In yet another reversal or moment of clarity or whatever, Microsoft says the Xbox One will not require the Kinect to be connected at all times. And all I can say is son of a bitch, the gaming world has lost a great source of comedy.
Unfortunately, we will no longer hear people reference George Orwell’s 1984 while talking about the next console generation. For a while there, the gaming community seemed to be more knowledgeable about literature outside of the latest GTA or Assassin’s Creed script. But now? Now everyone must be level-headed about these things.
Recently I argued that discussion about the eighth-generation console war turns many people into assholes. Microsoft’s see-sawing style proves my point even more. The console war is going to be a long battle, and not even the arrogant Microsoft is stupid enough to ignore the loud opinions of Internet fans.
Although we will be losing entertainment value due to Microsoft’s new(?) decision about the Kinect 2.0, we might get a closer look at the elephant in the room. OK really, there is never an elephant in the room anymore because people analyze the shit out of everything online. I mean, when it’s hot news on n4g.com that two AA batteries will be included with the Xbox One, you know that gaming culture meticulously combs over every last detail.
But anyway, the elephant in the room that’s not really an elephant is pricing. And I’m not just talking about the respective prices of the eighth-generation consoles. I’m talking about prices of games, prices of accessories, prices of everything. Like I said, when AA batteries are something that Major Nelson finds important enough to tweet about, we know the analysis will continue in that general direction. Am I getting ripped off? Should I wait until this game drops in price? Should I even fucking play overpriced franchise titles when there are plenty of (good and bad) free indie games waiting to be played?
Whoa, sorry about that. I’m starting to get cranky about money. But seriously, this is why I keep saying that Nintendo must drop the Wii U price. Controversies about confidentiality, DRM and the like have lost much steam since Microsoft’s damage control campaign. The things that matter in an unstable economy will be in the forefront: software, price and … durability.
Yeah, durability is something a lot of people aren’t even thinking about. Microsoft has had its reality check. Do you need one as well?