No one gets to bitch about game prices unless they lived in australia when games were routinely about $120 for a new game for a good couple of years. Please do not start the '$60 dollars is too much' complaints again, im sick of it. And its the same higher prices for a lot of people in the UK as well. 60 dollars isnt that bad. Even now here name games are still about $90 and our dollar is equal with the US dollar right now.
As far as the console war, its all about what games you want. Want different style games and a greater focus on single player, get a playstation. Want multiplayer and shooters, get an xbox. Want rpgs, good looking games, and indie games, get a PC.
On the controller: The design is ugly, and still not usable for me, I have small hands, I cant use a xbox controller anyway. It also seems to have developed hardware specifically towards shooters, and little else, especially with focus on the triggers etc. The colored letters look horrible honestly as well, very out of place.
On the console: Their main focus seems to be TV and entertainment. Except for the fact that it seems it will only work reliably in America when its released. I know its been announced that for here in Australia we also need to buy something else that hasnt been announced yet to make it work so that makes about 90 percent of their presentation worthless for those of us here.
About having to be online at least once a day, its almost as bad as always online because they havent announced what will happen if you dont log on once a day. That merged with the fact that if the new needed kinect CANNOT be turned off, if it doesnt detect motion your console goes to sleep, aka its always watching and listening and youre always online, and now supposedly has built in recording software = hackers dream. I also dont appreciate that it will 'learn' its users and track you so that it can easily and instantly swap between screens for people.
The specs are lower overall then the ps4's anyway. On top of that with blu-ray they now have to pay a group of companies to use that software, one of which is sony. I may as well bring up now that companies often sell consoles at a loss.
Why on earth did they call it the 'Xbox One' of all things?
As far as used games go, a big problem with that is that that and the ease of piracy these days is doing serious damage to the industry. I agree that removing used games all together is a bad thing as it is cheaper and better for people, but I am completely for the idea of having to pay for the ability to use a used game as it gives developers back some money. Years ago they could release new games and new copies of them for ten years and still be making a profit and use that to fund OTHER game projects, these days games they only get profit from for a year, if they are incredibly lucky, 18 months. They deserve to make money from their work.
If the kinect is nessiary, why not build it in rather then just having it as an additional part? Seems frustrating and costly.
Microsoft didnt learn from the past. Sony tried the full entertainment system with the ps3, and it didnt work, and now they are going back to whats going to get them their most money, games and gamers, and microsoft seems to be falling into the entertainment but no games pot hole.
On the note of piracy, did you guys hear about the game where you play as a game studio, and if you have pirated the game, in the game your own games get pirated? very clever way to look at it.