Tuesday, May 21, 2013

HALO TV Series announced alongside the new Xbox console

A TV Series adaptation of Halo under the supervision of Steven Spielberg was announced at Microsoft's Press Conference unveiling their new next-gen console, the 'Xbox One.' The console was unveiled with a very heavy focus on television, sports and apps with games being promised for E3. No other details were given, but it's a shame we won't get to ever see what Neil Blomkampf could've done.

Quite an amount of controversy has arisen following the event with concerns about consumer rights are being taken away as the Xbone looks to require an always online connection. This checks to see whether you are connected to the Internet every 24 hours in order to work. The console must always be in a stand-by mode in order to utilize the voice controlled features that require their new Kinect peripheral to be installed and calibrated as a mandatory standard feature that opens all kinds of privacy concerns.

But of bigger importance to most consumers are statements that suggest that used games cannot be played on the Xbone unless an appropriate fee is paid or having to go through Microsoft as a middleman if you plan to sell (legally, transfer licences) to somebody else; which also makes it difficult to rent or borrow and lend games too... Details are still being worked out, but many gamers are making a large protest against Microsoft and petitioning their competitor, Sony, not to implement similar DRM strategies on it's recently unveiled PlayStation 4 console.