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On Durango (Leaks) – Doesn’t Sound Very Appealing

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Early last week, there was another leak regarding Microsoft’s Next-Xbox/Xbox 720/Durango/Microwave Machine That Plays Games. The leak, courtesy of VGLeaks, contained not only a look at the software installer for the system’s Dev Kit, but also a complete overview of the system’s hardware, which could serve as a glimpse into what Microsoft has in store for us going into the next generation of consoles. Previous rumors about always online connectivity and the inability to play used games were slowly eating away at my enthusiasm for the Durango (which is shall be referred to as for the rest of this article), and now, in light of the most recent leak, I’m left with little to no optimism towards Microsoft’s next foray into game consoles.

I wouldn’t say I’m afraid, but I’m certainly concerned.

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Now, there are a couple of things the leak revealed that I could get behind. Like the different power states and the system keeping my games and console software up to date, but the fact that it’s an always online console is a bit of a turn off. Despite it being the year 2013, my internet still has its stupid moments and every so often it’ll decide to simply not work, as if to go on strike.

“With this ‘Always On, Always Connected’ design, users will quickly and easily enjoy their connected entertainment experiences, with no waiting for the console to restart or install updates,” says the hardware overview. I’d happily trade always online for waiting for installs. Just don’t have them take a ridiculous amount of time to download and do what they need to do. I’ve dealt with numerous software updates on the PlayStation 3, and as long as you don’t take as long as that, we’re good.

Making the new Kinect sensor a requirement for the console to even operate, though? Not good.

“Every Durango console will be sold with a new high-fidelity Kinect sensor, which will be required for the system to operate. The console will provide HD video, and will use new depth sensor technology to provide better screen resolution and less noisy depth data.”

Um…just going to drop that little tidbit about the required Kinect and keep on trucking, huh? I mean, I can understand why Microsoft would want to give everyone the joy that is the Kinect, but making it a necessary piece of hardware in order for the Durango to even function? Why?! When has forcing something onto a person ever resulted in a good outcome/response? I suppose that’s what this is all about, really; forcing people to conform to one specific path instead of offering options. This even extends to the games themselves, which require a mandatory installation to the Durango’s hard drive. Games won’t even play from the disc; their only function being to get the game on your Durango system and then become utterly useless.

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None of this sounds appealing. None. Not even the stuff I said I kinda liked, because that’s been overtaken by the mandatory features and hardware requirements. Part of me wants to believe that this won’t be Microsoft’s plan with their Durango, another part wouldn’t be all that surprised if this ended up being true, and the other, third part of me that I rarely refer to is wondering if I should calm down and wait for Microsoft to do…whatever the hell they’re doing in April.

I usually try to ignore rumors/leaks and opt out in favor of more solid information, but an Edge source claims that they’re ‘entirely legitimate.’ And like I said above, I’d put this in the realm of things I’d expect Microsoft to be capable of; it’s just extremely unappealing, be it true or not.

When the time comes to invest my money in a new system, and this ends up being what the Durango has to offer, I can’t say I’ll think twice about migrating to the PC or the PlayStation 4 (another system that could use a little more clarification).

I’ll be happy (happier) when all the cards are on the table, regarding the next generation.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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DirtySanchez I am
DirtySanchez I am

Here we go again another ps fanboy writing negative shit about Xbox. The system hasn't even been announced and your talking smack. At least there actually going to show the  console when they present it.How can you invite investors and fans to a ps conference in NY city with out showing the system. I think that's waste of people's time and it is not a good sign when they don't show the hardware.Also most of the games they showed are  going to be on  next Xbox  including last but not least Destiny a former Xbox company that is working on that game. So what are bitching about really? I mean why don't you write positive things  about the xbox like the system having a TV tuner and Skype. That's the reason the Kinect is required  or you weren't paying attention to the ps4 conference were they also showed a poor man camera of the Kinect and a Window 8 display.   You also didn't mention that there's four new ips exclusively to the Xbox and a rumored tablet  in which you can plays Xbox 720 games. When the xbox comes out you can talk all the smack in the world, But for now STFU and wait so I can laugh at you later.

