Over a week has passed since Sony announced some of the technology that will ship with the PlayStation 5, and Microsoft has been mostly silent. Microsoft holding its cards close to its chest should come as no surprise seeing as E3 is less than two months away, and I am confident that the team has nothing to worry about. Since the conception of the Xbox One X, the company has been chasing the moniker of the “World’s Most Powerful Console,” and I doubt it desires to relinquish claims like that easily. Despite the beefy specs that will be found within the PS5, Microsoft should not feel threatened, as it has already expressed its intentions towards future hardware.

Although the company need not worry about its competition’s announcement at this moment, Microsoft should not ignore the features already presented. To be successful next generation and rival the next PlayStation, Microsoft will need to compete along the technological forefront, as well as discover what Sony did with the PS4 that made it successful.

In regard to the PS5’s specifications, Microsoft should strive for perfection in the categories where Sony will compromise. The desire to future-proof its hardware by implementing features that are not yet optimized for home entertainment will ultimately force Sony to prioritize visual fidelity over performance stability. While Sony believes that ray-tracing should be implemented for hyper-realism, it should not be a focus for Microsoft at the moment. Although ray-tracing will give developers more freedom for creativity and presentation, it can be extremely taxing on hardware performance. Therefore, this feature should not be a focus for the next Xbox console. Instead, Microsoft should double down on optimization to stand out from its competitors. The Xbox One X already proved a console can do 4K, and with the “Xbox Scarlett”, Microsoft needs to show that 4K 60fps is a standard going forward.

Before any further assumptions are to be made, Microsoft has expressed the desire to forego traditional console generations in favor of iterative hardware that will give consumers the opportunity to upgrade whenever they feel is best. Given this information, the company seems to be focusing on resources that will guarantee it has the most powerful hardware at any given time. Sony’s desire to implement numerous future technologies will come with a sacrifice, and history shows that performance always walks the plank. By approaching this problem from a different angle, Microsoft will still be able to produce the most powerful console consistently, because it will fully optimize every title, regardless of age.

This leads into my next controversial opinion in that Microsoft’s next system should initially ignore the race for 8K. However, Microsoft should not forgo the quest for 8K entirely, but rather understand when it can best, once again, gain an upper hand on PlayStation. Sony’s decision to double down on console generations ensures that the PS5 will be its flagship console for years to come. The PS5’s longevity can be deduced from its desire to implement 8K support, which will most likely be a checkerboarded resolution, and the likelihood that this is being done to prevent the need of a PS5 Pro.

When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X and its capability of producing native 4K resolutions, it consequently displayed the corners that Sony cut in its eagerness to hold on to the number one spot. Although the PS4 Pro’s checkerboard rendered 4K looks great to the naked eye, when held in comparison to the native resolution of the X, its faults become apparent. On top of resolution, the X proved its power was able to provide a more stable performance almost every time. Digital Foundry has consistently proven the Xbox One X’s prowess over the PS4 Pro during its technical comparisons, where titles on Microsoft’s machine surpass the competition 95% of the time. Microsoft has shown with the Xbox One X that the most powerful console is one that can provide the most complete experience from a technical standpoint.

I do not express my desire for Microsoft to ignore 8K out of shortsightedness, but rather for a longer-term advantage. As Sony did with the PS4 Pro’s rushed 4K implementation, it will most likely do the same thing with 8K, allowing Microsoft to release an incremental upgrade several years in the future with no compromise. At that point, 8K technology will be more available and affordable, guaranteeing Microsoft a win when it introduces a native implementation. With that trajectory, Sony will again find itself at a technological disadvantage, as it is now with the PS4 Pro.

