I watched the entire #XboxReveal conference on Tuesday and cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed I was. Like most of you, I let myself be convinced that Microsoft was going to announce mega-exclusive deals for the new hardware, as well as reveal a ton of surprises that none of us could have expected. Instead of feeling excited once, I was devestated. Here are my biggest complaints.
I Don't Know What "Hardware" Means
When Microsoft announced that they would be showing off the next-generation Xbox I, like most of you, just assumed that "hardware" meant "software." Oops. It was an honest mistake. I mean, when companies say they are going to do something, I naturally expect them to do something completely different. I wanted to see games at this event, not the new Xbox. There are no industry-wide events coming up where video games are shown and announced. What a ripoff.
No New Games Announced
Where were the games, Microsoft? I watched the reveal show three times on Tuesday and didn't see a single video game. I did, however, read on the internet that a few games were indeed shown at the event and publishers announced that most of this year's holiday releases would be released on the Xbox One as well. That's fine, but we already knew about those games. I want to see new IPs with this generation.
Too Many New IP
Microsoft revealed, that in the first year of release, the console would see 8 brand new exclusive IPs. What the hell? I'm not going to buy a console based on new property. I want established franchises launching with my new Xbox.
The Xbox One Does Too Much
The Xbox One should be a video game console first, and a nothing second. This machine does way too much. It's like Microsoft didn't even listen when I complained that the Xbox 360 couldn't keep the twitter app open while I played Halo. My gaming PC can't even run a spreadsheet, Borderlands 2 and Skype at the same time.
TV on My TV, Dawg
Why the hell does Microsoft want the Xbox One to play my cable TV for me? The cable box I have does that already. When watching television and nothing good is on, I will often times play a game on my video game console instead. But where is my television remote? I have to change my inputs. Where did I put it last? Is it between these couch cushions? Where's my Xbox controller? I could swear I had it a minute ago. You know what, screw it. I'll find something to watch anyway. I'm glad this process does not need to be simplified.
Too Many Media Apps
The Xbox 360 already has access to way too many media apps. It’s a video game console for crying out loud. I mean, yeah, every so often I'll catch up on TV shows on Netflix, or rent movies from Amazon, or do both on the HBO Go app, but why the hell would I want to watch these through my Xbox on my big screen television? The Smart TV I don't own already has these features built in.
The games press that I follow on Twitter have led me to believe that I cannot like sports. What is sports even? I know that I like to watch baseball and football, but I am programmed to hate sports. It's not like 3 of the best selling games from 2012 were sports titles. We gamers cannot like sports. End of discussion. No amount of home runs can keep this console from going out of bounds in the net.
So, as you can probably tell, I hate the Xbox One. I usually hate things that aren't out yet. I also hate things I don't have. This is the internet after all. What disappointed you the most about the XBone?