Xbox One UI demonstration at reveal event was staged?

By James Dohnert , Updated Jun 06, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
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The Xbox One reveal event was a big deal for Microsoft. The event was the company's first chance to show gamers just how its next generation console will work. Unfortunately, the reveal event had its share of problems. Some gamers derided the console for having DRM for games. While other complained that the reveal failed to properly address the next gen console's gaming features.

Now, gamers are saying that some of the footage shown during the event was staged. Gamers on the NeoGAF forum recently pointed out that the demonstration for the Xbox One's TV integration ran a lot smoother during the reveal event than it did during future press demos.

Forum members pointed out that a recently released Wired video demonstration (seen below) showed the TV integration running a lot slower than it did during the reveal event. As first reported by Pixel Enemy, NeoGAF members said the Wired video demo ran a lot less smooth than the on-stage one.

If reports turn out to be true, it wouldn't be that surprising. Microsoft never said the reveal demo was a live representation of the final product. Instead, Redmond used the event to demonstrate what to expect from the Xbox One when it launches in the next many months.

The Xbox One is still very much in development and, hopefully, Microsoft will work out any kinks before launch. If the company doesn't, it will surely feel the wrath of indignant gamers everywhere.

Gamers have already been very critical of the Xbox One launch event. Revision 3 Executive Producer Adam Sessler implied early on that Microsoft faked much of the applause heard during the live stream of the Xbox One reveal. He said in a tweet sent from the presentation that the applause from the event was not coming from the press in attendance.

While it would be easy to bash Microsoft for the staged elements of the events, it is important to note that many companies have done the same thing. During an E3 reveal for Killzone 2, Sony Computer Entertainment of America President Jack Tretton told IGN that a pre-rendered trailer for the game showed real gameplay footage.

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