MWEB GameZone Writes: "Microsoft's efforts to make a comeback in the console race are paying off. Here are four reasons why the Xbox One could overtake the PS4 in the future"
Halo MCC is one the best releases on the console yet tbh, and tbh if we're going to see more 1080p games it won't hurt the console.
"1080p games on XB1 won't hurt the console" Diablo 3 *cough*
Microsoft are goin all out Three free games plus price drop bundles in the UK, its ok for now bit the price drop is temporary...this is desperation from microsoft but as a consumer im loving it picked up my so bundle with two extra free games for 350. Still hate the PR jargon ,nearly 10million shipped?? So could be 8million 8.5million microsofts reluctance to reveal accurate numbers insteaf of spinning things annoys me. Also for the first half of the 2015 there are not any exclusives ive read about so sony will still have a sizeable lead but for November and december i see ms winning but come january with prices returning to normal halo fever dying down ps4 will continue wherevit left off. Saying all that im liking my white x1 so far ms done a great job with the interface now i just need the kinect
X1 is 329 + gift card vs ps4 399.... This black friday. X360 $99 vs ps3 full retail.... Seems like sony doesnt feel any sort of pressue. Hopefully sony consoles gets outsold on both platforms by the xbox.
There is a sh** storm going on in an IGN article on MCC right now. People are pissed at the matchmaking issues that are continuing. @ below I agree. I do find it silly how games seem to not work at launch and that they fix the problem later.
It's ridiculous. There's no excuse for this crap to work this poorly. It's killed all the momentum of the launch for me. I've been looking at a SEARCHING screen for 2 days and probably played a total of 5 matches.
Makes you wonder if they will "reevaluate" their current review score of the Halo MCC just like how they changed their review score for DriveClub. I wouldn't wager on it, though.
I've learned not to buy games for online multiplayer on day 1. Been burned WAY too many times. I just got Sunset Overdrive and it's a blast. So much fun, it's tiding me over well until I eventually buy Halo, and by that time hopefully the problems are resolved!
to be honest i haven't seem many article complaining about the match making. Where are the doom article that DriveClub got every other article?
If MCC is still having matchmaking issues 2 weeks after the release then yes, i would hope reviews would take that into account. It's already a lot better though.
"However, the Xbox One still has to meet the PlayStation's record of selling 10 million consoles (to retailers). Sony announced in August this year that the PlayStation 4 already reached the 10 million record." Even the average person knows that Sony's 10 million sold was to consumers. The writer needs to get his facts straight before creating an article. So no the tides are not turning.
I wish M$ were men enough to stand by their words and price. "A quick word on Kinect - I presume there will never be an Xbox One sold without it. You are doing this for developer-related reasons as much as your own. You want all developers to know that they can always implement Kinect technology because it always comes with every system. Would that be correct? Correct. Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem." But no. The Xbox One was built by lying cowards. What happened to the "value", "worth the extra dollars"? They were all cut down along with the price cuts and dismemberment, eh? Who would ever believe a lying company like M$?
The 1080p thing really does not bother me. I just want good games.
Yes, more ten year old games that an iPad could prob run @ 1080p are a good thing.
Must say, I am really impressed with what MS has accomplished this year with the Xbox One. It is really just getting better and better.
Agreed, they are set to at least make a comeback. I wonder how Sony will respond?
They're set to turn things around for their console. Making a comeback is a LONG way off.
Exclusives are one thing, but what about the raw ability to do the thing that they are designed to do, and do it well? Does game X available on both consoles play better on the Xbox?
I have one and it's pretty good at all of that. Lords of the Fallen drops frames now and then but rarely ever. Forza 5 runs well 99% of the time. For a system with that low specs it runs things pretty well.
Better controller. Better online connectivity. Better framerates. Slightly lower resolution, which is slowly disappearing (gta v is the same on each console). I'd say that overall, it does game multiplats better and have better exclusives and better features like ea access.
wait a man thought you were talking about PS4 until the end there lol. Of course GTA is 1080p but the framerate will obviously be more stable on PS4 as it is on every game where other things are equal, unless GTA has some better effects on PS4 (not resolution but other settings)
Better online connectivity my azz. MCC launch failure says hi.
