The 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/