These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
The requirement to connect to the Internet for first time setup: Many would-be customers don't have Wi-Fi, especially the casual and "dad" gamers Microsoft was going after when they sold Xbox One as an "all-in-one" system.
It's up for grabs if this is one, but when word spread out that the BD drive in some small percentage of units were not working (you could still use the system, just not the BD drive), Microsoft offered a free game along with a replacement console. Possibly as a jab in Sony's face when all they offered for DOA consoles (that don't work at all) was just a replacement.
Base Breaker: Has fractured Xbox fans between those who like the improved multimedia features, those who just don't care, and those who think the focus on multimedia is unforgivable regardless of games lineup. In fact, the phrase "I want PS4 instead" has cropped up with increasing frequency.
Broken Base: With the recent backpedaling on Microsoft's DRM policies, fans are now divided between:
Those who have forgiven Microsoft and are relieved they can now get an Xbox One with little worry.
Fans who can no longer trust Microsoft for even thinking of adding in these DRM policies and consider it too little too late. The majority believing they would have never considered changing them if it wasn't for the massive amount of backlash and it's potential financial damage. They also fear that Microsoft could quite easily reimplement these features with a patch, whenever they feel like it.
Any unlucky fans without access to the Internet to get the "Day One Patch", thus unable to disable all of its now abandoned features, means the Xbox One is no longer an option for them.
Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Depending on your view, Microsoft acknowledging their numerous angry fans and reversing their anti-consumer policies is this. Though the fact it took virtually all their fans and even Sony making fun of them just to do so arguably makes it more an awesome moment for gamers than Microsoft.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Many fans considered the Call of Duty: Ghosts dog the most interesting thing about the Xbox One reveal event.
Follow the Leader: Leaks after the initial reveal claimed that Microsoft was trying to imitate Steam with the always-online policies and used-game restrictions.
Harsher in Hindsight: Remember the backdraft that was caused when one of Microsoft's employee's told the people who were complaining about the rumor of the new Xbox console being online only to "deal with it"? Yeah. It became less of a snarky comment and more of a solemn warning.
Phil Spencer's comments about how Microsoft wanted Xbox Ones available in-store, without preorders, became this when it turns out that about 900,000 Xbox Ones were sitting on store shelves at the end of 2013.
Microsoft decided to keep the unified main memory with a small bit of eDRAM similar to how the Xbox 360 was setup. The thought was "well, the 360 was the easiest system to develop for, why not keep it?". This came to bite them in the ass when they realized developers were annoyed that they have to keep track of two memory pools. The 360 was probably "easiest" because the PS3 was inherently a pain-in-the-ass system to work on.
A petition was launched at change.org to bring back the original DRM policies. Among the supporters? People who make it painfully obvious they signed the petition just to make sure Microsoft comes crashing down. A quick glance at some of the comments will show you a huge amount of signatures were rather blatant take thats.
It is common for a YouTube video that supports the Xbox One (indicated by the title, and even if the video also makes positive notes about the PS4) to receive a dislike even though it hasn't started loading yet.
Claims that if a certain new policy is instated on the Xbox One that angers the public, the same policy for the PS4 would be met with approval.note Although similar to the Xbox One's lack of backwards compatibility, the PS4 still received flak over its lack of backwards compatibility.
History Repeats: For the second generation in a row, PlayStation exclusives are leaning towards action-adventure, while Xbox is turning into a magnet for shooters.
Inverted and played straight: Xbox One had a messy reveal and lead-up to launch, is generally agreed to be a bit weaker and harder to code for than PS4, and has extra multimedia features that haven't (yet) justified the $100 higher price tag. Sound familiar? That's what happened to PS3 in 2005-2007.
VP of Microsoft stating you'll have to pay a fee equivalent to retail price to play a used game.
The fact that you're only allowed to trade in games at "select retailers". Even worse considering that many have actually shut down due to terrible business.
It needs to connect to the Internet once every 24 hours to validate games.note Tough luck if you're on a military base or somewhere else without a robust web connection.
Needs a Kinect hooked up to function.note At least every Xbox One comes with a sensor, but it's still watching you. This has led to quite a few users saying that Microsoft is moving towards a 1984 style spying system.
Planned use of cloud computing to improve the graphics and performance of games.note Great if you have a good Internet connection, but really bad if you don't.
Conflicting press releases and interviews regarding console features.
The reveal focusing on male "dad" gamers over female gamers and other major gaming demographics.
Rumors you're only allowed to watch a movie with 4 people (which it will be able to detect with the Kinect), or the Xbox will charge you an additional licensing fee. This rumor actually went far back to even before Xbox One was revealed. Judging from a recently filedpatent application from Microsoft, the people spreading these rumors may have been Properly Paranoid.
Rumors Microsoft bribed both third party developers and Spike TV in an attempt to reduce publicity for the PS4.
Xbox One only launching in 21 countries worldwidenote Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States are getting the console in late '13., excluding parts of Europenote Much of Central and Eastern doesn't even have a tentative release date yet and all of East Asianote Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan, some of the biggest video game consumers in the world, get a 2014 release alongside countries like Malaysia, where many players don't have the $500 or internet connection.. Xbox One Live is set up so that players outside these countries can't play online or set up the Day One Update.
