June 10th 2013 11:10 am PT

My Interview with Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch

I had the chance to chat with Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch about the partnership we announced today at E3. Here is more information about the partnership, what Twitch offers gamers, and Shears’ favorite games.

Major Nelson (MN): What does Xbox One integration of Twitch mean for the future of live broadcasting?
Shear: This is our chance to break into the console space in a big way. To date, PC games have been the biggest things on Twitch, mostly because it’s incredibly difficult to broadcast console games today. The Xbox One integration means that Twitch users are going to be able to broadcast their console experiences even more easily than they can broadcast from PC. Live broadcasting your game is going to be for everyone in the future, not just people who can afford a capture card.

MN: What excites you most about coming to the Xbox platform, specifically Xbox One?
Shear: The Xbox One platform combines the best parts of console gaming with the best parts of PC gaming. Dedicated hardware for high level performance, combined with multitasking to run broadcasting and chat at the same time. The platform melds gaming with other activities in a way that we’ve never seen before. There’s no way we could have accomplished what we’re doing with the Xbox One on any other platform.

MN: In your wildest dreams, did you expect Twitch to blow up like it has over the last 18-24 months?

Shear: Well, probably in the wildest ones! In seriousness, I did not expect this amount of growth so fast. I always thought that game streaming was going to be big, but to see it take off the way it has is really gratifying. Of course as you grow you have all kinds of new, bigger, more interesting problems. So at the very least, it’s never boring!

MN: If I’m a gamer that has never experienced Twitch, how would you convince me that it is worthwhile?

Shear: It depends a lot on what kind of gamer you are. If you love Call of Duty multiplayer, Twitch offers you the chance to see some of the sickest kill streaks you’ve ever seen and watch tactics from the very best. If you love Minecraft worlds, Twitch lets you see all the mods you could be using and get inspiration for new creations. If you love League of Legends, Twitch is your chance to watch the top teams in the entire world battle for supremacy.

MN: What’s your favorite game to play?
Shear: I love all kinds of games. I’m kind of a game omnivore. Most recently I’ve actually been playing a lot of board games and card games. Magic: The Gathering, Small World, Coup. On the computer, usually Heart of the Swarm. My all-time most played game is almost certainly StarCraft: Broodwar. Close second to Super Smash Brothers.

MN: What’s your favorite game to watch other play?
Shear: Of course I enjoy watching games that I play, so Starcraft and Magic obviously rank highly. I actually love watching DOTA 2 and League of Legends as well, even though I don’t really play either. The strategic depth is really high and the games are super tense but it’s a genre I haven’t ever put the time in to learn myself.

MN: What has surprised you the most over the last 24 months?
Shear: The generosity of the Twitch community. I am continually surprised to see that not only will gamers on Twitch pull together to support each other and the broadcasters they love, they’ll find ways to support good causes around the world.

MN: Twitch is often associated with eSports, but there is a lot more being streamed than competitive gaming. Can you elaborate on what other types of content people are tuning in to Twitch to view?
Shear: While eSports is obviously an important part of what’s on Twitch, it’s actually a minority of the total content on the site. The other three major categories are educational, creative, and interactive content. Educational content is made from streams that people watch to learn from, like coaching or just detailed analytical commentary. Creative content is all about showing off exciting new things that people have figured out they can do in a game, stuff you never would have expected. And interactive content, the biggest set of content, is all about the viewer interacting with the streamer live in the middle of the stream. Obviously these categories can overlap, so you can have creative educational content, or interactive eSports content, but most things fall into one or the other.

MN: What has changed to make video games so popular among spectators?
Shear: Put simply: it’s now possible. Internet connections are fast enough and video encoding is widespread enough that it’s possible to create this content. Live video is a lot more bandwidth intensive than clip-based video, so it makes sense that it’s taking off later.

MN: What’s next for Twitch now that you’ve conquered the gaming space?
Shear: I wouldn’t say we’ve conquered the gaming space yet. We have a good start, but there’s a long way to go still. Until every single gamer on every platform knows they can catch the best gameplay and coolest new streams on Twitch, we’re not done.

*Available with supported games.

Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Jung Lee

    Microsoft better do something quick or this console launch is going to be a major disaster.

    • Chuck

      best they could do is start back peddling and I don’t think they will do that until March after they see they haven’t sold any consoles.

  • xboxoneforlife

    Sony won. No doubt in my mind. Good job to you

  • Chuck

    MS, what does it feel like to be pwned?

  • Realmusik Recordz

    U might be right… I’m a Xbox man tho. I’m here till the wheels fall off

    • GmailIsDown

      the wheels already fell off

    • xboxoneforlife

      Me too. I will call it as i see it. Sony won in the last few minutes to win most of the casual and people who was on the fence. There is no denying that.

    • Dylan

      I was for a very long time as well.
      You don’t owe Microsoft anything. They’re trying to screw us. Don’t let them.
      The only thing you’ll lose is gamerscore, and you’ll have an extra 100 bucks in your pocket.

      AND YOUR GAMES WILL BE WORTH THEIR PRICE

    • Steve Jr.

