Thos. wrote:No Halo or GoW at launch, on top of the countless other disadvantages.
No matter how much people say 'the vocal internet isn't the buying masses', negativity trickles down to the public, and there are critical articles about the Xbox One on every newspaper site.
I genuinely think that if both consoles launch this Christmas exactly as they are currently specified, the Xbox One will join the ranks of the Zune and the Microsoft Kin.
No, it really won't, and you have nothing to base that suggestion on, right now it's just a number of gamers who are pissed off, but it's not as large a number as people suggest. No doubt, for pure gamers, the PS4 is looking to be the preferred option, but it's not an absolute triumph, just a more favourable split. However Microsoft aren't just marketing the One as a console, it's marketed as a multimedia machine that is very family friendly. The masses who aren't just gamers, or are casual gamers, people, in short, who aren't people who pay attention to E3, frequent OXM, or other gaming specific websites on a regular basis, people who will only look at the consoles for what they offer them, for those people, the One isn't a bad choice. The 'masses' aren't directly affected by the ongoings around the games industry, this stuff doesn't really trickle that far down because all they really see is games and highlights of the positives, the selling points, then they go and inquire at Game or Currys and all they care about is sales, so which console a person hypothetically buys from them, if they base the choice on the 'advice' from the staff would be dependent on what kind of sales push the company wants to see, for example, if they have left over PS4 pre-orders, they will push those even if people walk in inquiring about the One. The masses get their information from stores who want them to buy a console there and then.
If anything does, it will be the significantly higher price point that hurts the Ones sales, but that too is predicated on pure gaming purposes, the One offers a broader spectrum that could be far more appealing to many and will more than make up for the higher cost.
The lack of Halo an GoW on release will mean very little over all. There won't be that many Halo/GoW fans who will choose to get a PS4 (with games they may very well have never played) just because those 2 franchises aren't immediately available. You take those away and they would be faced with the choice of 2 machines with games they're not familiar with, except one of them will still offer them their favourites down the line, what then would be the reason for them to not get the One? Before you mention all the DRM bs, if that was a consideration, the decision would already be made and the question of Halo or not would be irrelevant.