Following on from my recent post on 10 Reasons why you should buy a Wii U, I have decided to argue a case for all current consoles. This time it’s the turn of the Xbox One, which like the Wii U, has seen its fair share of bad press in recent times. It may be the more expensive of the three but that shouldn’t deter potential buyers, I will try to convince you it’s a worthy purchase in this post.
1. Xbox Live
No surprises here, Xbox Live is currently the most user friendly service around, carrying on the tradition from last-gen. It’s a seamless service that was once criticized for it’s cost, but as PSN has started charging this is no longer an issue. The friends list has been expanded to 1,000 but key parts to the service remain the same. It’s still the go-to place for multiplayer console gaming and with most titles having some kind of online multiplayerh, it’s the console of choice for those seeking social interaction.
2. First party exclusives
Whilst the Playstation may be the dominant force for single player experiences, it’s the exclusive games that make Xbox the best multiplayer experience around. Halo, Gears of War, Forza and Titanfall all find their home on the Xbox One. These titles alone should warrant a purchase at some point in the future. With more titles for the future including Project Spark. Fable Legends, Quantum Break to name a few the year ahead looks bright for Xbox users.
3. It’s the home of FPS games
Probably a controversial opinion but no platform plays FPS games better. From the layout of the pad (triggers FTW) to the selection of games and DLC before Playstation on Call of Duty, it’s earned it’s right as king of console FPS games. There will be those who disagree but the signature FPS of the Playstation I consider to be Killzone, which is in my opinion not a touch on Halo. The games coupled with function-ability of the Live service made me come to this conclusion. It’s also echoed by the Pro gaming community, with multi-format titles being played on Xbox, rather than Playstation.
The Kinect hasn’t yet filled its full potential. Fighter Within was an abomination to gaming but that shouldn’t put you off. The technology off Kinect has been highlighted several times and could be potentially rather impressive down the line. Microsoft have stuck with it despite it’s negative reviews from the 360 and this time it’s more powerful and you can bet your last dollar it will have significant use in the upcoming years. The voice command/navigation feature is extremely useful but needs ironing out. It’s a peripheral with huge potential, don’t rule it out just yet.
5. It’s more than a gaming machine
That’s right, I’m going be bold and go against the general consensus and say that this is a good thing. I remember when having something extra with a console was considered a triumph, quite what has changed I don’t know. The TV tie-in function is superb, the recording of your own gameplay to its DVR and the ability to share this footage even better. Sure, we want a console to have good games, but it’s fair to say if that’s all it was (a games console) then it would have equally as many critics.
6. Graphics don’t matter
Ok, let me re-phrase that, graphics do matter but not a lot. In fact if you wanted state of the art graphics in Super HD, running at 1000000 FPS then you would buy a PC. Nothing compares to the PC and all this overblown rubbish about the Xbox One having slightly less frames per second on multi-format games is getting annoying now. Half of the fanboys that spin such hate probably don’t even know the definition of the phrases they use. Xbox One has awesome graphics, it may have a GPU that is not on par with the PS4 but games will look near identical.
7. Launch line ups were better
That’s right, PS4 owners go on about the fact their system is the ‘gamers choice’ but the games so far don’t support that statement. Sure, neither has a great selection of games but I’d rather be playing Forza and Dead Rising than Killzone and Knack. With Titanfall releasing in the next few weeks, the line up will be a lot better than what the Playstation has to offer. In fact, until inFamous releases I don’t see any point at all in buying a PS4 and I regret doing so.
8. Microsoft listens to the gaming community
Pre-launch the Xbox One was meant to be online only, it was also scheduled to be download only at one point in time. The community spoken and the decisions were reversed, meaning they are a company with the interests of us, the gamers, at heart. Some of the features that were scrapped actually sounded quite good, but MS listened to the majority and gave us what we wanted. I expect the future to be very similar. Whilst the ideology of a digital only future remains a distinct possibility, Microsoft realized that consumers weren’t quite ready.
9. The control pad
This is something I have touched upon before but nothing beats the Xbox pad. From the layout of the analog sticks to the triggers it leaves the Dualshock trailing. Of course, this is down to personal preference but the Dualshock has always felt a built clumsy and cheap to me, with noticeable aches and pains from the way it’s designed. I expected more from the PS4 in terms of re-designing what is essentially a pad with a design of the original Dualshock.
10. Smartglass and Cloud features
I have included these two as one point as both currently have the status of ‘great potential’. Smartglass is something that was touched upon last-gen and you can expect bigger and better coming soon. With more games receiving function-ability and more users using smartphones than ever before the sky is the limit. Likewise the Xbox Live Cloud service is something that promises much to enhance processing tasks, boosting the level of performance we will see from the Xbox One. The way that processor activities could be divided can only be a positive thing when we look at the future of gaming. It could be a game changer, time will tell.
Of course, some of the points were based on opinion rather than fact. The point of this article was to highlight the consoles strengths and to put an end to the bashing Xbox One has taken recently. It’s a great console and worth your money. Next up is the PS4.