And now it's been downgraded to 13 countries, with Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland also getting the ax.
The inability to import consoles or games due to the online requirements and Region Coding. A now-retracted opinion piece referred to these policies and the Kinect's potential for spyingnote Always-online and always-on Kinect would have gotten the Xbox One banned from many military ships and bases for security reasons. as a "sin against all service members".
In Europe, there was a lot of backdraft over compatibility issues with Xbox One's multimedia features: European broadcast TV typically displays at 50 frames/second while the Xbox One's pass-through is hardwired to run at the American 60 fps standard, causing a notable stutter in the broadcast.
The Fish AI being lauded as the latest in "Next-Gen".note Specifically digital fish reacting to the presence of other characters and swimming off, something that's been around for a very long time. Expect any video game featuring fish react to the player, past or present, to have comments sarcastically praising it's "next-gen" technology.
Jimmy Fallon saved video games!note On the night before Microsoft pulled a 180 on system's DRM, Jimmy Fallon had Mark Cerny and the PS4 on his show, and openly stated it was the only system to play used games.
Any time a YouTube user claims their own real name is either "Adam Orth" or "Don Mattrick" for the purpose of making fun of the real one.
"Reassurance topic!"note This is what is said when an Xbox sympathizer brings up positive aspects about the Xbox One, no matter how minuscule, in order to either have an excuse to bash the PS 4, or to convince themselves that the Xbox One is the better buy.
Overshadowed by Awesome: By the PS4. Microsoft's attempts to regain their footing with their E3 2013 presentations were undercut by Sony's own presentation the next day. Even after Microsoft backtracked on DRM and online requirements, online audiences are generally skeptical that Xbox One can match PS4 in processing power or games lineup.
The Kinect remembers everyone who played with the Xbox One it's attached to, and when you pick up the controller, it automatically tries to identify you.
Just as a single day one patch can remove all of the Xbox One's DRM based features. Another can quite easily bring them back. The threat that sometime in the future, months or even years after launch, Microsoft can simply "flick the switch" has not gone unnoticed by some Xbox fans. The fact that Microsoft representatives have stated it could make a return, at least regarding future game releases, doesn't help quell fears.
For whatever reason, Microsoft decided to launch the console in 2013 in Brazil, where the price tag and required online for the day-one update put it out of reach for many gamers, while making Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Scandinavia and parts of Central Europe wait until 2014.
Tempting Fate: The mandatory Internet connection for the first time setup. There will be a ton of strain on the servers from launch until New Year's, so if anything goes wrong on Microsoft's end, a ton of people will get screwed over and be unable to fix the situation; even a small download could take forever given how many people will be trying to connect.
The Tyson Zone: The Xbox One quickly entered thanks to all the negative publicity it has; truth, rumor, or hoax. One of the extreme examples was when when fake tweets were released claiming to be by Adam Orth, Microsoft's former creative director, which claimed that he said "the red ring of death adds excitement and tension", "murder shouldn't be a crime because the only victim is dead", and "without Hitler there would be no Indiana Jones movies".
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Gaming fans reacted extremely negatively to the focus on multi-media features over games at the Xbox One's reveal.
The initial attempts at responding to the Internet Backdraft: No one, not even senior executives like Don Mattrick, seemed to have a clue what their policies were for Xbox One, and attempts at clarifying their conflicting answers actually made things even more convoluted.
Vocal Minority: Microsoft was hoping that this was the case when the Xbox One was first announced. Looks like they were right, judging from sales numbers.
Though if they didn't reverse a lot of the really bad ideas they had, it probably wouldn't have been a minority.
Many of the TV features such as fantasy football and program guides are either exclusive to the U.S. or almost certainly going to be implemented some time after the console launches in a foreign country, if at all.
Speaking of fantasy football, while fantasy sports are popular everywhere, (American) football is not, so fantasy football for Xbox One was only really made to appeal to Americans, and there are no plans to expand into other sports.
The Internet connectivity the console used to sport seemed to be done under the assumption that most countries have the same kind of reliable, high cap broadband services that most American cities have. Even the online requirements for initial setup could be hard to satisfy in places like Malaysia and Brazil.
In an unfortunately literal case, the old connectivity requirements meant that soldiers (even American ones) serving for their country couldn't use the console for more than 24 hours because they don't have internet access (and that's assuming they set up the console at home, because that requires a connection, and still does). Region coding would also have screwed these gamers over.
The console will release in countries like Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia in late 2014, almost a year after the console's release in America. Granted, it did take more than eight years for Brazil to get the PS2. We all live in Japan?
The use of cloud computing to supplement the system's hardware. The connection speeds needed to make that happen are exclusive to parts of East Asia, the Americas, and Western Europe, and even there they are expensive.
Region coding: U.S. and Japan made games don't always make it to Europe or Australia, so gamers there would have serious trouble importing games they couldn't buy in stores.
Win Back The Crowd: The E3 2013 conference was an attempt to recover after the lukewarm response to the reveal conference. On the one hand, games such as the new Halo game and Minecraft have done quite well, with others such as Titanfall getting a mixed reception. It hasn't stopped the backdraft though, especially in comparison to Sony's conference.