Microsoft's Xbox One reveal was supposed to be big, shocking and amazing. It was supposed to blow the PS4 reveal out of the water and take everyone by surprise. It was supposed to prove all of the Xbox naysayers wrong. But it didn't. In fact it went possibly as bad as it could have gone.
|I do like Microsoft but why do they never listen?|
Microsoft have received such negative backlash from the reveal event that the question of whether or not they have just completely screwed up the next generation for themselves is becoming ever more asked.
Currently practically no one likes or is siding with the Xbox One. But why? Why does it look like Microsoft have just fucked up their next console?
The consumers are the ones that Microsoft needs to impress. And to do this you often have to listen to them and take their views onboard, something Microsoft hasn't seemed to have done.
There are 3 core issues here that Microsoft did not approach or deal with proeprly. These 3 issues are what are greatly contributing to the Xbox One looking like a bad deal. These 3 things, which could have been avoided, are what are really causing the consumers to get pissed. These are 3 things Microsoft didn't take note of, that they didn't work with the consumers and their users to make work. Why did they do it alone? Why did they not listen? Why do they not seem to have any idea what we, the buyers, the people with the money, WANT?
* The first issue is the lack of games and the whole entertainment side of the console.
Sony's reveal was all about the games. Sure, they did not show the console and I was very disappointed by how shady they were about some aspects of the it, but they did NOT forget their audience: the ones who they were broadcasting to.
My sister likes movies and TV and entertainment. She does. The things that Microsoft highlighted that the Xbox One does in the entertainment area of things are probably things my sister could very well use and like. But she doesn't care about the Xbox One. She didn't watch the reveal. Why? Because she doesn't game. It's not her deal. So, Microsoft, the Xbox One is still a games console. It is an XBOX. It's part of a GAMING brand. It has hardcore gaming CAPABILITIES. It's why people BUY the CONSOLE.
|This. This was the most interesting game related thing they showed.|
Which isn't bad. I can't wait for it. But this wasn't even proper
gameplay. Fucks sake.
The lack of games at the reveal was stupid. They totally neglected basically who their entire audience and following was and tried to convince us other things mattered. But no one cared Microsoft. We just want games. And that's what Sony and the PS4 is making SURE they deliver. So why aren't you?
* The second issue is the online requirement. How many times did people have to yell and scream and fucking make it CLEAR AS DAY that they DID NOT WANT online to be a necessity?
OK, OK, so it isn't a 'constant necessity', but the Xbox One's core features still rely on it.
The Xbox One doesn't have to be constantly connected to the internet to be used, but it needs to be connected about once a day in order to keep functioning. This means if the internet goes down you can still game and do things on it for some time (about 24 hours) but will need to reconnect it at some point soon to still be able to use it before it shuts off completely.
This isn't a big deal for a normal person who lives in a normal place, but what about people who don't have consistent or constant internet connections? Well they can't use it. Simple as that.
The fact it HAS TO HAVE an internet connection to function longterm is not what we, the consumers, wanted. It might not be always online, but it's as good as.
All Microsoft did by making the console like this was reduce people's confidence in them and whether or not they actually listen to the community.
* The third and final main issue is the charge for borrowing games. You can use a friends game on your console if you are signed in as them, however if you're not singed in as them and you simply want to borrow a game for a week, you have to pay a fee. A full price game fee. So basically you have to buy the game yourself.
This is the final straw for many people. It's the thing that proves just how much Microsoft don't seem to care. While Microsoft has said pre-owned games will still be available and game rentals will still somehow work, not being able to borrow or simply lend games is a ludicrous feature to get rid of.
People made it clear months, maybe even years ago, that they did not want restrictions like this. And what has Microsoft done? They've fucked you. They've fucked me. They've fucked the consumer.
|Yeah Microsoft, no one gives a fuck about apps on|
a games console. Where are the fucking games?
Hey but you know what gamers do care about? Games. We care about games. We care about being able to lend a friend a game for free. We care about being able to game without an internet connection. We care about the fucking video games we can play on your fucking video game console. And basically everything we, gamers and consumers, care about you didn't seem to care about. You seemed to brush aside or screw up. And it's hard to have faith in a company like that.
That's why everyone is pissed. That's why everyone is saying the PS4 is better. That's why everyone says the Xbox One is rubbish. Basically that's how you, Microsoft, fucked up the next generation for yourselves. Take a fucking bow.