I'm primarily a PC gamer these days. My wife and kids use the TV while I game on my PC. But I cut my teeth on the Atari 2600 and I do enjoy some couch gaming. I'm not tied to one company or console. I owned the original XBox. I'd sometimes buy competing consoles in a generation (though I never owned a 360).
My PS3 was being used primarily for streaming. My wife was frustrated that when we'd want to watch Netflix, we'd have to do a PS3 software update. I suggested we finally get a current gen console. Even the cheaper XBox One S can play 4K movies, and it can do updates in the middle of the night.
So I buy one and in the first month I've had constant problems where it won't connect on wifi. It is 8 feet away through an open door to our router. Nothing else in the house has wifi problems. The XBox won't see any SSID in the area. It isn't just a signal issue. Wifi just doesn't work on the XBox half of the time. I have to do a hard reset and then it starts working again.
I played Madden non-stop when I picked up the XBox. I was pleasantly surprised that even this relatively weak console hardware put out good graphics. I could resume a suspended game without having to go through as many load screens. With that I'm happy.
But a week in, it suddenly tells me I can no longer access my cloud saves without paying for XBox Gold Live. I was planning on giving XBox Gold Live a try once I practiced a bit solo offline. I also picked up the Halo Master Chief Collection, but haven't played Halo since the first one launched and I'm no doubt really rusty. I'm frustrated that cloud saves don't work without a paid subscription, and that if I stopped paying, I'd lose all access to my saves. They're held hostage behind a paywall.
I posted to an XBox subreddit with this concern and was told this is absolutely not the case and that cloud saves work without Gold. My post was then buried. I went back and tried again. Sure enough, it tells me I need Gold to use cloud saves.https://imgur.com/a/Qxi1B
I started playing offline and put tons of hours into Franchise mode with a new offline save this past month. But it kicks me out half way through a 60 minute football game if the wifi connection dies again. Single player offline games not using a cloud save kick you out and erase your progress over wifi connectivity. What kind of design is that?
It has been pretty useless for the primary intended purpose of streaming video since the wifi constantly dies.
I called up the retailer to see if I can get a refund or replacement because we can't get the wifi to work. (It wouldn't connect for most of the day today).
But I just discovered I can't back-up my save to transfer it to new hardware. There is no way to move an offline save to the cloud (even if I did pay for XBox Live Gold). And transferring saves to USB, network or external HDD was removed by design.
So I have defective hardware, and by design I need to lose access to my saves as well. Playing single player offline kick you out of games when the wifi drops. I'm a little shocked that people accept a system of this design.
I don't want to sound like a PC Master Race elitist, but I'm pretty disappointed coming from PC gaming, and sadly there is no option for Madden (or Halo) on PC.