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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:

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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

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2. DRM

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.

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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!

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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
  • Crackle
  • Sports Picks
  • Avatar Kinect
  • Internet Explorer
  • SkyDrive/Cloud Storage
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Amazon.com Instant Video
  • Crunchyroll
  • ESPN
  • Hulu Plus
  • iHeartRadio
  • Last.fm
  • MLB.tv
  • NETFLIX
  • Network Ten
  • Vevo
  • Youtube
  • Game DVR
  • SmartMatch
  • OneGuide
  • NFL

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:

  • Xfinity
  • Verizon FIOS TV
  • SkyGO
  • 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. 

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5. Xbox One’s Dashboard was designed “with advertising in mind”

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.

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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.

 

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49 Responses so far.

  1. Abba Okoro says:

    1. Seriously? Kenict CANNOT spy on you bro
    IEB isn’t in the program and you need a high speed internet for them to even get a clear picture.(AT BEST 45 mpbs)
    Just reading that makes me want to smack you

    LMFAO What a HYPOCRITE
    On PC without day one updates games can be dam well unplayable so WTF are you talking about this? It’s already been practice for 2 years and NOW it counts? lmfao XD
    >It’s not coming back ether way, since EVROYONE has to download it at the same time.
    >In some places it would be illegal since people bought the console KNOWING the it was removed. and lol Xbox live has already been breached why even CARE about them using that as an excuse?

    3. For real? Now I think your just trolling.
    They have exclusive content with Respawn AND with Watchdogs(The Xbox version was named the best)
    *Confirmed by Ubisoft

    So what your saying if your bought the Xbox one NOT for gaming but as a media hub your screwed? LOL
    The same argument can be used against the PS4
    Oh I can’t play multiplayer WITHOUT PS+
    Just for the record PS+ is similar to Gamefly you pay TO KEEP your games lmfao *Free*?

    cool story bro so ADS effect your gaming experience when 99% their just small boxes at the edge of the screen that only pop up WHEN YOU CLICK ON THEM? Man #datreach

    Man if I EVER met your in real ife I probably SMACK you for wasting my time with this bullshit sidestep $0ny cock grabbing propaganda

    • hammer326 says:

      What on earth are you getting at? Check your spelling too. I don’t usually pick on obviously foreign people for it, but don’t try and tell us what’s what when you can’t tell me how many E’s are in “everyone.”

    • JoeNealZecca says:

      PSN is Far better in terms of Value you’re Calling him a sony fan but look at youre comment. Everything in the Article is spot on. the thing is with PSN everything is free party netflix everything aprt from Multiplayer so i dont like to play multiplayer games i dont have to buy plus and still get to use all the features you cant do that on xbox live

    • Ryan8654 says:

      damage control lol

    • johntheguns1221 says:

      You are fucken stupid as fuck. You reply back to the main post is stupid as hell. You do not have any good reasoning backing you up on your arguments. If I seen you in person I would laugh at you.

    • Deadpoolio says:

      Ummmm you do know that Watchdogs on the PS4 is getting exclusive content also right? Or should we mention the exclusive content for AC4, Destiny PS4 exclusive……Oh and BTW NO the XBO version was not named the best good try though fanboy…..
      Titanfall also NOT exclusive as it IS on PC, 360 and have heard it will be on PS4 so TIMED EXCLUSIVE….

      But you enjoy your overpriced controllers with a full controller costing around $90 bucks, just incase your slow, $60+$25+ tax brings it to around $90….Your NON upgradeable HDD and your $50 360 headset adapter

    • !1
      Somebody never bothered to study cover ups.

      What is Section 215?

