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Cast Your Vote: Xbox One Anger – Is it Genuine?

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I know that gamers are an emotional group with strong opinions but once again I just don’t believe the numbers. Spending some more time looking into what gamers plan to do concerning the upcoming new consoles I found more poll results that just do not add up in my head. The polls listed below are all found on gameFAQs.com, a site frequented by visitors with seemingly very negative views of the Xbox One and Microsoft in general. Perhaps it is only the PlayStation regulars that are voting. I simply cannot explain the results of the polls listed below and want to gauge in my own small way, whether this information truly reflects public opinion.

Beginning at the bottom of the page on 05/21/13 with the question “What are your first impressions of the Xbox One?” the audience seems vehemently anti-Xbox with nearly one-third voting “Just awful, it has nothing I’m interested in” and more than one-third more voting “Meh, I’m not that impressed with it”. Really? Two-thirds of the public vote negatively? Maybe my friends and colleagues are not representative of the rest of the gaming public. Fine, lets move on.

On 06/08/13 the question “Do you currently own an Xbox 360, and do you plan to buy an Xbox One?” is asked and once again the Xbox does not fare well. 35% of voters indicate that “Yes (they currently own a 360) and no, I don’t plan to stick around this time” and another 41% voting “No and no, Microsoft hasn’t won me over this round.” More than three-quarters of respondents count the new Xbox console out before it’s even on sale. Seems unusually high to me.

So maybe the voters are just negative about all of the consoles? Well, no not really. When asked on 06/09/13 “Do you currently own a PlayStation 3, and do you plan to buy a PlayStation 4?”, nearly a third voted “Yes and yes, I’ll be sticking with Sony in the next gen” with another 28% voting “Yes and maybe, I’m not sure I’ll move up to the PS4”. On 06/14/13 when asked “Have you pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One yet?” although the majority answered no about both consoles, the PS4 was the clear winner with respondents voting to buy one eventually 44% to 2%. Surprisingly, more than a third of voters stated that they would not be buying either at the moment.

Perhaps the issues were the connectivity and digital rights management (DRM) limitations that Microsoft first proposed at the reveal. These included a requirement that the Xbox go online every 24 hours and that users had to have an active network connection in order to play even offline games. Limitations in users’ abilities to share, sell and buy used games were also going to be imposed. On 06/14/13 the poll question was “After all of the outcry over the Xbox One’s online and used game rules, do you think Microsoft will back down before the system launches?” Again, its appears that Microsoft has a serious public relations problem with two-thirds of respondents selecting either “No, and it’s going to be a complete disaster” or “Probably not, because they’ll sell millions anyway.” Can you feel the negativity? Obviously Microsoft must have, because not long after that their (then) president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick sent out the following:

Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray…

So great, the users’ concerns were heard and changes were made. Problem solved, right? Apparently not even close. On 06/20/13 the question “How do you feel about Microsoft’s complete reversal on their online check-in and used game policies?” garnered another seemingly angry result with 41% responding “I’m amused, I’m amazed they tried such a dumb idea in the first place” and another nearly 30% voting “I’m suspicious, I still don’t trust them and won’t buy a One because of it.” Suspicious indeed. It seems as though Microsoft cannot win.

The next day on 06/21/13 the poll question “Has Microsoft’s reversal on the Xbox One’s DRM policies made you reconsider buying one?” received less than 10% positive feedback with 18% voting “A little, I’m not sold on it quite yet, but I’m warming up” and more than 55% voting “Not really, I’m still not planning to buy one”. To add insult injury apparently, nearly 17% responded “Not at all, I’m probably even less likely to buy one now.” “Even less likely”? How does that even make sense?

As I said, I understand that this is an emotional group and that there are strong allegiances to platforms and their related networks but where are the Xbox fans represented in these votes? Before you accuse me of being overly pro-Microsoft, please understand that at one time I was the first to accuse Microsoft of being the “Evil Empire” (a position apparently usurped by EA), but that was when Microsoft ruled the PC world with tactics that got them into trouble all over the globe. Things change. Markets change. Also, its not like Sony hasn’t had serious issues in the past as well. Maybe they were not of the same kind of problems, but has everyone forgotten the network hacking incident in 2011 when millions of accounts were compromised and the entire system was brought down? I am not here to knock either system, but to try to learn why there is such a strong anti-Xbox sentiment or really to determine whether it truly exists at all.

