Rob Crossley at the CVG blog dissects the Xbox One launch:
I’m still shocked that, during early Xbox One design meetings – a time when obvious, sprawling and significant changes were occurring across the western household – Microsoft executives decided to bet the house on the future of live TV and cable.
More to the point, it’s frankly staggering that Microsoft observed the modern ways people view cable TV and believed, somehow, that it could add to the experience by getting in the way of it.
The existing consumer demand to interrupt TV with Skype calls, and a hand-gesture controlled Internet Explorer, can only be described as fictional.
I don’t doubt that Microsoft is going to sell a lot of Xbox Ones based on the brand name alone- it’s arguably their most successful product line of the last handful of years. But forward thinking it’s not.