Microsoft’s disastrous E3 unveiling keeps getting worse. After a lukewarm reception to the Xbox One’s games and price point, an internet user named Julian Rignail pictures of a technician working on the Xbox One display.
Rignail posted a message saying that:
“I just played an Xbox One game using an Xbox One controller that crashed…to a Windows 7, Hewlett Packard-branded desktop. Magic!”
After the internet inevitably demanded pics or it didn’t happen, Julian delivered in a big way, showing high resolution pictures of the technician at work on the broken ‘Xbox One’.
But instead of opening the display and resetting an Xbox One, the technician opens the cabinet to reveal a full-fledged gaming PC. Above, the monitor shows a Windows 7 start screen.
Before we throw Microsoft under the bus, it’s important to understand that the Xbox One is still being developed, which means that developers making games for the device only have access to the dev kits. In many cases, dev kits are simply PCs with Xbox One or PlayStation 4 software installed.
However, it is important to note that the Xbox One is based largely on Windows 8, yet Microsoft isn’t secure enough in its operating system to use Windows 8 in favor of Windows 7 for its dev kit.
Furthermore, the PCs were running GeForce GTX 700 graphics cards, which are not used by the Xbox One. A true dev kit would use the same graphics architecture as the console on which it’s based. The Xbox One uses AMD GPUs comparable to the Radeon HD 7790.
After the Xbox One story broke, gamers started wondering if the PlayStation 4 also used PCs to sample its games, in which case all balance would have been restored to the universe. But unfortunately for Microsoft, Sony and event attendees confirmed that all PlayStation 4 displays used genuine PlayStation 4 setups.
After MaximumPC reported on this story, they received a comment on their article from someone in the know who quoted the developers of the game running on the test machine. That developer claimed that:
“…his game was the only one of the bunch running on a PC, and that the choice of hardware was ‘solely [Twisted Pixel’s] decision.”
If that’s true, then Microsoft certainly had a lot of bad luck at this year’s E3.