Xbox One: Informing the Misinformed Rant

If you are not interested in video games just stop reading now!
 

So you hate the Xbox One? I bet I can change your mind! If not I don’t really care because I’m buying a PS4 as well just later on so need need to talk shit.

 
I am an owner of both a Xbox 360 and PS3 console. I feel like there’s minimal difference between the two. If I had to choose between systems it would be the Xbox 360. Although most of my better friends are on PS3, I have had Xbox Live for 7 years now and I prefer it over PSN. 
 
Anyways…
 
I have been on Twitter literally every single day looking at what most people have been saying in regards to Next-Gen consoles. For starters, very few people are talking about the Wii U. Most of what I have been seeing is thousands of tweets bitching about how shitty the Xbox One is going to be. I think people primarily think this way because they are not understanding the new Xbox’s policies 100% correctly. There is a ton of misinformation going around and it’s driving me insane. 
 
Here are a list of complaints/rumors going around and my responses to people’s stupidity
 
1. No used games- Completely false. Refer to my quote in #6. It is up to 3rd party developers for both the PS4 and Xbox One. When Sony vaguely said the don’t charge a fee and support used games they meant First-party games they own. When it comes to Third-Party publishers it is completely up to those developers
 
2. The Xbox One being always on and requiring a Kinect for operation leads people to believe that the government is going to spy on them through the Kinect. 
 
First of all, this is the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard. Even if they were we are nothing but a bunch of gamers who have really nothing to hide. Like seriously people it’s a video game console. If you are seriously so concerned about being spied on just unplug the damn console. It’s not the hard of concept. Also read this from Microsoft’s official policy statement on the new Kinect:
 
“You are in control of what Kinect can see and hear: By design, you will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup. The system will navigate you through key privacy options, like automatic or manual sign in, privacy settings, and clear notifications about how data is used. When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded. 
 
You are in control of when Kinect sensing is On, Off or Paused: If you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. To turn off your Xbox One, just say “Xbox Off.” When the system is off, it’s only listening for the single voice command — “Xbox On,” and you can even turn that feature off too. Some apps and games may require Kinect functionality to operate, so you’ll need to turn it back on for these experiences.”
 
3. People are outraged by the new DRM restrictions on the Xbox One. Also the PS4 doesn’t have DRM restrictions.
 
Well this isn’t entirely true. Similarly to Xbox, it is completely up to the developers of games. At launch the Xbox One will have both disc-based games and digital download versions of each game available the day the game is released. While the PS4 is relying more on discs and they mentioned bringing in an entire library of games later on in 2014. So not all games will be available digitally on the PS4 at launch but they will be on the Xbox One  
 
Xbox One’s policy:
“Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly”
The restrictions aren’t really as bad as everyone is making them out to be. I already said that the restrictions apply to primarily Third-party games. Here is a quote from an article I read that I found very interesting:
 
“After reading this, a percentage of you will most likely say “well that is definitely better than I thought, but PlayStation 4 is DRM free.” The answer to that remark is, no – it isn’t. Sony spent a lot of time talking about how they aren’t imposing DRM restrictions on their games and how awesome they are compared to Microsoft. What Sony didn’t spend a lot of time telling you, is that publishers can put DRM content onto their games if they choose to – and let me tell you, most will choose to.
 
Sony has more of a mess on their hands than Microsoft does; instead of having a system where all of your content is setup the same and accessible from everywhere, you will have a content system in which games may or may not be restricted in various ways. Some games will be accessible from everywhere and some won’t; it will be a toss-up and you better hope you get what you are wishing for.
 
Many of you shouldn’t even be bothered by the ideas above, specifically PC gamers who have been buying game after game on Steam. The digital PC game marketplace doesn’t allow you to trade with friends or sell for resale. Let’s not forget that after purchasing content you have to go into “Offline mode” if you know you won’t be able to access the web.
 
