Four Mistakes Microsoft Should Correct Next Console Generation

"With more than 70 million units sold around the world and a particularly healthy commercial performance of late, there’s no doubt that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 system has more than held its own this console generation.

"But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement when the console’s successor rolls around. And with the new Xbox due to land at the back-end of next year, a number of shortcomings really should be addressed."

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theDECAY1940d ago

I think the difference between Xbox Live and PSN is getting smaller and smaller, so maybe a different revenue idea for Xbox Live. People aren't going to want to pay when they know they can get the same on PSN for free.

legendof1171940d ago

I disagree. The numbers are growing for Xbox Live members.

PirateThom1940d ago

XBox Live also includes Silver. As they sell more consoles, they get more users. Very simple. Microsoft don't give the numbers of Gold users same way Sony won't tell how many multiple region accounts people have or PS+ Subscribers.

ALLWRONG1939d ago

Actually MS does give Live numbers and Gold is growing.

Nice try though

LAWSON721939d ago

No one is saying they are getting smaller thedecay is saying the gap between the two is getting smaller and smaller

BitbyDeath1939d ago

Live only has around 12 million paid members which isn't very many.

EVILDEAD3601939d ago

Gold has always been around 50% of the overall Xbox Live number. It was quoted in 2010 at 12 million before Slim and Kinect and the 360 had its best holiday ever and certain people are still quoting the number even bought bough MS keep saying that there has been growth every single year.

Either way Xbox live has been far from a mistake. In fact it's been the 360s killer app the entire gen.


mewhy321939d ago (Edited 1939d ago )

I agree with evadus. Xbox live is just getting bigger and bigger. Many many many more apps available on xbox live than psn. Psn also tends to lag more than xbox live for online play. Instead of Xbox live becoming more that PSN .... it's PSN that's becoming more like Xbox PSN Plus. Sony is pushing plus every chance it gets!!! Now to the article, I agree that Microsoft could do better with the exclusive market but from a business standpoint I can see why they don't. Xbox has a bigger install base and is outselling ps3 without many exclusive titles. Microsoft doesn't need exclusives to help keep Xbox 360 ahead of ps3. It's already ahead and has been since it's launch. As a gamer I would love to see more exclusives, (that's why I have a ps3), from microsoft, but as a student of business I understand why they don't. If you're already beating your competition, then why would you want to spend millions and millions on exclusive software development(like Sony does)? and shrink your profit margins????? Let the third party developers eat the cost. Microsoft gets licensing fees for every game sold (no development cost) and their console is already outselling the competition. More profit. I want more exclusives but I understand why that's not happening.
I agree with the author that I don't want to see microsoft rely on too much on kinect. It's ok for kids but that's about it. As for the Japanese market?? They are very loyal to japanese brands and companies. It's a small market also. Marketing dollars would be better spent in europe and the U.S.

ravinash1939d ago

@ mewhy32

The reason MS should invest more in exclusives is because despite having a year head start to Sony, the PS3 has been slowly eating into MS lead to the point that world wide some reports say it has past xbox 360.
Of cause worldwide it's hard to prove one way or the other, but if MS want to keep the lead it needs to do more that just sit there thinking it doesn't need to do anymore.

Sony has had to cover a lot of ground to get PSN up to the same level as Xbox Live, and there are things they will not be able to fix until the next model Playstation comes out.
But when the next models do come out and people look back at the history of which console created the most exclusives for hard core gamers... which company do you think will come out on top if the online services were about the same but one had on line gaming free?

Other factors like timing and cost will also have an effect, but only time will tell.

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RuleofOne343 1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

Have paid for XBL now going on almost six years & even with free offering else where am still not interested , besides I like what am offered + friends ,family are all on their. (Let the disagrees for being different or like minded begin.)

hazardman1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

I have xbox live since it came out and just like you I have my friend and family on it. So hard for me to give up, but I hope that when new console comes out that Microsoft will have free online play. Either way I know I'm gonna buy it, but my kids will not be getting one if I still have to pay. I pay for mine in addition to 2 of my daughters and just yesterday my wife asked why are we paying for Internet and xbox live? Damn!!!

