Over a week ago we had a really big celebration at Microsoft Camp, When it comes to the sector related to the video game industry. First of all, we are currently celebrating 20 years on the Xbox, which of course has been celebrated with many different video game items and awards and flooded with interesting advertisements. Secondly, it has been a year since the premiere of the new generation of consoles.
Recently, I wrote some of my thoughts on the first twelve months of the PlayStation 5 on the market (The text can be found here I invite you to read it. Now, though, I’d also like to take a look at what it looks like “on the other side of the barrier”, that is, in the Xbox world. Sony and Microsoft launched around the same time (with a few days difference) and you can definitely put them together.
However, I’m not going to play with comparing better and worse here. After all, it is better to have both devices, and worse not to have either. And that’s it. I would simply like that Summary of the first year of Xbox X | S in the market How did you adapt? And the only thing I would compare these months to would be the start of the Xbox One, which happened years ago. Because that’s the best way to see progress.
something for everyone
Let’s start from the beginning – Xbox launched in two different genres. And in my opinion it was a very good decision. Sure, it seems that the two versions of the hardware, with and without a drive, seem normal. However, Microsoft has gone a step further and implemented more variations that the Xbox Series X (a more powerful console) and Xbox Series S (a weaker brother) have in common. First and foremost, of course, it has to do with performance and power.
The XSX gives us a true next-gen feel in every sense of the word, and the XSS seems to be something that can be described as “half scale”. A great choice for those who want to start their adventure with Microsoft, they have no cosmic demands, or they cannot afford more than 2500 zlotys on a video game console. After all, the price was a huge difference as well.
What did it result in? Larger base of interested parties. Sunday players can enter the new generation with one foot, taking the Xbox Series S at a really affordable price. Microsoft won the sympathy of many people and showed that it intended to nurture the growing community. They have attracted a lot of players and have proven from the start that they do not intend to confine themselves to the biggest fans.
About Game Pass
Of course, you can not write about the Xbox and at the same time remain silent on a topic that is perhaps the greatest innovation of the previous generation – subscription games. Show the greens how it’s done. They came from a vulnerable position, a bit out of the side entrance, and then ran and hung the bar so high now it’s hard for anyone to jump into. You can yell on this aspect, but it would be very foolish to criticize the Game Pass initiative from the player’s point of view.
For a relatively small price (and with a purchase from promotion to promotion, even for half free), we get access to a huge library of games – from the greatest classics, with new products from the AAA division, to mid-size and indie titles we don’t usually recognize (and there are plenty more). of gemstones). And even if the Xbox can stay what it was a year ago, this is Over the past months, they have further developed the service.
Month after month, subscribers get better, louder games, the biggest XGS premieres (like Forza Horizon 5 or Halo Infinite) Debuting in service on launch day, and other publishers themselves apply to Microsoft to join the family of subscription products. It speaks for itself. I don’t think Xbox Series X or Series S owners can get bored today and complain about the lack of games.
new games? Be careful with that!
And if we are already complaining about the lack of games. While in the general sense of these words it is not appropriate to complain in terms of novelty, unfortunately, it is a bit like that. Xbox muscles have recently started to flexAnd a string of great productions — from Psychonauts 2, through Forza Horizon 5, to the upcoming Halo Infinite — are certainly promising. However, the search for new successes exclusively for the system for a long time was in vain.
So if someone buys an XSX | S to check the news and Live experiences from a new generationI might have been a little disappointed. The first year was somewhat stale, and the Game Pass mentioned in the last paragraph was effective in helping with that. It acted like Netflix when theaters were closed due to the pandemic. It was a complement, it was a little substitute, but it didn’t quite reflect the feelings we expected.
However, considering the assurances and purchases Microsoft has made over the past years, you can look to the future with rose-tinted glasses. We already know about quite a few hits coming to Xbox, and there’s likely a lot going on behind the scenes at the moment. So, while it’s absurd to talk about a harvest in this respect, the first year certainly evoked promise and whetted the appetite for more. I think the 2022 tournament will be decisive.
Do you know what is fairer in judging anything/anyone for it? To progress and learn from past mistakes. In the case of the Xbox, this is definitely a plus. Although the premiere of the previous generation took place a long time ago, I still remember that the atmosphere back then was completely different. You can get the impression that after the success of the Xbox 360, soda water hit some people’s heads.
Humility has disappeared somewhere, a They forgot that it’s all about the players. The solutions felt more corporate, and the presentation behavior was disgusting rather than encouraging. Now everything was completely different – specific issues have definitely been resolved over the years, and Phil Spencer has proven to be the right man, in the right place.
This has been quite a successful year and Xbox has proven to be an important player in the market. And although in terms of sales, it is still not the success it deserves in the last months of operations, it undoubtedly stole the hearts of many players. Was it perfect? In any case. However, everything is going for the better And everyone who owns the new Xbox can be optimistic about the future.
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