Submitted by FlameHawk 721d ago | article

Xbox One owners unite to spur Microsoft to improve system

Microsoft has put a lot of stake and claim into their next-generation contender, the Xbox One, but it appears that the Redmond-based tech giant still has a lot of work left to satisfy gamers. There have been many complaints on the Xbox One’s interface, including the scrambled square-based UI and lack of an Xbox Guide, and users are putting pressure on Microsoft to make some changes. (Xbox One)

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dedicatedtogamers   721d ago | Immature | show | Replies(9)
jackanderson1985  +   721d ago
Still can't understand the issue with the guide like the 360. Yeah it was useful on the 360 but that's because it took ages to get back to the dash. With the Xbox one it's barely a second to get back to the dash. Also dunno if it's just cuz I'm in ireland and there is still functions missing but I don't find the dash cluttered at all. I removed the pins for the ones ms had pinned already, pinned my games and Netflix and have been having no issues with it. One of the biggest peeves I do have is the achievements not liking that it's a separate app uve to boot up
ShinMaster  +   721d ago
Hold up! Are you telling me Xbox One doesn't have features like Voice Messages like on 360 and the PS4 does? lol craazy

One would think HDD data management, battery indicator, notifications, chat and controller options, etc would be a given.
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mrpsychoticstalker  +   721d ago
I never undertood not even one voice message they sent me (mostly trolls) on my 360. So im actually glad they got rid of it.
Pogmathoin  +   721d ago
Man can this be put to bed now? I love my PS4, I love my X1, whichever system you got, enjoy it, make the most of it. There are no doubt some kinks to be ironed out, and they will with updates to firmware. That is the nature of the console business now. Please people, and myself included too, as I get drawn into the ridiculousness of everything, lets move on, Next gen has arrived. I have never attacked either console, just cannot stand the hate that goes on, by both sides. If the 'other' guys system really gets under your skin, please go find a new hobby. Thanks, and as Alan Partridge would say, ahh ha!
alexkoepp  +   721d ago
That website is great and I'm glad Microsoft has acknowledged its existence, most of the feedback is spot on - I agree with the original poster though a guide in the 360 sense is no longer needed, if a guide was implemented as the center button then how would I quickly return to the home screen?

Voice commands work well 95% of the time, except for Xbox on, I frequently have to say it multiple times, today in fact it would just not work I must have tried a dozen times before I gave up and hit the home button instead

I've only tried sending text messages, guess I missed that voice messages are no longer there

there is nothing wrong with a website aimed at constructive criticism, the original poster was way off base claiming people have no right to complain - they aren't, its feedback, and its a positive thing for addressing issues.

if everything is great for you then I suggest you don't waste your time downloading system updates, apparently they don't interest you
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3-4-5  +   721d ago
We had it on the Original Xbox as well.

They are so dumb they don't realize how dumb they are, which is why they think the choices they are making are correct, when they aren't even close.

It's hard to expect a clueless company to automatically "get it", when they obviously don't "get" whatever it is in life there is to "get/understand".

They are out of touch with reality...with our reality.

I used to be proud to be an xbox gamer. Now it doesn't even matter. I just want the truth.
Rocky5  +   720d ago
@alexkoepp is your Xbox one set to power saving mode? (Basically turned off) easiest way is check the power brick, if the light is white then kinect should work, if its orange them the system is off.

Not had any issues with turning on the system with kinect.
DeathOfTheFanBoy  +   721d ago
I love it, the only thing I REALLY want sorting is the way the friends/party system works...
And if I have played with someone (a random) on KI for instance, I still cant figure out how to go view their profile/add them as a friend etc...

Kinect makes EVERYTHING else easy.
GUTZnPAPERCUTZ  +   721d ago
Dude it does! I brought my X1 over to a buddies last nigh without the kinect and we were playing some BF4 and I was saying "Xbox Record that" and "Xbox, snap Music", etc. never would have thought it was something that was a cool feature until you get use to it then don't have it lol I love the kinect!
ShinMaster  +   721d ago
@ DeathOfTheFanBoy

There's no "Players Met" feature like on PS4 either?


