Microsoft Executive Replies To Xbox One Negativity

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Microsoft Executive Replies To Xbox One Negativity

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"This isn't a sprint", said the hare to the tortoise.

"We always knew that our story would play out over time," says Phil Spencer, corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, in response to Xbox One backlash. "And even now, I would say, this isn't a sprint." He went on to claim that new, as yet unannounced content would persuade consumers to shell out the extra $100 to buy an Xbone, rather than a PS4.

"The reaction, I think, is complete when the product is on the shelf and it has a price and it has a content library and consumers vote," Spencer added, "and that's the date I'm looking forward to." November 2013 will be when we find out whether Spencer has a point, but as things stand right now, a promise of new content on its own may not be compelling. Moreover the Xbox One has a price, and it's a high price when compared to its closest competitor.

The consumers will definitely vote, but whether or not this will result in something Spencer - and Microsoft - likes the look of is still up for decision.

Source: Gamespot

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I've already preordered mine, and shortly after that the preorders were sold out at my gamestop. The guy there mentioned that 5 or 6 other stores were also sold out. I am happy that I am getting one, and I am happy that I am going to be playing Elder Scrolls. :)

So instead of dealing with the problems that consumers have with Microsoft and the Xbox One, they are going to stick their heads in the sand and claim everything is a-ok until November?

'This isn't a race'

A race for what?

Who can fuck the consumer over more? Because I think Microsoft has won that already.

Riff Moonraker:
I've already preordered mine, and shortly after that the preorders were sold out at my gamestop. The guy there mentioned that 5 or 6 other stores were also sold out. I am happy that I am getting one, and I am happy that I am going to be playing Elder Scrolls. :)

...please, please, PLEASE tell me you're joking.

OT: Well, at least they're not just saying "deal with it" this time.

Microsoft thinks it's still teasing us. In reality it's already blown it's load all over the couch, thrown-up on our backs and passed out on the floor with it's pants around it's ankles. All thats left is to take a shower and go through it's wallet for the bus fare and hope we still have Sony's number.

...You do realize that the general reaction to your console even after E3 (Which you claimed would change people's minds) is overwhelmingly negative, right? As in, you promoted the PS4 better than Sony ever could negative.

Gearhead mk2:

Riff Moonraker:
I've already preordered mine, and shortly after that the preorders were sold out at my gamestop. The guy there mentioned that 5 or 6 other stores were also sold out. I am happy that I am getting one, and I am happy that I am going to be playing Elder Scrolls. :)

...please, please, PLEASE tell me you're joking.

OT: Well, at least they're not just saying "deal with it" this time.

He probably isn't. It was marketed as a CoD and Battlefield machine. So take a guess who exactly it was that ordered all those XBox Ones. That's right, it's foulmouthed li'l Timmy's mum from two doors down.

Gearhead mk2:

Riff Moonraker:
I've already preordered mine, and shortly after that the preorders were sold out at my gamestop. The guy there mentioned that 5 or 6 other stores were also sold out. I am happy that I am getting one, and I am happy that I am going to be playing Elder Scrolls. :)

...please, please, PLEASE tell me you're joking.

OT: Well, at least they're not just saying "deal with it" this time.

I'm hoping they are joking or it means people bought Microsoft's crap about it is worth it, trust us. Just buy the console, I'm certain there will be something you enjoy if you just give us like £500.

With all the other comments from Microsoft Execs recently, I cringe when I read a title like that. They really can't afford to be so blasé about any negativity at any stage, and there's a volcano of rage erupting right in their faces.

Then again, I've got mine pre-ordered, so what do I know?

It's as if he has folded his arms stroppily, stuck his bottom lip out and said "Well it's not finished yet!"

True it isn't a sprint but it is hard to run any race when you start with your kneecaps broken.

We've got amazing content that we haven't announced yet which will change your mind
Hmm... where have I heard that b4, oh yeah before E3, where said awesome was suposed to be announced.
I think it is just stalling for time while they scramble around for a macguffin.

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Vivi22:

Karloff:
He went on to claim that new, as yet unannounced content would persuade consumers to shell out the extra $100 to buy an Xbone, rather than a PS4.

Bull fucking shit.

Exactly what I meant in 3 words, bravo sir/madam, bravo.

VanQ:
He probably isn't. It was marketed as a CoD and Battlefield machine. So take a guess who exactly it was that ordered all those XBox Ones. That's right, it's foulmouthed li'l Timmy's mum from two doors down.

I knew the Xbone was marketed to that particualr kind of fratboy who does nothing at all and is yet somehow incredibly rich, but I didn't expect there to be so many of them.

Whats interesting here is whats not being said.

Considering the response to the DRM and used games fiasco microsoft (especially after the PS4 E3 conference) is going to have a few serious quiet meetings and see what/if they can roll back on certain things before november.

Karloff:
He went on to claim that new, as yet unannounced content would persuade consumers to shell out the extra $100 to buy an Xbone, rather than a PS4.

Bull fucking shit.

If such content existed and was really enough to overcome people's very valid complaints about this system then they wouldn't be keeping it under wraps. They got curb stomped by Sony a few days ago and now they're trying to convince people it's no big deal and they'll show that it's worth the money eventually. Talk about your marketing horse feathers.

DVS BSTrD:
Microsoft thinks it's still teasing us. I reality it's already blown it's load, thrown-up on our backs and passed out on the floor with it's pants around it's ankles. All thats left is to take a shower and go through it's wallet for the bus fare to Sony's house.

Wow... Dat analogy.

I honestly doubt whatever they got will win over many extra purchases outside of the people who have already decided on buying one. As for playing the long game... no I don't see it. Is this like your Zunes long term strategy?

Captcha: slippery slope. Well it isn't a logical fallacy... but MS are definitely slipping.

