Hey guys, I know I promised you a PS4 post next, but this info just hit today about the X1. So let’s start with the good(ish) and go to the bad. Keep in mind as you read, that Microsoft is taking the hit today, but they got the news out of the way BEFORE E3, unlike Sony. Sony still has yet to answer most of the same questions. Here we go.
In order to have the optimal experience with the X1, you need to have a broadband connection of at least 1.5 Mbps. Not too bad, even a spotty connection like mine passes (barely) and I get 1 bar of Ping where I’m at. Speedtest.net will tell you if your connection is good enough..Which it should be.
That’s the BEST news. The not-so-bad news is that you can up to 10 people in your Xbone One “family” and can share all your content with them regardless of what console they are using. No further details yet, but it seems like you can have 9 of your closest friends as your “family” and trade and share games with them unrestricted. (Let’s hope at least, right?)
Other Not-so-bad news is that with the privacy concerns of an “always on” Kinect that watches and listens for you even when the console is off, is that you can actually turn off the Kinect (still need it to run the system, though.) Or you could just unplug it when you aren’t using the system like I was planning. Easy fix, but now we don’t have to worry about the cords and ports getting worn out from always unplugging.
Now for the bad news.
As we knew a few weeks ago, it has officially been confirmed that you need to connect your console once every 24 hours in order to play any games at all, even offline. More of an inconvenience, but if you are a student or in the military, or somewhere you can only get internet once in awhile, then your kinda S.O.L. on this one.
There are no details yet, but there will be restrictions on how you can loan and trade your games with friends. Trading will NOT be available at launch, either.
And the cream of the crop, the grand finale, the news that could end all news and even Microsoft itself (or rather the publishers), is that The Xbox One will allow used game sales at participating retailers ONLY IF THE PUBLISHERS ALLOW IT. The publishers, EA, Activision, etc..Are the companies that lose money on used games. Companies like BioWare or Bethesda, Danger Close or DICE, Remedy or Irrational Games..These companies don’t care as much. They are the developers, the Publishers, the big name, money hungry companies that run everything, are in charge of weather or not used games will be allowed or not. In other words, don’t hold your breath on used games.
Now all that has been confirmed, but I’m sure Microsoft will show us why it’s a “good” thing at E3 and Sony will have to man up and answer all the questions buzzing about that they seem to be avoiding.