Has Microsoft Already Ruined the Xbox One?

Microsoft’s big day at E3, the world’s largest video game expo, has been tarnished – perhaps even sabotaged – before the convention begins. Fans, who have been waiting nearly seven years for the Xbox’s 360 next-generation successor, had their excitement turn to anger when it became clear that Microsoft would require internet connectivity and impose restrictions on how used games are re-sold and shared.

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Wizziokid4030d ago

With every bit of news the release things get worse, E3 is their last chance. if they mess that up then I have no idea what people see in the Xbox One

Sandmano4030d ago (Edited 4030d ago )

Even thought they release interesting looking exclusives I believe its too late.

Wizziokid4030d ago

I will miss playing games like Halo but I just can't see myself paying money to partially own my games.

The last thing I want to do is support this direction MS is heading which, if successful you will see as the norm in the future generations.

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guitarded774030d ago

I'm interested in a new Gears, Forza, Halo, etc, but the current online and privacy issues have me not buying one until possible way later in its lifecycle.

Now this rumor from NeoGAF saying that MS is paying 3rd party pubs to not show their games on PS4 at E3 has me really disturbed. I'm taking it as it is (a rumor), but if it turns out to be true, that would be another huge strike against the XBOX One.

I thought Nintendo screwed up with their initial reveal of the Wii U, but MS has taken it to a whole 'nother level. They are being shady with the gamers, and it looks like they have aligned themselves with the publishers and not the developers and gamers.

fr0sty4030d ago

This is what I've felt I'm seeing every day leading up to the E3 press conference...

Man-E-Faces4030d ago

Your post is 1 of the most truest I have ever laid eyes upon not only on here N4G but any other gaming forum,
thank you!

fr0sty4030d ago (Edited 4030d ago )

"Now this rumor from NeoGAF saying that MS is paying 3rd party pubs to not show their games on PS4 at E3 has me really disturbed. I'm taking it as it is (a rumor), but if it turns out to be true, that would be another huge strike against the XBOX One. "

I'm a gaming journalist and have been for many years. I've attended press events where Microsoft paid to have their logos plastered all over the lobby, even on the napkins, and only Xbox 360 consoles were present. No PS3 version was shown at all (THQ was especially bad about this.), or if it was shown it was on two or three TVs vs. 30-40 for Xbox. In other words, Microsoft has already been doing this for a long time, just not on the scale that they apparently are these days.

I also have seen them do similar things at E3, but not on the scale they are rumored to be doing this year.

I miss when companies used the merits of their own games to sell them, rather than tossing piles of cash around to give the impression of a preference for their product. Thankfully some still do let their games sell themselvess, but this is still disappointing to see none the less.

ABizzel14030d ago


I don't know about paying third parties, but I wouldn't be shocked if they're paying the media off. Perfect example Spike TV is airing the EA and M$ conference, but passing on Sony and Nintendo.

I'm sure being having exclusive coverage of M$'s conference in the pass hasn't had any effect on this decision, or the fact that the X1 needs all the positive press it can get seeing how the PS4 is demolishing it amongst the core.

Shady underhanded tactics like this, just makes me dislike M$ even more.

fr0sty4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

I can confirm I have never seen this in practice. While I did get showered with gifts and free all expenses paid trips to New York, L.A., Vegas, etc. to attend press events (a common industry practice used by all), I never got cash outright from any publisher or developer. Not saying it has never happened, but I haven't personally observed it.

Spike not airing Sony is due to Sony having their conference during prime time. No network is going to change their prime time programming just to cover a video game conference. I've also spent time working in television so I know how that all goes. Nintendo isn't even doing an E3 conference, opting instead to release some nintendo direct videos to the public, so that explains that.

I don't doubt that MS has engaged in some shady tactics with the media, but I just don't see the link with the Spike TV thing. My gut tells me if Sony's conference was at noon rather than 6-9pm (depending on time zone), we'd be seeing it on Spike as well.

I'm no fan of MS, but I have to be fair about it.

Sono4214029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

Now hold on you guys.. just wait till E3 where Microsoft will announce all of those games you can license ;)

Seriously though, one thing I just thought of.. what if for some reason your Xbox One breaks and you have to get a new one.. then you will always be limited to the 1 hour rule.. your screwed. Also aren't they technically preventing you from buying a used system with the way they set this up? I would think so if they link your account to your system, unless you can somehow deactivate it from the system but doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of these hoops? Wouldn't that be a way around it? So F***ing confusing... seriously... why M$

But imagine later down the road when the Next consoles come out after PS4 and Xbox One and the servers are taken down for Xbox One.. You can't even go back and play old singleplayer games(offline).. so you should just sell them... oh wait...

