Microsoft all but ignored its biggest advantages against Sony at E3

Ben Kuchera of Kotaku writes, "Microsoft did a pretty good job talking about why the Xbox platform was going to be better in the future, but why wasn’t the fact that — at least visually — the Xbox One X is the best right now?
It’s true that raw power won’t win a console generation, and it may not even tip the scales. But the difference in power between a PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X isn’t just an issue of numbers on the spreadsheet; players who are picky about performance and resolution are going to want to buy their multi-platform releases on Xbox One X."

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Ninja_Ryu119d ago (Edited 119d ago )

Miss opportunity I guess. But I don't think that still would have helped at this point. They should have mentioned that the One X is on sale now for $449 though. And as for multiplatform games, I think everyone already knows it’s going to have the best version since it’s the most powerful console. Why keep repeating that at this point?

Apocalypse Shadow119d ago (Edited 119d ago )

**players who are picky about performance and resolution are going to want to buy their multi-platform releases on Xbox One X.**

And that group is a minority. Same with Pro. To vocalize it is to preach to the choir who's echo wouldn't reach past the E3 stage.

Same with cross play. Microsoft would preach that cross play is best played on X. But most Xbox fans have S. And, most PS4 and Switch players wouldn't care about that minor extra detail for another $450-$500.

X's release was minimized by Pro's release 1 1/2 years before it. Some would say, "no it didn't." Oh really?

PS3's release was minimized by Xbox 360's release 1-1 1/2 years earlier in most countries. And same problem of higher price. Sony sold more monthly. But it took years to catch up to 360. X effect really means nothing. Especially when Sony has more market share and mind share worldwide. Microsoft's priority should have been just making better games than hardware. They fell into the trap about power.

MVGeneral118d ago

I have always been super picky about performance, but no matter what games always trumps performance. So I would take the slight difference to game on ps4 for the better games.

starchild118d ago

Nope, there are lots of gamers that care about how their games look and perform. The fact the PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and mid and high end graphics cards sell as well as they do, despite their much higher cost, is plenty of evidence of that.

A PS4 Pro doesn't play any games that aren't available on the PS4. Same goes for the Xbox One X relative to the Xbox One. Likewise, a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 doesn't play any games that a GTX 1050 ti can't play. People buy these higher end options because they DO care about how their games look and run.

And the sales of those higher end options aren't a perfect reflection of the number of people that care about those things either, because there are certainly many people that would love to have the better performing options but simply can't afford the higher cost.

It would be abnormal if gamers didn't care about how their games look and perform. After all, many people care about how their music sounds or how their movies look and sound. Why wouldn't many gamers care about how their games look and perform?

UCForce118d ago

@starchild Hey, listen here. Consumer maybe care about resolutions and performance but they are also care about if the game is good or not. The thing is that consumer care about high quality content. You should know better.

JaguarEvolved118d ago

Why would Microsoft mention that they have better looking multiplatform games when PlayStation exclusive games looks better than all multiplatform games? Microsoft also talked about the next generation of Xbox which basically tells people that the Xbox one x that was recently released months ago is a waste

itsmebryan118d ago

Anyone know if the X1X still out selling the PS4 Pro?

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Aceman18118d ago

Meh I'm not spending another 500 just to play games with a small bump in resolution, also it wouldn't make sense for me since majority of my friends all have PS4/Pros.

So those games that do have coop/online play get bought there.

Hopefully MS shows me a reason why I should go out and rebuy their console.

maybelovehate119d ago

They did point out that all the multi-platform games would be best on console on the X.

Ninja_Ryu119d ago (Edited 119d ago )

I don't remember that

maybelovehate119d ago

I can't remember the exact words but Phil said something like all the games shown will be best on the Xbox Family on console. Which is a little misleading now that I think about it. Should have said X specifically.

Goldby118d ago

Not to mention their misleading commercials that games play best on xbox one. That is a straight up lie or else they wouldn't have release the one s or one x

Eonjay119d ago

You are correct. Polygon is incorrect here. I mean what did they want them to do: have Digital Foundry come out on stage with 300% zoomed imaged?