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Belking1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

but you can't get the same for free. PSn still isn't as unified as xbox live and you still don't have cross game chat with ps3 on psn. There are still things MS does with live that are superior to that of psn. Things like download speed and unification are just a few things that live does better. Yes, sony has closed the gap but Live is still the better service. It will be hard for sony to best MS in this area because this is mostly software and this is something that ms does well. Live being better is only my opinion of course. I'm some will disagree.

AngelicIceDiamond1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

I agree, XBL is for unity and coming together for well, whatever you please. Along with fast DL speed constant updates, beacons among others such as F2P games, soon to be fully realized come next year.

I think the basic right out of the box standard multiplayer should be available free for the average Joe who just wants to game online. While his options to subscribe to be completely up to him.

Other than Live is great, it only improves and gets better. Next gen Live should be nothing short of amazing.

TekoIie1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

One thing I would like is steams level of sales. The amount I save on steam every year trumps that of BOTH PS+ and XBL's sales.

Genuine question! How come XBL and PS+ cant match Steam on this? Not trying to troll or anything just interested :/

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lfclee1939d ago

Totally agree why would I want to pay good hard earned money spending it on something that I can get free else where , that was one of the reasons why I quit Xbox and them annoying apps which I really don't need.

Daoshai1939d ago

Because its better? It would actually surprise me if Sony doesn't charge with ps4. That'll be a fun day on n4g

Godmars2901939d ago

But given that MS's main focus has become media in general and not just games, they probably figure that they'll be able to get away with charging for the "Xbox Experience".

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1939d ago

They should make games. Would be a good idea.

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Dms20121940d ago

Getting the hardware quality locked down out of the gate is my number 1 concern. Although I am pretty sure MS learned its lesson. More exclusives would be nice as well.

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jimbobwahey1940d ago

The sad thing is that PSN does everything Xbox Live does and more for free. It has full cross-game voice chat and party systems on the Vita already, for example. A handheld console offering a superior service to Xbox Live for free really makes you reconsider shelling out the stupid yearly fees Microsoft asks for.

RuleofOne343 1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

You ever consider that maybe it's not what they offer , but maybe people buy what they prefer or like or feel comfortable with. Lets be honest just cause u like it doesn't mean everyone will like it , imagine if everyone liked the same thing that would be boring as hell.

@jimbobwahey more user as in having more than one free account , cause if that the case that not having more user. that's user having more than one account. So do you switch ISP when they suffer set backs outages seeing as how you pay for that services also or when the power goes out.

jimbobwahey1940d ago

I imagine that's why PSN has way more users than Xbox Live yeah, a lot more people prefer what Sony offers and consider it to be a superior service I guess.

For me personally though, having owned a Xbox 360 since launch, I was really frustrated when the original Modern Warfare launched and Xbox Live went down for about a month. It was really frustrating to pay for a service that didn't even work, while PS3 owners could play the game online for free without any problems.

That was the time I decided to invest in a PS3 :)

Halochampian1940d ago

I dont know if I would say superior. I love the Vita's UI and everything for a handheld but one thing that always bugs me is the 15 minute minimum for message updates. I know its a battery hog and all but I would love it to be closer to instant. I could even handle 5 mins.

I enjoy Xbox Live's interface more but that's not to say PSN's is bad.

hazardman1940d ago

I disagreed only because I don't care about the vita having said features but my ps3 as most of my gaming is done on it. I'm not a handheld type dude!

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KrisButtar1940d ago

if the next box is going with the shoveware kinect 2.0, no thanks. i already lost fable which still bugs the hell outta me. hope they dont mess with my halo in the same way

kneon1940d ago

If the next Halo includes the Master Chief dance off then you know they've jumped the shark ;)

CyborgNinjaGreyFox1940d ago

they need to Continue with 360 lol

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