Oh come on, you must be joking. Just because an upgraded GTA game is the same on both consoles you suddenly think "it does multiplats better"? Your comment really is a load of rubbish isn't it.
@ Antifan Haha so your judging the online connectivity of the whole of XBL on one title? Good call. So by your judgement i can say : Driveclub launch failure says hi. And that would take MCC out of the equation. Still leaving XBL on top when it comes to online connectivity.
***I'd say that overall, it does game multiplats better*** No. Just no.
Lol better controller, the only thing it does new is rumble triggers and that's nothing new. Better online then why is halo mcc having a hard time working online with this better online you speak of? Better framerate, why because Ubisoft can't code and ASU runs like shit on all platforms but this a plus to you because the xbox one runs a buggy game better then the ps4? Lol People talk about the Xbox one like is so great but it's just a weaker ps4 with alot of apps. My Xbox one is collecting dust,pick up sunset over dive for the kid he beat it like in three days,i didn't even play it more then 30 minutes.traded for COD AW,best trade ever!
Better online connectivity, can't find a match on MC Collection. That's none of my business though. The controller thing is only user preference. The Only multi-platform that runs better is AC Unity, which not even a High end PC can run properly.
Seriously, what the heck are you talking about? Better framerates and slightly lower resolution? Does multiplats better? The PS4 verson of multiplatform games have been consistently superior than the Xbox One version since launch. You really need to check your facts: http://ca.ign.com/wikis/xbo...
Very good point. The PS4 still has and will always have more power
Will it turn the tides? Very doubtful. PS4 is already too well established WW, and Sony already has a long term plan to keep the system going. Am I saying M$ doesn't? Of course they do, but it'll at best gain the US back for them. Right now has been more a cry of desperation for M$ than anything. No way have they not lost copious amounts of money with all the price drops and advertising.
Its doing well now because of a post price drop spike but we will see how long it is sustained. I don't see it turing the tides even if they win two months this year the PS4 is going to do extremely well still keeping the lead in the U.S., and Europe will be more than enough to make up for a small loss in the U.S. Also PS4 has two more exclusives releasing this Holiday(possibly 3 if PS2 comes out) while Xbox has already came out with all of theirs. Q1 2015 is pretty barren on Xbox just like most of 2014 was whereas PS4 has a major exclusive Feb, March, and April.
I'm no MS fan but it's amazing that people are just downplaying how important it will be for MS to retake the us, as if sony can just ride the wave of the UK to victory. If Sony loses a good amount of the us they will be in trouble. All ms has to do then is start buying up 3rd party exclusives to really make a dent. UK alone is going to give sony any guaranteed ww victory.
I hope Microsoft do well. I think there needs to be competition, because this competition makes for better products for the consumer. Doesn't matter what you game on, just game...
I agree, at least MS is closing the gap between the PS4 and XB1. It might not over take the PS4, but defs constantly improving
To close the gap they would need to sell more than the competition for a given time frame. That is yet to happen. The gap is still progressively widening with each month. I can see a possibility that the X1 will out sell the PS4 in November/December (US markets only of cause) but to narrow the gap they need to do this consistently month over month. That is to say nothing of SONY's domination globally. Eventually winning back the US market is quite possible. A global win? At this stage it looks impossible.
MS's form of competition is dirty. They paid for PS4 multiplats to be crippled. Games like Evolve and Assassin's Creed Unity. Please don't justify it. What other reason would a more powerful console underperform to a weaker one.
And then there's Rise of the Tomb Raider and Minecraft's acquisition...
Provide some evidence to back up your claims that MS on purpose has paid to make PS4 multi plats crippled then. And if MS's form of competition is so dirty. What do you think of, ie. when PS4 advertised with "Only on PS4" for later removing it on Destiny which it had the full exclusive ad rights on. Like I'm just saying if you think MS is so bad, Sony isn't a knight in shining armour either. But yeah, I dont want PS4 games to be toned down from its fullest potential, but if MS really did pay for a dev to cripple other versions they would be breaking the law, and I'm pretty certain Sony would have picked it up at some point and sued.
