For Microsoft, 2017 Was Mostly a Year to Forget

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.

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sammarshall1021924d ago

2017 was a very bad year for MS, mainly because of all of their AAA games being delayed till next year

2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 were good years though

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yumi761924d ago (Edited 1924d ago )


2016 was just like 2017 they went basically a full year with out any games then released a couple games at the end of the year.

sammarshall1021924d ago

2016 had better games than this year for Xbox

Forza Horizon 3
Quantum Break
Gears of War 4

yumi761923d ago

Add Quantum Break and Recore to the list of things I'm sure Microsoft would like to forget.

zypher1923d ago

While 2016 was better, it wasn't exactly a stellar year. Quantum Break didn't set the world afire, the Gears series is pretty rote by now, and ReCore is best forgotten.

thekhurg1923d ago

I like Quantum Break. Maybe it was because I only paid $19.99 for it on Steam? Either way, it was enjoyable to play IMO.

sammarshall1021923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

@Yumi76 and Zypher Quantum Break is a good game and Gears 4 is good

I actually played the games unlike you guys so I would know

UCForce1923d ago

@sammarshall102 It’s your opinion. But those games didn’t boost Xbox One sales units after MS announced Play Every Where. Even MS don’t want to mention about Quantum Break and Recore.

WickedLester1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )


Recore was trash. Quantam Break was mediocre. Gears 4 was pretty good. And FH3 Happens to be the best game on the console. Not a stellar year by any standard.

CoinOrc1923d ago

I also played quantum break, and while it had potential, it was still average at best. Remedy soon parted ways with MS and is going multi platform. MS isn’t going to make a sequel any time soon.

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bluefox7551923d ago

I can only assume you're being sarcastic, lol.

dekke1923d ago

well i didnt like QB even it was free ..and made by my country so dont judge me cuz of that :P

NXFather1923d ago

Oh okay, so Sony's same years were out of this world.

butchertroll1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

2016 was a crap year for MS too :

This is the list of PS4 exclusives in 2016 ( and i only mentioned retail games )

January : Nitro+ Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel

February : Street Fighter V, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Megadimension Neptunia VII, Gravity Rush: Remastered

March : The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition, Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, MLB 16 : The Show, Nights of Azure

April : Ratchet & Clank Reboot ( Xbone - Quantum Break , first exclusive game for Xbone in 2016! IN APRIL )

May : Uncharted 4, Valkyria Chronicles: Remastered, Shadow Of The Beast

June : Resident Evil Umbrella Corps, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, Grand Kingdom, Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness

July : I Am Setsuna, Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force,

August : No Man's Sky, God Eater 2, The King Of Fighters XIV, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X

September : Persona 5 in Japan ( after long pause finally - Forza Horizon 3 and Recore on Xbone)

October : World Of Final Fantasy, Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, Dragon Quest Builders ( Xbone - Gears Of War 4 )

November : BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Steins;Gate 0

December : The Last Guardian ( Dead Rising 4 is a timed exclusive on Xbone for 1 year and because of that statement, game is basically a multiplatform title )

2015 was little better for Xbone compared to 2016. But Bloodborne alone destroyed them all. PS4 had exclusives in 2015 throughout whole year ( till October ) whereas MS released 3 games during Holidays - FM6, Halo 5 and Tomb Raider - best lineup in Xbox history but PS4 crushed them during holidays in sales.

FinalFantasyFanatic1923d ago

I'm pretty sure 2016 was the year I bought the ps4, games I wanted started coming out and I couldn't wait any longer. Still wish that I had waited for the ps4 Pro though.

kreate1923d ago

Wow.. That's a great list. I forgotten some of those games becuz ps4 has too many games. Thanks for the list.

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FinalFantasyFanatic1923d ago

Microsoft's best games were mainly in it's early years. When you take into account the backlash from it's initial announcement and launch and the drought of games in its mid to late life span, xbox never really got far off the ground this gen (the WiiU was worse but the Switch seems to make up for it). At this point, everyone should be questioning wtf are Microsoft doing with Xbox?

kreate1923d ago

It seems like they don't care about console wars. They Seem to be content w what they got. Xbox gamers seems like they are content w what they got. It seems like everyone is happy w the current situation.

Felsager1923d ago


"2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 were good years though"

The Xbotism is strong with this one.

sammarshall1021923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

Thats mighty hypocritical of you fanboy :)

I play on both consoles. I love my PS4 it's my favorite current gen console but I notice some delusions of grandeur like your comment

Let me ask you one question and that will let me know all I need to know

Which console PS4 or Xbox One had the better launch lineup?

frostypants1923d ago

Powah of the cloud anytime now!!!!

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ninsigma1924d ago

Imagine if the X hadn't released. It would have been so much worse! Worst Xbox year in ages and as of yet nothing to say next year will be any better.

ILostMyMind1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

But what benefit did the XBX launch bring to anyone who bought XBO? Unlike Pro, the feeling we have is that XBX killed the XBO. Maybe it would be better for XB fans if Microsoft did not launch a new console now.

