The lights are on
After enduring no
end of criticism during E3 for its always-online
restrictions, Microsoft reversed
course last week, adopting the offline-friendly policies Sony has planned
for the PlayStation 4. While Microsoft's change of heart eliminates a key
advantage of its rival, the Xbox One and PS4 are still very different consoles,
and right now I'm still not convinced I need to buy the former. Here's why.
Extra Cash For What?The Xbox
One's $499 price tag didn't seem unreasonable when Microsoft first
announced it, but when Sony revealed that the PS4
would cost $399 just a few hours later, it raised some valid concerns amongst
gamers. Despite Don Mattrick's declaration that the Xbox One will provide "thousands
of dollars of value" to gamers, the company hasn't given any indication of
where that value will supposedly come from. Simply saying something doesn't
make it true, and the unique Xbox One features that Microsoft has shared thus
far haven't convinced me to shell out the extra cash.
Better With Kinect?Most speculation points to the upgraded Kinect camera as
being the cause of Xbox One's more expensive price tag, but support for the
peripheral was virtually nonexistent at the show; the most impressive use of
the camera we saw was Harmonix's
Fantasia, which works just fine with the 360's Kinect. I'm not particularly
thrilled about having to set up a mandatory camera in my living room just to play
games, and the fact that I have to pay an extra hundred dollars for the privilege
isn't sweetening the deal. Developers failed to come up with an engaging use for
Kinect in core games this generation, and so far Microsoft hasn't shown any
games to convince me that the next-gen Kinect experience will be any different.
Head In The CloudMicrosoft has been championing cloud computing as a game
changer for Xbox One, and recently invested
$700 million in its Iowa-based server farm. That certainly sounds
impressive, but Microsoft still hasn't explained how "the cloud" is going to
make my gaming experiences better. Respawn's
summary of how Titanfall is using Microsoft's Azure cloud boiled down to
dedicated servers. I fully agree that dedicated servers are better than
player-hosted servers, but it isn't exactly a next-gen game changer. Other
proposed uses of the cloud, like Forza's "Drivatar" have yet to be
demonstrated. Now that Xbox One can be used as an offline console, I wonder how
Microsoft's cloud computing will be affected. Will developers be less likely to
rely on cloud processing knowing offline gamers won't have access to it?
The All-In-One XboxMicrosoft's
unveiling of Xbox One was criticized for focusing too much on television,
sports, and other nongaming entertainment. The company's strong title line-up
at E3 proved the company is serious about gaming, but the fact remains that
many of the console's features are geared towards a nongaming audience.
Microsoft has dedicated 3GB of Xbox One's 8GB RAM to its nongaming
functionalities. As someone who has no interest in watching television on my
gaming console or pulling up Bing to search for information when I'm stuck in a
game, these features are an unnecessary yet mandatory drain on the system's
Still UndecidedMicrosoft has done a good job shoring up impressive
exclusives like Titanfall and Dead Rising 3 for Xbox One, which make me eager
to hear more about the console. Likewise, the company showed off some promising
uses of SmartGlass at E3, which add real gaming value to titles like Dead
Rising 3 and The Division. However, Microsoft still hasn't provided similarly convincing examples of some of Xbox One's core features, and hasn't justified why
consumers should pay an extra $100 more than the PS4. While some audiences may
already be sold on things like Kinect and support for television programming, I'll
remain on the sidelines until Microsoft shows me some real-world examples of
why its vision of the future of gaming is the right one.
Are you sold on the Xbox One? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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The only reason that I'm buying the PS4 over the Xbox One is because it is $100 cheaper. If the Xbox One was the same price, I would buy it without a second thought.
i think, right now, i will buy the colecovision
I am definitely getting PS4 and I will probably get an Xbox one aswell.
I have no problem with people who want a Xbox One its your choice it will be good as well.
My only plea for those of you that are going to pre order an Xbox One, for the good of gaming please wait until closer to the release date before you pre order. Because if MS pre order figures stay low until October it will force MS to drop the price of the console and improve the deal.
If you at the least wait until October before pre ordering Xbox One it will be a win win situation for all gamers and that way Microsoft will be forced to offer a better deal for you by November.
I want a gaming console; I have everything else I need in my living room. Cable TV's days are numbered-M$ needs to concentrate on the gaming side of the equation.
That said, after some deliberation, I canceled my order for the XBone and will stick with the PS4 for now.
