Xbox One First Impressions

xbox rant

xbox rant

Since my video, which was after the #XboxReveal, E3 had happened. We know more information about it XBox One, which is unfortunate. Unfortunate for Microsoft that is. Of course we have this confirmation:

“We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games – games that are architected to take full advantage of state-of-the-art processors and the infinite power of the cloud.”

Don’t worry, they soothe the pain with this:

“We care very much about the investment you have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future.”

So basically what they are saying is, don’t be troubled by the fact that your old games are unplayable, you now have the opportunity to spend money on a whole new catalogue. We are very fortunate gamers to have a compnay care so much about us.

Besides that, it seems even the people announcing the Xbox have no idea what is going on regarding used games. They keep double backing on it. Well, not exactly double backing. Some of them say you cannot lend games to your friends or purchase used games without paying for license fee, while other executives say “We are still finalizing our policies.” So in my opinion it is looking pretty bleak for the used games market regarding Xbox One.

After the beating they are putting on me by not being reverse compatible with the giant catalogue of games I already have, they are also crushing my ability to purchase used games, and sell my unwanted games. Like many gamers, I found comfort in two things. First, I can always trade or resell games I purchased to recoup some of the losses. Second, I can go to GameStop or another used-game retailer and pick up some treasures for $13-$20. Both of those are going to be crushed on Xbox. Do you know what effect this has on me? It makes me more liberal with my spending. I am more likely to buy a total piece of shit like Dante’s Inferno because I know at least I can recoup 50% of it. Now I am going to be frugal, I am going to wait for dozens of good reviews. I will not purchase any game that isn’t unanimously praised. Why take the risk?

Oh this also, coming from the Verge: Microsoft is confirming today that its upcoming Xbox One console will need to connect to the internet every 24 hours for games to work. “Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection.”

What about Sony, is PS4 any better? Well it’s funny you should ask. They don’t require you the be online to play so that is a plus. Regarding used games it seems Sony is letting the publishers decide what to do. Which is the exact same environment we are currently working with. If we remember, BioWare’s Mass Effects 2 &3 both had something called an “online pass.” This pass came with a new game, and was bound to your Live(PSN?) account. If you buy the game used, you had to buy a $10 online pass separately to access online features. So… if that was always possible, why the hell are they even bringing it up? How about they say something like this:

“We will not be implementing or enforcing any rules or regulations for or against playing used games. If an individual publisher chooses to restrict distribution of their games they may at their discretion and without our interference.”

Let the publishers like BioWare and Ubisoft take the heat when they hurt users. It seems like Sony and Microsoft are doing the same thing in this regard, yet Xbox is getting destroyed in social media about it. Strange. It seems very unclear if Microsoft is forcing this, or simply facilitating it. Read this and try to figure it out.

Xbox is going to cost $499 while PS4 is going to be $399. I don’t know how pricing works, I don’t know why one is more than the other. I don’t care. They have similar specs, they seemingly have similar video game policy, they both have Netflix. There are only two differences in my eyes (accepting the fact that I couldn’t care less about motion control, Skype, Internet explorer, or controlling my “entertainment center”) and those are: I own about $2000 worth of XBox360 games and Xboxlive has screwed me over. Now, if I could carry my enormous video game investment from 360 to the “one” this would probably be a no-brainer. But considering that XBONE essentially bricks all of my games… I would literally be a NINCOMPOOP to continue investing in that brand.

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