There has been a lot of back and forth about whether the latest generation of Xbox One is really worth the price. Reviewers point to what they see as weaknesses in the system, pricing structures and start to say that it just isn’t worth it yet. Taken in context, the real problem might be that expectations for a perfect gaming system that can do everything but feed you (which may be on the list of some reviewer’s wants) could be what has given the latest generation of Xbox One a reputation it doesn’t deserve. When you silence the reviews and look at the ratings, the console is delivering a solid 4 out 5 star ranking.
Why 4 stars and not 5?
So, why 4 stars and not 5? What is the big problem with Xbox One that prevents it from a perfect score? There really isn’t one. It does have its problems, but it also has a ton of features, hard core gaming technology and a game library that can’t be beat. As the years have progressed, customers have gotten savvier and know that no product really should ever get a 5 out of 5 start rating; that is a realization that all the reviewers have yet to achieve.
Is PS4 really all that better?
During 2013 there were a lot of voices saying that the PS4 was the better deal. When you looked at what they were saying made it better, it came down to the price. Microsoft finally caught on after a year of abysmal sales and lowered the price of the latest console to match the market pricing for similar game systems, including the PS4. When you then place the two systems side by side for a comparison; without price being an issue – it is clear to see that Xbox One has a lot of features that PS4 doesn’t offer at all.
What’s the real problem with Xbox One?
The real problem with the console comes from mismanagement of the product marketing. Whereas Microsoft started with the intent to make a system designed by games and marketed toward gamers, they dropped the ball with an ill-fated romance with an original content TV studio that just closed its doors. Closing the Xbox Studio was a clear signal to gamers that Microsoft was taking action to reclaim right thinking when it came to promoting and creating for the system. The pricing scale was revamped to a more market worthy amount, and a new batch of upgrades was released to fix some longstanding problems. In other words, Microsoft “got it” and returned to basics.
Why it’s worth it
With Titanfall included for free when you purchase a new Xbox One that console is more than worth it. Add in the options to use the Kinect system and other features, run 3rd party apps and other accessories that are available and the system can expand into one of the fullest featured home entertainment systems out today. It just will never hit the stride of making and serving you dinner in front of the screen; if you can handle that disappointment, it’s worth 5 stars.