What Microsoft Needs to Do to Sell Me the New Xbox

  • fry

    Totally agree on all points.

  • kevin

    Points 1& 2 I agree with ,but no way do I see 3 happen unless they create a tier service . I don’t think they are going to say no to a billion dollar profit or generate cash flow.

    • Yeah, like I said, number 3 won’t happen unless a miracle also occurs.

  • Squirrel

    I think the frustration in your article is hindering its objectivity. For one, I think that if a paid online service will help Microsoft keep up a good level of online service quality, then so be it. That’s my opinion anyway, and I’m not too concerned with paying 60 dollars once a year for something that (I think) far surpasses the offerings of competitors.

    As for the advertisements I honestly cannot see an Xbox Dashboard without them. At the end of the day the Xbox is a machine designed in part for content consumption. It’s actually nice to have these tiles tell me what’s new. The Xbox is a gaming console, so wouldn’t it be logical for it to display the latest stuff on the front page? I get that advertisements can be annoying, especially the ‘Google ads’ type, but the Xbox Live ads are a far cry from that. They’re useful to many gamers who use Xbox Live to shop for content, and who doesn’t?

    • To answer your first point, Squirrel, that’s what makes this an opinion piece: it doesn’t have to be objective. But good points nonetheless.

  • Drunkster

    Good article. 🙂 For all the reason you listed in your piece and more are the exact reason why I’ll never touch MS hardware. PS4 and PC all the way.

  • Kozmo Kramer

    What else do they have besides Halo and Gears? How about all the DLC that comes to the 360 b4 it ever even gets to the PS3, if it even does.

    • Exclusive DLC does not equal exclusive games. All the exclusive DLC does is tick off multiplatform gamers.

  • Chadillac57

    Microsoft is going to have to do something amazing to convince me that their console is worth my purchase. That being said, I would like them to come down on used game playability one way or the other, and then justify that decision with reasons that I can appreciate, even if I don’t necessarily agree.

    I’m less concerned with the X-clusives (see what I did there) and more concerned with the quality of ported games from one console to the next. I didn’t like seeing the PS3 suffer in regards to Bayonetta or Skyrim, and I would hate to see the next Xbox suffer for the same reason.

    • Yeah, the used game issue is still up in the air; I didn’t touch on it because, for now, it’s still merely a rumor.

  • TKK

    xbox live free ? xbox live silver is free. you want gold to be free ? keep dreaming and just shut tht fuck up. PS plus, sony will start charging ! why these stupid 3rd class sites always come out with naive stupid garbage.

    • My, such anger. It’s an opinion piece. Yours obviously differs from mine, and that’s fine, but no need to swear… adults can disagree without the use of childish language.

  • Danno

    I personally prefer Xbox live over the free sony whatever it is, cause Xbox live as far as I know has not been hacked and that in my opinion is why we pay for the gold edition. I am happy to pay the now $75 a year for gold edition. I also had an Original xbox 360 die on me twice to the rrod, But the black slim models came out and I bought one of those and have had no problems since. I also have a cousin who had a PS3, and switched to the xbox 360 because the graphics are way better, that is what he said to me.

    • Renai Kakume aka Pop Tarts

      Things get hacked all the time. You know the Pentagon was hacked quiet a few times. If hackers wanted to hack Xbox Live they could, You know what the hack did for Playstation users? 5 or 10 free games, and as far as I know nobody’s actual information was taken. We also received free 1 year identity thief protection. All in all, the main thing that hacking does for you is realize that there are security vulnerabilities and take care of them, which is exactly what Sony did. Now it’s better than ever, AND it’s still free. with XBox Live I don’t see you getting early access to games, Free games every month, Able to Trail a new game for 60 minutes, beta invitations and much more! About your brother, I can understand what he’s talking about because 3rd party diff didn’t really develop for the ps3 to take advantage of it’s hardware, but when you put 1st party games head to head you can see which one’s look better.