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Poll of the Day  | 06/21/13

Has Microsoft’s reversal on the Xbox One’s DRM policies made you reconsider buying one?

I was planning to buy one anyway, so it didn’t change my mind 5.18% 1984
Yes, I was hesitant before, but I’m definitely getting one now 3.9% 1494
A little, I’m not sold on it quite yet, but I’m warming up 18.05% 6911
Not really, I’m still not planning to buy one 55.92% 21411
Not at all, I’m probably even less likely to buy one now 16.94% 6487
TOTAL VOTES 38287
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  | 06/20/13

How do you feel about Microsoft’s complete reversal on their online check-in and used game policies?

I’m thrilled, it’s good to hear they’re listening to gamers 10.46% 4736
I’m relieved, I couldn’t believe they were moving forward with this 12.28% 5562
I’m good either way, I was fine with the old policies before they changed them 4.44% 2009
I’m amused, I’m amazed they tried such a dumb idea in the first place 43.32% 19618
I’m suspicious, I still don’t trust them and won’t buy a One because of it 29.51% 13365
TOTAL VOTES 45290
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  | 06/14/13

After all of the outcry over the Xbox One’s online and used game rules, do you think Microsoft will back down before the system launches?

Yes, they’ll fold faster than Superman on laundry day 6.51% 2895
Very probably, they’ll back down sometime before launch 9.78% 4346
Maybe, but maybe they’ll just drop the launch price instead 15.82% 7028
Probably not, because they’ll sell millions anyway 33.84% 15036
No, and it’s going to be a complete disaster 34.05% 15131
TOTAL VOTES 44436
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  | 06/13/13

Have you pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One yet?

Yes, I’ve already got both of them pre-ordered 1.62% 776
Yes, I’ve pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 10.59% 5058
Yes, I’ve pre-ordered an Xbox One 1.39% 664
No, but I plan to buy both systems 2.22% 1061
No, but I plan to buy a PlayStation 4 44.24% 21137
No, but I plan to buy an Xbox One 2.25% 1077
No, I don’t plan to buy either console right now 37.69% 18006
TOTAL VOTES 47779
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  | 06/09/13

Do you currently own a PlayStation 3, and do you plan to buy a PlayStation 4?

Yes and yes, I’ll be sticking with Sony in the next gen 32.91% 15219
Yes and maybe, I’m not sure I’ll move up to the PS4 28.04% 12965
Yes and no, I don’t plan to stick around this time 4.99% 2309
No and yes, I’ll join Sony in the next gen 5.36% 2479
No and maybe, I haven’t decided anything yet 15.96% 7380
No and no, Sony hasn’t won me over this round 12.74% 5890
TOTAL VOTES 46242
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  | 06/08/13

Do you currently own an Xbox 360, and do you plan to buy an Xbox One?

Yes and yes, I’ll be sticking with Microsoft in the next gen 4.24% 1924
Yes and maybe, I’m not sure I’ll move up to the One 15.3% 6950
Yes and no, I don’t plan to stick around this time 35.52% 16138
No and yes, I’ll join Microsoft in the next gen 0.18% 81
No and maybe, I haven’t decided anything yet 3.42% 1555
No and no, Microsoft hasn’t won me over this round 41.34% 18780
TOTAL VOTES 45428
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  | 05/21/13

What are your first impressions of the Xbox One?

Just awful, it has nothing I’m interested in 31.19% 7656
Meh, I’m not that impressed with it 35.68% 8758
Interesting, but way too early to judge right now 22.52% 5528
Neat, I could definitely see myself playing one 7.88% 1934
Wow, just wow, it’s everything I hoped it could be 2.73% 669
TOTAL VOTES 24545
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Cast Your Vote: Consoles

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I have been considering adding more polls to my blog for some time but quickly realized that the blog does not yet receive the traffic required to make the polls truly meaningful. After a little research online I found several existing surveys I thought were interesting and am sharing them here. The polls range widely in topics concerning gaming-related subjects and in some cases the results are surprising. I might even venture to argue that they are incorrect. Over the next few weeks I will post some of these polls and offer you the chance to weigh in with your own opinions. The polls will be published as posts but then be added to the new blog section as permanent pages.

