One year later, did Microsoft deliver?

#1 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

For those TL:DR. They did not release in all countries, Black Tusk's AAA title was pretty much cancelled,but they delivered on the promises on everything else. But don't forget that Major Nelson said there wasn't just a switch they could turn and turn this around... Kinect is also gone now aswell, they said they would never unbundle it.

Xbox 360P

The Promise: A "sleeker" Xbox 360 model will be made available on the day of the briefing, on June 10, 2013.P

True? Yep! The Xbox 360 E indeed launched on June 10. This is what it looked like on the inside.3P

The Promise: The 360 will receive "literally hundreds of games" in the "next several years." They went on to mention seven games by name which would release in the following 12 months, including Grand Theft Auto V, which would launch in September, and the free-to-playWorld of Tanks, made available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers that Summer.4P

True? Apart from one small detail, yes. Every game mentioned by name managed to launch since the day of the briefing:P

  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist on August 20, 2013P
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on February 11, 2014P
  • Batman: Arkham Origins on October 25, 2013P
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood on April 9, 2014P
  • Dark Souls 2 on March 11, 2014P

Grand Theft Auto V also met its promised release window on September 17, 2013. As for World of Tanks, while the game did launch in late June, it was an invitation-only Beta, which later became an open Beta in December, only to end in February of 2014, when the full game wasofficially released.P

Xbox One

The Promise: The Xbox One will launch in November 2013 in 21 markets around the world. The price point was set at $499 in the US, €499 in Europe, and £429 in the UK.P

True? Yes, but not for every market. In August, the number of markets the XB1 would launch in got trimmed down to 13, where the console indeed launched on November 22, 2013. The Xbox One is currently slated to come to 26 more markets, including Japan, this Fall. Microsoft has also partnered with China-based BesTV to help bring the console to the country.P

You can have a gander at our recently updated review for a closer look at the console itself.P

The Promise: Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will come to the Xbox One.P

True? Not yet, though the game's prologue was released in the form of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on March 18, 2014. Phantom Pain itself currently has no release date.'

The Promise: The exclusive 300-esque Ryse: Son of Rome will launch on the same day as the Xbox One.P

True? Yes, Ryse arrived with the console on November 22, 2013. You can check out our review here.P

The Promise: Double Helix will develop a new Killer Instinct game exclusively for the Xbox One.P

True? Yep, Killer Instinct launched with the Xbox One. This is what we thought of it.89P

The Promise: A rather colorful open-world game by Insomniac called Sunset Overdrive will come exclusively to Xbox One.P

True? Not yet, and there's currently no known release date—though we do have impressions of the game.P

The Promise: Turn Ten Studios is developing a fifth Forza Motorsport game which will launch alongside the Xbox One.PTrue? Indeed. Forza Motorsport 5 landed on November 22, 2013, complete with microtransactions which caused headaches for quite a few people

The Promise:Minecraft is coming to the Xbox One.P

True? Not yet, but soon. The PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and Xbox One versions of Minecraft will be released in August.10P

The Promise: Remedy showcased their new adventure game Quantum Break, noting that it will come exclusively to Xbox One.P

True? Not yet. Quantum Break is currently slated to come out at some point in 2015.P

The Promise:Swery is bringing D4, an episodic, cel-shaded murder mystery, to the Xbox One.P

True? Not yet. No release date is currently known.P

The Promise: Part game part game-maker Project Spark will come to Xbox One and Windows 8.P

True? Not yet, though a PC Beta has been underway since December, along with an Xbox One Beta since March.P

The Promise: A new game from the creator of Panzer Dragoon, called Crimson Dragon, will come exclusively to Xbox One.P

True? Yep, it launched with the console on November 22, 2013. You can find our review right here.P

The Promise: A new Dead Rising game will come to Xbox One in the 2013 holiday season.P

True? Yes. Dead Rising 3 was a launch title, released on November 22, 2013. You can read our review here.P

The Promise: CD Projekt Red's new RPG, The Witcher 3, will come to the Xbox One with exclusive Kinect and Smartglass functionality.P

True? Not yet. In fact, The Witcher 3 has since been delayed to 2015 February.P

The Promise: The next Battlefield will be on the Xbox One, and its Second Assault map pack will launch on the Xbox One first.P

True? Yes—the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 was released on November 22, 2013, along with the Second Assault pack, which only made its way to other platforms in 2014. Here's what we thought of the game.P

The Promise: Capybara games is developing a new roguelike called Below which will come to Xbox One.P

True? Not yet. No release date has been announced so far, though the game has been confirmed to be coming to PC as well. Below was also playable at PAX East; you can check out our footage here.P

The Promise: Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios is developing a "brand new, triple-A exclusive game" for the Xbox One.P

True? No. Microsoft's Phil Spencer confirmed to Polygon that the teaser shown at E3 was "a concept piece," and not an actual game that was in development. Black Tusk is currentlyworking on the next Gears of War game.

