Microsoft: We’re Working on XBox One OS Problems

dayone_1024x1024The XBox One is an ambitious system, to say the least. It wants to play your video games, stream your cable, manage your social networks, and essentially be your single device entertainment system. It aims to jump seamlessly between applications, and emphasize the voice command functionality aspect of the system. It’s a lot of different upgrades from the XBox 360 all at the same time. All of this relies upon a rockstar operating system capable of juggling all of these things simultaneously, and the XBox One just isn’t there yet.

Reported problems range from loading times, kinect issues, lack of information on available memory, and of course a few more pernicious hardware issues, something that Microsoft systems are famous for being plagued by (ref. Red Ring of Death on XBox 360). The kinect’s recognition of motion gestures goes as far as to interpret mundane habitual behavior, such as putting one’s feet up on the coffee table before enjoying a game of Halo, as gestures intended to have the kinect perform a function. An editorial featured in Edge entitled “XBox, Why?“, puts it about as bluntly as it can:

“Xbox One’s debut user experience is stuttering, clunky, and a serious challenge to Xbox Live’s long-held status as the premier console service. Bluntly, they take too long to load, don’t offer the functionality that Xbox Live was built on, and are, inexplicably, badly handled by the OS.”

I don’t know if the editorial is being overly stark, or if the assessment is accurate, but I know that the problems are there. Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb recently took to Reddit to say that, yes, Microsoft is working on the issues. “I had a meeting today about much of this and I can say that things will get better. I can’t offer a timeline of a list of what till be addressed first, but we are aware of the issue and things will get better,” he wrote.

Both of the new generation consoles have come in hot, the XBox One more so than the PS4. This situation should serve as a reminder that buying a console at launch is just a straight up bad idea. The new methodology seems to emphasize release early, with or without complications, and if there are complications, fix them later. By the time that the next holiday season rolls around, the new consoles will be more up to snuff, but that doesn’t help the hundreds of thousands that have already purchased consoles, and have had to get them replaced a few times do to imperfect firmware and hardware.

 

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://dougmacfaddin.com/microsoft-were-working-on-xbox-one-os-problems/

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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