I know the information about the Xbox One has been massive. I know you’ve emailed and tweeted me a lot of questions. You’ve also emailed and tweeted me a lot of information. I figured that the best way to answer those emails and tweets and to put your minds at ease was to do what I do best. I’m going to summarize all the madness for you with some Xbox One bullet points. I’m just like you and I need one place to find out what the most important things are when it comes to the Xbox One.
The following bullet points are what I know so far based on new information from various media outlets.
Xbox One Bullet Points
• release date is sometime this year (likely November if sticking to history)
• you will have to install every game (I know it sucks but I get it; at least you can play games without needing to find the disc)
• it comes with 500GB and yes part of that will be used for “system” stuff
• you will not be charged to share games within your household
• you will not have to be connected online all the time (although game features are lost if you aren’t)
you will not have to connect once every 24 hours
• you won’t be charged to play a game at a friend’s house
• discs will no longer be needed to play the game after install (once you install, it’s just a keepsake or a means to share that same game with someone or to reinstall a game yourself)
• if you share that same game with someone and they intend to “own” it, they’ll have the option to install and buy it (details sketchy but that’s where it’s going)
• no upgradeable or removable hard drive, you will be allowed external storage for game installs, saves etc
• you can play games offline but only for 24 hours on your console until you check in
• you can play used games (there are definitely details missing about this simple thing but you will be able to)
if you don’t turn your system on for days, weeks etc it will not render your games unplayable
• Kinect comes with the console and has to be connected (you do not have to use it)
• Xbox 360 accessories will not work on the Xbox One; none of them
• No backwards compatibility
• there is no separate Xbox Live for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live for Xbox One; it’s just Xbox Live for all, your current subscription will transfer just fine
• Xbox Live will have access to over 300,000 servers
• Xbox Live friends increase from 100 to 1,000
• Xbox Live multiplayer games will all have dedicated servers
• the cool TV stuff will be in North America first
• it has HDMI pass through which means the signal from your cable/satellite box passes its signal through the Xbox One making the cool TV stuff possible; so yes you still need a cable/satellite box
• E3 is about games, games, games .. this was just really a console reveal
• yes the Blu-ray drive will play Blu-ray movies
• there is only one Marketplace for games now, no separate for Arcade or Indie
• Achievements and Gamerscore will transfer over; your XBLA arcade games will not because as I mentioned, no backward compatibility
• no this does not mark the end of the Xbox 360 the way things abruptly ended for the original Xbox; the Xbox 360 will still be supported with games, updates etc.
I will make one note as I end my bullet points. I think that games for Xbox One need to be reduced in price if the disc is basically only for installation. If I can’t play from the disc without installing games, then it’s basically a PC system doing the same delivery as PC games do. Are PC games the same price as console games? Nope. If the Xbox One is going this route with game discs (and they are), then I hope to see a decrease in game price.
I hope these bullet points are useful for you. What say you?