Robert. You are subconsciously looking for a reason to not buy the XBOX so clearly you want a PS4. Stop the charade.
But ok, I’ll go over the points on that one review now.
XBOX executing well on losing market share with this train wreck. Shoot yourself in the head. Faster, cheaper and less painful.
By Allen Tiffany, author of Youth In Asia, a Vietnam War novella on December 26, 2017
What a mess. No ‘quick start’ guide. No instructions. 2 hours to update even over a high-speed line. Then an hour to try and run it without setting up MS accounts, which we were eventually forced to do. Huge time sink and not happy about having to set up MS accounts. No explanation about how to add consoles. Downloading the free game is taking another hour +.
It doesn’t take 2 hours to download a few hundred megabytes of data. OH, that is unless IT IS THE DAY AFTER BLOODY XMAS!!! I mean come on, everyone and their grandmother was on both Microsoft and Sony’s servers December 26th.
I write lots of reviews, and most are 4 or 5 stars. I don’t ever remember giving a 1 star before, but the XBOX has certainly earned it. Probably going to have to return the whole mess of the XBOX, consoles and charger. Real downer for the kids for Christmas.
Good for you, do you want a cookie? Sounds big-headed and self-absorbed to me.
I manage a team of product managers that deliver high tech products. We’d get fired if we delivered something so counter-intuitive as this and lacking info on how to set up and use.
Again, with the trying to seem important thing.
Update: one day later…
Still one star, but after another three hours of stumbling through the multitude of confusing screens and watching YouTube videos we could find, and after adding another controller that is wired, we finally got it so two kids could play. Call it success, and we decided not to return it (at least not yet), but as another reviewer said, trying to figure this think out is like crawling throgh broken glass.
Honestly, navigating through the XBOX One’s UI is pretty intuitive and easy. And adding controllers, especially wired ones, is about the easiest thing to. It is quite literally plug and play.
Update: one month later…
Been out of town on a long business trip. Ordered another controller so I could play with the kids when I got back. Went through hell to log on. 30 mins at least getting the additional controller set up and us all registered. Finally! Kicked back and got ready to play Halo. Game said too many controllers connected. After another 15 mins and surfing the internet… Guess what Microsoft does not tell you: An Xbox console only supports 2 players at a time.
So, “went through hell to log on” is code for “forgot my password” and “I forgot to let the console auto-log me in so I wouldn’t have to remember my password”.
Again, 30 minutes to setup a controller? The directions in the instruction manual are pretty clear here. In fact here is a picture I just took of the instruction manual for the wireless setup. The wired controller is plug the USB cable in and go.
So now after about $400, I’ve got an xbox three consoles and we are all pissed we don’t want to touch the damn thing.
So, you don’t have time to play with your kids? Shame. Get off facebook.
Four months later…
Returned it all and after postage and haggling, got about $250 back. Bought a PlayStation. All in it took about 30 mins to set up, and the kids are playing games locally. Have not tried to go no line (and probably won’t). Completely different experience.
Congrats. If it took you 30 minutes to setup a PS4 then she really is a dumbass. Both systems take less than 10, TOPS.