Xbox One truck brings Fort Worth a chance to test new gaming system


    Students and residents of Fort Worth gathered around the Xbox One Truck on Thursday to demo Microsoft’s newest innovation that will be released on Nov. 22, 2013.

    The Xbox One Truck has traveled all over the country to, “put a controller in your hands, a game on the screen, and a spring in your step that’ll carry you through to launch,” according to the Xbox website.

    The truck drivers were not allowed to talk to press due to company guidelines.
    With six televisions and games such as Forza Motorsport 5 and Killer Instinct, the gathering offered a first person experience into the future of video games.

    One common theme was chosen at the end of this gathering: loyalty.

    Whether one likes Xbox or PlayStation better, video game consoles do influence an entourage of fans.

    Fort Worth resident Dylan Jones said that ever since his mother got him an Xbox, no other system has mattered.

    Jones played the Xbox One for the first time here at TCU and was amazed by its efficiency and beauty, he said.

    “It is just amazing and the game play is so smooth,” he said. “I pre-ordered it and paid everything off already.”

    Everything about the Xbox One seemed perfect for Jones, except the size of the actual hardware, he said.

    The Xbox One was bigger than he expected it to be, but Jones said it still looks really nice and the controllers felt smooth.

    Some video game enthusiasts like Ryan Lynch, a sophomore psychology major, has always switched between Xbox and PlayStation and his decision for a future console just got tougher, he said.

    Before demoing the Xbox One, Lynch was set on buying the PS4, but now he is open to switching to the Xbox One, he said.

    “The graphics are outstanding and smooth,” Lynch said. “It is definitely making me think again whether I go Xbox One or PS4.”

    Along with the graphics, the controller is very comfortable and it “just feels right” other than past Xbox controllers, Lynch said.

    One of the problems with the Xbox One is the absence of backwards compatibility, he said, referring to the inability to play Xbox 360 games on the new Xbox One.

    “It is frustrating, but if Microsoft keeps coming out with really strong games like this [Killer Instinct] then I would be able to get over that,” Lynch said.

    Both systems struggle with backwards compatibility, but the PS4 is potentially planning on running old PlayStation games through emulators in the PlayStation Store, according to IGN.
    The full comparison chart of the Xbox One and PS4 can also be viewed on IGN.

    To Xbox connoisseur and unversity student Michael Saurino, loyalty is a big reason why he wants to get the Xbox One.

    Saurino said he has been keeping up with the latest news on the Xbox and certain bugs it is facing.

    “I have been waiting to see if Xbox is going to change some of the bugs, and it sounds like they are doing a great job with fixing them,” Saurino said.

    Not only is Saurino loyal to the Xbox hardware and controllers, but he is also loyal to the certain types of games that are only available on Xbox rather than PlayStation, he said.
    Saurino’s game of choice is the Forza Motorsport series. The newest edition of the series, Forza Motorsport 5 is only available on the Xbox One, he said.

    Since the Xbox One is listed at $499.99, $100 more than the competing PS4, price could be a deterrent in purchasing the Xbox One, he said.