The Promise: The fifth main Halo game will come exclusively to the Xbox One.P

True? Not yet. Halo 5: Guardians is set to arrive in 2015.P

The Promise: Mecha-shooting multiplayer game Titanfall will come "exclusively to Xbox" in 2014 Spring.P

True? Yes, though it landed on PC too. Titanfall came out on March 11 on Xbox One and PC, and on April 8 on the 360. We have a review for you right here.P

Xbox Live & TwitchP

The Promise: Hassle-free game streaming will be part of Xbox One in the form of Twitch integration.P

True? Yes, but not at launch. The feature was officially announced in 2014 February as part of the following month's March system update.P

The Promise: Xbox Live Gold members will start getting two free games per month for their 360s, which are theirs to keep forever, starting July 1, 2013. These games will include Assassin's Creed II and Halo 3 in "the next several months."P

True? Yep.. The first free game made available on July 1 was tower defense title Defense Grid: The Awakening, though Fable III was also free to grab until the end of June 2013. Assassin's Creed II was the July 2013's second free game, while Halo 3 was made free for two weeks in October 2013. P

It's a bit different for the Xbox One—free games will only be available as long as you remain a Gold subscriber. More details on Microsoft's recently-revealed policy here.

The Promise: You'll be able to share "many" of your Xbox Live Gold benefits with "anyone in your house."P

True? Yes, Xbox Live Gold sharing indeed became a thing. Basically, multiple people can use the same subscription to play games on the Xbox One—you can read about how it works here.12P

The Promise: Xbox Live memberships will carry over to Xbox One.P

True? Yes, Xbox Live memberships are valid on both the 360 and the Xbox One, as statedhere.P

The Promise: Xbox Live's 100 friend limit will be removed.P

True? Technically no, but practically yes. The limit stayed, but it was increased to a more reasonable 1000.13P

The Promise: Microsoft points will be removed, with local currency taking their place on Xbox Live.P

True? Yes, this was implemented on August 26, 2013.

#2 Posted by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

#3 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

They did not take into account the whole 180 thing. They also promised that DRM would always be there and you needed Kinect to even use the damn thing. Don't forget the Kinect dropping out of the bundle

#4 Edited by High-Res (273 posts) -

No, The system is a complete piece of junk at this time. I'm not a fan boy either, I have Multiple X360's, Ps4, XBOX One, Ps3. Wii U , all that crap. I don't give two sheets who "wins".

I play games, I have 3 kids that play games and all I go on is what is being used...and the damn XBOX One has about 12 hours of usage since Christmas morning!

#5 Posted by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

They did not take into account the whole 180 thing. They also promised that DRM would always be there and you needed Kinect to even use the damn thing. Don't forget the Kinect dropping out of the bundle

Well I thought that them dropping those things was supposed to be good things. Personally I really like the functionality that Kinect brings to the system but if selling a cheaper unbundled unit helps sell more systems then I can accept that. Microsoft still delivered in all the ways that matter to me.

#6 Posted by Jacanuk (5567 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: a year later (which is not really a year but only since nov when X1 was released) and some parts of europe doesn't even have a X1, so this is a no brainer of course they haven't delivered, they have messed up so bad that i'm wondering if they have hired a bunch of hippies who have smoked too much funny tobacco and still think they are at Woodstock.

#7 Posted by Khasym (221 posts) -

I tend to agree with Jacanuk. Maybe they tried selling it the wrong way, or didn't lead off with what they wanted the X-1 to be. What I saw at E3, was supposed to be a console where Kinect was center stage. I know three people who bought an X-1 with Kinect. Only one still uses it for the voice commands, even after they were fixed. Justin and Destin on IGN's Game Scoop said it best: "Something needs to work 100% of the time. 99% is not enough." "A button press works 100% of the time."

I think Microsoft is trying to future-proof a little too much. They're trying to go against Apple and Google with these entertainment moves, but again, both devices are small addons to a normal TV. You don't have to REPLACE anything with them. MS is trying to force A-TV and Chromecast out of the picture, while still trying to appeal to gamers.

Competition, is healthy. OBEDIENCE, is not. If MS wanted to demonstrate how the X-1 is better than Apple TV, Chromecast, a PC and a smartphone or tablet, they have to take the fight to those devices and beat them on their own ground. That's pretty much how Sony stomped Sega out of the console business. They didn't throw in crazy new addons to a game console. They just backed and supported good games with the PS1 and 2, and blasted the Saturn and Dreamcast right out of the water. You don't tout "When you connect your PS1 to your TV, it'll make your DC obsolete. We will be in charge of all your entertainment needs."

#8 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

They did not take into account the whole 180 thing. They also promised that DRM would always be there and you needed Kinect to even use the damn thing. Don't forget the Kinect dropping out of the bundle

Well I thought that them dropping those things was supposed to be good things. Personally I really like the functionality that Kinect brings to the system but if selling a cheaper unbundled unit helps sell more systems then I can accept that. Microsoft still delivered in all the ways that matter to me.