Moreover, Sony’s expression of full PS4 compatibility with the PS5 comes at a relief to many—myself included—who feared the possibility of history repeating itself. Not only does backwards compatibility inflate launch titles and experiences, it also rewards players who invest in that company’s ecosystem. Microsoft has definitely led the charge this generation with its implementation of emulated backwards compatibility, as it serves as a perfect alternative to the issue. Additionally, Microsoft’s current trajectory is already ahead of what Sony is planning for the PS5. Currently, Xbox’s backwards compatibility features Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles. At its launch, the PS5 will reportedly only feature PS4 titles, but holds the possibility of original PlayStation and PS2 titles being implemented at some point in the future.

Xbox holds the advantage with regard to compatibility because it has already ensured the promise of future implementation. On the development front, Microsoft has a dedicated department that focuses on the compatibility of past software with the Xbox One and ensures the optimal performance and enhancements that titles may receive. I believe that this is another category that Microsoft can lead during the next generation by allocating resources to ensure that all previous titles can utilize and take advantage of current and future hardware.

By automatically enhancing all previous games, Microsoft further solidifies the next Xbox with the “Most Powerful Console” title. Mark Cerny has already showcased the PS4’s Marvel’s Spider-Man running better on PS5 hardware, however, that is a PlayStation exclusive title, and Sony’s best interest is to have it perform better. Microsoft has also enhanced previous first-party titles to take advantage of the Xbox One X hardware, but it has not excluded these advantages from numerous third-party titles to ensure they truly rival their PC counterparts.

Ultimately, Microsoft’s success next generation will not be fully dependent on its hardware innovations, but rather its development of first-party titles. At this point, Microsoft knows that it has underperformed in that category for a few years now, and with Sony’s stellar first-party lineup continuing to surprise consumers and critics, Microsoft will have to step up its game. Only time will tell how Microsoft chooses to tackle the issue of first-party support and exclusives, and with E3 around the corner, the industry will soon see what is up Xbox’s sleeve. Microsoft has everything to prove this year during E3 and, at the same time, nothing to lose since it has the entire stage to itself.

Daniel Pereira
A Canadian, eh? Daniel fell in love with video game’s media at a young age, often visiting message boards for walkthroughs and opinionated reviews. It has been his dream to come full circle and contribute to the industry that helped him over the years. As a University graduate he promises to maintain integrity and honesty in his writing. Some of his favourite games include Conker’s Bad Fur Day, The Witcher 3, Catherine, and Bloodborne.

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  1. Agree with most of this. The move to 4k has taken years since the acceptance of HD as standard and 4K TVs are only now becoming the norm for new purchases

    8k just seems like a fantasy for console technology now. It just cannot be native And even if it were, what you could display it on which get the most out of the image quality?

    That said, it’s hard not to look across enviously at Sony’s first party line up which is why I can’t wait for E3 to see what Microsoft has up its sleeve. Hopefully a number of first party launch titles for the Scarlett!

    1. Most of this article is wishful thinking or absolute nonsense.

    2. Saw an 8K TV at the iMac Pro reveal event last year. Think the asking price was $60K, but god damn if it didn’t look like you could walk right into the picture. They had uncompressed 8K footage of the Redwood Forest on the screen, it was absolutely gorgeous, but yea, it’s a ways off from being anywhere near the standard definition for in-home screens.

  2. if you call me not buying another xbox console a strategy then its working.ps5 all the way next gen ill play some xbox brand games on my phone while i take a dump or something.

    the xbox console isnt worth the cost vs a playstation.if i were top pick one console next gen its ps5.

  3. Wow, this is full of crap.

    Sony cut corners and the XOX exposed that? You do realize that since the base XB1 was even weaker than the base PS4, it shows how many corners Xbox cut there, too, right? You also realize that the XOX has done NOTHING for Microsoft’s gaming division, don’t you?

    As for the specs of the PS5, very little is known, so it’s hard to say whether or not Xbox should be worried. That said, have you not learned yet that power isn’t the determining factor? It’s hardly one of them, let alone THE factor.

    Microsoft’s strategy, apparently, is to dabble while not excelling in any particular area. Their console MIGHT be the most powerful, but they’re preemptively hamstringing the next Xbox by eliminating the need for it: why buy it if all its games are available on some other piece of hardware? Or even without hardware, if their streaming solution takes off?