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@DirtySanchez I am On the contrary pal, I actually have both systems myself including Nintendo's newest console the Wii U and plus I actually did see the PlayStation Meeting where Sony announced the PS4 and am very well informed of the gaming industry so for the record none of your shit ur telling me is new to me whatsoever is new to me and second I actually know what I'm talking about. To be honest wit u, I actually have a greater preference for the Xbox 360, but the only thing I dislike is that Online Play or purchases come at a cost whereas for PS3 i hated the controller nd some other features that would have helped it. And actually, if you think about it, the fact that Sony didn't show the actual console at all is a good thing: think about it-Sony said the look of the console isn't exactly finalized which means they could also change the specs anytime since they didn't show the console at the meeting in the first place. So when Microsoft eventually shows off their console-which is rumored to be shown in April at an event or something-they will most likely be the first to show their console while Sony watches and reassesses their options to counter their next console-did you think about that? In fact, I'm not showing any bias whatsoever and like I said I don't know myself if the documents are true and initially before I had even seen the document I wanted both consoles from the start either way-all I was saying was I wasn't going to buy the console IF they do make the console that way because that would mean Microsoft would literally own your games and you wouldn't be able to play the way you want-ever heard of DRM and if you have you will know the issue EA is having with their fans right now with SimCity genius and why I stress my concern not my utter bias as you presume (i.e. ps fanboy). And it doesn't matter if some of its games are going to be on Microsoft's next console because they had great first party games to show and they are going in a direction unique from Microsoft's vision so it doesn't matter- what it comes down to is which console fans will want the most. And please don't play me like im dumb, I know about Bungie and their history wit Halo and even knew about Destiny months before the event in NY city so don't give me that crap when I'm the one with obviously higher knowledge when it comes to the video game industry(unless you have a wider knowledge of this or anything about PC please let me know so I can jeer you for your incompetence in comprehending the point behind my statement). I aint bitching bout nothin homeboy- all im pointing out is that a lot of gamers will be turned off by an 'Always On Console', especially since not a lot of gamers are PC gamers for them to know how much pain it is to need an internet connection to play a game whether it's single player or multiplayer I'm sure you've experienced what that's like to have the slightest idea of what I'm talking about. And I actually do have positive things to say about Xbox- my number one thing being Halo so I'm not a total ps fanboy as u conspicuously presumed like a redundant smart ass, second I prefer the controller, I like some games on the system that aren't on PS3 and a lot of my friends have Xbox 360, though none of them have the same games as me unfortunately. I'm not saying at all that online is entirely pointless but that it needs to be done right to immerse people into the experience-like for Spartan Ops for Halo 4 although none of my friends have it and I didn't feel like paying, the only reason I was able to play is because I used some 14-day trial Xbox Live redeem codes to play-not that I'm totally cheap but i rather use that towards games than an online membership if u ask me. Regardless that I didn't mention the four new IPs, the point ur missing is that Halo is my favorite franchise on Microsoft's consoles and that for that franchise alone I wouldn't even play the console if the console were always on and connnected, whether other exclusive IPs were as great as Halo or not, do you understand? And the reason I didn't mention the tablet is because I honestly don't see any practical use for tablets in gaming so I don't own one, don't want one ever so in this case it is irrelevant to my statement. And I actually saw the PlayStation Eye at the event so I see the potential and see Kinect as a positive for Microsoft but I don't own one for the same reason I don't own a tablet-because it' utterly useless to my gaming experience unless they were to do something clever with the technology, besides Xbox Smartglass. I'm not talking smack bout the system or shooting it down without knowing the details, I was just giving my thoughts. You can STFU so I can piss on ur sorry dumbass make you look like the weasel that you really are, shouting accusations at me when all I was giving is IF statements and not giving my definite opinion on the subject. Whether I'm right or wrong doesn't matter-what matters is that the next Xbox is a game system centered around GAMERS, not entertainment and other retarded stupid shit such as Skype and TV Tuner that is irrelevant to the console that will draw gamers away if they're not content with the vision for their console. I mean really, do you pay for Xbox Live AND have a PS3 wit a PS + account cuz if u don't then shut the fucking hell up and go cry somewhere so I can laugh at ur ignorance for presuming my opinion when I wasn't even pointing fingers. When we do get concrete details on the next Xbox, feel free to shoot down all the doubters and those who only speculated cuz in the end ur fucked all the way. Seriously, if you actually analyzed my statement you would know that it was an opinion, not a matter of complete console bias. So remind exactly what I was bitching about as u wer saying and complain to me one more time what exactly turned you mental when all i was saying was that if it turns out to be true, that would be my most likely option. And also, I actually don't like that PS4 version of Assassin's Creed IV will require internet so there you go there's something I don't particularly like about PS4, u happy now? can u stop complaining xbox fanboy cuz obviously u don't own a PS3 so u wouldn't know that I'm actually talking from experience. I don't have to mention anything about PlayStation if my statement doesn't indicate any sort of bias so please go somewhere and cry to your mom about how a kid on a forum pissed you off cuz u assumed he was talking bullshit when he actually had all the facts-woulda kindly? is there any clarification needed as to the point of my statement cuz i will be glad to clarify just exactly what I meant when I said that it was only a matter of opinion. And im more interested in what games the console has more than what it looks like, why is that the reason you got an Xbox 360 over a PS3 cuz if it is ur jus flat out deranged more than anything else. Anyway, I'm done arguing with a child about this. Go ahead and assume whatever, just know that I'm console agnostic, although I've never owned a gaming rig in my life cuz of how expensive it can get so I'd settle for having multiple consoles over that. Have a nice day sucker, hope your xbox fandom someday wakes you up to how ridiculous your accusations were cuz they bring shame and disgrace to your name and heritage. did u get all that, huh?