      I’ve had a long history with MSFT. I’m on the same boat here.
      I’ll buy the PS4 too, but I’m an xBox guy.

    • jlh

      The wheels are not going to fall off. The Xbox One is going to be successful, very successful, but I don’t think the first couple of months are going to be pretty unless MS do something about the price. In the long run the 24 hour check in and game trading will not be an issue (most 360 owners don’t even know about the whole controversy because they don’t spend their time hanging out on gaming forums and blogs) but the price is barrier for a lot of people.

  • wrestlefan01

    microsoft claimed the developers pushed for the dmr and used game bs.but meanwhile sony isnt going that rout and they stil have top developers on board.seems like microsoft lied

    • xboxoneforlife

      They did. If the publishers are allowing sony to do this. Microsoft is screwed. They need to come out tommorow and say no DRM and no used games restrictions now. Otherwise its game over for majority of the market. You can’t put restrictions on something that someone else is clairly not.

      • jlh

        I don’t think publishers are allowing Sony to do anything. I think that they are just doing it under the belief that they will establish a lead that can’t be ignored. So that even if the publishers wanted to retaliate by not putting their games on the PS4 they financially couldn’t make that decision. It’s a risky move but it may work.

  • Realmusik Recordz

    Sony selling lies…time will tell. 399 is the only real thing they said

    • Dylan

      You’re in denial.
      That would be false advertising if it wasn’t true.
      It is. Get over it.

      • Dwight Power

        Dude… accept it. Microsoft sucks. $399 with no restrictions and no forced online check ins is all they had to say.

        • Dylan

          Preaching to the choir man.
          I’m guessing you replied to me by accident haha

    • ikari_paul

      how butthurt does one have to be to be in such denial

      your a sad person. go see a doctor. no wonder M$ thinks it can get away with murder, if theyre fueld by loyal sheep like you

  • fantomena

    Sony just killed you, MS,

  • Kieran Tsao

    Everyone at MS is crying salty tears right about now.

    And they deserve it.

    • billy middleton

      everyone at MS are now screaming “WWWWWHHHYYY DID WE LISTEN TO EA, WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THEY LIED”

      • Steven K

        Where are Bill Gates and Jay Allard when we need them?!

  • ikari_paul

    ahahaa…
    ahaaaa..

    ahahaha….

    im not going even to say anything…

    cya

  • Realmusik Recordz

    Ms needs to respond

    • Dylan

      How are they going to respond to this. Sony has marketing out already (hilarious 30 sec video, watch it)

      http://www youtube com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kWSIFh8ICaA

  • dibils

    Ms respond with every game released at £25

  • billy middleton

    xbox one $499 / £430
    ps4 $399 / £350
    xbox loses
    ps4 = unrestricted game trading, unrestricted offline,
    xbox one = no comment
    xbox loses
    yup I can see the trend EXCEPT one thing, ps4 promoted the heck out of cloud gaming and cloud this and that which I am a tad nervous about

  • Bry

    I’ll keep my 360, enjoy the XBLA games I have invested in and let my gold membership expire.

    But next gen…
    IT’S ALLLLLLLL SONY BABY!!!
    Cheaper, no drm, better specs, no forced Kinect, no always online.
    PS4! PS4! PS4!

    • JuanCabrera

      It looks like their version of Kinect will be required to tell gamers apart (that’s what the lights on the controllers are for). Other than that, completely agree!

  • Realmusik Recordz

    I’ve seen ms bounce back plenty of times..numbers want lie come November.

  • billy middleton

    ME needs to react and react fast by dropping the price and dropping the DRM issue, they could have just kept the authorization code on the disc and keep the disc in the tray like they do with the xbox360, that way theres no need for resale fee’s on pre-owned games,
    the leak about now is the prices EA are planning, i’m taking this with a pinch of salt but EA might charge 20-30 for a pre-owned title

    • Andy

      *EA will also accept payment in kidneys or other symmetrically-paired vital organs of which you can function without one. We offer bonuses for testicles, since at EA the demand for them is high but supply is nonexistent.

  • Dein Vater

    RIP Xbox!

  • Rob

    How did that suck? Seemed better than the MS one, at least through the lens of live blogs.

    • jlh

      They showed five exclusives and everything else was multiplatform. They spent a ton of time talking about indies that will gain more attention and sales on Steam than on either console. They spent a ton of time on two Ubisoft games (again multiplatform) that we’ve already seen before and that lagged like crazy for no apparent reason. The only two major Japanese games they showed FF XV & KH III are not even exclusive to their console. And the best game they showed all night is by a developer whose fanbase will buy the game in droves, on the 360.
      The conference was bad. It was too long & it was boring but they did all they needed to do by playing to the internet gaming crowd’s drm fears so they won.

      • Chris Grub

        On content I agree with you. In terms of presentation there was a clear cut difference with the way Microsoft spoke to the consumer versus other brand presentation at E3.

        Time and time again I feel like MS thinks I’m stupid and will buy into anything they have to tell me.

        I’m not brand loyal to anything – I just flock to where the deals and good content are.

