Microsoft was met with backlash when they revealed the Xbox One in 2013. The developers behind the console took the system in the wrong route. The original concept of the Xbox One required it to always be connected to the internet, focused on the unwanted Kinect, and restricted physical game sharing. Sadly, it was too late to recover. The PS4 swooped in hours later to wash the sour taste out of people mouths from Microsoft. The console war between Sony and Microsoft has been waging for years now. The Xbox 360 beat down the PS3, but the Wii took everyone by surprise as the best selling console of that generation. 

Five years later, the PS4 is reigning supreme. The Nintendo Switch has also done very well for itself. In just two years, the Switch has gained massive popularity for portability and an excellent game library. Since the release of the Xbox One, it has gained popularity according to Mat Piscatella, a video game industry analyst. Sales of the Xbox One have apparently doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year. That’s some serious cash. Why did the number of sales increase for the Xbox One?

First, a stronger and faster Xbox came out. The Xbox One S came out a few years later but was a much-needed upgrade to the clunky box before it. The installation of a 4K Blu-ray player and the addition of UHD streaming made it a cheaper addition to the home entertainment center. A year later, Project Scorpio, now known as the Xbox One X, was released with even more power than the previous boxes and the already released PS4 Pro. Features like these are driving the Xbox platform further than other consoles. Microsoft is focusing on customer experience, quality of life, game exclusives, hardware, and numerous programs for games, which are the key to winning the console war.

PS4 Pro - Courtesy of Sony
PS4 Pro – Courtesy of Sony

Xbox Programs and Services

Microsoft’s next-generation console, Project Scarlett, has not been officially announced yet. However, Phil Spencer announced at E3 2018 that Microsoft was “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles.” What we can expect is it’s going to have some sick ass features, such as game quality, exclusives, an expansive game pass library, and more ways to access Xbox Live. Xbox fans will have a lot to expect this year, and they should expect a golden age on the horizon. The upcoming console generation will surely beat what PlayStation has to offer in the coming years. Lately, PlayStation has had killer exclusives such as GOD OF WAR and SPIDER-MAN. Games like these have made the PS4 the cream of the crop when it comes to consoles.

However, outside of those games, the PS4 experience begins to break down. For example, PlayStation Now, Sony’s version of backward compatibility, is not good. PlayStation’s service is subscription based so even if you own the game already, you have to lay more money down to play that game. The backward compatibility program on Xbox allows you to play any available game for free if you already own it. Other areas Xbox is succeeding is it is Game Pass subscription. Being able to play all sorts of exclusive games and more for only $9.99 a month is one hell of a deal.

It’s services like these that are propelling Xbox farther up the ladder than PlayStation or Switch. Due to its fairly early life, the Switch doesn’t have a lot to offer other than games and convenience. The online service is cheap, but the incentives to buy the service make it lackluster. Along with that, the lack of third-party applications also makes the Switch feel like a shell at times. 

Similar to what Google just announced at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Microsoft is also working on a cloud gaming service. If this service, known as xCloud, is paired with Game Pass, it could really propel the Xbox platform forward. xCloud is currently being tested for tablets and phones. Players are able to pair an Xbox controller to the device for a smoother game experience. Microsoft also states it is looking into solutions for latency in parts of the world where this service may have troubles. 

Xbox Live on the Nintendo Switch
Courtesy of Microsoft

Furthermore, Xbox Live is coming to millions of more devices such as tablets, smartphones, and even the Nintendo Switch. During this year’s GDC, Microsoft announced Xbox Live is coming to Andriod and iOS systems. Developers will be able to tap into Xbox Live features such as achievements. In addition, with the announcement of CUPHEAD on the Nintendo Switch, Microsoft announced players will be able to sign into their Xbox Live accounts via the Switch to start gaining achievement score. This is a bold move for Microsoft, which could potentially expand the Play Anywhere library tremendously. 

Xbox Exclusives are on Their Way

Xbox can get all the best services they want, but they are nothing unless they have great games to go with them. Luckily, Microsoft spent a lot of 2018 purchasing studios and creating a brand new one. If you have been living under a rock for the past year, then you wouldn’t know Xbox purchased six new studios: Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, Obsidian Entertainment, and InXile. All six of these studios have developed amazing games like STATE OF DECAY, FORZA HORIZON, HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE, WE HAPPY FEW, FALLOUT NEW VEGAS, and WASTELAND 2, respectively.

These studios will be gaining a larger budget for their games leading to better games. The Xbox game’s portfolio is about to explode from all the amazing talent they have gathered. These six studios will bring the platform some of the best exclusives in years. Something Xbox has been lacking for some time. Games such as STATE OF DECAY and SEA OF THIEVES did not see great reception at launch but are slowly bringing back their audience with post-launch support.

The Initiative
Microsoft’s new AAAA game studio – Courtesy of Microsoft

With the purchase of six great studios, we cannot forget the creation of one. The Initiative is a brand spanking new studio that is planning to bring AAAA games! That’s right, not three As but four! None of us know what that means, but we can expect it will be a game in the realm of GOD OF WAR and RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2. These games received perfect scores across the board so we should expect a game of that caliber from The Initiative.

While on the subject of games, it seems Microsoft is going to be releasing more of their exclusive titles on PC. Recently, HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION announced it would be arriving on the so-called “master race” platform later this year. This is huge news for fans of the franchise who may have lost their faith with the Xbox platform. It’s these sorts of moves from Microsoft that help build a stronger relationship with their customers.