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@gam3r1o1 @DirtySanchez I am kiss my ass dirty bitch cuz the devil is the only friend uve got left before I 'Vanquish' you- AHAHAHAAHA u get it cuz of not u need to broaden ur gaming horizon. You fascinate me- jus blow me away cuz ur so naïve and insolent of ur own folly. Of u wer my child I would have aborted u the moment of ur inception. Be glad ur still alive cuz the next words u say to me may be ur last- o yea nd ur other friend is insecurity. Have a splendid day psychotic motherfucker!!! B-)

DirtySanchez I am
DirtySanchez I am

@gam3r1o1 @DirtySanchez I am Dude Get Laid Please! And when it comes to my love life a man never kisses and tells don't make fun of my a girl or she will fuck You Up. And you don't want a woman to kick your ass now. Yo in June Bring it because I saw Battlefield 4 and MGS5 ON XBOX BITCH. SO LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@DirtySanchez I am @gam3r1o1 speak for urself u rash asshole, ur one who was looking for all the attention wen u decided to be a absolute pain in my ass so the joke is on u limp dick Dirty Sanchez, I was just merely defending myself cuz u don't wen to shut ur fat ass mouth! Ur wasting my time by starting this stupid argument so get ur facts straight before u slap urself silly cuz ur the one being immature by not using ur brain like a normal person wuld to actually THINK about how fucking stupid ur bullshit sounds before it's let out ur emotionally constipated ass. My mom is straight bit thank u but she ain't for sale slut- women are ppl jus like u horny slut so treat them so nd my mom is already taken so get a grip on urself sex machine. Nd u wuld wanna do older women cuz some them are bitchy whores just like ur transgender stuck up girl who is actually man-dont worry im being honest wit u she told me herself so rest assured that uve met ur match- u wer made for each other loverboy. I aactually know plenty abou t anal sex, oral sex nd everything in between so I dony need a minority like u telln me wat is wen u don't even know ur own girl like I do.. hahaha I imagine u feel so pathetic now dirtbag. U dont end it I end it cuz im superior to a nobody like u who looks for a girl who likes to invite his girl into his problems so that he feels lke he's actually worth something. Ur fucking gay cuz u decided to fuck wit me by acting like a wise ass.I kno u will keep leaving comments to prove urself do let me make plain and sumple: get the hell off my territory nd go somewhere u actually belong- in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba wimp, wit her homeys nd rejects. See you in hell u fallible nd irrepressible demon, Satan will love like u love ur girl so u wont be totally left out. Ill be waiting for u to arrive since it's inevitably true that u will, not cuz im a gay gangster like u that actually thinks anyone wuld wanna talk to u on a forum but so I can deliver the wrath of eternal damnationXD I mean if u actually have a girl then what's her name nd is she even sexy bro bro? If she is describe her if u kno her so well cuz I kno I do. Reason I don't have a girl iscuz the right one hasn't come yet- if I wer u I wuldnt want my heart broken, unless ur used to it nd this girl is like ur tenth home run then I c wer ur displacement lies u bloody manwhore. If u really care about ur girl treat her wit all the love nd respect in the world cuz u never kno if u will find another, get wat im saying cuz im actually being real rite now im not making fun of u at this moment. But anyway may have won the battle but u lost the war man; sorry to break it to u but the truth will set u free. Don't respond to me again unless u have positive things to say cuz if I get even one negative remark from u I will make ur life a living hell that u can't escape nd run from. Understand or do u wanna continue bantering, ranting, and bickering about how the fact that ur mommy nd daddy never gave u the attention u felt u deserved exponetially and psychologically damaged ur hopeless soul?

