There is enough information that has already been published about the technical specs of the Xbox One and how it compares to the PS4. Unfortunately, I cannot compare the two, as I don’t own a PS4. Yet.
This is a short article explaining the mega fails of the new Xbox One. These ‘fails’ have been brought about because of Microsoft’s greed, in my opinion.
I’ll start off by saying that I was super, super excited to try my new Xbox One out. Incidentally, a few days before it arrived I read this article, which slammed the Xbox One, and I thought to myself “this guy either is PlayStation 4 loyal or has sour grapes for some reason“. I own an Xbox 360 and almost every decent game there is; not to mention, the 458 ThrustMaster steering wheel, which cost a lot of money.
My Xbox One arrived yesterday, 4 weeks late, due to supply shortages. I duly unplugged and removed my old Xbox 360 and replaced the empty space (only just) with the newer and larger hardware.
I love cars and driving fast, and really enjoy playing real life driving games too. The Xbox 360 combined with the Thrustmaster steering wheel setup is amazing at simulating and translating driving experiences into a virtual experience. I thought that the Xbox One would be better, greater and even more amazing.
It didn’t work out like that.
I started off by downloading Forza 5, almost salivating with anticipation of testing out the new cars and tracks. I plugged in my steering wheel and thought to myself “this is going to be good“. However, the steering wheel didn’t work. So I checked out the settings, changed USB ports on the Xbox One and…….Nothing.
A quick Google search revealed that Xbox 360 accessories do not work with the new Xbox One.
What the f%*k? I paid a ton for my Xbox 360 steering wheel not so long ago and now I need a new one to play the Xbox One? OMG.
The games from the Xbox 360 don’t work either. I’m only half surprised that the games are incompatible, but a simple steering wheel?
Come on Microsoft, this is ridiculous. We all know it’s for money, not because the accessories are more awesome. In fact, because of your extortionate licensing fees, there is going to be less selection and hardly any competition amongst manufacturers of accessories like steering wheels. So I won’t be surprised if this ends up being a step backwards in terms of usability.
I feel like Microsoft have bent over and shafted their loyal customers really hard, all while saying “We don’t care that you’ve spent tons of money with us in the past, If you want a working steering wheel, buy a new one. At twice the price“.
This is an outrage.
I’m not going to get a chance to mess around with the other features before it’s packed up and returned. All I’ve experienced with the Xbox one, thus far is poo. I’m quitting.
XBOX ONE ISSUES
1. Slowness – the loading times take an age from boot-up AND between races on Forza 5. Literally, it takes AGES to the games to load up, you could make a cup of coffee in between each race and have time to spare.
2. Big & Ugly – I now agree with the article that I’ve linked to earlier in this blog post. The Xbox One is BIG and it’s got vents on the top, so you can’t even put something on top of it, for fear of it overheating. It’s also totally un-sexy and very heavy.
If the Xbox One was a girl you’d met in a bar, she’d be big, fat, stupid, arrogant and she would only drink the most expensive cocktails in the place.
You wouldn’t want to take her home. Unless, you were literally, blind drunk.
3. Old Accessories Not Compatible – As mentioned, you’ll need a whole new setup with your Xbox One.
4. New Accessories Cost a Fortune – Not only will you need to buy the new extras, but, it’s going cost you a ton of cash.
5. You also need to have a live Internet connection – I’ve read that it pings its servers every 24 hours, no Internetz, no working Xbox One. A bit lame, really.
6. Used games don’t work – Yes, you read that correctly. You cannot sell your games, nor can you rent games. Now you have to buy all your games NEW. Nice play Microsoft.
7. Playing Forza 5 on the new control sucked – I turned off steering and braking assists and it was really awful when compared to driving with a steering wheel and pedals. The trigger for the throttle is dead for the first 20% of the range. Once you’ve passed that first 20% dead spot, the throttle comes on pretty hard, so the throttle is almost on or off. After all the hype about this “awesome new control”, it was a pretty underwhelming experience.
This not about the money per se. It’s about being ripped off. If the Xbox 360 accessories were incompatible because the newer versions had such awesome technology and features that were not possible or feasible with the Xbox One, then it’d be a pleasure to buy them. However, the only reason they cost twice as much is because Microsoft says so. No extra benefit for twice the cost. Double Awesome. Not.
This whole ‘forced upgrade’ play with all the other BS seems so short sighted, if they lose a ton of customers to the PS4 side, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. I hope they do.
I’ll finish off with this analogy;
Upgrading your Xbox 360 to an Xbox One is like “upgrading” your Land Rover vehicle to a military tank. Sure the tank can do things the Land Rover cannot do, like knock down trees and go over very extreme terrain. The Land Rover is pretty awesome though, it can probably match the tank for 90% of it’s abilities and in some cases, it’s better and faster.
However, the tank costs twice as much, is annoyingly slow when you want speed, all the money you spent on accessories making your Land Rover awesome is lost because you can’t use them on the tank. The tank comes with no options from the factory, so you have to double your spend again JUST TO GET YOUR TANK UP TO THE SAME SPEC AS YOUR LAND ROVER. Furthermore, you can only buy the massively overpriced parts from a few places as anything other than “official parts” are incompatible.
You’d have to be either mad or stupid to stick with the tank, I think the same can be said for the Xbox One.
Bye Bye Xbox One and Microsoft. Hello PS4 and Sony.