We are finally coming up to the next generation of consoles; we will have the PlayStation 4, which I have already pre-ordered and the Xbox One, which I do not have pre-ordered. When E3 came about and Microsoft leading up to it and during it was doing everything wrong I sat back and thought to myself “This is why I don’t like Microsoft”. The problems seemed endless and on top of all of it they didn’t seem to grasp the concept of what gamers wanted. I almost felt sorry for their ignorance. However, Microsoft just kept digging themselves deeper.
At E3 Microsoft did keep their promise to show us tons of games during their press conference. Some of those games I was really interested in playing, but at the end of the day everything about the Xbox One turned me off of it. Then right after E3 Microsoft started to take a turn. It seemed it finally sank into their thick skulls that making the gamers happy is what was needed to push system. The infamous “Xbox 180″ took place as Microsoft quickly took away all the online DRM and used game issues everyone had with the system. Then Microsoft put it out that indie developers can self-publish. Now they are changing their mind on not only putting a headset in with each system, but they are also making it so Xbox One doesn’t have to have the Kinect hooked up to the system to have the console work.
This is all well and good, making the Xbox One that much more appealing to me and probably to gamers everywhere, but I do have to wonder what is going on at Microsoft. At this point the Xbox One should be renamed The Other PlayStation 4. However, with the amount of backpedaling Microsoft has been doing with the Xbox One still makes owning the console somewhat unsettling. First of all it shows they have no confidence in the product that they started with, basically pulling it apart and gluing it back together as things move along toward the release date. Second the changing of the online DRM and used games stuff was all about pandering to the game publishers and not to the games and most likely got changed due to a lack of pre-orders compared to the PlayStation 4 right after E3 finished and now finally taking out the need to have the Kinect hooked up to have the system shows a lack of faith in this glorified add-on which no one asked for in the first place.
The last thing I want to do is come off as Microsoft can do no right. Again these changes do make the Xbox One more appealing to me to someday own, but in the manner of how Microsoft unveiled the console and then started making changes left and right to basically be almost a PlayStation 4 clone makes it seem like Microsoft is lost. Sony made bad choices with the PlayStation 3, but stuck by those choices as much as possible. They have also came out and admitted to those mistakes and proven that they wanted to turn this around with the PlayStation 4. So much so that not only does it seem like gamers are flocking to the PlayStation 4, but that Microsoft tried cloning them almost. If Microsoft would have revealed the Xbox One as the system it is today I would have thought Microsoft was on the right path and I would have been more eager to pick up the console.
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