I have friends who have hundreds and hundreds of DRM restricted games on Steam, but scream “that’s Bull $%#@” when they hear that Xbox One has some (and less restrictive) anti-piracy methods in place. Excuse me, but – hypocritical much?”
 
4. People are saying Xbox One is more focused on being the center of your living room and hardly focused on games. 
 
This is the farthest thing from the truth. Back in late May people completely misunderstood Microsoft’s approach to their Xbox Reveal. The reveal wasn’t about games. It was about the console itself. It was short and to the point. It introduced the new features that the new console has that the Xbox 360 doesn’t have. It was to introduce the new features and abilities that the Xbox One can achieve. The focus then was not games. However, they ended the conference with the world premiere of Call of Duty: Ghost which was awesome. 
Then onto E3. At E3 this week during Microsoft’s Media Briefing, the primary focus was not the specs of the console. What was it? It games. From the moment the conference began it opened with Metal Gear Solid V until the end with the debut of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall the primary focus was games. They also announced pricing which is relatively high but there are reasons behind that which I will get into later. However, Microsoft focused on only games and mainly exclusive games. I feel as if the exclusives for Xbox are far superior to those on the PS4. Like Titanfall blew me away. It’s the same people that made COD4 and that was one of the greatest games of all time. All the exclusives except for the a select few looked amazing. Another thing I noticed was that the games PS4 highlighted in their briefing weren’t even exclusives. For example, they highlighted Watch Dogs, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Heart, Elder Scrolls Online, Destiny, and a few others all of which are multi-platform. The exclusive lineup on Xbox impressed me more than those on the PS4. 
 
5. There will be fees for used games or license transfer fees for games.
 
This just isn’t true:
 
“Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.  Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.”
 
Also Microsoft is implementing a new strategy on sharing games to friends:
 
“Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.”
 
However, for third party publishers it is completely up to the developers whether or not to charge a fee on used games and this goes for both consoles.
 
 
 
6. Having all your games Digitally installed on the cloud is a terrible idea.
 
I have been a tradition gamer who would go out and buy discs for a very long time. Recently, I’ve turned to buying more and more games digitally. Why? Because you get them instantly and the load times are stunningly faster than off of the discs. I think the gaming industry is pointing more and more towards having everything digital. Think about the iPhone and all the apps you get. There isn’t any physical thing you have to hold but everything on it is digital and that’s the direction Xbox One is pushing towards. It’s also what I prefer. This makes the idea of selling your used games to like GameStop a thing of the past. As mentioned before, Microsoft has left that completely up to developers. 
Microsoft’s policy on the matter in addition to that the Xbox One also has many new advantages from using the cloud:
 
“Access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.
 
Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games.  Anyone can play your games on your console–regardless of whether you are logged in or their relationship to you.
 
Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games.  You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.”
 
Also the age of scratching a disc and not being able to play a game is a thing of the past. This because all games are saved into the cloud.
 
7. Having the Xbox check in once every 24 hours to the internet is ridiculous and just plain stupid.
 
I don’t personally like this feature, but its really not as big of a problem people are making it out to be. In todays world, when aren’t you going to have an internet connection. I think the minimal Internet speed for the Xbox One is 1.5mbps which is very reasonable. My iPhone when I have the mobile hotspot on can reach that speed. So even if you don’t have Internet say if you were moving to a new home as long as you have 3G or 4G cell phone service you will be able to connect your Xbox One to your mobile hotspot for the required check in. So people really need to stop complaining about shit that doesn’t even apply to them. Think logically people. And if you are in an area without cell phone service you probably shouldn’t be worried about playing video games. Go enjoy the outdoors you fucks.  
 
