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Some gamers disappointed after Xbox One unveiling

The sleek new console was revealed Tuesday, generating a fair amount of criticism. (Source: CNN) The sleek new console was revealed Tuesday, generating a fair amount of criticism. (Source: CNN)
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(RNN) - Microsoft unveiled Xbox One, its next-generation game console, Tuesday at its headquarters in Redmond, WA, and gamers took to social media to express their dismay.

Some vocal hard-core gamers were turned off by a number of issues, including an emphasis on television interfunctionality and sports, forced connectivity to the internet and the alleged blocking of used games.

As a result, Xbox One trended on Twitter throughout Tuesday and on into Wednesday.

The new Xbox will bring more content that uses its Kinect motion control technology, which is now mandatory.

The console itself has had a makeover, looking a bit like a racing car in its flashy coming-out party. The controller has been tweaked as well and boasts greater sensitivity.

Xbox One is expected to hit stores later this year, most likely in time for the holiday shopping season.

Some gamers, and gaming industry gurus, seem far from impressed.

A Kotaku story characterized the reveal for Xbox One as a "disaster." While the story praised the new controller, cloud integration, a new Call of Duty game and expanded storage, it railed against a number of usability issues, including talk that gamers would not be able to lend games to friends.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison gave an interview to Eurogamer Wednesday to address some of the most pressing concerns. He said second-hand gaming will be available via digital permissions, and claimed it would work "no different to how discs operate today." He said more details on game borrowing and used games would be available at a later date.

The Verge raised the specter of a Big Brother game console, comparing the Xbox One to the Telescreen in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, stating, "Even when the console's turned off, users can simply say 'Xbox On' to power up - which means the new Kinect will be listening to you in your living room at all times."

Microsoft claims the new Kinect can even read heartbeats and recognize voices of people in the room.

Harrison, in his Eurogamer interview, dismissed worries about privacy issues using the never-sleeping Kinect. He praised Microsoft's privacy track record.

"We take it very seriously," he said. "We aren't using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all. We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine, but we don't transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that."

Game Industry International also criticized the console's emphasis on television interconnectivity, which "seemed to imply a jumped-up cable box that merely plays games as an afterthought."

A critic of this TV emphasis, Darkbeatdk, took his outrage to YouTube, splicing the footage of the news conference to include all the mentions of television, sports and Call of Duty.

More details on Xbox One will be revealed at Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the annual computer and video game trade show being held in Los Angeles on June 11 to 13.

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