It's even easier and quicker on PS4.
You can just press the Share button on the controller and without the need to "Snap" Game DVR.
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jeromeface  +   721d ago
@gutzn The fact that kinect is required for voice and they just didn's integrate a mic into the console is retarded.
Jeedai Infidel  +   721d ago
ShinMaster, how much is Sony paying you to recruit new PS4 owners?
ShinMaster  +   721d ago
@ Jeedai Infidel

Nothing. PS4 is selling out and outselling all on its own.
JamieL  +   721d ago
@ ShinMaster
Cool so you can just hit the guide button and import your extensive mp3 collection of music to listen to as well?

Just let someone like the feature of their console as well, stop being so self-centered.
Ashby_JC  +   721d ago
When I come home I can do pretty much anything without even turning the controller on.

I would NEVER want to use the xbox one without the Kinect hooked up!!

And this is coming fro someone who owned a 360 and was curious about the original Kinect. I sat on the fence and waited for a game that showed what it could do for me. Never happened.

So honestly I am waiting on that game to use it in conjunction WITH the controller. Because I feel that Kinect is better served to add to a game verses trying to use it for gaming alone.

Kinect in BF4 I ended up turning it off as the leaning and in vehicle use was not that great an experiencec.

Forza 5...the headtracking ...why they chose to change it from head movement to leaning boggles my mind. Why would I want to lean left or right to move my drivers in game head?? My buddy told me on the last Forza kinect tracked your head movement.

Overall I am VERY VERY impressed and hope that devs use it since its there. BUT I dont want tacked on BS.

OHhh BTW its minor but in NBA 2K14 I got a technical foul cause the kinect must have heard me cursing. You can call timeouts and double teams...its OK not mindblowing...I have used the timeout out loud at times.

KINECT does make everything easier..!
PharaohX  +   720d ago
I figured a way to add people you meet or met while playing a game. What you have to do is remember their name or while playing say Xbox record that. Once you have their Name or Live Login then go to Friends and then click on Find Someone. Type in their name and then you should be able to add them. Hopefully they will fix this soon but this is the best remedy for now..
Add me Pharoah X
redwin  +   720d ago
It's not like we are asking for magic here, these are mostly things that the 360 does... And they still wonders why people are displease ! @&$"!!!'
malokevi  +   721d ago
I'm loving my dash. Getting to anything is as easy as saying "Xbox... [insert desires here]"

It's never been easier, and I couldn't be happier. Sure, there are some things that could use polish, and some things that need to be implemented, bt isn't that expected? Microsoft has said they are on it.

think of the Xbox360 dashboard as it was at launch, and as it is now. Nowhere to go but up. It's gonna be oookkkkk. As long as I can say "Xbox, go to Battlefield 4" "Xbox, Record that" "Xbox, Select" and "Xbox, Go To Netflix", I'm as happy as a clam.

And clams are pretty happy, seeing as how they don't have all that much to complain about. :D
Demster  +   720d ago
Look, you can't tell about your positive Xbone experience here. Ps4 fanboys (aka regular N4G users) will flame you to death.
Sarcasm  +   720d ago
The general consensus is that when the voice control works, it works great and feels great. It's just when it doesn't, that's when the experience is tainted.

And there are certain scenarios for some particular gamers that don't always allow them to use voice commands. For example at a party or gathering with a lot of people and noise, or at night time with a spouse in the bed. You might have no choice but to use the controller to navigate, that seems to be the main source of VALID complaints of trying to navigate the UI. That and trying to manage data is a nightmare, as well as trying to add friends or join a game isn't good like it was on the X360.

And those complaints are coming from hardcore true Xbox fans. It has nothing to do with PS fans.

Just look up the video on youtube, "Podcast Unlocked: Fixing the Xbox One"
redwin  +   720d ago
Clam chowder? Haha, that would make me nervous if I was a clam.
so19x  +   720d ago
I totally agree, I've had no issues in navigating around the system be it with voice command or a quick button press. I live in England and i'm sure we are missing over half the features out in America (Tv guide). But i would have to agree the lack of battery indicator, hard drive management, missing friends notifications has to be corrected soon. But if we think back to the time where the ps3 and xbox 360 were first released, there were so many features missing. What i'm trying to say is these features will come in time. I have both the ps4 and the Xone and at the moment the ps4 is the more polished of the two but i do really enjoy using my xone to hop in and out of games, tv and Netflix with a simple voice command.
BallsEye  +   720d ago
Got my box yesterday and got ZERO problem. Everything works blazing fast and I had no problem finding stuff. My kid can operate it without a problem and people complain they don't know how to use it? Really?
TAURUS-555   720d ago | Trolling | show
ceedubya9  +   721d ago
I haven't really had too many issues with the UI, but if that is the biggest problem that the Xbox One has, then that's good.
IcicleTrepan  +   721d ago
I think the title and article are embellishing how upset users really are. People are just asking for more features/fixes as usual. Microsoft has already said a lot of these are already in the pipe for the next update so it's not like they aren't listening.