8. The Xbox One pricing is outrageous at $499.
 
The price is a little steep compared to the PS4’s $399. I think the Xbox should not require Kinect for operation. That is literally the dumbest idea Microsoft has ever come up with. If they can somehow change that I can see Microsoft matching PS4’s price of $399. Hopefully they will do that but you never know. There are reason’s for such a price steep price for the Xbox One. There are reasons for the PS4 being $100 cheaper as well. The PS4  does not include the new $60 PS Eye which they emphasized in their reveal in February. Sony recommends for the ultimate PS4 experience, a consumer should purchase the PS eye. On the contrary, Microsoft wants everyone to experience the new Kinect and how it’s implemented to the Xbox One. This is bullshit though. It’s not right that Microsoft forces this technology on people. Not everyone wants it. However, I do so that is why it’s not much of a problem paying the extra $100 for the new Kinect. 
Also for those of you who may not know, PSN is now charging for online play via Playstation Plus which is $60. So that is how Sony is maintaining their $399 price knowing that people will be willing to pay for either the Playstation eye and/or Playstation Plus.
 
Okay so why buy the Xbox One? Here are some features you may or may not know about:
 
-The Cloud: The cloud enables so many different things. Just imagine having all your games in one place. This doesn’t just apply to your console. Any console you sign in on with your profile will allow you to play all the games you purchased. In addition to that, the Xbox One allows you to share your games with up to 10 “family members” but that isn’t restricted to just your household. It could just be the group of friends you play with. Also, each game enables you to share the game once as long as the friend has been on your friends list for 30 days. 
“Here is the best part, because your game is in the cloud, you can head to your friend’s house, login, and play your games there! That’s right, you can actually play your games while chilling with friends at their house; this has been one of the biggest misunderstandings for the console. So go ahead, head to a friend’s house and play Call of Duty Ghosts multiplayer – Microsoft is not stopping you.”
 
 
-Skype on your console with the Kinect. With the new snap mode, Xbox One allows for you to play a game, watch a movie, or whatever you enjoy while maintaining a Skype call on a sidebar. This is frighten awesome. I’ve always wanted to do this. When I’m at college I caught myself Skyping on computer with friends whilst playing a game on my TV. This combines the two which is amazing. 
 
-Having TV on your console may seem kinda weird but I think it’s an awesome idea. With the integration of Kinect you no longer need a remote. You can just verbalized the shows you want to watch and it jumps right to that channel.  I think the demo they showed at the reveal was really cool and innovative. It also has DVR and the ability to creat your own channel that is programmed just to your liking. 
 
-The ability to digitally share games with friends and family is something that has been greatly overlooked and there are few people even aware of it. You can select 10 people you know and share game with each other which is something you can’t do today.
“The fun doesn’t end there, up to ten family members can log in and play shared games on any Xbox One console. Which means when your brother heads to his friend’s house to play his copy of Forza Motorsport, he will also be able to access all of your shared games.
 
Now, let’s talk about reselling your disc games and trading with friends. You will still be able to trade in your games at participating retailers. In addition, Microsoft won’t be charging any fees to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of games. Enjoy playing that game and then head to a store to trade it in for something else – reselling is not dead.
 
Giving your games to a friend isn’t dead either. Xbox One allows you to give your games to friends with no fees attached. There are two requirements though: the first is that you can only give games to people who have been on your friends list for a least 30 days and secondly, each game can only be given once.”
 
-Xbox illumiroom:
Watch it’s crazy:
 
–Xbox One has more exclusives than the PS4. These exclusives range from Forza and Ryse to Halo and Titanfall. All these games, to me, look amazing. There are more than the ones I’ve mentioned but these are the ones I’m excited about and the ones I came up with off of the top of my head.
 
Alright fuck it I’m tired of writing this. Very few people care I’m just bored out if my mine and highly caffeinated from my pre-workout earlier.
 
All in all I feel like the Xbox One will be the better system. Maybe not initially but it i think it has great potential. That’s my opinion. However, there are very slight differences between the two systems again like there were between the PS3 and Xbox 360. Each person will decide for themselves which console to buy and which they feel is better. My purpose in writing this was to just help those confused about the Xbox One’s policies and introduce things you may not know about. I seriously have no life with this whole broken foot thing so researching this stuff has taken a lot of my time. I’ll close by saying I can’t wait to get my Xbox One this November and once Titanfall comes out its going to be one if the best online multiplayer FPS of all time. Titanfall is an exclusive on the Xbox One, an experience I refuse to miss out on. Happy Gaming fuckers!!!! 
 
