Rumors of issues with the Xbox One have been circulating forums like NeoGAF and Reddit this weekend. Details of exactly what those rumored problems are finally hit late Sunday evening and suggest that the next-gen console's operating system (OS) and Xbox LIVE software won't be fully baked at launch.
Pete Dodd (aka FamousMortimer) wrote a lengthy post on his DoddScientifics blog where he detailed claims from anonymous developers about problems with the Xbox One and how it interacts with Xbox LIVE for online multiplayer. It is described as a "f***ing mess" that will take "months" to fix connectivity issues, missed invites, dropped parties and non-working friend requests.
"Yeah, getting anything online to work was a pain for months, barely worked at the very end of last month," one anonymous developer told Dodd. "Adding friends, sending game invites or even achievements’ toasts could be a nightmare. I don’t know that much outside of 'my' project, but from what I saw in others, online was always a problem. No idea if this will still be an issue at launch though, I think it would be too much, but it looks like it won’t be flawless at all."
Microsoft has already stated plans to release a patch for the Xbox One when the console launches on Nov. 22. This is not anything out of the ordinary though as the Wii U did the same and Sony has announced its intentions for a PS4 launch patch.
Our experience with the Xbox One during the Xbox One Tour confirmed that the console's dashboard, at least in the demo units, is stripped of all functionality except to play games or calibrate the Kinect. Simply hitting the Xbox Guide button on the controller and then re-entering games caused problems such as shifting Dead Rising 3's image to the right and then wrapping back around on the left side. Doing the same with Forza 5 resulted in button presses in the game's menu not being registered.
These pre-launch Xbox One units weren't designed for much beyond running game demos so these kind of bugs can be excused. However, the fact that the console is less than a month from release and not much has been shown of the operating system or user interface in a live setting is worrying but the same can be said for Sony's console outside of a Gamescom stage demo.
Microsoft can of course correct any issues with the Xbox One operating system and Xbox LIVE with system updates after the console launch. In fact, that's pretty much guaranteed for both consoles given how complex they have gotten. The question will be how stable the consoles are and whether basic functions like playing games online will work without a hitch.
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