“XBOX One is built for the Future” says Microsoft
Lets go over some of the elements in the XBOX One.
XBOX 360 games are not playable on the XBOX One!
Most gamers that I know reacted the same way to the unveiling of Microsoft’s XBOX One at E3, outrage! We all had heard vague statements and tweets about what Microsoft was saying about their new system. But at E3 it was all TV, Football, TV, Phones and more TV. Sure there were game trailers on new installments of existing franchises and a few new games, the emphasis seemed to be on how the XBOX One could be the new do-it-all living room fixture. Microsoft did not address the “always on” requirement for the XBOX One or their earlier statement on used games. Sony took advantage of Microsoft’s inability to put together a coherent statement on used games. I LOVE this video! Sony also got standing ovations from the crowd by addressing gamers concerns with the restrictions Microsoft seemed to be implementing on online connections and used games.
My biggest complaint with Microsoft and the XBOX One is the lack of player control. The player cannot control or own their own game (remember XBOX One developers tweeted about how they wanted the system to be purely digital), Microsoft reassured gamers that discs and used games will still be playable. Though Microsoft executive Don Mattrick when asked about gamers who could not be “always online” stated “Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360. If you have zero access to internet, that is an offline device.”
Control over privacy also became a huge concern when The Guardian, through their informant Edward Snowdon, released documents showing how the NSA had access to internet providers. Microsoft has been silent on how or what kind of access they grant except in their XBOX Privacy Statement below which is in itself is pretty all encompassing.
XBOX Privacy Statement
- To comply with the law or respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement and government agencies.
- To protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including enforcing the terms governing your use of the services.
- To act on a good faith belief that access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers or the public.”
“Kinect XBOX Privacy Statement
Skeletal information – When the sensor scans your body – we call it “skeletal tracking” – it creates a representation of body joints that is used in game play. This representation – picture a stick figure – cannot be used to identify you. Movements derived from skeletal information during gameplay can be used to estimate Exercise Stats. Refer to the Exercise Stats section for additional details. The numeric values for the stick figures may be used in three ways: they are temporarily stored in memory on your console during the gameplay session, then are destroyed when you end the game; if you are playing online, Microsoft may collect those numeric values to enable and improve gameplay; and Microsoft may collect and store some samples of the numeric values to analyze and improve the gaming experience. The numeric values sent to Microsoft are destroyed after analysis is complete.”
Microsoft is also quite upfront about privacy in another section of their XBOX Privacy Statement.
“You should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features (for example, voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions) offered through the Xbox LIVE/Games for Windows-LIVE Service. We may monitor these communications to the extent permitted by law.”
In conclusion I feel that the lack of control I would have to give up to own a XBOX One, whose policies could change at any time, is not worth it. The new Kinect feature alone with it’s constant streaming that I would have no control over is alarming. The XBOX 360 has it all for me and I’m in control of how I use the console.
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