It only took eight years and more than 70 million Xbox 360 units sold for consumers to finally get a sneak peak at the Xbox One!
The Xbox One is an “all-in-one entertainment system,” but are gamers impressed with this innovative console? No, not quite.
Xbox One has yet to win over the hearts of gamers. “In particular in this release, we’re really embracing games and TV,” explains Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft senior vice president, to CNN Money.
Microsoft’s early advertising for the new gaming console focused on flashy features such as movie watching, live television streaming and Skype capability rather than using it to play video games.
Xbox owners looking to make the big switch over to the Xbox One will run into some difficulties, however. This gaming console is not backwards compatible, meaning the expensive Xbox 360 games and accessories you have stacked on the shelf have come to the end of the line.
If the Xbox One craze sticks, what will become of those old Xbox 360s that have come to the last leg of their eight year rotation?
Like cell phones and computers, gaming systems come and go, whether the device is at the end of its life or not.
Electronics recycling organizations not only responsibly dispose of mobile and IT equipment, most have refurbishment programs for devices that have become obsolete but are still usable.
The greatest advantages of refurbishing electronics are keeping functional hardware out of the e-waste stream and allowing consumers the opportunity save a few bucks on used consoles and accessories.
This is especially important when it seems the gaming console market might be dwindling. The Xbox One could well be the determinant if the gaming industry is in need of an intense remodeling.
According to USA Today, kids are more interested in playing with iPads and other mobile devices over stationary consoles.
Hopefully, we won’t be seeing a mountain of old gaming consoles in local junk yards or causing hazardous implications overseas in developing countries.
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