  • Hugoku

    @Major Nelson USD$399, no DRM, no always-online. Will we hear reactions?

    • billy middleton

      the only reaction will be the tears in his coffee

    • Andy

      I’d say something to the effect of a noose tightening, followed by the sound of a chair being knocked over. Possibly the crunching of cervical vertebrae and the distinct sound of somebody’s bowels unplugging.

    • ryder4life22187

      its gonna be a sad day though. What are we looking forward to next gen possibly another behind the times nintendo system and a PS5. Cuz after this BS it will be hard for me to go back to MS

    • Z4M0

      I hope we see positive reactions and some changes… I loved what I’ve seen at this E3, exciting stuff not just the halo-forzafable and that’s it thing It’s been going on for the last 2 years.

      Bet they have to rethink the concept of always online gaming wich is a dealbreaker for most consumers (based on their opinions).

      People hasn’t just to pay more for their system but also being subdued by anti-consumer restrictions.

      Can’t still believe what Microsoft did with ONE. An America based company, a country proud of freedom, limiting so badly user’s liberty. Can’t really get it.

      Xbox 360 back at the day did good stuff but also benefited from Sony’s mistakes; arrogancy, greed, etc.

      Now feels like Microsoft is falling into that and Sony just had to sit, wait and benefit from MS’s mistake.

  • ryder4life22187

    looks like it might as well be the year of the sony console. Got the One on preorder should sell it and buy the PS4 with money back to spare.

    • Andy

      With that extra hundred bucks you could afford…ONE GALLON OF GAS.

      • ryder4life22187

        ONE gallon make it a half.

  • BostonSup

    This isn’t good for Xbox. #RIPXbox

  • Luih

    from an ex-xbox fan: Bye bye microsoft, you showed good games, but disastrous policies aswell, you are an anti user friendly company

  • chavafx

    omg microsoft you really show better games but you are crazy if you think that a weaker system with drm and $100 more expensive system is going to win
    yes you may sell good in the initial luch but you will get destroy ober all
    please fire whoever think that this is ok

  • Dean Gallop

    You guys had the best conference games wise. I’ll be getting one.

    But dun goofed with your policies and price. Please reconsider.

    • Dennis Crosby

      They They need to announce a Xbox that will allow you to play offline for people who want that and without the kinect

    • Andy

      Master Chief dressed in Tusken Raider garb, and Dead Rising 3 with smartphone activated artillery strikes? Sounds legit.

  • Andy

    Who will make Bender waffles just the way he likes them now?!?! #Butthurt #XboxDone #DealWithIt

  • Andy

    Kinect 2.0: Introducing a whole new era of public exhibitionism! #Kinexhbitionist #Fap

  • Dennis Crosby

    I can’t decide what system to get Xbox one has the games but ps4 is cheaper and I wasn’t really interested in there exclusive games. Yea Xbox one has DRM and I understand why they have it .but they also so have that bullsh#t kinect and for $500 because of the kinect.

    • Jeremy Filth

      How do you understand why they have the DRM in place? They’re just giving more power to publishers to control who plays their game.

      Why would you ever support a system that is so Anti-Consumer is beyond me.

      • Dennis Crosby

        Because there in a business of making money .the more money they make can potential be use to develops content to make that game you love so much better with dlc and such.

        • Andy

          The current generation of consoles have been able to accomplish that just fine without requiring mandatory connectivity checks or 3rd party disc sales regulation.

      • jlh

        It’s not anti-consumer. It’s more restrictive than console gamers are used to but it is not anti-consumer. DRM is a fact of life in gaming and as we move closer and closer to an all digital marketplace it will become ever more important. It’s funny that people are slapping MS for having DRM and yet if you take out the 24 hour authentication checks the Xbox One has the least restrictive DRM of all the major platform holders.

        • Kevin Giguere

          How is it less restrictive than PS4, Wii U and (arguably a platform) Steam again? All of which don’t require a regular internet connection?

          • jlh

            The Wii U like the Wii locks all of your digital purchases to your console. You cannot transfer that content to another console. If your console breaks you have to send that console to Nintendo to have your stuff transferred to another Wii.

            If the PS4 operates like the PS3 then you are limited to playing your digital copies on 3 authorized consoles which limits sharing of your content.

            On Steam your game library is only your library, it cannot be shared, it cannot be sold, it cannot be traded.

            The Xbox One has a unified game library that can be accessed by up to ten family account members on any Xbox One, games can be downloaded from your main Xbox to as many Xbox consoles as you want & you don’t have to contact MS to do it. So you can share your game library, you can sell back your used games pending publisher approval & you can trade with a friend.

            I’m not saying that MS has come up with a perfect system because they have not but as far as DRM goes it is less restrictive in a lot of ways compared to the other platforms. Of course all people see is 24 hour internet authentication and they immediately see only the negatives.

        • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

          Sorry, but no. Xbox One’s DRM is COMPLETELY anti-consumer. It locks you out of loaning/renting/trading your games amongst friends and family, makes it an extra hassle to sell or buy used, and to make matters worse, if your internet is down for 24 hours or more, it locks you out of all your games.

