It’s a good time to be a gamer. Mostly.
We’ve got three next-gen consoles (don’t worry Nintendo, not everyone has forgotten the WiiU) and a whole slew of games to look forward to.
But uh, it’d be swell if the games we did have worked properly from the get-go. Day one patches for release games are frustrating, but tolerable.
Massive stability updates for a three-month-old game, though? That’s unacceptable. But it’s what Capcom has done for Dead Rising 3 - a 13-gigabyte update for a game that’s sold over a million copies. If a game has a need for such a large update, that suggests that the original retail version is incomplete; Capcom shipped a beta version -- albeit a well-functioning one -- to the shelves, probably to meet the Xbox One’s launch date.
It’s the least of Microsoft’s issues this week though. They’ve caught flak for allegedly paying Youtubers to say only positive things about the Xbox One, without the video makers stating that Microsoft was compensating them. That raises issues of bias amongst the Youtube crowd, but that’s really not the problem here -- it’s the Internet, after all, and console biases are omnipresent -- it’s the fact Microsoft may have tried to sway public opinion in an underhanded way.
Microsoft has denied any wrongdoing, of course.
Something to keep in mind, though: Sony has sold about a million more consoles than Microsoft has at the moment, and if Microsoft wants to trump their main rival, they’ll need all the positive exposure they can get.
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