Why I Pre-Ordered An Xbox One

Note: [All opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of GamerXChange]

When I mention that I’ve pre-ordered an Xbox One I get a wide range of reactions, mostly positive and sometimes I’ll get one of the angry internet vocalists that will go on and on about things I personally don’t care about. It did get me to thinking about coming up with a list of reasons as to why I went in that direction to kick off the next generation. Buying a new console is a hefty investment and I think making lists with the pro’s can be helpful to a lot of people, so hopefully this will help someone who is left undecided.

I know a lot of these types of articles are meant to create debate, and I suppose this one is no different really. I’m sure people will debate, I’ll be called a fanboy or Sony hater. That comes with the territory, but here on GamerXchange I cover Microsoft specifically. I jumped from console to console growing up, started with the NES, then the Genesis, then the Nintendo 64, finally going to the Dreamcast, PS2 and finally Xbox 360. The bottom line is that if a console is fun and has great games it doesn’t matter who the maker is. I actually think the PS4 looks like a great machine and Sony seems to have made great strides in doing a 180 in comparison to the PS3, which is good for gamer’s everywhere. In the end I pre-ordered an Xbox One for many reasons, and without further ado let’s list those reasons.

The launch lineup:
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When it comes to a new console launch the exclusives really play a large role in why you might go with a particular console. Microsoft even going back to the original Xbox has had really strong launches, I remember when I got my Xbox 360 it had some of my all time favorite games right from the start, Perfect Dark Zero, Condemned, Prey, Call Of Duty 2, Kameo Elements Of Power, Project Gotham Racing 3 and the list goes on. Now the Xbox One looks to even top that, I have Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse and Day One Gold pre-ordered, which will get me Killer Instinct for free. I also plan on buying Lococycle and Crimson Dragon. That’s six exclusives just to get things kicked off. The fact that I’m promised huge exclusives in the coming year, like the flagship Halo and the new Titanfall game are huge factors as well. While I have no doubt Sony has people working on Uncharted and God Of War games, they didn’t come out and say it, Microsoft did. I went with Xbox One because the games looked better and were more plentiful from the start.

Dedicated servers:
One of the biggest (and only) megaton announcements from Gamescom was that Call Of Duty Ghosts would run on dedicated servers on Xbox One thanks to Microsoft’s Cloud and large amount of new servers they have available for developers. We are in the year 2013, within a couple of months of these consoles being out it’ll be 2014, there is absolutely no excuse for peer to peer gaming anymore. Hearing that Titanfall, Call Of Duty, Halo, Forza and a ton of other games are using Microsoft’s dedicated servers is a game changer. It changes the online component, and the number one complaint I hear from online gamer’s is host advantage, the Xbox One solves those problems, and that is another reason I pre-ordered an Xbox One.

Achievements carry over from Xbox 360:
I know this is something PS4 is doing with PS3, or at least I believe it is. The thing for me is that I had an Xbox 360 since it launched way back in 2005, and I’ve accumulated a lot of Gamerscore since that point in time. I had a PS3 since launch too, but Sony didn’t add Trophies until later, and they weren’t mandatory since 2009. Needless to say I bought all third party titles on Xbox 360 partially because of the Achievements. I want to carry over all my hard work and Microsoft is allowing me to do that. Carrying over Trophies is nice too, but I don’t really have that many Trophies, I really work for my Achievements though, so this was a factor in my Xbox One pre-order as well.

Xbox Live:
It’s easy to mention this as a determining factor and some of it has to do with the dedicated servers I mentioned earlier, but for me Xbox Live has been the number one reason I game on Xbox Live, and yes Sony is going to do their best to implement and copy as many of these services as possible, but it always seems to me that Sony is a generation behind Microsoft with their OS and online service. Skype chatting people while playing a game, the feedback system and the addition of 32 person Party Chat. Which might seem like overkill, but if you are playing with a team of 32 on Battlefield, you might be quite thankful for it.
Some of the Twitch streaming is something Sony is doing too, but for me playing online has always been a very social experience and Microsoft has always done a good job at making the online accessible, fun and very easy on the eyes. I actually love the look of the new Xbox One interface and think the entire look has improved immensely. I touched on the feedback system a bit earlier, but that is something that cannot be underestimated. I felt like Microsoft had a good hold on the community and there were plenty of times I reported someone and they ended up being banned for cheating or an offensive name. I think Xbox Live with the addition of Skype and dedicated servers will continue to be the place where hardcore gamer’s play competitively online. Xbox Live played a huge role in my pre-order of an Xbox One.

