Over this past weekend the Xbox One brand was hit with a massive rumor that gained a huge amount of negativity. According to several inside sources, the Xbox One's user interface, on-line infrastructure and operating system stability were "months, not weeks, away" from running properly.
These rumors follow up the previous week's negativity surrounding sub-par performance in both Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox One in comparison to the PlayStation 4 version of the same game. Rumors that have all been but officially confirmed from countless people throughout the industry.
Today, Microsoft fired back, denying the claims of poor performance. Microsoft's own Albert Penello went on the microphone (Twitter) with much to say. He started out by releasing a video demonstration (mock) of the user interface:
People have been asking for a UI walkthrough. This is a REALLY good look at the dash and how it works. Link to video
When questioned about the final product being as smooth as the mock up shown, Penello gave an unquestionable "yes;" going as far to say that people will be "blown away" at the fluidity of the system.
When asked why they won't show a live demonstration to quiet everyone, his response was due to legal and logistical reasons:
It's an excellent representation of the real UI. There are a lot of logistics and licensing issues doing a direct feed.
It's safe to say these claims and mock video representation won't quiet everyone, but with Microsoft actively trying to counter the negativity, its a strong indication that they won't go down without a fight. In the very least, a stronger showing than they had but just a few short months ago.