Xbox One Update Signifies Victory for Microsoft

Xbox One Update Signifies Victory For Microsoft

Microsoft’s upcoming update for Xbox One is highly anticipated. The updates were issued in response to user feedback shortly after release of the console in November 2013. Microsoft’s rival to Sony’s Playstation 4 (PS4) hopes that the anticipation surrounding the updates signifies a victory on the console battlefield. The trophy in the infamous console wars between Xbox One and PS4 is fanatic usage and of course, money. The big question is to determine the basis for user loyalty and fanaticism.

Both Xbox One and PS4 offer similar entertainment value, yet a PS4 user is likely to jeer at an Xbox One user. Similar to the antics seen between fans at the Superbowl, Xbox One and PS4 have been able to attract a fan base to their competition that is die-hard. In fact, Comedy Central’s South Park released episodes satirizing the console wars and fan rivalry. The episode featured a fatal separation between children who liked Xbox One and PS4, and compared it to the plot of Game of Thrones. The implication is that fanaticism between consoles is political and emotional in depth.

So far the Xbox One updates have bolstered user esteem, which signifies a victory for Microsoft’s damage control. Early complaints evolved into the present updates. Xbox One users took it upon themselves to establish an independent console forum to discuss flaws in the new model. Luckily these discussions did not fall on deaf ears, as Microsoft was quick to make accommodations for complaints. As for PS4, the console has been hit with recent complaints of log-in issues and difficult accessibility. Sony has managed these complaints by responding and updating users via Twitter. The continual patronage to both consoles shows how both Microsoft and Sony enjoy the success of micro-level customer service.

At present, promises for the Xbox One updates have been positive. The next update is to be released on February 11, and is supposed to improve Xbox One’s Kinect voice recognition system, as well as other features. In particular, battery life indicators and memory management tools have been adjusted to fit user demands. There is another update scheduled to occur in March, in conjunction with the release of the Titanfall shooter game.

Despite stiff competition between Xbox One and PS4, collectively they have exceeded market expectations, selling 1.2 million consoles over the initial sales forecast of 6 million in 2013. Tipping points for choosing between the two have been price point, game variety, and interactivity. The gaming world is still in debate over the price and value of Xbox One and its hands-free Kinect accessory. Kinect is supposed to be a unique selling point for the console, and the explanation for Xbox One costing $100 more than PS4. Kinect enables players to play their games on Xbox One without a controller, via body sensors.

On the offensive, PS4 offers a similar camera accessory for an extra $60, which is still cheaper than Kinect. However, Xbox One is able to offer a precision with their Kinect technology that is unparalleled by PS4’s camera.  According to research, the new version of Kinect can detect 25 joints over 6 players’ bodies. PS4 is limited to detecting motion in a player’s hands and feet without a controller. With the upcoming updates to Kinect with Titanfall this March, Xbox One signifies an overall victory for Microsoft.

By Victoria Chuidian

Sources

Time

USA Today

Polygon

Forbes

iGN

7 Responses to "Xbox One Update Signifies Victory for Microsoft"

  1. PsFanBoi   February 9, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Xbox sucks

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  2. scott   February 9, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Could this be the only site with no pony’s? Other than misterx? Were are you I’m board?

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  3. Xb1   February 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Nice job MS.

    Now bring on TITANFALL….

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  4. Scott   February 8, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Microsoft Damage Control lol! You never here about ps4’s damage control as its always hidden by you ill informed journalist’s/moderators of so called unbiased gaming forums!!!

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  5. Tom   February 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I’ve had the XB1 for about two weeks now and really enjoy it. I play some games but I was more excited about the television integration. I have it connected to a Samsung television and a Directv box and when I tell the XB1 to turn on or off it turns all the components on or off as well. The voice recognition works well at my house. I would say that 90% of the time it understands what I’m asking for and does it on the first try. It is nice to be able to control everything even without the remote. I’m looking forward to the update next wee to see what has gotten improved. The only downside is that there isn’t much content yet available but that will come in time.

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  6. James   February 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Im lovin my xbox one, had a day one edition had to buy another for my girlfriend its so awesome, the Kinect was nice on day one but already its gotten literally 10x more accurate just from learning my environment and voice, It gets the command right on first try 9/10 times now even with air purifiers running and game audio. So I cannot wait to see what this update brings to the table. And also, as far as performance goes, one of my friends decided to go with ps4, the graphics difference is extremely negligible, he has since sent it back and joined the xbox one force. Battlefield 4 looks better then ULTRA on my PC for some reason… not that it should, and TITANFALL is being released exclusively on the xbox one… I mean come on.

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  7. heti zam   February 7, 2014 at 7:07 am

    You don’t even play games do you?

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