Recently we witnessed something amazing within the domain of the video game industry. Our opinion made a difference. We the consumers (the fuel of big companies like Microsoft) were able to force Microsoft into reversing their policies regarding DRM and 24-hour online checks on the company’s new console. This is a monumental victory for gamers everywhere, but was it enough to get everybody back on board with the Xbox One?
I would like to personally note that I have been an Xbox fan since the original Xbox, which was released back in 2001. The reason I bring that up is because, until Microsoft reversed its policies regarding the Xbox One, I was seriously considering going with Sony’s PS4 for my next console. That’s a big deal for me, especially considering I’ve never owned a Sony console to date. That being said, Microsoft was making it extremely difficult to side with a console that implemented more restrictions than it did freedoms from a consumer standpoint. And, although those restrictions have been removed, I still feel extremely dissatisfied with the way Microsoft handled this whole fiasco. Regardless, at least now we can compare the Xbox One and the PS4 at a neutral level based on real pros and cons.
So, let’s take a look at what the Xbox One currently has to offer now that its policies have been changed. Please note that I am a fan of Microsoft and some of my views are subjective. Also, none of these elements of the Xbox One have anything to do with the power of the system. I’m comparing it on an equal plane with the PS4.
1. The ability to share physical copies of games (Important when comparing to prior policies)
2. The best controller on the market (In my opinion)
3. Halo as an exclusive series
4. A much more vibrant and personable user interface (which now includes Skype)
But, with all that is now good about the Xbox One, I’m still not so sure it’s enough to beat out the PS4 and here’s why:
1. The Kinect is still required for the console to function
2. Xbox One costs $100 more than the PS4
3. PS4 has backwards compatibility via the Cloud
4. You must pay for Xbox Live Gold in order to run streaming services like Netflix (not the case with the PS4)
5. Microsoft did a terrible job at launching their new console
That last one is what I believe resonates with a lot of Microsoft fans at this point. Had Microsoft slowly introduced the idea of family sharing and DRM explicitly within the digital game market only, I believe that the Xbox One would have been well received. Unfortunately, Microsoft forced new policies on a consumer base that wasn’t ready to give up their rights to play games at a social level in which physical copies still represent a comfortable sense of ownership. I have personally flip-flopped from being an avid Xbox fan, to a possible PS4 owner, and then back again to the Xbox One fan club. Although I’ll most likely be getting an Xbox One simply because I love Halo so much and because I’m already paying for Xbox Live on my 360, Microsoft as a company has made itself look downright stupid in the past few months. The company as a whole has neglected its driving force, the simple consumer. Fortunately, our voices were heard and we can fall asleep at night knowing that the Xbox One is something that each of us could comfortably buy this coming Fall without having to worry about actually owning our games…
I’d like to know what you think as a gamer. Are you going with the Xbox One or are you going with the PS4. Leave me a comment and tell me why!
-Ocarina of Time Nerd
- Analysts Predict Xbox One Will Lose To The PS4 In Europe (eteknix.com)
- Xbox One price cuts to be introduced if PS4 sales dominate (trustedreviews.com)
- Why the Xbox One DRM Controversy Has Saved the Gaming Industry (and Made the PS4 a Better Console) (coinarcade.org)
- Microsoft to Drop DRM and Always Online Possibly for the Xbox One (ugrgaming.com)
- Xbox One: The Power Of The Crowd (nowgamer.com)
- How Microsoft can avoid the pitfalls of Sony’s PS4 announcement (reviews.cnet.com)
- Amazon UK: Xbox One pre-orders pass PS4 after DRM u-turn (vg247.com)
- Microsoft’s DRM U-Turn Sees Pre-Orders Of Xbox One Overtake PS4 In UK (redmondpie.com)
- The Differences Between The Xbox One and PS4, As Far As We Know (kotaku.com)
- GameStop says Xbox One DRM decision is ‘great news’ (polygon.com)