    Where is the advantage? How does making their hardware less desirable come as an advantage? Currently, they have a severe lack of compelling exclusives for both their hardware AND their streaming service; what they have might be fine for people invested in the Xbox ecosystem, but that’s currently not many people, based on their Live and Game Pass numbers compared to the competition.

    What’s your angle, Daniel?

    1. I consider you one of the biggest Sony fanboy online and have no words for many of your bias silly comments. However, there are a few things you state that for the first time I actually agree with. MS strategy is to get into the next thing to possibly make money and not be known for anything. Sony has always and still remains to be known for exclusive single player games going back to the PS1.

      Also agree that the XBX1X gave MS no greater advantage, it just stop the bleeding from the underpowered XBX1S and caught up with the Pro. Additionally, game producers aren’t really using the XBX1X power over the Pro so games don’t look that marketedly different. That’s the problem with being most powerful. If you don’t have exclusive games to show it, the multiplatform games will not since they want great sales on both consoles

      1. I appreciate it, I think.

    2. your wasting your time on these idiots no one with any brain cells will buy a xbox next gen.

    3. You do realize that in sharing your opinion, you don’t have to be aggressive and condescending towards the author, right? You know people would be willing to have a conversation with you if you didn’t try to make your comments consistently sound like everyone but you is an idiot?

      Just saying.

      To get to the point of your comment, you realize that things take time right? Microsoft was never going to do anything special this generation with the way they came out of the gate and also, with everything being backwards compatible going forward, not everyone is going to make the jump to the latest and greatest hardware either Sony or Microsoft are going to offer? You could swap out the Xbox One X for the PS4 Pro in your argument and it’d still be the same, or is there some X factor for you?

      4K isn’t even the standard yet so what reason would people have to make that jump if they can’t really experience the benefits from it? 8K is a pipe-dream at this point and I agree with Daniel in not really seeing the point of worrying about that at all with this next-gen of consoles if we still can’t even hit consistent framerates.

      Maybe put away your biases and just realize that one company having better hardware over the other is only a good thing because it pushes the company to compete harder? Microsoft’s obviously taken note of how important first party stuff is for both Sony and Nintendo, so why not hope for the best out of it?

      Is it really an advantage for MIcrosoft? Partially, yes. If they had a weaker console than the next PlayStation again all the same people screeching about how “power isn’t everything” would be saying it is everything lol. The arguments are predictable at this point.

      Power is a big selling point for the average consumer. And Games Pass is heavily negating the risks in creating risky exclusives for Microsoft and I can bet you Sony is going in that direction too with PS5, because right now, they’re not taking really any risks on their exclusive titles. They follow a formula now compared to what we used to get with games like MAG, Warhawk, Twisted Metal…etc. Doesn’t mean they’re not good obviously, but they haven’t exactly been innovative or experimental. Dreams is probably the most experimental they’ve been this generation with an exclusive.

      People look ridiculous getting angry about another person’s opinion / speculation on topics like this.

      1. He’s right though. He’s criticizing Daniel’s opinions and speculation because he passes them off as facts. They are not! He’s somewhat misguided and maybe unable to identify certain realities. It’s not about being an idiot or not, it’s about identifying certain factors in the industry as well as the drive and direction of each brand regardless of popularity and success.

        1. What? The only thing he states as a fact is that the Xbox One X outperforms the PlayStation 4 Pro in the 4K department (Hint: it does). The rest of it is his opinion. Even the backwards compat stuff is factually correct as the Xbox One is leaps and bounds ahead of the game compared to Sony’s backwards compat efforts.

          There’s speculation and thoughts about what things Microsoft should or shouldn’t do with the next-gen, and that’s about it. I’m not sure where people are getting all up in arms about his thought process here, it’s simple logic. The PS4 started this gen with the upper hand, Microsoft seems to be playing their cards right to have their upper hand for the next-gen, not really sure what’s so controversial about that other than people feeling like their console of choice is being “attacked”. Yeesh.

