Xbox One’s Limitations And Their Effects On A College Student

Most of my gaming this generation has taken place on my Xbox 360. All of my friends had Live accounts, so I spent most of my time with them. I also have a PS3 and a Wii, but neither of them saw nearly as much playtime as my 360. Because of this, I assumed I would instantly migrate towards whatever the next Xbox would be because of how much I enjoyed its predecessor. When the PS4 was announced, the features that Sony touted definitely intrigued me, but I was still skeptical that it could pull me away from the Xbox. With the Xbox One’s unveiling and with what information we have on both of these consoles, this may all change very soon.

The Xbox One unveiling fell short of a lot of people’s expectations, including mine. I was not expecting anything huge, but none of the games that they showed really piqued my interest at all. Quantum Dream got me excited, but only because it stood alongside a bunch of tried and true games like Call of Duty and FIFA. The heavy emphasis on Kinect that Microsoft is including in the One’s experience also has me wary, if only because of the disaster that was the Kinect of this generation. But, among everything that left me wanting during the One’s reveal, the thing that made me shutter the most was the fact that the Xbox One, more or less, requires a reliable internet connection.

Although specific details on how the Xbox One will communicate and require the internet are sparse an contradictory, one thing that is mostly agreed upon is that the Xbox One will have to connect to the internet frequently in order to constantly check the authenticity of the game being played. While this can certainly be annoying and inconvenient even for people with reliable internet, it is a virtually impossible task for someone like myself: a college student.

Now, I am aware that some college campuses allow you to connect your consoles through Ethernet or what have you, but mine does not. Right now, I cannot connect to Xbox Live or PSN while I am at college, and must wait until I go home for breaks if I want to play a game online. Because I am not a huge online gamer, this does not affect me very much right now, but when the next generation comes along, it completely bars me from using an Xbox One.

Now, there is not enough information on the PS4 to determine if it is any better. Sony has stated that you will not have to have a constant internet connection, but they could enforce something similar to what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One, forcing me to stick with a Wii U and missing out on the more AAA titles. As things stand right now, the PS4 is going to be the second next-gen system I get, with the Xbox One being the third, if I ever choose to get one. I am only a sophomore in college, and may choose to wait until I graduate and have a steady internet connection before I get it.

Either way, I see myself with all three of next-gen’s consoles just as it has been with this generation. It seems as though each one will have their own perks that they bring to the table and I am excited to experiment with each. What do you think? Which announced console is your favorite so far, and which ones do you plan on getting out of the gate? Let us know in the comments below!