5 Things We Still Don’t Know About the Xbox One

5 Things We Still Don’t Know About the Xbox One

The Xbox One was finally revealed in late May. But there are still plenty of things we don’t know about the console. And the things we do know are pretty controversial (like the inability to buy used games or play older Xbox games).

Anyways, here are 5 things we don’t know about the Xbox One, but hope to find out in the near future:

5) Pricing, availability, and a release date


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Writing tech articles would be so much easier if companies always came out and stated the date they’re releasing a product along with the price and availability of that product. Instead, Microsoft vaguely told fans to expect the Xbox One in fall 2013, which doesn’t exactly narrow anything down. We also don’t know anything about the price of the device. I’m thinking Microsoft is going to wait until Sony reveals its pricing and release date before announcing their own. If Sony releases the PlayStation 4 on October 4 for $500, will Microsoft release the Xbox One on October 3 for $475? Possibly.

4) Are rented and borrowed games going to disappear?

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By all accounts, the Xbox One (and possibly the PlayStation 4) will stab two daggers into the games trade-in market this fall. Specifically, gamers will have to install all Xbox One games onto their local hard drive and register those games with their specific Xbox Live account. Although Microsoft has suggested that you can bring your Xbox disc to a friend’s house, you would have to download data to your friend’s hard drive and stay signed in with your own Xbox Live account if you wanted to play that game. So say goodbye to trading in older games and buying cheap games at your local GameStop. Thanks Microsoft!

3) Do we really require a persistent online connection?

One of the most worrisome rumors about Microsoft’s Xbox One is that it could require a persistent online connection. For most people, this isn’t a big deal. But for a surprisingly large percentage of gamers, this is almost a deal breaker. I live in a big city, but when I travel to my summer cabin, the internet connection is spotty at best. Does that mean I’ll be regularly disconnected from my Xbox if I try to game out there? That sounds like a blast! Microsoft hasn’t denied the persistent online connection rumors, which is bad for gamers like me – and I know I’m not alone.

2) Will we still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to do anything?

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One of the biggest problems about the Xbox 360 is that you need a Gold Subscription to do anything. Sure, you just paid a few hundred dollars for the Xbox itself, but now you have to pay another $5 to $10 per month to use that Xbox. Even if you’re not a gamer, you need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use Netflix and other entertainment apps. If Microsoft wants to truly conquer the living room, then it will get rid of this stupid subscription model and allow non-Gold Xbox users to actually use their device. After all, Apple TV allows visitors to stream Netflix without an annual subscription plan.

1) Just how seamless will the TV viewing experience be?

One of the coolest parts about the Xbox One presentation in May was the ability to watch TV on your TV. As stupid as that sounds, the Xbox One made watching TV as easy as possible. You simply shout at your Xbox to change the channel or look for specific TV shows. But for this feature to work, Microsoft will need to closely work with cable TV providers. Otherwise, this service is bound to be spotty, inconsistent, and not worth the hassle of setting up. Is it too much to ask for a device that automatically streams cable signals from your TV’s cable box to your Xbox One?

I guess we’ll just have to wait for the mysterious “Fall 2013” date to find out!

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