Kinect 2.0
I’m ready for the bit of laughter that comes with this pick as a reason to pre-order an Xbox One. The bottom line is that the original Kinect was a nice prototype, but the Kinect on Xbox One looks to be the real deal. It doesn’t require a lot of room, it can be played sitting down, it can be played completely in the dark. I have said it before, but I think this new generation needs to be more than just better graphics. Nintendo and the 3DS and Wii U both have camera’s built in, the PlayStation Vita does as well. I also have a PS Eye on my PS3 and a Kinect on my Xbox 360. I love options, and with a Kinect bundled with every Xbox One, developers will definitely take advantage of that in the future.
When I saw the video diary about the facial scanning I was intrigued beyond belief, I think the fact that Kinect 2 can track down to 1:1, and even keep track of your heart rate it offers some fun and interesting ideas for gameplay in the future. Imagine a survival horror game where you need to control your heart rate? I just think it adds to the level of immersion and I like that idea a lot. I’m not saying I want it thrown into every game, but when and if it makes sense the option is right there. I think it’s nice that right out of the box you can video Skype people, perfect for family, friends or even gaming clans to use for meetings. I would love to see the facial scan in just about every game, imagine RPG’s or sports games where you can be the character? I just think it has limitless possibilities and I’m really excited by the prospects.

My clan mates and friends are transitioning from Xbox 360 to Xbox One as well:
This might seem like an obvious reason, but I run a gaming clan and even my friends in life are upgrading, granted around 100 people might not seem like a huge gauge, you have to keep in mind my PS3 friends list is pretty small because I don’t use PSN very much if at all. The fact that the people I game with on a daily basis and sometimes weekly basis are all switching to Xbox One made my decision a easier as well. I like stability and being able to still game with the people I’ve been gaming with for the past 6, 7, 8 years is a huge thing for me. The last few holdouts put in their pre-orders when dedicated servers were announced for COD Ghosts, so my team will remain in tact for another generation.

Upload Studio:
This one deserved a spot of its own, I know it could have gone under Xbox Live but I feel like this is something a lot of aspiring game reviewers and E-Sports fans will use. This is where Kinect comes into play as well because you can do commentary and whatnot directly on the screen. This is something that will inspire a lot of creativity and I know I’ll definitely take advantage of it, and that’s something I’m really looking forward to. Right now for me to capture a 4-5 minute clip, edit it and add commentary it can take over a day of work, Upload Studio takes all the work out of it. Gaming consoles are more than just places to play games, some gamer’s eat, sleep and live games and this is a feature that those people will clamor to and use to its full potential.

The future possibilities:
Now while I’m buying an Xbox One at launch because of the games it launches with and the features I listed, the future possibilities are something that really intrigue me. One of those things is the IllumiRoom, which looks to add to the level of immersion. I also understand that this is somewhat of a gimmick in some people’s opinion, but I personally think things like this can definitely add to certain game experiences. Is it something I want to use all the time? Of course not, but it is something that I’d like to use for certain games to get a bigger, bolder experience.
The other thing that sounds good to me is the Virtual Reality glasses that Microsoft patented way back in 2010, even though Oculus Rift gets a lot of attention right now, Microsoft has been quietly been working on their own style of virtual reality. This again is something that I probably wouldn’t like all the time, but I can fully imagine a game that uses virtual reality, Illumiroom and Kinect for the ultimate immersion into a video game. I understand not everyone will want those things, but I think if they do it on games that really can utilize these features and not just tack them on, it’d be a great thing. Much in the way that 3-D can add to certain movies (Avatar being one), the effect doesn’t belong on every movie. So as long as developers don’t go crazy, we might get some fresh new ideas that could help put a surge into the industry that hasn’t happened since the Nintendo Wii launched.

Sony’s immaturity:
This one will be the most controversial without a doubt, I’m a grown man who runs a small business and I have competitors. I’d love to get more business, but when I do a consultation I’m going to do my best to sell my services to people, I’m not going to fear monger and bad mouth the competition. That is very unprofessional and petty in my opinion and while I think Sony saw themselves as a public white knight, I think some people looked at the truth of the matter, which is that policies that Microsoft had decided on, where probably still being decided by Sony as well. Sony has changed their policies from PS3 to PS4 and changed their dynamic to better compete with Microsoft and Nintendo, all of these companies do that. Yet I’ve never heard Nintendo or Microsoft bash the other, I still remember when Xbox 360 launched with Achievements and Sony fans complained, Sony ended up copying the system and calling them “Trophies”, but again you never heard a jab from Microsoft about it. I think people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, sell me on your product, don’t tell me why I shouldn’t buy the competition.

