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Microsoft has systematically reversed, tweaked, and improved its policies related to the Xbox One. The system we're talking about today is very different than the one revealed on May 21, 2013.
We thought it would be good to check in with you, our readers, and find out whether Microsoft's changes have changed the way you look at the Xbox One (for better or for worse). Here's the full list:
If you were upset about the Xbox One back in May, has Microsoft won you over? If you were ready for the digital revolution, has that reversal turned you off? Let us know in the comments.
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My issue with the Kinect wasn't that it always had to be connected (although that does tie in,) the problem was paying $100 extra dollars for a piece of hardware which I was unlikely to use. I have an original Kinect, and I consider that purchase a bigger waste of money than buying my Ouya. It is faulty hardware which has next to no support, and Microsoft abandoned it almost instantly, as they do with a lot of their broken products.
At present time there really isn't any way for Microsoft to convince me that the new Kinect is any more reliable or that it'll be better supported. Game journalists can say that the new Kinect is amazing, but most are in a hardware manufacturer's pocket. Microsoft can show me a video and say "This is what we're capable of, behold!" but they did the same with the original Kinect. Really, until these things get demo kiosks at stores and I can try it for myself, I won't be impressed with the hardware and I won't want to buy their product if ownership is forced on me. Bundling the Kinect with the system will make software development more likely, but hiking up the price to compensate will make purchases less likely. In the coming year MS will need to analyze its post-release sales (after the "gotta have it" people die down,) and see if the general public is willing to pay for it.
I'll be holding off on both systems, my pc is powerful enough to last me a few years, more than enough time to see which way developers are leaning.
Pre-Xbox One reveal, I was planning on getting one. Afterwards, I was IRATE about the Xbox One's original policies. Since most of their policies have been reversed, I feel a lot more comfortable with my eventual purchase. Obviously, I have been jumping the bandwagons like a lot of other people, but the two issues that were most concerning for me:
1. No lending or renting of games (at launch)
2. Kinect is always connected
I am an avid subscriber to Gamefly; so, when Microsoft stated that lending or borrowing of games was impossible at launch, this obviously meant I could stick with the current-gens (for the time being), or I invest in a PS4.
Also, the always-connected Kinect is an obvious security issue that MS could never persuade the public to truly trust them. In light of the NSA's scandals with Verizon and other phone companies, I could not help but feel EXTREMELY vulnerable either way, which leads to another issue...
...mandatory online-connection every 24 hrs. At first, I was pissed off about this and thinking about possible situations where a storm would pass or the power would go out for who knows how long. However, we are already connected with different devices anyways, i.e. phones, computers, and tablets, so what difference does it make if we have to connect our consoles, especially if we play a lot of games? This had a relationship with their original DRM policies, so my feelings eventually sub-sided.
No, I will will not purchase an Xbox One unless MS does something amazing win me back as a customer.
Windows "upgrades" to their OS have been disappointing every since XP.
The Xbox was pretty good and the 360 was better and I bought a ton of games for each system. ( including PC games)
But at this point I refuse to give Microsoft a single cent of my hard earned money. I'm not saying that I'm boycotting them or anything silly like that I just feel that they will have to do a whole lot more to earn my money then to change a few horrible anti-consumer business practices.
I'm even ( finally) looking into an alternative OS for my future PC's.
I was already going to get it either way.
Wow that was a lot of comments to read. I want the Xbox One now then after a year I would like a Wii U and perhaps the PS4 after both co build up some interesting exclusives. Hurry up Nintendo you are very behind schedule. Sony, we know you'll eventually deliver on your games even if your new controller is somehow worse than Nintendo's:) For me personally: Xbox has the first year exclusives, the clean UI, and the controller I prefer. I don't feel like MS is any worse of a co than Sony. At least MS walks and talks. Sony just sits there quietly-which has actually been very wise this yr. Nobody understands what Nintendo is saying or doing, it's just jibberish:)
yeah no thanks, I'll stick to the ps4. Just personal preferance on titles and whatnot, never been too much of a halo guy (yeah I've played it). Its cool though, I can still play the xbox one at a friends houses... granted if they even have one. I dont mind the xbox one regardless of the backpedaling, it's just really not my console and never will be.
At launch no. But eventually yes
Even though I consider myself a Nintendo guy I buy all consoles so that I never miss out on any of the great exclusives both Sony, and Microsoft have. I already own a Wii U and now my decision comes to, which will I buy 2nd....Xbox One or PS4? To be honest I'm still really on the fence about it. I mean Metal Gear and Kingdom Hearts are BOTH coming to the One, and I've always preferred Xbox Live service over PSN. Also the One will be getting Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, Forza, and Quantum Break looks mindblowing (their partnership with Twitch has me pumped too). On the other hand I feel that Sony has so much they've been keeping silent on. I'm not a HUGE fan of Infamous either, I've played the series but it wasn't anything that kept me coming back. I'm going to say that as of right now I'm leaning heavily towards the Xbox One unless Sony starts revealing more games that aren't indie titles. Don't get me wrong I LOVE indie titles, but I can get 99% of those on Steam for quite a bit cheaper.
ill get it in spring after my bday when i have more money, and hopefully titan fall is out by then :)
After E3 I was all on the PS4 bandwagon and went out and preordered one. Microsoft changed my mind once they reversed the online check in requirements and I cancelled my PS4 preorder and put in on an Xbox One. All the other reversals have just made me even happier with my decision and even more excited for the new console.
I might get one...I have to see how launch goes for the system following a few months afterward to see how things go for the console.
Yup, has the exclusives I want, features I have been looking forward to and a sleek style and comfort I am used to. So yes, I will be getting an X1 Day 1!
I dont care what they change. Microsoft makes a better gaming experience. I was sold on their future console when I first played the 360.
I wanted one since it was announced so these recent changes haven't swayed my opinion whatsoever. Although I do understand the reasoning behind all of these policy reversals in order to have a broader appeal and be able to legitimately compete with the PS4, I personally wished that microsoft stood their ground and made people conform to the inevitable future that they were indicating with these controversial policies.
Nope. Microsoft seems confused. All we want is a machine that plays really good games. We don`t want to get up off our couch to use the Kinect. We already have cable boxes. We already have blu ray players too, ever since the PS3 came out, and the PS4`s we are buying, can play blu rays too. What can the Xbox One even do, that a PS4 can`t?