With the announcement of the Xbox One, all of us including the press were curious about a few details about the successor to the Xbox 360. With only a few weeks separating us from E3 where some more questions will be answered, and even more will be raised we’re here to answer some of your questions that have some definite answers.
One of the first questions that spawned before the announcement of the Xbox One was the rumor that the console needed to always be connected to the internet. This was also known as the “Always On” internet connection. The issue behind this is pretty simple, while there are 46 million Xbox Live memberships there are millions of consoles out there that have never, and will never be connected to the internet. Some of these are from people who just cannot afford high speed internet access, some are extra consoles in a household that can’t receive internet connectivity. But some are overseas with the troops in countries like Afghanistan where the internet connectivity is extremely spotty or is non-existent.
Microsoft has somewhat handled this question, but in ways it has not. The Xbox One does not require an “Always on” internet connection, but it still requires some connection to the internet. This is a huge failure on the part of the Microsoft and the Xbox team considering the huge amount of consoles that do not get any internet access. the Xbox team is supposedly designing the console to play games watch live television and watch blu-ray movies (Yes that’s right, Blu-Ray) if you lose your connection. This makes me think, it detects if it had internet at one point in the day and allows you to play games if it passes that check.
Will the Xbox One play used games?
This was another one of those rumors with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, someone out there said it wouldn’t play any used games which I had personally expressed my thoughts on during the New England GameCast. In short, I said the next gen consoles would never abandon the used game market because it’s such a large market, and because it gets those who would have never played those games otherwise now have the opportunity to, and that leads to console sales, and down the road more game sales.
The official answer from Microsoft and Xbox is that they are designing the Xbox One to allow owners to resell games. There is also some news that says if you wish to buy and use a used game, you are required to pay a fee. The validity of this statement is not confirmed and it’s something we might hear more about at E3.
Is the Xbox One backwards compatible?
This is one of the biggest questions asked of any new console release, because the life span of the Xbox 360, its game library is quite substantial and we all want to know if we need to hold on to our Xbox 360’s to play our favorite games or if we’re free to move on to the Xbox One.
Unfortunately we’ve gotten the answer that the Xbox One hardware is just not compatible with Xbox 360 games. Their defense is that they have designed it to play an entirely new generation of games that take full advantage of the architecture and state-of-the-art processors and power of the cloud. They do say that the Xbox 360 will be continued to supported with new games and apps well into the future.
When does the Xbox One come out?
So, according to sources, the PlayStation 4 will be coming out before the holiday season, but the Xbox One is going to lose the release race as it will be releasing during the holiday season. I don’t see this being a terrible idea, but just know that the holiday season is a time where items sell out quickly. Console launches have been notorious for selling out and leaving people disappointed and without a new console. On top of all of this, the Xbox One is following the best selling console for Twenty-Eight months straight, the Xbox 360.
What effect does the cloud have on the Xbox One?
The cloud is able to make the Xbox One more accessible by allowing you to automatically update so there’s no waiting, you can start a movie, television show, or even game on one console and finish it on another, there’s no waiting to streaming movies or television shows or playing games with your friends over Xbox Live, and developers can even take advantage of the cloud to create new gameplay, contain persistent worlds, and much deeper experiences. You can use the cloud to see what your friends are up to whether it be playing games, watching movies or listening to music. But here’s one, we got a bit of this with the Xbox 360 with cloud storage but now you can store entire games and other media in the cloud so you can access them anytime.
What about my Xbox Live membership?
Don’t you worry! Your existing Xbox Live membership will work just fine on the Xbox One so there’s no need to buy a new membership. Although, this means you should stock up on those cheaper $35 deals on a year of Xbox Live starting now.
What about the new Kinect?
So, the Xbox 360 didn’t require the Kinect, but this is all changing with the Xbox One. The new Kinect is essential to the Xbox One and this allows developers to program for it, rather than seeing “Better with Kinect” on every game developers will now automatically assume that everyone has it and games will become much more integrated and advanced with the new Kinect. You will be able to use voice, gestures, and natural sensing that allows you to navigate the dashboard, enhance your games, or even allows you to ditch the remotes completely when flipping the channels.
There are a ton of questions still yet to be answered,