Dude that competition has been there between Sony and M$ since the day Bill Gates announced the original Xbox. But its not competition the way most people see it on a gaming level. At $280 market capitalization, M$ dwarfs Sony at $21 B. That is where the competition is coming from. Not really fair isn't it. M$ has deep pockets but in terms of "brains" M$ has wasted and lost billions upon billions of dollars already with all their anti consumer and anti gamer policies and moves. So far none of the price cuts have proved and moved consumers to trust M$ again and I will not be surprised if gamers still have that anti Xbox One sentiments this time around.
"So far none of the price cuts have proved and moved consumers to trust M$ again" Really? So Xbox One overselling the PlayStation for 2 weeks and tripling sales have done nothing? Sony are the liars bro, look at Drive Club, where's your free version?
@returntosanity There are no official NPD numbers yet to back that up and no real site is even remotely reporting this claim. This is simply MS trying to spin like they did last month before NPD came out which said they were dominated on by Sony. Let's wait to get official numbers and then let's talk.
I just love how people can disagree on your statement. That some people actually want a monopolised console environment. Which would benefit the consumers the least.
Impressed with what I've seen from them over the last year, hell of a turnaround. MS seem to be much better as the underdog! I hope to pick up an XB1 soon, once I see the $$ for it.
I agree, the PS4 might be the better console in some ways, but MS is putting up a terrific fight
It's not turning the tide. Although it is helping. the separation is still there but the gap is not widening nearly as much.
I would agree.... I can't say the tide has turned as it really hasn't. BUT...I think the separation of the two has been severely eroded.
Till next year when the PS4 exclusives will explode on to the scene.
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I also feel a change in the console air.. First off of course Microsoft is going to gain sales momentum, you can buy into one for nearly 50% of what it cost only 6 months ago, so theres that. But I feel Sony is being far too complacent on things like pricing which last year they said they were prepared to match Microsoft in a price war, yet here we are, Sony hasn't budged and Microsoft has cut equipment from the package (Kinect) and dropped $100, then they have a temp $50 price drop, and in some cases 2 game pack ins $80 - $100 depending on how you value Black Flag. That makes the console $250, nearly the same cost as a previous gen console. Then there's the firmware, sure we don't play firmware, but the Xbox One is a far different machine than it was at the beginning of the year while aside from the themes on the playstation, it hasn't changed a whole lot. Exclusives to me aren't as one-sided as the Microsoft camp would have you think, Sony still has a much bigger library ( http://www.listwar.com/ ) and Sonys early 2015 is pretty stellar while Microsoft has nothing, so that isn't a factor here. In conclusion, I'm kind of glad Microsoft is gaining some ground or at least remaining competitive as hopefully it will give Sony the apparent kick in the ass they need.
For me you've hit the nail right on the head with "But I feel Sony is being far too complacent on things" It's that Sony complacency vs. Microsoft's efforts that's getting customers attention. I for one hope it pays off
Remaining competitive has a time limit if they're not getting major gains though...We'll know better next year when more titles come.
Maybe sony know what they are selling. They've been very focused and unwavering in their direction. You cannot react every time the competition makes a move. Every move ms had made thus far hasn't stopped sonys momentum. Lets see what happens when all the numbers come in. Way too early to be labelling sony as complacent. Ms are definitely changing perceptions though. Less toxicity around the brand. The thing with that though is that they're just getting back to a normal level coming from a negative one....its not like people now believe the x1 is the overwhelming best option. Titanfall to forza was a big gap that many choose to overlook. The big finish to the year may garner more sales but will that change the tides.....not too sure.
Simple answer is yes!
Perception does seem to be a lot better now. The US is certainly still within their reach. I keep getting temptations to buy one, but I think I am going to hold out for the first console revision. The problem they face is everywhere else.
Lol at some of the comments on here, microsoft paid for games to be crippled?? What a load of garbage I think people need to realise that there isn't a massive difference between the ps4 and xbox one that people seem to believe..
