Microsoft to hold Xbox One press conference at Gamescom August 20th

While we wait for Microsoft to officially announce the launch date for the Xbox One console, the company is making plans for its next major media event, the massive Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany from August 21-25.

IGN reports that on August 20th, the day before Gamescom opens its doors, Microsoft will hold a press conference in Cologne. It's being described as an "Xbox One Gamescom Showcase event" where members of the media will get "the opportunity to get hands-on with a range of Xbox One titles, speak with developers and be the first to hear our Gamescom news."

The event will also feature appearances by Microsoft Xbox vice presidents Phil Spencer and Phil Harrison. Julie Larson-Green, who was recently named as the new head of the Xbox hardware, games and entertainment divisions, is apparently not expected to attend the Gamescom event.

In related news, many people might want to add their support of the Xbox One via their social networks. Today, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the head of Xbox Live Programming at Microsoft, released some new Xbox One images that can be used on Facebook, Twitter and even Google +.

Links to all of the images can be found on the Major Nelson website, including links for Facebook, Twitter and, yes, even Google + accounts. Hryb adds that "... each collection is optimized for the target platform, so you can just drop them in and be ready to go without any additional cropping etc." Some of the Facebook header images include the "Introducing the all-in-one entertainment system" phrase.

Hryb also has a number of new PC desktop wallpaper Xbox One images to download, with resolutions up to 1920x1200. Finally, there are some mobile wallpaper images to grab as well. If you are a massive fan of the Xbox One, there should be more than enough images to turn your social networking accounts into ads for Microsoft's next game and TV console.

Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft

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They don't need more PR, they need a price drop, a spec bump, and a kinect-less version if they want to be competitive this gen. Or at least make the kinect attachment options.

Too late for most of that, though. So good luck MS.

Pressure from below(Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast) and at the high-end with the PS4. This will be very difficult if not impossible for the XB1 to be a runaway hit.

startscreennope said,
They don't need more PR, they need a price drop, a spec bump, and a kinect-less version if they want to be competitive this gen. Or at least make the kinect attachment options.

Too late for most of that, though. So good luck MS.

So XBox 360 with a 15mhz faster CPU, that work for you? Why would Microsoft release a system the same or inferior to the PS3, when they can release the XBox One, for what $100 more then PS3? Which doesn't even come with a Kinect style option, that's extra cost..

startscreennope said,
They don't need more PR, they need a price drop, a spec bump, and a kinect-less version if they want to be competitive this gen. Or at least make the kinect attachment options.

Too late for most of that, though. So good luck MS.

The spec difference between the two is hardly as great as some people want to make it out. You can toss all the theoretical numbers out you want but at the end of the day as some developers have said, the two systems are very close. MS has software side DX tweaks and other things that make up for the lack of faster RAM while the PS4 will try to brute force everything. End of the day the games on the two will look the same or with very minor differences.

And Kinect actually being part of the base model is important to get developers to use it more, making it a option like with the 360 means it won't. So they're not going to do a Kinect less version, if you don't like the idea of it then wait for a price drop later or just don't buy the system. I doubt MS has a issue even with the Kinect and the $100 price, they'll sell fine.

CygnusOrion said,
Pressure from below(Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast) and at the high-end with the PS4. This will be very difficult if not impossible for the XB1 to be a runaway hit.

Roku and Apple TV hardly sell at all, and chromecast is a nifty new toy for the geeks around here but will average users care enough? The only competition to the XB1 is the PS4 and at the end of the day both systems will sell close just like the 360 and PS3 have.

"Don't buy xbox one if you don't like kinect/the price tag!"

If you say so.

PS4 is undeniably the more powerful system. ESRAM is an overengineered solution to a RAM bandwidth problem that should have just been "go with GDDR5". The size of the ESRAM cache on the APU took up a huge amount of their silicon budget not only leading to less powerful GPU but a larger overall chip and more yield issues. Pretty much a lose-lose from a design/price/performance perspective.

startscreennope said,
"Don't buy xbox one if you don't like kinect/the price tag!"

