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  • Darklurkr23 - November 20, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    No one will miss Bing? BING? BIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGG??? You mean the reason I haven't paid for ANYTHING video game related for the past 2 years? Free gold, free microsoft points, free amazon money - which in turn is now PSN money as well) Bing is my LIFEBLOOD when it comes to non-contest-won gaming
  • FierceVoltage - November 20, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    Wait what really?
  • Dram214 - November 20, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    Everyone should hope that both systems are successful. As has already been mentioned, competition is healthy for the industry. I'd include Nintendo in there, but really, they kind of have their own market and Sony and Microsoft don't really try to compete with them there.
  • Taurine - November 20, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    This sounds like the Sci-Fi channel's strategy. "Its popular? CANCEL IT IMMEDIATELY!" Because M$ has so much going for it right now, you know, like the Surface, Windows 8 and Windows Phones.
  • gamerxl249 - November 20, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    Which, not to mention, ALL have great numbers of issues.
  • Subgenre - November 20, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    It's the Sega Saturn all over again. First console has tough competition, but manages to fair rather well in certain regions of the world. Second console becomes widely popular and puts up quite a fight against some fierce competition. Third console rolls around, is ruined by poor business discussions and a change of management. And thus the cycle continues.
  • Author - November 20, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    You could say the same about Nintendo and Sony's 3rd system.
  • Subgenre - November 20, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Indeed. At least Sony was able to turn around the PS3 and Nintendo managed to find an audience for the Nintendo 64 in the west. Who knows, maybe MS will get the Xbone to hang on after all.
  • Author - November 21, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    So what can we learn from all of this? That three is an unlucky number. LOL
  • LordZarlon - November 20, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    Because he's an asshole.
  • BladedFalcon - November 20, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    "Kinect's debut stumbled, but Kinect 2.0 (look away now, pessimists) could very well change the way we consume entertainment. Why kill a fledgling piece of visionary technology before it realizes its full potential?" Oh yeah, I saw the Kinect's potential in today's livestream alright. With you guys issuing commands like 5 times before the kinect could understand it and do it :P All Joking aside... Yeah, as much as I had a problem with Microsoft's strategy before launching the Xbone, I definitely do not want the Xbox brand to die or be sold off. The competition does Sony and Nintendo good.
  • cbrinkmann1981 - November 20, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    Don't you mean the competition does Sony a lot of good? BRING ON THE NERD RAGE, NINTENDO FAN BOYS!
  • Tidus0203 - November 20, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Its because the kinect works with the person it is signed in to. it didnt work cause random people in the background were yelling.
  • BladedFalcon - November 20, 2013 8:07 p.m.

    Nope, the instance where I saw this was when Henry Gilbert was playing Dead Rising 3, on HIS own account, and he issued the same command at least five times before Kinect acknowledged it, and at this point in time, only two more people were there, neither of them were screaming, and if they were talking at first, they went silent after the second time henry issued the command. So basically, there wasn't a real excuse for it not to function properly, it just didn't.
  • Cwf2008 - November 20, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Voice commands are still kind of shoddy is the problem. That technology just isn't advanced enough to work perfectly. So, Kinect 2.0 could be great if they ever get voice recognition to work perfectly.
  • Eightboll812 - November 20, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    Honestly, think about voice recognition today. I've not found one automated call center product that didn't mistake words that I clearly enunciate directly into a microphone one inch from my mouth with NO background noise or other people talking. If that technology is still shoddy, what makes anyone thing a mic halfway across the room with a lot of ambient noise, INCLUDING the TV that's closer to the mic than I am, what makes anyone think this technology is anywhere near close to working 95% reliably? Let's look at MS' track record in voice products they built. Lync. Enough said. Oh, there's Skype which they bought, but that's the point. Anything in this realm that's even halfway good, they had to acquire. And Skype isn't voice recognition either. But anything they've built that relates to voice is abysmal. It's real easy to backup to a 50,000 ft view and say, "all they need to do is fix the voice recognition and it's all goooood," but how are they going to make it good when the best of the best in the entire industry is still severely lacking under the best of optimal conditions?
  • Swedish_Chef - November 21, 2013 4:59 a.m.

    Let me just say that the Kinect is awesome technology, now before you start laughing just let me finish. It might be awesome technology but the issue is that barely any of that technology (especially with it still being fairly new tech) is beneficial towards gaming and a large majority of what is can already be done better with a controller. Microsoft I would stop trying to push Kinect for Xbox and instead start pushing it for other areas where it can actually be extremely useful and profitable.
  • Eightboll812 - November 21, 2013 5:19 a.m.

    I was talking about the voice recognition aspect, which it sounds like is just awful. It also sounds like the motion recognition part is awesome. So at a high level, I agree there are parts that are awesome about it. But also parts that suck. And of course I also agree with your point about it not helping gaming and better being directed in other markets.
  • Doctalen - November 20, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    No matter how much I dislike the Xbox one and no matter how similar it is to the PS4, simply dropping it isn't a good idea. As was mentioned, their entertainment department is bleeding money. But I'd imagine the Xbox brand name is the only thing stopping a trickle from becoming a geyser. Plus as a consumer, what does Microsoft offer entertainment wise that isn't the Xbox? Zune, pretty sure that's dead and gone. Unless some idiot at Microsoft classifies software development as entertainment, they are struggling to find anything else worth backing. I did a quick search for Microsoft entertainment and found their game page. It lists five major sections, Xbox 360, kinect, windows 8 (hey there is an idiot, maybe), windows phone, and MSN games. Cutting out Xbox immediately removes 40% of their developing abilities and I'd imagine damn near 80-90% of their profits derived from games. Looks like if this guy takes over, then Microsoft might as well shutdown. It'll take a couple of years or maybe even decades, but if Microsoft loses the Xbox brand name, they are in deep shit and may not make it out. Especially with the way they've handled Windows 8, Bing, and Zune.

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