Alright, so here’s the deal. Late last year I bought an Xbox One X on sale for around $350 USD, with the hopes of finally getting more than a few Netflix shows out of my HDR-capable, 4K TV, but also to replay my old Xbox and Xbox 360 game collection, so I saw buying “the most powerful console” as an opportunity to go back and catch up with gaming.
The console is beautiful: it’s quiet, sleek-looking, relatively powerful (I’ll get there in a second) and, like it or not, has an amazing controller IMHO, however, I now feel like I’ve been cheated out of my money.
Now, yes, granted, nobody pointed a gun to my face and forced me to buy the damn thing, but coming from a very basic rig (2015 Lenovo Y50-70 with an i7 4710HQ and a GTX 860m), I had high hopes that by buying the console I’ll be able to keep my PC for longer as I’m really happy with its performance as a computer.
Fast forward a few months to today and I’m very disappointed. Most of my old games aren’t supported on backwards compatibility, HDR support is MEDIOCRE and the interface, the thing that is at least supposed to be smooth, is not.
Now, you probably might be wondering about this thread’s title and here’s what I’m trying to say: wouldn’t it be wonderful if Microsoft unlocked the console and gave their users more choice as to how to use their hardware? Software might be licensed, but I OWN THE HARDWARE and I believe that, as such, I should be able to do whatever the heck I want with it, including using it as a regular PC.
Before you reply, think about it for a second: Microsoft already offers a Developer Mode that can be switched on/off with a simple restart, some apps (yay Kodi!) that would had been unthinkable of last generation are now officially supported and the thing already runs Windows 10 for what understand.
Microsoft has learned that they get more by allowing users more freedom and choice instead of trying to lock them down (see Xbox Live crossplay and the WSL).
What I’m trying to say is that I feel like such a relatively powerful hardware is going to waste and I would love to have the option to run a full-fledge operating system when I’m not shooting anything that moves in Halo.
Thought? Opinions? Am I a silly idiot for even daring to say this? Keep it civil please.