DRM may be gone for the moment, but it would only take an update to bring it back. Who's to say they won't change their minds again on that. The price is high for a device that lets me watch tv. I already have one of those. It's called my tv. Not being able to share my games I've downloaded (arcade) with my family members on the same system is absolute bs. I don't like missing out on great gaming however. Maybe at the end of its life in 5 or 6 years i'll pick one up. Or I could just rent one. :)
1st I like the Xbox,but this Xbox and their new Policy,im going 2 stick with the PS4.The #1 Reason Why im going 2 Buy the PS4 Is Because It's $100 Less than the Xbox One.
I already own a wii u and after seeing the upcoming list of games for it I don't think I will have the money to buy a XB1 or PS4. But if I did I would probably go with the PS4.
I'm getting both. I'm an Xbox guy but I will get the ps4 just like I got the ps3. Only exclusives will be played on the ps4 and everything else Xbox. $100 is a small difference but still won't deter anyone from buying it if they want it. My ps3 and 360 are always connected to the Internet and I'm pretty sure other people are connected also but media will always make things worse than they really are. You have a choice, choose what you want and let others make their mind up without all the negative press and fanboy ism.
I'm not sold, other than the fact I really don't like the PS controller..
I agree I don't need to watch TV through my game console I have a perfectly good DirecTV box to watch TV and I can remember what channels I watch.. I don't have Gold as is so I'm sure again you won't be able to do all the stuff they think is cool without being a Gold member so that really doesn't matter to me..
I'm still kinda fuzzy on what Smartglass is anyway..
I'm pumped for the One! I don't think the television integration is necessary, it's a cool addition, but I don't know why they added it to a gaming console. Smart Glass is amazing! Everything you can do with Kinect is awesome too! From the social networking to the voice commands.
I didn't mind the DRM policy at all because in the end it would've created a 'Steam like' system on a console. Steam has amazing game sales everyday which is why I was kind of excited for the DRM system. However, I completely understood why a lot of people were upset by the "no trading policy."
The one thing I absolutely could not wrap my head around was why people were getting so upset about the daily online check up. So many games require updates nowadays that are only available via online download. Also, online multiplayer is HUGE! I know of MAYBE five people that don't play online multiplayer and I know ONE person who has a gaming console, but doesn't have internet connectivity in their home. The only reason I was partially concerned about it, was "What if my internet goes out for an elongated period of time?" That would happen MAYBE once or twice a year, so it didn't worry me too much. I just don't understand why you'd even buy a console if you didn't have a reliable internet connection... The only games with good campaigns and no multiplayer are RPGs and those are better on PC/Mac anyway. I guess it doesn't matter now because they scrapped that, but it still baffled me.
What ultimately sold me on the One was the plethora of exclusives that are set to be released, ESPECIALLY TITANFALL!!! I plan on owning both the One and the PS4, but I am purchasing the One first.
I paid off both consoles I'm in this for games and I watch sports and tv I'm always connected to the Internet either way so I could careless about being online or not and I own a ps3 and 360 which I'm going to keep. The extra one hundred dollars is a shot in the dark on the basis of a peripheral I use for speaking to the console, I will also buy a playstation eye which is far more useless than a kinect but hey tech ftw. I intend to fully utilize all features of both systems regardless of how mundane and off kilter they may be otherwise what's the point in buying new systems to begin with, most games for the next few years will be out on current and next gen platforms in reality neither is overly compelling unless you like thinking and looking forward to what could be not the surface of what is.
I'm not sold on it (or anything Micro$oft, like Windows 7 or 8).
I'll remain disKINECTed.
However, I AM sold on PS4, and I already have the Wii U.
Bye bye to Micro$oft.
How long do you think will it be before you have to spend another $499 on a new Xbox One because the one you had broke one or Two years? I would much rather spend $100 extra for something that isn't so great Than $1500 replacing the whole thing several times. Thankfully I don't have to worry about that because theres more than one fish in this sea!!!
I am completly sold on the Xbox one. While this article makes some good points, Microsoft knows what it's doing. Microsoft has is company who has made some of the most inivative designs in computer and console software and has held the lead in the console wars for many years. Whatever they are doing, it is for the greater good of gameing
Hoping they come out with an Xbox One Slim (Xbox One-and-a-half?) in a few years that does away with permanently allocating 3GB of memory to non-gaming uses. And that makes Kinect optional.
I'm not getting either at launch, but without changes in certain essential areas, I'm leaning towards a PS4 in 2016 (unless it pulls a bait-and-switch and implements always-on, etc)
i had 3 rrod on the 360. There customer service was even worst, asking me to pay 125.00 to fix it after 6 months of replacing the last one. AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! I will never buy another xbox again.