Xbox One.

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Yesterday, after years of speculation Microsoft finally revealed the Next Box, or XBox One to give it it’s official name, but few were impressed. This lack of lustre was at first largely down to the press conference itself, an hour long affair which featured barely twenty minutes of anything related to video games but instead a focus on the TV, NFL, Kinect  and social media features of Microsoft’s new, monster sized console.
Despite this odd focus we were privy to a handful of games, four EA tiles (FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and UFC), Forza V, a new game from Remedy dubbed Quantum Break and Call Of Duty Ghosts but Microsoft were saving everything else, price, release date and 15 ‘exclusives’ for E3. So that was that, Microsoft ended the conference there leaving many questions yet to be answered; however things took a sharp downturn for the new console after the press event, as word began to spread that there was much more to the XBox One than Microsoft had revealed on stage. The most notable information concerned pre-owned games, namely a fee for the privilege of playing them, let me explain.
When you buy a new XBox One game and put it into your console for the first time it will install to your hard drive, (this is mandatory) you then have to activate the game by going online and entering an activation code supplied with said game, you may then play your game as long as you go back online once (minimal) a day. Now if you then wish to lend this game to a friend or indeed sell it on the next user will need to go through the same process, however they won’t have an unused activation code, this is were things get murky.To get their hands on a new activation code this second, new user will have to purchase a code online from Microsoft; at full retail price. It should be noted that any game installed on your XBox One will be playable by all users of that console, but only that console.
This is to say at the least a shocking decision by Microsoft and one that, although will likely be pleasing to the likes of EA and Activision, the alienation of millions of gamers across the globe is looming. Unless Microsoft change this feature before the rumoured October/November launch it seems only logical that a huge wave of consumers will move over to one of the XBox One’s competitors.
While there was a handful of other talking points surrounding the XBox One (Rare are working on a historic IP for instance), the huge number of negatives; the pre owned game fee, no backwards compatibility with 360 games or XBLA games, daily connection to the internet being a requirement, mandatory use of Kinect, still paying for Live and a few more besides have all come together to overshadow the console completely. To say Microsoft have really put their foot in it would be kind, they’re up to their necks with this announcement.

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