          And if you’re going to talk direction of each brand? Xbox has made it abundantly clear that it’s not so much about hardware anymore for them as it is building out the Xbox ecosystem, which is a smart move by all accounts and I’m sure Sony is watching closely.

      2. “… make your comments consistently sound like everyone but you is an idiot?”

        I don’t do that. If that’s the way you see it, it’s your choice to interpret it that way. I’d think the content of my comment is enough to warrant a discussion; you might also consider that my tone is informed by the article: Daniel must think people are stupid to write something like this that blatantly ignores so many things that contradict his thesis.

        “… with everything being backwards compatible going forward, not everyone is going to make the jump to the latest and greatest hardware either Sony or Microsoft are going to offer?”

        Sure, things take time, but… are you aware that this isn’t Microsoft’s first console? Xbox has been around for 17 years, but it seems they’ve UNLEARNED lessons. You need exclusives to sell hardware, not power, and they’ve had more than enough time to acquire or reacquire the studios needed to make those exclusives.

        “Everybody” never jumps on the latest and greatest hardware. You seem, however, to have confused backward compatibility with forward compatibility. The former isn’t anything revolutionary, so you’re not going to see that change anything. The latter isn’t a thing and won’t be a thing, because old hardware can’t keep up indefinitely. BC doesn’t mean people won’t ever buy the newer hardware, because games won’t be made for the PS4, for example, forever.

        “You could swap out the Xbox One X for the PS4 Pro in your argument and it’d still be the same, or is there some X factor for you?”

        Of course it’d be the same. I’m not the one arguing that the Pro changes anything, that its increased power changed anything. That would be Daniel.

        “… if we still can’t even hit hit consistent framerates.”

        So which one is it? Does the extra power of the XOX matter, or does it not? By the way, you’re misunderstanding something about game development. It’s not the hardware preventing consistent framerates. Developers can always dial back on one thing or another to make sure games don’t drop frames. They can, similarly, dial back to hit 4K. They don’t, however, because they have certain visual or graphical things they want to do in their games. Resources are finite, so they can’t do everything. That’s been the case since at least the fifth generation of consoles, and it won’t change in the next.

        “Maybe put away your biases and just realize that one company having better hardware over the other is only a good thing because it pushes the company to compete harder?”

        That actually has to BE the case, though, and it’s not. Are you actually familiar with gaming history? Was the Wii the most powerful last gen? What about the PS2? PS1? These consoles won- dominated- while being outclassed by the competition in the power department. This generation, it wasn’t the power of the PS4 that made it more popular, nor did the power of the XOX do anything for Xbox or in any way threaten PlayStation’s position. Where do you get the idea that made you think what you did?

        “Microsoft’s obviously taken note of how important first party stuff is for both Sony and Nintendo, so why not hope for the best out of it?”

        Have they? They’ve had multiple generations- YEARS- to figure this out, and you say this now, when they’ve essentially given up on providing exclusives for their console by releasing them all on PC as well? If Microsoft had done as you say, wouldn’t they recognize that the other companies don’t make their first party available elsewhere?

        “If they had a weaker console than the next PlayStation again all the same people screeching about how “power isn’t everything” would be saying it is everything lol.”

        Why in the world do you think those people matter? And why, for some reason, are you ignoring all the people who already did that this generation? The Xbox faithful dismissed the power advantage the PS4 had, but now praise the XOX like power is all that means anything. Furthermore, PlayStation supporters have touted the games over power the entire time, even when the PS4 had the advantage in the latter area.

        “Power is a big selling point for the average consumer.”

        It’s not, or the XOX would be selling far better. Similarly, the Pro would be the bulk of PS4 sales, and it’s not.

        “And Games Pass is heavily negating the risks in creating risky exclusives for Microsoft…”

        No risk, no reward. Spencer’s already talked about the new studios not producing AAA blockbusters, but rather mid-tier games suited for Game Pass. Doesn’t sound like they’ve learned that lesson you talked about, after all, as mid-tier games aren’t going to compete with the likes of Horizon, God of War, Spider Man, and so on.

