Major Nelson’s Xbox One Q&A: E3 about the games
posted on 05.22.13 at 05:38 PM EST by (@salromano)
Xbox LIVE programming director answers user questions.

Xbox LIVE’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb held his scheduled Xbox One 30-minute Q&A session on Yahoo today. We’ve gathered all the questions and answers for easy reading below. There’s a bit of non-answers here and there, but if there’s one bit of reassurance, it’s that E3 will be about the games.

Q: Could you please provide some more clarity as to how users will be able to play used games on the Xbox One?
A: We are still months away from the launch of Xbox One & policy decisions are still being finalized.

Q: How long ago where you talking about Xbox One within the Xbox team?
A: We’ve been thinking about Xbox One for a few years now.

Q: Could you clarify the situation regarding multiple accounts on ONE console. My boyfriend and I both have our own accounts. Will we be made to pay twice for 1 game in order for us both to use our own accounts?
A: As I noted earlier we’re still working on some of the policies… but our goal is that it would work like it works today on Xbox 360.

Q: Why do you think gamers should buy Xbox One?
A: Today’s gamers want access to great games… the Xbox One will have great games powered by Xbox LIVE. We’ve worked hard to create the ultimate all-in-one console. BTW: We have a LOT more gaming news to share at E3 :)

Q: What’s behind the name “Xbox One,” and how did you convince the entire world that it was going to be called the Xbox 720?
A: Xbox One because it is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system. As far 720 is concerned…that was a name the community came up with. We never considered that name.

Q: What do you believe separates the Xbox one from the PlayStation 4, gaming related?
A: Well, Xbox LIVE for one. We’re very proud of the service that we’ve built. 48 million people agree with us. That is just one of the things. Now, I have not had a chance to spend time with the console, so we’ll have to wait until their final product launches before I can really comment.

Q: There seems to be some confusion in the media on how frequently users must connect to the internet to use the Xbox One. Will this be as frequent as once a day as rumored [actually, a Microsoft exec said this] or will we be able to use the console for extended periods of time without an active connection?
A: No. It does not have to be always connected but it does require an internet connection.

Q: What are Microsoft doing to welcome smaller, independent developers to the Xbox One?
A: We’re working on a plan for Xbox One is a platform that allows all creators, including those who work on games and apps, regardless of team size, funding, biz model, etc. to be a part of the future of Xbox One.

Q: How expensive is this system gonna be?
A: We have not announced price yet… look for details on that later this year.

Q: Will there be headset bundled with every Xbox One?
A: We’ll have details on accessories at E3… it’s only 18 days away now.

Q: Which areas of the Xbox One will you be focusing on at your E3 presentation?
A: Games. Games. GAMES :)

Q: You wanted to share with us the controller. Can you maybe list some of the awesome things that you have updated in it? Also, what are the two buttons where “Start” and “Back” used to be? Lastly, how does the new battery pack work?
A: The new controller is awesome I have spent a lot of time with it. If you like the Xbox 360 controller, you’ll LOVE this controller. We have made over 40 improvements in the new design. Regarding the Start and Back buttons, they’ll perform similar functions but right now we don’t have final names for them yet. The controller takes 2 AA batteries. More details at E3.

Q: Will my achievements earned on Xbox 360 be visible on Xbox One?
A: Yes, your achievements and Gamerscore will carry over to Xbox One.

Q: Will there be any support for 3D or 4K?
A: Indeed. Xbox One supports BOTH 3-D and 4K.

Q: Can I opt to exclusively use the controller and NOT Kinect?
A: Decision up to game creators.

Q: What’s the word on backwards compatibility with 360 games?
A: Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games. Games are architected to take full advantage of the state of the art processors and infinite power of the cloud.

Q: Does the new Kinect handle smaller rooms better than the Kinect 360?
A: It does. It has a much wider field of view which will allow it work in smaller spaces. A 1080p wider field of view even!

Q: Do you plan to make Xbox LIVE available worldwide, or it will remain available to a number of selected countries?
A: Good question… we are working hard at making Xbox LIVE available in as many regions as possible. Currently we are in 41 countries.

Q: What feedback have you received from devs about the console?
A: They are very excited for Xbox One and the power of Xbox LIVE that will power it…as well as the unique aspects of Kinect and SmartGlass they can tap into.

Q: Do you believe you’ve done enough to make the hardcore gamer happy while still appealing to a wider audience?
A: The hardcore gaming audience has given us some great feedback, and we watch that feedback carefully. I think they’ll be happy after E3.

Q: Any specific examples of how the new Xbox LIVE power will help games?
A: Indeed… the new architecture allows developers to do processing in the cloud in really really smart ways. That will results in much richer gaming experiences than ever before. Again, more at E3.

  • Tac-Mex

    Xbox go home

  • rainelee

    It would seem like MS is considering changes to the used game policy. Can’t say I’m surprised after all the outrage from the gaming community.

    And to add, I hope those, “games games games” aren’t just more, “shooters shooters shooters.”

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Still lots of questions he didn’t really answer. I’ll go ahead and point out a few of these that bother me.

    Q: Could you please provide some more clarity as to how users will be able to play used games on the Xbox One?

    A: We are still months away from the launch of Xbox One & policy decisions are still being finalized.

    It’s not really that far away. Let’s not forget, you will need to finalize stuff like that in some form well before the launch of the Xbox One. It’s not just the consumers — I’m pretty certain most retailers are waiting impatiently to learn more about how used games on the Xbox one is going to work. It seems like Gamestop is still in the dark about it, I’d imagine they are very anxious to learn more.

    How about rental services? Did anyone ask you about that?

    Q: Could you clarify the situation regarding multiple accounts on ONE console. My boyfriend and I both have our own accounts. Will we be made to pay twice for 1 game in order for us both to use our own accounts?

