Coming hot off the heels of the successful XBOX 360, Microsoft was confident announcing the XBOX One at their press event held in 2013. Microsoft demoed the then bundled Kinect and the dual panel media capabilities of the operating system. From here, they discussed the advanced Azure cloud physics, AI processing and the ability to lend games to friends and family members that have been purchased digitally. Finally, they dropped the bombshell that has arguably impacted sales to date… the fact that you had to have a persistent internet connection to play even single player focused titles. In addition to this, they announced a complicated system for re-selling your titles to companies like Gamestop and even letting a friend borrow a title. Sony capitalized on the announcement in their Playstation 4 announcement. Microsoft later did the sensible thing by listening to their customer base and backpedaled from these new policies. However, by this point, the damage was already done and the XBOX One started the eighth generation of consoles as the underdog in the eyes of many gamers. Sales for the XBOX One continued to trail Sony’s on such a consistent basis that in fall of 2015 Microsoft announced that they will no longer share their monthly sales numbers. Phil Spencer later announced that the decision was due to Microsoft’s shift in focus on “monthly active users” as opposed to “monthly console sales“.
“Some titles are in the XBOX Play Anywhere program where you purchase the title on XBOX One and get a free Windows Store version of it.”
However, not everything is doom and gloom. Microsoft has still released a successful console to tens of millions of content fans. They have even released a revised version of the console. The XBOX One S adds a higher clocked CPU and is still the least expensive way to enjoy Ultra BluRay Discs as of this writing. XBOX original titles are now being added to the already large XBOX 360 catalog of backward compatible titles. Since the Xbox One X will be releasing this November, Microsoft is finally in a position where it will have the most powerful console this generation. We are just starting to see comparisons to XBOX One X enabled titles from the likes of Digital Foundry and even at this early onset, developers are seeing easy gains in resolution and in some cases, frame rate.
- The XBOX One Controller is one of the most solidly constructed controllers released to date.
- The XBOX One Controller works in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and most Linux distributions right out of the box.
- XBOX One S is the least expensive way to enjoy Ultra BluRay titles. (4K)
- The massive library of backward compatible titles continues to grow and Microsoft is adding XBOX Original titles this fall.
- The XBOX One X will be the most powerful console when it launches and will have an additional 4 GB of main memory for higher resolution textures.
- You can add massive amounts of additional storage via USB 3.0 hard drives.
- Some titles are in the XBOX Play Anywhere program where you purchase the title on XBOX One and get a free Windows Store version of it.
- You can stream from your XBOX One to a Windows 10 PC with the XBOX Windows app.
- Most large multi-platform titles are available day one on the XBOX One platform. You will not be missing out on the Call of Duty, Battlefield, Battlegrounds, FIFA, Madden or Destiny like titles.
- Microsoft appears to have issues counting. (Xbox, 360, One, S, X)
- The XBOX One and XBOX One S are both less powerful than the original Playstation 4.
- You cannot upgrade the internal Hard Drive.
- Having to pay for multiplayer access (XBOX Live).
Cuphead looks as though it was lifted straight off of some 1930s hand-drawn cartoon with watercolor backgrounds and an ole’ ragtime soundtrack. This game looks amazing and is the kind of creative risk-taking that has slowly been disappearing from the gaming scene.
Over the top mayhem with Terry Crews? Sign me up!
Dead Rising 3
Dead Rising 3 is an open-world survival horror playground where the goal is to break all of the dead before they break you. With two-player cooperative play and all game modes, you don’t have to survive alone.
Forza Motorsport 7
Turn 10 studios return with the latest in premium racing simulations. As amazing as the old Forza titles have looked, I am excited to see this title in 4K with HDR lighting on XBOX One X and PC.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
With remastered sound and visuals, this is the best way to experience the original Gears of War. It includes all of the DLC from the XBOX 360 version, new game types, 17 unlockable characters over 90 minutes of additional campaign content that was not in the original version. All of this running at 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.
Gears of War 4
The Gears series has always looked fairly good but, this entry shocked me when I saw it running on an original XBOX One. If you were a fan of previous Gears games, you will not be disappointed here.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 all at 60 fps. Halo: Combat Evolved is the title that put Microsoft on the map and Halo 2 became a multiplayer juggernaut back when you had to set up a local network to get the most out of it. If you have ever liked Halo, you will enjoy this series.
Halo 5: Guardians
The tenth installment in the Halo franchise, this game follows two fireteams of super soldiers. Master Chief’s loyalty comes into question when Blue Team goes missing and Fireteam, lead by Spartan Locke is sent in to retrieve him. 343 Industries are starting to find their groove with the Halo series, this title may have one of the most engrossing storylines in the main Halo franchise yet.
Halo Wars 2
You contruct bases and vehicles, manage resources and lead your teams of marines and Spartans in this real-time strategy take in the Halo universe. (Fun fact, Halo was originally announced as an RTS game for the Apple Macintosh.)
The same Killer Instinct Gameplay with all 3D, high-resolution graphics and a constantly updated roster of fighters. It is really fun fighting as Rash from Battle Toads or towering as General Ram from Gears of War. Another inexpensive title that is worth every penny for fighting fans.
Ori and the Blind Forest
“My first impressions with Ori and the Blind Forest can be summed up with one simple word; amazing. The game was so fluid and natural. Everything had a rhyme and a reason to it. Movement was so clean and fluid and nearly perfect. Yes, that’s it, my first impression of Ori and the Blind Forest was nearly perfect. ” – Sean NerdLifeTX
Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Killer Instinct and much more… if you are over the age of 24, you will most likely find some gold in this pack.
ReCore has you taking on the role of a volunteer for a utopian colony called Far Eden. You wake up from cryo-sleep and discover that nothing has gone to plan. You collect your “corebots” companions and go looking for an answer as to what happened with Far Eden.
Ryse: Son of Rome
This third-person hack and slash is set in Ancient Rome and has you battling as Centurion Marius Titus. This was a launch title for the system and really sold what we can expect graphically for this generation of consoles.
Insomniac Games surprised the gaming community by not only announcing this title for the XBOX One but by announcing that it is an exclusive title for the XBOX One. This is one of the most colorful and aerobatic games so far this generation. You use zip-lines, grind rails and wall-run to navigate through a dystopian environment battling mutants that drank too much FizzCo energy drink.
Titanfall is a first-person shooter that allows parkquor like movement while battling with large mechs called Titans. These Titan exo-skeletons enhance defense, strength and allow you dispense massive damage on your opponents. Although lacking a single player campaign, this title made me personally regret not having a XBOX One.