Why the Xbox One is a Failure

By Cyrus Martin

​As my first editorial submission to this web site, some might find it arrogant of me to begin my efforts here by undertaking an endeavor that could very well paint me into the ever dreaded corner of a “fan boy”.

If these words do indeed forever repel some from my offerings of opinion based on that conclusion then I do regret immediately those unfortunate consequences and I offer my sincerest apologies for assuming a villainous role that cannot be reconciled as an aspiring member of a form of media. I do however value highly the worth of impartiality, and would grant some measure of justification towards those that would hold that belief, and that this has not presented sufficient enough a deterrent as to dissuade me from my observations and the indictment. I would now submit to any who can stomach my critique of the state of affairs at Microsoft’s gaming division.

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Xbot3601133d ago

It is a little too early to make these claims. In this case Obamacare, The Cleveland Cavs, and Destiny have also failed.

Ultra1133d ago (Edited 1133d ago )

Yet another wishful thinking that console A is a failure because it is less powerful than console B and the early started sales figure is better.

PS2 or Wii was also less powerful but not even a failure. The writer is the one who is not being honest to history, a less powerful console is not destined for a failure. Also, passing judgement based on the lower sales figure is like saying the PS Vita was already dead compared to 3DS.

Seems like someone thinks like he represents the whole gaming community here.

johndoe112111133d ago

Did you read the article? He is not saying the xbox is a failure because it is less powerful than its main competitor. You picked one point out of an entire list of points and decided to sum up the entire article based on it?

This article actually made the most amount of sense when compared to all the other "the xbox is doomed" articles out there and he certainly doesn't seem to be biased.

I'm not saying that the xbox is a total failure, but had this been any other system the media wouldn't have been so forgiving. People just seem to be contented sticking their fingers in their ears and yelling lalalalalala at the top of their lungs whenever you mention that the xbox is NOT doing well at all when compared to the competition.

"when a football team scores double the points of its opponent, we don’t make that excuse for the losing team. We don’t pretend like things aren’t that bad and accuse the media of inventing the whole fiasco. If a mixed martial arts fighter gets his ass kicked in a one-on-one cage match against a superior fighter we don’t make up a bunch of things we liked about how well he lost or attacked the other guy because he was more prepared or more capable. Honesty means being honest with ourselves especially when it hurts the most."
This statement caught my attention more than anything else because it is a perfect description of what is happening right now. The xbox is being praised for being utterly destroyed in sales. How does that even remotely make sense?

The gap keeps widening no matter what they do and every month we keep hearing from it's supporters "you just wait until (input any info that people believe will boost sales here), then we'll see what the xbox can really do. It'll be flying off shelves". How long are we gonna hear that for before people are willing to admit that even though it may not be a total failure, that it is in a lot of trouble?

The xbox is selling better when compared to the 360 ONLY because the 360 was severely supply constrained when it was released. Why does everyone seem to ignore that? What will it take for people to open their eyes? He isn't saying that it is forever doomed and will go out of production but compared to its main competitor, taking everything into consideration, it is failing.

deepio1133d ago

If he's not saying that it is forever doomed and will go out of production then perhaps the title should not be "Why the Xbox One is a failure".
You don't call a product a failure if it hasn't already gone out of production due to the lack of demand or you are suggesting that it will very soon because of the lack of demand.

johndoe112111133d ago


It is a failure in comparison to the ps4 and how well the ps4 has been received and is selling.

Read this:

This is a product that is still in production and is still selling, and yet it is considered "an unmitigated disaster". Would you not consider that a failure when compared to its competitors? It does not meant they will stop making it but it is not considered a success.

deepio1133d ago

Surface is a bit different. MS launch a new model every year so effectively do stop production of the old one.

But to call the Xbox One a failure knowing full well how long the life cycle is for a games console is ridiculous. It's way too early even if you are comparing against the current PS4 sales figures.

If you listen to PGR you'll know that Solider X hates the Xbox One. So he's written down all the negative points about it and called it a failure. Perhaps in his eyes it has failed him, but when you say "Xbox One is a failure" you're making a statement rather than an opinion. And that statement is nonsense.

bintarok1133d ago (Edited 1133d ago )

A TRUE failure only happens when it is no longer in production, AND ceased being sold in the market due to lack of supports/sales or unintended defects. Less is not always a failure, it is just not conclusive.

The spirit of negativity isn't just damaging the game industry, but also assured monopoly power. It only fails open-minded gamers.

creatchee1133d ago (Edited 1133d ago )


"I'm not saying that the xbox is a total failure, but had this been any other system the media wouldn't have been so forgiving."


The media had been relentless on the Xbox One from conception to launch. It's only been the past couple of months that things have turned around in terms of the image of the console.