Some people just really want to see the XB1 fail for some reason, even when it is doing just fine.
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sovietsoldier  +   721d ago
what i don't understand is the speed at which its taking to make the corrections that users are asking for. like where is the audio patch?

why is it taking so long? <---that's the real issue
AgitatedOcelot  +   721d ago
It's been out two weeks. You can't say it's taking a long time for new features to come after two weeks.

It takes time to add and properly test completely new features. I knew the Xbox was going to fare worse than the PS4 in this regard for a couple reasons though.

Reason one, it's Microsoft. This is how they do things. Windows 8 wasn't so much a bad OS as it was a mishmash of unfinished ideas leading to having to rely on both the metro interface and the desktop to manage to manipulate all the settings you need to manipulate. The experience feels compromised and cobbled together.

Reason two, the DRM about face. Making a drastic change to core functionality 6 months out was something I always expected to affect the quality of the product at release.
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Ashby_JC  +   721d ago
Reason 2. Me and a friend talked about this. Changing the system from what they initially planned im sure has to have effected how the launch system turned out.

Im enjoying what we have now and look forward to seeing the system grow. If the 360 is anything to go by I know they will make changes over time.

Also...I dont believe everything we want will automatically happen. I feel the XBOX one is its own system and there are some things that we just have to get used to.

One of the complaints I read is about getting to your friends list. One feature they added that more need to use is "Favorites" take the time to make important people on your friends list "favorites"

So when you say Snap Activiy>Favorites ...they are all right there to see while in game etc.

At the moment I dont think you can snap your friends list. I think this move was made based on having a 1000 friends limit. Just a guess. I think thats why there arent notifications for friends going off and online.

Thats what the news FEED is for. But I would like in the future to have the option to see a notification for "Favorites"
Ashby_JC  +   721d ago
Ummmm they are focusing on launching the system..the system has been out what 13-15 days!

Why is it hard to understand that it takes time to make changes. The PS4 hasnt had any changes to it yet as well.

We KNOW they will tweak, add and adjust with time. Its NOT going to happen over night.

We all decided to jump on early....so therefore we have to be patient.
sovietsoldier  +   720d ago
ms is a software company , they run their own software on the xbox which is really nothing but windows 8 it shouldn't take but a few days to a week to make any cosmetic changes. some of the changes and additions like audio codec support was already in the works but no reason it should be delayed or absent for a lengthy period.
MajorGecko  +   721d ago
If Xbox One users are frustrated, there is a perfectly good console called the Xbox 360 for them to play.
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H0RSE  +   721d ago
It seems to be a mix of rushed/incomplete features of the X1, mixed with users being unfamiliar with new tech. The Xbox One is not Xbox 360 2.0 - it is it's own system, with it's own way of doing things. Many xbox players, myself included, were probably a bit confused initially when trying to navigate the UI, but this is expected. I'm sure similar scenarios presented itself when people migrated to Win 7 from XP.

Although there are genuine concerns, I'm sure there is a helping of "fear of change" mixed with the frustration, where players just want everything to work like they're used to. Sorry guys, welcome to technology... X1 (and PS4) will undoubtedly go through many changes, so you can un-bunch your panties now...
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Godmars290  +   721d ago
By all counts, MS had a few months to overhaul plans they'd setup for years because those original policies were strongly anti-consumer, yet they had no idea the backlash was going to be as bad as it was.

And then there's the agenda of pushing Windows 8.

You miss South Park - Gates is back!
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Convas  +   721d ago
Guess who was responsible for that "One Microsoft" vision. Ballmer.

