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Microsoft Caves Again! Xbox One to Include Headset!

Posted by KillerRamen, 08 August 2013 · 1,015 views

Caved!


  • Always online? No longer!
  • No used games? Now supports used games!
  • No sharing physical disks with friends? Go for it!
  • Incompatible with non-proprietary headsets? Nope. It does that too now!
  • No headset? Here's a headset!
Microsoft has caved on pretty much everything that consumers have complained about when they announced the Xbox One. Back when the Xbox 360 and PS3 released in 2005 and 2006 we had blogs too, but they clearly didn't have the same amount of power that they do today. It's good to see that consumers have the power to change a product before it is even released.

Microsoft, I salute you for admitting you were wrong!


So what about the Kinect?


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I honestly think it's only a matter of time before Microsoft releases a Kinect-less option for the Xbox One. It only has one exclusive game for its launch (Kinect Sports Rivals) and I just don't see $100 in value there. Voice commands are something that keep getting pushed, but they're never very good. The original Kinect was fine for a dance camera, but there is no reason why they should be including one in with every box.

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It is good to see the power of the consumer here, let's just hope we're using our power for good

I'm quite happy that MS is flip flopping on a lot of their policies and ideas based on consumer feedback.

 

I'm still concerned that all these policies made it all the way through their entire internal structure and needed huge amounts of negative consumer feedback for them to realize that some of their ideas were way off base.  Just makes me concerned that they may not know what they're doing.  As an owner of a 360 and a Windows Phone, I've been questioning a lot of MS's decisions since before the Xbox One was even revealed.  Their flipflopping shows that they're able to listen to customer feedback, but it doesn't prove to me that they're learning anything.

I'm quite happy that MS is flip flopping on a lot of their policies and ideas based on consumer feedback.

 

I'm still concerned that all these policies made it all the way through their entire internal structure and needed huge amounts of negative consumer feedback for them to realize that some of their ideas were way off base.  Just makes me concerned that they may not know what they're doing.  As an owner of a 360 and a Windows Phone, I've been questioning a lot of MS's decisions since before the Xbox One was even revealed.  Their flipflopping shows that they're able to listen to customer feedback, but it doesn't prove to me that they're learning anything.

 

It definitely has me concerned... I have a Windows Phone as well, but I'm switching to Android as soon as I can find a deal on the Galaxy S4 because of Microsoft's ridiculousness. 

 

Given that the earliest time they would remove the Kinect would be 2014/2015, but I think that's plenty of time for me to observe them to see if it will even be worth buying an Xbox One early on in its life-cycle. I do plan on getting an Xbox One eventually even if it is after the end of the 8th Generation, but I really don't have any idea what the heck they are doing sometimes.

Now if we could just get it without Kinect...

Now if we could just get it without Kinect...


They were burned on the 360 with the hard drive being optional, I don't expect them to budge on this one. I really would've rather they didn't cave on all this stuff but instead would've caved on putting all the good stuff behind Xbox live gold.

On a side note, I was disappointed to discover that the X1 can't do TV DVR. I was really hoping for a Tivo replacement.

I'm really excited for this new console. I've had it pre-ordered since E3, butI think the changes Microsoft has made since then are for the best.

 

Also, initially I was very skeptical on the Kinect; however, if the OS is able to seamlessly jump from one activity to another (i.e., TV, Netflix, game) and the voice recognition is as good as was demonstrated, then I am all for it. 

 

Can't wait!

Its evident that Microsoft was not sure on what it wanted to sell us, and I'm still not convinced they know yet.

I tend to stay away from people and things that don't know who or what they are or want to be. Good or bad, Microsoft has shown a huge lack of confidence in what they originally wanted to sell me. What do they want now? Who knows? My money I guess.

I'll wait and see. no day one One for me.

0 of my friends are getting the Xbox One. Every Youtube video with Xbox One even mentioned has a mandatory 75% downvote rating.

 

I actually wanted the Xbox. I prefer the interface and online. But due to their atrocious marketing, they lost a large number of early buyers and they lost a large percentage to Sony.

 

And they lost me because there is no point to buying this if none of my friends will have it.

 

Good news is that's $500 for PC gaming, which my friends can all agree on.

Strange, figured people would forget about the camera with the new included headsets. baffling.(Yes, sarcasm.)

Now let me unplug Kinect and stuff it in the closet to collect dust. Oh, and I'm not paying $500. Ya, nothing they can do/change for me to early adopt.

 

It's great they are making changes and reversing stuff, will make it easier to buy down the road a few years at $300. TV watching achievements on the other hand...I don't want any part of that.

Kinect sports rivals is not a launch title, might want to update your blog with correct information.

Kinect sports rivals is not a launch title, might want to update your blog with correct information.

 

61047RZss3L._SL1000_.jpgGame launches are generally pretty static when it comes to which titles make it, but Kinect Sports Rivals has been sporting the "Day One" branding since they first released the official box art for Xbox One and it's yet to have been changed anywhere. If it ends up not making it, then the Kinect will have no exclusive games at launch which really doesn't impact what I said about the Kinect.