First things first, I do not wish to say this console is better than the other, however, these are my personal preference and likings. And why I choose Xbox Ecosystem over PlayStation.
There are few important points for me that makes me stick with Xbox and I am going to highlight them below.
I am not a hardcore gamer per se who has high Kill ratio in Call Of Duty online world. But I do play games 8-9hrs per week of different genres, First Person Shooters being my favorite.
Xbox was first introduced in November 2001 by Microsoft, who has developed the brand/consoles. We’re in the 3rd generation of the Xbox lifecycle, meaning, the original Xbox was released in 2001, the second released in 2005, Xbox 360 and third and the current console, Xbox One released in 2014.
The original Xbox was a success as it sold 24 million units as of 2006, and Xbox 360 77.2 million consoles till 2013.
Below are some of the reasons why I choose Xbox ecosystem:
Exclusives: PlayStation fans will get me here that they have got the biggest library of exclusives, well, I would not argue there. But Microsoft and Xbox have built a strong library of Exclusives for Xbox and Windows 10 as well.
Some of the notable Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusives include:
- Halo – This is one of my biggest reasons why I stick with Xbox. I am a big fan of Halo games, right from Halo Combat Evolved to Halo 5 Guardians. Granted, Halo has lost its cool since Halo 3, but I still love the game as I enjoyed playing Halo 4 and 5. What I like most about this franchise is the story, and how deep it is and the characters is has established and their backstories, like the iconic Master Chief.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG – Is a new title exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One. This is a multiplayer online battle royale game.
- Forza series – This stunning racing game is one of the highest grossing games on Xbox One console made over a billion dollars as of 2016. The Forza series is known for its true to life graphics and is always a showcase for Xbox consoles.
- Cuphead – Recently released, Cuphead indie game inspired by old cartoons/animations of the 1930s. In the world of 3D visuals, rich graphics, Cuphead is a simple, old school looking yet difficult game. It’s a good detour from the normal games that we have come to expect these days.
- Minecraft – Not forgetting Minecraft (not really exclusive), the game allows players to build with a variety of different cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. The game first published by Mojang, but later bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion and this is the reason I’ve taken this game as a exclusive.
Xbox Play Anywhere: It was announced in 2016, Xbox Play Anywhere is a cross platform buy program between Xbox One and Windows 10. What this means, some titles you can buy them on Windows 10 PC via Microsoft Store and the same purchase will work on your Xbox One console, and vise versa. You don’t have to buy same title twice for two platforms. These games also allow game progress saved cross platforms too, for example, if you were playing a game on Xbox One and reached level 3, and you had to step out of the house. You can resume the same game on your Windows 10 PC and Pick up the game where you left off.
Game Pass: A Netflix for Games, yes, a very similar service has come down to games with Xbox Game Pass. The difference, with Netflix you stream movies online and optionally download. With Game Pass, you don’t stream but download the games. For as little as $9.99 or Ksh1,013 a month you get access to over 100+ games and it includes a very decent number of AAA and good games.
In January 2018 Microsoft also announced that Microsoft Studio’s upcoming games like Sea of theives, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2 will be released on Game Pass just when they launch globally. They also said, future unannounced games such as Halo, Forza, Gears of War shall also be available on Game Pass day 1 when they release.
I’ve subscribed to this service, as this gives me a chance to play plethora of games that I may not look into buying but are actually decent, fun games to play.
Some of the titles include, Halo 5, BioShock, Gears of War, Brothers – a tale of two sons, Braid, Constume Quest 2, Joy Ride, Darksiders, Limbo, LEGO Batman, Mad Max, Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid V, ReCore, Resident Evil, Sunset Overdrive, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Street Fighter IV arcade, Grid 2, Injustice: Gods among us, Dead rising 3, Dirt rally and many more.
Backward Compatibility: One big advantage of Xbox over Playstation is the backward compatibility. Can you imagine playing original Xbox titles released in 2001 on your Xbox One console? Yes, that’s the kind of backward compatibility we are talking about.
Xbox team takes backward compatibility very seriously, so your investments stay intact over time as you purchase Xbox consoles over the years. Original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles work today like a charm on Xbox One. In fact, you still get free games with Games with Gold for Xbox 360 that you can download and play on your Xbox One.
Xbox One X: This black beast, still not in my hands yet, is the world’s most powerful gaming console as Microsoft claims.
Launched late last year, is a high end version from the Xbox One family. Xbox One X is designed from ground up to render true 4K resolution (a 4K TV is required) and provide better performance and graphics to existing games. Even the existing games, or pre Xbox One X games will perform and look better through supersampling for lower resolution (TVs that are not 4K) on Xbox One X.
The Xbox One X is not only powerful in every major specification over PS4 Pro but also a lot smaller as you can see in the image below.
The specs are even greater than PlayStation 4 Pro:
Xbox One X –
CPU (2.3GHz 8 core AMD Jaguar), GPU (6.0 Teraflop AMD Radeon (40cu, 1.172GHz)), Memory (12 GB GDDR5), Storage (1TB), Resolution (4K), HDR (YES), Optical drive (4K Blu-ray, DVD), Misc (Backward compatibility with Xbox 360 and original Xbox)
PS4 Pro –
CPU (2.1GHz 8 core AMD Jaguar), GPU (4.2 Teraflop AMD Radeon (36cu, 911MHz)), Memory (8 GB GDDR5 + 1GB), Storage (1TB), Resolution (4K), HDR (YES), Optical drive (Blu-ray, DVD), Misc (PS VR Support)
These are some of my reasons why I like the Xbox One ecosystem over PlayStation. Exclusive Titles, Game Pass, Xbox Play anywhere and of course my next buy Xbox One X are some key factors for me to remain on the Xbox side.
Once in a while I do check out what’s happening on PlayStation landscape and whether it is time for me to make a switch, as much as PS has got its own strengths, specially in the Exclusive titles, though most of these titles I am not a fan of, except The Last of Us which I really think is a fantastic game and some others.. otherwise I am really not tempted.
But hey, both consoles are great and got their own strengths and weaknesses.
For me, it is the Xbox.. how about you? Drop in your thoughts in the comments in this article or even why PlayStation has got more appeal and is a bonafide number one selling video game console in the world.
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