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The Machinima App on X-Box One Might Change Video Game Consoles Forever

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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I was lucky enough to get some hands on experience with Machinima’s Xbox One app, and boy was it impressive. If you’re like me or the other 99% of gamers out there, you get stuck in a game at times. You play the same part ten times before swallowing your pride and taking to the internet for a walkthrough or how-to video. It forces you to put down your controller and leave the TV behind. Inevitably while you are gone someone will steal your favorite spot on the couch and requisition the TV to watch reruns of Full House. Thanks to Machinima and the Xbox One, this will be a problem of the past.

Machinima Xbox One Start Screen

Machinima’s Wingman feature will allow you to continue playing your game while browsing relevant content in a sub menu on the side. Better yet, you can play the video on the side while playing as well. The app will know what game you are playing, so your title will automatically be populated, and you will simply have to choose the relevant video. All of the videos are being produced in house by Machinima, with four titles being available at launch; Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Battlefield 4. Each game will be given the Machinima treatment, meaning that this won’t be a boring mundane walkthrough. It will feature the personality and flavor we have grown to know from Machinima.

Check out the Wingman Previews below;

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Ryse

Battlefield 4

Dead Rising 3

Of course the Wingman feature isn’t the only thing the Machinima App can do. You can also stream Machinima’s amazing web content from the app, and even add their channel to your favorites. So it can rest forever in between the Oxogen Network and Lifetime in your channel favorites. The app ran incredibly smooth and easily recognized voice commands. Which was a relief since whenever my dog barks, my X-Box 360 turns off.

They plan to create video content for most titles in the Xbox One library, but the videos will slowly roll out over time. This is the only chink in their armor in my eyes. If they take too long to get the content up, then it becomes an unreliable experience. I am sure that big titles like Halo 5 will come with a million videos, but smaller indie titles or medium releases may get lost in the shuffle. Hopefully the demand for videos isn’t too much for them because the possibilities of this app are staggering.

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Experiencing the Machinima App and the User Interface of the X-Box One in general has convinced me, as a Sony and Nintendo fan boy, that Microsoft may have outdone themselves this generation. It is smooth, and offers such a deep experience that I am left in awe at how much cool stuff it can do. If you get an Xbox One I highly recommend downloading the Machinima App ASAP!

Achievement whores will be excited that the app will have it’s own set of achievments.

  • TV Rots Your Brain: Watch 1,000 videos
  • License and Registration: Register the Machinima App.
  • n00b: Watch a video on the Machinima App.
  • Thanks for the Sub: Subscribe to a show, game or partner on the Machinima App.
  • Addict: Launch the Machinima App 10 times within 30 days.
  • Night Owl: Launch the Machinima App between 1 and 4 a.m. local time.
  • You Can Be My Wingman Anytime: Watch 30 Machinima Wingman videos.
  • You Can Be Mine: Watch 150 Machinima Wingman videos.
  • TV Rots Your Brain: Watch 1,000 videos on the Machinima App.
  • Oversharer: Share 10 videos on Facebook via the Machinima App.
  • And one secret achievement — you’ll have to look back through the history of Machinima to find this hidden gem.

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