I just looked up the stuff on X-Box One (the new X-box system) and already I can tell you it's looking like it's going to lose out to PS4 (assuming Sony is smart and doesn't do the exact same thing). Reason being? X-Box might be using a 'Used Game fee' system - that is, any used game you play maybe subject to a fee once you play it on your system (that way the money-greedy bastards can wring you dry)
Now, I can understand the need for money - a business can't keep going without it - but we're talking about MICROSOFT here, one of the top, most valuable and wealthy businesses in the world (probably was *THE* top once, before Walmart took that spot... dunno who it is now). Used games, while maybe occasionally purchased by the cheap, are also purchased by those who simply cannot afford the newer games. Me? I can't typically afford to spend $60 for a new game. Every once in a while, when I've saved up enough money for a period of months, I have room to spoil myself for a game or two, but then I'm set right back where I was. Used games are typically the only way I get to enjoy them.
Add this to the fact X-Box One requires you to be online to play. It may surprise you to know that not EVERYONE can afford internet forever. So, what if your internet is lost? Will your X-box become little more than a decorative paper-weight 24 hours later? Maybe sooner?
Finally, Kinect. Oh sweet mercy, Kinect. X-Box is going to FORCE it on you. The system, from what I read, REQUIRES Kinect. So you know that fancy camera thing you never bothered buying because you knew it was a dumb idea? Yeah, no choice if you want the X-Box.
You know what I intend to do?
I think I'm going to buy a PC, because for how much I'm sure this damn X-box system is going to cost (likely around $800), and the fact I won't be able to enjoy used games anyway (I'm sure whatever fee they impose will likely set it up to costing just as much as the game would have new), I can probably buy a dependable PC (or at least upgrades for my current PC), download Steam, and, most likely, purchase any video game that I'd bother playing on the X-Box One, most likely with the potential of a sale once in a while.
Folks, if X-Box One is seriously going to force Kinect on us, force internet checkups like Big Brother or something, and a used game fee, I'll tell you this: I won't buy it.
You heard me right folks.
Until they change this nightmare of a setup, I am boycotting this system.
I was appauled when they sacrificed a heat sync to fill their 360 system with odds and ends crap that I didn't ever use, but this system is where I draw the line. If Microsoft refuses to do better than this, to understand the purpose of used games, the purpose of periphreal (I know I spelled that wrong) devices, to understand the fact that not everyone is always on the internet, to understand, in the end, that not every single one of their customers is just a rich person who simply doesn't want to spend money (you KNOW that's what the greedy bastards must think) then I refuse to buy into their machine.
Sony? You have a chance to do better. You have a chance to get ahead of the race pretty damn fast. If you don't impose used game fees, sensor controllers, or 'internet checkups' as it were, you'll probably immediatly dwarf the new X-Box system. It'll be SUPER EASY. You'll actually spend LESS MONEY building the machines, and make more at the starting line. X-Box has made it exceedingly (and almost amusingly) simple for you.
If you do make the same (or similarly poor) mistakes... well...
Thank goodness for Steam.