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I planned on buying the Xbox One... Until I read this.

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vladski is not online. vladski
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05 Jun 2013 08:56 PM
This is a copypaste, yes.

"Alright if you're a consumer and you're considering picking up the new Xbox One console, then please, take a moment to listen to me. Before we begin, no, I am not a fanboy or a hater. I have no console bias. I have a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and a gaming PC. Each has their pros and cons but now onto business.

DO NOT BUY AN XBOX ONE. Why? See the reasons below:
Xbox One requires an internet connection. Here's how it works: Every 24 hours your Xbox will try to connect to Microsoft's servers for verification. If it is unable to connect, sucks to be you. You're blocked from playing even single player games until it can connect.


Do you like renting games, lending them to a friend, or even borrowing them from a friend? No longer possible. Every Xbox One game you get must be registered to your Xbox Live account to be played. After that point it will only work for you. No one else can use it unless they pay a fee. Essentially it works like this. You pick up a used Xbox One game from somewhere or someone, pop it into your Xbox One. The system verifies it's been registered to your account. Uh-oh, it isn't! In order to play it, you must pay Microsoft a fee, which is currently slated to be full retail price. Doesn't matter how scratched up it is or how cheap you got it from a game store or from a friend. You aren't just buying physical copies anymore. You're paying Microsoft a LICENSE to be allowed to play that game.

It is worth mentioning Microsoft is exploring ways for you to trade in and resell your used games. This is rumored to mean that you can sell your digital license to the play the game (registration) back to Microsoft, likely for Microsoft Points. You can then trade in the game at GameStop for some cash if you like. Either way, as it currently stands, the new owner would still have to pay a fee on top of the price of actually buying the physical copy.


Is it worth mentioning that Microsoft is shafting Indie Developers as well? Where as on Playstation Network or the Wii's online network, Indie Developers can self publish their content easily. Playstation even encourages this. Microsoft however forces these Indie Devs to enter publishing deals with them to be allowed to market their content. You don't go through them, you don't get to sell what you developed.


I'm not quite done yet. Now, I'm sure you heard a lot about "TV TV TV TV SPORTS TV TV SPORTS SPORTS TV". Yes, the Xbox One is slated to be able to stream live TV, live sports, and more. So let me ask you this. You obviously already have something like cable or DirecTV. Do you really want to sell out hundreds of dollars more and pay a monthly subscription fee to have another television provider? Yes, I said hundreds of dollars, and I don't mean the cost of the console. To view live TV from the Xbox One you are required to purchase ANOTHER separate device for it to work properly. WHY would you even CONSIDER selling out more money for something you already have anyway? Even if you didn't, DirecTV is cheaper. Or you can even subscribe to and watch live TV on your computer if you want. FOR A MUCH, MUCH CHEAPER PRICE. You essentially have to buy another cable box if you don't have one. And if you do... What do you need the Xbox One for?


So far, we've discovered that the Xbox One is not really a gaming console, at least... not a consumer friendly gaming console. It's being marketed as an all-in-one home entertainment system. Something to replace all of the other devices in your house. But there are drawbacks even to that. Put on your tin foil hats for this part, folks. Take from it what you will, all I'll say is... Possibilities...

The Xbox One's features will not function unless the Kinect is plugged in and active. This is not an optional piece anymore...


So imagine if your Kinect piece breaks? Tough luck, no more Xbox One for you. But you know what's even worse?

Pay attention, because this is important. The Kinect is always watching. Always listening. Even when the system is off.

Yes. One of the ways to turn the system on is to audibly say "Xbox On" while the system is off. The Kinect, which is always on, hears you and turns it on. Now this might seem like a cool feature, but did you know Microsoft patented a feature that would allow the Kinect's camera (it's no longer just a sensor, but a camera) to spy on you for the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America?) While they may not actually do this, it is actually possible for them to do this now. It has a camera, and a microphone. The Kinect is always on. Always listening. Always watching.

An idea has been tossed around that by using this feature, it allows game developers and movie producers to set a limited amount of how many people can be allowed to view the entertainment. So as a hypothetical example, you and three friends are watching a movie, which is the maximum amount allowed. A fourth friend enters the room and the Kinect's sensor registers the fourth individual. The movie stops and you are prompted to pay a fee so that the extra person may also view the film. Again, this is NOT currently the case, but these are ideas currently being tossed around with the system's current capabilities.

Source for listening:

Source of spying:

Two more things.

This isn't really a good or bad thing, but it is annoying. It also explains how they can prevent you from playing a used game if you didn't pay their fee. The Xbox One no longer plays games off the discs, you HAVE to install them to the hard-drive in order to play them. I believe PS3 also makes you do this (on a number of games but not always it seems), except the PS3 isn't making you pay at every corner. It also seems according to this article there is something related to the online portion at the beginning of the post. The option there is for developers to require the Xbox One to always be online to play their particular game. Well, it seems PC gamers and console gamers have one thing in common now... DRM.

(At least pirates on PC can bypass DRM easily. Not an option for consoles.)


And last but not least, another annoyance... The Xbox One will not be compatible with any and all current headsets. Nope, companies will either have to make new headsets altogether specifically for the Xbox One, and they have to adhere to what Microsoft wants. Look forward to the price gouging.


Oh, one more thing. If you have an Xbox 360, don't get rid of it. Why? Well, if you want to keep playing your old 360 games you'll need it. The Xbox One isn't backwards compatible. At all. Not only that, but President of Microsoft's Xbox Division Don Mattrick insults the very notion of backwards compatibility! It claims ti to be "backwards thinking".

Source: compatibility

Source of insult:

That's all I have to say. I hope you took the time to read this far. I'll conclude with the following... Please... PLEASE do not buy this console. Paying for this supports greedy and anti-consumer business practices. Speak with your wallet, and pass up the Xbox One. No matter what games it might have that you want, even if they are exclusive. Do the right thing and make a statement. Refuse to be nickle and dimed like this. Refuse to be seen as a mindless consumer who will buy anything tossed to them.

We won't know much else until after E3, but as it stands now, the PS4, the Wii U, or a decent gaming PC is the best way to go."
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coolmanownz is not online. coolmanownz
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05 Jun 2013 08:58 PM
rumors abound
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killercorvette is not online. killercorvette
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05 Jun 2013 08:59 PM
I've read that before. What isn't a rumor or speculation is highly exaggerated.
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Superluigiconroy is not online. Superluigiconroy
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05 Jun 2013 09:02 PM
Dayum, gurl. Is the Xbox going to be the only good console that Microsoft has created?

It could double as a murder weapon. I will say no more.

~EarthBound is the best game ever~
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CelesChere is not online. CelesChere
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05 Jun 2013 09:16 PM
Honestly, I'm not interested in the Xbox One at all. I'll probably just get a PS3 used or a gaming PC if I do get another console. The next gen isn't very interesting IMO.
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vladski is not online. vladski
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05 Jun 2013 09:16 PM

My plan is to get into PC gaming.

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xcalibur is not online. xcalibur
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05 Jun 2013 09:22 PM
Time to get duct tape.
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Thedemon9999 is not online. Thedemon9999
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05 Jun 2013 10:33 PM
This is why I am trying to get my PC good enough for gaming.
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B3stUs3rnam3 is not online. B3stUs3rnam3
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05 Jun 2013 10:37 PM
why not cover the kinect

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Nick is everything ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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TheAsassin is not online. TheAsassin
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05 Jun 2013 10:38 PM
All you need is a graphics card and possibly a new PSU.
A new processor would also help, but it's definitely not necessary.
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