          Xbox One has–by FAR–the MOST restrictive DRM of all the platform holders. Nobody–not Nintendo, not Sony–has the kinds of draconian restrictions Xbox One does. You can lend your games out all day long on PS4 or Wii U, but you can’t do that *at all, EVER* with Xbox One.

          Any way you slice it, Xbox One is a train wreck.

  • BostonSup

    I HATE the DualShock controllers so very much… but I will also be using it. Damn MS, time to fire all the execs and attempt to rebuild their Xbox (and Windows) brand.

    • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

      Bright side: there will be third party controllers that replicate the layout of the 360 controller on PS4. I have one for my PS3 :).

  • Allan

    Microsoft, so long, and thanks for all the fish

    I’m getting a Video Game.

    Not that expensive less powered betamax

  • wrestlefan01

    microsoft took a wiz on the customers with the connect every 24 hours or you cant play and restricting used games and sharing.sony just tossed we consumers a bar of soap and a towel and said let us help you friends we will allow what the other is taking away

  • Logic says…

    Well now you go from Gold fees to PSN+ fees.

    • OldSchoolah

      as far as I’m aware (definitely correct me if I’m wrong) PS3 and PS4 will remain ‘free to play multiplayer’ just no ‘benefits’. Unlike Xbox where you must have Gold in order to play any multiplayer content, and use services such as hulu/netflix. PS4 Will allow me to use such services ‘out of the box’ with no additional 1/3/6/12 month ‘subscription’ required.

      • Logic says…

        PS3 will remain free, but you have to pay to play on PS4….when he took a jab at Microsoft by saying under $5 he made the statement about it.

        • OldSchoolah

          Hah, after a quick goog I found the article and am astounded. Oddly I’m still not regretful of my pre-order decision in comparison but it is quite unfortunate. I appreciate you pointing this out to me.

          • Dylan

            It is minor. PSN+ is really good, with good deals and free games. And pretty much no advertising

            A worthy sacrifice in the name of freedom

          • OldSchoolah

            Great to know. I’ve read up a bit more and see they’ve got free games indeed, can’t beat that. I definitely appreciate Fable 3 free today on XBLA but I purchased it when it came out *kicks them!* :P

          • Steven K

            PS+ free games are yours as long as you pay for the service but still you get a lot of deals on other content. And have you seen all these free games for PS+ subscribers buying a PS4? Man Sony nailed it so deep in there I think Microsoft employees at E3 wanted to go back to Redmond after that. In the end if someone did learn something of this generation, it is not Microsoft. Sony came out with a practical approach and gave people a console they wanted. And the announcements they made about small devs able to self publish without a fee on the PlayStation Store literally killed XBLA. A very sad day Xbox fanboys will remember. Microsoft’s greed sent them back where they belong and I can see that it’s going to be a hell of a fight to win back the base they lost or they’re going to lose over the time

          • Logic says…

            No problem, and I can relate. .. Apparently PSN+ was already worth the purchase before this. Besides, with the hundred dollar price difference, makes it even more easy to take on.

  • jeffyg3

    Omg. Just saw the rest of the PS4 conference. $399 ($100 cheaper) for a more powerful PS4 and no restrictions, free online play. I have been a massive supporter of the Xbox brand since launch day of the original Xbox, but Microsoft has made FAR FAR too many mistakes with the Xbox One that they just completely screwed themselves over…more expensive and confusing and idiotic restrictions for a home console. This is the first console where the games look good, but the restrictions were enough for me to avoid it at all costs. Why? Why? What were u thinking Microsoft? All that hard work you guys did with the Xbox One won’t mean anything if the sales are going to bomb.

    • Dennis Crosby

      Online isn’t free anymore

      • Cody R

        yea but it offers more than Xbox live does, so it will actually be worth the money, oh and i dont lose netflix and hulu plus if i dont get PSN+

      • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

        No, but PS+ is a far superior membership program.

  • watkins

    Sony just took a megaton dump on you guys tonight. Btw Ive been an Xbox gamer for 10+ years.. I’m letting my live subscription run out the end of the year. It’ll be ps4 for me. Get rid of your crappy drm it’s disgusting and offensive.

  • MD

    I was also mostly an Xbox gamer this gen, I bought a launch 360 and stuck with you guys through 3 of them breaking on it, finally sold it a few months ago and bought a 3DS.

    Sony buried you tonight with no DRM and being $100 cheaper all while maintaining stronger hardware. Seeya’, Microsoft.

  • Telltales

    I’m a Playstation hater and Xbox 360 fanboy.
    But. MS. Damn you.

    R.I.P. Xbox One
    Dead on arrival.
    I just pre-ordered a PS4.
    Nice job killing off the Xbox. Congrats

    • Michel Van Lingner

      Same thing here lol

    • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

      I did too. #GoodbyeXbox

  • Σάββας

    Hey, Major.
    Savvas from Greece here!
    You know that the internet has crumbled down trolling MS, don’t you?
    You have a few months to make wrong, right. And STILL it needs a lot of extra hard work to reverse the momentum
    But, hey!
    There is always this twitch thingy that can turn the tide.
    Just joking.
    But you knew that too, didn’t you?

