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The Final Nail in Xbox One's Coffin

What has people in such an uproar about the Xbox One and why people are loving the PS4? come take a look.

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Now, I know many people are claiming the Playstation 4 has won the conference and how the Xbox has failed to deliver on bringing forth a new and exciting console with exclusive games.  I am going to show you cold hard facts that will inform you what people are taking issue with in this new next generation's console fight.  I will sprinkle in some opinions here and there but why would you be reading this if you only wanted facts?

So without any further adieu,  here is a show stopper:

1. Price 

Xbox One will be $499 and the PS4 is $399.  That is a complete $100 difference and that alone speaks wonders when you look at the specs of both the consoles (PS4 and Xbox One).  See some similarities?  Sure, the Xbox One has things like Smart Glass and DVR system but if that is a motivator for you getting a new console, I can't help you there.  I am looking at the gaming side of this more than the social media side because as important as watching cable and being able to multitask a show and find out fun facts on your tablet might be, I don't really need it in my console to play a game.

2. DRM

With used game sales being possible, Gamestop is most likely going to back PS4 and Sony ten fold.  This might mean Gamestop will even stop carrying Xbox One games all together because they completely rely on used game sales and trade ins to remain afloat.

Sure, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and other stores will still carry Xbox One games but I can't remember the last time I went ANYWHERE else for a preorder game other than Gamestop or Amazon.com.  I also can not remember the last time I simply went looking at games in a Best Buy or other store with game section.  I want a place dedicated to games even if they do try to get you to preorder half the new games under the sun.

Yes, DRM can still be placed on games by the developing and publishing companies but this is not anything new.  This has been prevalent in current gen games especially with Ubisoft and EA games.  PS4 just does not have a DRM feature built in.  This means you do not need an internet connection to even play your single player campaign.  The Xbox One will need you checking in more often then a paranoid girl/ boyfriend by having you connect every 24 hours to make sure you have a stable internet connection or else tough luck for you!

3. Region Free

Yoshida said it and the importers are rejoicing!

For many this does not mean much but for traveling people that may live in Japan for some time and then come back home to the US, this is a blessing.  Importing is also just fun to get those games that may never be released state side or wherever you may call home.

4. Optional Camera

The idea of a camera in your living room always being on and listening is kind of disconcerting.  Microsoft says that options can be changed to avoid any more of the 1984 vibe I am getting from this thing but that I still don't like that this thing can tell your heart rate. Why the hell do I need this or why is it necessary?

PS4's camera is completely optional and not necessary for the console to run.  I can't speak for the quality of the camera but not being shoe horned into needing a peripheral is always a good thing.

I had no real use for a camera last generation, so why would i need one now?

5. Indie Backing

The PS4 has standing behind indie developers from the beginning with Jonathan Blow's announcement of The Witness. This has continued into this conference with them talking about all the other indie developed games that will be coming out close to release of the PS4.  They seem to want those small companies to get their time in the spotlight and this will shine positively on them.

Microsoft has not said a whole ton about supporting the indie developers.  They mostly have said they support them but don't want them self publishing their works which is a large leap and requires time and money most indie developers might not have.  Hopefully, more will be touched on this later seeing as they kind of frontiered the digital console market with the Xbox 360.

6. Membership Accounts

Microsoft has said that your account, points, avatar and Gamertag will transfer over to the Xbox One and that prices should should remain the same for Gold.  That is about it.

For PS4, yes, you do need to have PS+ to play online.  While this is a strike, it is not detrimental.  When you look at how PS+ has evolved and changed over the last year, it has become a force to be reckoned with.

With the fact that it is always offering new and interesting sales while also providing free AAA games (as long as you hold a PS+ account) I found myself turning on the PS3 more then my 360 to see what might be new for the week in the store.  But more over, they are trying to make people want it more with the PS4.  

