Fans of video gaming everywhere have been anxiously awaiting the coming of the next generation of gaming consoles for a few years now. The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 became staples in American homes over the last several years. In fact, many households owned both units at one time or another and many even owned the units in multiple instances. The new generation has inspired all of the usual intrigue as fans hope for another technological jump on par with the last generation’s debut, but there has also been tons of controversy over new plans. In the last few weeks, Microsoft’s offering, dubbed the Xbox One, has been blasted by gamers nationally because of some of its features that not everyone is happy with. Also, it is $100 more expensive than its Sony counterpart.
It seems like suicide. Everything about the Xbox One has been a disaster so far, and Sony has seemed to capitalize on every bit of it masterfully. The previous generation saw Sony get left behind a bit when the Xbox 260 beat the Playstation 3 to market and also had a way larger catalog of game titles out of the gate. Sony seems like they are poised to not let history repeat itself, and Microsoft seems like they have no fix on what the market is looking for. However, we at Common Sense Conspiracy think that there is reason to believe that maybe this goes deeper. A lot of the features of the Xbox One just don’t make sense…unless, of course, Microsoft is catering to another power: the all-seeing eye of the federal government.
It is well-documented (and complained about) that the Xbox One will require an Internet connection in some capacity to play games. Early reports indicate that it must at least “check in” once in a 24-hour period. This is not for online games. This is to play any game. Microsoft is simply requiring Internet connectivity in some capacity to play the games that people have purchased the rights to play anytime they want to. Furthermore, there has been much outcry about Microsoft’s policy completely alienating the military. Soldiers like to play video games to escape from their situations from time to time, when it is feasible, but having an Internet connection in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan effectively leaves the soldiers out to dry. Now, yes, that might only be a small part of Microsoft’s possible market, but a lot of people think about how our military is treated and won’t understand why Microsoft can’t make an exception to stay in the good graces of our troops. On top of that, Microsoft has heavily integrated its Kinect technology, making it a critical part of the passage instead of just an added accessory. Microsoft has bragged about how smart this iteration of the Kinect will be and how it will be watching you at all times, ready to go into action by a gesture or facial expression. It also means that gamers are now forced to be monitored by a video camera that is also required to be connected to the Internet 24/7. Is that not just a little disturbing? And do the two of those “requirements” together not start to make a lot more sense.
Microsoft and Bill Gates are no strangers to the conspiracy world. We have frequently reported on Bill’s population control dreams and his regular attendance at Bilderberg conferences. With all of the stark revelations about spying on American citizens this week, is it that far of a stretch to think that the federal government wants to get the Xbox One in all of our homes so it has an even great all-seeing eye into what we are doing in our day-to-day lives?
The greatest piece of evidence remains the price. Offering a console at $100 above your competitor seems as if Microsoft doesn’t even want to win. Sony may be losing money to get their consoles in homes, but still, a $25 or $50 difference would have been much more palatable to consumers than a $100. That’s a big gap in two machines that seem comparable in terms of technology. One has to wonder why Microsoft would make such a precarious move, but then again, what if they know something we don’t?