        “…and I can bet you Sony is going in that direction too with PS5, because right now, they’re not taking really any risks on their exclusive titles.”

        I’m sorry, what? They took a massive risk with GOW, took a pretty big risk with Horizon, are taking a huge risk with Dreams, took a risk with Days Gone.

        “They follow a formula now compared to what we used to get…”

        If you mean third person and having good stories, sure. Anything beyond that is being reductive for the sake of an otherwise EXTREMELY weak argument. Not every third person game plays the same, even if they have guns: you can’t play Uncharted like TLOU like God of War like Infamous like Horizon like Days Gone. You can try, but it won’t go over well.

        “… but they haven’t exactly been innovative or experimental.”

        They don’t have to be, either. On the other side, what games coming from Microsoft have been innovative or experimental the way you suggest Sony’s games need to be? Do you not get that you’re trying to criticize one company for doing what the company you’re trying to defend is doing… only the the one you’re criticizing is doing a far better job?

        “Dreams is probably the most experimental they’ve been this generation with an exclusive.”

        And it’s more experimental than anything an Xbox studio has… ever put out? Not to mention it’s also really an expansion on the “play create share” initiative begun by MM with LittleBig Planet last generation.

        “People look ridiculous getting angry about another person’s opinion / speculation on topics like this.”

        People look ridiculous trying to defend another person’s opinion/speculation when they don’t have anything of merit to contribute. They also look ridiculous for calling someone angry when there’s no indication of that emotion being present.

        1. You really took my comment and ran with it didn’t you? Every single one of your points can be summarized by: The PS4 is better than Xbox One.

          We get it, you like the PlayStation 4 more than Xbox. You also heavily misconstrued a lot of my points by taking things over the context of the entire brand’s life lol.

          We’re talking about this current-gen and next-gen. There’s no comparison to sales, the PlayStation has always done better there, there’s no questioning that.

          As far as risk taking, AGAIN, Microsoft is negating the risk with Games Pass. They can be more experimental with upcoming games. Sony’s exclusives follow a formula that works for them OBVIOUSLY with multi-million copy selling games.

          Microsoft has a blank slate at this point to find out what works and what doesn’t. I honestly don’t give a darn about their past history at this point, I want to see where all this money invested is going. And you keep focusing on the console sales naively, whereas Microsoft has specifically focused on expanding the overall Xbox ecosystem. Who gives a shit where the games are? I’d rather they make more money to make cool new games.

          Sony is absolutely not taking risks with their games. Action heavy narrative driven games have ALWAYS done well, not to mention big beautiful open worlds now too. Sony’s quality of exclusives is unmatched and I’d like to see them take that to other genres now like they used to with games like Warhawk, MAG, Resistance, etc.

          If you find a negative in that statement then I”m just going to assume you’re trolling at this point. Not to mention you immediately make the assumption I think Microsoft was more experimental than Sony because I brought up Dreams lol, you’re looking for an argument at this point.

          You seem to just want Microsoft to fail or something, I really don’t know, you’re making up arguments at this point, or trolling, I can’t decide which.

          I just want new and exciting games and I’m going to get that on both platforms and maybe even Nintendo if something fancies my interest there.

          1. “Every single one of your points can be summarized by: The PS4 is better than Xbox One.”

            Boy stop. If that’s all you got out of it, the fanboy problem is on your end, not mine. Not sure how my pointing out the Wii’s success has anything to do with the PS4 or how much I may love it.

            “You also heavily misconstrued a lot of my points by taking things over the context of the entire brand’s life lol.”

            Nothing is misconstrued. The context of the brand’s life- as well as the context of the history of the industry- are important for considering what may or may not be an advantage for a given company’s future strategy. It’s asinine to disregard that.