      Section 215 allows the FBI to order any person or entity to turn over “any tangible things,” so long as the FBI “specif[ies]” that the order is “for an authorized investigation . . . to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.”
      Section 215 vastly expands the FBI’s power to spy on ordinary people living in the United States, including United States citizens and permanent residents. The FBI need not show probable cause, nor even reasonable grounds to believe, that the person whose records it seeks is engaged in criminal activity. The FBI need not have any suspicion that the subject of the investigation is a foreign power or agent of a foreign power.
      The FBI can investigate United States persons based in part on their exercise of First Amendment rights, and it can investigate non-United States persons based solely on their exercise of First Amendment rights. For example, the FBI could spy on a person because they don’t like the books she reads, or because they don’t like the web sites she visits. They could spy on her because she wrote a letter to the editor that criticized government policy.
      Those served with Section 215 orders are prohibited from disclosing the fact to anyone else. Those who are the subjects of the surveillance are never notified that their privacy has been compromised. If the government had been keeping track of what books a person had been reading, or what web sites she had been visiting, the person would never know.
      Is Section 215 Constitutional? Normally, the government cannot effect a search without obtaining a warrant and showing probable cause to believe that the person has committed or will commit a crime. Section 215 violates the Fourth Amendment by allowing the government to effect Fourth Amendment searches without a warrant and without showing probable cause.
      The violation of the Fourth Amendment is made more egregious by the fact that Section 215 might be used to obtain information about the exercise of First Amendment rights. For example, the FBI could invoke Section 215 to require a library to produce records showing who had borrowed a particular book or to produce records showing who had visited a particular web site.
      Section 215 might also be used to obtain material that implicates privacy interests other than those protected by the First Amendment. For example, the FBI could use Section 215 to obtain medical records. The provision violates the First Amendment by prohibiting those served with Section 215 orders from disclosing that fact to others, even where there is no real need for secrecy.
      The provision violates the First Amendment by effectively authorizing the FBI to investigate U.S. persons, including American citizens, based in part on their exercise of First Amendment activity, and by authorizing the FBI to investigate non-U.S. persons based solely on their exercise of First Amendment activity
      The provision violates the First Amendment by effectively authorizing the FBI to investigate U.S. persons, including American citizens, based in part on their exercise of First Amendment activity, and by authorizing the FBI to investigate non-U.S. persons based solely on their exercise of First Amendment activity.
      U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Article Four:

      The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.
      4th Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause.

      5th Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy.

      6th Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel.
      Marbury v. Madison: 5 US 137 (1803):

      “No provision of the Constitution is designed to be without effect,” “Anything that is in conflict is null and void of law”, “Clearly, for a secondary law to come in conflict with the supreme Law was illogical, for certainly,Marbury v. Madison: 5 US 137 (1803):

      he supreme Law would prevail over all other laws and certainly our forefathers had intended that the supreme Law would be the bases of all law and for any law to come in conflict would be null and void of law, it would bare no power to enforce, in would bare no obligation to obey, it would purport to settle as if it had never existed, for unconstitutionality would date from the enactment of such a law.

      Kinect Can & Will Spy On You Know Your Laws…..

    • “IEB isn’t in the program and you need a high speed internet for them to even get a clear picture.(AT BEST 45 mpbs)”

      Yet perverts can spy on people using webcams. That’s clear enough to know everything about you and your life. The poster on your wall, the number of people in your room, etc etc. Heck, it’s on our (Microsoft XBox One) website.

  2. NitroUltra says:

    Awesome Article BBC. Nin10doUltra Approves!!

  3. Waluigifan says:

    Great article BBC, I also retweeted it. 🙂
    You should probably also make a video version of this (you’ve already made lots of Anti-Xbox One videos but a video which summarizes everything that is wrong with the One would be nice).

  4. ThugNasty97 says:

    Kinect 2.0 is obviously being used to spy on people. Why else would the Kinect be required, adding a 100 extra dollars to the system?

  5. Gayson Crump says:

    This article some real bs! Stop trying to tell people how to spend they’re hard earned money! If ppl want a PS4, XboxOne or WiiU it is their decision, not yours.

    • This comment some real bs! Stop trying to tell people what they can and cannot write! if ppl want to write an article why the Xbox One shouldn’t be purchased it is their decision, not yours.

  6. Iam XV says:

    This is the beautiful thing about Opinion Pieces ..they are just that your opinion ..although some would disagree this to be fact none the less this is the top 5 reasons why BBC will not buy the Xbox One …with negative Banter

    1 Kinect 2.0 Who cares?
    2.DRM something all of us will deal with this gen lol
    3 Microsoft Isn’t Interested in getting REAL Exclusive Content for Multiplatform games …THAT YOU KNOW OF ..lol
    4. Xbox Live Gold is required for nearly everything, and doesn’t have value ….okay and???
    5. Xbox One’s Dashboard was designed “with advertising in mind”….really not that serious but again thats the beautiful thing about Opinion Pieces XD i respect it great Article

    • Deadpoolio says:

      The whole point of that is that 0 features are locked behind a pay wall on PS4 except for MP and EVERY feature is locked behind a pay wall on 360 some of those services your paying twice for, paying for party chat LOL…Oh and BTW the “special” Tv guide that requires specific service providers is $10 extra dollars a month…

