I have had my XBOX One for a few months now and have been quite happy with it. Not so happy have I been with all the negative press Microsoft and it’s new machine have been getting. Firstly I am puzzled by this emphasis on 1080p / 60fps that the PS4 has been touting in many of it’s games. What really is the big deal? How many gamers out there play their games on 50 inch televisions? Because that or close to that size is how you’ll notice much difference from 720p to 1080p … and having sat and played Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Titanfall, both games that are running below full HD resolution on the Xbox One … I can confirm that these are ‘superb’ looking titles that more than satisfy me even as a self-confessed graphics whore.
I like the user interface, have enjoyed the Kinect even if I feel it’s a little under-used (although XBOX record that is awesome, as is pausing Netflix). The controller is also great and feels great and is a joy to use. Yet I do get the feeling that Microsoft rushed out their machine in wake of the PS4’s announcement – really, it so looked like that. This can be confirmed with the wealth of updates to the console to add features that a little longer development time would have put in place from day one. Yes the machine isn’t as powerful as the Sony platform and that’s unlikely to change even with the recent announcement of DirectX 12 for the machine, which will reportedly aid development, something which developers have struggled with, resulting in games running with slightly less bells & whistles (see above…).
But what can Microsoft do about this, to win back fans to their console brand who may be looking to the PS4 more favourably? In a word – games. This year’s forthcoming E3 promises to have a big show from Microsoft and Xbox, and I really hope there are some big announcements – but what we really need, and quickly is in-game footage of announced exclusives such as Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive and Halo 5 … come on Microsoft, sell your system by doing what you did with the 360 – throwing down our throats big names, quality games that the public can’t ignore – regardless of what is coming to PS4. You have the money, you have the ability … just f*****g do it already!
On a plus there’s games I am looking forward to. I am open minded about Watch Dogs despite the delays and recent reports of a visual downgrade since the E3 2012 reveal. It could still be a very involving open world game. Also I am tempted to pre-order Murdered: Soul Suspect which also looks good, sort of a supernatural spin on L.A. Noir. The future looks good for XBOX One despite the bad press and there are plenty of things to look forward to … Microsoft just need to start making some wise and clever choices and let the games sell their console rather than the media features.
I’m not saying I won’t get a PS4 some time in the future, but for now in comparison to the Xbox One the games just aren’t grabbing me. That could all change, so we’ll see what happens.