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GAMING: Microsoft Ran Their E3 Demos With PCs Instead of Xbox One Dev Kits

Posted on June 17, 2013

xbox-one-pcThings aren't looking to great for Microsoft, and it's only getting worse. While there is plenty of the Xbox One bashing throughout the internet, we tried out the console ourselves during E3 last week, and it's a pretty capable machine. Unfortunately, it seems as though the impressive Xbox One demos weren't being run on an Xbox One... they were using a PC.

CinemaBlend ran an article revealing that Microsoft were running the games of a Windows 7 system using Nvidia's 700 series GTX GPU. Then Julian Rignall from US Gamers tweeted this:


One assumption you may have is that, "hey, maybe all E3 demos are running on PCs." Even CinemaBlend thought this was the case, stating that...

"... all E3 demos run their games on high-end PCs; it's a smoke and mirrors circus to sell the idea of the game, sort of like how pro wrestling sells the idea of fighting despite being scripted. We should all be used to it by now and it's just common practice [from most studios] given that the dev kits or comparable specs aren't usually finalized at this point."

But that's not true. Jonathan Blow, developer to the upcoming PS4/PC/iOS title The Witness, posted a series of tweets saying that their game was running on a PS4 dev kit, as well as the other PS4 demos displayed during E3 (via PlayStation Lifestyle):

It is not true as the article says that “all E3 demos run on hi-end PCs”. The Witness was running on PS4 dev hardware, and it looked to me like all the other PS4 games were running on dev kits as well.

Dev hardware is the hardware that will be in the final retail box, but in a less consumer-oriented package.

Dev kits almost always have more RAM yeah. Better CPU+GPU, no...

All the indies I know were running on the PS4.

We worked very hard to get our game running on the actual PS4 hardware and operating system in time for the show. As did many other devs.

That is kind of crazy considering consoles are supposed to be on the shelves with these games in 5-6 months.

During Microsoft’s press show I was impressed by how good the games looked given the console’s specs. But if they weren’t running on those specs then it becomes pretty questionable.

I actually don’t want XB1 to fail because we need competition to keep things healthy.

xbox-one-pc-1As you can see, a PC tower was running the Xbox One demos (pictured to the left). This would mean that the guys at Microsoft have been lying to everyone who thought they were playing their demos on an Xbox One, or something with similar specs. Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore stated that the games that were being demoed on stage were using comparable dev kits to the finalized hardware (which isn't true since they were using a Nvidia 700 series GTX GPU, and the Xbox One uses AMD).

Also, Windows 7? I wonder why Microsoft isn't using their new Windows 8 to run their games?

Oh well. Microsoft once again kick themselves in the head. What do you guys think about this?


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  1. xbox (MICROSOFT) need to get their act together or else they are going to see a hard time selling their hardware.

  2. The images shown above are of a kiosk that was playing loops of videos of Xbox One content, not playable game demos.

  3. I’m not sure why you guys are selling this as a ‘big reveal’. They stated openly several times that demos were being run on PCs spec’d to the Xbox One. This seems like a super hacky ‘scoop’ story to me lads.

  4. MS is misleading potential customers. Is it possible that they don’t even have a working xbox one yet?

  5. So m$ screwed up again.Big surprise.I think they made a secret contract with nVidia to test their GTX cards.:D Well,now I know that if I want to play an xbox one game,I can just start my PC.Sony hit them where it hurts.They don’t have any restrictions.You buy the game,you do what you want with it.


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