By Christopher Mulrooney,
With information coming out from E3 in Los Angeles, California, news about the new XBOX ONE has created a lot of buzz here in the US, but is also has created some critics to those who wear the uniform in military service.
Here’s the big gripes that we have herd coming in from Military Personal serving overseas.
Gripe 1: Requiring the Always online connection, XBOX ONE will require a always connected to the Internet.
Problem: Those service personal serving overseas don’t always or seldom have a great internet connection for doing this.
Gripe 2: Can play only in Xbox One-friendly countries. So, if you’re stationed in Germany, Italy or Great Britain, you’re good to go.
Problem: If you’re deployed in Japan, Kuwait or Afghanistan, you’re not going to be in XBOX ONE-friendly Countries areas.
Gripe 3: Will have region-locked games. Games bought in the U.S. can be activated only in the U.S.
Problem: Easy, if your deployed you will not be able to play the games you bought in the USA, that’s if you don’t already have the problems with Gripe 1 and 2.
Gripe 4: Serious security concerns. The Xbox One has built-in microphones that can always listen in due to a feature which is meant to provide quick voice-command access to games and apps.
Problem: Operational Security problems could result if information is some how gathered or hacked with this always online connection and information being used or recorded in the system a serious concern.
XBOX Response: Xbox exec Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment division has a solution for G.I. gamers – just use the old Xbox 360 instead. Not exactly what service-members want to hear. Even those outside the military have been surprised by the company’s shrug to the military community.
This is a major issue, your allienating a vast market of gamers, the young service men and women who enjoy gaming have income and want to play the latest games and system, your just saying to this, Just play the old system, instead of making a fix or something in the programing for military personal, Shame on you Microsoft you should know better then that.
UPDATE June 20, 2013: After this anger and letters during E3 about the Military Personal and Xbox fans condemning Microsoft plans, Microsoft back tracked on their plans to have the always on connection and changed their mind on other requirements.