If you say so.

PS4 is undeniably the more powerful system. ESRAM is an overengineered solution to a RAM bandwidth problem that should have just been "go with GDDR5". The size of the ESRAM cache on the APU took up a huge amount of their silicon budget not only leading to less powerful GPU but a larger overall chip and more yield issues. Pretty much a lose-lose from a design/price/performance perspective.

You're not taking other things into account and the lack of detailed information about the changes in the Xbox Ones GPU that we don't know. If all you want to take into account is the raw theoretical numbers on paper then sure, the PS4 looks better. But all you have are guesses because as far as MS goes, we don't have details. You aren't also taking into account other things, software optimization, optimization and new hardware support in DX11.2 and so on. They have specific things in DX 11.2 that mean you don't need to brute force large textures through the GPU pipeline to work with high quality large textures. Why do people want to overlook all of these changes/tweaks and just guess about performance based on number of shaders?

We already know MS worked with AMD to customize they're chips, comparing things at this point is just a guessing game.

startscreennope said,
"Don't buy xbox one if you don't like kinect/the price tag!"

If you say so.

PS4 is undeniably the more powerful system. ESRAM is an overengineered solution to a RAM bandwidth problem that should have just been "go with GDDR5". The size of the ESRAM cache on the APU took up a huge amount of their silicon budget not only leading to less powerful GPU but a larger overall chip and more yield issues. Pretty much a lose-lose from a design/price/performance perspective.

I've not made my mind up on which system i'm getting yet but you're talking absolute rubbish. We have no real world figures to look at yet.

Mikeffer said,
I've not made my mind up on which system i'm getting yet but you're talking absolute rubbish. We have no real world figures to look at yet.
LOL. Confirmed hardware specs are in fact "real world figures". Head in sand doesn't seem to be working well, does it?

startscreennope said,
LOL. Confirmed hardware specs are in fact "real world figures". Head in sand doesn't seem to be working well, does it?

Really? Specs released by consoles marketing department count as real world figures now do they?
And head in the sand? The fact that i want some real world bench marks and figures before committing to quite a sizable purchase is far from having my head in the sand and is a far better idea than what you appear to be doing which is believing any old crap the PR department tells you.
Sort it out mate, your stupid is showing.

Edited by MikeChipshop, Jul 30 2013, 9:30am :

Mikeffer said,
Really? Specs released by consoles marketing department count as real world figures now do they?
And head in the sand? The fact that i want some real world bench marks and figures before committing to quite a sizable purchase is far from having my head in the sand and is a far better idea than what you appear to be doing which is believing any old crap the PR department tells you.
Sort it out mate, your stupid is showing.
So you're accusing Sony of lying on their specs sheet about the PS4, that the PS4 isn't actually more powerful? Last I checked, spec sheets are not exactly PR. Absolutely delusional. Try posting that on any console oriented forum and get torn apart.

All of the real world specs say PS4 will have a 20-30% FPS lead over X1. MS not revealing tech specs is grounds for pessimism, not optimism. You can only hide behind 'they haven't shown us their secret sauce', 'those aren't REAL!!!11 figures', and 'their PR dept is lying!' for so long.

The X1 follows MS's latest hardware trends, similar to their tablets and phones. Overpriced, underpowered, lacking in exclusive support (where's the kinect games?), and with a bunch of features almost nobody cares for or wants.

startscreennope said,
So you're accusing Sony of lying on their specs sheet about the PS4, that the PS4 isn't actually more powerful? Last I checked, spec sheets are not exactly PR.

You're hard work but then i suppose the delusional are. LEt's say this one more time and if you could possibly read it properly this time then that'd be a good chap.

Real world benchmarks and figures, i.e. those provided by testing the actual working systems. Why is this so hard for you to understand?
I also love the way you're leaning towards thinking of me as an MS fan boy when i quite clearly sated (new glasses needed maybe?) that i was going to wait and see real world figures before choosing a console to go with.