    • Well, here’s where you’re wrong. These reasons that I state are not opinions, they are valid reasons not to purchase an Xbox One. They are things that are not fair for the gamers, and should not exist in the first place. I laid out perfect examples of things you are forced into purchasing, and how your features are put on a strict pay leash.
      1. Who cares is not a valid counter argument. I could say the same about your entire post and would that be enough to dismiss what was said? No.
      2. By including EVERYONE in a statement, you then create the illusion that one is no better than the other. That is false. It is factual that Microsoft is still practicing DRM, and Forza 5 is a clear example. If you want to ignore that fact, then by all means cover your ears and eyes to hide from the truth.
      3. It is TRUE that Microsoft is not interested in getting their gamers exclusive content. This was evident last generation, and is carrying over for the new one. Sony secured exclusive content for MANY multiplatform games last gen, like Batman Arkham Asylum, Red Dead Redemption, Blazing Angels, Dead Space 2, LA Noire, Portal 2, Assassin’s Creed III, Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock, Mafia II, Need for Speed the Run, Far Cry 3… AND I COULD GO ON. So please tell me what Xbox360 multiplatform games had EXCLUSIVE CONTENT that wasn’t TIMED. LOL I REST MY CASE. This will carry on into the next generation, and we’ve already seen the clear difference between Sony & Microsoft when it comes to exclusive content. Sony secures it, Microsoft DOESN’T.
      4. You just acknowledged that having a majority of the features behind a pay gate, and Xbox Live Gold not having value…IS JUST FINE FOR YOU. You admitted that you are not interested getting value with your money. You are the perfect consumer.
      5. So having ads on your dashboard when you already pay a PREMIUM for services that should be free…is just fine with you.
      The only opinion piece here is your responses, and its a real piece of ‘something’. LOL

  7. Deadpoolio says:

    You forgot a couple things like A) You have to buy a new headset OR wait for a $50 adapter to get your $100+ turtle beach headsets or Trittons to work….And B) IF you want a complete controller your looking at spending over $90 bucks in 2013, when EVERYTHING else manages not to rip you off…
    For the slow people who can’t do math….$60controller + $25 play and charge kit + 8.0% sales tax places a complete controller at $92 bucks, versus 64 on PS4 or Wii U both WITH rechargeable batteries

  8. Owl says:

    Only a super-casual gamer would NOT have PSN+ or XBox Live Gold. So we don’t actually care about your opinion, noob. What a selfish, entitled and arrogant article. “ME ME ME ME ME!”

  9. RandomRandy says:

    Man I should become a games journalist, I could make a killing writing clickbait articles

  10. Saon says:

    TOP 1 REASON NOT TO BUY PS4 ELDER SCROOLS SUCKS JUST SUCKSSSSS IN A SONY CONSOLE.

    • chuckman102 says:

      Elder Scrolls was terrible on the PS3 because of lazy developers who were unwilling to invest time and money into fixing the game. Yes, the Cell Processor is a difficult CPU to learn, bit no excuses, even if it was my favorite developer. Also, how is that Sony’s fault in the first place you low level troll? If I release a broken game on the XBox One, does that make the Xbox One suck? No, it just means my game is broken.

      But since you have proven your stupidity, I will spoon feed you some information. The PS4 uses an x86 processor, just like the computer you are typing this on. Bethesda knows how to program for an x86 processor, so they will not be repeating that same mistake.
      (Side note) How can you say Elder Scrolls sucks ON (not “IN” you dimwit) if one has not been released on the system yet? Exactly!

  11. shig says:

    i’m not too sure on the advertising shit. lately i’ve been seeing sony advertise a lot of shit on the PSN store, and the “What’s new” feed. i’ve seen advertisements for eye drops and axe body spray, buts thats really the only 2 i’ve seen. it could be that the only reason the ps3 doesn’t have ads, is because the XMB wouldn’t allow it. that may not be the case with the ps4. i guess well just have to wait and see.

