I’ve decided that, since neither the Xbox One or PlayStation4 have officially been released, I should keep you all up-to-date on the recent happenings with both systems.
Currently, Sony is clear favorite in this race, outselling the Xbox One 80/20 in preorder sales,as according to my local GameStop. However, today Microsoft unveiled a gigantic change in the One that may turn some people back to their side. According to the Xbox UK Facebook face, the system now supports game trading, lending, and re-selling. There’s no word on how rentals and used games will work, but more than likely, Microsoft has a “solution” for that. Additionally, offline play no longer requires internet access.
So, what we have here is Microsoft actually listening to their fans for once. Will this actually make a difference in sales? The general opinion says no. See, Microsoft, here’s the problem with the Xbox One: videogames are marketed to gamers. That’s why the PS4 is outselling you. It’s a system that focuses 95% on gaming, and 5% on media. If you’re going to sell a gaming system for $500, it has to be the best fucking thing the industry has ever seen. People that want videogames don’t care about streaming videos and TV, and $500 is way too much to ask for a media device. The problem is, you are not fitting into a niche. The One isn’t a strong enough system to compete with the PS4, and it’s too expansive to appeal to people that actually want the media features. You need to be competitive with your targeted audience, and the Xbox One is anything but competitively priced.
This is just a classic example of Microsoft trying to redeem itself because Sony literally has them by the balls this time. The PS4 is a stronger system, it’s got better graphics, it has a clear targeted audience, and it’s $100 cheaper.
These changes might appeal to a minority of Xbox fans, but the Xbox One was failed from the start. Bad marketing, bad pricing, completely ignoring the targeted audience that made the Xbox what it is today (or at least the 360), weaker hardware… All this cannot be redeemed by fixing one or two complaints.
To all Xbox fans, here’s my parting message to you: Microsoft made the One with absolutely no fucks given about you, the ones that made the name “Xbox” popular in the first place. They broke one of the most important rules of business. They only made these changes in an attempt to regain their losses. This had proven to me that what I thought about Microsoft all along is true: they’re money whores. They did it once, they’ll do it again. Make the smart choice when the systems come out. If you’re a gamer, get the system that was made with gamers in mind. Hint: It isn’t the Xbox One.
FoUr is better than One, and there’s a U in four.