    • Shawn Springer

      Remember when Egypt shut down the internet service.. Imagine if that could be done with their products in the home.

  • Daniel Garcia

    dont know where exactly to post this, but i was in attendance at todays e3 media briefing and came away very impressed with a lot of the games shown. dead rising 3, project spark, killer instinct, ryse, and of course, halo 5 were all amazing. now i plan on buying an xbox one at launch (already preordered my system) but i have got to say sony’s conference was especially strong with their announcement of a no DRM, 100 dollar cheaper console. good on them and playstation fans all over. that being said, i find it shameful to see so many negative comments here and on other sites. it truly is one of the best times to be a gamer – both events and their respective games are proof enough of that. i cant wait to read more in the coming days about all the new games that will be shown at e3. i want a banjo kazooie game! make it happen. you already have my money, but grant me this wish and youll have more of it, microsoft! cheers

    • Dennis Crosby

      Yea it feel the same way . But from my experience with the psn it suck every week it goes down and it take so long to update games.

    • Shawn Springer

      ITs smoke and mirrors. They put all these games out which most are CGI trailers to take your eyes off the ball. It doesnt matter what kind of game they release. The console itself is the deal breaker. I cant fork over 500 bucks for something that has this much restrictions. Wait til you try cloud gaming. Your in a FPS match and then all of a sudden you get a buffer message or the frame rate drops cause too many are using cloud computing or the multiplayer game is sucking all the bandwidth. Your at your FRIENDS house and you say let me download my game from the cloud so we can play. 50gigs later, or 15 hours later. You can play. :P

      • Daniel Garcia

        these things could also be said of sony’s cloud service at this point. we need to see both in action. still, if it really was all smoke and mirrors, boy did they fool me. the games looked really pretty in person. if you saw a stream of the event, believe me, none of them did the games justice. but to your first point, yes it does matter what games they release. ive been a long standing xbox fan for going on ten years, and quite frankly, the exclusive franchises microsoft has to offer appeal to me more than sony’s do. i dont know what it is about infamous and final fantasy and killzone, but they just dont click for me. and ive played entries in just about all of sonys major franchises. theyre good games, dont get me wrong, and im sure sonys launch line up will be nothing short of amazing, but the restrictions on DRM and hardware on the xbox one simply do not trouble me all that much

    • deane007

      Just remember in years to come when X-box one servers are shut down you will have games that will never work again.A generation of games never to be played again.

    • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

      Sorry, no. Gamers absolutely SHOULD NOT simply roll over for this absurd policy. Microsoft is WRONG and their policies on Xbox One games are a slap in the face to loyal customers who game on the Xbox platform.

      I’ve been an Xbox customer for 10 years, but that ended today. Playstation 4 and Wii U for the win.

  • GmailIsDown

    Sorry I still preordered one after I saw the new Halo game teaser. I ordered a PS4 too. If Microsoft does not do something with the 24 hours check in c***, PS4 will be my main console next-gen, while Xbox One will be used for exclusives, Halo, Forza, etc.

    • Adam

      Not sure if I will get Halo: Kinect: the Cinematic Quick Time game. Halo 3 was my favourite, it actually had a decent storyline, but since then they’ve tried to add more “drama” and “tension”, “story elements” and “fanboy service moments”, without making sure they actually have a good story that flows smoothly and makes sense.

      • slasaru

        Halo was a laughing stock for Sony fanboys because of poor graphics, it only changed with Reach and Halo 4 showed a decent visuals that were comparable with Sony exclusives

  • Lenonn

    I was totally prepared to preorder an XBox One. But the DRM has killed it for me.

    Microsoft still has time – they can fix this. I just don’t know what they were thinking in the first place.

    • Telltales

      Even if they did fix the DRM and always online restrictions by getting rid of them and dropping the price, a lot of damage has already been done. A lot of respect from console gamers have gone out the window and they’re already set on getting the PS4

      • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

        Yep, and I’m one of them. I’ve been an Xbox gamer for 10 years, and I WILL NOT support this console that clearly doesn’t respect my right to OWN the things I buy and pay for legitimately.

    • slasaru

      Man, it was told months ago about DRM, how were you prepared for preordering?

      • Lenonn

        Because, at the time, it seemed like PS4 might have similar DRM, so – I could prepare for the lesser of two evils..

  • Dennis Crosby

    I have a question for everyone .”how many people actually play games offline?”like if you do and dislike if you dont

    • GmailIsDown

      to rephrase your question, “how many people actually play single-player game?”

      • Shawn Springer

        I been tired of lagging and no hit marks on COD Black ops 2 that I played against the bots offline today to try out different combinations of guns.

      • beardyman3218

        To be fair i prefer a good single player story over a rehashed mutiplayer anyday, depends on the game though.