Don't try to pretend that an entire year of bad press didn't happen.

choujij1133d ago (Edited 1133d ago )

From what I've read on N4G, it's not okay to label the Xbox One as a failure just because it has weaker hardware and is selling less than it's competitor.

But it's totally okay to label the Wii-U as a failure for the same reasons.


mcstorm1133d ago

It all depends on how you look at things to determine if its a failure or not. If we go off what a log of people say on N4G about the Xbox one then the PS3 was a failure as it did not sell as well as the PS2.

But the way I look at it is the PS3 had a very bad start Sony made a lot of mistakes in terms of Price, PSN and lack of IP's. They then went back to basics and corrected its faults and sales picked up and the PS3 was a success and they took all the plus points from the PS3 put them into the PS4 and then changed everything they got wrong with the PS4 and put them on the PS4 which has given them a strong start to this gen. For me the one thing the PS4 is missing is big name IP's now but looks like it will start to get them next year.

For Microsoft its a different story. The went after the core gamers at the start of the 360 life and it paid off esp when Halo 3 hit the market. Xbox live was unrivalled at the time and it was getting the best 3rd party support as well as extra content and lots of exclusives. It changes direction in the middle of the gen and tried to eat into the Wii Market with Kinect and kind of did but the development team thought they could take this market with them and also had a vision of what they wanted to do. The issue with the is the customer did not and the Xbox one had months of bad press from every angle and this forced Microsoft to change how the xbox one worked and then have to come out and explain it all again which again led to negative press as there was mixed messages getting out about drm, power always on ect.

Microsoft have worked hard just like Sony did in the eary PS3 days and ae starting to win people round and also offer some of its big name games to try and get the gamers on board added things like silver members get access to apps and free games for gold members as well as discount ect.

But that said the sales of the xbox one are above the 360's in the same time of its life on the market so this is a plus to build on.

The other big factor people seem to forget it tends to be 18 to 24 months into a new gen when console sales stat to pickup as there is a price drop big IP's hit the market and there were around 80 million PS3's and 360's sold and around 100 million Wii's sold. There has been around 15 million in total of WiiU, PS3 and Xbox Ones sold so that leaves around 245 million customers (Yes I know some people owned more than one console) left to upgrade to a new gen console and a lot of time left for sales of one or all consoles to go up.

The way I am looking at the market now I think this Christmas will be the time to judge where the Xbox one, PS4 and WiiU markets will be and how successful they will be too.

kreate1133d ago

I really think ppl should give the x1 until Christmas before making these claims, at least til the end of the year.

The_Hero1133d ago

Another doom and gloom article.
At least now Xbox owners knows how it feels like just like the Wii U and PS Vita has been trough.

Not only that, but all the BS Xbox owners have been continuously bashing the PS3 last generation with similar doom failure article.

This is why consoles wars are lame, stupid and generally bad for the gaming industry.

Competition is a great motivator to become better, but not when it turns you one against the other.

Wii_own_U1133d ago

After all the arrogance coming from Xbox, I feel it's justified.

DragonKnight1133d ago

The author is wrong no matter how you look at it.

In his examples there is a clear "winner" and clear "loser" situation. In the console business there are no actual winners or losers, only success and failure. The two are similar yet different.

The Xbox One could be in last place, selling the least amount of consoles, but if when all is said and done it sells, say, 50 million units then no one can say that that's a failure. So long as the company is making money, then it's not a failure at all.

The absolute most you can say is that the Xbox One isn't doing as well as the PS4, but that doesn't automatically mean it's a failure. It means it's just not doing as well as its competition.

Sony will be the first to tell everyone that this is a marathon, not a sprint. The consoles are only a year old and it's WAY to early to start using words like "failure."

You can't even legitimately use words like "in trouble" either just yet.

The entire article seems to misunderstand what a failure actually is, and the title is clearly clickbait.

The Xbox One is not performing as well as the PS4, but it's also not a failure.

Tetsujin1133d ago


After reading your first comment I read the article, and glad I did to; it's a very well written piece that doesn't just say "Xbox is dying" without actual justification.

The author has some valid points, and if people actually take the time to read it instead of just the title and other comments they will see this is a well written, unbiased piece.

AngelicIceDiamond1132d ago

@John Weren't people saying the PS3 was forever doomed?

"The gap keeps widening no matter what they do and every month we keep hearing from it's supporters "you just wait until (input any info that people believe will boost sales here),"

Remember the articles that popped up saying so and so month or year the PS3 will catch up?

"The Xbox One was priced $100 higher than its primary competitor"

Remember the PS3 was 5 to 600$?

Or how bout a glorious article such as this that always popped up? "How PS3 is a failure"

I know I'm bringing up PlayStation here but its the only shining example of what PS3 once went through (Besides DRM).

Now I honestly don't see nearly as many doom articles when compared to PS3 last gen I mean it was anti PS3 here early on its life cycle.