DirtySanchez I am
DirtySanchez I am

@gam3r1o1@DirtySanchez I amYo B cut it out you lost the war. Stop flirting with me I have a woman already. Your wasting my time  with your ten your old immature comments. Do something better with your life like sucking your mother's penis or reading a book about anal sex. I will it end it here So. See you in June bitch because I know your gay ass will be on.comment threads and ill be waiting.

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@DirtySanchez I am @gam3r1o1 let me know if ur underdeveloped brain can't process my response which is below so I can break it down while I excrutiatingly break u down to ur core

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@DirtySanchez I am @gam3r1o1 why cuz u afraid u will get hurt-y don't u grow some balls to prove to me ur not the gay one at fault u twat! that actually took a very small fraction of 3 hours to type- in fact i type at least 45 words per minute so beat that sucker! And im not trying to be funny dickwad, I'm trying to make a point that ur so absent  minded to notice. If u lost ur virginity, then y r u telling me to do so cuz u r gay or cuz ur fucking head couldn't come up with something that doesn't make u look like the sourpuss that you are? Answer me nd quit being a coward! Too much for ur brain to process. And btw, this isn't English class boy so unless ur a teacher's pet or something then the only conclusion I can come up wit for ur mild complaints is that ur psycho mama dropped u on ur head so u cant think straight. Ur the stupid one, u couldn't even tell shit from zeroes even if i broke it down for u cuz ur that hopeless. Quit acting like a autistic retard and give an answer that makes u look like a man, unless ur she-man then prove to me ur worth u worm! BRING IT ON!

DirtySanchez I am
DirtySanchez I am

@gam3r1o1 @DirtySanchez I am  I ain't gonna read all that shit stupid. If you gonna insult me write it in a sentence jackass, not in a long ass essay with grammatical errors. That makes you look like a even bigger retard. And homie your the  low life for writing such a long insult. That must of taken you three hours to write.Get laid or something you virgin or come out of the closet and tell your parents your gay already. Maybe your insults will be a lot more funnier.

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@DirtySanchez I am ur the one who started it by being a dick u asshole, u got that sodomite? if u dont wanna be burned on a cross then u better keep in mind who ur talking to nd use ur fucking head for once. u find me creepy, there's worse ppl out there in this world so WAKE UP lowlife! u think ur so tough y don't u hack  me then nd then make me pay or u can shut your mouth like the coward that you are? u think u kno more bout games then me, then uve got another thing coming. what happened, u in a gang nd ur homeboys or dissing ur for ur dumbassery, boohoo wimp! it's about time u grow up. Y don't u bring it on dirty sanchez if ur that DIRTY to make me suffer fool. u don't like the way im talking u shuldve thought about that before u let ur cocky mouth do the thinking for you dipshit.. u think ur so tough then y don't u bang some girls nd say ur a man nd brag that u have more guts to do whatever u please then if ur so self-conceited and conscientious of ur own potential u pussy ass cocksucker.. what's the matter huh? u mad bro? what's the matter? u feeling the rage? what's the matter? u wanna beat me up? y don't u go read a book on anger management nd c if ur mental problems can dissipate in time for u to recuperate ur regular functions before u go haywire jump of a goddamned cliff u douchebag. im tired of u-first u make a complete ass out of u nd me by assuming my intentions like ur the boss-guess what pal u my bitch nd if u don't do as i say then i will cyber hack ur social life and precious belongings  before u have the chance to take it back and erase all the important facets of ur life forever. Look pal, in all honesty u started it by being an insolent jerk..if u wanna end it jus say so nd we can get back to the subject of the next xbox nd ps4 cuz that's a lot more interesting nd entertaining than making u look like horseradish shit. don't u agree homeboy? nd for the record, i have a dick so i acknowledge ur offer but im good, that is if u wer born witout a dick nd ur transgender then i understand y u lust about nd have the pretentious sexual conscience to call me a dick lover. Good night nd Good Riddance u stubborn jackass. I talk to u however u want, u got a problem wit that go bawl about it if makes u so unstable nd emotional about it otherwise stop complaining cuz u aint so special or dignified u impudent bisexual bastard. How's that for a taste of ur own medicine u dumb 'dirty' fuck? Satisfied yet or r u gonna keep pleading for my dick wen u know u will never see, hear, smell, taste or touch it? Your call- or u gonna behave like a goody two shoe or keep ranting cuz u live a depressed live shrouded wit desperation nd no hope left to bear in this life? What's gonna be u roguish son of a whory bitch? What ya gotta say to that sonny boy? U upset? then y don't stop now, don't u think?



