I'm kind of surprised how many of you are defending Microsoft's new strategies. I've been reading lots of different forums and mainly people are disgusted with Microsoft's new business model.
Before the reveal I already had money set aside for the new console. Now, there no way I'm buying this thing. If Sony follows suit, I'm not getting either one and just stick to PC gaming.
Their attempt at a draconian stranglehold on their customers puts me right off, but the worst of it is the mandatory kinect 2.0 install for the console to work. That is absolutely ridiculous. Perhaps some people don't care about their privacy being blatantly breached, but I bet you will see many people decide that they have gone too far with this requirement.
I have been an Xbox supporter since November 2001. I have owned every Xbox console and LIVE on launch day, but this is the time where I will no longer support the Xbox ecosystem. It's a shame because the 360 is an amazing console. They just totally lost their direction with the X1.
Totally agree with you. It's worth noting how livid people would be if the Xbox One platform was developed by Google, instead of Microsoft. This whole "Scroogled" campaign would lead people to believe almost for a second that Microsoft doesn't care about user data. Anyone with two brain cells can put together how valuable user data is today, and how big of an impact it can have for a company.
If I recall correctly, there were articles posted around this time last year regarding the Kinect being able to watch your behavior, determining gender, mood, and reactions to such things as the shows you watch, or more importantly, how you respond to the advertisements you see. I've heard a few stories around the web even from people who have worked with marketing or advertising agencies having this capability marketed to them, as a means of improving their business. It's a scary thought to be quite frank, and even if Microsoft says today they have no plans of using the technology in that manner, it's still unsettling seeing as we don't know what goes on behind closed doors. Furthermore, all the technologies their patenting today or even a year ago make me feel like this will become similar to that of Facebook, where you sacrifice your personal information for free or "cheap" access to content.
Overall, I have this "it's not that bad" feeling left in my mouth, much akin to a carnie rushing you to get on a ride that's "perfectly safe" as you realize your seatbelt is only hanging on by a few threads...