MURICA!!!

18 thoughts on “Xbox One: Informing the Misinformed Rant

  1. jose luis melchor rodriguez

    FINALLY THE VOICE OF REASON!!!! Thank you soooooooooo much. I am 100% on ur side. XBOX ONE WILL BE BETTER THAN ANY OTHER CONSUL LET ALONE THE MISINTERPRETED PS4!

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  2. Steve

    I disagree with you. As for the DRM policies, Sony has made it clear that the extent a publisher can push DRM is through the means they have available to them now; online passes, entirely online game, etc. There is no way for a publisher to prevent the selling of used games on PS4. There is no mandatory online for PS4 ever, unless again, the game you are trying to play is an entirely online game.
    Also it should be noteworthy that you can share games now. I find it hilarious that everyone is touting sharing games, when we have been doing just that for year now. The family sharing thing limits who you can your games with to 10 people, so tell that 11th friend of yours sorry, he can’t play your games. Another funny fact is that only 2 people can be playing from that shared library and each person must be playing a different, again, just like it is now, but you have a restriction on how many people you are allowed to share your games with. This could be useful for sharing games with people who live very far away from you, but that is really stretching this feature to make it sound even remotely useful; isn’t it?
    But picking apart your flaws doesn’t stop there, you see, while games may be available day one for digital download, they will cost just as much as the physical copy. That doesn’t sound fair does it? Heck the fact that you can’t sell your dd copy makes it a devalued purchase. You also lie and say all of your games will be stored on the cloud? Sorry bud, those games are actually going to be fighting like dogs for that 500 gb hard drive that you can’t upgrade. Uncharted 3 is roughly a 40 gb download by it self. Imagine how fast that 500 gb will fill up before you are deleting and reinstalling things every time you want to play a different game! FUN!
    That brings us to our next point, why is the hdd so small? Well it is pretty obvious, you have a mandatory 100$ camera that has yet to prove it is a useful device. Motion controls to this day have yet to prove their worth to the entire gaming audience the way the standard controller has. So why does it include a camera? To gain info on it’s consumers and sell that data for a very high price! That is why! The fact that you resort to actually saying “unplug your console if you don’t like it” screams to the massive amount of fail in the Xbox One. A future console that you should unplug because it is doing something that was unnecessary in the first place? It doesn’t sound to be too future proof to me son.
    Digital distribution is where we are headed, not where we are. Data mining your consumers is despicable, and you are despicable for defending it. DRM is there to fix a problem they created. This console was created to lock you in. It was created for you to heavily invest in software they have control over. It was created to own you. And if you think that lackluster list of games is worth bending over and taking a Microsoft’s Bighard, then that is your perogative. But don’t shy away from the facts, to help this mega corporation deceive people. When you “buy” an Xbox One, you are actually renting it. When you “buy” games for the Xbox One, you are actually renting them. If you don’t obey Microsoft’s rules, they can ban you from their ecosystem and revoke your rights to all of your purchases. Just the same can be said for if they move on from X1, which they will with in 8 years, so I don’t know why you are calling this a future console. They can leave your library and your console in the dust. Turning all of your purchases into last gen throwaway material. They are already leaving behind all of your 360 stuff, they will leave behind your X1 stuff and the excuse will be the same, The architecture is too different.
    FOR THOSE WHO WEREN’T BEATEN OVER THE HEAD WITH A CORPORATE STUPID STICK! May I remind you that Titanfall is also coming to PC. Destiny, CoD, BF4, MGS5 are all coming to PS4. Destiny is coming with exclusive content. Compare Ryse to a God of War 3 trailer and remember you God of War 4 will be coming to PS4. Compare Gears with the Uncharted series. Compare Infamous Second SOn with Deadrising 3. Microsoft had a lot of money to throw a devs and when you really boil MS’s exclusives down to the nitty gritty, the only one that remains even remotely swaying is Halo. But considering the guys that made Halo are making Destiny, which is coming to the PS4 with, I remind you, exclusive content. There is no reason to deal with Microsoft’s bullshit. Get a PS4. And you don’t have to make dumbass excuses like the writer did.