Guess who's not going to be MS CEO next year. Ballmer.
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FlyGuyHung  +   721d ago
No complaints here for both my PS4 and XboxONE.

*happy dance*

"Xbox ON!" > "Go to Killer Instinct"

/logs off.
TRD4L1fe  +   721d ago
I love saying Xbox on as I walk through the door and as I put my stuff away i turn around to a ready XB1 staring at me
creeping judas  +   721d ago
I do the same thing, however I have found that shutting the Xbox One down is a lot faster via the controller rather then saying "Xbox, turn off"
Ashby_JC  +   721d ago
I do find that the Kinect seems sleep like really passed out and I have to say "XBOX ON" pretty FIRMLY for it to hear me.

But once its ON....I can sometimes say things pretty low and it hears me. I have had a few days where the Kinect was like having a tantrum and it wasnt working that well. But the last week it has been just fine.

I come home...and check to see who is online. Go to TV. Check notifications. change channels. And there have been times that I havent even turned the controller on until I was ready to play a game.

I almost wish I had went all digital instead of getting four games. Going digital...being able to just say Go to (insert game) without having to swap disc!
buynit  +   721d ago
Yes.... I have 3 DD games, just wait until you get your first, you might not go back to disc!

I hate the fact that the game costs the same as retail but that luxry of going from game to game as quick and easy as kinect makes it happen is just about making it feel well worth it..

I have the same problems from time to time somedays it works great and others i have to speak a little louder. My biggest complaint on the tv feature is the channels, i have a lot of hbo's east, west, family ect.. But all i can say is watch hbo and it takes me to the first hbo channel, i wish i can say channel up or down that would be great.
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TRD4L1fe  +   721d ago
I really dont see or have any issues with the interface. things are easy to get to, looks great and works very fast. Im pleased with my console
Wikkid666  +   721d ago
People have to understand there will be constant improvements coming. When DRM change came into play it took every team to get it done for launch... so things were left out. Now they will have time to add and perfect the OS.
Pogue1906  +   721d ago
I've had some of these same questions, I thought i just needed to look harder in the system to figure out how to do some of those things. I only get to play maybe a hour or two a day except for on the weekend, and I'm still kind of feeling my way around. I learn something new just about everyday. Its good to know all the issues I had are being looked at. The 360 got better as time went along, I'm sure the XBone will also. With that being said, its BAD ASS right now like it is and I'm loving this console and the games I have more and more everyday.
Ashby_JC  +   721d ago
First 2-3 days with the system I was in the settings menu everyday lol. Basically learning what everything did.

One feature I wish I could turn off in game or in the system settings is "AUTO RECORD" BF4 and NBA2K14 will record moments automatically. I want to disable it.

Im surprised no one mentions it. Its seems that most are focusing on popular 360 features that havent made the jump.

I think the ones who say its messy etc just dont understand it. It took me until THIS week to realize that the boxes under the main screen at home to the left of the "disc insert box" <<<couldnt think of the correct name lol. Anyway...I ddnt realize that those 3-4 boxes showed apps that are open lol

Also I read somewhere that the system will have two apps and one game open at any given time. I also know that some apps like Skype when in use will stay open and you can bounce from app to app and lets say you open twitch then go to IE...it will close Twitch. WHile Skype is still open and in use.

One other thing that I would like to see is all SNAP apps have a mute or volume control. I KNOW its possible because TWITCH which can be snapped has a MUTE option!!!
lonewolfjedi  +   721d ago
that's good, atleast these xbox one owners are not damage controlling
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ltachiUchiha  +   721d ago

