With fans excitedly awaiting the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12th, many Microsoft gaming fans are ready to see what will be coming on the horizon. New games? Improvements for the console? Another acquisition announcement? Speculation has been rampant, and gamers can hardly wait to see what’s to come.
But some fans haven’t been swept up in the excitement. Many still critique Xbox consoles and find Microsoft’s marketing lacking at best. Though their opinions are unpopular, they still hold some sway within the wider fanbase, and their top complaints are still often repeated.
10 Terrible Marketing Internationally
While Microsoft is generally considered to be a great company for Americans, international consumers have been left wanting. “MS did a terrible job with X1 outside of Anglosphere,” says Reddit user Kleven. “Meanwhile Sony is offering their first-party titles translated to English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Polish, Greek, Czech.”
Though Microsoft did add international language support, it came several years after the initial release of the Xbox One, leaving numerous consumers with no choice but to select Sony’s products instead. It was a poor marketing decision that reflected in the console sales of the generation.
9 Games With Gold Is Weak
Many gamers love the exclusive games that Xbox has to offer, but there are some who think that Games With Gold’s options can be lacking at times. Though players can get free games just by paying for the $ 10 per month subscription to Xbox Live Gold, “Free games for Gold members are subpar,” says Redditor Nick246.
The games often aren’t anything fans are particularly excited about. In fact, many do not care to play any of the games offered at all. They usually aren’t exciting products or anything that warrants any real playability, so it is understandable that some fans may not be going out of their way to pick up Outpost Kaloki or The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk.
8 No Thanks
Sometimes, thanks to their loyalty to the Xbox franchise, fans can get incredibly protective of Microsoft and its products. Some consumers aren’t particularly fans of that mindset. “MS isn’t my friend. I do not feel the need to thank them for every improvement or fix,” says Redditor theresnorevolution. “I’m glad they do it, but they only do it to improve shareholder profit and to increase market share.”
It’s not entirely wrong to expect Microsoft to improve their product when fans have been asking them to, and fans certainly aren’t required to express gratitude. But, given how many Xbox improvement rumors turn out to be false, there’s nothing wrong with appreciating the real quality of life fixes that fans are actually given.
7 The Store Is Terrible
Navigating the Xbox Live store is typically a time-consuming process if fans are looking for less popular franchises. Some fans blame the store’s layout. “I really dislike the weird tile / Windows 8 layout of the Xbox Live store,” says ChariotRiot on Reddit. “It does not do categories as well as I would hope compared to the others, and just does not feel as intuitive to me”
While it does offer categories to help ease navigation, the search tool isn’t exactly fantastic. Still, the tile layout makes sense, given Microsoft’s general aesthetic, and departing from that would pull away from a style that fans have grown used to. Many enjoy it for a reason, and Xbox developers probably appreciate the familiarity.
6 Adults Only
Many newcomers to Xbox games quickly find themselves overwhelmed by a wide deluge of online voices shouting, cursing, and expressing oftentimes detestable language. That’s why some users would prefer if they could just function in an adults-only setting. “I’d block everyone under the age of 20 on [Xbox Live] if I could, “says Reddit user nr89.
While it would not be particularly fun to block all teens and kids from playing the games, it would be nice to have an adults-only space. Still, it would be hard for Microsoft to enforce it, given that many online players oftentimes lie about their birthdates or ages.
5 Physical Copies Are The Best
As the Xbox has moved away from physical copies in favor of digital versions of each of their games, some fans have been disappointed with the direction they’ve taken. “I prefer physical copies of games,” says No1Spy3e on Reddit, and it’s an understandable take.
After all, many of the most awesome original Xbox games were physical, and having the opportunity to see them all sitting out on a shelf was incredible. It also helped to ensure that, should a player lose access to their account, they would still have all of their games. They could also lend them to friends or sell them after completing them. It added a lot of control to the gaming experience, which was incredible.
4 Xbox One Pad Improved
The buttons and pad on the Xbox One are typically the subjects of considerable critique, but some fans actually tend to prefer them over their previous counterparts. “The Xbox One pad is far superior to the Xbox 360 pad,” says FaroutdudeXbox on Reddit. They also added that “anyone who doesn’t like the bumpers are pressing them wrong.”
While the latter opinion is likely unfounded – as anyone can have less favorable opinions, even if using the bumpers correctly – the Xbox One controller is a comfortable and responsive piece of equipment. Even if it can sometimes be unruly, and even if buttons occasionally break, it feels comfortable in the hand and thus is a good piece of material.
3 Digital Copies Should Be Cheaper
While some fans prefer physical copies, others do not really mind the transition to digital. The only thing that confuses those fans is why the price of games has not fallen, considering the material cost has certainly decreased for Microsoft.
“Why do digital copies cost more when it’s just a data transfer and no cost of physical items to recoup?” asks Reddit user Mavadino. It’s a good question, and one that desperately deserves an answer. After all, developers no longer need to limit games to put them onto discs, and they also do not need to pay for the cost of the box. So, considering that, the price of games should certainly drop to reflect it.
2 Kinect Is Great
When the Xbox One first launched, fans were disgusted to find that the Xbox Kinect would be required if consumers wanted to buy an Xbox. It was one of the things that caused many fans to transition to Playstation gaming instead, as many refused to allow the Kinect in their homes.
Yet some fans, who were forced to buy the Kinect, actually loved it. “I suspect there is an even greater number of us who would not have bought Kinect, but got” stuck “with the Kinect, only to discover it was the killer feature of the console for us!” says atcoyou on Reddit. It added motion aspects to games and made it more convenient for many players. Still, requiring it was a near-fatal move for the Xbox One, and it’s why Microsoft discontinued the requirement.
1 Followers Are Creepy
Microsoft elected to give fans the option to follow their favorite users, so that they can see what games their fellow gamer enjoys at any given time. It helps to build a sense of community, but it also makes some fans incredibly uncomfortable. “I do not want anyone” following “me if I haven’t added them or if I removed them from my friend list,” says Reddit user kleka20.
If Microsoft really does want to build a sense of community involvement, that can be done through the friends list alone. When people start following unrelated people, who may not want that, it can make gaming an uncomfortable experience and runs the risk of making users avoid gaming entirely to avoid their followers.
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