In the poll we ran a few weeks ago, many of our readers expressed skepticism about the upcoming Xbox One videogame console due to Microsoft’s announced policies requiring an internet connection and restricting sales of used games. After facing a tremendous backlash, the company has apparently backed down and offered concessions in these areas. Is this enough for you to change your mind? Will you buy an Xbox One now, or are you still opposed to it?
At this point, the new console really ought to be called the Xbox 180. According to recent reports issued since Microsoft’s disastrous E3 conference, the Xbox One will no longer require a daily internet “check-in” to authenticate game ownership, and (at least at first) gamers will be able to buy, sell or share used games with each other the same way they do on current consoles. This has been described as a humiliating about-face for the company.
What’s not clear right now is whether the used game policy will stay this way forever, or if the hardware will allow game developers to restrict playback of used titles at some future date.
Also working against the Xbox One are the $100 price difference with the rival Sony PS4, and the mandatory inclusion of Kinect, a feature that many gamers have no interest in.
Ultimately, I suspect that this console war will be won based on the same criteria that decided the last one: game title selection, not hardware superiority or even price. The Xbox 360 slaughtered the PS3 because it had a lot more games that people actually wanted to play. If that continues to be the case in the next generation, these other controversies may seem a lot less important this time next year than they do right now.