    • Steven K

      I was talking about that with a friend (he’s a PS fanboy). My answer: I don’t. My 360 and PS3 are all wireless connected to the internet. Even when I play a single player game, I’m always online. But this is not a reason to support the online check-in though, unless many people seem to care, I think it is more an architecture level requirement on the Xbox One than a policy Microsoft voted. But look even if I don’t have any problem with it right now because I’m living abroad, in my country I don’t have easily access to internet. So what happen to my Xbox One when I go back home? If not for this check-in, I could keep it and still order my games but even this won’t be possible because the console is region locked. It’s unfortunate but I think Microsoft really drew a line with the Xbox One. I’m an Xbox fanboy but let me be frank here: the Xbox is not a console tailored to my needs

    • ie5x

      The country I come from does not have internet access to gaming devices in most of the homes. They DO have internet access, but it is typically only used on one or two desktops at the most. Many do not even have a router, just a DSL connected with a desktop. And these are well to do folks.

      Internet hasn’t penetrated into the living room yet, unlike US. There are a few 360s in my relations, who have never, mind you, never connected it to the internet. And why should they!? It is still viewed as a gaming device and mostly used by kids in offline single player or split screen mode, much like the old school consoles. Games are costly toys for kids and they have gotten around the problem by having a healthy sharing community.

      Understand me when I say that XB One is going to be an extremely hard sell here. Even if I can, why would I do it? Just because there are a few niche features I couldn’t care less about!?

  • Andy

    Has a console ever been released knowing its already been beaten?

    Pretty sure this will be the worst ever launch of hardware. Time to start on Xbox Two. (And dont bother trying to force DRM, Always Online, Kinect)
    Good chance to save some money too, tell the boffins at M$ to take the Xbox One out to the Mexican desert. While the folks are trying to find the buried ET games, they can bury the Xbox One units. ;)

    • GmailIsDown

      I’m still waiting for Xbox 720.

    • ward09

      LOL

    • Telltales

      It will probably beat the crappy Wii U console, but not by much

      • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

        I don’t think so. With a $500 minimum price point and absurd DRM, Xbox One is already the laughing stock of the gaming world. Expect Wii U to see a surge in sales–especially when it gets its first real round of titles in the fall and a price drop.

        #GoodbyeXbox

        • Adam

          A Wii U is $200 cheaper, better online, no subscription, no Kinect, great gamepad, great pro controller (their normal controller), and exclusives that people care about. There are no Xbox One exclusives that are really any different from other games on other consoles.
          Really, the Wii U is the only one that does things a PC can’t do.

          • slasaru

            I see you are defending WiiU, but i am telling you, there wont be exclusives on WiiU until new xbox comes out
            Also, Third party developers IGNORE wiiu, it is a dead console
            For xbox one many studios will be making multiplatform games

            WiiU gamepad is a laughing stock with three hours of playing
            Mario goos, Zelda good, but that is all and even not known when will be released

          • Adam

            It’s got some great exclusives, such as Lego City Undercover, and any multiplayer is instantly better on Wii U with one player using TV and the other player using their gamepad as their screen. Of course, I will later on get a PS4 for all the other games I can’t get on Wii U. PS4 has better exclusives, better price, no drm etc.

          • ReadTheArticlePlz

            Who cares about third parties on the Wii. The nintendo made games are by far the best games on ANY nintendo console and the main reason many people buy them.

  • Shawn Springer

    Hey Microsoft. NO questions really got answered or maybe if the games got thrown out, people would stop caring about the important questions. All that was answered was the release date and price tag. Price is too high for casual gamers, hardcore gamers may buy it. But after the initial release, people that wanted it will have it and the sales will plummet. Like the way the WII U did. Soon as the fans came and gone. No one was really interested. There even recalling their basic model and will try to spruce it up with content and different games of some sort. How much will games be? How much for accessories?? If a game developer decides to not allow used games. You pretty much let the retail chain set the price and make us pay through the roof for something. How much cheaper is it to buy a digital copy of a game then retail. I know it doesnt cost one bloody cent in manufacturing and distributing a game to retail outlets.

  • beardyman3218

    I thought Xbox e3 was brilliant, i was gonna watch sony e3 but it was on too late, does anybody know what happened?

    • Andy

      Pretty much, “Sony won”

      • Daniel Garcia

        thats a bit of a stretch, but yes, they did have a really great showing. no drm and a lower price point are HUGE plusses in their favor. i thought the games were weaker though. but then i was at the microsoft event, so the experience of seeing them was certainly much better. the audio alone was ridiculous. you felt it.

    • Telltales

      A lot of good looking games, NO RESTRICTIONS, better controller features, only $399.
      Sony killed the Xbox
      The end

      • Telltales

        No wait, I take that back. Sony didn’t kill the Xbox. Microsoft is doing it themselves.

      • Colorfulchew

        I don’t think Xbox is dead yet like everyone claims. Let me point out something. Microsoft was losing customers to STEAM. Myself included in that. It wasn’t even necessarily the deals they have, although they certainly add to it. It was the convenience of being able to play a game almost instantly. To me, this console is perfect, I guess because I’m more of a casual PC gamer in a strange way. I’m not in it for the graphics, I’m in it for the ease, and what Xbox One does well, is making playing games simple. It’s weird to say, but think about it. “Xbox On, Xbox Play The District”, is way simpler than just about anything. And don’t judge me, but I’m a lazy person. I don’t like getting discs. Anyways, didn’t mean to get on a long rant, just remember, early gg = no skill.

