The wheels have fallen off of Microsoft's wagon a little bit of late with the early resolution battles coming out strongly in favour of the PS4. But given that the slogan for Microsoft's next-gen console is All in One. Input One. can they claw some ground back with the announcement of a slew of TV and entertainment partners?
No, probably not. At least, not when the ones confirmed are the ones we already have on Xbox 360.
“We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.”
We have no idea what that means in practical terms, but here's the list of entertainment apps Microsoft have announced for the UK thus far. They might seem familiar:
- Demand 5
- MUZU TV
- NOW TV
The full list of global apps can be found here: http://news.xbox.com/2013/11/xbox-one-partners-unveiled
Apparently. "this list is just the first wave of partners coming to Xbox One," and Microsoft will be announcing more partners with new apps every month. Job done. Right? Microsoft are back on top (if you have XBL Gold)!
Well, no. The PS4 is likely to be every bit the entertainment app hub that the Xbox One is, which means that it's all going to come down once again to the games. And although Microsoft's black rectangle might not seem to have the crunch of Sony italicised black rectangle at this early stage, it does have Dead Rising 3.
And I still want it.