All in all it was mainly the games at launch, along with Xbox Live as a service and the inclusion of dedicated servers as a standard that helped make my decision for me. I think the PlayStation 4 was in deed a step in the right direction, but Sony has been known to take their time with software in support of their new hardware, it’s something of a bad trend in my opinion, and I’ll definitely want to pick up a PlayStation 4 down the road when they have Uncharted, God Of War and titles like that to offer, but as of right now they didn’t even hint at any major blockbuster franchises that I’d be interested in. Microsoft let it be known early that their top franchises would be back, and be back soon on the new hardware and that means a lot to me as a gamer who is looking for help choosing a new console in November.

Hopefully people read the entire article and see some of my thought process going into this, it’s not really a knock on Sony or anything like that, more of a situation where it looks like Microsoft will offer the most right out of the box, and the better launch lineup. I wont be skipping the PS4 by any means, but when you play online games 90% of the time, those dedicated servers sound like pure heaven. Sound off in a friendly way in the comment section below with your thoughts, just remember to keep it clean and friendly.


32 Responses to “Why I Pre-Ordered An Xbox One”

  1. Killzone isn’t a blockbuster title? inFamous isn’t a blockbuster title? Two games available at both launch and in the launch window? Whereas the only “blockbuster” exclusive at launch on the Xbox One is Forza 5 and arguably Dead Rising 3 which is a third party title anyways. If we’re going by launch titles, the PS4 is looking A LOT better than the Xbox One’s, which makes sense considering the PS4 is focused on games where the Xbox One focuses on everything else – a step in the wrong direction for Microsoft. Also, Kinect 2.0 is a reason? LUL.

    • Killzone isn’t a blockbuster title in my personal opinion, Sony tries to make it seem like it is, but the games aren’t huge sellers. I was stating that in my opinion, based on the launch titles the Xbox One has the better lineup.

      I don’t consider the PS4 anymore focused on games than Xbox One is. They focused a lot on apps, television, Twitch and recently signed a deal to bring TV to the PS4. I think it just depends on how you view these announcements.

    • GT is Sony’s rieal Block Bluster hit

    • Yea, it’s a shame they aren’t releasing the PS4 with their biggest racing game.

    • killzone and infamous isnt on a global scale compared to halo gears and forza, if you asked the entire population if they heard of halo or gears of war, they would of heard that more than killzone or infamous,

      xboxone is focused on games otherwise it wouldnt brought out a GAMES console, the TV is added feature, they have a very strong line up compared to ps4 at the moment and also have the best known GAMING controller around, and yes kinect 2 is a reason because sony have tried making there own cam and its crap compared to kinect 2, sony have focused on tons more games yes, but there mostly kiddie looking indie games from people no ones rarely heard of, launch titles wise xbox one wins easily .

    • neither killzone or infamous are blockbuster titles.
      their trailers and fans always seem to make it sound like they are, but, in reality, the two franchises sell poorly.

      and how is the xbox one not focused on games??
      xbox one’s exclusive retail games launch line-up easily dwarfs that of ps4’s. the good majority of exclusives the ps4 has are just indie titles at this point. remember that indie titles are what ouya was heavily focusing on? well, considering how poorly ouya sold, I highly doubt the indie launch lineup of the ps4 will help it much.

  2. Microsoft has invested billions of dollars into a server infrastructure that spans the globe. Not only can developers easily utilize the cloud but dedicated servers can be utilized for games. If you care about online gaming/online gaming community and the multiplayer experience then XBox One right now seems to the go to choice.

    If Sony wants to compete with Microsoft in online gaming then they need to invest in a similar infrastructure. They can’t just wave a magic wand and in the blink of an eye build up an infrastructure like Microsoft has. Want an example of the cost of a server farm? In Iowa recently, Microsoft spent 700 million dollars to acquire additional servers. This is just one example of many that will be cropping up around the globe, in addition to what they already have.

    I am uncommitted to either console and I was looking forward to Gamescom to see how Microsoft and Sony addressed this issue that is a serious matter for hardcore gamers. Sony kept the status quo approach, while Microsoft put in the effort and time to acquire this advantage. Its not as flashy as saying “this is how you share games” or “world’s most powerful console”, but true hardcore gamers who devote endless days of time played into multiplayer don’t fall prey to propaganda. Each console has pros and cons, but the one PRO for the XBox One that may be the most important factor for hardcore gamers is the server infrastructure in place that benefits online gaming and competitive multiplayer.

    • I agree 100% and I’m surprised we haven’t seen more people bring up the dedicated server issue. I know the PS3 and Xbox 360 both had a few games on dedicated servers, but those weren’t run by MS or Sony respectively. The main complaint I hear on every online game is hit detection and host advantage. I was happy to see Microsoft take online gaming seriously and add all those servers.

      If you’re a hardcore gamer who plays online only games, which a lot are, then you’d probably go with Xbox One for the servers alone. Thanks for checking out the article.