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    1. Steve

      First you say device was built to lock you in it’s not that serious it’s 60$ a year for entertainment you choose as a consumer you make it seem like your selling your soul xbox will not be as bad as u make it out to me and by the end of 2014 I believe everyone will be singing the same tune. You can’t say the games won’t be cheaper how do u kno once things get in motion the possibility is there unlike ps4 they can’t even say maybe games will be cheaper they won’t ever, by Microsoft putting this system in place it allows for this to at least be a possibility. Now of course this may never happen and defiantly not at launch. People complaint about bans well I’ve been with xbox for 6 years never been banned so I don’t see that being an issue. If a publisher wants to control there product we can’t limit that they want their money i don’t agree but can’t argue as I would want my money in this situation. With storage I’m sure they will have a system where if u do fill up the entire 500gb space limit the game or games you play the least ,because there just isn’t that many hours in the day to be paying 10 or more dif games in one 24hr sitting, will be deleted and if u choose u can reinstall it maybe even some type of file compression will take place like how a zip file works to store less played games again just guessing here but you would think a corp. like Microsoft would have the capability to do so. I believe the kinect 2 or what ever it is will prove to be a more useful product the it predecessor I even herd it could measure your heart rate by looking at youn. As for sharing with multiple friends if 10 isn’t enought than I don’t kno what to say because now u gotta think that’s 10 people that don’t have to pay any more is a little greedy. I just think ur against anything corporate mainly Microsoft sorry for grammar .

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    2. Corbin

      MAN I have to say check your facts steve because you where off on Microsoft and Sonys policies by far I mean real far off check your shit because it sounds like you got it from youtube and fox news. But when it comes to what your saying about games thats your opinion. Now I would like to add something to the original blog on the cloud part it does every thing he said and more he forgot the with the new stream part of the cloud it will also help take back ground processing off the CPU witch actually makes the xbox one something truly innovating to the gaming market I mean what had sony really done thats so good when you step back and add every thing up if you want the full experience from both consoles you pay $560.00 plus tax for xbox one with kenect and live. For playstation 4 you pay $520.00 plus taxes for playstation 4 with camra and new playstation plus so you save $40 on the PS side but get a network that has been hacked twice second time it crashed for two month’s and lost tons of peoples credit card information never has xbox live been down for more than 72 hours and that wasnt even because of a hack. Facts for online experience xbox has over 40 apps and growing plus now the live tv and hard core games playstation no tv barely 12 apps with only 4 more we know about coming and hard core games so tell me would you rather pay $40 for something that we know works and is reliable plus everything else you get Entertainment wise for $40 when you add it up xbox is a steal in my opinion.

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      1. bigging79 Post author

        Well said my man. I posted this off of what I interpreted from both conferences at E3 as well as addition reading I’ve done over the past 2 months. I also included quotes from Microsoft policies and other related articles. I hope both consoles are as amazing as I hope they will be. I’ve personally had Xbox for over 10 years going back to the original and I’ve never had issues aside from the RROD. If there is anything I posted that isn’t true please help to clear up any confusion. That’s the sole purpose of this post guys. Relax, at the end of the day it’s only video games.