            “As far as risk taking, AGAIN, Microsoft is negating the risk with Games Pass. They can be more experimental with upcoming games.”

            They can be more experimental, PERIOD. Having Game Pass doesn’t prevent that; it doesn’t prevent anybody else.

            “Sony’s exclusives follow a formula that works for them OBVIOUSLY with multi-million copy selling games.”

            What formula? Don’t just keep saying it; actually explain what it is. And let’s see if it’s the reductive “formula” I intimated it would be.

            “And you keep focusing on the console sales naively, whereas Microsoft has specifically focused on expanding the overall Xbox ecosystem. Who gives a shit where the games are? I’d rather they make more money to make cool new games.”

            First off, it isn’t JUST console sales, but you’re stupid if you think they don’t play a huge part. The more hardware you have out there, the more software and services you can sell. You’re also stupid if you think their past has nothing to do with their present or future. They may take certain future steps because of where they are now, and they are where they are now because of what they’ve done in the past; you can’t divorce these things. You talk about them expanding the ecosystem, but if they don’t have the games to get people to buy in, that ecosystem won’t be successful. And, newsflash, THEY HAVE THE MONEY. They’ve always had the money. Unless Xbox is secretly broke..?

            “Sony is absolutely not taking risks with their games. Action heavy narrative driven games have ALWAYS done well, not to mention big beautiful open worlds now too.”

            They haven’t even always been POSSIBLE, let alone successful. And even when there IS success, it’s not the case for every game that can be described as both action-heavy and narrative driven. Remember Never Dead? How successful was Enslaved? Look up the action-adventure list on wikipedia and see how many you’ve ever heard of.

            “If you find a negative in that statement then I”m just going to assume you’re trolling at this point. Not to mention you immediately make the assumption I think Microsoft was more experimental than Sony because I brought up Dreams lol, you’re looking for an argument at this point.”

            When you say somebody’s not taking risks when they are, that’s called a negative. It IS a risk to let your fps developer make a game completely different from anything they’ve ever done. It IS a risk to let someone reinvent an iconic franchise in virtually every way. You complain about Sony not experimenting, but you can’t point to where it’s necessary or where it’s a detriment or where someone else is dong it better. You’re just saying it, but you’re not supporting it with anything… which is just like this article.

            “You seem to just want Microsoft to fail or something, I really don’t know, you’re making up arguments at this point, or trolling, I can’t decide which.”

            Making up arguments? Do you think I’m the author? My points are actually factual. They’re not speculation, they’re not intentionally ignoring reality like yours. It’s weird that this seems like trolling to you, since you can’t counter with anything of substance, yourself.

            Can you, factually, counter ANYTHING I’ve said?

      3. I don’t think Sony is going to follow in the steps of Xbox Game Pass for quite some time. And by that I mean offering their first party titles day & date on PlayStation Now or whatever other service they might come up with. They are the console market leader and they will make more money by sticking to their current business model. I also disagree about the idea of them not taking risks on their exclusives (AAA or otherwise). If you’re looking for the best proof of how they do take risks, look no further than their efforts in PlayStation VR.

        I’m not convinced that power is a big selling point for the average customer. In fact, I’d say that for the majority of console buyers, power is never a consideration for them.

        Please see the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4JT5tl70Oc

      4. Power is a marketing ploy that only dopey gamers fall for it. Nintendo Switch is not even close to power of the two consoles yet its currently outselling them. Its exclusive content that’s the sell point. Its great games you can only get on one console. Its why Nintendo continues to be in the industry and keep doing well with underpowered consoles. Does power matter? Yes but not without exclusive content that most want. Power is NOTHING without content …..aka GAMES

        If MS really focused on exclusive games and not the next gimmick like Kinect, Cable TV, XBOX Pass and soon to come Game Streaming, they could be known for something in this industry. Until MS get real exclusive AAA games that are tops in the industry just for their console, they can make the most powerful hardware in the universe, it will suffer the safe fate as the XBOX1. Second, soon to be third place.

