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Mike S

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  1. I wouldn't say masterful as it was very much a film of two halves with the handier half being far, far more entertaining than the other more mundane story being told. Looked fantastic though.
  2. I'm not referring to their cost.
  3. If I ever felt any desire to buy an iphone then of course I would as, given the huge competition in the mobile phone space, anyone should. But, as I've already mentioned I do not believe phones and games consoles to be comparable devices,
  4. Please drop the condescension and accusations of stupidity for pointing out that MS's product branding is unclear. As for 'blown out of all proportion', well, that you are still here 2-3 days after I originally made the observation, suggests that there is room for debate and that it is not as clear as yours (and others) insinuations that anyone who does not find the Xbox naming nomenclature perfectly clear is an idiot. That said if, by your reckoning, a consumer needs 'half a brain' to understand the MS branding then, as a marketing exercise, it is already failing and having to do work that is quite unnecessary. There should be no ambiguity at all - I should not need to be versed in how MS now name their consoles nor have to read around on the subject as the product should tell me exactly where it stands . One X -> Series X does not tell me that this is a brand new, all singing all dancing, console whereas, for example, PS4 -> PS5 absolutely does. Incidentally, my point wasn't made 'as something to talk about until we get more details' but was made as I am not an avid follower of upcoming console gossip and had only then realised that what I assumed to be a codename was the actual final console name.
  5. Aside from the strawman argument that was being made, how does that detract from my point that the branding is confusing? I have literally no idea where in the line-up those iphones sit.
  6. Yes that is EXACTLY what this is about.
  7. That there are already four Xbox One models has already slipped past me. I guess perception and comprehension of message is entirely subjective but If I, as someone relatively invested in the scene, can find the Xbox One X v Xbox SERIES X branding a little disorientating then I can easily see that amplified in the wider public. It just seems a really poor way of selling an (I imagine/hope) all singing, all dancing console. 'Here's loads of console so choose the one that might suit you best' is not how I would choose to sell a generational leap. Is it even a generational leap? Maybe I have misunderstood what the new console is?
  8. I realise that you are a proper Microsoft fanboy but this is EXACTLY my point. But not in a sneering, we know better than you plebs who know nothing about which faceless consumer electronics corporation to side with, type of way..
  9. I was asking a rhetorical question. That said, consoles are markedly different products to phones and have markedly different life span expectations. I have no idea why some people buy the latest model of a phone every cycle but just the concept of many consumers being tied to a contract for the service they supply already opens phones up to being accepted, for better or worse, as an iterative product. As for why people buy phones? I assume there are many who buy a new phone because it's a new phone, many who buy it as they have an old phone and feel they need more contemporary features, many who buy after incurring damage or who's battery life is shot, many who succumb to peer/marketing pressure, many who are offered cost effective upgrades by their contract supplier, etc, etc. Of course, most smart phones of the last 4 or 5 years will offer pretty much exactly the same base experience as the latest and greatest in that the user will be able to browse their social media of choice, the internet, send mails and messages, even make calls 90% as well as they will on a new device with very little perceptible difference. TLDR: I don't really see any benefit in buying a new phone more than once every three years or more. If that. Consoles, on the other hand, have always carried the expectation of a generational leap in performance that may (or may not) lead to improved gameplay experiences. For these devices I think a clear naming distinction is preferable when it comes to presenting and marketing a new machine to the market. Something that says that this is indeed the next generation and not something that is lost in the current and past generations. I am more invested in the scene than maybe a typical consumer, having played games and bought consoles for more decades than I want to remember, but I had to double check that mine is an Xbox (One) X after seeing the name of the new one. I can kind of see what MS are doing by presenting a range of consoles that are of the same 'family' but my original point remains - I feel it will confuse, and I apologise for the awful term, the more 'casual' consumer. As I say, if someone goes in to a shop and is told all the machines run the same games then I can easily imagine that many will just settle for the cheaper option. I realise that I may be stuck in the past when it comes to understanding the naming model MS are pursuing.
  10. Which may lead to even more consumer confusion. 'Why should I pay XXX for that one when I only pay X for the other?' Etc...
  11. I've not paid much attention to the incoming consoles so have only just realised that Series X is the final name ( I think?). Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and now Xbox Series X seem like a list of names that are so alike they could easily confuse buyers - like those stories of potential buyers not realising that Wii U was actually a new console. Sony may be unimaginative in their naming at least PS 1, 2, 3, 4, and now 5 are clearly differentiated whilst remaining very much on brand. I'll stilll be focussing on the Xbox this generation as, aside from the hope of maybe a Boodborne 2, there are no Sony IP's that encourage me to own a Sony console anymore. Game Pass is a significant benefit too of course.
  12. That was very good. Leon casually taking all the pencils
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