Lol funny how u were one of the users saying xbox one would be more powerful then the ps4 lol. Just enjoy the system u like & stop making yourself look bad mate.
sandman224  +   721d ago
They did there their best. You should've bought a ps4 lol.
Phoenix76  +   721d ago
I think the biggest reason people are a bit pevved off at M$ is because of the showcase presentation the had at E3 showed an almost complete and fully working system(later found to be ran off a PC) and what they have been left with, which is really, still a work in progress riddled with holes.
But I will admit this as well, Sony are no better themselves. I have a ps4 and I feel that its OS is still not complete. but that my opinion though.
JeffGUNZ  +   721d ago
and this is typical with a launch of a new generation of consoles. PS4 and Xbox one, from the limited time I have had with them, seem fine. Sure, both could be improved and they will be. It's just typical internet nonsense complaining about SOMETHING.
meatnormous  +   721d ago
The biggest reason I am pissed at microsoft is that the one almost requires gold. I opened mine and tried to show my wife the features. Internet explorer, one guide and netflix require gold. I cannot believe internet explorer requires gold to use. I asked for dr3 for christmas and now I am really thinking of taking this damn thing back. Every xbox should come with a month of gold out of the box. Day one edition my ass.
dethpuck  +   721d ago
It's got some issues for sure. Party chat is messed up. It'll get better though. It has to. I am loving kinect for navigating the ui and turning my entire setup on and off with a few words
4logpc  +   721d ago
Why are people bringing up the inability to send voice messages? I really believe an extremely small percentage even used that feature.
iliimaster  +   721d ago
i used that feature almost everyday or time i p lay the system either to talk smack about someone or leave a voicemail to a friend its a huge feature that the ps3 did not have and its what i loved about the 360 now compile that with all the other changes and it sucks
Schizoid  +   720d ago
Everyone I know uses the voice messages a lot.
PSNrandom15  +   721d ago
You get what you paid for. Xbots knew exactly what they were getting and did not want to complain about it.
Belking  +   721d ago
More like ps fans pretending to be xbox one owners. XB1 owners arent complaining about things they know will improve. MS is light years ahead of the competition when it comes to their UI. Its not perfect but man it's so much better than sony's attempt. Their UI is still not up with xbox360. PSn is resetting pass words and peoples Fifa accounts are being hacked, plus having to wait till 2014/2015 for cloud services isn't something to be bragging about.

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ziggurcat  +   721d ago
"Fifa accounts are being hacked"

this isn't specific to playstation, you fool.

go back to misterx where you belong.
fossilfern  +   721d ago
Well I do think the UI is pretty poor and I hope they have any option to pick a background instead of it just being a pure black screen. I don't use the kinect and navigation of the UI without it is awful but you're right it will improve.

Just wish MS would bring back the blade system or something akin to it.
ziggurcat  +   721d ago
nice try, belking. the account issue is related to FIFA, not PSN. people with the game on xbone/X360 are also getting "hacked."

from the same article:

"One user stated that, “Yeah looks like someone got a hold of your password. This happened to me on my 360. And of course it was also because of FIFA. That game is behind a large quantity of these unauthorized charges."

maybe if you bothered to read past the clickbait title, you'd have realized it's not just PSN.
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fossilfern  +   721d ago
One of my biggest issues other than the OS is that MS have the audacity to require you to have XBL just to use the likes of Netflix, which I already pay for! While it's free elsewhere. I do enjoy my XBO but MS needs to change these terrible policy's.
jessupj  +   721d ago
Well when millions buy the console, why should MS change their anti consumer, anti gamer practices?

If people are so willing to lap up those greedy practices why should MS actually respect their customers?
Sci0n  +   720d ago
why would they change that policy when people will continue to buy gold to use the apps they are already paying for. If I could get away with doing that to consumers I would do it too.
SilentGuard  +   721d ago
There are so many features and capabilities missing from the Xbone UI that have been on the 360 for years its like taking two steps back. MS pushed Kinect so much they forgot to add features and made others overly complicated. Simple things like being able to add a motto, location, and bio to your profile are now completely gone. Maybe its nitpicking, but its an example of something nice that added a little personality to a profile and made them interesting. A multitude of little things like that, which have been on the 360 for years, add up into a let down which makes the Xbone feel incomplete.
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buynit  +   721d ago
Are you willing to let it grow? It has been what... Two weeks?! It has quite a few really good new features to fall in love with until all the breat last gen stuff gets worked back in..
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SilentGuard  +   720d ago
fair enough as im sure much will be fixed with an update, however, because its new doesn't excuse MS for failing to put in basic functions that have come to be a given for consoles today.
buynit  +   720d ago
Very true but im willing to give them a lil break considering that most of those features are considered basic thanks to the 360.

I think both consoles will be adding old and new amazing features as time goes on.
DarenG  +   721d ago
They need to update the XBOX ONE UI in several areas. Having said that at least my Live account was just not hacked. Sony just announced they found "unusual activity" on PSN accounts. I guess they got hacked AGAIN.

