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The Difference Between PS4, Xbox One, and Switch 1st Party Games

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Quarter one of 2017 has been pretty good for first party exclusive console games, particularly from Sony but also for Nintendo if you count one incredible game. In the midst of this I’ve also heard a lot of talk that one reason Microsoft is behind Sony in console sales is because its lineup of exclusives is weaker. What’s interesting is if you look at the first party lineups of each console manufacturer you see different strategies or a preference for games with different kinds of business models. Continue reading

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Is The Xbox App More Of What Microsoft Should Be Doing?

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Maybe I’m really late on this one, but I haven’t really seen anybody talk much about the Xbox app in Windows 10. I only recently started using it a lot, and to be honest I’ve started booting up all my games through it more often than through the Steam client. Continue reading

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The Nintendo Wii 10 Years On: What Was And Could Have Been

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The original Nintendo Wii turned 10 over the weekend, I haven’t seen many retrospective articles about it but I haven’t really been looking. Maybe they’ll be up this week. In any case I don’t think I’ve ever shared my thoughts here on what the Wii accomplished and why it failed to follow that up. Continue reading

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Late To The Party: Forza Motorsport

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I never got the chance or never got around to playing any of Microsoft and Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport games until they started releasing them on Windows. And by “releasing them on Windows,” I mean making free versions of them available for me to try out — the free-to-play Forza 6 Apex and the recently released demo for Forza Horizon 3. Continue reading

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So Apple And Microsoft Finally Solved How To Bring Touch Screens To PCs

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Looking at Microsoft’s new (and first) all-in-one desktop and Apple’s new MacBook, the dueling touch interfaces become immediately apparent. The people I’ve seen on twitter seem to be making fun of Apple’s new touch bar, but I’m just glad we’re finally starting to move beyond just turning the monitor into a touch screen. Continue reading

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Windows Store Games Function, But Still Have Serious Problems

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I’ve been using Windows 10 for a while now but until Gears of War 4 came out I never considered investigating the games distributed through the Windows Store. There was a lot of early bad press when Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break came out that seemingly pushed Microsoft to make some improvements, but with Gears 4 out I’m hearing a lot of new unflattering talk of the platform that isn’t getting much press. I don’t know when I’ll be ready to get a $60, 80GB game through the Windows Store, if ever, so I tried out the free trial for ReCore and the free-to-play Forza 6 Apex just to see what Microsoft’s new system is like. Continue reading

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How Consumers Should Approach The Upgraded Console Future

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So now we know what Sony is offering with the PlayStation 4 Pro and it’s… the same console with UHD streaming and better performance for the same games. On twitter I’m seeing mixed reactions but whether or not the upgrade is worth it depends heavily on what each consumer’s situation is. From the beginning I’ve been saying that these upgraded consoles won’t be for everyone just like everyone doesn’t upgrade to every new iPhone model. People get what’s best for them, and what’s best is different for everyone. Continue reading

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[E3 2016] How Will Iterative Consoles Change Market Share?

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As long as there have been rumors of the amount of horsepower Microsoft’s Project Scorpio boasts, I’ve seen interpretations that it is a response to the power gap that exists between the Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. This sentiment seems to have intensified since Microsoft pretty much confirmed everything about Scorpio at E3. I’m not completely sure if addressing that power discrepancy is actually going to solve all Microsoft’s problems. Furthermore, if console manufacturers move towards the iterative upgrade model Scorpio is trying to initiate, then it might change the way market share shifts in the console industry. Continue reading

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Iterative Consoles, Hardware Sales, and Installed Bases

ZhugeEX, who has been a good source of video game market and sales information, just posted a massive blog post about why he thinks the game console market needs to switch to an evolutionary model. It touches on some of the same points I did in my recent post, but adds some numbers to back it up. I think it highlights two things that are happening to the console market. Continue reading

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Windows 10 On HTPCs: A Missed Opportunity

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A little while ago I finally pulled the trigger to install Windows 10 on the PC hooked up to my TV. While I think the OS is overall an improvement over Windows 7 (I never used 8 or 8.1), I’m pretty disappointed with how much Microsoft has neglected the potential of using it on a TV setup. I don’t know whether or not I should be surprised given the company’s current direction though. Continue reading

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