As a gamer I can only say that Microsoft completely messed up the new console launch. Aside from the referenced under powered issues, there is the higher price, AND required Kinect camera most gamers do not want. Then there’s the bonus of the NSA spy issues and this blasted camera is like letting them into your family room. Insane. The simple truth is, Microsoft fell prone to hubris and forced a produce they said you wanted, NOT what the consumer (gamers in this case) wanted. Sony did everything right particularly their background research into what game designers sought as well as consumers of the console market. Now, want to talk about the Windows 8 debacle...?
There's a lot to be said for planning — after all, a couple hours of planning can save you weeks of coding.
So it appears that Intel and NVIDIA may be waiting on DX12 or OpenGL...
“The simple truth is, Microsoft fell prone to hubris and forced a produce they said you wanted, NOT what the consumer (gamers in this case) wanted.”
That’s the Microsoft business plan. Next step should be, if the product fails, either buy out the competition or litigate them into dust.
Here's at least one reason why: Check out the 'Star Swarm' stress test comparing the Oxide Games' Nitrous engine demo on AMD's Mantle versus Microsoft's DirectX 11. Nothing less than a generational leap in graphics tech for desktop gamers comparing tech vs. tech in a graphics app that's built from the ground up to use Mantle vs. DirectX 11 that's merely 'compliant' with it. See the video:
(Ghastly silence from the legion of PC gamers who mocked the new MacPro's dual AMD D700 graphics cards rather than going with NVidia; "LOL! Those aren't GAMER cards, they're WORKSTATION cards!")
What is it going to mean for Microsoft when they don't even rule PC gaming market share anymore?
This is a company getting nibbled to pieces by ever-increasing numbers of piranha.