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What Twitter Thinks of The Xbox One

The "Xbone" is a giant VCR ghost dog

By Whitney Bulna on 5/22/2013
After yesterday's somewhat confusing press conference, Microsoft finally unveiled the next generation Xbox One. The hour long reveal focused mostly on sports games and franchise partnerships, and Twitter had a lot to say about that.

The first wave of tweets began when Microsoft revealed the console. Many users commented on its (large) size and compared it to a VCR.

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 @Dualcasting: "Xbox one is actually a great way to get your parents up to date with tech. It LOOKS like a VCR.  So it looks familiar enough to get used to."

One user even linked to pictures of ACTUAL 1980s VCRs, and the resemblance was uncanny.

  @bmdesignhki"Googled   for "1980 VCR pictures". The new XBox One matches right in! :)."

Microsoft spent a great deal of time focusing on sports games. They announced  Forza Motorsport 5, along with new FIFANBA LiveUFC and Madden games, none of which showed any confirmed gameplay footage. Many users were disappointed with the lack of new IPs, especially after studio head Phil Spencer announced 8 brand-new franchises for the Xbox One. Jim Sterling, a reviews editor for Destructoid, pointed out the apparent focus on everything sports.

@JimSterling: "Xbox  One reveal was sports, Forza, sports, TV, sports, sports, Kinect, SPORTS and Call of Duty. And that's the game industry. #XboxReveal."

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The final, and likely most popular Twitter topic, was that all DLC for the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts, would release early exclusively on the Xbox One. After Microsoft revealed a trailer for COD:G, Twitter exploded with jokes after Infinity Ward displayed a customizable in-game dog. A Twitter for the "Call of Duty: Ghost Dog" was made, and it garnered thousands of followers in mere hours. "Collar Dog" had a lot to say about his role in Call of Duty: Ghosts. 

@CollarDuty: "They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I learnt how to strip a M4A1 in under 60 seconds today."

One user even created this hilarious picture of Scooby Doo on the cover of Call of Duty. Overall, Collar Duty ended up being a lighthearted joke among an overall flood of angry, upset, and shocked tweets. Many users were unhappy with the lack of tech specifications and price and release date information. But we got a bunch of awesome screenshots and tweets as a result!

What did you think of the press conference? What were you expecting/not expecting? Will you buy an Xbox One? Let us know in the comments section!
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LeaHavoc on August 25, 2013
I myself will be purchasing a PS3 and an Xbox One. 
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ledbetta on June 17, 2013
I will definitely be buying an Xbox One. I've always loved the XBL experience with friends and family.Also the new policies really don't mater to me so much. I have always pre-ordered my favorite titles. As far as lending them...I've been trying to get my copy of Prey back from a friend for 3 years now,lol,I have my own no borrowing policy there. I'm always connected anyways so no issue there. We've been XBL Gold Family members for 7 yrs straight.Can't wait for November! 
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figgamusprime on June 02, 2013
to be fair to it, the video game playing aspect is only a fraction of what i use the three sixty for, i watch movies, both through an external drive and streaming content, browse the web, message friends, watch stuff on youtube and other apps on the dashboard.

as i'm obviously not alone to the extent that the next generation of the console is being built around and expanding on this level of functionality I don't understand how this is being viewed as a misstep on Microsoft's part.

a chunk of the outcry seems to stem from the fact that it's no longer just a gaming device but please look at the spec. 8 gigs of ram, 8 cores, 500 gigs hard drive, i've not seen what the graphics card(s?) can do but they must be equally impressive.

this is a gaming machine of BEASTLY power, and while its true it has looks to match, i  would advise those not yet convinced not to judge it by its cover.

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PSGameJunkie on May 23, 2013
i was so bored i fell asleep. I will not be buying the XBone. THey proved to us that gaming was not the primary focus
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