The first advert for Microsoft’s new Xbox One console has surprised gamers by focusing on how the console can be used for watching sport like NFL and making phonecalls.
Microsoft have been keen to stress that the Xbox One is far from simply a games console but rather heralds a new generation of multi-platform entertainment devices.
The new advert rams home the message by omitting any gaming and rather focusing on the device’s Skype capability and the company’s deal with American Football’s NFL – timed to coincide with the start of the new season in the US.
According to a new report from global information company the NPD Group, between April and June of 2013 American consumers spent $1.77 billion buying digital video game content, including full game and add-on content downloads, subscriptions, mobile games and social network games. Another $769 million went to the purchase of physical copies of new video and PC game software. And consumers spent $343 million on used and rental games.
The overall consumer content spend totaled $2.88 billion, a decline of 3% compared to the $2.97 billion spent in the same quarter last year. When factoring in spending on accessories, hardware, and total content, spending decreased 9% overall.
Easily the most striking aspect of “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes” are the graphics. Even on a PC supposedly spec’d to the current gen, the game looks absolutely incredible. The character models, the special effects, and the open world environment scream “next-gen”–with the occasional texture giving away its current-gen limitations.
But beyond the glitz, “Ground Zeroes” demonstrates a radical departure for the Metal Gear series. The game’s signature stealth action has been significantly streamlined. However, in an attempt to become more accessible, it’s hard not to worry that the game may have lost some of its soul.