"Dear valued customer,

The Sony Entertainment Network team routinely monitors for any irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect consumers and their account information. Your account password was recently reset as part of this process and you will need to create a new password the next time you access your account using the “Forgot Your Password” option on the Sign in screen."
ziggurcat  +   721d ago
no they didn't. people believe it's related to FIFA, and has nothing to do with PSN (because the same thing happened to people with FIFA on xbone/X360).
DarenG  +   721d ago
No they didn't what? They exploited a vulnerability between the game and network. It's a hack either way.
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ziggurcat  +   721d ago
PSN didn't get hacked "AGAIN".

it's related to the game, not the network.

and there's zero evidence to support that anyone's information was hacked into as a result of the prior breach. yet you constantly hear of people's XBL accounts getting hacked into... but MS/xbox fanboys just blame the users.
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iliimaster  +   721d ago
how can they take out voice messages? they have ruined the very online experience they brag about im just finding this out great read because like a normal person would think they would not mess up what works and sure enough
Brute_Shot_Adam  +   721d ago
Anyone remember the first dashboard on the x360, compared to the latest on there? I'm not too impressed with the whole thing atm. Glad people and Microsoft are planning changes.
Max-Zorin  +   721d ago
Oh look. Sony and MS fans proving once again that they're not friendly people.
Hicken  +   720d ago
When are you gonna get over that? It's like it surprises you every time, and you feel compelled to ignore whatever the hell else is going on and comment on just that.

PEOPLE aren't friendly. PEOPLE are selfish, lazy followers. Has nothing to do with being a Sony fan or a fan of MS. Any stint in retail will teach you that.

And even though it never ceases to amaze- or depress- me, it's also not something I feel the need to comment on every single time, heedless of subject or situation.

In short: get over it.
Max-Zorin  +   720d ago
I been over it. I just wanted to state the obvious.
Hicken  +   720d ago
Can't say I've heard of another situation where someone was over something, yet took every available opportunity to remind everyone else of that thing they were supposedly over.

It's like being over a girl, but constantly reminding everybody of how she screwed you over. Your claims just ring hollow.

But, whatever.
bacrec1  +   721d ago
Okay it has problems, but check this out.. You can bet there will be several Forza sequels on xbox one. What if you have all of them on your hard drive? Saying just "Forza" to your kinect may play the wrong thing.
buynit  +   721d ago
Thats what i was thinking but at least just saying forza 5 would be better

Or my games... Instead of my gamd and apps

The one i want changed is the watch hbo or any channel that has more then one channel like hbo west hbo family ect.. Would be nice to have a channel up or down comand..

But its only been two weeks im sure it will get better..
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JasonKCK  +   721d ago
One thing I have to give credit to Xbox fans for. When they don't like somehting they get things changed. Other fans seem to just take it
TotallyNotGlenn  +   720d ago
Well it wasn't necessarily that they got things changed. If it was Sony that had made Microsoft's mistakes just now, many PlayStation fans wouldn't have bought a PS4. In fact, that's precisely what happened back when the PS3 was first released. It's less of one brand's fans being more proactive and more of consumers not being as dumb as the company thinks they'll be.
Sci0n  +   720d ago
BS they don't like having to pay microscam for a xbl gold sub just to use there netflix they are already paying for and that will never be changed because microsofts sees that even though they will keep complaining they will continue to pay.Thats how other things that should be free get thrown behind pay walls like party chatting with friends, using the web browser, playing certain online only games with friends etc.
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JasonKCK  +   720d ago
You do know Sony charges for online now? BTW where were you Sony guys with that one? After ten+ years of bashing the Xbox guys for having to pay to play online. Why no bashing when Sony did it?

Xbox fans did come together to get things changed, they been doing it since E3. Give credit where credit is due.

Just curious. Why do you guys spend more time in Xbox news than you do in Playstation when you're PS fans?
Sci0n  +   719d ago
and we have free to play online games not behind any pay walls, we can party chat and use our apps for free. We can use the browser, twitch and ustream services all for free. So yea the PSN is definitely more consumer friendly then the X1. Anyone with a brain would take that service over X1s.
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