While those comments are a load of garbage, there is no reason why a game should be released in the state Unity was. On either console.
You understand that Ubisoft showed video comparison and the Xbox One had the higher CPU. PS4 has a higher GPU. Regardless of any conspiracies you may have in order to damage control, it's been proven why it plays better on Xbox One. Numbers and specs shown to me means more than simply fanboys upset that their console isn't godsend after all.
Perhaps you did not understand me. I said nothing about ps4 vs xbox one. I said that the Quality of both versions is severely lacking. Not sure why you went off on that tangent. I don't think you meant to reply to me. 30fps should mean 30fps and neither version holds to it.
Who's to say that Tomb Raider will be cripped once the timed exclusive period is over? There are just too many games to play atm.
The Xbots are like the "reporters" at Fox News: always telling lies.
Funny how people try to spin MS desperation into a good thing: 1-lots of price cuts in just one year yet they are outsold by SONY PS4. 2- lots of bundles with free games. 3-almost no exclusive games between titanfall and FH2(they moved all their games to the end of the year to make it seems like they have the better games just look at 2015 almost no game at the start of the year yet they talk about holidays 2015). And what tide they are turning?
1 - are you saying them lowering the price isn't a good thing for you? 2 - you don't like free games? 3 - so why not talk about the exclusives that are now out like halo mc collection, sunset overdrive, d4 and fh 2 the tide they are turning is, -offering a kinect free option -lowering the price from $499 -external hard drive support up to 16terabytes -monthly updates that are actually meaningful updates -making phil spencer in charge who seems to have turned the tide on making sure its a game system first and foremost. so tell me again how things haven't improved from their position a year ago. i'd love to see some constructive criticism that's actually relevant and not just more bandwagon hate/negativity.
I'll bite... All MS has done is correct stuff that should never have been an issue in the 1st place. They let there previous early gen lead of the 360 vs PS3 go to their heads. What they've been doing is semi a good move for XB1 fans but not industry ftiendly. Buying 3rd party exclusivity is not good for the gaming community no matter who does it. Is it good for the companies yes but bad for gamers. You talk about Phil like he's this great dude but he spits just as much double talk and back peddling...you might just not want to see it though. The Kinect free option was simply to lower price and attempt to get closer to title parity with PS4 versions. When that failed they took a more direct involvement with taking dev focus off of other versions of titles...just look at ACU. You talk monthly updates as a jab but the last few full number updates for the PS4 had much larger impacts on their feature set than all of the XB1's updates combined. While each are missing features only one of the companies is driving true next gen experiences. I don't want an external drive more wires and plastic so while this might make you happy it's purely taste based. Talk titles okay what does MS have coming early 2015...nothing while Sony has several AAA exclusives starting in Dec through March...point for point.
@HiddenMission, "All MS has done is correct stuff that should never have been an issue in the 1st place..." so has the xbox one improved or not? it's really a simple question. "What they've been doing is semi a good move for XB1 fans but ..." so by having a timed partnership to exclude others for a set period of time is terrible and bad for the industry while a game like bloodborne that excludes others permanently forever is better? i don't see how one is better for the industry. are you really trying to tell us the makers of bloodborne would never have made another game without sony getting involved? yeah sure. so how does excluding others forever better than a game that can be played by more people after a certain time period? i for one am an advocate that all games should be on all platforms if its possible. that way you are not excluding others just for the sake of selling hardware. sony had deals with gta way back on the ps2 . the xbox version of san andreas came out 6 months later. this is not an xbox one isolated case. next. "You talk about Phil like he's this great dude but ..." he's removed kinect that people requested. he has some say in monthly updates that fans request. he is available to talk to, he responds on twitter and other social media. he's showing at places like e3 that its about games. are you honestly going to tell everyone there isn't a different feel from the xbox division since he's taken over? i find it laughable that many of the complaints people had with the xbox gets fixed and then the goal posts keep moving. its obvious certain people don't care if it improves or not. "The Kinect free option was simply to lower price..." so removing kinect and lowering the price was bad? you guys never seem to want an answer, just more complaints so that the goal post is never reached. acu runs terrible on every platform, i don't get the point. microsoft didn't develop ac unity. watchdogs performed poorly too and it was showcased by sony "You talk monthly updates as a jab but ..." what update is that, shareplay? yes its a coll feature, where did i say otherwise? why are you not rewarding the xbox one for things like mkv video support? they have eached improved, why is it so hard for you to admit the xbox one improved as well? "I don't want an external drive more wires..." oh please, now you're just getting petty. you can hide it behind the system. do you complain about having a usb stick hanging out the front of the ps4 when you want to listen to music? "Talk titles okay ..." is it totally out of the question to actually like what both systems are doing? the discussion was based on whether or not the xbox one has improved since last year and now you want to have a list of games for the first half of 2015 to somehow discredit the improvements the xbox one has made in 12 months. i certainly think the ps4 has more exclusives coming in 2015 but that does not discredit the xbox one or take away how the system has improved. looks to me all you care about is how you prefer the ps4. that's fine. nobody says you have to like what the xbox one offers but don't act like the system hasn't improved at all.
