Xbox One May Not Be Irrelevant- But Currently It Surely Is Receding Away From Gamer Conversation

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Oah great three months for gaming – it’s hard to think of the last time we had such a period filled with great new game releases, or so many gaming developments and announcements. After While the past few years have felt like the gaming market is contracting and shrinking, this year has fought back with a relentless stream of one great game after another so far.

An interesting trend emerges when you consider this year so far, however – if you look at the buzz and chatter around these games and systems, you’ll find that the talk is entirely dominated by PlayStation and Nintendo. Makes sense – PlayStation 4 has been on fire this year and has so far received titles such as Tales of Berseria, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD, Yakuza 0, Nioh, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and NieR automata– six incredible games in almost as many weeks.

Nintendo, on the other hand, launched a brand new console (to great acclaim) and kicked it off with what might be the greatest game ever made – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While PlayStation has dominated the conversation due to the pace and amount of great releases exclusive to it, Nintendo has managed to do so simply due to the staggering quality of this game.

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If you were an outsider watching the industry, you might mistakenly conclude by assessing the talk and chatter this year so far that there are only two major (non-PC) systems in the industry, PlayStation and Nintendo – but that’s wrong. There’s a third one too – it’s just that nobody talks about it.

The interesting thing is that the Xbox One seems to be totally irrelevant to the discourse and discussion of gaming right now – it exists, presumably sells well, and gets third-party cross-platform games, which also sell well on it. It’s just that it has no impact on the industry, which is a terrible place to be – just ask Sega with the Saturn or Nintendo with the Wii U, how irrelevance worked for them. Xbox news so far this year has all been largely negative – the cancellation of Scalebound, for example, or Platinum’s announcement that NieR automata won’t come over it. Microsoft’s only really big game this year has been Halo Wars 2 and while there’s no doubt that it’s an outstanding game, it failed to create a huge impact for the console.

While some ardent Xbox fans may take the comments to remind me that this “buzz” and “chatter” doesn’t matter in the real world, I would ask them to consider this statement before doing so – the The negative buzz and chatter surrounding the Xbox One when it was announced certainly mattered, and it created a stigma with the platform that persists to this day, especially for the more average mainstream customer. If a less informed person were to go online to research the purchase of a new gaming system for themselves, what would they see? They would see coverage dominated by talk of the relentless stream of PlayStation exclusives, or by Zelda, being hailed by many as the best game ever made, and incidentally only playable on Nintendo – automatically, subconsciously, the decision would then come down to one of those two for them. Xbox wouldn’t even be part of the conversation.

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That’s not to say all is lost, however – for starters, Xbox fans, at least, can be assured of a steady stream of games if they own the console. Even though Microsoft’s internal production has decreased (Halo Wars 2 came and went), third-party cross-platform games, such as Resident Evil 7, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, For Honor, and Mass Effect: Andromeda are all on it. And certainly, there’s a chance that Microsoft will pull out all the blazing guns this E3, and it turns out they were only taping their announcements for the imminent Xbox Scorpio release later this year (that same strategy has adopted by, and developed well for, Nintendo and the Switch). However, as things stand, it’s a little worrying to see Xbox drifting further and further away from the conversation over time.

In the past Microsoft has discussed the possibility of having a pre-E3 show for the Scorpion reveal and while nothing is set in stone I think it would be a good idea to reveal the console and have it comes a few months before E3. This will ensure there’s enough talk around the new hardware and then Microsoft can announce a killer launch lineup for the Scorpion at E3, ensuring the show is alone on games. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said something similar in the past, so at the very least Microsoft seems to be planning to run a pre-E3 show, but for now Sony and Nintendo are just taking all the lights out of the game. ramp and the Redmond-based company must act soon.

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.


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