As we all know Microsoft and the Xbox One have had a lot of issues with the console launch and the console hasn’t even launched yet! I personally know of quite a few people that were once Xbox fan boys/girls that have already pre-ordered the PS4. I believe that at this point Microsoft needs to take drastic action…. DELAY THE RELEASE OF THE XBOX ONE but my friend and coworker feels differently.
I do not say or recommend that lightly. I am fully aware of the ramifications of a decision like that but, with all that’s going on I think a fresh start is needed.
The delay would effectively begin and eventually accomplish a re-commitment to the gamer which would produce better business results in the long run. I believe that the way the Xbox One is now Microsoft is going to lose nearly half of its following (at least until a redesign and price drop happens). If they delay the launch to address the issues that arose from the debut it would not only send a message to the gamer’s that they (Microsoft) are listening and cares but it would also show humility and honesty which will help the company’s reputation with consumers especially those who felt let down by the conference at E3. Microsoft will lose some money for delaying the launch but they will gain much more, respect and eventually more gamer’s buying their console than if they just let it ride.
Sony killed you at the conference. Normally I would say that the results of the conference wouldn’t make that big of a deal because fan boys will be fan boys but, Sony succeeded in capturing EVERYONES attention and stealing Microsoft clientele from the presentation alone.–Jeff
Sony did not kill Microsoft at E3 with games, but yes Sony won the message war. It is easy for us to say: “just delay the launch and redesign the hardware”. Do you think that Microsoft goes to AMD and tells them “we need the tinker with APU, add more CU units to the GPU, and increase the speed of the CPU cores and also lets just switch out the DDR3 ram for DDR4. NO. That costs money.–Rickey
The Style of the Xbox One is UGLY. The sleek look of the PS4 puts the Clip-Art Xbox One to shame. The design could be redone later but I definitely believe that one is in order. I know that the look of the system shouldn’t make a big difference (don’t judge a book by its cover) but If the system is to become a part of my home theater setup it must look good; the Xbox One doesn’t cut it. –Jeff
First of all the Xbox One’s design is not that bad and it definitely does not constitute a launch delay. More importantly Microsoft has established partnerships with the NFL Cable providers and EA. As consumers we have no knowledge of deadlines that are set with these partnerships and we have no idea of how these services will affect the value of the console. No one is talking about the NFL deal that Microsoft has, it could be the must have feature in the next generation for the casual gamer.–Rickey
The price is too high for a weaker system. Microsoft set the price point for the Xbox One $100 higher than the PS4 for a system that is spec wise not as good. The power the Xbox One and the features the Xbox One possesses are not enough to make up for the price difference. Sony has everything you have and more for cheaper. –Jeff
Until Microsoft specifies what GPU and ESRAM/move engines re capable of, we have no idea how much more powerful the PS4 is compared to the XBOXONE. The real question is will the power difference be noticeable in games. The architecture Microsoft chose seems to be future proof, cloud computing gives the console access to resources, so if this generation is 10 years plus Microsoft can offload more CPU tasks to the cloud which would give the console more processing power.–Rickey
The restrictions placed on the gamer are not worth it. I don’t want to pay $500 dollars for a pair of handcuffs. We all understand that Microsoft doesn’t want us to mod their system or steal their games and that’s fair but, the restrictions they put in place to try to avoid that are hurting everybody and when we do successfully mod the Xbox One (because we all know that someone out there will figure a way to do it) more people will be inclined to mod their systems. –Jeff
Microsoft stated that a billion dollars went into game development. That’s a lot of money ladies and gentlemen and in the end it’s about the games. We have yet to see all of Microsoft’s cards, but while sitting at the Microsoft Conference at E3 I saw games that Sony would usually be known for such as “Spark” which was very was impressive. Phil Harrison will be the key to Microsoft organizing there first party studio. He might be the one to get the next Naughty Dog for Microsoft.–Rickey
It is already clear that Microsoft screwed up we all know it. They know it too. At this point delaying the launch would be a show of good faith to us all and be an intelligent move to try and win back some fan base. Microsoft would be admitting defeat early. Essentially forfeiting the first battle of the console wars. This would be a bold move but it would send a message to fans: Hey we know we royally botched this one but we want to do better. Giving Sony a head start in this race would be a very tough move to make and would indeed hurt Microsoft’s pockets but, the PS3 released almost a year after the Xbox360 and yes it started slower but it picked up momentum especially with all the Red Rings that were going around. Microsoft would start slow but eventually come out better than they would if they just pushed it through and tried to doctor up the system with firmware updates throughout the year. Microsoft fix your hardware make the price worth it by delaying the launch and putting better hardware into the system or drop the price either way something has to change.–Jeff
If Sony’s PS4 has a head start of over 5 million, Microsoft might be DOA. It’s not worth to get marginally better hardware with a delay, it’s about the games Sony and Microsoft both knew that. Microsoft cannot risk Sony getting a year on the market by itself and let’s not forget the Kinect, all dev. kits come with and Xbox One controller and a Kinect. Let’s look at future games where AI interacts with audio commands, what about the Illumni room technology and a “Mass Effect” style dialogue where you ask a question with voice no push button on your controller. Kinect is a game changer. What makes a game next gen?
The game mechanics. — Rickey
Should Microsoft delay or not?
—Jeff Harris (PSN: Shadowrezurected)