On May 21, Microsoft revealed their new Xbox titled Xbox One. Microsoft spent about an hour discussing the console, but that wasn’t enough time to answer all the questions and address all the rumors surrounding the console. Is it always online? Can I play used games? Is it backwards compatible? Let Resident Entertainment help you out.
Good News =D
More Games Coming to Xbox One
Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Destiny, Ryse, Thief, and Watch Dogs are all confirmed to be coming to the Xbox One. This follows Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA Soccer 14, Forza Motorsport 5, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and Quantum Break which were all talked about in some capacity during the conference.
Other games like The Evil Within and Wolverine: The New Order have been announced for next-gen consoles but not Xbox One confirmed.
Rare Franchise to Appear At Microsoft E3 Conference
A Rare franchise will appear at Microsoft’s E3 conference and be related to the Xbox One. Could a new Banjo-Kazooie game be on the way? Perfect Dark? Killer Instinct?
Gamerscore, Gamertag, and Avatar All Port to Xbox One
All of that hard earned Gamerscore will come over to the Xbox One. This also means your Gamertag and Avatar will come over as well. That $10 you spent buying virtual clothes to dress up your Avatar and all those hours spent getting all 1000 points in Skyrim didn’t go to waste after all.
Achievements Can Be Added or Changed Over Time
Using the cloud, developers could add or change achievements to their games. You could spend all day earning one ridiculously hard achievement only to have it changed the following day to a much easier task. Thank you Microsoft!
Bad News D=
You Can Use Used Games….For a Price
Do you use GameFly or borrow games from friends? Well get ready to cry because in order to play a used game, you will be forced to pay full MSRP. That means if you bought a game used that’s been out for a week, you will have to pay $60 in order to play the game with your Xbox One IN ADDITION to the fee you paid to acquire the disc from a GameStop-esque retailer. MSRP does change over time so a game that’s been out for a few years probably won’t cost you $60 and more like $40 or $20. That also confirms that you will have to download something off a fresh new disc. That 500GB hard drive might not be that large after all.
Can you still sell your games at a GameStop-esque retailer? – Yes
Is there any way I can play the game on another Xbox One without paying full MSRP? – If you sign in to another Xbox One, you will not have to pay a cent.
What about different accounts on the same system? Like a family Xbox One? – Parental Controls allow you to have access to other accounts on that particular system.
How many systems can I be logged in at once? – Not confirmed.
Would we know how much “full MSRP” is before we have to buy it? – Not confirmed.
This is confusing. – Confirmed.
Xbox One is Not Backwards Compatible….With Anything
You will not only not be allowed to play original Xbox or Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One (that includes XBLA games) due to “a different core architecture” but Xbox 360 controllers, the original Kinect, and all other Xbox accessories will not work with the Xbox One. Only Xbox One accessories and games will work with the system. Movies, TV shows, and other entertainment purchases will work with the Xbox One.
Xbox One Will Not Work Without Kinect Attached At All Times
Don’t like Kinect? Well go pre-order a PS4 because the Xbox One will not work without a Kinect. It’s not clarified what exactly will happen if the Kinect gets disconnected while using the system but Microsoft said Kinect is required “in all cases.”
Xbox One Not Always Online But Does Require To Be Online Every 24 Hours
The Xbox One does not have to be online at all times. You can play single player games, watch movies, and watch TV without being connected to the internet. However, it’s been reported that the Xbox will have to be online every 24 hours. It’s not confirmed how long the system has to be on or what would exactly happen if you were playing a game or watching a movie and your 24 hours is up.
Xbox One TV Only Available to America At Launch
The Xbox One TV feature will only be available to America at launch with other territories being supported after launch. There is no release date for the Xbox One yet besides “this year” or any word on how long it will take TV to come to other territories. If you live outside of America, this means that 99.9% of that conference is useless to you at launch.
Hard Drive Can’t Be Replaced By Users
You will not be able to swap out your 500GB hard drive to your Xbox One and is not confirmed if Microsoft could do it for you. The USB 3.0 port does allow for external storage for game downloads.
As new information keeps coming in, some of the information in this post might change. We’ll continue to make updates if necessary and all updates will be noted below.
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