Hopefully this is clearer for you now as having to repeat myself to some blinded fool is getting pretty irksome.

The PS4 specs as found on the official spec sheet are "real world figures", unless you'd like to accuse Sony of lying. Or you can continue to pretend that "real world figures" doesn't include published spec sheets or official claims of final hardware.

So when the multiplatform titles come out with damning performance against the X1, as the evidence suggests it will, will you run for cover, or are you going to stay the course like a good little soldier?

I can hear the excuses already. "Oh, they only reduced the internal resolution from 1080p to 900p!" "They only reduced AA and texture resolution!" "You can hardly notice the difference!". Yep.

Either way, don't worry, I'll be sure to put a reminder somewhere to send you a private message laughing my ass off when the time comes.

startscreennope said,
The PS4 specs as found on the official spec sheet are "real world figures", unless you'd like to accuse Sony of lying. Or you can continue to pretend that "real world figures" doesn't include published spec sheets or official claims of final hardware.

So when the multiplatform titles come out with damning performance against the X1, as the evidence suggests it will, will you run for cover, or are you going to stay the course like a good little soldier?

I can hear the excuses already. "Oh, they only reduced the internal resolution from 1080p to 900p!" "They only reduced AA and texture resolution!" "You can hardly notice the difference!". Yep.

Either way, don't worry, I'll be sure to put a reminder somewhere to send you a private message laughing my ass off when the time comes.

Such a child. At what point did i say XB1 was going to be better? What exactly are you trying to prove? Which bit of "I'm going to wait till i see real world benchmarks before i commit to either console" do you not understand and why does it bother you so much?

CygnusOrion said,
This is the press conference where the bundle up all the reversals into one easy to digest package.

The only reversal was the DRM change.

GP007 said,

The only reversal was the DRM change.

QFT - Funny how some people already forget this. The DRM and subsequent features has been the only change in direction they've made. All the other stuff was either already announced or not talked about.

CygnusOrion said,
Forza, Titanfall, Project Spark, Quantum Break, Ryse, Crimson Dragon isn't enough?

Listing exclusives to list exclusives doesn't mean anything if they don't interest the people. Personally, I don't care for the exclusives from either party. With that being said, and one being $100 less, can you guess which one I'll pick? Just sayin.

dead.cell said,

Listing exclusives to list exclusives doesn't mean anything if they don't interest the people. Personally, I don't care for the exclusives from either party. With that being said, and one being $100 less, can you guess which one I'll pick? Just sayin.

If they don't interest "you" you mean. The list of exclusives interest others just fine.

CygnusOrion said,

Forza - Oooo a rushed game that is exactly the same as the last 5 they released.
Titanfall - Could be good. Not exactly something worth spending $500 over (also available on PC).
Project Spark - Not a launch game (also available on 360 and win 8).
Quantum Break - Not a launch game.
Ryse - QTE's and general look of the game play totally ruin my excitement for this game despite a love of Roman history.
Crimson Dragon - Not a launch game.
isn't enough? - Id say that's a resounding no wouldn't you? 3 launch games (with one another racing rehash and one also available on PC) is enough for you? I'd say you have low standards.

dead.cell said,
I specifically said that I personally don't care for the exclusives of either side. Read next time.

You said, listing exclusives just to list them means nothing if they don't interest the people. That first statement sounds like you're talking for everyone. I don't care if the second part lists your own personal opinion as I was clearly commenting on your first statement.

I know. I had already told him that Titanfall was the only one that looked interesting, but he asked to reconfirm whether the other ones held any interest for me. Hence why I said listing them out doesn't matter IF they don't interest the individual they're talking to.

Enough for me and many others isn't just a number, but rather the content being interesting to them. A list is just a list, and doesn't mean much if they have no bearing to the person you're talking to. (e.g. myself or the better twin)

It'd be like listing off a bunch of fish to someone who just told you they don't like seafood.

Anyway, we're getting off subject here.

Edited by dead.cell, Jul 30 2013, 4:35pm :