As most of you know, I am the proud owner of a PS4. When decision time rolled around last summer and fall, it wasn’t as easy as it might seem. True, I am a bit of a Sony fanboy, but I believe it is with merit, as I’ve never had a bad Sony product and I always get great bang for my buck. In any case, when I decided not to get an Xbox One, it was tough. The TV snap feature is kind of cool, and I’m sad that I’ll be missing a new Halo experience. With that said, here are 4 things that Microsoft must do in order to convince me to buy an Xbox One.
1: Ditch The Kinect For a Price Drop
I think the Kinect is pretty useless at this point. For some reason, it just seems like developers can’t make good use of the technology, which is a shame because I definitely think that the Kinect could revolutionize gaming in a certain capacity. But, because I haven’t seen any game that made me want to buy a Kinect either in this new generation or the last one, I would definitely like to see Microsoft offer an Xbox One sans Kinect for a hundred dollars cheaper. As somebody who doesn’t have all that much money to spend on video games, saving up another hundred bucks toward buying an Xbox One at launch was impossible; because Microsoft is trying to push technology that’s more or less unnecessary, it will be harder for them to sell their systems at the premium price. Who wants to pay extra to buy something they don’t need, when a cheaper (and just as good) alternative is right in front of them?
2: Improve Free Games Program
There’s no doubt about it; Playstation Plus members get more (and better) free games than Xbox Gold members do. For example, this February, Gold members get the two-and-a-half-year-old Dead Island for the first two weeks, and some title I’ve never heard of called Toy Soldiers: Cold War for the second two weeks. An important thing to note is that neither of these titles will be available on the Xbox One. Meanwhile, PS+ members get Outlast for the PS4, which is making its console debut on this system. Notably, Outlast is quite new; it’s only been out for 5 months on PC. On top of the monthly free PS4 title, a handful of games are free to PS3 owners, and there are free Vita titles as well; all the Plus titles are newer than Microsoft’s Dead Island offering. With the fact that I get a new PS4 game for free every month with my mandatory Plus subscription, why would I ever want to switch to Xbox One, where my mandatory Gold subscription would earn me no games for the system at all? (It is worth noting that Microsoft plans to add the Xbox One to their Games For Gold program in the future).
This is more of an “in my dreams” request, as I’m sure the sheer size of an Xbox One’s inner components makes it impossible to make the system any smaller at this point. However, look at the size difference between the PS4 and Xbox One in this picture. Then, to make matters worse, look at the fact that the One is even larger than the original 360 and is about the same size as an original PS3; this thing is a beast! I don’t have a ton of space in my room, and I honestly would have needed to do some serious rearranging in order to neatly fix an Xbox One in there (yes, the extra couple of inches make that much of a difference, as wrong and inappropriate as that sounds). Especially seeing the size of the Xbox One in comparison to the PS4, I must applaud Sony for truly making a sleek, slim system, especially on the first iteration. I honestly don’t know how they’ll make it much slimmer, and I don’t see the need for a slim model anyhow, seeing how small it is already.
All things considered, it truly would take a lot for me to buy an Xbox One at this point. With that said, providing the new Halo game swiftly would go a long way. I have no idea when it’s actually going to release, but the sooner the better, assuming the quality of the game won’t suffer. If I see a 9 or 10 rated Halo game, it’ll definitely come closer to breaking my resolve. Even better, I would love to have a limited edition Halo Xbox One. I’ve never had a limited edition system since my parents bought the Wii and I bought my PS4 before limited editions came out, the PS3 came free with our Bravia purchase, and my 360 was bought because it was used and cheap; doesn’t matter what it looks like. Being able to say there’s something special about my console while getting to flaunt my love for Halo would definitely make me happy.
Well, there you have it! Here are some things Microsoft could do to entice me into buying an Xbox One. The thing is, it’s not all about me; I’m sure lots of peopel would buy Ones if they were $100 cheaper as well, for example. What could cause you to want to buy an Xbox One? Let me know in the comments section below, and leave a like or a follow if you’ve enjoyed the article. Check out the LP channels in my “Links” tab, and I’ll see you next time.