2017 is surely in the conversation for one of the best years we’ve ever seen in the gaming industry. Slick new hardware and literally dozens of exceptionally good video games mean that it’ll likely be remembered as a golden era for the current generation. Nintendo’s return to ascendancy has been astonishing to behold, with stunning new games and a hybrid console that everyone wants to get their hands on. Sony, too, continued to accelerate away from its competition as a result of its knock-out blow of well-received exclusive titles. The PS4’s recently confirmed 70 million lifetime haul shows no signs of slowing down, and Tokyo will indeed look back on 2017 with fond memories.
Microsoft, however, hasn’t been nearly as involved. The company spent most of the year talking up 4k resolution, HDR, and the teraflops of its latest Xbox One X console, which didn’t launch until November. Where other publishers enjoyed their time celebrating game releases and shining under the industry spotlight, Microsoft found itself in sweat trying to avoid being roasted.