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Microsoft Exec Says "In The Long Run, Our Console Will Win"

Use your internet connection, email home and find out when to shut up.

Yusuf Mehdi, who you might recall from the Xbox One reveal event and last week’s Xbox Media Briefing at E3, has spoken to a Spanish newspaper. It’s a little tricky to be sure of what he’s saying, but Google Translate does a good enough job to catch the gist and a user on NeoGAF has smoothed out the most pertinent points even further.

Basically, though, Mehdi seems to concede that Sony “won” E3 (for whatever that means). He’s not giving up the war though, adamant that “in the long run, our console will win.”

When pressed on whether the restrictive 24-hour check in was a little excessive, Mehdi insisted that it wasn’t. “It is a mere connection to check who the user is and what is in your account. It doesn´t require a powerful connection. Just use a mobile for the check.” That statement seems to assume that you have a data-connected mobile (and ignores the list of countries that aren’t supported by the console at all).

It’s odd to see Microsoft representatives repeatedly make statements that seem aloof or uncaring while most of their critical reception has been scathing. Mehdi’s claim that they showed 20 games and 17 of them were Xbox One console exclusives doesn’t exactly leap out as a fair representation, either. Even writing off the ones that are also coming to PC and/or Xbox 360, that number seems high.

They’re probably counting Minecraft Xbox One Edition but I’m still struggling to think of more than a handful of exclusives and I was in the room when they showed them. So, either they’ve made that number up or there’s a dozen console exclusives that have simply passed by me, despite being involved in the industry and at the Media Briefing. That’s a problem, either way, isn’t it?

Mehdi makes a valid point though, next generation will be decided by the consumers. By the way, did you see that CVG Poll this morning that said 71 per cent of their readers were getting a PS4, in comparison to 14 per cent getting an Xbox One (5 per cent said both). Consumers, eh?

Source: El Pais translations via NeoGAF

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57 Comments
  1. Fruitbat1919
    Member
    Since: Feb 2013

    I suppose it is the same thing in Jaws where we are told that there be Sharks in that there water and still trying to say that swimming was a good idea when one leg has been bitten off…..

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 17:39.
  2. pitbullmern
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Microsoft are so far out of touch with what the consumer wants. All they see is total control. I’m actually at the stage now where if they said tomorrow that they are removing the restrictive DRM I still wouldn’t purchase one and I brought the original xbox and 360 at launch.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 17:44.
  3. Scythegpd
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Nice to see the band is still playing. Although that didn’t help the Titanic much either …

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 17:47.
  4. pdannysan13
    Member
    Since: Mar 2013

    How can 24h check in not be an exaggeration? Do we need a check in now? No.
    I buy a machine, i am it’s master and commander, i choose who is the user on it and who isn’t, not MS.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 17:47.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    “It is a mere connection to check who the user is and what is in your account. It doesn´t require a powerful connection. Just use a mobile for the check.”
    Translated…
    “Look, we won’t need pints of your blood, just a quick swab of your DNA … you might feel a prick..”

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 17:57.
  6. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    He has to live in hope as MS has never won a console generation war against Sony (or Ninty) and I don’t think it’ll be third time lucky.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:03.
  7. JBoo
    Banned
    Since: Oct 2011

    This comment is hidden.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:08.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      I think you’re running out of leeway with regard to how you express yourself on here.

      Please get a grip with how to write in a legible, grammatically correct fashion.

      Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:29.
      • RudeAwakening
        Member
        Since: Jan 2011

        I’ve noticed JBoo’s comments lately, man so many question marks, plus signs and capitals!

        Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 22:21.
      • Awayze
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        Lol JBoo’s comments are harsh on your eyes but I don’t think English is their first language.

        But lol at Teflon getting annoyed.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 05:36.
      • UKZ-N3M1515
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        I don’t see the issue, sure, its expressed in a fanboy’ish way, but what he is saying is usually true.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 15:15.
    • Fartinabag
      Member
      Since: Feb 2013

      The TV features….

      Hmm, I have been able to access TV features, web TV, Freesat PVR and satellite TV (RTL for F1) for years on my PS3.

      Nice to see Microsoft catching up.

      Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 19:43.
      • Awayze
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        The TV stuff is stupid. Who wants to watch TV and game at the same time? That’s just the same as the PIP feature on TV’s. It should really be TV manufacturers job to implement a console working directly with the TV eg Sony’s Bravias and PS4 instead of trying to run Sky though the Xbox just so you can get a XBL notification whilst watching Sky.
        Also connecting stuff to Xbone would get rid of 5.1 surround sound due to HDMI copy right issues or something.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 05:42.
    • fattyuk
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      I thought for a moment I was the only one who’s jboo(s) comments we’re harsh on the eyes.

      Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 00:08.
      • Amphlett
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Pardon?

        Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 08:04.
  8. saintfighteraqua
    Member
    Since: Jun 2013

    Dig yourselves deeper, MS.
    The only way you’ll have more of these things out there is by giving them away on Oprah and through Dorito’s contests.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:20.
    • Scythegpd
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      Well they’ve already shown the big guns with a Doritos AND Mountain Dew promotion. That’s just loco!!!

      Will undoubtably still count those as “sales” though …

      Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:27.
  9. yiddo
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    I’m afraid you ain’t winning shit, pal.

    Apart from maybe – as part of a group with the rest of the MS suits – winning the award for the worlds worst PR. Seriously, I’ve not seen a public trainwreck be this bad in a hell of a long time. The Xbox One seems to be the deformed demon child between Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes. In terms of public image that is.

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:35.
    • Amphlett
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I had to look up who Amanda Byrnes is. If Google picked out the right one (I’m presuming that there are more than one ‘Amanda Byrnes’ in the world) then, hmmm.

      Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 08:15.
      • yiddo
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        Amanda Bynes. She used to host ‘The Amanda Show’ on Nickelodean when she was younger. Another child star who is now taking every drug under the son and making a public mockery of themselves.

        Comment posted on 18/06/2013 at 16:11.
  10. YOURMUMANDME
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Yusuf, you are in need of a check up from the neck up!

    Comment posted on 17/06/2013 at 18:43.

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