Just days after the official reveal of the Xbox One, the internet is being swarmed with complaints about Microsoft’s newest gaming console. Their problems range in scope – some simply found the presentation to be boring; others don’t really like the name “Xbox One.”
That’s fine. After all, everyone’s got different tastes.
But the Xbox One lambasting doesn’t end there. Instead, gamers are coming out of the woodwork to moan about seemingly every aspect of Microsoft’s new console. Some of their gripes are justified… most of them are completely insane.
This week, I’ll be going through several of the most common Xbox One complaints and explaining why they’re unfounded, unfathomable, and unfit to be taken seriously. I’m not saying there aren’t real reasons to dislike the console… there are, and I’ll get to those eventually. In the meantime, let’s talk about the internet’s lamest reasons to hate the Xbox One.
Xbox One isn’t backwards compatible
By the time the XB1 (or XBO or however you shorten it) is in most peoples’ homes, there will be eight years between that console and the Xbox 360. There has never been a wider console generation gap – in gaming history, some companies went through three or four consoles in the same time period! So it should come as no surprise that the differences between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One are large enough to warrant dropping this support.
But even if it were technologically feasible to slap Xbox 360 emulation in every new console, it just isn’t worth the effort. Why’s that? Well, it turns out only 5% of console owners play last generation games on their current generation consoles. “B-b-b-b-but I play last gen games all the time,” you interject from the distant past. Well, you might be the exception, but unless you plan to buy 20x more last gen games than you already do, it’s not enough to make up for the costs of incorporating backwards compatibility. The technology is not free, and including a feature that only a tiny fraction of console gamers use will only increase costs for everyone else.
Sure, everyone loves old games. I’m pretty nostalgic about current and last gen titles myself. But most gamers have already beaten their previous favorites a million times ad nauseum, and are looking for something new. They want new experiences that only a more powerful or more innovative console can deliver. If they didn’t, why would they even buy a next gen console? And hey, nobody’s forcing them to throw out or sell their current hardware even if they do take the plunge and buy an Xbox One.
The funny thing is that while many gamers who are revolted by Microsoft’s decision rally to the Playstation 4… it isn’t slated to offer backwards compatibility either! In fact, only the Wii U allows gamers to play previous generation games, and only through an extremely awkward emulation interface. The future is here, kids, and it’s time to decide if you’re coming along for the ride.
If you want infinite backwards compatibility, you simply aren’t going to find it in the field of next generation console gaming. Either deal with the reality of the situation, hold onto your old consoles, or (crazy idea) try your hand at PC gaming, where almost every title works on your current hardware.