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Xbox One: All Is Forgiven?

It seems that the best of us are quick to forgive and forget. The Xbox One launched yesterday in 13 different countries to good sales numbers exceeding more than 1 million sales. It just begs the question-was everyone too ready to forgive or was everyone too ready to hate on the console?

May 2013 and the Xbox One was revealed. In contrast to the PS4 reveal which was like a E3 conference of sorts, the Xbox reveal was only an hour long and populated by media related announcements-nothing in the way for the gamer. There was a shroud of confusion as to how restrictive the Xbox One was-second hand sales, 24 hour DRM, Kinect is always on and so on. Come after E3 where Sony absolutely rained on the Xbox One’s parade, the console was in dire straits.

So, like anyone does-they listen to the general consensus and change their ways. It was a victory hailed for the gamers and brought the console back into the fore. The console was also made to appease those that favoured the ways set by Sony and Playstation. With the launch yesterday, there was a certain buzz of positivity coming after all the negative press surrounding the console. So, were people too hasty in their hate?

Definitely. The Xbox One has bags of potential that is only beginning to scratch the surface. The fact that problems with consoles can be casted away by a simple firmware update-which was the case with the XB1. Although, I am impartial to say that the negative reactions forced Microsoft into action. Ever since the change of ways, the positivity of the console has increased dramatically and now the console is on equal terms with PS4-mostly.

I think the Xbox if it is going to go toe to toe with the PS4 needs to open up to Indie’s more and dearth themselves to more exclusive games. A narrow selection of exclusives will not go down well. The amount of exclusives that appeared on the PS3 compared to the Xbox 360 was staggering.

Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, The Last Of Us, God Of War 3, Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots, God Of War Collection, Journey, Ico+Shadow Of Collosus Collection, Little Big Planet 1+2, and Okami HD are the games on the PS3 that exceed 90 on Metacritic-classed as ‘Universal Acclaim’. In contrast, the 360 had;  Gears of War 1,2,3, Halo 3 and Halo Reach, Forza Motorsport 2,3,4, Trials Evolution, and Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. While the number is close between the two, 9 unique franchises are for Playstation and 5 are for the Xbox 360-nearly double the amount.

The future does look bright with Titanfall and Quantum Break on the horizon for the Xbox One which will go lengths in sharpening its exclusive appeal. Overall, I think the Xbox One is closer in line with the PS4 than when it was first announced. Both consoles will go a long way in improving for years’ to come. I do think the PS4 is the better all round console and with Playstation Plus in full swing-it will be very difficult for the Xbox to match.

Yet, with the games for gold coming to the Xbox One next year and with its heavy media profile in the West-the console could hold up a formidable against the PS4. All eyes are on Friday then for the PS4 when it launches in the UK. I suspect it will be equally successful but its Western influence will be key. The PS3 was second best in America and the UK to the Xbox 360 yet bettered the console elsewhere. Both will be vying for Western supremacy.

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