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A letter to Microsoft

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Dear Microsoft,

It�s great to see you release a cheaper version of your new next gen console, people like cheap and I�m sure shareholders love the idea of selling more hardware. However, I fear you haven�t realised the ramifications of this announcement.

After the Nintendo 64, Nintendo wasn�t an apt direct competitor for Sony or yourself. Nintendo noticed this, and tried to better their own unique identity i.e. Pushing their first party titles and crunching out the incredibly successful Wii. The Wii was huge because it was its own thing. The Kinect and Playstation Move were pitiful attempts at piggy-backing off the revolutionary Wii. There are a few reasons these products weren�t nearly critically or commercially well received as the Wii. The hardware was released very late into the generation and people already had their movement fix with Wii Sports. This �failure� only compounded because developers don�t want to develop a game primarily for a system that so few people have. Because of this we never really saw great games that were more than their initial �Tech Demo� style games, a la Kinect Sports and Sorcery.



Around five million Xbox Ones have been sold as of today. Compare this to the 360 which sold over 78 million units over it�s lifetime. If the One sells as well as the 360, and every person from now buys the bundle without the Kinect, we are looking at less than 7% of One owners who have the game changing peripheral. That statistic is very hopeful to excite developers. Great hardware without great software is as useful as a dead lamb to a dairy farmer shopping for a new TV in the middle of a highway. Now that the Kinect is dropping off as a requirement, you are redesigning the dashboards and menus to better work with a controller, and thus devaluing the Kinect further.

Figures aside, you�ve really sorely damaged your reputation. You�ve seen the heights of being top dog of the past generation, offering the greats of the Xbox Live Arcade, amazing exclusives and premium services. But already early days into this console generations� lifecycle you have promised so many things and backed down on them. How can anyone trust your words and aspirations that you�ve spoke of? How can anyone trust the future you have planned for the Xbox One? Can we even trust you have a plan, or are you going to fly by the seat of your pants and pander to the mob?

Maybe I'm just finding the negatives in things and I should be all "Woo! Fairer console war". Let me know what you think?
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About fudjudone of us since 8:52 AM on 11.28.2011

I am cursed to be forever 12 years old, both in my looks and attitudes. I'm the kind of person who laughs at my own jokes, and is shamefully honest. The few things I have going for me are my genius wit, and obsession with games. I've been gaming for ever and don't see myself slowing down. My first love of games was "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire". I would play the level where you first get the jet pack dozens of times in a row and never get sick of it. Now that I think about it, I'm going to play it again now.
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