I expressed some of my concerns of the PS4 in a previous article, with mixed reactions from the public, and now I intend to do the same with the Xbox One. However to avoid making this a rip session on the new console, instead I will be expressing what improvements I need to see to put my money toward Microsoft’s new baby. As it stand the console is pretty neat, but there is also a decent sizes list of disappointments too. Honestly, I was expecting to fall in love all over again with Microsoft, but with all the DRM issues and a further list of cons, it just didn’t happened. I will give Microsoft credit for reversing their DRM rules, although they took away a cool family plan, but there are more improvements to be made before the launch of the console. Microsoft could daze curiously off in the distance hoping for a sign for improvements, but instead I will provide a list for Microsoft on what they need to do if they wan’t my money. Without further delay, here are the little things that can make a big difference for the Xbox One.
Although, backwards compatibility is a long shot at this point in development, I feel it should be a serious concern to gamers looking into the next generation. Currently I own a Xbox 360 slim and about 20 games to go along with it. My tendency for each generation is to sell off the current console to help toward the new one, but continue to play my games on the new console. Unfortunately that isn’t an option on the Xbox One. As a result, I am forced to buy games day one, and to buy many to avoid boredom. This feels a little greedy, and its not just Microsoft Sony has the same plans. Likewise my controllers, which go for $60 a pop, will be rendered moot for the next generation as well. That is hard earned money that is being thrown away. I have a slight understanding for the games not being replayed on the Xbox One, but my controller not working is ridiculous.
XBLA Should transfer to the Xbox One.
Like many 360 owners, I have quickly been sucked in by the witty and clever arcade titles that push the boundaries of a twenty dollar game. Some of these titles are; State of Decay, Super Meat Boy, Minecraft, and Castle Crashers, however all of those games wont be able to run on the Xbox One through my XBLA library. Now not only are gamers unable to play their 360 games, but their arcade titles aren’t playable either. Again if gamers want to play these games on their new console, they will have to pay more money for the “improved” Xbox One edition, or keep their Xbox because not every title will be sold on the Xbox One. In addition, they won’t be moving over Microsoft points, as a result a spending spree is in order for those who have a lot of points stockpiled.
More Features Should be Free for Xbox Live Silver
Multiplayer needs to be free for those who have Xbox Silver. I have been preaching this for years, and I think this is the time for Microsoft to make the change. Imagine how many more gamers would buy the console if they didn’t have to worry about monthly payments for online play. I’m not suggesting they should abolish Xbox live Gold, but it wouldn’t kill them to at least let the good ‘ol people on silver watch some Netflix every now and then. They could even set up restriction or make the players on silver a lesser priority to connect to a server then those who pay gold, but the point is Microsoft is expecting fans to fork over half a thousand dollars and pay a monthly fee. Microsoft needs to provide a proper gaming experience without the extra Money.
I’m not going to lie, the pricing on this bad boy is steep and it outweigh its competition by 100 dollars. There are a couple situations that Microsoft could consider to handle this, both being extremely resonable requests. First, offer a cheaper version of the console with no kinect sensor, that way there is a viable option for those who don’t want to spend 500 dollars, and people who are uninterested in the kinect. Second, reduce the price a little. I don’t want to throw out a number, but the price of the console could go down. That way it would feel like i’m getting a deal on this machine and not like it’s emptying my pockets. It is defenetly possible, considering that Nintendo sells the WiiU for a loss
A Small List of More Improvements
No Nickel and Dimeing for applications like Skype and Video recording
The ability for Xbox 360 games, that are also on the Xbox One, to be played on the console
No mandatory Wifi set up, better from the original plan but could still be improved.
Kinect Manipulation, to the normal gamer this isn’t an issue but there is a decent amount of animators that hacked the original Kinect to make films using its 3D capability. This feature will not be possible on the new Kinect.
Restricted Modding, It would be insanely awesome if Microsoft allowed a small amount of modding on some single player games, or local gameplay with friends.
Easier Route, and cheaper one, for Indie Developers to publish on the Xbox One, however it is great that each console is a Dev Kit.
All in all the list isn’t that bad, and is definitely reasonable. To tell the truth I am excited for the generation of console. I just don’t think that I will be purchasing one in the first year or so. With so much done right by Microsoft this generation I have high hopes that they will be able to convince me the Xbox One is worth it. Unfortunately, in its current state it isn’t ready for my man cave. Microsoft did change its DRM rules, and with a little luck some of these will be fixed or added as well.
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