        I’m fine with that if they are, since we always need competition to keep the other companies honest. Can’t see myself focusing on a machine if there aren’t games I want or the same games are on another console but with exclusive games that interest me.

        Just think about it. What exclusive games from the XBOX1 do I want to see on the new upcoming MS console? Halo? Gears? What else?…..Exactly

        1. Power is not a marketing ploy. It wasn’t when the PS4 was announced and it isn’t so now. It was a huge deal when the Playstation 4 came out and third party games continually had better performance on the hardware, and now that the Xbox One X is the top performer, it suddenly doesn’t matter? Give me a break, the tables flip every now and again and that’s only a good thing for everyone.

          As I said in my original comment, Microsoft dropped the ball this gen and have been changing course since the Xbox One’s launch to get to where they are now. As I also said, we can clearly see they’re investing in studios to build first party games.

          Are they going to be any good? Hell if I know? The next Halo, Gears, Forza are all coming sure, but I’m personally looking forward to what these new studios bring to the table with new IPs.

          I know what to expect from Sony and I’m anxiously awaiting The Last of Us 2, but Microsoft is the wildcard right now and it’s kind of exciting…we have no idea what they’re going to do. Maybe they wow everyone, maybe they don’t.

          1. I see how you conveniently ignore the Nintendo Switch but I get it. I have an XBOX1X and a PS4 Pro currently and the games have minimal differences on my top of the line 4KTV.

            Previously, I had an original XBOX1 and the original PS4 and the difference in the games were minimal at best. Sony Fanboys flooded the internet along with all the youtube comparisons trying to show the minimal differences and making it seems like the XBOX1 was seriously underpowered compared to the PS4….Utter nonsense. Gamers ran with it and you can chalk that one up there for the fanboys. As well as MS charging the consumers more for a machine that was minimally less powerful than its direct competitor.

            Pigheaded MS took forever to unload the Kinect and it still was not cheaper than PS4. That was the real marketing issue. If the XBOX1 was cheaper and slightly less powerful with better games than the PS4, guarantee you power would not have been any issue at all.

            Yes, MS is a wildcard but they have had several generations now and each one they have screwed something up. I will be waiting on the sideline this time for MS to prove to me first with the games before I give them any money for any additional console they make.

          2. I don’t have a Switch so I can’t really comment on it other than the fact it’s doing very well and has great games.

            I think the words “cautiously optimistic” about the Xbox brand is entirely fair. Microsoft doesn’t have a good track record since about mid-generation for the 360. But they’ve made a lot of great improvements over the past few years now even if the first party titles haven’t exactly wow’d.

            I’ve stated many times that this current-gen was pretty much a write-off for Xbox and they’re throwing tons of resources into prepping for the future and that has me very interested in what they’re doing.

            Crackdown 3 was what I call the last of the “old guard” Xbox exclusives. Everything in-development now is based on the current status of the Xbox brand.

            It’s taken time and Microsoft has surely learned lessons over the years and that can’t be understated considering Xbox was not even a core division of the company until what? 3 years ago? Microsoft investing real money into the division should excite everyone, honestly.

          3. “I don’t have a Switch so I can’t really comment on it other than the fact it’s doing very well and has great games.”

            You could have acknowledged that the Switch’s success negates your argument.

          4. Well, I’m excited for you since you are excited for games…no matter the system. I don’t share the same view of MS but that’s okay. I’ve supported MS from inception and its been a long time and I really still think they don’t get it for gamers like me.

            I’m glad and hope you continue supporting MS. They seem to be providing the entertainment you seek. No haterade from me whatsoever. I’ll be waiting with money in hand but none of it will be given until they prove to me that they get it or that the other company completely screws up….its happened b4.

            I support GOC = Games Over Consoles

  4. i just came here to say…..show me just one strategy in that hodgepodge character soup you call an article. All you do is speculate and speculate. MS should and MS should. how laughable. Why don’t you wait until they have actually said something and then maybe…write something based on facts rather than wild speculation?

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