Their sales will definitely pick up but surpass Sony outside of the US, I doubt that. Another thing is the author of this article (who isnt really giving any reasons as to why M$ will catch the PS4 other than stating what is currently going on) mentions all the things that could actually let Sony widen the gap and it is bound to happen if you look at what Sony is releasing next year, games like Bloodborne, Ratchet and Clank, The Tomorrow Children, The Order etc, and of course the mighty Uncharted and quite possibly an Uncharted collection and lets not forget the inevitable price cut. M$ might have higher sales over Christmas, IN THE US, but it isnt really going to catch up any time soon.
No. The DRM, Adam Orth saga will haunt them. The main reason PS4 is leading, it's because of that. In the US, there's a chance. They could lead in a few NPDs here and there. But Xbox One is dead in Europe. They had UK but lost it.
Well if the holiday season doesnt help, then there is no way they stand a chance. Not that their sales are bad per se but Playstation sales are on a different level.
Let's not pretend we know exactly why the PlayStation 4 is leading by saying this like "it's the XBOX One's DRM fiasco!" Truth is, we don't know. Contributing factor, quite likely, but it isn't something we can rightfully prove without consumer surveys which have poor response rates anyway. Factors in to more of that anyway because the DRM no longer exists and PS4 is still doing stellar. If you heard about DRM before launch, I can't imagine you don't know it's not there anymore now that it's out. Anyway, there's a lot at play. Now, I can't discredit Microsoft for really making great strides with the XBOX One. It's definitely shaping up to be a much greater console than it was at launch and I can see it picking up sales very soon, BUT if we're talking about public perception and all, it had nowhere to go but up. Either it stagnated or it got better. Playstation 4 on the other hand had overwhelmingly positive reception in the beginning and it had nowhere to go but down or stay the same. Let's be honest, it would be impossible for a console to maintain that much positive reception throughout the year when titles are still in development. I think performance perception here is heavily psychological and I don't think any of us are immune to it (myself included). Self-aware, sure. But I don't think we can help our perceptions at this point.
Microsoft is doing a great job at making the Xbox One an enticing purchase right now. Nice discounts (as low as $330 come Black Friday), free games included, and they've released a lot of quality games in the past 2 months. It damn well better sell close to or better than the PS4 given that it's now cheaper and they're pushing hard with all their exclusives since the Spring and until who knows when shoved into this holiday window, and I suspect it will pay off. Sony did a good job of spacing out their exclusives rather than putting them all into this holiday basket, with games coming out throughout the summer, and more coming in early next year and into the spring. After Xbox's holiday window discounts expire and the exclusives dry up for a few months while PS4 keeps a steady pace of releases, I suspect the PS4 will be back on top of the weekly/monthly charts again by a decent margin. It's just a prediction though. Xbox One is a great buy to me right now, PS4 was also a great buy when I got mine last year. Both consoles offer a lot.