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Today we saw the reveal of the XBOX One, the “next” generation of gaming. Or rather, the next generation of media in our living rooms. Because let’s face it, the XBOX One is designed with that in mind first.
To give you a bit of history, I’ve always been a gamer. I played the classics on cocktail tables, bought the Atari 2600 when it launched, owned a Sega Master System, Turbo Grafx 16, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, Genesis, PS1. I stood in line, only to be denied a reserved Playstation 2 at launch. Bit on the original XBOX(Halo baby!) when it launched and scooped up a Gamecube. Even owned the quirky N-Gage. I’ve owned a Playstation 3 and four XBOX 360’s. Oh, and Wii’s? Three. In other words, I know gaming.
Nothing about the XBOX One speaks of gaming to me. Nothing. It feels like more of the same with more restrictions this time around. Not hating on the company, just expressing my opinion. The new system will play media, just like the one I currently own. The new system isn’t compatible with previous XBOX games, while my XBOX 360 is(though it is like pulling teeth). You don’t need to stay connected to the internet, but you DO need an internet connection somewhere along the way. It works with a newer version of Kinect(which is nice, because nobody over the age of eight really cares about the original Kinect). Oh, and buy pre-owned games and get slapped with a fee before you can actually play them. The more I read up on this “new” system, the more I found myself feeling bad for the people at Microsoft. I truly do. Because this system has so many shades of fail on it that it’s laughable.
We still await Sony’s big announcement next month on the PS4, and I’ll update the blog accordingly as that happens.
As of right now, however, I think history should serve as a reminder. The original XBOX dealt with power issues inside of the unit, and the XBOX 360…well, as I said before, I’ve owned four. Red ring, red ring…red ring. I still remember buying the first installment of Madden Football for the 360, only to discover there was NO franchise mode to be found? What I’ve learned along my decades of gaming is to stay away from new systems, and that goes for ANY brand. Most will deal with bugs, and sometimes even bring the heartache of complete hardware failure. Red ring, red ring…red ring. If you are lucky enough to snatch a properly working system during the launch day frenzy, chances are VERY good that the software will be watered down to the point of no return. The interface is just too new for programmers.
Give it a year. I’m serious here people, a year will deliver the truth. Even though it appears that XBOX has completely abandoned the hardcore gamer(or core customer, as I like to call us), they may shock everyone with a solid lineup of games. Doubtful, seeing that the announcement conference opened with a presentation on the media abilities of the XBOX One…but possible. You’ll avoid the hell of malfunctioning systems, unreal software patch downloads and the Black Friday-like frenzy at your local game store. Give it a year. Sit back and watch both systems in action, then make a calculated decision. One based on facts, not hype. By that time we’ll all know which system will dominate the industry in the year 2015 and beyond. As for 2014, HERE IS YOUR ANSWER(With my personal discount applied! My way of saying thank you for checking out this blog).