Microsoft Xbox One Review
Momentum at Launch
Microsoft came into the launch of their newest system with lowered expectations, despite their success in the previous generation. A spate of poor early decisions led to a lot of backlash against the console, though several of those design decisions were eventually reversed. These included the need to always have the console connected to the internet, even to play offline games, and the need to have the Kinect sensor always activated. The initial reveal event was also critized for focusing very little on the system's gaming capabilities, and more on the other multimedia stuff it could do.
Despite the rough PR start to the system's life, Microsoft did have a successful launch, selling more than a million units during the first few days. However the system has lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in sales thus far, though it's only been made available in 13 countries as of early 2014, while the PS4 was available in over 50 countries, including its home territory of Japan, where it's always proved immensely popular.
Current and Upcoming Games
The Xbox 360 had arguably the strongest collection of games of any system the previous generation, and Microsoft hopes to duplicate that feat with the xbox One. With many games now being multi-platform, it's the few exclusive titles each system has that often prove to be the difference in convincing someone to buy one console over the other. In the case of the Xbox One, their first major exclusive Titanfall, was just released, and helped boost sales of the system nearly 100% in some territories. Other major upcoming releases include Destiny, Tom Clancy's The Division, Fable: Legends, new Gears of War and Call of Duty games, and Game of Thrones.
The Xbox One launch was praised for its large selection of games, trumping the PS4's selection, with titles like Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son of Rome, Need for Speed: Rivals, Killer Instinct, and Fighter Within.
It should prove to be a long and drawn out battle between Microsoft and Sony this console generation. The Xbox One has recovered from its early stumbles and has a solid collection of games, and the always great Xbox Live service. However it's lacking some of the upcoming features that the PlayStation 4 will boast, and currently retails at a higher price, making it a tough sell against its heated rival, at least for the time being.