Internal Microsoft video shows general direction for next-gen gaming

While next to nothing is known about the future plans for Microsoft's next-gen gaming platform, a small blip about its general direction has surfaced in the form of an internal video.

According to Zdnet, the video is a bit dated - May 2010 - but still represents the only known information about the direction Microsoft is headed with its next platform.

While searching around the Internet to find information the future of the Xbox, I stumbled across an internal video dated May 2010 which showcases some of the WGX (Windows Gaming eXperience) team’s ambitions for next-generation gaming between Windows, Xbox Live, and mobile platform. For those of you who are unfamiliar, WGX is an internal Microsoft team comprised of all gaming-related endeavors between all of Microsoft’s platforms. Though the video is from 2010, this is the closest look we have had yet at exactly what WGX’s vision is.

The video does seem to place emphasis on the Kinect experience, which shouldn't come as a major surprise, as  it is an integral part of the platform. Microsoft hit a home run with Kinect and it would be foolish for them to leave that technology behind with the Xbox 360.

While we don't know when the next generation Xbox will land, Microsoft is hard at work on its next platform. The company made great strides compared to the original Xbox and will be looking to carry that forward into its next generation console.

 

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weemies said,
Why do those MS avatars look so damn stupid? Oh well, the whole thing looks stupid so I guess it's appropriate.
Haha. I hate the dumb reaction of the girl jumping....zzzz

I think it looks like they recognize that they have a dedicated hard core gamer base, and they expect that they will be able to keep this base; something they should be able to do relatively easily imo.

What they want to do is expand their range, so they are able to provide for the casual mom-gamer all the way to the hard core gears of war smashing type gamer. More people on Xbox 360 = good for them.

Farmville? Some may hate it, but that would definitely be a boon for Microsoft to have on WP7 and XBox... People would probably use it more since it wouldn't be horrible Flash... And it's really huge among women in particular, so it would bring more into the ecosystem.

They say our social experiences are "not limited to any one platform or property," but that is indeed exactly what they are trying to accomplish. Complete lock-in.

I like how the guy at the end who is supposed to be working ignores the rigning phone and instead starts fragging other players online. Great work ethic!

Was that suppose to be the Avatar version of BF2? lol.

I hope Microsoft go in the direction of OnLive/Gaikai, which I know wont happen.

Was it just me, or when at the end of the video for the first person shooter it was the Battlefield 2 logo? Lawl. Not only that, but if this IS for Windows, why was there a Halo 3 logo too O.o Intrestingggg

Looks like a great way to have all your games and social sites together at once for convenience and ease of use, I like it!


SPARTdAN said,
I like the FPS part of this video, looks like some interesting ideas.

What FPS part? They showed absolutely nothing except what you already can do, jump into a game. Lets not get hyped up over nothing yet. The kinect is amazing hardware, but the 360 has yet to show anything useful for it past rail based/dancing games. This video showed more of what it will be used for, but as for FPS, there is still nothing.

It's seemed like a business plan video with some cool ideas. I like my FPSs/RPGs/ect., but Microsoft has got to make a buck and Xbox is proving to be an amazing platform to leverage that. I own a PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and always usually gravitate back to the 360 for gaming and movies. Microsoft is trying to leverage the casual audience who wants their avatars/netflix/hulu and the hardcore with their Gears/Mass Effect. I'm excited to see what Sony and Microsoft come up with, to integrate my PC with their consoles with this current and next generation.

It's pretty evident that the next xbox 360 will take the direction of the Wii.. that's why i sold it and bought a gaming pc...

all i saw was stuff for windows, with more live/xbox account stuff integrated into it, not sure where the xbox reference was

I'll stick with Sony. Have fun Singing, Dancing, and Poking at your TV But I like to actually play games that require more than , well... that.

It's really sad that the virtual worlds we created are making us forget real life. Work from home/Spend from home/Socialize from home/Play from home. Our digital lives are murdering our life

This is for PC Gaming, not the XBOX 720! (No, that is not necessarily the successor's name, for those that don't know, that's what everyone calls it, like Windows 8.)

Women are too picky, even for platform. U_U

And, what's new for men :the same stuff bullets, explosion, overgrowth spacemarine, hot chick, beer and football (or soccer) and every men will be happy.

Looks atrocious.
Its clear that MS's focus isnt on gaming but is on the "social" experience.
They are trying to hard to be nintendo, when it was the hardcore gamers that build the xbox and the live brand.

the better twin said,
Looks atrocious.
Its clear that MS's focus isnt on gaming but is on the "social" experience.
They are trying to hard to be nintendo, when it was the hardcore gamers that build the xbox and the live brand.

Correction, they are trying to hard to be what Nintendo was with the Wii. They weren't always about casual games this, Wii Party that. They're primary focus used to be to appease their fans, not necessarily adult gamers, but their fans. They seem to be going back to that, at least with the 3DS, (of course they were still that with the DS, but it is more so on the 3DS,) while Microsoft just tries to copy the Wii, albeit Kinect being much better hardware than the Wiimote.

& personally? I would prefer trying to appease Nintendo's fans over casual gaming any day, especially since I am one of Ninty's fans...

MASTER260 said,

Correction, they are trying to hard to be what Nintendo was with the Wii. They weren't always about casual games this, Wii Party that. They're primary focus used to be to appease their fans, not necessarily adult gamers, but their fans. They seem to be going back to that, at least with the 3DS, (of course they were still that with the DS, but it is more so on the 3DS,) while Microsoft just tries to copy the Wii, albeit Kinect being much better hardware than the Wiimote.

& personally? I would prefer trying to appease Nintendo's fans over casual gaming any day, especially since I am one of Ninty's fans...

Man you ladies are so hard to please.

the better twin said,
Looks atrocious.
Its clear that MS's focus isnt on gaming but is on the "social" experience.
They are trying to hard to be nintendo, when it was the hardcore gamers that build the xbox and the live brand.

I thought hardcore gamers used PC's?

Looks absolutely horrible but this generation has shown what direction they are going anyway. Fingers crossed they don't become too one sided. It's become a little too much already.

oceanmotion said,
Looks absolutely horrible but this generation has shown what direction they are going anyway. Fingers crossed they don't become too one sided. It's become a little too much already.

Really? I don't think it looks horrible at all. Am I looking at a different video?

NPGMBR said,

Really? I don't think it looks horrible at all. Am I looking at a different video?


Agree... Im still waiting for the Games for Windows app to become more windows intergrated...

Like how it is in game when u hit the Home key it gives you the GFWL interface.
Should be interesting to see how MS push GFWL this year... Loving the WP7 intergeneration currently so more is always better

oceanmotion said,
Looks absolutely horrible but this generation has shown what direction they are going anyway. Fingers crossed they don't become too one sided. It's become a little too much already.

generation stupid here we come! this world is going down the drain!

oceanmotion said,
Looks absolutely horrible but this generation has shown what direction they are going anyway. Fingers crossed they don't become too one sided. It's become a little too much already.
Not horrible but so me its like nothing special at all. What is video is showing is just like Sci Fi movies. Integration of social networks, enable to create an avatar to represent you and the others, all this ideas is like so common. I will not be surprise if other companies make another video with the same concepts...

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