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Hey Fellow Early Adopters of Xbox One, We got screwed!

Hey Fellow Early Adopters of Xbox One, We got screwed!

Esler’s personal, unfiltered feelings on how Microsoft lost their number one fan. Him.

I have supported Xbox from the word go. It was the console I matured as a gamer on, and the console I have bonded with friends over. In my brief life span I have been an elitist and almost blind to the faults of my console of preference because it was perfect for me. I first started gaming properly on the original Xbox, and was an early adopter to Xbox Live with the release of Halo 2. From there I scrimped and scraped as a teenager on my weekly paper round to ensure I was the first through the gates when Xbox 360 first hit stores all those years back, and I can assure you I didn’t scrimp for the budget edition, I blew a load guaranteeing I got nearly every launch game I could. So with the introduction of what is the third generation Xbox, I found myself going through the motions and saving up for the big One, literally and metaphorically.

XboxOneI was now of an age where I was able to fully develop my own words, sentences and structure my own views on the next great gaming generation debate. Hell, I even have my own little soapbox to stand and shout from now. So I’ve decided to use my pedestal as a means of making you all aware of my dismay at the rumors that are gradually surfacing.

I sat and bit my tongue with the original ideas behind the X1, with the horrific DRM and some other questionable choices, and hoped for the best. When November 22nd rolled around I paced up and down the hall of my house awaiting the delivery of the glorious X1 and even made my girlfriend wait with me so I had somebody to share the excitement with. It all went down hill from there. Buggy games, issues with achievements and an abundance of cloud sync issues are but a few issues that I (and many others) have encountered with their consoles.

So how does it feel to be an early adopter? For me I feel a bit robbed. I have a console I barely play and a laundry list of problems that don’t sit well and I know I am not alone when I say I think this generation could have been delayed a fair bit longer, even by a year. There have also been reports circulating that some people are experiencing issues with reaching the capacity on the X1 already, with just over 300Gb available of the supposed 500Gb model. So what’s next?

xbox-oneRumours of not one but two X1s coming in 2014 have surfaced on various news sites and NeoGaf. These reports state that along with the release of Titanfall there will be a special edition XboxOne and later in the year, around November time, a new X1 that has double the hard drive capacity of the release model from November 2013. That means within less than 12 months of a consoles release we are seeing 2 new consoles on the market that could be considered an upgrade. If anything this is an admission that the original model that was released was not ready for the market.

This is a slap in the face of all the early adopters of the XboxOne – those that arguably believed in its future more than anyone else. We have been told that there is a better version being released further down the line. This isn’t the first time that Microsoft have had the gall to release multiple iterations of the same console; in fact it is more common now than it ever was before. At least the Elite was released around 2 years in to the cycle and the hard drives were interchangeable, a function that would be removed a further 3 years later with the Xbox 360 S. This option is no longer present and hopefully all your saves are successfully stored on the cloud with the update of X1s, but it still doesn’t sit right that there are two consoles being released within twelve months of the first one. All of those who choose to upgrade will have to install all their games again and update all the games they wish to play again, which is a pain.

imagesIt feels like a punishment for early adopters. Those who chose to support the XboxOne from the get go are now faced with dilemma of sticking with what appears to be an inferior console, or having to potentially drop some more money for the upgrade. As Day One purchasers we should feel rewarded for showing support as soon as the console was released. Instead I feel like a bit of a poor mug because a better and more full deal was lurking round the corner. It feels like a shill for my money and personally, I am unhappy.

I saved for months to afford my first Xbox360 and I was drastically out of pocket, but never did I once regret my decision to support the console of choice. I feel the exact opposite with the XboxOne. I built up a great deal of hype for the X1 and I am drastically let down. I haven’t got as much from it as I had hoped and it was the more costly of the two machines. So here I am now sitting a little lost and a whole lot more annoyed. If you’re listening Microsoft, I have defended you to the hilt and then some. Now though, I have given up.



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  1. Alphacranberries says
    11/18/2014, 4:36 AM

    This seems in stark contrast to my experience as a “Nintendo Fanboy.” In 2011 when I decided to be an early adopter of the 3DS system, I was annoyed to find out that only a few months later, Nintendo was initiating a price drop on the system to boost sales. Fortunately, they also reveled their ambassador program to thank all their early adopters. Tie that into the fact that the system ran beautifully from the day I got it and backwards compatibility to the DS titles, it was one time I was proud to say that I was a Nintendo fan. I still play it incessantly. I realize that I’m, in a sense, comparing apples to oranges. One is a handheld and the other a home console. But the parallels are there.

  2. 02/11/2014, 8:04 PM

    Should I feel sorry for someone who could not predict where Microsoft or next gen consoles are going? After the big change when protests got in the way of people buying this contraption. People should have been aware that Microsoft did not care about the product at all but more about how they would sell of it. Was no one asking themselves that people from Microsoft could easily change their minds again when the sheep bought enough for them to make a profit as intended. After that whole showcase how little Microsoft cares about their fan base it should have been clear to you that the minute you went through buying the xbox one you were their bitch and they would screw you over and over again.

  3. Juan says
    02/08/2014, 6:24 PM

    Can’t do anything else with the PS4? What can you do with the X1 that’s so important that a PS4 can’t do? Anyway… If I wanted a general entertainment system I would have bought the X1 but I prefer my games console to, you know, be a games console…

    In terms of the X1 interface, its clearly a preference thing but metro designs are just not my cup of tea…

    I actually have a friend that returned his X1 yesterday because he was so pissed with it…

  4. Pete says
    02/08/2014, 2:50 AM

    I’m with Jeff!

    Xbox One has issues but, the sheer number of features my PS4 lacks just makes that whole system a mess!

    If all you want to do is game all day long then great but, if you want to do other things with your TV then the PS4 is a paperweight because those games mostly suck and you cannot do much else on it!

  5. Jef says
    02/07/2014, 4:40 PM

    We have both systems and I have to tell you the xbox one interface is much better. Both systems have their issues.

  6. Juan says
    02/07/2014, 12:10 PM

    I have been an Xbox lover for years, I spent hunreds if not thousands of hours playing my 360 but with all the announcements that were made the specs of X1 and then the price I opted for the PS4.

    I don’t regret it in the slightest, the PS4 is by far the best console I have owned. Graphics are out of this world and the general look and feel of the dashboard just works nicely.

    Only issue is a lack of games at the moment, but as with next generation launches there will be more due soon!

    For the website owner:

    The font color of white on black kills your eyes on a large screen, I had to take a break from reading the post because it started getting very blurry… Maybe less contrast between the font and background would be better?

  7. jon d says
    02/07/2014, 11:49 AM

    My 360 spent enough time in the hands of its repair service to warrant enough hatred of Microsoft already. With all the pre-release drm issues it just feels like they really are out to alienate their entire fanbase. No Xb1 for me…

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