  12. Cy6erjin says:

    why I’m buying a PS4
    – it’s Cheaper and said to better hardware for gaming
    – I know it will have Japanese support
    – PS+ its cheaper than Xbox live, but you also get “free” games, extra discount, access to beta’s, free themes… etc. over 3 platforms
    – PS4’s hdd can be replaced or upgrade
    – Free-to-play and MMO’s do not require PS+
    – Cross platform (like playing FF14 with PS3 & PC users)
    – Cross-Game Chat requires nothing
    – Gaikai, cloud computing and the ability to stream games that are not made to the system.
    (like PS3 games to PS4, PS4 games to PS Vita)
    – You don’t need pay to get “access” to apps such as YouTube and Netflix.
    – DualShock 4 has a rechargeable battery and has multiple functions
    (touchpad, motion sensor, six-axis, Built-in speakers)
    – a Mono headset with mic is included
    – I can use current gen PS3 headset with the PS4
    – PS4 is smaller than the Xbox one, plus it can also stand up (Vertical Stand)
    – PS4 has more games, there are current 83 PS4 games & 53 Xbox one games.
    (Preferences in games up to you, just saying you have more choices on PS4)

    /- I don’t have enough space to use Xbox Kinect fully
    /- TV function won’t work at launch in my country
    /- I don’t have a TV/cable box, so can’t use the TV functions on Xbox One lol
    /- Xbox One created ‘with advertising in mind’

  13. DAMN says:

    BBC and Shokio we need a Thumb Up/Thumbs Down System implemented in this site…so we can Thumb Down these Xbox Whores to the ground

  14. Obro says:

    People actually think they’re bringing back the DRM? For what? To kill the Xbox brand and face the legal issues? Yes, that’s right. If you buy the Xbox One and it doesn’t force you to go online, but then all of a sudden you have to, that isn’t legal in some places. And yes, it would absolutely kill Xbox and Microsoft’s trust with consumers. And besides, Don Mattrick is gone, and we all know he brought DRM to EA.

    God, some people are really stupid.

  15. Triforce Bowser says:

    Top 5?

    Why not top 100?

  16. Kamehameha says:

    Kinect: Sure not everyone wants it, but it’s an innovation in technology. Game consoles are becoming a launch pad for a lot of innovative technologies, the Oculus Rift for example. The Kinect gives options to the user and how they want to interact with their console and games. If you’re really paranoid of having it spy on you, “throw a blanket over it”.

    DRM: DRMs are something that have existed for a long time. Serial keys, product codes, etc. DRM is a broad spectrum of things that doesn’t always mean an online check. Also, at the end of the day, it’s not the console manufacturer that decides what gets a strict DRM policy, but the content providers who produce the games we love to play. With consoles being more like PCs, I can see programmers including certain anti-infringement checks onto their games regardless of which platform it’s on.

    Exclusive Content: Most exclusive content in multi-platform games are non-essential to core gameplay – new outfits, exclusive weapons. It’s more of a marketing campaign to the console who holds the exclusive content. With the way things are now, with programs like kickstarters and paid early beta access, it’s just how publishers are handling game releases in general. If a publisher sees it profitable to release on one console first, they will do that.

    XBOX Live: With subscriptions, you pay for a service. The service in question here is, in my opinion, a really good network of services provided through Xbox. You don’t have to use your Xbox to do many of these things, there are other devices for Netflix, Skype, Youtube, etc. I can currently set up a video on my PC and stream it to my 360 without an active Gold membership. I can also use my Xbox Live account among all my Windows devices and if I buy an app on one, it applies to my other devices, so that is a large convenience.
    Free games? I like buying my games which pays for content makers which make better games in the future. I don’t need to be bribed into using one service over the other, I base things on personal needs.

    Dashboard Ads: Who cares? Most people ignore those ads, unless you see one that you’re interested in then you might look into that specific product later. And if you’re using your console just to game, you see your dashboard 5% of the time you turn on your console.

    Once upon a time, consoles were nothing more than pieces of technology you put a cartridge into and a moving digital image shows up on your television set. Gaming as a whole is becoming a larger entity which may include more advertising, more DRM policies, more unified systems – but that’s how technology is moving. If you’re on a computer browsing the internet, almost EVERY website you go on has advertisements.
    I don’t know why people feel so entitled to so many things. If you want to use a service, you pay for it. If you want food, you buy it. If you want someone to clean your house or fix your appliances, you pay for it. Welcome to society.

  17. Nia says:

    LMAO seriously. Why are there still ads on the dashboard if you’re paying for XBL?

  18. I came here in hopes to find some more information about how you claim that the DRM policy has not been truely abolished by Microsoft. Instead I find an article written by IGN in an interview with the studio head of Forza developers. In my opinion it clearly states that Forza decided to use DRM to thier advantage to be able to continue to develope the game and provide free content to everyone. If your claim that DRM can only be removed by connecting to the internet on release is true then please provide the source to where this information has been found.

  19. Anonymous says:

    That’s fuckin stupid

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