ShwankyShpanky4029d ago

@fr0sty: re Spike/Sony/primetime

But isn't Spike showing a run of the movie DodgeBall during the Sony presser? It's not like they're skipping Sony to show some hot new primetime material.

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Sandmano4030d ago

Yeah I always enjoy playing the latest Halo game and also gears. I had high hopes that MS might just sway me this gen but Sony just stole the show.

kneon4030d ago (Edited 4030d ago )

Sony isn't stealing the show, it's been handed to them on a silver platter.

I hope they hang on tight and not drop it.

Dee_914029d ago

This is the first time im gonna actually pass on games because of principle, and it sucks a lot.My gamer side keeps telling my integrity to just give up and buy it, but I have to keep telling myself theres a bigger picture and hoping this will make an impact for a better future.
Even though I doubt PS4 will have any type of DRM XBOne has, this goes for PS4 too.
Honestly its bigger than PS4 vs XBOne,its bigger than the future of gaming too.This is about rights and our rights to own what we buy.
You say " oh where I live the internet goes out so I wont have any issues" or these restrictions dont effect me, or we are making this bigger than it really is, we should be making this a bigger deal.

Mr_Nuts4030d ago

I don't think E3 will do any good, they could announce a crap load of games but the negatives out weigh the possistives. Lets not forget they're only doing that to lure us in, after those games you'll hardly see a new IP from them again

TheEvilWithin4030d ago

Umm SOOOO true... Lets Look at Xbox 360 for starts. Mass Effect, Bioshock, Dead Rising, Witcher 2... these are just a few that Xbox used to entice people in then latterly they drop them and BOOM there muti system sellers... Xbox 1 can shove it up there A$$ with there exclusives. If I was to buy an Xbox 1 it would be at yard sale in the junk box for $5 bucks... Hell they might pay ME to take it from them.

AngelicIceDiamond4030d ago (Edited 4030d ago )

Xbox is bad terrible, they lost, anti this, anti that, Sony wins by default blah, blah blah whatever.

Good god its getting old....

All these posts are just filled the same stuff over and over and over and over and over again(annoying right?).

Just don't buy the stupid console boycott it whatever. Instead of parroting the same stuff over and over and over again. This goes for eeeeverybody here.

Good lord its giving me a headache.

EDIT: @Nuts You know what I mean. I'm sick and tired of everyone saying the same thing all the time in EVERY SINGLE article every second.

In the Forza article or in the article where Xbox 360 is suppose to have a huge game coming for it, its the same people spouting the same stuff.

It doesn't help that people on this site already don't like MS to begin with.

Its damn near impossible to properly speculate anything in MS related articles without all the parroting. Listen, literally the only thing that bothers me is the no offline play that's killer, absolutely killer, a deal breaker. That's one MS has to change because internet isn't perfect. I get it, I don't like what MS is doing either.

If MS brings some crazy games I personally won't be able to contain my excitement for the console it will be hard.

You don't hear me saying Anti, this, that Sony wins its too late for MS blah, blah just don't buy it at launch and stop complaining. Again this goes for everyone.

Now what exactly am I defending?

Mr_Nuts4030d ago

Angelic, you do the same thing by trying to defend them and then saying your sick of peoples posts all the time. A little hypocritical...no?

MoonGazing4030d ago

Nope they pretty much blew it i live in NYC and i have bummy TWC as my internet provider and i cannot tell you how many times they F'ed up my internet.Ive had to wait 2-3 days for them to fix it each time so the 24hour check in is a definite NO.

Testfire4030d ago

"E3 is their last chance"

Really? The direction of the brand has already been set, that's not going to change. It doesn't matter what shiny, new games they show, their policies have already been laid out for us to see. It's game over for them in my mind.

ginsunuva4029d ago

E3 last chance? I don't know how they're gonna reverse the confirmed stuff.

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RandomDude6554030d ago (Edited 4030d ago )

Without a doubt.....tv tv tv tv tv sports tv tv tv tv tv dog

It was worse than Sony 2006, but at least Sony was showing games. Don't think they can recover.

Edit: and it wasn't just the reveal...they've been going down that path for the last couple years. All the people that cared about gaming left the xbox division

shuuwai4029d ago (Edited 4029d ago )

And little fishes.
Serial key, it's a 50/50. I may try to look the other way. DRM. I hated EA for doing that to the simcity.
Example: waiting 25 minutes to reconnect. The best part is waiting another 25 minutes if it fail to log the user in their crap servers, reason being it's full. I could see server crash day one on x1, it happen blizzard, EA, Ubisoft. History will repeat itself on X1.

Golden304029d ago

its.... tv tv tv tv sports sports tv tv tv forza5 breakdown tv tv tv tv dog dog dog
to be exactly

FrigidDARKNESS4030d ago

Another insecure fanboy thread and article that has no merit at ll.