I'm glad you took cues from last gen and realize hopefully MS slow start is hopefully temporary.

Gozer1132d ago

The author is a childish fanboy, and a pretentious one as well. Its incredibly immature to be so unsatisfied with your brand choice, that you have to justify your purchase by degrading competing brands. Talk up your favorite brand all you want, but when you start attacking other brands, and by relation their fans, you need to grow the f*** up. Its perfectly obvious to me why most gaming journalists are nothing more than tabloid writers trying to capitalize off sensationalism.

BX811132d ago

You sir are drunk. Forgiving you say? Yeah MS must have missed all that forgiveness after the console announcement. There is a reason Sony is leading by the amount they are in sales. It's because gamers didn't like the picture MS painted and the media didn't like it either. The console and it's image have taken a huge overhaul. Also your comparison to a football team is way different. When the game is over that's it, it's tallied in the books as a win, loss or draw. In the case of the gaming industry.... Well let's put it like this. When was the last time you didn't see ps2 sales figures. The generation just started and it's looking great for all gamers. If the xbox is being praised it's because it's a damn solid console like it or not. When it doesn't do what it's supposed to and still sells then you can be vexed.

zero_gamer1132d ago

The Xbox One is probably the best selling console of it's rather poor reputation. That's saying something different from "failure."

Death1132d ago

DK pretty much nailed it. The Xbox One clearly isn't doing as well as the PS4, but that doesn't mean it's a failure.

johndoe112111132d ago


I will not say that it is over for the xbox one. Anything is possible. Who knows what the future holds. But comparing this launch to the ps3 launch is a very bad example that a lot of people seem to make for two very important reasons:

1. The ps3 launched an entire year ahead of the xbox one, this time they launched together so it's a lot easier to compare.

2. Even though the ps3 launched a year later, from the get go it sold well and it was not being outsold 2:1 in worldwide sales. In fact the lead kept dropping, not increasing like what we are seeing now.

loulou1132d ago (Edited 1132d ago )

Turd blog wrote just for n4g.. enough said

Great post Dragon Knight! ... enough said

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s8anicslayer1133d ago

Why Destiny? It hasn't even launched yet,opinion pieces are just that and should be treated as just a point of view from the gaming media and consumer!I can see by your user name why you have taken offense but seriously...why so serious?

johndoe112111133d ago

Know what's funny? When the ps3 was released it consistently outsold the 360 worldwide, yet it was justified, and the norm, at that time to have a "ps3 is doomed article" every 3 days for the first 3 years of its lifetime. Nobody complained then.

lifeisgamesok1133d ago

Right. This article is a failure

IrishSt0ner1133d ago

Author likes his thesaurus, and makes pleasing use of the English language.

The article itself is no more than self rewarding proclamation of their own precieved vast ego. It has no basis in fact, opinion cited as the source for opinion.

Never have I read such stupidity, written so well, kudos for that!

JeffGUNZ1133d ago

Exactly my thoughts. If he doesn't like the Xbox, that's fine, but to state his opinion as fact is pathetic. When he says "Xbox one is a failure", he is not longer expressing an opinion but trying to portray a fact. Both consoles have launched less than a year ago and we keep see this article.

Also, he lost me at "a racing series that no one even remembers the name". Really? When I think of racing, I think of Forza and GT. This guy is bias and a joke of a "writer"

iceman061132d ago

So...basically verbal masterbation!?! LOL That's pretty much what I got out of it too. I wouldn't have had too many issues with the article itself, aside from disagreeing with its premise, had the author provided a shred of data to support his opinion. It was well written, yet biased and devoid of any real substances (i.e., statistics).

JunoDivided1133d ago

This is true. We have to remember that the ONE is selling just a hair slower than the 360.

DemonChicken1133d ago (Edited 1133d ago )

Like some of my mates say - the one is essentially a PS3.5. Due to the fact the large number of reversals, everything is pretty similar with the PS and XB but with better resolution with the PS4 with multiplatform games hence the 3.5

The xbox one has lost most of its original vision and innovation. The cloud doesn't count as it's not proven adding to the fact of the uncertainty with connection issues and temporary gfx (when they close the those dedicated "free" servers, that boost will be gone).

The thing that differentiates between them is the games which Microsoft look committed to do at the moment esecially reaching to JP developers. I'm mostly a rpg kind of guy and the PS provides more to my tastes with some exclusive franchises that I like - ni no kuni, persona, tales, Valkyria Chronicles, yakuza, Ar tonelico, super robot wars, macross 30, another century episode, those mecha games! Well the reason why I went for the PS3 back in the day despite it's shortcomings; underpowered, hard to program for, etc.

raymantalk11132d ago

just sell your xbox1 get a ps4 you wont regret it :)