The 8th generation of consoles has three contenders: Microsoft Xbox One, Sony Playstation 4, and Nintendo Wii U. Most gamers have written off the Wii U, but competition is still rather fierce between the other two consoles and PCs as well. If you are in the market for a video game console from the current generation, and you are wondering whether the Xbox One is a good fit for your needs, keep reading to see exactly what demographic the Xbox One is made for.
Online Multiplayer Gamers – Xbox Live is the undisputed champion of online gaming communities. You will have to pay a $50 yearly fee, but that is a small price to pay for millions of people to play games with and a powerful online infrastructure. If you enjoy competitive first person shooters, fighting games, or racing games, and like testing yourself against complete strangers, Xbox One is the system for you.
Multitaskers – Another benefit of the Xbox One is that it is a full multimedia device, rather than just a video game console. You can use it to change channels and record video on television, have Skype conversations with friends, or show off game play videos to complete strangers. The PS4 has some of these features, but not even vaguely the same level. If you want the entire multimedia package, get an Xbox One.
Kinect Fans – The Nintendo Wii may have started the motion control craze, but Kinect has taken the ball and run with it. The Kinect for the Xbox One can identify specific individuals, respond to a plethora of voice commands, track motion almost anywhere in a room, and even take your pulse. Only a handful of games really use the Kinect, but even if all you want to do is lean back on your couch and turn on your TV without lifting a remote control, this system is your best friend.
People Who Buy U.S. Products – Unfortunately, just like the competitor products, the majority of the parts in the Xbox One are made overseas, but unlike the competitors, the final profit does go to a U.S. corporation. If national pride is important to you, this is your best choice for keeping the money you spend at home.
Digital Gamers – While Microsoft backed off on its original policies in regards to game ownership and use, it is still clear that Microsoft is intent on moving towards a primarily digital game model. Microsoft even considered releasing the Xbox One without a disc drive, but ultimately decided against it. Still, the system has day one digital downloads and those are just the tip of the iceberg to Microsoft’s plans for digital game play. The Xbox One will almost certainly lead the charge for a digital future.