The Xbox Series X is arguably the most consumer-friendly console ever made. At first glance, that may seem like a hyperbolic explanation, especially if Microsoft announces a ridiculously high price in the coming days. But as it stands, all signs point to the Xbox Series X being a product of serious value.
If you’re already part of the Xbox ecosystem, Microsoft is committed to ensuring that you remain committed to team green. But there are also some very compelling reasons newcomers may not be aware of that could influence their decision on the console to buy. Let’s dive in.
Exclusive Xbox exclusive games are included with Xbox Game Pass
Xbox One was rightly praised for its mediocre exclusives of this generation, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had notable titles. Some games have grown into successful franchises over time, such as Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4 is arguably one of the best racing games of this generation. But whether an exclusive does well or not is entirely subjective. The main thing is to play it and form your own opinion (for example, I personally enjoyed Crackdown 3, which most people despised).
Fortunately, Microsoft Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to all first-party titles as soon as they launch. That means that instead of paying $ 60 for Halo Infinite, you get Master Chief’s first outing as part of Xbox Game Pass on the first day. You also get every other first-party game that Microsoft releases, such as the inevitable Forza Horizon 5, Gears 6 and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.
However, if you own a PS5, you’ll have to pay full price to play the latest game from Sony’s global studios – and when not every title is top-tier (yes, even Sony makes some duds), Microsoft’s approach seems extreme generous in comparison.
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Full backward compatibility
One of the worst aspects of the PS4 and Xbox One generation was the swarms of remasters, remakes, and reissues that developers rushed to capitalize on the lack of backward compatibility. This is unlikely to change on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but I’m personally tired of paying for slightly better looking games I already own.
Obviously, Microsoft understands this feeling, as the backward compatibility program has been a breath of fresh air for the industry, which often feels its sole focus is to squeeze you out of every penny you have.
Xbox Series X will not only support hundreds of Xbox 360 and original Xbox games at launch, but will also significantly improve them. Microsoft has already hinted at how games can take advantage of the power of its new console by increasing the framerates and resolution of older titles, along with retroactive addition of HDR. And we’ve already seen this on Xbox One X, where games like Red Dead Redemption and Final Fantasy XIII have been upgraded to 4K, making them look brand new again.
Sony, on the other hand, hasn’t been as outspoken when it comes to backward compatibility. We know that most PS4 games will work on PS5, but we probably won’t see support for PS1 and PS2 games except through digital reissues, and PS3 games are likely reserved for streaming via PS Now, which is not the case it’s a great experience. It is clear which console will play the most games at launch.
You can use your existing Xbox One accessories
If, like me, you’ve collected half a dozen limited edition controllers, or spent a significant amount of change on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, it’s nice to know that every single accessory for Xbox One also works on Xbox Series X This means you don’t have to look for a different pad for the player two in your life, and once you get used to the feel of the Xbox One controller, you don’t have to switch to the slightly refined Xbox Series X version if that’s what you prefer.
While we know that the PS5 DualSense controller includes many of the same features of the DualShock 4, such as the touchpad, lightbar, speaker and headphone jack, it is unclear if Sony will let you use older controllers and accessories in the same way on PlayStation 5. If not, all those extra controllers you own will continue to accumulate dust, and with the fancy features of DualSense that point to an expensive price tag, you have to dive into your cash reserves when you sit after a second pad.
Xbox Smart Delivery gives you the best version of every game
Now that next-generation consoles are looming, buyers can sometimes find themselves in a tricky position: should I buy this game now or wait for the enthusiast version to show up on the new consoles? Thanks to Xbox Smart Delivery, this common headache is now a thing of the past.
When you purchase a supported game on Xbox One, you will automatically get it on Xbox Series X. That means if you buy or download Gears 5 today as part of Xbox Game Pass, it will be available on Xbox Series X if you purchase the new one. console from Microsoft. The same is true if you want to play an Xbox Series X game on your Xbox One. Bought Halo Infinite on Xbox Series X, but want to play it on the Xbox One in your bedroom? Xbox Smart Delivery will recognize this and provide the correct version of the game so you can play Halo without getting out of bed.
Worryingly, we don’t know if this will be the case on PlayStation 5, at least it looks like it’s left to developers to decide more than anything. Since Sony already claims to design games exclusively for PS5, it is hard to see that PS5 titles can be played on PS4, and while some games can be upgraded to PS5, we already know that Microsoft games like Destiny 2, Yakuza, has promised: Like a dragon, Gears 5 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will all support Xbox Smart Delivery.
Xbox Play Anywhere is a bonus for PC players
Xbox Play Anywhere has been around for a while, but it has been criminally overlooked in terms of the value it offers. If you buy the digital version of a game that supports Xbox Play Anywhere, you own it on both Xbox One and PC. Xbox Play Anywhere titles also support cross-save, so you can transfer your progress to PC or console depending on where you want to play.
You may not have a PC or prefer to just play on the console, but getting something for free is never a bad thing, and there are some notable titles that support the service, such as Resident Evil 7 and Cuphead. Sony used to have a similar schedule to PlayStation Vita, but since it stopped supporting the now-defunct handheld device, there’s nothing extra to gain from buying a game digitally on Sony’s console.
Project XCloud can be a game changer
Microsoft has pledged to combine Project XCloud, the upcoming cloud streaming service, with Xbox Game Pass, which makes perfect sense. We don’t know if the new service will affect the price of a Game Pass subscription, but the prospect of playing games on any device through the power of the cloud offers players a different way to enjoy Xbox games.
Sony was quick on the cloud gaming scene with PS Now, but the service was criticized for being overpriced and the overall experience was shaky. Sony has also used the service to stream mainly PS3 games with mixed results. I’ve tried the Project XCloud beta myself and despite the usual complaints cloud gaming can bring, such as visual artifacts and the odd hiccup in connection quality, I was quite impressed.
However, cloud gaming is still not ready for mass adoption (sorry, Stadia), and Microsoft is well aware of this. But being able to play when you’re in trouble or don’t bother fighting over who gets the TV is a great option to have.
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