Hey hey now. No reason to be hating. MS just has a firm commitment to their core audience of drunken stupid people. And they are counting on them to come through for them...
Like they did for Windows 8...
And the Surface...

Oh man, Balmer is soon gonna be out of a job.

9thRequiem:
Then again, I've got mine pre-ordered, so what do I know?

That you shouldn't be trusted to manage your money? :D

Dude... you're being steamrolled in the PR department...

Though maybe this actually is their best, it's not directly insulting the potential consumers.

As if there is a question why the Xbox one is so much more expensive....its the effing kinect 2 thats force-bundled with it.
Something I definetely not appreciate!

9thRequiem:
With all the other comments from Microsoft Execs recently, I cringe when I read a title like that. They really can't afford to be so blasé about any negativity at any stage, and there's a volcano of rage erupting right in their faces.

Then again, I've got mine pre-ordered, so what do I know?

Blasé? By some fairly credible reports they do in fact have an army of badly paid interns out trolling the interweb s declaring their undying love for this console. How quickly the and all their friends pre ordered, and spamming dislikes at any posting or story that may be viewed as negative.

Hmmm, this all sounds like exec speak for "d,d,d, don't worry all, we have a plan for the future. Errrrrrrrrr, free CoD map packs anyone?".

Its not the console or the price I have the problems with, its MS's arrogant attitude of thinking gamers will just swallow their shitty business plans and content shackles. Thinking that its fine to shaft people because all will work out well because they have a kinect CoD dog and another Halo game.

Vivi22:

Karloff:
He went on to claim that new, as yet unannounced content would persuade consumers to shell out the extra $100 to buy an Xbone, rather than a PS4.

Bull fucking shit.

If such content existed and was really enough to overcome people's very valid complaints about this system then they wouldn't be keeping it under wraps. They got curb stomped by Sony a few days ago and now they're trying to convince people it's no big deal and they'll show that it's worth the money later. Talk about your marketing horse feathers.

They are back peddling faster than a circus clown while also trying to juggle throwing knives and balance a cream pie on top of their heads. Believe me, anyone not expecting this was living under a rock. Also, it's funny to hear that race example, considering Sony is more the Tortoise in that example and they are the hare.

Don't use a "the tortoise and the hare" analogy. It only works if one racer is going fast and the other is going slow. This is more a case of Sony and Nintendo going forwards and Microsoft going backwards. I don't care if it's a sprint or a cross-country run, you can't win by moving in the wrong direction.

P.S. Thanks

I'm not sure if he was paying attention at the start of the last generation, but last I checked the more expensive consoles generally don't do so well on launch and generally don't recoup the loss. Considering most people will only get one console, having the more expensive console is generally going to screw you over as price factors heavily into these people's decision. I know because I was one last go around. The main reason I didn't get the PS3 was the price.

There's probably nothing else they can say now except "wait and see." If the things that people hate are an integral part of the new console/long term strategy (and I've read comments by far techier people than I saying that they are) then even if they wanted to Microsoft can't start pulling bits out and reworking their next gen plans. Not at this late stage.

But I don't think there's any rabbit they can pull out of their hat to win back the credibility they've lost in the last few weeks. At this point they just have to put their trust in apathy, and that's a hell of a dodgy business plan.

Yeah, he is right that it's a marathon rather than a sprint.

But Microsoft is still running it with unnecessary weights around their ankles because of some very poor decisions.

Guys, pre order one now and get a controller with slightly different coloured plastic! And an arbitrary achievement!

Riff Moonraker:
I've already preordered mine, and shortly after that the preorders were sold out at my gamestop. The guy there mentioned that 5 or 6 other stores were also sold out. I am happy that I am getting one, and I am happy that I am going to be playing Elder Scrolls. :)

I'm really happy about being able to play Elder Scrolls too! And I'll be doing it on my shiny new PS4.

Hmm... the guy knows the hare lost the race right?

Though this is typical MS. They've made a system that cannot sell as well as it's predecessor so you can bet they will find every way to nickle and dime those that do buy to make up for the lost revenue. Good luck to all of you who buy one because the name XBone is pretty much a description of what MS will be doing to you and your wallet,

Microsoft really needs to just be quiet and hide in the shadows at this point. Every day they try to salvage this they put themselves deeper into the hole they have dug for themselves. Even if they console came with a feature so awesome it would justify the 100$ price difference it wouldnt change all the other gigantic flaws and plain out insulting aspects of the machine.

Unless they announce that they have removed the daily check-in and the drm for loaned/used games, silence is their best defence.

So instead of addressing these concerns he's just going to pretend they'll go away once the product is released. Still if Riff Moonraker is any indication, he's probably right, sadly enough; although I fucking called it.

Sorry, did Microsoft say something stupid again? I was a little bit busy playing New Super Mario U and checking again to see when the PS4 is going to be for sale. I should probably point out that if this was a race Nintendo wouldn't be doing too well either since they started out sprinting before the gun was fired only to fall asleep several steps in front of the starting line to the bemusement of Sony and Microsoft (Microsoft having just finished grafting his feet to a point just below the knees because Cotton Hill is such a great character).

Titan Fall looked cool to me but I'm not spending $500 for that and that alone. Also did anyone else assume Killer Instinct was going to be revealed to be on the 360 and in stores right then? Like the new 360 which is apparently also in stores now?

I may work in a UK GAMEing chain and at the moment its safe to say sony is beating MS down. There are still preoders for the xboxone but they're heck of a lot slower and frankly its not a surprise for me.

Seriously is talking to the consumer so hard? listening and maybe giving a little, I cannot guess how deep MS is locked into the online always bits and the smart glass gibber but I fear maybe they're too far along to back track for the console... maybe we'll have no choice beyond what we see now.

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