Xbox One Impressions

Xbox One ControllerSo, the announcement is over: the Xbox One is here to make you rush out to GameStop and empty your wallets on a pre-order. Since you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering what I think about the whole thing.

1.) The tech is impressive

Being able to control live TV from the Xbox One is pretty awesome, and I love voice commands through Kinect. Skype will make my parents happy, and since you can record and upload videos from your games, this could be really great for content creators.

The specs are solid: 8GB RAM, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, WiFi, 500 GB hard drive. And they said it was “silent.” Good. My Xbox 360 sounds like a jet taking off.

The controller’s D-pad is redesigned, so hopefully that’ll play fighting games better than the last one.

I really like being able to do multiple things at once on the console. I hope that actually ends up working and isn’t just an empty promise. Here’s hoping “snap” works better than Windows 8.

2.) Used Games — Not yours

One disc. One license to play the game. Used gaming really won’t be the same after this. And that really hurts the consumer. Unless it keeps prices low (which I doubt.). Want to borrow the game from a friend? Sorry. You can’t. Not without paying a licensing fee. This is one of my chief turn-offs about the console. I doubt licenses will be cheap.

3.) Xbox Live

300,000 severs for Xbox live. That sounds awesome. I’m all about having more options for cloud saves, and if it makes my online gaming experience better, awesome. Hopefully they’ll finally raise the friend list limit.

Assorted thoughts

I’m not sure how XBOX live content will be handled. Will my purchase of Final Fight: Double Impact be ported over?

Xbox 360 games aren’t able to be played on the new system (the framework is too different), so that might be a no-no for a lot of gamers.

I never really trust press conferences demos, so I doubt things will work as smoothly as they were at the presentation.

NEW HALO TV SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!11111 I’m pretty excited.

The Xbox One isn’t always online, but it COULD be in the future, depending on how game developers decide to use the system.

For me, this won’t be a day one purchase. I’m an Xbox fan, but the used game problem really bugs me, as I feel it hurts the consumer. Also, I try my best not to buy hardware day one anyway, since there always seems to be problems.

All right, what are your thoughts on the new system?



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2 thoughts on “Xbox One Impressions

  1. Jay Fielden says:

    I work for one of the last standing video rental chains, and it seems like this is going to definitely hurt us as well. What on earth are all of our customers going to do? Are consumers just going to have to make purchases sight unseen? I know that as a PC gamer that it is really hard for me to make a purchase decision on a new game without a trial run on a friends console, with a rented game, first.
    If you are familiar with Steam you know they are the liscense kings! And even with purchases I make through them I can still access my games on a comrades computer. I believe up to five! What is Microsoft thinking here? I was excited to see what they were going to put out because I wanted to gat back into console gaming. After today’s announcement I’m left feeling a little deflated.

  2. Brad says:

    Something else that is a big consideration is libraries that carry games. At the library I work for, we carry a selection of games for young people. Many libraries do carry adult games as well. We generally treat them just like DVDs – one week per check out and you can renew if not on request. This works fine for current games, but if the 1 disc 1 license thing comes into play we wouldn’t be able to provide new games because they wouldn’t be able to be played. This is really similar to the issue facing rental chains. This seems like a major blunder in Microsoft’s plan – I generally rent games before I buy them, or get them through Live as a demo version first. We recently bought a PS3, I suppose I could become more Sony loyal, but I have a soft spot for X-Box in general. It will be a while before I get rid of my 360s, as I really do enjoy playing them, but I’m not sure that the One seems like an upgrade. I’m generally slow to purchase new systems, but I might wait extra long on this one.

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