Xbox One, Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360, turned five-years old in 2018. This year, Xbox One still lacked the sheer volume of quality exclusives that its competitors produced. However, Microsoft took steps towards improving Xbox One's future by increasing the appeal of the console for anyone who already owns one.So as we say goodbye to 2018, let's look back at the type of year Xbox One had.More Controller Options Makes Games More Accessible For AllXbox One still has one of the better standard controller designs out there, but Microsoft's decision to expand on what people can use to play games in 2018 is an excellent step towards appealing to players who don't like it or can't easily use it.Of the major strides Microsoft made on the controller front this year, the release of the Xbox Adaptive Controller is the bigger of the two. First announced in May 2018, the Xbox Adaptive Controller released on September 4 for $100 USD. Although it's nearly double the price of a standard … [Read more...] about Xbox One 2018 Report Card: Year In Review
Crackdown 3 review
It’s been a long, strange road for the Xbox One. From the ill-considered rollout at E3 2013 to the subsequent abandonment of Kinect, one of the system’s signature features, it’s hard to escape the sense that the past five years have been a pivot and a subsequent sprint away from much of what the planners of the console intended it to be. Yet Microsoft has continued to update its box with an array of useful features, and great games for it continue to roll off the presses for its millions of eager owners, so let’s take a look at the ways that the console has evolved over the past half-decade. Xbox One X: a super-console in search of an audience At E3 2016, in what was partly an attempt to lift the cloud that had been hanging over the original Xbox One since launch, Microsoft announced two new versions of the system. The first of these was the Xbox One S, a slimmer, modestly upgraded version of the launch console that would go on to replace it in stores. The … [Read more...] about Xbox One re-review, five years in
Terry Crews will not be WOO-ing with glee today: Xbox's highly-anticipated Crackdown 3 has been pushed from a spring 2018 release window, out of 2018 entirely, and is now slated for February 2019. More news will be revealed this weekend, as Crackdown 3 is among Xbox's E3 2018 games.While a report published by Kotaku initially attributed the news to anonymous sources, Microsoft itself has since confirmed the news, sending the following statement to Windows Central:"Our fans' response to the signature antics and explosive gameplay of Crackdown 3 has been incredible," the company said in a statement. "To ensure we deliver the experience they deserve, Crackdown 3 will be launching in Feb 2019. We look forward to sharing more on Crackdown 3 this Sunday during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing."This is the third time Crackdown 3 has been delayed. Originally announced at E3 2014, it was first scheduled to arrive in 2016. Then, it was planned to release alongside the Xbox One X in November 2017. But … [Read more...] about Crackdown 3 delayed to February 2019
As was reported earlier, Microsoft has confirmed that the Crackdown 3 delay is, indeed, real. In a recent statement, the console maker said the game will now be launching in February 2019. The cited reason was to "ensure we deliver the experience [the fans] deserve." Microsoft said that they will share more details about the game at their E3 briefing on Sunday at 1 pm PST. Microsoft gave the statement to Windows Central earlier today. The new date will give the team over at Sumo Digital more time to polish and add extra features, according to Microsoft. While a delayed game always leads to a better experience, it puts Microsoft in a peculiar situation. Microsoft has yet to hit some sort of consistent stride with the Xbox One and have a ubiquitous hit this year. Sea of Thieves, while seeing multiple updates, launched to lukewarm critical reception. And while said updates are good for the game, they also seem like a rush to fix the game's myriad issues. It is reminiscent of No Man's Sky … [Read more...] about Crackdown 3 Delay Confirmed by Microsoft
Recent reports have come in that Amazon Spain has cancelled a number of Crackdown 3 preorders, starting fears that the game is going to be delayed yet again. Crackdown 3 was originally announced at E3 2016 but has yet to materialize, but if the preorders have been cancelled, we might be in for some bad news. Crackdown 3 is the third entry in the Crackdown series, and is the first inkling that we’ve heard of the series since Crackdown 2 came out in 2010. Crackdown 2 got negative reviews due to a lack of story, an unoriginal environment, unfinished textures, uninspiring music, and in general seeming more like a slightly updated version of the original than an actual sequel. Crackdown 3 has gotten pretty much no news since its E3 2016 review, where we got to see the game’s new destructible environments. What little news we have gotten is mainly that the game wasn’t cancelled, and was being delayed for a while longer. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that the developers … [Read more...] about Amazon Spain Has Cancelled Crackdown 3 Preorders, Is Another Delay Coming?