    A: As I noted earlier we’re still working on some of the policies… but our goal is that it would work like it works today on Xbox 360.

    Another answer with very little detail. I feel like we are missing something crucial here…

    Q: What do you believe separates the Xbox one from the PlayStation 4, gaming related?

    A: Well, Xbox LIVE for one. We’re very proud of the service that we’ve built. 48 million people agree with us. That is just one of the things. Now, I have not had a chance to spend time with the console, so we’ll have to wait until their final product launches before I can really comment.

    Out of that 48 Million. How many pay for Xbox Live Gold? How many connect to Xbox Live once a week? How many of those 48 million do you think are happy about having to pay you more money for otherwise free features? How many of those 48 million buy used games or rent games? I’ll just leave it at that…

    It makes sense that you haven’t spent time with the PS4. Have you even spent time with the Xbox One? If you haven’t, then just stop right now. I sure hope you aren’t just reading some form the higher up’s sent you.

    Q: There seems to be some confusion in the media on how frequently users must connect to the internet to use the Xbox One. Will this be as frequent as once a day as rumored [actually, a Microsoft exec said this] or will we be able to use the console for extended periods of time without an active connection?

    A: No. It does not have to be always connected but it does require an internet connection.

    Oh, gee… Thanks for not answering the question! Good job!

    Q: Which areas of the Xbox One will you be focusing on at your E3 presentation?

    A: Games. Games. GAMES :)

    What kind of games? Will you be having live demos? What you showed us yesterday in terms of games was very poor. How about a little bit of details here? Don’t you think everyone is tired of all these vague answers?

    Q: Do you believe you’ve done enough to make the hardcore gamer happy while still appealing to a wider audience?

    A: The hardcore gaming audience has given us some great feedback, and we watch that feedback carefully. I think they’ll be happy after E3.

    I hope you do. You don’t have to watch it very carefully to realize most gamers are very upset with you. It’s not even just the hardcore gaming crowd who is upset.

    Edit – I read a few of his answers wrong. I’ve removed my responses that criticized them, or were otherwise incorrect.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Your last point is out of context. He’s referring to not having tried the PS4, hence:

      “so we’ll have to wait until their final product launches before I can really comment.”

      The other half of that sentence clarifies what he’s saying.

      Edit: nevermind

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Yeah, I edited my post and removed that. It just hasn’t updated yet. I appreciate the help though. =)

        • Solomon_Kano

          Gotcha. No prob, dude.

    • Yuri Meitzen
  • xMCXx

    “No. It does not have to be always connected but it does require an internet connection.”
    ….alright!

    • Solomon_Kano

      I wouldn’t jump for joy just yet, bro. His answer didn’t exactly contradict the thing about needing to connect every 24 hours, which is still a big problem (I’d say, anyway), just that you wouldn’t need to be connected all the time. I guess that’s better? But it’s still not good.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Yeah, he didn’t really answer the question at all.

      • xMCXx

        Joy? That’s not what I meant with my comment. xD
        It’s just so…. oxymoronic.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ohhh. Now I get you. My bad lol.

    • Bryce Blalex Douglas

      So that means everyone who don’t have the internet should go sit in a corner because Microsoft doesn’t care about them….. Good tactic guys

  • AdamBoy64

    I think Microsoft need to do one of these each day until the console launches.

    That’ll give them a chance to redeem themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I found this online.

    http://i.minus.com/iBzvb2JSpQNRM.gif

    Edit – Credit goes to Sunhi on Neogaf

    He does it again! xD

    • Bryce Blalex Douglas

      Lmao That was better than the Bane one lol

    • xMCXx

      The Bane one and this! Awesome. xD

    • Sevyne

      Haha! Better than the Bane one!

    • Elvick

      I saw that on twitter earlier today and lol’d.

    • Heavenly_King

      this gif is so damn funny.

  • Skerj

    The Kinect being required to run the system kills it for me if that is in fact true. I don’t want that bloody thing listening and watching everything that goes on in my house.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      The question in this Q&A seems to be referring to games. The official Q&A from yesterday says it’s required.

      • Skerj

        Yeaaaah, I’m out then.

        • AdamBoy64

          Yeah, me too.

          Requiring that – and the system to be online. Makes you wonder.

  • MrKappa

    Excellent PR skills at display here as most questions where danced around, avoided and plain just left unanswered. I understand some stuff is under lock and key until E3 but geez.

  • Elvick

    Will “all about the games” include celebrities and athletes? Or how about some children on stage?

  • LordKaiser

    He replied like a politician with a hidden agenda.

  • LordKaiser

    Gamestop jumped the gun to early and it seems GS plans to sell Xbox One.

    http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-one

    IMO they should not place this garbage on their store but hey it’s their problem.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/PwerlvlAmy GameNChick
  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    “The new controller is awesome I have spent a lot of time with it. If you like the Xbox 360 controller, you’ll LOVE this controller. We have made over 40 improvements in the new design. Regarding the Start and Back buttons, they’ll perform similar functions but right now we don’t have final names for them yet. The controller takes 2 AA batteries.”
    Then have you guys ever heard of ‘rechargeable’ batteries? We’re in 2013 already… nothing pisses me off more than having to run out to a store and buy batteries…

    • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

      ye,I totally agree with you,why the fack are ms so dam stupid to still use batteries in a controller..hell even ps1 and NES didnt have rechargable controllers,this just proves how dumb MS really are when they still gonna use batteries even after 360.

    • artemisthemp

      The new Controller comes with a none removable recharge battery as I understood from the Xbox One Reveal.

      If they just have included the recharge pack, that you now can buy from Retail… GL getting more than 4 hour on a charge

  • artemisthemp

    I get a filling of rush/deception of customers after reading this and well other news about X1