The Xbox One was revealed this week, is this what we wanted as a console?
On May 21st Microsoft held a conference for the release of their new console, the Xbox One. This is Microsoft’s newest and most promising console, boasting massive power and new innovation for gamers. Only a few games were premiered at this conference as well, leaving the majority of the games to be shown at this years E3.
This console that has been revealed has may pros to it, as well as some deal-breaking cons. The pros are that the system holds 8GB of DDR3 RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, and a new built in Kinect sensor. Even with all the rumors and speculations, the new console will not be an “Always-on” console and require a constant Internet connection.
The cons so far are that even though you don’t need a constant Internet connection, one will be required to use the console, the current headsets and peripheral’s that you have for 360 are now incompatible with the X-One, Xbox Live is still a subscription to use, all games will have to be installed to the hard-drive, and the biggest con of all is that you will need to pay a fee to play used games.
This announcement of the used game fee is something that downright enraged gamers, and will negatively effect businesses such as EB Games, and Gamefly. This is something we all hope is either changed, or done away with completely. This will no longer allow a person to bring their copy of CoD or Gears of War over to their friends house and play, since the install option will render that copy useless outside of the gamer tag or console. Also this will leave games that have limited re-playability or were not just that good useless for anyone. They cannot be sold to used game stores, they cannot be given to a younger sibling or friend to play, unless they want to pay a fee that will likely mirror the cost of the original game price.
There is hope with the massive outcry of the gaming community Microsoft will hear these pleas and change what they have done, or you will see the PS4 on everyone’s Christmas list, or perhaps a large batch of pimped out PC’s being dropped off at peoples doorsteps. Either way, we can anticipate much more information to be released in the upcoming weeks regarding this new console.