Yesterday afternoon I went out to watch my younger brothers baseball game and while I was out I decided to check my twitter. And to my surprise I saw that the internet blew up over the info Microsoft dropped about the Xbox One. Now if you want to know what exactly Microsoft said go here. But if you are too lazy to read what was said stay here. Essentially Microsoft confirmed some of the Xbox One rumors like it needing to be online. According to the site and every other game news site the Xbone will have to connect to the internet every 24 hours or 1 hour if you sign in on a friends Xbone underneath your profile. In the event that you do not log in with in the time limit you will Not be able to play games though you can still watch tv and movies. Which is kinda nice that you can still use the Xbone as your all-purpose entertainment system but will suck for those with crappy internet.
Then there is the deal with used games. Games will still be connected to your account but publishers will have a say if you can disconnect them and then sell or trade in your games. The upside is that Microsoft will not receive any money when it comes to trade in’s or used game sells. Now this could be a good thing(doubt it) because publishers that allow trade ins will probably have a better chance of selling games if us gamers, the consumer, know we can sell it later if we do not like a game. An in the long run the publisher will catch up on that missed, not lost, revenue that Game Stop use to bank for so long.
Now another thing the Xbone is doing is sharing games. Apparently if you buy a game you can share it up to ten family members. But from the looks of things only one “family” member can play it in any given time. Also you can share a game with an online friend(as long as you have been friends for more than 30 days) but that is still up to the publisher if you can do that or not. Now all this fuss about sharing begs the question why is Microsoft so touchy on you letting other people play your games? Do they think that most gamers just have parties of more than ten people were they all take turns playing one game? Cause in reality if someone buys a game they might have one or two other people over to play to see if they like it or play just for fun. But if the price of games jump to $70 for next-gen then having one person buy the game for a few people might not be such a bad idea.
Now that we have gone over some of the annoying features that will soon have loopholes exploited the shit out of, let’s get to the privacy intruding Kinect. Now Microsoft says that you can turn off your Kinect so it not always collecting data on you. But as one who does not trust government or corporations when it comes to cameras, I have a hard time believing them. First off the Kinect could and probably will do a lot of data mining and sell said info to third parties, without your consent. Secondly there is the bad timing of the NSA being caught on the mainstream news of spying on people. I would not be surprised if the NSA tried to get Microsoft to give them a backdoor to the Kinect camera. Thirdly you just have hackers who could hack the camera just for the lol’s. Now all three of these points may seem too political or like conspiracies theories but as one who pays attention to non gaming news it is a possibility.
So after looking at how some of the rumors were actually true I wonder if Microsoft can turn it around at E3 next week. Cause in all reality they are the underdog and personally Nintendo looks to be a better buy right now(never thought I say that). But the real test will be when the consoles are out and people actually get there hands on them. Speaking of hands here is a video about the Xbone controller.