      2. vincent

        You said you would have to buy ps+ yet you didnt mention having to pay for xbox live which makes the xbox one cost 620$, i do think the cloud streaming is great but you also misrepresented the tv functionality. The xbox one simply acts as a junction between your tv and cable box, you plug your cable box into the xbox one (the purpose for its hdmi in port) then it simply acts as a layer on top of tv. The xbox one itself is not a cable box but rather a go between. Also for ps4 you dont need ps+ to play apps such as netflix whilst you do need xbl to play netflix on the one, true there are over 40+ apps on the xbox, i have a 360 myself and only use 2 ( netflix and machinima) and to be honest netflix blows on the 360. The Xbox one does have minecraft which is something that ps4 doesnt but seeing as its just larger worlds ill just buy it on my comp for 20$ and get the latest versions instead of xbox’s watered down version. True the ps4 doesnt come with the camera but your missing the point. The point is that you dont NEED to buy it if you dont want to, as with the xbox you must buy it and if you unplug it your xbox is dead. Xbox one does store games on its admittedly small hard drive but the bigger question is what will happen when the xbox ones’ servers eventually go offline? will your xbox work after 24 hours since it cant check in? What about all the data stored on the cloud? Truth be told i am still undecided and was planning on the xbox one but after i found out i would need to buy a cable box to use the cable functionality instead of how my 360 can stream fios i was out. Plus all these god damn mumbo jumbo hoops you have to jump through if you want to give some one a game. Sure you can give your friend a game but only if your friends for more than a month on xbl (which costs 60$) . What if your friend just bought the one and you wanted to share a game and (s)he just made a gamer tag on the one? Do you need to wait a month to give him/her the game instead of walking to his/her house for 10 minutes? That seems kind of silly. Plus the whole microsoft and nsa partnership scandal is ridiculous. Why would i buy a console that requires a mandatory camera and mic that must be plugged in to use the console? A camera that reads my facial expression, heart rate, and any movement or sound i make? Back to tv it would cost me personally 10$ a month for an hd cable box. So for me to buy the xbox one and use the tv function it would cost an extra 120$ a year. So either i pay 520$ for the ps4 and 50$ a year for ps+ or i pay 620$ + 120$ (740$) then another 170$ every year i want to use my xbox one ( which practically requires live) and its tv functionality. It seems clear that 520$ +50*X is way less than 740$ + 170*X ( X being the years i would use it) I think Xbox got some things right such as cloud computing and its controller and ui but i feel that it got A LOT more wrong. I may just buy a gaming pc or the piston and say fuck al this console noise but ill wait and see.

      1. bigging79 Post author

        Hey guys, whatever I forgot to mention just feel free to post. I’m sorry if I misinterpreted some stuff but everything has just been so confusing and vague. I am not concerned about the check in thing to much though. I rarely am in a situation where I don’t have Internet or cell phone service to connect it to my iPhone. It’s really not that big of a deal

    3. adam

      ummm when have you ever been able to sell a digital download of a game?

      you can’t upgrade the harddrive ..correct. however you can use a portable harddrive to expand it (no sizes confirmed yet) and playstation have the same size HDD.

      You can setup kinect not to use any of those features or a limited set. You can turn off voice if you want and you can define whether or any data is recorded.

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      1. bigging79 Post author

        Currently you can do a license transfer for both consoles if you were to purchase a newer console in order to transfer purchased games. Hopefully they will be able to do something similar to this to where consumers can each sell their games electronically to each other. That’s just am idea. I think it would be really awesome if implemented

  3. one

    The first and foremost reason I wouldn’t buy an Xbox One is M$ and the NSA PRISM program. I can’t believe no one mentions that. That makes the case null and void and trumps all other reasons mentioned. If anyone here doesn’t know what PRISM is with Kinect, I’d suggest you all check it out. You all don’t voluntarily need this in your homes.

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  4. JS

    Great blog post sir. I was very disappointed by the policies ms introduced. I too supported Xbox since the original and have been a supporter of Xbl since its inception. I also own a ps3 because I love games and they have some great exclusives. However Xbl has a far better gaming experience from he interface to how quick everything loads etc. ps3 is a great console but their menu system is clunky and so archaic in how it navigates. This is all besides the point and I’m getting off track.

