many reasons for that, they have fewer studios than Sony and they have had to get exclusive deals with third-parties, moreover they could have cancelled some projects.
Microsoft has positioned Xbox 360 like a multimedia console. You can run Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services and even games with 360. Durango should promote this point with more deals, more companies and more services. If you have Xbox One in your dinning room, you won’t need more. That’s the idea.
The Redmond Company could offer exclusive content in their platforms. Heroes could come back in a new born for the TV series with a new plot and a new script. Microsoft would look for only for content in games, apps and maybe TV content.
Price & Release date
Price: 500$ or 300$ with a mandatory subscription. Expect a price in that range.
Release date: Most probably November. One way or another, this year.