4 Ways Microsoft Could Win Me Back with the Next Xbox

Microsoft fell from prominence in a big way during this past generation. Sitting on top of the world with the Xbox 360, their hubris tanked the Xbox One before it even hit store shelves. Players were repulsed by the higher price point, the inferior hardware specs, forced Kinect integration, and always-on DRM. I wanted to love my Xbox One like I loved my 360, but it simply didn’t deliver like I would have hoped.

Despite my disappointment, I’m willing to give Microsoft another chance if they do these four things.

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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Caught Me By Surprise

When Microsoft announced the inclusion of backwards compatibility into the Xbox One, I shrugged. It seemed to me like a half-hearted retort to Sony rapidly outpacing them in market share, combined with a band-aid solution to Microsoft not having enough exclusive games to make the Xbox One a more appealing product. On top of that, I’m generally not one to spend much time retreading games I’ve previously played or missed at their peak.

Recently though, my Xbox One copy of Far Cry 5 came in the mail, and I fired up the console for the first time in a while. Sitting in my queue were downloads for some awesome Xbox 360 games from my past that I could play right now without having to buy a remaster. It was the first time I really put any thought into the feature and in retrospect, it’s kind of cool.

There are hundreds of games from the Xbox 360 and original Xbox library that you can play right now on your Xbox One. At some point, I do want to make content relating to this “secret” treasure trove of games hiding right under our noses. Stay tuned!

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Out Now: The Xbox One X

Looking to regain its footing in the console space, Microsoft unleashes the Xbox One X today. This may not be a full refresh of the Xbox One platform, but the power jump is enough to make it the most powerful console on the market to-date.

Having seen the unit in action at Fan Expo earlier this year, the console is small, sleek, and packs one heck of a graphical punch. However, its benefits still don’t provide the leap we’ve seen in the past. At this point, it appears that we’ve reached the point of diminishing returns when it comes to graphical leaps.

Furthermore, that price tag is steep. At $500 US, it’s a tough bullet to bite relative to what you’re getting. Nonetheless, I do hope that this could be the kick in the pants that gets the Xbox back on track. Coming off of the Xbox 360, Microsoft has gone out of their way to undermine all of their success with a plethora of poor decisions that has compromised their platform. Having them as a more viable player in the scene would only make the entire market as a whole better!

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The Video Games I Played at Fan Expo 2017

Playing video games at any sort of large public convention is a tough proposition. Despite it being my favourite hobby, the pros of trying upcoming releases in a 10-minute demo is usually outweighed by having to wait hours in line for that privilege. As such, Thursday at Fan Expo is the best day to do it due to it being the day with the lightest attendance.

On day one of the show, I made a beeline for the video game booths and here’s what I played!

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E3 2017 Musings

Xbox One X name and pricing

Formerly known as Project Scorpio, the new name for Microsoft’s new console only adds more confusion to their already confusing naming conventions. While the added horsepower and promise of 4K gaming seem cool, I’m definitely not ready to pay $500 for that privilege. Will hold off on upgrading my Xbox One until Microsoft is able to justify the investment.

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