The Xbox One is going to be launched in about 2 hours time. This will be the third major Xbox release since the original was launched twelve years ago on November 15th, 2001. And I will not be buying it. At least, not just yet.
I had an original Xbox and enjoyed playing the games on it very much. I upgraded to a 360 and again, enjoyed the games. I was a little disappointed in the lack of full compatibility with the original Xbox but quickly got over it. When I started to travel extensively, I sold my 360. Last year I bought another 360 because I wanted to get into gaming again.
From the early reviews, the Xbox One is a remarkable device improving on the Xbox 360 and significantly improving the Kinect sensor so that now the system can detect your fingers as well as your arms and legs. Primarily the Xbox is a games machine, but since the Xbox 360 got a software update a few years ago, the Xbox has become a media device. The Xbox One goes a bit further by adding Skype along with the usual TV applications, music applications and Netflix. The games look far more realistic than on previous consoles.
Actually I think Skype on the Xbox is very important for Microsoft as it adds an easy way to get their home video calling product into many households.
The preferred method of control is by voice commands and now you can turn on the Xbox with a voice command. Additionally you can plug your TV set top box into the Xbox and watch television alongside your gaming activities. Moreover the Xbox will send commands to your television by replacing your infrared remote control.
All very clever. The herd instinct in me wants me to have one of these for Christmas and wants me to have the warm fuzzy feeling of spending a lot of money on a gadget. If I buy one on Amazon, it’s just possible I’ll get one for Christmas. But I’m not buying it, at least not just yet. I keep caveating my negativity because at some point I will upgrade my Xbox 360 to an Xbox One. But not just yet and here is why:
- I don’t play games nearly enough to justify a new games console
- The Xbox One is not backward compatible with the 360 games and the games I like are not yet available on the Xbox One.
- I don’t want to have to pay £50 for games. Furthermore I don’t want to have to pay £50 for games like Battlefront that I already own for my 360.
- The reviewers like the Xbox One but it sounds like there is still room for improvement on the system software.
But most importantly I don’t need one. All the features like Netflix and Skype are available on my other devices of which I have too many already. The Xbox 360 will serve me for another couple of months at least, both as a games console and a media device alongside my Apple TV.
Now I just need to persuade myself that I don’t need an iPad mini with retina display.