Few consoles have successfully course-corrected to the degree the Xbox One has in its first few years on the market. When Microsoft first released the Xbox One back in November 2013, it did so amid a sea of bad publicity over a string of poor decisions leading up the console’s release. The Xbox One’s image problems were the main contributing factor to the console falling far behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 in terms of popularity and market share, but it’s also true that the system itself suffered from a number of significant issues for months after its release.
Then in 2015, it was as if a light finally switched on and Microsoft started to make a number of smart decisions that not only fixed some of the Xbox One’s more glaring technical issues, but also moves that won it public favor, such as the announcement of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility at last year’s E3 press conference and a new “games first” marketing strategy. Add all this together and it’s fair to say that in 2016, the Xbox One is now a worthy contender to the PS4. Still, as good as the Xbox One is now, it’s far from perfect and still has some glaring problems that need to be addressed.
10. Achievements Mismanagement
Although they’re largely meaningless, Achievements are still an important meta-game for many Xbox players. As anyone who’s played a video game in the last decade can attest, there’s a certain joy that comes along with seeing the “Achievement Unlocked” notification pop up on the screen. While the Xbox One carried over Achievements from the Xbox 360, for whatever reason, they’re not as well integrated as they used to be. On the Xbox One, Achievements are segregated into their own separate app, which wouldn’t be an issue if the app wasn’t buried under one too many sub-menus.
In contract, on the Xbox 360, you could quickly view your Achievements list by tapping the dashboard button and finding it in one of the tabs. On Xbox One, this process is nowhere near as intuitive or quick, and things get even worse when you want to actually compare your Achievements list with a friend. Achievements are so poorly integrated into the Xbox One experience that it’s easy to forget that they’re even there, which makes the process of attaining them feel less enjoyable overall.