DirtySanchez I am
DirtySanchez I am

Yo Homo watch your mouth or i will go there and  shut it up for you.  I'm Dirty Sanchez bitch you don't talk to me like that unless you want a serious ass beating.So bring it on dick lover or are you just going to send me more creepy comments.

verymetal07
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@DirtySanchez I am  

A waste of time by not showing the system/box? You are probably more interested in seeing what type of faceplate to put on a console more than anything else. 

Vortex
Vortex like.author.displayName 1 Like

@verymetal07 @DirtySanchez I am he is probably just another xbox fanboy wanting to express his angry at someone that probably wouldn't give a shit for skype and a TV tuner when the guy wouldn't even use the service and or already has something way better like dishnetwork.

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@DirtySanchez I am @Vortex @verymetal07 look u guys im not fucking dumb- i know more about the video game industry than u can possibly imagine so don't complain that I have no idea that i don't know what I'm talking about when u don't know the information I withhold so please spare me ur cynicism nd just listen. I know everything about this industry-at least 90 % supposedly- from the time the industry began up until now so hear me out: Personally I think that PlayStation would have succeeded without Blu-Ray. In fact, I think it would've done better without it cuz PS3 would've been cheaper than it was at launch nd it would be easier to develop for but only by a margin since it's CELL processor attributes most to its complexity. Anyway, a console's not about its specs or looks- it's about the games that are for the system and and how they integrate other features of the system to make it unique and stand out. So even without Blu-Ray, I think PS3 would have an even greater advantage because more ppl would possibly buy it over Xbox 360, but not for certain though and the games still would've been possible they just would've needed at least two discs to make. But either way, I honestly think Sony was smart to include Blu-Ray. Innovation is the key to industry so by including bluray they made the future brighter and u can't exactly blame them cuz Bluray is much more expensive than a CD or HD DVD format. What do u think would've happened?

DirtySanchez I am
DirtySanchez I am

@Vortex  @verymetal07 Maybe your right he doesn't give a shit about those features but what Microsoft is trying to do is sell a entertainment system that can do alot more things then just games. Playstation was doing the same thing when they told everybody that it only does everything because of the blu ray drive which was wrong Xbox was streaming netflix first. So for a marketing perspective what Microsoft is doing is actually really smart. But let me ask you something if Playstation didn't have a Blu ray drive would it had still succeed?

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

All I'm sure about is that if the documents-which I saw myself on the Internet- turn out to confirm that this is what the next Xbox, or whatever Microsoft will call it, is all about, then I won't buy it. Until they change their ideology and expectations for the console, if this really true after all, I won't even buy it to play the next Halo game. They have to get it right because many franchises including Halo will go defunct if Microsoft doesn't change their ways and steps up their A game. Who's with me? Who thinks I'm talking this analysis a little too far too see the big picture or at least the details pertinent to this issue?

robleroy
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@robleroy,

I sometime ago jumped from xbox to ps3, just because I refused to pay for multiplay (xboxlive). But I think xbox  smelled the nintendo wii $..And they probably choose to jump over to try to go for the other market.

xbox exlusive titles became less and less with each sequel (exept halo2). on the other hand each ps3 sequel just became better and more new exclusives were coming.

HALO is indeed a game worth all games. but Metal gear solid and haevy rain are enough to compensate the HALO loss.

ps3 is going for the smaller market of hardcore gamers. Microsoft is going for the casual gamers.

gam3r1o1
gam3r1o1

@robleroy I actually have both systems and have played the metal gear solid series which is one of the greatest series ever-of all time- and I haven't gotten a chance to play for Heavy Rain. I know PS3 doesn't go for quite the same audience as Microsoft but I do know what you're talking about, given that Nintendo is a major innovator in the game industry and is pretty much responsible for the existence of the industry today if you recall the 1983 North American video game crash where Nintendo came to the rescue with the NES and super mario bros. And yea, microsoft's exclusives have dwindled since then so I c ur point. I also have the wii so I do understand wer ur coming from though