First off, you will get your driving game itch scratched out of the gate with Drive Club: Playstation Plus Edition being available day one to PS+ memebers.  It is a stripped down version but it is there to showcase the game and the console really.  Then they will be keeping the free game trend by giving away 3 indie games for the PS4 in the first few months

What was the final nail in the Xbox One's coffin?

Well, that is a matter of opinion.  In fact, a respected member of this site and a good friend of mine, Lui, wrote a piece about why he still remains hopeful and excited for the Xbox One and it's future.

I wish nothing but the best for Microsoft and their future in the game industry but with the way the PS4 is holding up and gaining backing from so many sources, I don't see it doing nearly as well.  Stay tuned though because you can never guess what will happen next!

 

Originally Published Jun. 12th 2013

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    Rinku_9213 9 months ago
    If you do something wrong room 101 is waiting for you.
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    Raymond_8753 1 year ago
    It's funny.. the people that are most upset about the 24 hour check in thing is the internet. It's the internet that's angry you have to have the internet.
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    just a nobody 1 year ago
    The truth is, Microsoft has its exclusives, which will drive some people to buy it right out of the gate. You can praise playstation as much as you want, but if i cant play Halo on it, its no good to me. The price is very offputting, and the way theyve taken to not giving a damn about peoples concerns is also disheartening. But, to believe they wont see any sales is ignorance on your part. After all, i know plenty of people who wasted $600+ on their PS3's at launch. I agree that all this is a bad move on Microsofts part, and i for one wont be rushing out to preorder. But, eventually, theyll break me down.
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    Kevin_7397 1 year ago
    None of those things matter to me and have not changed my mind about buying an Xbox One . besides these issue are being overblown by people who had desire to buy it anyway.
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    joey_4192 1 year ago
    I thought it was so rude of him to say if someone doesn't have good internet connection then "we have the 360 for them". No thanks buddy, I'll just go buy a system that doesn't spy on me, and doesn't want to take my rights of ownership away from me.
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    The Truth_7467 1 year ago
    Lets fix this
    First of all XBOX one is compatible with external storage. So any external HDD you have can easily be used on Xbox one. The reason there is a 24 hour check in is because the disc is arbitrary. Which means you never have to use that disc again once you put it in your Xbox. So now you will have faster loading times and better online play due to EVERYONE running their games off of the HDD. Share your games online is where we are heading they have already explained that the 24 hour check in can be paused. Which means if you have games on your system you can lock your system down and play your games offline at your leisure. If you want to add another game you will have to connect online to update your account. So now when playing anygame you can get an invite from a friend and quickly jump right into the lobby because all of your games will be immediately available to you. With PS4 you will have to get up find the disc put it in wait for it to load and then maybe, if the game hasn't started yet, join your friends in a match. Lets talk single player or should i say "Single Player". Developers are heading in the direction that your single player experiance is tied into the ONLINE world. Did you people see watchdogs? He called in help from a random online tablet user, how about need for speed it takes place in an ONLINE open world. You wont be playing any of these games offline if you want to the true experience so whats the difference if there is an online check at all? Microsoft already said they can control the 24 hour check in so who is to say they don't shut it down when the system is at its End Of Life and unlock all games not needing an internet connection, which will probably be a slim number anyway.
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    Finnry 1 year ago
    What PS4 did to Xbone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAUY1J8KizU
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    Finnry 1 year ago
    Also, upgradable Hardrive, same size as PS3, where as Xbone, you cannot remove harddrive at all
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    Coatedpolecat 1 year ago
    Featured Correspondent
    I thought the nail in the coffin was when Microsoft was asked about ppl who want an XBOXOne w no Internet connection, their response literally was "go buy a 360".

    How about I buy a PS4... You didn't mention their messaging from Microsoft has been something less than pleasant. I feel like they're belittling me, acting as if I'm some Xbox drone that just wants Xbox only.

    I've lost tons of respect for that company. Hopefully they'll at least include a start button for windows9. Hahaha.
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    Amazon Eliza Steel 1 year ago
    Featured Contributor
    Good stuff. It will be interesting if Microsoft can regroup.
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