Microsoft has released countless titles, powerful consoles competing with the best and has adopted millions of fans and gamers throughout the past decade and a half. Almost four years into the third generation of Microsoft consoles and the mega company has seen the its fair share of disappointments, but are the darkest days behind them with their upcoming mid-generation console upgrade, the Xbox One X?
The slow start and current lag in the Xbox One name has created controversy and talk all over the gaming globe. The list goes on about what Microsoft intends to do to reverse the lack of sales and competing exclusive titles. But with all of the negative focused on Microsoft, some good has evolved out of the company and hopefully, for the sake of all gaming, the bold new powerful machine – known as the Xbox One X – packs enough punch to, not only win some long time fans back, but keep the ever-expanding world of gaming full of surprises and innovations for years to come.
But what must Microsoft do to start the cleansing, so to speak. We know about the mid-generation upgrade – followed by Sony‘s successful Playstation 4 Pro system, as well as Nintendo‘s outstanding hybrid console the Switch – and it’s title as “most powerful console ever made” but what else needs to be done? With a blistering price tag to go with the high quality gaming experience, let’s hope the Xbox team has a few tricks up their sleeve.
Exclusive titles are an obvious must have; it’s what drives fans to the console of their choice, and why the aforementioned companies have succeeded so far. Look at the Nintendo Switch with the reigning title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There’s no question the hybrid console has seen much early success, and its innovative play style is a huge part in that, but what really attracted the gaming community was the exclusive Zelda title. If not that, then it was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or the upcoming Mario sandbox title, Super Mario Odyssey. ARMS and Splatoon 2 are also top-selling items, all of which can only be found on Nintendo consoles.
The number of Playstation exclusives could be thrown in the mix as well – Uncharted 4, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, etc. – but that seems to be beating a dead horse, so to speak. The gaming industry, the fans, diehards and casual gamers alike all know what sells them to a particular console. The price is another huge factor for the success of the Xbox One X. While not an impossible feat to sell an impressive number of units at a retail price of $499.99, Sony (PS3) learned the hard way that even if the console is a dream machine of worthy parts and hardware, living rooms will not drop that kind of coin when a system with slightly less equipped hardware, but a more impressive gaming library is available at a lower cost.
Whatever the answer, and whatever may come when the ultra console, the Xbox One X, releases come November 7th, Microsoft has a lot of ground to make up; but the good news, if they were to go down (unlikely), they won’t go down without a proper fight.