Originally Posted by DuckieHo
....intention leads design and marketing. MS knows the sales and usage figures better than anyone. Do you think MS has no idea what they are doing? It's hard to Google for any XBox info now since XBO release filling up the news....
A counter-point to the blu-ray player/smart TV is.... Apple. Sure, there are lower-cost alternatives but I am familiar with this and knows how to use it. A lot of blu-ray player/smart TV GUIs/hardware is pretty lacking and often don't get support/updates.
I'm saying that talking about the intentions of Microsoft in creating the first XBox are irrelevant to the discussion at hand. The current XBox is what it is, and has the audience that it has.
I think Microsoft recently has tried to be bold and tried to break the mold and get ahead of competitors. They believe that PC's are on their way out, and are trying to get their influence into the other media sources. These ambitious goals have caused them to alienate current big-money markets. Just like Windows 8 alienated the business customers, XBox One's reveal alienated gamers.
Quite frankly, I think Microsoft is in the middle of an identity crisis. So I suppose in a way, yes, I believe Microsoft has absolutely no idea what they are doing. Of course, I'm on the outside looking in... Maybe this is just one step to take over the world, and I'm just too ignorant to see it.
The Apple argument, while I understand what you are saying, is a little bit different. Apple is a general technology brand. You take Apple, and you create iTV, or iMacs, or iPhones, and the Brand's image follows with it.
XBox has a different issue; it's not as versatile of a brand in it's current state. It's known for gaming. Even on Windows Phone, under the XBox button, you have all of your game-oriented software.
If Microsoft wants to make the XBox brand a media center brand as well, they need to give people an option to buy a lower-level (and cheaper) media center device that will compete with the smart devices. As it stands right now, very few people are willing to risk $500 on an XBox as a replacement for their smart devices.
Most media centers don't need an 8-core CPU and a beefy graphics card. To the non-gaming consumer, this adds no value to their purchase, but adds cost.Edited by SectorNine50 - 7/15/13 at 11:57am