What Microsoft got wrong with the Xbox One X

Recently, Microsoft unveiled their new gaming console the Xbox One X to be released this November, and it’s supposed to be the most powerful gaming console on the market, but in my humble opinion Microsoft got it wrong.

The specs on this system surpass any regular computer system on the market:

  • 8-core AMD processor, 12 GB of graphics memory with an Ultra HD 4K Drive for movies, along with 8 gigs of internal flash memory and a 1 terabyte harddrive for storage, all for a hefty price tag of $499.  

Additionally, the console runs on a Windows 10 platform, which means that Microsoft isn’t really selling a video game system at all.  

It’s a screaming fast computer that doesn’t come with a monitor, keyboard or mouse, and in this bloggers humble opinion, instead of advertising and marketing this system as just another gaming device with more power and selling it for the price of a new washing machine, Microsoft should have thrown in a wireless keyboard and mouse and advertised this system as a brand new whole home entertainment system that connects to your TV.

After all, who wouldn’t want to consolidate their technology and rid themselves of multiple devices; i.e. old computer, old monitors, old gaming device and old DVD/Blu-ray player, and replace it with one system that connects to their television?

This could have been the One system that set the standard by allowing end users to watch and play true 4k movies and video games.  Surf the web.  Shop Online.  Do their banking. Skype with friends and family in true 4k resolution…(with the optional 4k webcam of course)...and do it all with one system.

In addition Microsoft could offer the full Microsoft Office Suite as a promotion for anyone who exchanges an old gaming system for a new Xbox One X, offering even more incentives for those who exchange a Sony gaming system.

Accordingly, Microsoft could also spend a couple more years designing a smaller “X” device that would be a wireless hub allowing multi-user connections to multiple Microsoft accounts in various rooms of the house.  It could be similar to the Amazon Echo with Cortana’s voice recognition software and a builtin 4K webcam.

This would provide the Xbox One X to provide true “whole home” access while providing flexibility for end users to perform multiple engagements at the same time while using separate televisions in separate rooms of the house. 

For example, the main Xbox One device would be in the family room where one person is streaming a movie, while another family member is sitting in their bedroom playing a video game with an “X” device connected to their television, while yet another family member is working on homework using Microsoft Office with the “X” device connected to a third television in a third room of the house.  

Pathetically, Microsoft failed to create a whole home entertainment system and market it as such, and I firmly believe they missed an opportunity to corner the market on not only the gaming industry, but the home entertainment industry and the home computer industry as well.

Maybe in time Microsoft will figure it out, but for now…they got it wrong with the Xbox One X.

 

Failure

sinking

Over twenty years ago I met a woman who took my breath away.  I still remember the day when I first saw her walking into a room filled with people.  It was as if all time stood still and no one else existed.  That image has been seared into my brain like a brand on a calf’s hind quarter, and sadly, so was every moment thereafter.    

For three years she dated other guys.  Guys who treated her like garbage, guys who argued with her, guys who acted like she was a piece of meat; and for the same three years I prayed specifically for her, and I waited.  

I waited for our relationship to be stronger . . . I waited for her to be finished with the other guys who treated her like crap . . . I waited for God to provide the perfect opportunity for both of us to be ready for the other.  It took all of those three years. 

After three years, She was no longer dating any of the other guys and we had built a pretty solid friendship that I thought was filled with trust and admiration for one another, so I took a chance and asked her out.  She said yes. 

Over the next few weeks we spent a lot of time together.  It was a lot more than usual for two close friends.  We talked a lot.  Sharing our hopes and dreams, pains and sorrows, likes and loves.  For all the time we spent together our friends could see there was something wonderful brewing between us, but what none of us could ever guess was that behind the scenes God was working on a different plan.  

A number of weeks into the relationship she dropped a bombshell on me…there was another guy that she had been talking with and she had made the decision that he was the one she wanted to spend her life with.  

I was devastated. 

She married him a year later.

I’ve tried to fill the void…tried to move on…tried dating other women…tried praying over it…tried “giving it up to God”…tried making excuses…tried rationalizing it, but what I didn’t know then or want to realize at the time was that very event was orchestrated to be the beginning of the end of my relationships with everyone…including God.  

Jump ahead twenty four years…

Woman after woman has lied to me about “loving me”.  They typically run away from me and into the arms of another man who has more to offer, leaving me with the grandest of all lies: “God has something great in store for you.”  

And over the years with every blow of every failed relationship my mind, soul and spirit has been beaten to the point of exhaustion.  I am, today, a very cynical, very bitter, very angry, very broken man.  

My heart is in pieces.  My soul is crushed.  My spirit is on life support.  I take every negative action personally, as if it’s an attack on my very soul.  I have no desire to be around people, no desire to achieve, no desire to move forward, no desire to care.  

I’ve become a robot who goes about their day waiting for their owner to shut them down.  It’s quite pathetic, but it’s the truth.  

I hate everyone and everything, including myself.  I blame God for everything and why shouldn’t I?  After all, isn’t he all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present?  Doesn’t he desire to bless his children?  Does he want our faith in him to grow and be strengthened?  After 40 years of waiting…40 years of service…40 years of letting go…40 years of hoping…40 years of prayer…40 years of (fill in the blank)…shouldn’t he answer me?   

I know what I’m saying sounds like a selfish child.  I understand that God decides which prayers he will answer and when…no one can ever force God’s hand…but having to deal with so many failed relationships, and having to wait for such a long time for mister slow-poke to answer just one pathetic prayer; I’ve grown a bit callous and my heart has become very hard.  I still believe that God exists, but I struggle to believe that he wants or desires to bless his children.  

I’m not sure the God I was raised to trust in and have faith in really desires to reward those who seek him.  maybe some day that will change, but the older I get, and the more I see failed answers to prayer, the more I’m prone to believe that God’s not capable.  

Truth is, it’s all pathetic and there’s nothing new under the sun.  We’re here to work.  To slave our lives away until we get so old that we can’t work anymore and then we die.  If a relationship comes where we can love and be loved too, that’s a blessing…if they don’t…I guess that’s a blessing too.  

…. . . . . . .  sigh . . . . . . . . ….

~ Pathetic.  

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Bad Mood

Just letting you all know that I’m in a really bad mood today, and its been ongoing from the day I found out my ex-girlfriend got married. 

You all should be happy you’re not around me because I’d just complain about all the pathetic crap that I have on my mind.  

Every thought that crosses my mind about her being “happy” just adds to my bitterness, anger, frustration and heartache. 

I’m actually more ticked off at the guy she married than I am at her.  I’m jealous of that pathetic little runt who gets to be with the woman I prayed for, dreamed of and lost because of my own stupidity. 

I tell people she wasn’t all that great, but I’m lying because I’m trying to rationalize the pain away, but with every negative word that I speak about her that I know isn’t true, I feel like my heart is being ripped from my chest and crushed under the weight of failing her so miserably. 

She was my friend…and now that she’s married it just makes it so…

so…final.

I’m actually glad that she’s happy, at least I hope she is.  I so wanted to be the man to bring her that happiness…but I couldn’t. 

I think the part that hurts the most is the realization that she didn’t want me.  Even though she accepted my proposal of marriage, truth is…she never really wanted to spend her life with me.

I know God has a plan, but I’m really not okay with this one.