Now that E3 2013 is officially over, and we’ve seen everything we need to see about the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the public have spoken. Pre-orders for the PS4 have eclipsed the Xbox One by a large margin, which means Microsoft will be making further announcements in the near future about either policy changes to the platform or new exclusives. The race hasn’t even begun yet, but we know Microsoft won’t sit idly by and let Sony dominate the holiday shopping season. So the question is, what will it take for you to purchase an Xbox One? What policy changes could Microsoft realistically make?
Let’s answer that second question, because only you can answer the first. While I know many of you wish Microsoft could do away with all the restrictions associated with the Xbox One, I think that’s wishful thinking. One change I don’t think the company will make is with the 24-hour online check-in. Microsoft wants you online, they kept saying the same thing over and over again at E3 this year, that cloud gaming is where the future is. By using the power of the cloud they could make A.I. smarter, they could make games more realistic, and that eventually they could make the system more powerful. How can they possibly achieve said goals if they don’t force online on the gaming population?
Everything else I think the company can, and will change. I believe Microsoft will eventually allow gamers to sell, lend, and trade games at their leisure. The backlash is simply too strong for the company to ignore. They’re essentially attacking the poor with this move, and that’s not a smart thing especially during a global recession.
As for always having Kinect connected, I don’t see why they can’t just do a software update that allows players to unplug the Kinect camera from their system. It seems extremely foolish to me that this has even been an issue. Microsoft should just come out and say that if you don’t want to use the camera at all, you don’t have to. There’s one problem with doing that however, it means that there would have to be a new SKU released that didn’t include the Kinect camera, and I’m not sure Microsoft wants to do that. Much like how they packed in a headset with each and every Xbox 360, they want everyone to have a Kinect this time around, as it’s part of their overall strategy, especially with getting casuals on-board for movies and entertainment.
Those are by far the most common issues people mention when it comes to the Xbox One. There’s also the $499 price tag, but because Microsoft wants to pack-in the Kinect with every model they sell so I see no way of them lowering the price unless they release another SKU without Kinect, and as I just said, that doesn’t seem very likely.
There’s also the games, and to be honest there will be a ton of exclusive content coming to Microsoft’s next system. We’ve already seen a few of the new IPs and they look good, so games shouldn’t be a problem. If these restrictions are done away with, and the games continue to flow, would that be enough to satisfy you?