And then they’re going to have to wait a bit more. Xbox One chief architect Marc Whitten told gaming site IGN that the Xbox One won’t be playing games the moment gamers crack open the box. A software update will be required. “While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users,” he said to IGN. These day-one patches aren’t unique to Microsoft. Sony will have one a week earlier. This is one of the few drawbacks of these next-gen consoles: operating software continues to evolve long after the assembly line starts making the systems. The updates have never been all that newsworthy, but that changed last November when Nintendo’s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY ) Wii U frustrated its first wave of buyers. The software update took more than an hour — and in some cases far more than that — but things got even worse. Some frustrated buyers who decided to shut down their systems mid-update found themselves with bricked consoles . It’s quite possible that Nintendo’s inability to recover after a lackluster debut — selling just 400,000 units in its first week on the market — was related to the negative feedback of the painful update, which limited the Wii U to disc-based games until completed. Things will naturally play out far better for both Sony and Microsoft this time around.
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PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Yoshida lauds “smart” Microsoft team
In an interview with Games Industry , Yoshida said he respected Microsofts courage to quickly remedy some of its policies after first unveiling the Xbox One, saying it must have been a tough time for the development team. We know theyre very smart people. Its great that they were able to quickly realize that some of the things they were doing were not popular, and were able to make really quick decisions to change some of those things even things that their engineering group must have spent a lot of time preparing before the launch, Yoshida said. The ability to admit mistakes and respond to consumers demands, Yoshida said, shows how dedicated Microsoft is to making sure the Xbox One is a successful one. Yoshida said, especially in the United States, Sony never took Microsoft lightly, calling the PS4 the challenger and the Xbox One the frontrunner in the market. But the messaging blunders early on from Microsoft gave Sony a chance to catch up, Yoshida said.
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