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Microsoft's Xbox One reveal: The Missing

What was missing at the Xbox One reveal?
What was missing at the Xbox One reveal?
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The good, the bad and the ugly of the Xbox One reveal by Microsoft on Tuesday is now complete. There is still one thing that needs to be covered though and that is what was missing during the reveal of the next-gen console.

There are some obvious items that were missing during the Xbox One event such as price and an exact release date. Those were expected however with E3 or a little later being the best time for those announcements.

There were other things though that had gamer ears perked following Sony's PS4 reveal in February. With Microsoft planning the Xbox One reveal in three parts (Tuesday's reveal, E3 and the BUILD conference in late June) it may not exactly be fair to compare to the PS4 reveal but the silence was deafening on certain subject matters.

You can check out the full list of Missing items and go back to look at the Good, Bad and Ugly as well.

The Xbox One will launch later this fall before Thanksgiving. GameStop expects the price to be less than that of the Xbox 360 at launch.

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Missing Games
Missing Games Microsoft

Missing Games

Prior to the event, Microsoft said that the Xbox One reveal would be focused on the platform while E3 would be all about the games and exclusives. The event stayed true to form for the most part with really only four games (Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 5, EA Sports UFC and NBA LIVE 14) that could be considered new announcements. Microsoft made a point to say that 15 exclusives would be on hand at E3 with eight of those being completely new IP. Still, it wasn't just the lack of announcements but the lack of showing any real gameplay. The EA Sports montage was reminiscent of the bullshot trailer for the first Madden NFL game for the Xbox 360 and the Forza trailer was likely pre-rendered as well. That left Quantum Break which looks like an interesting concept but barely showed gameplay and Call of Duty Ghosts which looked like an upgrade from the current console gen but didn't blow us away graphically like Battlefield 4 or Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Xbox LIVE Arcade Missing
Xbox LIVE Arcade Missing Microsoft

Xbox LIVE Arcade Missing

Going along with the lack of game themes, Microsoft completely failed to explain its plan for Xbox LIVE Arcade. It was only later that it was learned that the company is essentially doing away with the divisions put in place for the Xbox 360 and that LIVE Arcade-type games would sit next to full retail releases. Why wasn't this part of the event? Why wasn't there an explanation of why this is a good thing for gamers and developers?

Xbox One Benefits for Developers
Xbox One Benefits for Developers Microsoft

Xbox One Benefits for Developers

Microsoft is expected to talk thoroughly about what Xbox One means for developers at the annual BUILD conference in late June. However, wouldn't it have been nice if Microsoft had given a high-level explanation of how the Xbox One architecture, development tools, cloud and Xbox LIVE will benefit developers and how that will benefit consumers?

An even better question is where was the usual routine of bringing a game developer on stage to talk about the benefits of the console? Instead, the closest we got was Turn 10 Studios' Dan Greenwalt as part of an after-panel that was streamed via Twitch.tv that was not viewed by nearly as many people.

Indie Games and Developers
Indie Games and Developers Polytron Corporation

Indie Games and Developers

After months of Sony and Nintendo both doing their best to court the Indie game community, Microsoft came roaring out at the Xbox One reveal and said...nothing. This was followed up by a quiet response to inquiries that indicates Indie developers will follow the exact same model used for the Xbox 360. Meaning, they will have to sign publishing contracts with Microsoft or someone else before they can get their game published on the Xbox One.

Xbox One Video Sharing
Xbox One Video Sharing Microsoft

Xbox One Video Sharing

Microsoft briefly mentioned that the Xbox One will have the ability to record gameplay and save it to the cloud. Some more detail would have been extremely helpful though such as if it can be live-streamed, who are the video sharing partners, how many minutes worth of videos can be shared and the like. This is something that today's gamers care about and it was completely glossed over.

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