To be clear; I'm not complaining, but I do feel the need to express my opinion... I kind of feel that its everyones duty as a consumer to express their opinion.
Basically every fancy feature that microsoft advertised doesn't work.
The Kinect Gestures- While sitting still on the couch watching tv the Kinect registers a raised hand that moves around randomly and erratically. It often presses buttons that pause and rewind the playback. My limbs are never raised when this happens... Sometimes I'm alone and slouching.. Sometimes there are two others with me.. sometimes just a dog. It is frustrating. This feature not only does not add anything to the xbox experience, it takes away from the experience. I wish this feature could be independently disabled.
The Kinect Voice Commands - Voice commands are limited to a few very specific phrases. We spend 3 minutes talking to the xbox trying to get it to "go home" or "Turn off". 60% of the time it misinterprets what we say. 20% of the time it doesn't hear or respond in any way. And about 20% of the time it hears and does what we intended. This is so far below the threshold of usability that it makes me want to cry. The only thing the xbox will do with reliability is "volume up".
The Operating System - My xbox one always gets network errors and disconnects randomly. After a hard reboot I have to manually select the network and enter why passcode every time. Some would say this could be a problem with my router/network and I admit that possibility exists. But I've never had trouble with any other device on my network.
The Apps - This also could potentially be someone elses fault other that microsoft... but netflixs, hulu, amazon prime video, and my only game, dead rising 3, crash about 1/5 times I use them. By crash I mean they simply stop with no error code and return me to the home screen as if I had said "xbox go home". The main difference being that upon reselecting the app, it starts over as if it had never been open in the first place.
The Controller - My remote turns off randomly during use. Most of the time it will be fine.. but sometimes I turn it on and start playing and the middle light goes out within 30 seconds.
In Conclusion - Is everything I own defective? Do other people have similar problems?
I'm not upset that my system performs this way.. .I can live with it. Its not that big of a deal. I'm upset that the system was advertised as amazing, like it was handed down to use from mount olympus... and we paid $500.. brand new.. and then it performs this way.