    I too am bed ridden due to a broken ankle from a car accident so I feel your pain. I too took a lot of time to research the xb1 and ps4. I couldn’t have written a blog post better than this. Once u understand ms policies the less they bother me.
    24-hr check in. Lose connection to your Internet? Ms has confirmed that u can check in with a Mobile phone. In the last 13 years I could count on one hand the times I couldn’t access the Internet for more than 24 hrs. Having the mobile check in as a backup makes it even less likely that this will ever be an issue. If you want truly next gen games then Internet should be required. This is the future of gaming so lets move forward.

    The used game issue isn’t an issue anymore. No fees no penalties, it works the same way as before only the retailer needs to be authorized. Want to sell your game to a friend? Go ahead. Gift the game to them and collect the money from them. It is theirs to keep.

    Cloud storage- ms has confirmed that Xbl subscribers have unlimited cloud storage. No tiered approach. No extra cost. Unlimited storage. 500 gb fixed hd? You won’t fill it up with unlimited cloud storage. Even if you do, ms confirmed that any external USB 3.0 storage device can be used. I have a 2 TB external hd that I got for less than $100. HD capacity issues are a hung of the past with unlimited cloud storage.

    Also Xbl still has a free option just like psn but for next gen PSN requires you to be a plus member to play online. $50 per year vs $60 for Xbl. Over a year that’s not even $1 / mo difference. Besides I’ve never paid more than $42 per year for Xbl yearly subscriptions. Amazon and buy.com often sell 1 year Xbl subscription codes for 38-42 bucks. The cost is so minimal that Sony fans really are barking about Xbl as if it were $60 per month. If you can’t afford a paid service to play games online that is less than $5/ month the. Your priorities should be on gaming.

    Anyway well done on the post. Xb1 after researching the future plans for the system is better. I saw the new Sony interface and it is largely inspired by Xbox dashboard with live tiles. Hardly unique.

    Lastly price. Are people so quick to forget that the ps3 debut was listed at the same price? As a matter of fact their 60gb model was $599. $100 more than the xb1 for a console that came out nearly a decade ago.

    I do agree. There should be options for those who don’t want kinect. It is being forced and it should be optional. But since all its features can be disabled I’m not worried about it. I more dont like be fact that it will cost $499 because t has a peripheral that I’d rather buy later if I’m interested.

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    1. JS

      Sorry for the typos. I’m typed this on my iPhone from a hospital bed so the auto correct thing messed a few things up.

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  5. Kelsey

    To the first Steve, I think you are stupid. 1. Uncharted 3 may be a 40GB game but it is a PS Exclusive so won’t be installing it on my Xbox One. 2. The PS4 has a 500GB Hard Drive as well. 3. 500GB is 100% enough for all your 40GB games because on top of that you have unlimited cloud storage and the Xbox one supports external hard drives of any size. 4. The Kinect can be disabled and you can decide what is detects and actually interprets. 5. Who the fuck actually has 11 poor friends that can’t afford games and you need to share you game library with them all the time. 6. Everything is on-line now OK the future consoles will also probably be mostly on-line so shut up about leaving digital purchases behind because they will most likely be compatible because they can be updated fully. 7. Microsoft is not spying on you are you seriously that paranoid that you think the people at NSA will sit and watch you play games through your kinect? Just don’t masturbate in the same room and everything will be OK. 8. The Kinect is compulsory because the future is about hand gestures and voice commands. The PS4 will have the Move remote and the Eye camera. which are not nearly as good as the kinect. The kinect 2 is a lot better than the original Kinect and ps4 camera has no where near the capabilities of that. The Kinect is mandatory because Microsoft wants everyone to have a Kinect so that developers can take advantage of the Kinect and add in kinect capabilities into their games. At the moment there are no good Kinect games because no one wanted to waste money on making a game for the kinect which didnt sell that well. The Kinect is a good idea its just that developers have not been able to waste the money on making it worth your while.

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