The Internet can’t get enough of complaining about the way the Xbox One system is priced, and the people in China are generally not happy with their launch price either. When Microsoft realized they made a mistake with the MSRP of the home console, they changed it and brought it down to be comparable to other systems on the market. It is the inclusion of Xbox Live Gold membership to unlock certain advanced features; that is the next thing that people are complaining about.
When you look at what you get with Xbox Live Gold, it is still a bargain. Microsoft also made all of the packages so you don’t have to pay for the Live Gold membership to play the game, there are just certain features that require it to be unlocked. That isn’t a way of just getting more money out of you, the interactive nature of the advanced features place more of a demand on the data structure that has to be maintained.
What Xbox Live Gold Delivers
While many people have complained that the more advanced features that the Xbox One is capable of require an Xbox Live Gold membership account, when you look at what Xbox Gold delivers, and break down the price per day – it is more than a bargain. With the Xbox Gold you can access more of the integrative features of the system and receive faster updates and specialized program expansions.
Bundles like the Xbox One Fitness pack offer integrative workout programs via the Xbox Live Gold membership that can deliver more to you in regards to feedback and tracking of your progress. The same holds true for games that have options for Live Gold. Almost all the games and offerings on Xbox One that offer Live Gold features can also be played with less features and no gold account. This is a fair way of testing out the package before committing to the gold.
Bundling in the Kinect system
Some of the most popular games offered for the console work best when bundled with the Kinect System. The Kinect allows for an integrated experience when using it. The best example of its purposeful use is how it integrates with the Xbox One Fitness pack. You can monitor you pulse, energy level and see a map of the muscles being used during each exercise in order to target your training and keep your motivation up. It isn’t required to get results from the Fitness pack, but if you want better and faster results then it is a good investment.
Add-ons, Apps and Accessories
The console is expandable with a host of add-ons, apps and accessories but you don’t need all of them, or any of them in the beginning. Your best bet is to play and begin to discover what you want Xbox One to do. With that in mind you can hit the store and get exactly what you need to customize your playing experience. They even have special protective sleeves that come in patterns and colors if that is your thing; or you can just stay with apps to increase the media you can stream and hardware controllers to improve your game play.