Xbox One innovations:
- Digital sharing of content among multiple users
- Cloud processing and persistent game worlds
- Improving a already-near-perfect gamepad with better sticks, a better D-pad and multiple rumble points
- HDMI input (presumably allowing control of the connected device via HDMI)
- Kinect 2 which works in concert with the controller to detect subtle player movements (not flailing arms) and heart rate
- Steam-like digital distribution model that allows for better price controls and inevitable sales.
- It’s not Xbox
- Share stuff on Facebook
- It’s not Xbox
Ironically from this argument Sony wants to point you to digital purchases. Purchases that have DRM, Can only be played on one device at a time, requiring a login to PlayStation network.
How is that not hypocritical??
Steam adds a method to share your games in response seemingly to Xbox One. Yet that’s okay cause Steam have done it…
Final Nail in the coffin:
So basically Sony want us to move towards a console with them, yet they can’t do basic things like testing automatic system updates, or actually encrypting passwords (I’ve not forgiven you).
The more I see, the more I realise I should stick it out with Steam at least they are forthcoming and just say shit yeah we are a digital company you need a connection to the internet. But with that apart, Xbox One mightily more attractive if you look at features compared to PS4. The PS4 is like buying a Ferrari chassis and engine, but not having any dials for speed, and petrol, and not having things like seats, a stereo and air conditioning because those are too big of a design risk. The simple fact of the matter is sometimes consumers need to be pushed (gently) into what they need because frankly all consumerism does is stump development.
The original concept of Xbox Live was a payed subscription. This was new and a lot of people were a bit judgemental and negative because of that. However look at Xbox Live as a online gaming platform now. I think Microsoft should stick by their guns on this, and more and more as time goes along Sony’s strategy seems to have more holes in it than international tax law.