It would be quite the understatement to say Microsoft has turned some gamers off with the Xbox One. Between constantly harping on about the system’s TV features and trying to push always-online DRM on the public, Microsoft’s approach to the system has put a sour taste in a lot of mouths.
That said, the Xbox One arriving on store shelves this Friday isn’t exactly the same machine Microsoft announced back in May, and despite the bad press, the console has a number of things going for it. Dan already laid out why you should wait on the system, so here’s a few reasons to throw caution to the wind and take the Xbox One plunge…
Microsoft Has Dropped All It’s Most Controversial Xbox One Policies
All that stuff that made you so mad earlier this year? The always-online requirement, the blocking of used games, the machine not working unless Kinect was turned on — all that stuff has been thrown on the scrap heap.
Granted, Microsoft has only changed their policies, not their hardware — the Xbox One is probably still capable of doing all those things, but doing a double reversal would be PR suicide, so don’t expect Microsoft to start randomly blocking used games a year down the road or anything.
You Might Learn To Like Its TV Features
Listen, I understand — Microsoft going on and on and on about TV stuff while barely mentioning games when it first unveiled the Xbox One was infuriating. I never wanted to hear the words “Xbox” and “TV” in the same sentence again after that.
That said, get past that initial knee-jerk “ARGH! I JUST WANT MY CONSOLE TO PLAY GAMES!!!” reaction and you might find the Xbox One surprisingly useful. I mean, who really likes their DVR? Anybody? You take whatever the cable company will give you, and usually it sucks. Who likes awkwardly switching between the half-dozen things you have hooked up to your TV? Want to switch from playing a game to watching a TV or movie? Power down the Xbox with one controller, find the remote for the cable box or DVD player and turn that on separately, pick up a third remote and change the video-input on the TV — it’s a pain in the ass.
With Xbox One you could be playing a video game, pause it, switch to watching your show that just came on, then switch to watching old episodes of that show on Netflix then return to your game, un-pause it and keep playing. All seamless. Hell, you can do it all with just your voice if you want — no fussing with remotes. That is pretty cool, admit it.