June 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Microsoft One or Microsoft None?
Microsoft unveiled their new console about three weeks ago named, Xbox One. A kind of ridiculous name considering plenty of people refer to the original Xbox as the Xbox 1. This unveiling was all about the console and we knew that, yet gamers were not satisfied. Microsoft talked about six or so games during this reveal and pretty much showed off just one. Microsoft starts on a very bad foot. Things could only go up from here, right? Well, apparently not.
Not long after the console reveal it was revealed that Xbox One could not play used games or that there would be a fee and that it would have to be online all the time. Since then we’ve learned that it doesn’t need to be connected to the internet all the time, but it will have to connect once per day to play games and if you’re playing on a system that isn’t yours then you will have to connect once per hour. While that is a bit annoying, at least it’s stated very clearly, unlike their used games policy.
First off, unlike what was originally rumored there is no used game fee. However, if a friend wants to borrow a game they can, but they have to have been friends with you for 30 days. This makes selling your games via eBay, glyde, or elsewhere very hard or impossible. Microsoft has also said that first party games will be able to be sold back to participating retailers. How this works, no one knows. It is not looking good for Microsoft and Xbox One at this point, will their E3 press conference save them?
At Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year they had to do several things, one of which was showing off games. Congrats Microsoft, you did just that. We saw Forza 5, Dark Souls II, Quantum Break, even Metal Gear Solid V. We also got a look at some surprising things like Ryse, Killer Instinct, World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition, Minecraft Xbox One Edition, and (holy crap) Crimson Dragon. There were also two games in there that I would have thought it’s too soon to show off anything, but nevertheless we saw a look at a new Halo (presumably Halo 5) and we saw gameplay from Dead Rising 3. Microsoft you’ve done so well during this press conference now let us know, how much do you want for an Xbox One?
Four hundred and ninety nine dollars. Four hundred and ninety nine euros. Four hundred and twenty nine pounds. I’m sorry Microsoft, what did you say? The price tag for the US is heavy enough, but oh jeesh convert those euros and pounds to dollars and… oh dear lord. Microsoft is basically doing what Sony did back in 2006. You’re alienating a lot of people, Microsoft, a lot. Regular Joe’s don’t have that kind of cash lying around. Please don’t spout the “Well gaming is an expensive hobby” crap. During your Xbox One reveal you basically said it’s a console that everyone can and will want to use. Ok, yes, it comes with a Kinect. But Microsoft, you’ve made the system so it can not function when a Kinect is not plugged in. Nothing that you showed us at your press conference even used the Kinect. Oh, Microsoft, what are we going to do with you?
Alright, Microsoft, you gave us games, you gave us a price, now answer our questions about used games. Or don’t, just don’t do that at all. That is fine too. Now, I say that, but it’s not fine at all. Sure we’re about five months from launch so maybe you’ve still got to figure this one out, Microsoft, but you should have just zipped it on that one. That’s your bad, Microsoft, sorry.
Microsoft did so many things right with the current generation. It’s pretty much unanimous that they “won” the console war with the Xbox 360. So, how did they end up making so many mistakes with their announcement? Perhaps it was a bit of over confidence, or maybe they just really thought everything they had was going to nail it. How did their E3 press conference compare? Did it win anybody back? It’s very possible that it did, but the damage has already been done. It’s still far too early to say, but right now things are not looking so great for Microsoft and Xbox One.