I actually like it.
This thing looks...ugly.
it looks like a set top box for cable/satellite tv. Which I imagine is intentional since they seem more concerned with getting you to use it as an Home Media/Theater box instead of an actual game console.
No reverse compatibility and forced kinect are painful to even think about. Motion controls were a catchy gimmick but they don't enhance games in any meaningful way, requiring a motion device to work is well... stupid. The people that wanted kinect would have bought it anyway. Another kick to the jimmy is the lack of support for Xbox live Arcade purchases. Any games you have on your current Xbox from the Arcade have to be repurchased on the One. Pretty bad show Microsoft.
But CoD has a dog so it is all okay right?
I'm not too fond of the design, but the best explanation for it that I read is that they probably just needed more space to make sure there won't be another red-ring-wave with this thing. If they chose functionality over form for that reason that seems smart to me.
It's bulky and huge. It looks like a VHS player. That picture doesn't seem to be the most faithfully representative of the console though. Here's another one.
I almost never look down at a console from above like that and since it won't be standing vertically, that's not an angle I'm likely to ever see apart from when I'm setting it up.
I looks a little thick but besides that, I like the clean sharp angles as well. It's actually reminiscent of the first model PS3 cept being angular. In my opinion, it's way better than the original Xbox, better than the faceplate 360 and about on par with the squat 360.
I dig the controller but I'm one of those people who think the 360 cont is currently the best and most comfortable console controller so take that as you will.
I think it looks fine. Looks huge but thats a side thing. I like the simplistic slick aesthetic in that you can put it on your shelf and it doesn't immediately stand out as a game console.
That said, I never go ahead and admire how pretty my gaming console is when I'm turning it on from my couch so it's not really an issue.
I think it looks fine. It fits the aesthetics of the kind of hardware you find in a media center, which is what this console clearly aims at being. I much rather have something that blends in with the rest of my living room than the odd-man-out that was the original 360 (and to some extent, the redesigned one).
Architecture is a beautiful thing when done properly, and I love seeing how concepts come to life. I think the newest XBOX360's look fantastic, and was hoping to see something similar in this direction, but I didn't see it? Maybe? I dunno.
It's so hard for me to not to sound like a Sony Fanboy.. but in all honesty, I hated the Fat PS3 Superman font, and don't like the newest slim's design either, but I thought Sony's first slim design on the PS3 (and PS2) were some of the best console designs of all time though. Truly, works of art. I'd also say the newest 360 model isn't too far behind.
That all said, I think the XBOXONE's visual design is pretty atrocious. I can see dust getting crammed into the ridges nooks and crannies on top, and having to Q-tip that shit out a couple times a month. It made me think of the cheap looking last version of PS3 slim out right now, mixed with a huge clunky looking VCR like numerous other people have already mentioned.
Maybe seeing it in person would help me to form a different opinion though. Who knows.
I must say that I'm genuinely surprised at how many people say they like the design. Should've made this a poll instead of a stupid rant, like I said earlier. I want a percentage or a ratio of some kind. I guess I just don't like the 90s VHS player/entertainment system mentality of it.
Looking at it a day later, yeah I'm certainly not a fan. Even when you compare it to the current Xbox 360 which looks a hell of a lot better than this. I'm sure it'll get design revamps along the way but it looks as if it's been designed without any artistic input whatsoever. It's strange when you compare it to the Xbox 360 S.
I think it looks fine.
It looks fine. A neat clean box with some highlighted bits. The controller seems a bit "jelly bean" or "puffed up" and that is not to my taste, but even that is fine. The box looks inoffensive and that is better than nothing.
Alright, having got my hands on one last week and playing around with Ryse and Dead Rising 3, I can say that I think it looks pretty slick and the controller is pretty good too. If Ryse is any indication, this console is capable of some pretty good looking stuff. Now, if only we can see an evolution in gameplay, that would be good. But it looks like Titanfall and Sunset Overdrive at least have some sound ideas.
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