In case you didn’t know, Microsoft’s Xbox platform is not great, but they are trying really hard to make it so again, according to The Verge. Yes that’s right, the platform that proved to be one of the best-selling systems during the previous generation and the one that is off to an unprecedented start this generation, it’s actually not great.
Sorry, but had this sort of idea been expressed during the end of 2013 or when the Xbox One launched, then this would be an accurate concept, however, it’s not here at the end of 2015. Right now the Xbox platform provides as great of value as any other out there today.
Now I understand we’re all in the business of story-telling, especially when it comes to features and such, however, someone explain to me how Xbox is not great right this very second. A few years ago, sure, a person could have suggested that yes indeed, Xbox wasn’t great and it in fact was struggling mightily. But that was 2013, a lot has happened in the past two years.
Since then, Microsoft has done nothing but release outstanding exclusive after outstanding exclusive. From excellent iterations in both the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon franchises to phenomenal new IP like Sunset Overdrive, first, second and third party developers have made Xbox an undeniable platform in the market.
Currently on OpenCritic, Sunset Overdrive sits with a strong 83 overall rating, Forza Horizon 2 stands with an 87 overall rating, and even the troubled Halo: The Master Chief Collection boasts an 86 overall rating. Looking at this year’s exclusives on OpenCritic, Ori and the Blind Forest holds a 89 overall rating, Rare Replay wields an 85 overall rating, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition embraces an 83 overall rating, Forza Motorsport 6 runs with an 88 overall rating, Halo 5: Guardians carries an 83 overall rating and since it is for the rest of this year, an Xbox exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider possesses an 87 overall rating. Oh and Xbox has a handful of huge exclusives coming in 2016 the likes of Quantum Break, ReCore, Sea of Thieves, Killer Instinct: Season 3, Scalebound, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3 and Gears of War 4.
Looking at price and game deals for players, the Xbox One has consistently been one of the most affordable systems this year and last. Microsoft issued a permanent price drop of the console to $349 this past summer and right now has excellent bundles checking in at $299. The system has lowered the barrier for entry to the new-generation quicker and more frequently than its biggest competitor Sony.
Then this past November, there was this whole Backwards Compatibility thing that hit the console during the month’s major update. This of course allowed gamers to play over 100 Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One at the launch of the feature, with more games to be added in the months ahead.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller was the answer to a call from many gamers for a revamped controller and it was met in the past weeks with extremely positive reviews from critics and gamers. During their 2015 year-end briefing, SuperData projected that this time next year Microsoft’s new system would be selling over 25 percent more than what the Xbox 360 sold three years into its life-cycle, and we all know how the 360 performed.
I would wonder what definition of the word great was being used in that Verge sub-headline, perhaps a Sony fanboy could inform me, but as far as I’m concerned, that narrative needs to die now because it only contributes to a false inference that Xbox is struggling: which it is not. As you can see and tell on your own, Xbox does not need to be made great again because it is great right now.