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Microsoft Is False Advertising – Xbox ONE Is NOT An All-In-One Media Device After All

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“Screens simulated. Sequences shortened. Games sold separately.  Additional subscriptions and/or requirements apply for some features. See Xbox.com/XboxONE”.

That is the message that appears lightning fast (2 and a half seconds approximately) across the screen on Xbox ONE commercials. I had to pause the commercial to be able to read it because it faded into the background color and blipped as it appeared and disappeared, so really that’s not even a full readable message for 2.5 seconds but rather the length of a rapid fade in / fade out animation.

Let’s take a minute to analyze that:

  • “Screens simulated” – It doesn’t really work like this. We’re just f*$@#ing with ya! 😉
  • “Sequences shortened” – because there’s lag, you’ll have to say the same commands over and over before it recognizes you, and it doesn’t really work that fast, but you could just grab a controller I mean am I right? Even though you paid for the camera without a choice…
  • “Additional subscriptions and/or requirements apply for some  features” – at the very least, it should say “more” if not “all”. This is an outright lie by Microsoft. All you can do is launch single player games and play them offline only. You can’t browse the web, maybe you can watch blu-rays, but you can’t order movies off the internet, you can’t take a look at YouTube, can’t SkyDrive, you can’t watch / stream with Twitch, you can’t Skype.

You’re an all-in-one device, but you can’t do anything. When they reversed DRM, don’t you think maybe they should have reversed the functions too, so you could at least use Internet Explorer and video chat capabilities? Five smart TV’s in my house and I can Skype in one, use Hulu+ on all of them, all it takes is an internet connection just like PC and PS3. There’s no Samsung $60 a month fee for apps. You’re already paying Netflix, why should you pay Microsoft for it?

Imagine for a second, what if they didn’t cut the DRM? Would we even be able to play single player games without Xbox LIVE GOLD? If you want us to pay Xbox LIVE GOLD you should have been able to cut a deal with Netflix, Hulu+, and any other service you want to sell us regardless if this requires you to increase the price of Xbox LIVE GOLD and it’s pretty hard to see a message when it’s 2.5 seconds long and half of it is behind a white background so it cannot be seen. It took pausing the screen, rewinding, fast forwarding back and forth multiple times and it took a lot longer to read the message than it took for you to sneak it past us.

Let us not gloss over the fact this is a total misrepresentation to the reality that is the Xbox ONE. The Tiles don’t even work and do nothing but complain the second you’re not connected to the internet. Games won’t even boot up without complaining about your lack of Xbox LIVE GOLD as if to say “pfft, I have to boot up for this loser? He doesn’t even have GOLD!”.

Here’s a list of some of the features that don’t work without Xbox LIVE GOLD Memberships (for each account not just one account like how PS+ works with one account per console on PS3 and PS4):

– Internet Explorer (seriously? yes, seriously)
– Upload / Streaming (Of Gameplay)
– Twitch.TV
– YouTube
– Netflix
– Hulu (Plus or not, it doesn’t matter, you need GOLD)
– Skype
– Xbox Premium Music App
– Basic Music Video App
– VUDU HDTV Movies
– NFL App
– Fantasy Football App
– FOXNow
– CWTV
– Univision
– And More

You can’t even pay Microsoft for Music unless you have LIVE Gold account. Some all-in-one huh… More on this once we stop spitting coffee all over our office monitors in disbelief that 2.5 seconds of font size 2 text is considered a fair warning for consumers being duped into an “All-In-One Media Device” that can’t even sell you movies without a subscription fee.

And for those who might dare compare this to cable television subscription fees, just – NO. Cable companies don’t ask you for $500 upfront plus tax just for a box that later requires more to get on the internet.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Weekend Starts This Friday

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Xbox Live Gold, the paid service for Xbox 360 from Microsoft, will be free this entire weekend starting Friday October 4, 2013. Players will be able to get on GTA Online once Rockstar Games puts up some more servers and play the multiplayer portion of GTA V together until they are addicted and likely subscribe to Gold shortly after. This is yet another one of those marketing plans of genius at work here for Microsoft’s paid subscription service.

GTA Online features innovative gameplay mechanics such as buying your own apartment, playing with friends in an open world / sandbox separate from the single player campaign, allowing players to create their own missions, and more in the living breathing world of GTA V. If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out our Full RGN Review of GTA V. For more videos and information about the game, check out our dedicated GTA V Section.

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Microsoft Announces Xbox Fitness for Xbox One w/ Trailer [HD]

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Microsoft has announced a fitness app for their Next Gen console called Xbox Fitness. It is a subscription based app that allows you to interact with popular fitness videos via the new Kinect sensor. The videos will feature popular trainers Jillian Michaels, Shaun T,  Tony Horton and Tracy Anderson. The app will be able to “read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force, and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form,” all thanks to the Kinect, no physical accessories required. Impressive!

You can also compare scores and challenge your friends to beat your performances through Xbox Live. The Xbox Fitness app launches this fall season and will be free for Xbox Live Gold members until November 2014. Starting in January 2015 unlimited access requires a Paid Xbox Fitness subscription as well as Xbox Live Gold. Peep the trailer below.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Might Not Require Xbox Live Gold On Xbox ONE

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UPDATE: PS+ Not Required for The Elder Scrolls Online, But XBL Gold Is
 

Bethesda Softworks is reportedly working with Microsoft to try and get the Xbox Live Gold subscription fee waived for MMORPG players who just want to play The Elder Scrolls Online but do not wish to pay for Gold in addition to already paying for the monthly fee The Elder Scrolls Online will require. This is not a sealed deal however, and would do well with one of you fancy, new-age gamers’ petitions (the more signatures the better). Zenimax Online which was purchased by Zenimax Media (the parent company to Bethesda Softworks), renamed to Zenimax Online, and put to work on ESO would love for as many players as possible to experience the game.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE require PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold respectively to access online multiplayer for pay-to-play games such as ESO or Call of Duty to provide another example people are familiar with.

In a recent article from our own Mitch Walters, it was cited that the cost of monthly MMO’s has been a barrier in the past for players on the console to really embrace the genre. Our Associate Editor Shawn ‘Pwnagraphic’ Stenberg chimed in with a counter-point argument, however it seems that Bethesda has already been trying to tackle this whole console MMO fee issue in their own way – and if successful – would rather see their players not get charged for Xbox Live Gold if ESO was enough to keep them entertained online.

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RGN Daily News #42: Wii U Price Drop, X1 Sold Out, FF14 De-Listed Digitally

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Today was a pretty decent day for news with the Wii U getting a price drop and the Xbox ONE selling out over at GAME through our overseas friends meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn both managed to make the news but in completely different ways. If you’re not much of a reader, check out today’s RGN Daily News episode #42 and listen to less than 10 minutes that explain everything you’ll want to know so you aren’t missing out.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20130828 and was last modified on 20131220 .