The end of the seventh generation of video game consoles was nigh, and the competition heated. Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 both sold incredibly well, with the Nintendo Wii finding its own place in the market.Come 2013, it was time to end the previous eight year long generation, and Microsoft and Sony were ready to show off the next big thing. Sony showed off the PlayStation 4 in February 2013, which was well-received. Microsoft had to truly impress if they were going to continue a contested console war. It’s been five years since the announcement of Generation Eight. This time, we’re going to look at the rocky history of the Xbox One. A Monumental Blunder Xbox boss Don Mattrick revealed the Xbox One on May 21, 2013. What was supposed to be an exciting event turned into a PR disaster that Microsoft is still recovering from to this day. The presentation focused less on games than critics and fans would have liked. Instead, the multimedia capabilities were displayed in … [Read more...] about Xbox One’s 5th Anniversary
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Today marks the five year anniversary of the release of the Xbox One, and what an interesting and crazy five years it has been to say the least. While Microsoft’s latest console has largely been somewhat divisive and hasn’t come close to the success that the Xbox 360 had, it is still a platform that has tried many novel new ideas, many of which will likely carry over into the next generation. So much like we did last week with the anniversary of the PS4, let’s take a look back at the Xbox One’s biggest moments of its first five years on the market to see how we got to where the platform is at today. Xbox One is Revealed, and It’s a Mess In many ways, the reveal of the Xbox One was and still is the defining moment for the platform. The Xbox One was formally announced on May 21, 2013 by Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business president at the time, Don Mattrick. The device was pitched as an all-in-one platform that would be able to serve your … [Read more...] about Five Years with the Xbox One: The Biggest Moments from the Console’s History So Far
During the first year of the launch of both PS4 and Xbox One, if you would ask me which was the better console, I would probably tell you to wait. Come back later for the answer because I would not be sure. However, it is safe to say, in the years that have followed; my answer could not be clearer and quicker to come out: PS4 beyond a shadow of a doubt. And good thing being, I’d only have to utter a single word to justify my opinion: exclusives. In the 5-ish years since the console’s launch, Sony has done an incredible job at giving the players exactly what they want: games. Of course, this pretty much ends the entire debate of PS4 vs Xbox One. With no visible differences in performance and technicalities of the two systems, exclusives remain the only variable. Both charge subscription fees for playing online, both offer free games to the subscribers each month. But only one has a marvel like God of War to behold. With a continuous supply of terrific AAA PS4 exclusives and … [Read more...] about Sony Has Produced More And Better Exclusives For PS4 Than Xbox One
Both Microsoft and SIE recently unveiled their Games with Gold and PS Plus Games line-up for the month of February 2018. Since both these companies have a history of incredible offerings, we decided to take a look back at 2017, what Microsoft/Sony offered in the year, and a comparison of prices at the time of writing this article. Let’s dive into Games with Gold vs. PS Plus Free Games for 2017. Games with Gold vs. PS Plus Free Games However, before we begin, it’s important to note that both Games with Gold and Playstation Plus Free Games require users to subscribe to a monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription. Also, if you think we miscalculated or missed anything in general, don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below! January 2017 Games with Gold Games Platforms Price The Cave Xbox 360 $14.99 USD Rayman: Origins Xbox 360 $4.49 USD World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap Xbox One $19.99 USD Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition Xbox One … [Read more...] about Games With Gold Vs. PS Plus Free Games In 2017
Last week, Xbox Live announced its schedule of Games With Gold for December, bringing to 48 the number of free games it offered in 2016. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this Xbox Live Gold benefit? We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past three years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Microsoft publish it? What publisher did Games With Gold use the most? Did these appear earlier on PlayStation Plus? These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly as the previous console generation ages and the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program continues to pile up old titles. What about PlayStation Plus? Getting Started In all, there were 48 games in Xbox Live Games With Gold for 2017, with an average Metacritic score of 77.19 and a combined retail price (at the time of the offer) of $1,029.52 The … [Read more...] about Xbox Games With Gold gave out $1,029 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?