That wouldn't have happend if people didn't show their discontent with their wallet

#9 Posted by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

They did not take into account the whole 180 thing. They also promised that DRM would always be there and you needed Kinect to even use the damn thing. Don't forget the Kinect dropping out of the bundle

Well I thought that them dropping those things was supposed to be good things. Personally I really like the functionality that Kinect brings to the system but if selling a cheaper unbundled unit helps sell more systems then I can accept that. Microsoft still delivered in all the ways that matter to me.

That wouldn't have happend if people didn't show their discontent with their wallet

Umm ok. What does that have to do with whether or not I feel that Microsoft has delivered what I feel is important to me though?

#10 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

They did not take into account the whole 180 thing. They also promised that DRM would always be there and you needed Kinect to even use the damn thing. Don't forget the Kinect dropping out of the bundle

Well I thought that them dropping those things was supposed to be good things. Personally I really like the functionality that Kinect brings to the system but if selling a cheaper unbundled unit helps sell more systems then I can accept that. Microsoft still delivered in all the ways that matter to me.

That wouldn't have happend if people didn't show their discontent with their wallet

Umm ok. What does that have to do with whether or not I feel that Microsoft has delivered what I feel is important to me though?

Did you feel they delivered you a good product after the reveal?

#11 Edited by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

Yes I think that Microsoft has definitely delivered, I have been very happy with my Xbox One since day one. I currently have a library of 13 games for the system with at least 3 more currently available that I want to get. I really like the functionality that Kinect camera brings to the system and I also enjoy many of the apps as well.

They did not take into account the whole 180 thing. They also promised that DRM would always be there and you needed Kinect to even use the damn thing. Don't forget the Kinect dropping out of the bundle

Well I thought that them dropping those things was supposed to be good things. Personally I really like the functionality that Kinect brings to the system but if selling a cheaper unbundled unit helps sell more systems then I can accept that. Microsoft still delivered in all the ways that matter to me.

That wouldn't have happend if people didn't show their discontent with their wallet

Umm ok. What does that have to do with whether or not I feel that Microsoft has delivered what I feel is important to me though?

Did you feel they delivered you a good product after the reveal?

Yes, that was exactly the thing I've been saying since the beginning.

#12 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371: Even with the DRM, forced Kinect, no used games?

#13 Posted by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371: Even with the DRM, forced Kinect, no used games?

What are you talking about? The end product had no DRM, you can play used games, and I said that I liked the functionality that Kinect brings to the system. What part of 'they delivered a quality product with games that I enjoy' aren't you getting?

#14 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371: Even with the DRM, forced Kinect, no used games?

What are you talking about? The end product had no DRM, you can play used games, and I said that I liked the functionality that Kinect brings to the system. What part of 'they delivered a quality product with games that I enjoy' aren't you getting?

See, that's where you are mistaken. DRM is on the system when you unbox it. You need a patch to remove it mate

#15 Edited by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371: Even with the DRM, forced Kinect, no used games?

What are you talking about? The end product had no DRM, you can play used games, and I said that I liked the functionality that Kinect brings to the system. What part of 'they delivered a quality product with games that I enjoy' aren't you getting?

See, that's where you are mistaken. DRM is on the system when you unbox it. You need a patch to remove it mate

Well whatever, it's still something that isn't there anymore as it's an online DRM that gets nullified as soon as it goes online.

#16 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371: Even with the DRM, forced Kinect, no used games?

What are you talking about? The end product had no DRM, you can play used games, and I said that I liked the functionality that Kinect brings to the system. What part of 'they delivered a quality product with games that I enjoy' aren't you getting?

See, that's where you are mistaken. DRM is on the system when you unbox it. You need a patch to remove it mate

Well whatever, it's still something that isn't there anymore as it's an online DRM that gets nullified as soon as it goes online.

I agree that it isn't there as it was revealed to be. The Xbox One hasn't convinced me as a product

#17 Edited by Archangel3371 (16149 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@Archangel3371: Even with the DRM, forced Kinect, no used games?

What are you talking about? The end product had no DRM, you can play used games, and I said that I liked the functionality that Kinect brings to the system. What part of 'they delivered a quality product with games that I enjoy' aren't you getting?

See, that's where you are mistaken. DRM is on the system when you unbox it. You need a patch to remove it mate

Well whatever, it's still something that isn't there anymore as it's an online DRM that gets nullified as soon as it goes online.

I agree that it isn't there as it was revealed to be. The Xbox One hasn't convinced me as a product

Well to each their own but like I've said before I'm very satisfied and happy with it. Having a terrific time with many games currently on it and many more to come.

#18 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74273 posts) -

@Archangel3371: Let's just hope they deliver

#19 Posted by VERTIGO47 (6351 posts) -

They've pretty much delivered and IMPROVED since last year.

#20 Posted by kingcrimson24 (493 posts) -

Yes they did .

but still there aren't many good games to play on Xbox one (or PS4)

I think buying any of them before November is too soon . my xbox one is just my " Forza 5 machine " now and i'm more excited to play some games on my xbox 360 .