Lets talk Xbox:
For the longest time I have been a very large fan of the Xbox brand, but lets be honest, the Xbox One generation was less than stellar. I fan-boy’d out for it for a good long time, defended it and Microsoft. I hoped it would get better, but Sony just kept putting more nails in the coffin that was Xbox.
The narrative of no exclusives, anti-consumerism plagued the start of Xbox One, when they forced the Kinect (which I love btw, not that it was forced, but the device itself). This created a very negative drive for the Xbox teams to work against.
They changed leadership at Xbox, and the glorious Phil Spencer came in. This is when change started happening. It wouldn’t be enough to save the current generation of Xbox from slaughter in the so called ‘console wars’, but it would help setup the next generation by restoring some of its name, and showing that they were in-fact, pro-consumer.
How I define that is the Xbox One X, Backward Compatibility, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Game Pass for PC. They showed an ultimate move by creating a powerful console to end the generation, and they created a Netflix style service for streaming games if you will and put more in the distance.
That more in the distance was the next generation, with aspects like Project XCloud, and the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X. Now while the Xbox Series S is a streaming console, no optical drive, it is still more powerful than the current generation consoles. While we are on that topic, the Xbox Series X is even more powerful than that, being the most powerful console outright. See below.
Xbox Series X Specs:
- CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
- Die Size: 360.45 mm2
- Process: 7nm Enhanced
- Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
- Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
- Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
- I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s
- Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
- External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
- Runs cooler than the Xbox One X (click here for the info)
Xbox has changed the narrative of power, providing simply, the most powerful gaming machine in the console world. But not having exclusives narrative hasn’t changed, yet, Microsoft bought Zenimax (a 7.5billion USD purchase), and brought its total studios to 23 game studios. These studios having been recently purchased are not quite putting out exclusive content yet. However, this does change the narrative. Xbox has games. Xbox has Power, but now people argue over the term exclusive, as the games are also available on PC. Lets talk about that.
Exclusive to the Microsoft driven Ecosystem should be the term used instead of exclusive to console. Microsoft has changed the way they do business with regards to gaming. By not excluding the PC element, they are increasing their overall user base of software. Whether it derives from PC, or Xbox, or even mobile with Project XCloud and Game Pass, Microsoft holds users in their ecosystem. The narrative now when looked at from a more logical point of view is, Xbox has games, power, and is pro-consumer.
These three narratives were the driving force behind poor reception to the last generation. So coming into the next generation, the narrative is quite different. People have to understand that generational leaps and changes happen, and this is a good step in the right direction for Microsoft and the Xbox brand.
What is next:
November 10th, 2020, Xbox Fans, new users, and even some converts from other consoles will be getting their hands on the Xbox Series X/S. And while there are no real exclusives that we know of for launch yet (there could be some they haven’t announced), people will be getting a console that plays four, count them, four generations of Xbox Games natively. I’ll list them in-case you’re confused.
- OG Xbox
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X
There you have it, four generations of Xbox titles that will work day one. Over 1000 games will work at launch, I’m probably way off with that number, as they said all Xbox One titles will work, plus the BC Library from Xbox and Xbox 360, plus obviously the new generation of titles will work. That is pro-consumerism, and very well done might I add.
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How about a nice Xbox Series X commercial?
Perhaps you wanna see what Phil Spencer has said with the wonderful people over at Kotaku?
In conclusion, the next generation Xbox console will be defining the next 8 years of console gaming. Microsoft continues to invest in gaming, and put the consumer at the forefront of the decisions, this creates a positive atmosphere for gaming, gamers, families, and yes, even competitors.
I am excited to see this new generation kick off. But before I finish things off here, I love Sony as much as I love Xbox, this article was simple about the positive change that Xbox has undergone and the future of gaming. No matter where you play, I hope you are having fun!