Microsoft Better Play Their Cards Right
With the recent announcement that the Xbox 720, 540, Full Circle, Durango is going to be unveiled on the 21st, I feel obligated to share my concerns for Microsoft. They have been covered in controversy and speculation this past year and from what I have read in comments, opinion pieces and the various YouTube videos I watched, they really have to tread lightly when the unveiling happens. This can be the moment where they either shine brightly or crash and burn in a fiery inferno. As an Xbox player myself, I’m entitled to be concerned because this is the console brand that I have chosen to be my primary and only source of gaming. Here are some of the concerns I have:
Always-On has been tarred and feathered in recent months and Sim City has cemented the fact that this just doesn’t work and will never work. If they go against the wishes of almost every gamer that supports their console, the consequences might be dire. I know quite a few individuals that will not be able to use the consoles because they don’t have stable connections. Even those of us that have connections are susceptible to outages, cap and abysmal speeds. Always-On will not fucking work period and if Microsoft does not see that then they will lose a massive chunk of respect from me because it’s a selfish, dick thing to do.
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Kinect is not the end-all-be-all and Microsoft needs to somehow understand this. These past few years all their press conferences and unveilings had to do with Kinect. I stopped watching last year’s E3 conference because all I was seeing were attempts to shoehorn the Kinect with “new and innovative games” which in the end, were just more Kinect games that suffered from horrible flaws. If they somehow managed to make Kinect a better piece of hardware and not some half-functional gimmick, then I might be interested, but otherwise I have nothing but apathy for the Kinect. I own one myself and I’ve used it a total of two times and the rest of the time I occasionally used the voice commands.
If the entire press conference consists of Kinect themed bullshit, then I will be severely disappointed. I imagine a lot of other people will feel the same way because I have not met one person that actually enjoys the Kinect, barring the promoters that get paid to jump up and down for hours and pretend to enjoy it. The fact is, nobody likes Kinect. It’s a glorified tech demo with some fleeting gimmicks and horrible games. It’s not something gamers want and you may say that casual gamers enjoy it, but is it really worth it to give us shitty technology because Little Timmy likes to pretend he’s hitting a bunch of balls and not give us the gaming experience we desire?
They really have to pull something out of their ass to make Kinect a worthy feature and if they pull that off somehow then I might be open to the idea. And please, for the love of God, integrate finger detection. If that’s included then it will be infinitely better. Even if it’s not then I can at least flip the bird whenever the thing is pissing me off.
They also have to address the issue of their shitty exclusives. So far this year we have only seen one exclusive and that’s just another iteration of a game we have played for hundreds of hours already. We need some new exclusive IP’s to give us a solid reason for buying it and not the PS4 which has a strong line-up already. Don’t give me Halo 5 and say that’s the only exclusive I will get because “Its Halooz lol” I need something fresh and new to keep my dedication to the console.
I sincerely hope that the rumors that the new Xbox will be primarily a media hub and a gaming console secondarily are untrue because nothing will piss me off more. I don’t use my Xbox for anything other than gaming and I believe a lot of other Xbox gamers are the same. Just because a lot of people watch Netflix on the thing doesn’t mean that you can turn the thing into some glorified cable box. Gaming first, other shit second. Simple.
I’m just hoping that this unveiling won’t be the same as their E3 conference last year because that was just horrible to watch. “Here are some sport channels so that you and your bros can watch football. With Kinect!” Spare me. It’s okay if they dedicate a short section of the unveiling to those things, but not let it run for half an hour or more.
Finally, they better allow me to carry my GamerScore over. If that’s not included then I will call a fuck this shit and buy a PS4. I’m not even kidding. My GamerScore has been an integral part of my gaming for years now and if that’s lost then I won’t have a reason to get the new Xbox at all and might as well go with the PS4.
Microsoft has gotten me really worried with all the rumors and speculations that have been happening and I have lost quite a bit of trust in them. I’m dangerously on the edge of abandoning the Xbox brand altogether and Microsoft really have to tread carefully if they want to keep me as a customer. That’s just my opinion on the matter. What do you lovely people think?