Biggest Debate Night Loser: Xbox Live

October 4, 2012 -

While some might still be arguing over who won or lost last night's first presidential debate showdown in Denver Colorado last night (Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS pundits all agree President Obama had a bad night), Kotaku points out the biggest loser at last night's debate was Xbox Live. You may recall that Microsoft had been pushing live streaming coverage of the debate last night, along with interactive real-time reactions from fans.

Well that plan went out the window last night as technical issues, streaming troubles, and a general lack of sophistication with Microsoft's presentation on Xbox Live disappointed most anyone that happened to choose Xbox Live as its platform of choice to watch former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama go at it.

Here's how Kotaku explains the disastrous event:

"But Microsoft's Xbox Elections 2012, a platform that promised to let viewers watch the debate on their 360s and witness as audiences react in real time, might have performed worse than all of them.

I turned on my stream at around 8:30pm last night, half an hour before the debate was scheduled to start. At 9pm, it suddenly switched over to dead footage of the back of Jim Lehrer's head for about 45 seconds. No sound. Then, for the first 25 minutes of the debate, there was absolutely nothing on my screen but the candidates talking, complete with a giant "Xbox Live" logo in the top right corner. Boring."

You can read more here, including fan reactions about the event.

Source: Kotaku


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Re: Biggest Debate Night Loser: Xbox Live

I missed the first 30 minutes of the debate due to other responsibilities, so I missed the earlier problems.  My problem was that after about another 30 minutes, the stream crashed and could not resume due to server issues.

One of the features that was advertised was real-time polling.  I only ever saw one question asked - something like "will you be discussing the debate with friends/coworkers tomorrow?".  Being dutiful, I responded, but you can tell by the stats updating, that there were apparently only 5 or 6 other responses.  And then the SAME question would pop up about 5 minutes later, and the same dutiful 5 or 6 watchers responded again.  This happened about 3 more times.  Maybe everyone else dropped off by then and went to their tvs like I did, when the stream died.

 
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