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So the Xbox One has been confirmed and from all the rumours spread before hand, it seems like the announcement did not reach the expectations of the viewers! In other words, it was over-hyped! Here is precisely what I think of the 1 hour presentation…
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The name “Xbox One” felt as though they were going backwards… There was a big number “360” at the end of Xbox and now they want to minus 359 from it? I don’t know but to me, it feels like a downgrade to me.
The console itself was quite a bit of a disappointment to me. The style of it didn’t look so great and to be honest, the old one looks better. The Kinect (which now comes with the console) does look a little chunky and again, I’d prefer the old design. What makes up for my negativity is probably the controller. It looks more or less the same as the old one but a few changes but I guess for me, the controller made Xbox the right choice for me. Although it is not the best thing for beat em up games, it does accomplish other genre of gaming correctly. Seeing that the console and Kinect will be sitting in front of me, the controller is the vital importance of gaming here so all in all, its not so bad…
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The presentation then moved onto living room activities. From what I gathered, they seem to want navigation through TV, movies, music and games easier just with a few simple voice commands. Also, they introduced Skype into the mix. It seems as though I was looking at the Windows 8 interface since the Skype call was taken on the side and had the ability to also watch Star Trek. But with Skype integration, that is what made it interesting. One thing I really loved about PC gaming was that I could video call on Skype with one monitor and play games on the other.
Then there was a brief overview with EA Sports, Quantum Break and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Of course I expected no game line up since they did specify before hand that the games will be announced at the E3 Expo. Quite honestly, EA Sports always deliver the same and expected games so to me, that is no surprise. Quantum Break was completely baffling! Although the story line of this game remains a mystery, it looks rather interesting. Finally, Call of Duty: Ghosts looks more or less the same as their previous games but the graphics are a touch better.
|Image from Joystiq.com|
So the presentation leaves me with the following opinion. It wasn’t a full disappointment but the big point is that the Kinect will be sold with the Xbox One at launch which is a good thing. With the game line up coming up, there really isn’t much to say just yet but with Skype and TV integration, it makes the console worth having. The controller is also kept consistent which I don’t see a problem with.
So far, a 7/10 only because I want to see what games are coming out on launch and especially the price is one of the key factors I was waiting for… One other thing they did not announce is the specific day of release… Would be nice to know when to expect this bad boy…
We are our own worst enemy!
I suppose what I am trying to get at with this post is that life is tough when people judge you and you are taken down from their comments when really, it doesn’t matter at all. Sometimes, they can be right but if you take all judgements to mind, it can take a big chunk of spirit from you!
Everyday is a day worth experiencing to its fullest…
Remember… Mistakes are allowed to be made because that is what defines you…
As you’ve noticed, these are all home activities and to be honest, I have been at home most of the times to catch up on everything. Keeping a strong focus on projects is my main priority! But I will be changing my blog really soon. Keep a good look out for it.
Even if you put a little effort towards your projects, its better than no effort at all…
My days are beginning to become productive… I can see that when reading my post out loud, I feel a slight relief knowing that at least something is being done. It is not going as fast as I expect to do it but at least I am doing it.
This has been a very delayed blog post and I am hoping I will sit down to write more again. Things have been so difficult lately. Project development takes a big chunk of my time but will probably get back to it.
It’s important to stay focused…
What is this sudden eagerness in myself to try force to do something productive?
I can’t speak for everyone but I can say that sometimes, you need to get out of your comfort zone in order to find out what you really enjoy!
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The graphics are smooth, the colours makes my monitor brighter and the animations are amazing. Oh and I can create apps for the App store too! Bad points? Well, there are several I’d like to jot down.
The folder management is terrible! The tidying folders in icon mode is a mess! There is no auto tidy or anything. You have to manually tidy up every time! The only time when it does it automatically is when you right click and click on “Arrange By” and then when a new folder comes in, it ends up messy again.
I know it’s not much of an issue however, it does bother me to always having to right click and manually indicating to tidy it up for me. This is where I result in the columns view and even that its not perfect! To go back folders, I have to scroll back? But hey, its less painful.
I guess the next would be the shifting to other open applications. By using the Cmd + Tab keys, I can access to my opened applications but what makes it a failure would be Apple makes it a Grouped Selection! What does this mean? Well, when you switch over to Google Chrome, it shows you ALL of the windows you have opened with that particular application! So say for example, I have a thousand windows opened for the Finder, when I switch off to another application and decide to come back, it will open ALL RELATED Finder windows and then try and look for the window I really want.
Before was a huge issue but gaming was very limited for the Mac. I can’t say if it’s an issue now since I’ve stopped play games on my PC’s generally. But Windows was very ahead on the gaming and I did my research on Macs back then and there were not many Mac related games so that made me not want to buy a Mac. Now that I own a Mac, this may have been the reason why I stopped gaming on the PC just knowing the fact that gaming is limited. Why do I have a Mac? Just because I have the capability of creating apps for the App Store.
The Home and End buttons are a nuisance! So I’d like to specify that I am using a Microsoft keyboard on a Mac machine but still… When I am on Dreamweaver, I am programming and the Home and End buttons work correctly but then when I switch over to Flash or even Chrome, these buttons go to either the top or bottom of the page!? There are times when it even works on Chrome typing out this blog post so thinking logically, the shortcut keys to get to the beginning and end of the line is the Cmd + Arrow Keys which is fine by me. But whats next? Dreamweaver doesn’t want to go to the beginning or end of the line with these keys! So WTF!? Make up your mind! Its either one or the other.
Finally, the access to applications! So on a Mac, you see a docking station at the bottom of your screen. That’s great since it is so easy to access. So what’s the problem? Well, you have to assign what goes on that docking station so how do I access my newly installed applications? So there are 3 ways I can get to them! Either use Apple’s Launchpad displaying all the applications in an iOS themed display, using the Spotlight located on the top right of the screen and typing the application or navigating to the Finder and click on “Applications” there. I suppose my problem is just that there is no easy access to browse my applications. The Launchpad is pretty but the scrolling through applications in that format is a waste of space. iPads and iPhones need to do that since it has limited spacing so why integrate it onto a bigger screen!? The Spotlight feature I cannot browse through the applications I have since I have to type it. There are times I just get frustrated remembering what application I just installed and with the text field blinking at me just makes me want to bang my head! So I use the Finder. It displays my applications in a list format which is a great view and can browse through them. The problem here is that my attention diverts elsewhere as soon I click on Finder since the default view is All My Files resulting that I end up looking elsewhere and forgetting the main reason why I am on the Finder in the first place.
So my review as a whole? These issues have got me at an uneven state and truth be told, the Windows platform beats Apple but just waiting for the right time to switch so I can use this for a little while longer.
If I was to recommend an operating system, I would suggest Windows definitely! DONE!
In compliments to animation, when the characters are talking with each other, their body language indicates they have a history which in my opinion, most games does not successfully grasp very well. But don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen many games achieve this but in comparison to BF3, it has improved.
Maps are going to be bigger. Again, I thought BF3 had large enough environments and yet they’re going to make it bigger… So long the soldiers do not run out of breath like Black Ops, BRING IT ON! But it does make sense for those who like to play in the air. I tried an aircraft a few times in BF3 and it felt as though when I flew in the air, I came to the end of the map too quickly so maybe in BF4, I’ll play a bit more in the sky…
Nokia destroyed their competition!
|Nokia 3300 (Image from http://www.GSMArena.com)|
What will be the next gen phone!?
Gaming is not the same as it used to be!