Microsoft disappointed many gamers with some of their decisions regarding the Xbox One, the most notable one being the online check in requirement.
This decision also got the blood of several navy marines boiling...
Jay Johnson is part of the US Navy, and has written a blog regarding the whole subject. He starts off:
"While deployed we simply do not have the ability to connect our systems to the Internet. Which brings me to the single greatest sin Microsoft has committed against all service members. Their surprising decision to require the Xbox One to receive a message from the “mother ship” every 24 hours has already been lighting up the internet for a myriad of reasons. But, the reason that I am so infuriated about it is that I, and my brothers and sisters in arms, will not ever be able to play Xbox One when deployed or on detachment."
His problems aren't unique to the US - all Navy's will have the same issues, as well as ground troops stationed outside of the 21 countries supported by Microsoft; basically all of the troops stationed outside the US.
He also states that the Navy is better off with Sony, and he himself will go for the PlayStation 4:
"With developers like Quantic Dream, Naughty Dog, and titles like The Last Guardian looming on the horizon, all exclusive to PS4, I feel like I will be in much better hands with Sony."
Exclusives, apart from Halo, do not make Johnon's heartbeat go faster, and thus the choice is rather easy. Or should he have followed Microsoft's advice and bought the Xbox 360 instead, a console that does not need a consistent Internet connection?
Pre-orders: PS4 versus Xbox One
Meanwhile, (surprisingly!) the Xbox One is getting outmatched by the PS4 if we look at pre-orders. The difference is less than you might think however; for every three PS4 pre-orders, the Xbox One has been pre-ordered twice. Currently, the PS4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.
This was measured between June 10th and June 12th. Microsoft said the following about the pre-orders: “this isn't a sprint. The platform launches this November; we've got more content to share."
So, will the always-online requirement be a real issue for you, or is it just an annoying feature you ultimately can deal with? Let us know below!