Letter to Microsoft – Dear Xbox One




Dear Xbox One,

Let me first start off by identifying myself. My gamertag is sadantes. I currently have 17402(G) gamer points. And yes, I have an Xbox Live Gold subscription. In my professional and personal life, gaming sets me at peace. I have completed all achievements for Far Cry 3, and Most Wanted (the original, before EA and Criterion violated the legend with the 2012 release).

I am – well, was – one of your most loyal gamers. From the first time you launch the Original Xbox, I abandoned everything Nintendo (except for Super Mario Bros 3 on NES, and 007 Golden Eye and Smash Bros on N64) and completely disowned Play Station. To be completely honest, I developed a mild hatred for Play Station because it was then a formidable competitor to my new obsessed love – the Xbox. The production of titles, Need for Speed Underground 2 and Ninja Gaiden 1, secured my position as an Xbox-fanboy.


I have been a loyal, die-hard, Xbox fan; one who tries to sell anything Xbox to anyone willing to listen. When the 360 came out in 2005, I waited before I bought it. I was still obsessed with, the Xbox.  My wait was 3 years, long enough for Far Cry 2 to be release in 2008, before I travelled from St. Lucia (Caribbean) to secure my console from Walmart, in Georgia USA, December 2008. I literally had my cousin drive me straight from Hartsfield International airport, directly to Walmart around 2am. I guess my wait paid off well since my console never experienced the Red Ring of Death (RROD). 360 became THE ONE for me.


From 2008 to present, I have not taken a second look at the Play Station Console. Not even when PS3 emerged as the Bluray centre piece. Note well, that all my friends have PS2 and PS3 consoles. I was, and still am, (i.e. not including my cousin Albert) the only Xbox patron. 

I purchase my Xbox games, both online and in-store, in the US and Canada, and preserved my titles to keep as mementoes for the age of the new Xbox – 720 (as we all thought). EB Games still has my $5.00 deposit on Ninja Gaiden 3 that I later bought online.

As both a recreational and hard-core gamer, I introduced my daughter to Xbox with the purchase of a Kinect Sensor for her. This made gaming more than just, gaming. She now owns the 360 which was once mine and I own the newer slim 250GB version.


I don’t rent titles. I purchase and collect them. To date, our collection – my daughter and I – of Xbox 360 games, exclusive of original Xbox titles, are; COD Modern Warfare 3, COD Black Ops 2, Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4, Kinect Adventures, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 2, Ninja Gaiden 2, Ninja Gaiden 3, NFS: Most Wanted, Shrek Forever After, Shrek the Third, Kung Fu Panda, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Afro Samurai, NFS Undercover, Mini Ninjas, UP, Fable 2, Fable 3, Wanted; weapons of fate, Ninja Blade, Splinter Cell Conviction, NFS The Run, NFS Hot Pursuit, Prince of Persia TFS, Prince of Persia, Gears or War 2, Gears of War 3, Golden Eye 007 Reloaded, GTA IV, Final Fantasy XIII, Smack Down vs Raw 2008, Dance Central, Lego Indiana Jones 1, Lego Indiana Jones 2, Monsters vs Aliens, Lego Batman.

I said all of this to say what I’m about to say now.


The announcement of the Xbox One in May was all that I had hoped for. I was excited. I bragged about ONE for days. This time, I would not wait 3 years to get my new console. I would get it NOW.

Then came E3. More like E-hostage.

How in the world do you expect gamers to connect online every 24 hrs. What if I do not have internet, does that mean I can’t play my games at all for days?  Why in the world are you taking away used games and then when I buy new games, I have to connect every hour or there about for verification? I don’t really care about the used games. I am disappointed that new games will be restricted. Why do I have to connect to play? Why do I have to connect at all? Isn’t Xbox Live supposed to be an optional service?

And to add insult to injury, you are selling ONE for $499. Tell me Xbox; why would I pay $499 for a console that limits me in gaming and at the same time forces me to connect to the internet? Do you want personal information from me and you don’t know how to ask it?

Let me breathe for a minute.


Ok. I thought about this.

For the first time, I am paying attention to Sony. Play Station 4 costs $399. That is $100 less than ONE. The machine is just as powerful, if not more.


Wait… I have no restrictions on sharing games or playing used titles. I do not need an active internet connection unless I want to play online.

Wow. I never thought I would say this but, PS4 looks amazing. Like it is actually the One for me in this time of anger.

Xbox One,

I will give you until December 31st, 2013 to redeem yourself. I will not pre order. And if you fail to appease me, I will do what any grieved gamer should. I WILL NOT BUY THE xbox one. Furthermore, I will not renew my Xbox live account. Next, I will purchase my daughter a Wii U. Then I will treat myself to a Play Station 4 and see if I actually missed out on years of what you provided me with.


In closing, xbox one, do not alienate your true gamers just to please corporations. If we all were to move over to Play Station, you would cease to exist and those corporations would be benefiting off Sony, not you.


Thanks for you reading eye,

Wherever you are


A grieved, loyal gamer

Stephen A. Dantes

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  • CribBoy9

    Nice read.