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Xbox One Unusable Without Day One Patch

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Console launches rarely go off without a hitch, and it looks like the Xbox One will be no exception. In an interview with Engadget, Microsoft admitted that the Xbox One would be effectively useless without a patch coming on day one.

Senior Director Albert Penello, when asked what gamers could do with the new console out of the box said, "Nothing. You need the Day One update." Adding, "You're gonna need to take this update. It's not gonna be really an optional thing."

Current consoles are being manufactured with an outdated version of the operating system, and it highlights what we've known for some time now -- that even though these brand new consoles are already a couple of years behind modern PCs, this generation is being rushed to market.

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    ikaz , November 12, 2013 11:53 AM
    Umm the PS4 will have a day one patch look it up can't even play Blu rays movies with out it, it seems all consoles have this issues (Xbox one, and Wii U). The best thing about consoles in the "golden" years was just put a game in and play. Now you have to update the consoles then patch the games as well. I don't know why people just save the heache and invest in a PC.
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    mobrocket , November 12, 2013 11:06 AM
    this makes no sense at all. So what does the O/S being shipped with the unit good for?
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    06yfz450ridr , November 12, 2013 11:07 AM
    red ring, red ring haha
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    de5_Roy , November 12, 2013 11:08 AM
    so.. people will be buying a piece of brick on day one? nice going microsoft :pt1cable: 
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    Gillerer , November 12, 2013 11:12 AM
    I think they've done this intentionally to troll on people who get their console early.
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    catfishtx , November 12, 2013 11:13 AM
    So much for offline play on Day 1.
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    Innocent_Bystander , November 12, 2013 11:24 AM
    That's just sad... From the looks of things, all I'll need is a 770 to keep up for the next few years... if not the entire generation.
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    matt_b , November 12, 2013 11:25 AM
    I'm not really sure any new bad publicity can tank the new console's reputation any further. Have to give Microsoft credit where it is due though.
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    MKBL , November 12, 2013 11:26 AM
    Didn't Wii U have the same, actually worse off, day one patch? Like requiring massive download taking several hours?
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    MKBL , November 12, 2013 11:30 AM
    Although I'm still happy with my original fat PS3 whose 40GB HDD was replaced with 500GB, I know I'm not going to buy any console on its first batch any more, setting aside day one configuration. The same thing goes for AAA game series with history of day-one glitches like Batman and BF. I am not willing to pay for frustration just enjoy being an early adopter.
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    JD88 , November 12, 2013 11:34 AM
    Why don't companies ever learn from the PR disasters that others experience. The press had a field day when Nintendo did the same thing with the Wii so Microsoft decides to do the same thing? Someone should be fired.
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    photonboy , November 12, 2013 11:41 AM
    All the whining about a patch that might take 20 minutes. Nor is it unexpected for a console and it happens on PC's too.

    It's not even proof that this was "rushed"; they had to build up inventory so there's been months to work on updates since the last OS build.
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    MKBL , November 12, 2013 11:45 AM
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    Why don't companies ever learn from the PR disasters that others experience. The press had a field day when Nintendo did the same thing with the Wii so Microsoft decides to do the same thing? Someone should be fired.



    Answer: Capitalism and Shareholder pressure for Profit Maximizing.

    When they compare the negative PR and profit generation from going something like this, companies tend to focus on net gain. From this perspective, sitting with hardware already assembled until their software patch completion is definitely not an option. One can argue why they can't parallel HW and SW development so that all HW can be equipped with the latest SW when they are assembled. They may, but it will require lots of planning and implementing, if possible. Simply put, profit first. These days executives are evaluated by quarterly earning calls, and they have less incentives to look any further than a few future quarterly results. Why more retailers open earlier on Thanksgiving in spite of seemingly rages from consumers? The same reason: net profit maximization.
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    ikaz , November 12, 2013 11:53 AM
    Umm the PS4 will have a day one patch look it up can't even play Blu rays movies with out it, it seems all consoles have this issues (Xbox one, and Wii U). The best thing about consoles in the "golden" years was just put a game in and play. Now you have to update the consoles then patch the games as well. I don't know why people just save the heache and invest in a PC.
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    MasterMace , November 12, 2013 11:53 AM
    You could get a 7870 and it would be superior to either console.
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    canadianvice , November 12, 2013 11:54 AM
    Keep in mind that PS4 is going the same route as well from what I've heard...
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    tomc100 , November 12, 2013 11:54 AM
    The same people who worked on xb1 must have worked on win 8 too.
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    robochump , November 12, 2013 12:08 PM
    Forcing consumers to join console to internet and the best way to force consumers to register console. Not a huge deal as long as it works well after and does not require XBox Live to patch.
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    pills161 , November 12, 2013 12:09 PM
    ahhhhh the good ol days of having a gaming system where you could just pop in your favorite game cartridge and play to your hearts extent... no patches, no internet connection, no DLC, no big brother watching what you play, just you the game and the tv.
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    m32 , November 12, 2013 12:24 PM
    "I approve of this."

    - NSA
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    Fredrik Aldhagen , November 12, 2013 12:31 PM
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    this makes no sense at all. So what does the O/S being shipped with the unit good for?


    To reduce the amount of data that needs to be downloaded in the day one patch.
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