    • Steve Denninger October 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      You don’t see it as much because the sony fanboys quickly shut the discussion down by saying it’s a gimmick. Just like the cloud. I’ve read plenty of people even trying to say P2P is better than Dedicated Servers. You know they’re jealous that MS can offer this and sony can’t

  3. On the subject of console companies resorting to badmouthing the competition, one company that very notably did this was Sega. Remember ‘Sega does what Nintendon’t?’

    These days Sega is just another software company with no platform they control.

    On the other hand, when Congress got in a tizzy over violence in games, the then Nintendo US leadership (Howard Lincoln, IIRC) gave some rather sleazy testimony trying to paint Sega as a great corrupter of children.

  4. Even with the bad press received I trust MS more than Sony. I know at least MS has the artillery to stay competitive ten years down the line. New battle lines are being drawn, would Sony be able to compete with the likes of Google, Apple and Amazon? I’m not so sure.

  5. It is a fair point that MS never publicly exploited all the troubles Sony had with PS3: 599 USD, exposing customer data, no PSN service for a month, removing Linux and backwards compatibility, Geohot lawsuit, etc. There were a lot of times MS execs could have gotten on stage or on Youtube and mocked Sony’s missteps or exploited situations to make Sony look like bad guys.

    There’s a desperation to what Sony does personified in their Kevin Butler ads which nobody other than Sony fanboys ever found amusing and an isolationist mean streak going back to their Crash Bandicoot “Hey Plumber boy!” days. Ironic that whether it is Crash mocking Mario or Kevin Butler and Move mocking the Wii/Kinect, Sony was hocking a vastly inferior product to claim how much better they were. Maybe it amused you just to see someone in the schoolyard picking a fight, but in reality it was no different than a dumb bully making fun of a “nerd” who just aced the test. We know who the real loser is even if the bully works extra hard to convince everyone in earshot it is otherwise.

    Sticking with the primary school metaphor: if we imagine this next generation as a science fair where Microsoft is the overachiever who just showed up with a military grade time of flight infrared sensor, then Sony is the kid who duct-tapped two low resolution webcams together and hoped you wouldn’t notice any difference.

  6. I have to say, this is one of the most sensible articles I’ve read regarding Xbox one and the console “wars” in general. People like you are the reason why XBL will always be a better community than PSN. Keep up the good work and enjoy your XB1. I look forward to reading many more articles from you.

    • Thanks for taking the time out to read the entire thing and not jumping to conclusions. I appreciate that you went into it with an open mind, thanks for the kind words.

  7. what about microsoft advertisments that belittle the ipad? youtube windows tablet makes fun of ipad

    • How is that at all related to Xbox?

    • When your wanting to break into the market share that iPad has, you have to show why your better. Showing all the things that the Surface can do that iPad cant and then showing the big price difference is a great way to break into the market place. If you remember Droid did the same thing to the iPhone

    • Thus Sony’s jab was well founded. Either way, an Xbox Fanboy has written an article as to why he chose an Xbox, bravo.

    • Thus your an idiot.

      Sony is not trying to break into a market.

    • Thus you’ve committed an Ad Hominem, typical this day and age in the realm of fanboyhood. No need for personal attacks. Attack my statement or argument, not me.

      This author oddly has forgotten (or simply is not aware) to mention Major Nelson’s ‘jab’ at Sony when Nelson mentioned the fact that Sony announced their console but did not actually show it. Clearly it was a jab along the sense of Sony’s throwing a jab at MS with the borrowed game stunt.

      Its a well written article but I get the gist of it in essence.

  8. Great read and I am right there with you.

    I think we can all agree that MS, up until several weeks after E3, had done an abysmal job at messaging and Sony capitalized on that. I will say that overall MS just gave me a much better gaming experience than Sony last generation by a wide margin.

    Xbox Live is the deal breaker. Throw in all of the other innovative stuff MS is doing and that just reinforces my decision to stick with X1 as my primary gaming platform. I have been gaming since the days of Pong. Been through numerous launches. How Sony have thus far come out of this as the White Knight I will never know.

    I can site all kinds of things Sony has done in the past that counter this “for the gamers” aura they seem to have right now. At any rate, I buy a console to play games and will most likely pick up the PS4 sometime down the road. As a very discerning gamer though, I like where MS is headed compared to the competition.

  9. Elkethus Degrace Lauzon Reply October 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Great article i have almost all the same reason why i buy xbox one. Xbox one gonna be awesome next years great game and feature coming

  10. Well done! I think you’ve captured exactly how Sony and Microsoft differ. I don’t think many would argue the point that PS+ is better ‘value’ than xBoxLive; but when compared in terms of quality, the services are worlds apart.

    Microsoft clearly have a better strategy for the long game – it’s only a matter of time before Sony will have to once again ‘clarify’ expectations around GaiKai and the PlayStation Network.

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