UltraNova119d ago (Edited 119d ago )

Funny thing is that I would put money on the table for anyone who could spot an X game running on the same tv side by side with an xb1S...same goes for the Pro/ps4. A fact made abundantly clear to me the other day when I was at an electronics shop where they had both an xb1s and and X on two identical sumsung 4k tvs...

starchild118d ago (Edited 118d ago )

Oh the ol' 300% zoomed-image-is-the-only-way-y ou'll-see-it nonsense. Good job. I was waiting for someone to pull that one out.

It's commonly used to try to downplay PC advantages as well. Unfortunately it's a load of bunk. Anybody with a working set of eyes can easily notice such differences.

UltraNova118d ago


Funny thing is that when you try so hard to make a fact out of a strictly subjective matter (perceptiple difference between iterative consoles) the joke's on you.

starchild118d ago (Edited 118d ago )

Nevermind. It's not worth discussing. I forgot which site I'm on.

The 10th Rider118d ago


To be fair, it's really going to depend on the TV you've got. If anyone's using anything less than a 55", unless they're using it as a monitor, there's really no need for a Pro or an X. However if someone's got a 75" 4K TV and they've got a viewing distance of like 8 feet, the difference between the base consoles and the premium ones should be noticeable by pretty much anyone who's got a good set of eyes.

itsmebryan118d ago

It's not just how it looks it is how it runs. 60+ frames per second beats 30 frames in the why the game feels and response. That is another big plus for the X1X you can choose 60 fps and I love that.

UltraNova118d ago

@ 10th rider

They had two same model/year 55 QLED Samsung tvs side by side. One was displaying gears and the other forza. They switched to forza on both upon request by a couple guys there. Thats what cought my attention. I swear the difference was virtually non existent...


I can't disagree with that but since when do all games run at a stable 60fps on the X? I must have missed that.

The 10th Rider118d ago


Yeah, like I said a 55" is about the cutoff point. You really need like a 75" for it to be a stark difference.

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UCForce118d ago (Edited 118d ago )

If you want to have a best version on multiplatform, that would be on PC. As for resolutions and performance, the game have to be good. Sea of Thieves and State Of Decay 2 have better resolution and better performance on Xbox One X, but two games are mediocre at best. PS4 Pro is weaker than Xbox One X, but games like God Of War and Detroit Become Human have more visuals appealing than two MS games, but God Of War and Detroit Become Human are also both high quality games. The thing is that MS really need to bring high quality game. I know Forza Horizon 4 is coming this year and I know the game will be great but that’s only one game this year and it’s not enough. Spider Man is coming in September 9th and people have played the game at E3 booth have been impressed.

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PhoenixUp118d ago

Cuz people care more about games than they do specific specs.

It’s not like XOX can run games that base model PS4s can’t

Jaypi03118d ago

You may have a point, but when the game is multiplatform the first thing people run to is comparing frames per second and graphics, as if it really matters that heavily on console.

Bathyj118d ago

But the point is why would I spend $650 Australian to play slightly better looking versions of games I can play already?

I wouldn't.

I would only pay that to play awesome games I can't play now. Unfortunately for Microsoft not enough of them exist for me to drop half a weeks pay on a console I don't need.

yeahright2117d ago

Only the hardcore and fanboys. the vast, overwhelming majority just buy it on the system they already own.

SurgicalMenace118d ago

Actually they don't. They go to what they already own. These statements are spoken assuming that a person is purchasing a new system with every new game they buy. When a game comes out, the first thing checked is if their system supports it. Specs are for new system adopters, so with the numbers how they are it would seem that specs make up a small minority. If your statement were true, the Xbox 1 X would be outselling the PS4 after its release.

Jaypi03118d ago

- He says from his Windows PC. (probably)

JackBNimble118d ago (Edited 118d ago )

He could be on any number of devices other then windows or pc.
Good job assuming though... Lol
I also disagree with his statement.

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