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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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PlayStation Experience 2016: Maintaining The Status Quo

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Sony had a pretty good showing at PlayStation Experience 2016, even though a lot of it was really more of what the company showed off last year. Overall, Sony’s last few large game presentations have just solidified the main difference between it and Microsoft that has probably existed since the later part of the previous console generation: first and third party exclusives.

Sony definitely showed off big new reveals like The Last of Us Part IIUncharted The Lost Legacy, Wipeout Omega Collection, or the remasters, but a good chunk of the show was just more footage of what we saw last year. We got new Yakuza games (in English), more footage of Ace Combat 7Ni No Kuni IIGravity Rush II, that Nier sequel, Gran Turismo Sport, and so-on. 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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Xbox Backwards Compatibility, Sales, The Future, etc.

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It’s only been with relatively recent announcements that I began to notice now far Microsoft has come with the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. Eventually I had a moment where I realized it increased my chances of getting an Xbox One. If you think about it further, the strategy is also an extension of Microsoft’s unified platform strategy. Continue reading

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More Of the PlayStation Experience Is Happening Outside the PlayStation

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So I own a PS4 now. I finally accepted that it had enough exclusives both already on store shelves and upcoming that you can’t get on PC, for me to justify buying one. As soon as I got into the startup process of downloading updates and bringing in my PlayStation Network profile I started to notice something interesting: I immediately began using less and less of PlayStation’s social and connectivity functionality on the console itself. I don’t know if that’s good or bad for the console and PSN. 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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Why Iterative Consoles Make Sense Now

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Now reports have come in that Sony is at least playing with the idea of iterative game consoles. A lot of people seem to be afraid of the changes this might bring. I’ve already done a whole post on why I think this is ultimately where game consoles should go, but it was framed around what Microsoft’s Phil Spencer was saying which included a lot of things about Windows.

When you’re talking about Sony doing this though, the PC element isn’t there so you’re only talking about iterative game consoles. I should note here that based on the nature of the Sony reports and speculation on them from other tech sites, it looks like nothing is set in stone as of now. What seems to be happening is that Sony is merely exploring and researching the idea of taking the existing PS4 and beefing it up. Nothing may ever actually come of it, but something also might. We probably won’t have anything concrete until E3.

That said, I still want to go further into what this could or should mean for game consoles going forward. I think iterating on game console hardware is a pretty fundamental shift that could put the industry more in line with what other tech has always been doing. It could get rid of the entire idea of “console generations” as we know them.  I think some people are scared because the uniqueness of game consoles seems to be under threat. Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid Of Upgraded Consoles

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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has made comments bringing the company and the Xbox platform one step closer to something I’ve been talking about ever since “Codename: Durango” was unveiled. From what I’m seeing it has some people scared, as if the whole world is changing. I’m going to try to go over, as succinctly as I can, why I think this is a good thing and why it’s not an apocalypse for Xbox. Continue reading

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