Around most circles of the internet, the Xbox One was considered a failure once it was announced. Always online DRM, no self publishing for indies, Kinect having to be plugged in all the time, the $500 price point...the list goes on. In the past few weeks, though, Microsoft has been flipping on many of those decisions. No more always online DRM or region locking, indies can now self-publish, and now, the Kinect doesn't even have to be plugged in all the time. These are all pretty nice things, honestly. They've gotten rid of Microsoft points, the controller is better, and overall, my initial "reasons to not buy" checklist is getting smaller and smaller.
My "reasons to buy" list? It hasn't grown an inch.
Now, I'm actually really pleased with these announcements. Not because they're making the console a must buy for me, but because they're at least trying to appeal to an audience that was loud in their distaste for the console. It means more competition for Sony, and in turn, less of an inclination for them to follow in Microsoft's footsteps.
So, is anyone out there terribly excited for the Xbox One? Or just relieved by the fact that they're turning their policies around? I'm still feeling a bit burned by the initial PR decisions Microsoft made in announcing the console, but I'm also feeling like I'm no longer the target audience for this console. As I gravitate more towards the exclusives of the 3DS, the value of Playstation Plus, and the openness of the Ouya and Steam, Xbox Live just seems like a thing of the past.
Or, maybe I'm just starting to realize it's never worth it to buy a console at launch:
What do you guys think? Is there something I'm missing here? Or is the Xbox no longer your console of choice next generation?