        • http://www.allthatgamingstuff.com/ JasonGW

          Sorry, but Xbox One is dead on arrival. All the retail employees are talking about it now. I was in gamestop the other day and the employees were bashing the Xbox One’s DRM scheme and the fact that it will lock you out of your own games if it doesn’t get online once every 24 hours. Someone came in to ask about preorders (which they weren’t taking yet, just listing names on a list for callbacks), and when he left, his name was on the list for PS4, not Xbox One.

          Microsoft blew it. The DRM and always online policies have ruined what could have been a great console. Add to that the fact that it costs $100 more than PS4, which has superior hardware, and the writing is on the wall.

  • beardyman3218

    Major Nelson if you truly are listening and care about xbox users at all then you will get rid off the DRM and online check-in. Sony just made an absolute show of you. I don’t expect an answers to this though i think you guys stopped caring when you came up with the idea.

    • Dylan

      It was brutal.
      Jack Tretton was really rubbing it in.

      Was kind of awesome, and the crowd was really into it. Like we were.
      Here is the specific part of the conference

      http://www youtube com/watch?v=20l5KrQYVDk

      • beardyman3218

        I don’t really like jack tretton but that was funny.

  • DerpieDutch

    All is clear now. Time to practice with the Dualshock 4. I’m being forced.

    Mandatory Kinect why? To turn on the Xbox? Wut? If it wasn’t mandatory the price could be much lower. I have never seen a decent Kinect game.
    Im not even starting about the online check an used games policy.
    All the best Microsoft. I will see you at the next next gen war.
    Tip: Hire some gamers instead of businessmen.

  • Generalkidd

    I honestly hope Microsoft knows what they’re doing…
    After seeing the PS4 reveal, as a true Microsoft & Xbox fanboy, I’m completely worried and the PS4 does seem very interesting to me. I’m beginning to lose hope and interest in the Xbox One. The new refreshed Xbox 360 looks more interesting to me than the Xbox One at this point. Other than that, there’s not much left that’s keeping me on the Xbox boat other than my investment in my Xbox 360 games which no longer work on the Xbox One. I originally got the Xbox over 10 years ago because of games like Halo and the graphical power of the system. Now the Xbox One is falling behind and the Halo series is no longer what it used to be. I believe it was Halo that almost single handedly carried the Xbox to where it is today, but I don’t think Halo has the strength to carry the Xbox One through this PR nightmare called the Xbox One.
    To be honest, the only Halo game I really play anymore these days is Halo 3. Once I finished the campaigns of the newer Halo games, I had no reason to keep playing. If I wanted to play Halo 4′s multiplayer, I’d rather just pop in my Call of Duty games since that’s clearly what Halo 4 tried to imitate with it’s multiplayer. Even the default controls in Halo 4 are the same as Call of Duty’s default controls. I used to enjoy Halo 3 a lot because it was different than Call of Duty. Likewise I played Call of Duty because it was also unique. But now that the Halo series is essentially becoming the same as Call of Duty, it’s losing its uniqueness. Therefore at this point, there are very few games on the Xbox One that catch my attention enough to convince me to get an Xbox One. It’d be more worth it and it’d save me more money, if I stuck with the Xbox 360 for current gen games and went with PS4 for next gen. Although the fact that PS4 will charge for online multiplayer now is enough to make me reconsider. However I need to see something good about the Xbox One that puts the consumer first.

    • fried_egg

      im with you on this. my xbox360 gold membership is going to lapse at the next renewal. i have a really good cable box already, i dont need to pay up for another one built into my next games machine. so ps4, which would be my first sony machine is looking the more likely next buy. ms always screws good things up. xbox is just going to join the long list of successful own brand products that they then overbloat with features people dont want and kill off the product doing so. there needs to be a person incharge of products that slaps back the person at ms who insists on “loading” more of their shared skills on things that are lean and work.

    • Steven K

      I couldn’t agree more. I remember a decade ago, the name Xbox was synonym of a benchmark in the console space, focusing on amazing graphics and hardcore gaming. But let’s face it: these days are long gone, so is the Microsoft we used to love back then. Greed really took over and they don’t seem to understand it. Though they showcased very good exclusives, this E3 will stay a bitter memory for Xbox fans. Of course the Xbox One has lots of features the PS4 doesn’t, but I these last weeks gave me the feeling that the Xbox team didn’t know what to do with their next console, the Xbox One gave me this feeling that Microsoft instead of designing a console we customers were waiting for, designed something they wanted, a little reminiscent of Windows 8: a good OS trying so hard to be everything at the same time but which fails miserably at simple tasks in the end. The whole Sony conference made me sad, how they destroyed the Xbox One and enjoyed it with the public. I hope Microsoft take note and review their position but knowing them, I doubt they will.