Our first topic concerns the main consoles on the market today and those coming soon. All of these polls can be found on gameFAQs.com except where noted. I find the results surprising. For full transparency I must admit that I only own an Xbox console and my experience with the PlayStation is fairly limited. But I cannot believe that the results of the online polls are accurate. According to the data from gameFAQs.com, gamers responded not only that they would overwhelmingly purchase the PlayStation over the Xbox (60% vs 3%), but they would buy the Wii U over the Xbox One (13% vs 3%). In my experience I find this very hard to believe. That poll was taken 6/21/13, weeks after the new consoles were revealed but before Microsoft’s reversal on the DRM issues. Apparently though, even the changes to the rights’ policies did not change the responses with 55% stating that they were not planning on buying an Xbox One.

Ricochet.com seems to agree with gameFAQs.com findings. In their article from June 28,  “Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4“, where they quote poll results showing that gamers were favoring the PlayStation 95% over the Xbox One. Again, I find this very hard to believe. Are the respondents all current PS3 fan boys?

Not all sources show the same results however. On June 21, CNET.com posted it’s “Friday Poll: Now will you buy an Xbox One or a PS4?” The subtitle was “Microsoft unveiled some big changes to the Xbox One Internet and used-game requirements. Does this change your mind about which console to buy?” Their results still show the PS4 in the lead but with a much smaller advantage (48% vs 45%). I still am surprised that the PS4 is in the lead and there am conducting my own (albeit unscientific) poll. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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Poll of the Day  |  06/012/13

Based on what you’ve seen so far, how would you rate the three next-generation consoles?

PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox One 62.91% 32108
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U 18.72% 9552
Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 13.26% 6769
Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 0.83% 426
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U 3.25% 1661
Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 4 1.02% 521
TOTAL VOTES 51037
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  |  07/03/13

Got PlayStation 3?

Yes, I own the newest super slim model 6.07% 2583
Yes, I own the normal slim model 35.19% 14967
Yes, I still have my original fat PS3 26.45% 11249
Not yet, but I might pick one up if they drop in price 9.65% 4103
I used to, but I lost/sold/broke/trashed it 3.28% 1394
No, and I doubt I ever will 19.36% 8233
TOTAL VOTES 42529
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  |  07/04/13

Got Xbox 360?

Yes, I own the brand new E model 2.5% 967
Yes, I own the normal slim S model 20.33% 7858
Yes, I still have my original model 360 29.38% 11356
Not yet, but I might pick one up if they drop in price 2.58% 996
I used to, but I lost/sold/broke/trashed it 9.18% 3549
No, and I doubt I ever will 36.03% 13924
TOTAL VOTES 38650
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  |  07/05/13

Got Wii U?

Yes, I have the Deluxe 32GB model 16.54% 6259
Yes, I have the Basic 8GB model 2.7% 1023
Not yet, but I plan to get one this year 8.56% 3239
Not until there’s a price drop or a must-have game 33.02% 12495
No, I don’t have any interest in buying one 39.17% 14822
TOTAL VOTES 37838
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  |  06/27/13

Do you think any of the new Android-powered game systems (like Ouya, Nvidia Shield, or Mad Catz MOJO) will make a real impact on gaming?

Yes, they are leading the true next generation of game systems 0.77% 294
Possibly, they’ll be real competition to the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One 1.32% 506
Maybe, if they can get some big-name quality exclusive games 21.83% 8340
Not really, they can’t really compete with true game consoles and portables 45.72% 17464
Not at all, I don’t expect any of them to be sold by this time next year 10.27% 3922
No, because I haven’t even heard of any of those systems until now 20.09% 7675
TOTAL VOTES 38201
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  |  06/27/13

How many different game consoles do you currently have hooked up and ready to play in your home?

None – I’m not really a console gamer 4.92% 2091
Just one – that’s all I need 23.08% 9815
Two or three – Enough to cover the exclusive games 43.19% 18372
Four or five – Spanning more than one generation 19.64% 8355
Six to ten – I’ve got a huge choice of systems 6.4% 2722
More than ten – I’m a bit of a collector 2.77% 1178
TOTAL VOTES 42533
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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Poll of the Day  |  06/27/13

Has Microsoft’s reversal on the Xbox One’s DRM policies made you reconsider buying one?

I was planning to buy one anyway, so it didn’t change my mind 5.18% 1984
Yes, I was hesitant before, but I’m definitely getting one now 3.9% 1494
A little, I’m not sold on it quite yet, but I’m warming up 18.05% 6911
Not really, I’m still not planning to buy one 55.92% 21411
Not at all, I’m probably even less likely to buy one now 16.94% 6487
TOTAL VOTES 38287
Source: GameFAQs.com | For more poll details

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