Formally unveiled at Microsoft’s XboxReveal event earlier this week, the Xbox One has been confirmed as the direct follow-on to the Xbox 360, with the PS4 rival to pair improved gameplay and graphics with dramatically enhanced entertainment and multimedia capabilities.
According to a study carried out by VoucherCodesPro, of 1,112 UK gamers questioned, 52 per cent suggested they were “underwhelmed” by the Xbox One, with 27 per cent of these claiming that they were outright “disappointed” by Microsoft’s third Xbox offering.
While hardly the resounding consumer approval Microsoft will have been hoping for, it’s not all doom and gloom, with 44 per cent of those questioned stating they were “enthusiastic” about the next-gen gaming device.
Delving further into the opinions of gamers, although 37 per cent of those who looked favourable on the console said they were “excited to experience a new console,” 39 per cent of those less than impressed by the Xbox One said they “didn’t care about its television capabilities.”
On top of this, a hefty 47 per cent said they believed “a games console should stick to gaming,” while 22 per cent said the aesthetical appeal of the Xbox One design was severely lacking.
“Microsoft’s President of Interactive Entertainment told the conference that it’s not just a games console but the ‘ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system’. That’s all very well and good, but is that really what consumers want? According to our poll, it would suggest not,” George Charles of VoucherCodesPro said.
“In my opinion the primary concern of a games console should be its games and it seems that a good few respondents echo that sentiment.”
He added: “Is Microsoft trying to do too much? It might possibly be the case that they are trying to appeal to too broad a market and neglecting the desires of the gaming community who are their primary consumer base. We’ll have to wait and see.”
With the PS4 favourite to outsell the Xbox One according to bookies, the consumer poll appears to have confirmed that belief, with 61 per cent of the 1,112 gamers questioned stating they would be more likely to buy the PS4 over the Xbox One.
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