      With small developers allowed to self publish for free on the PlayStation Store, I can see the near end of Xbox Live Arcade games. With Netflix, Hulu and all these providers being free on PS4, I can see how the Xbox One, a console designed to be the all in one experience will fail miserably because of the Gold membership. With all these DRMs, online requirements and anti customers policies, I can see how most of us gamers will jump on the PS4 boat. Though I don’t have any problem with the price (499 is something I can easily afford), I can’t stop thinking about others around here who will prefer the affordable PS4 and wondering if it was really necessary to bundle the console with Kinect. Especially when at launch no games will require the use of the camera if not for online chat with Skype but even in this case you’ll have to be a Gold member. Microsoft didn’t learn a thing of the PS3 launch, just like they didn’t learn a thing of this generation.

    • slasaru

      Console lemmings want to play COD, thefore if shooter not looking like COD it is doomed
      It is yiu are to blame, console multiplayer shooter lovers
      When new COD comes out this year, you will again buy it with enormous numbers
      Poor developers who cannot release truly original games

    • TheDahaka

      Ill give you a tip for anything in life. Never be a fanboy of anything and always go for the better deal. Make companies earn your business, because if you easily settle for less, they will be glad to leep giving you less.

  • fried_egg

    things that just dont appeal to me that seem to be where xbox has insisted i go. i dont need kinect – it didnt work well with x360, and while k2 might work better in smaller places i dont need it always watching me or listening to me. the voice recognition and swish control of the x360 was dreadful too. the ability to share your gameplay video with your friends sounds dire, who wants to watch other people playing.. dull dull dull. the dashboard of your play versus others was very detailed but while in sales teams the boss might like to see that level of data i am not playing my machine to be in that sort of competition. then there was forza5… it seems your driving style is “learnt” by the machine and it when you leave the machine in “environmentally awful” mode will be the “ai” cars for others to play in their games… wow the machine that plays as you, we are all redundant! but no, who wants to play the top of the leaderboard all the time? i want to be able to win games, not play the likes of kim dotcom who was said to be playing battlefield all day and in the top 5

    • Fingleberries

      Hi Fried_Egg,

      While I can agree with many of the points made in your comment. I believe the Forza 5 ‘Drivatar’ mode was not your local console that is driving as you, rather this is one of the ‘in the cloud’ bits they were talking about before. Basically, a Server in a Datacenter somewhere will act as if you were driving based on your learned behaviour in-game. The local console could be switched off, plugged out and put into a box – so this is not using any extra power locally, or not some “environmentally awful” mode.

      I agree, however, that I would like to win games – if I am always pitted against the top ‘Drivatars’, I don’t think I’ll be enjoying the game much.

  • beardyman3218

    If there is no blog post here within the next few weeks outlining the removal of online check and drm i may make the move to sony but it will be a reluctant one because there were some amazing games at xbox e3, but again it was overshadowed by this drm idea, please reconsider. Major Nelson if you are listening then drm will be removed in the next few weeks please post a blog entry to let us know whether you are considering this after seeing the cheers at the sony conference.

  • Moro77

    Xbone = designed by shills in suits for shills in suits!
    MS didn’t even have the balls to release any kind of specs sheet for their new console because the specs compared to the ps4 are extremely underwhelming and it shows..most of the games ms has shown have some serious frame rate issues ughhh.
    MS is probably hoping for the best with what they got and counting on dumb schmucks to jump into this draconian drm infested underpowered mandatory 500$ console…excuse for a moment while I throw up.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Where did you go wrong Microsoft? Where did you go wrong? Did you listen to EA?

  • Steven K

    I don’t care that much about DRMs because I’m used to PC games. I always buy my games new and keep it forever and since all my “real friends” (jab at Sony) own PlayStation products, I don’t lend my games to anyone. My only concern, Major, is the 24 hours check-in. Look I’m living in China right now and if I buy an Xbox One in Hong Kong, what happen when the chinese government blocks access to Xbox Live servers? Please, it already happened with Star Wars MMO The Old Republic, I bought a subscription and today I can’t login and play. Using a proxy or a VPN is not even a solution because I don’t know if the Xbox One will support it and even if it does, the speed will be slow like hell while using it. Please reconsider it, Major. At 399 USD the PS4 is a steal considering the no DRMs and online check-ins

    • ryder4life22187

      they won’t change their minds. Their mind is already set that xbox players are nothing but pirates and you have to prove yourself to throw money at them left in right before they give you the right to play their game on their machine.

      • Steven K

        It’s sad to see how greedy they became with their business expanding. Xbox would have been a name which inspires fear to competitors like Sony, it would have been the console made by gamers for gamers. But instead it became a voice recognition and DRM joke. Let’s keep faith one more last time. I’ll hold on until release. Because I hate Sony, I hate the DualShock and I hate the PlayStation brand so much

        • Adam

          Try the Wii U, especially when they add E3 demos to the trial units in game stores, and see if you like the Wii U gamepad & controllers.

    • Adam

      at $299 the Wii u is even better.

 

Twitter Feed


see more
Latest Podcast
MNR 508

see more
search
Ads