The Xbox One is shortly due on our doorsteps, our streams, our hearts, and our NeoGAF resolution-gate threads. I haven’t yet received my console, but I have received a lot of interest from family and friends who are interested in it. Many of them are not what you would consider “core” gamers; they usually have a Wii, for Wii Sports and Netflix, and maybe play a bit of Candy Crush. And yet, the Xbox One has managed to raise their interest, not for its gaming prowess or growing list of exclusives, but rather for its extensive media options. The NFL Xbox One ad shows what could be a great experience of watching football and talking to friends, all powered by one of the "three" Xbox OSes. I think this ad is fantastic and an interesting hope for the future (despite the reality of having a roof garden with an Xbox One like “Derek Yu” is a bit preposterous. Also their coffee table is a WAGON. WHAT.). I would love to watch TV and skype with family and friends. Have an Oscar/Superbowl party with people across the country!
But here’s the thing, no one who is interested in the media side of the Xbox One in my circle of gaming luddites cares about the games of Xbox. Which begs the question, why are they there? Why doesn’t Microsoft release a $199 “microconsole” with Kinect that can do all of the media things, but cut out the games? It can charge more than a Roku/Apple TV, and offer a better experience that would sleekly fit in with my friends’/parents’ entertainment setup. My parents would say “Xbox Skype” or “Xbox Netflix;” they would never pick up a controller. Also, since the most intense app it would probably run is HBO Go, it might actually be a reasonable size, instead of ¾ vents, 1/4 VCR.