A very common question that I get is: “Are you going to get an Xbox One?”. Let me answer that for you…NO. Its not that I’m not interested in the games, because the Xbox One does have games that I would like to play. There are 5 reasons why I’m not interested in getting an Xbox One. And here they are:
1. KINECT 2.0
I DO NOT WANT KINECT. Simple, eh? I don’t want it! This is a peripheral that is being forced upon gamers, and what’s more, is that it DOUBLES the cost of the Xbox One package! Sure Microsoft gives you the option of turning it off, but if many of us are just going to turn it off to begin with…why do we need to purchase it in the first place? Make an Xbox One that is the console ONLY, without the spy cam (lets not forget Microsoft’s involvement with the NSA, and how they have access to Skype calls!). Kinect ISN’T a necessity for gaming, it doesn’t do anything but toot horns and ring bells. I don’t need it to sign me in automatically, my Xbox360, PS3, and Steam did that too. There is absolutely NOTHING that Kinect does that we can’t do already
Lets just get this out of the way, I don’t believe the DRM is gone for good. As you can see, recently Microsoft stated that there is a INITIAL REQUIRED CONNECTION & DOWNLOAD for their Forza title releasing on Xbox One. Why must gamers be forced to connect to the internet to DOWNLOAD THE REMAINDER OF A GAME? That’s DRM. It is a fact that unless you have an internet connection, you will not be able to enjoy Forza. I’m just going to wait for Microsoft to announce that some “hacker” has exposed the Xbox One’s security, and they officially bring back their 24 hour check in’s and previous DRM policies.
3. Microsoft Isn’t Interested in getting REAL Exclusive Content for Multiplatform games
As we’ve seen from last generation, Microsoft’s focus went from REAL exclusive content, to time exclusive content. And recently, they’ve shown how they’re getting TIMED exclusive content for Call of Duty GHOST and Battlefield 4. I’m sorry, but that’s not good enough. You would think with all the ad revenue they get from the dashboard, and the money from XBL Gold subscriptions, they’d be able to secure some REAL exclusive content. Sony offers exclusive content for multiplatform games on their platform, such as Diablo III, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag , Batman Arkham Origins, Watch Dogs, Mad Max, and even Destiny! That content STAYS EXCLUSIVE TO SONY’S PLATFORM. Why can Microsoft only muster timed exclusive content? NO EXCUSE. Sony has always provided gamers on the PS3 with exclusive content (some games came with MORE THAN ONE GAME on the disc like Dead Space 2 came with Dead Space Extraction), and that will continue to carry on into this generation. Getting the PS4 versions of games will yield a better value for gamers!
4. Xbox Live Gold is required for nearly everything, and doesn’t have value
This has always been one of my biggest gripes about the Xbox platform. Nearly everything requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription! People believe that there is value in Xbox Live Gold, but there really isn’t. Just because they put a bunch of features behind a pay gate, doesn’t make it a value. Does it make sense to anyone, that unless I pay Microsoft, I won’t have access my movies on Netflix or Amazon? Without Xbox Live Gold, you WON’T have access to:
- Party Chat
- Video Chat
- Online Multiplayer
- Sports Picks
- Avatar Kinect
- Internet Explorer
- SkyDrive/Cloud Storage
- Amazon.com Instant Video
- Hulu Plus
- Network Ten
- Game DVR
And for those with TV service at home, the TV features of your box are also locked away without Gold. So if you have the following TV services, you can’t use them on your Xbox:
- Verizon FIOS TV
- AT&T Uverse
…I think you get my point. Microsoft essentially make it to where, if you don’t have Xbox Live Gold, YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT HAVE AN XBOX ONE! I mean, that is a TON of features behind that pay gate! Now, lets compare that to the features you’d be missing out on with the PS4 (which has just about everything besides the TV features) & if you DON’T have a Playstation Plus subscription:
- Online Multiplayer
Yup, that’s it. PSN is getting a ton of new features on the PS4, all of which are FREE. Playstation Plus on the other hand costs $50 a year. But most are willing to pay the subscription fee for Playstation Plus, because in return you get:
- One membership that works across PSVita, PS3, and PS4.
- Free games across PS3, PS4, and PSVita (Right now you can get 12 Free PS3 games, and 6 PSVita games)
- New free games added to the Instant Game Collection each month
- Exclusive discounts in the PSN Store from 10% to 75% off.
Only one word can sum that up…VALUE; Xbox Live Gold just doesn’t have it.
So let me get this straight…I’m forced to buy Kinect (which I don’t want), I have to pay Microsoft $60 a year just to access features I should be able to access anyway, my multiplatform games won’t have exclusive content, some of the games I would buy will have required connections and downloads before they are even playable…AND I’LL STILL HAVE ADS ON MY DASHBOARD? Microsoft is looking to PERSONALIZE ADVERTISING using information collected from your Xbox One and Kinect!? Ok…that’s it. I’m done.
There are more reasons why I wouldn’t purchase an Xbox One, but I feel that these 5 are the most important. Just from these 5 reasons, I just cannot justify purchasing an Xbox One. There is too much one would have to grow accustomed to ignore, and the PS4 completely trumps the Xbox one in value. And you really want to know what makes all this even worse for the Xbox One? IT STILL COSTS $100 MORE THAN THE PS4.