On May 21, Microsoft introduced the world to their next gaming console, Xbox One. The presentation didn’t feature many games, but focused on the hardware. While this is understandable since E3 is a few weeks away, gamers were still upset. Forums, social media, and even gaming news sites have been flooded with negative reactions to Xbox One.
Microsoft hasn’t helped their cause, either. Last night, they gave conflicting statements on some of the biggest questions surrounding the new console. However, there are positive features of the Xbox One. Here’s some good things gamers learned.
* Your Gamertag, achievements, and Gamerscore will transfer over to Xbox One. This is great news since many gamers have been with Microsoft for years. If these features didn’t transfer, everyone would lose their Xbox Live identities. XBL Gold memberships will also transfer to the new system. You don’t need two different subscriptions for the 360 and the One.
* Achievements are going to be a more personal experience. They will not be confined to a single game. New ones can be added at any time as well. The new system will make it easier to compare achievements with your friends.
* Xbox One will keep a record of recent gameplay. The feature is called “Game DVR.” It lets you share your gaming experience on social media and Xbox Live. It also lets you view your friends’ most recent game videos. Reviewing gameplay can also help identify mistakes and how to improve the next time you play.
* The console supports Blu-ray. The disc tray is gone and replaced with a slip-drive. Blu-ray discs can handle wear better than standard ones. While this might drive the cost of One higher, it will be worth it not to deal with scratched and unreadable games.
* Microsoft announced 15 new franchises for One, with eight of them releasing in the first year. Even though few hints were given at the presentation, it’s a fair bet that they will be discussed at E3. Developer Rare has stated they will show a “historic franchise” at next month’s conference.
* The One controller seems to be a good mix of the old and new. The D-pad is redesigned. Game developers have the freedom to implement popular features, like rumble, on the triggers.
* Microsoft is trying to make Xbox Live friendlier. There is a rating system on XBL now, where gamers can give feedback about other players. This new system may expand ratings and give them more clout. Microsoft wants the “best gaming citizens of Xbox Live to be mapped together.”