For what it is worth, which is not very much, I've decided to give my input after the announcement of next-gen consoles. As a long-term Xbox player, the Xbox One has dissapointed me. Microsoft clearly misjudged the audience. They looked shocked that people did jump onto the stage when they announced the price. Not only that, now they've reversed their used game policy. More importantly the Xbox One failed to provide anything worth calling next-gen. Calling it the center of entertainment is useless, because many TV companies are innovating features that can do the same, and more. So why then do we need Xbox One? Microsoft has failed to innovate beyond finding a way to rip off people of their money even more so by not letting you share your games.
What happened to the big bold Xbox? Or the sleek and poweful Xbox 360 which truly felt like a 360 degree improvement by bringing Xbox Live to the center stage of gaming. The Xbox One, feels 359 degrees less innovative than prior next-gen consoles. One particular announcement I craved was a game that provided a persistent world, but did it successfully. Previous titles such as Defiance and DCOU attempted, but were behind the technology. An announcement paired with a big title that MMO style gameplay would be made available to next-gen gamers. Right now, you are saying to yourself: Elder Scrolls Online. Here's my qualm. 1. It did not take center stage. 2. It looks like it is going to flop (which as a huge Elder Scrolls fan is a heartbreak). What I want is for Microsoft to assure me, as a gamer that buying the Xbox One will give me access to a more reliable persistent world gaming experience that has traction.
Xbox backed down. Who doesn't have internet these days? If Xbox can pick up your wireless internet, then why not shift to the future of gaming: no discs at all? I get the criticism, and I might be a skeptic myself. But what happened to the Xbox that said this is our platform, play it or leave it. PSN was free while XBL ran you $60/year, and people still preferred Xbox 360 over PS3. Be bold! Do things that are going to cause criticism, and let the haters jump ship. Microsoft's bargaining ability has always delivered phenomenal titles to the Xbox. Let the titles lead your system preference, and your platform be your bargaining power. When someone who worked for Microsoft said "Deal with it", he got sacked. Microsoft has lost their mojo.
Now, we are not getting anything new with the Xbox One, and frankly I don't care for it. The only thing it has done is frustrate me, and a likely result is that I will discontinue playing console games flat out. While I can go on to list 359 reasons why the Xbox One is truly one dimensional, I will end by saying that the only savior for next-gen gaming are the game developers themselves. Take a look at the gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy, a game series that I was never interested in.
I want the old Microsoft back, the one that brought me 360 degree innovation, not a platform that looks in ONE direction: the status quo.