I, as many of you, experienced the unveiling of the Xbox One, or XBone, as coined by Ryan on Twitter. After fully absorbing it, I have to say that it's a severe misstep for Microsoft to pursue the general audience before tying up the core market.
First and foremost, this machine is meant to play video games. Microsoft can talk around the subject all it wants, but the people who buy this want to play video games and the main people who buy things like this are people like you and me, the people in-the-know... you know, the "core demographic." No matter how useful the Xbox One will be to play those hot titles like "John Madden's Fantasy Football 2013" or "Xbox, watch MTV," if it doesn't have the software, it won't fly.
The people who they've marketed to with this release are people who already have things like NFL Sunday Ticket, already have DVR through their cable company, watch Netflix through the software on their TVs and get together in REAL LIFE to do their Final Fantasy Football. So, needless to say, these features are value added, as the real selling point will be the software, of which, they showed only a few pieces. This is a strange thing, because they need the core demographic to pick this up to make any traction, as the general audience is just fine with the Xbox 360 they bought three or four years ago(these people are not early adopters.)
Which leads me to this: the really good, ground-breaking, and games, the games that are made for people like us, they aren't always accepted by the general audience. With the democratization of game development, many of the coolest games coming out are from small developers and this announcement makes me feel like there might not be room on the new XBone for that type of experience. What with the bells, whistles, football, voice commands and pizza delivery, support for new experiences might fall by the wayside.
After all, if the initial segment they market to is the same share where innovation is not the currency of the realm, that means our segment is secondary. If our segment is secondary and what's catered to us is an afterthought, why would I be that all-important initial adopter that they need so desperately at launch?