Looking Ahead

The next console war is approaching. Many will stick with the same side they always have. Some will make their decision based on the games and features of what each has to offer. Regardless, Microsoft is preparing for the future of Xbox. Their acquisitions of six studios and the creation of an AAAA studio makes their future game roster a heavy hitter. The next console to win the war will need smashing games and stellar programs to support them.

The Switch and the PS4 are spectacular consoles that have exceptional features and games. I am very excited to see what Sony and Nintendo have planned for their platforms in the future. I know it will only strive for each platform to perform the best it can for their respective fans. However, will it be enough to catch up with the Xbox?

20 Comments

  1. yo momma

    April 4, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Lame azz thoughtless articles such as this make me remember why i no longer read gaming articles.

    Reply

  2. ClanPsi

    April 1, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Nice April Fools joke!

    Reply

  3. Killer11

    April 1, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Horizon Zero Dawn >> xbox one + scarlett (DOA)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I08VJj6sHtc ^_^

    Reply

  4. Nemesis

    April 1, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Hahaha no xbox game will come close to The Last of Us 2/GOW

    Mark my words -_-

    Reply

  5. Achtlos

    March 31, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The Xbox 360 sold 80mil (PS3 outsold it with 1 years less on market, at closer to 90m), considering the first gen 360 had an astonishingly high failure rate, many people had warranty replaced or bought 2, 3 or more 360s (I had 6). So a more realistic sales figure is 40mil 360s. The Xbox One is beyond that sales figure, and the Xbox2 will be beyond that. No Xbox will ever outsell the PS, and Microsoft would be very aware of this. It still makes Billions of dollars as a platform.

    Reply

  6. TripleC

    March 31, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I thought this was an April fools joke!

    Reply

  7. Alex

    March 31, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I looove how riled up this article makes the PS4 fanboys. Out to defend their honor, it’s hilarious!

    Reply

    • SeiferWolf

      March 31, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Don’t need to be a PS4 fanboy to see that this person jumped the gun, this article is just clickbait. I doubt XBOX will win anything.

      Reply

    • wolf

      March 31, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      i hope sony xbox nintendo do all well. if mobile gaming takes over nobody gonna see each other eye to eye, soulless zombies lol.

      Reply

    • Hicken

      March 31, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Try harder.

      Reply

  8. Hicken

    March 31, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Hey, ComicsVerse: do you let just anybody write for you, or is this actually one of the staff? Either way, you’re early, as April Fool’s Day isn’t until tomorrow.

    Reply

  9. Danny DeMent (@DannyDsWorld)

    March 31, 2019 at 10:52 am

    So I’m guessing you missed The Initiative’s announcement that they were going to be a smaller studio bringing smaller experiences at first? lol

    Reply

  10. Bangmain

    March 31, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Shocker. The N4Gtards are out in force. They think market percentage=overall quality. Yeah, the iPhone is the best phone and Justin Bieber is a lovely musician, right? Microsoft poised themselves with features and partnerships. Sony banked on absolutely garbage exclusives that only once in a blue moon were good (SpiderMan, for instance, was amazing. And also had no business being exclusives. But Sony is all about shady backroom deals. Just ask a dead Michael Jackson they helped kill for a music collection). Microsoft’s exclusives sucked just as bad as PlayStation all generation. Switch was the only good exclusive machine. So, what’s left? Features. Something Microsoft is good at and left Sony in the ditch a GENERATION ago. Throw in your partnerships with Nintendo and crossplay? You have a platform that plays everything the best. While Sony just has the largest pool of players. Which is irrelevant and has no relation to quality. They ran a slander campaign against Xbox at the start of the gen that secures their market position despite not making a good product. I have yet to this day to hear a single valid argument for the PS4 being worth anything at all. It’s exclusives are all it has and the majority are bad. More shit=/= better. I don’t get how they make an autistic PS3 without a single year of games to hold up to the PS3 and somehow this the best console ever? The PS4 is a fart in the wind compared to the PS2, or 3. It has nothing going for it but a sales lead. If Microsoft or Nintendo drop any huge features this E3, next gen they will be irrelevant. Because they do nothing new. Haven’t for a decade.

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    • Hicken

      March 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks for that wall of text. Next time, learn to use paragraphs.

      Did you write this article? Seems like you use the same half-baked “logic” as the author. What are these “absolutely garbage exclusives” you say Sony banked on? You mean all the highly-rated and commercially successful games they’ve put out this gen?

      Oh, wait: you just accused them of killing MJ. We call that “jumping the shark.” As if your stupidity weren’t evident enough, you went there with it, and yet have the nerve to call anybody else “tard.”

      Reply

  11. jack

    March 31, 2019 at 10:17 am

    pathetic fanboy crap. this site has no credibility if they allow such biased delusions

    Reply

  12. zarbor

    March 31, 2019 at 8:53 am

    If there is every a case for not legalizing weed, this is it. Dude has completely lost it.

    Reply

    • Rick Stark

      March 31, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Don’t bring weed into this, like it had a fucking thing to do with this pathetic article.

      Reply

  13. jeff michaels

    March 31, 2019 at 7:13 am

    imagine being this deluded.

    Reply

  14. Master Race

    March 31, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Epic winner indeed. The Poorstation peasants are trembling in madness 😉

    Reply

  15. Martin Clarke

    March 30, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    What utter crap. Crapbox has won nothing

    Reply

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