RpgSama1923d ago

Now they don't even talk about the Xbox One, is as if it doesn't exist, 20 to 30 million users left in the dust, now all we see is how much better does X game looks on the 1X (but we see comparisons to rival consoles and they go from very comparable to mostly the same)

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FallenAngel19841924d ago

It’s sad that the biggest thing to look forward to for the Xbox brand this year was iterative hardware

Death1924d ago

Hardware that makes games better is bad now? I’m very happy with the free enhancements to the games I already own and have bought games I haven’t played that have been enhanced as well. I looked forward to playing the best version of console games on X and have been happy with the results.

What must have games on PlayStation that came out in 2017 are supposed to make me feel bad about buying an Xbox One X? It’s an honest question PlayStation gamers don’t seem to be able to answer.

TFJWM1923d ago

How is buying a new $500 console "free enhancements to games i already own"...

Aenea1923d ago

Ehhh, better graphics doesn't mean better games tho...

yomfweeee1923d ago

He just called a $500 console upgrade a free enhancement. The mind of an Xbot.

ILostMyMind1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

Because you care about the other console having better games than your's. Otherwise, you would not be so happy "playing the best version of console games". You don't care about the game's quality, they were already good at XBO, you care if they're better than on PlayStation.

This was an honest answer.

UCForce1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

The thing is that Sony treat PS4 Pro like PS4. Microsoft treating Xbox One X like their next gen console. Even MS just ignored Xbox One power. And you better stop calling yourself a true gamer because your loyalty to MS are showing. Me ? I don’t need say it twice about myself.

trooper_1923d ago

Well, I'm not spending $500+ for games to be enhanced. I want actual exclusives.

It's a waste of money.

CP_Company1923d ago

"What must have games on PlayStation that came out in 2017 are supposed to make me feel bad about buying an Xbox One X? It’s an honest question PlayStation gamers don’t seem to be able to answer."

Can your xbox x play Nier Automata? Persona 5? Horizon? Nioh? Gravity Rush? GT Sport? MLB? Hellblade? and tens more? noooooooo, so yeah, you have to feel bad about it.

KwietStorm_BLM1923d ago

FallenAngel didn't say hardware that makes games better is a bad thing. The Xbox One X would be remarkable, if it had software to back it up. I can play everything released for it on my PC and even my laptop. What the statement was is it's sad that the biggest thing to look forward to was iterative hardware. What you and every other apologist doesn't understand is that not every exclusive has to be a "must have" game. They don't each have to sell 20 million copies. They don't have to grab every game of the year award handed out. But the fact that you turn your nose up at MORE games, the fact that you find some way to down play having an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choice, is very telling of what you're really saying.

FinalFantasyFanatic1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

Honestly, there's no point listing must have ps4 games, you'd ignore or gloss over them anyway. I've been playing the best version of multi plats on my high end gaming pc. Considering the options available and being so far into this gen, you should have buyer's remorse by this point.

I'm getting the feeling that the phrase, "casting pearls before swine" would be appropriate.

jrshankill1922d ago

I see no one was able to answer Death's question

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FallenAngel19841924d ago

Not when it’s marketed to be the biggest thing about the system.

New 3DS wasn’t the biggest thing about the 3DS when it released in 2014 and 2015 across different regions.

PS4 Pro wasn’t the biggest thing about the PS4 when it released in 2016.

Xbox One’s 2017 exclusive library lacks so much that certainl people are making it out that this iterative hardware is overshadowed that.

Those enhancements aren’t free. You still have to spend $500 to experience them. Saying those things are free is like saying place you live at is free after you paid rent.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying XOX, but it shouldn’t be the main narrative for the Xbox brand this year.

Death1924d ago

And the main narrative for PS4 shouldn’t be the games no one is buying yet that is what many here stress as being most important. I’m glad you understand consoles cost money, now let’s see if we can get people to understand games cost money too. The list of great exclusives for the year no one can make aren’t free either.

ApocalypseShadow1923d ago (Edited 1923d ago )

The games no one is buying

**GfK Chart-Track shows that PS4 represented 50.2% of all physical software sales over the course of the year. The nearest competitor was Xbox One, which accounted for 31.6% of all games sold.**

**2017 is the first year on record when a single platform has accounted for more than half of the total games market in terms of units. The previous best was the original PlayStation, which accounted for 47.9% of all boxed game sales in 1998.**

**Also notable is that Sony formats will have the most exclusive titles at No.1 in the UK charts this year.**

**That's 15 weeks with a PlayStation title at No.1 in the UK - a feat not seen since 2009 when Nintendo racked up 16 weeks at the top of the charts, mostly with the original Wii Fit.**

Your above comment should be embarrassing. And I'm not even taking into account of playstation worldwide game sales or even hardware. Microsoft has been so lazy this whole Gen. And this year barley made any games worth remembering like halo wars 2. Just embarrassing. Forza already forgotten. Embarrassing. Gears forgotten. Just hilarious the defense of that lazy company with all that money they have but spend little making anything.

FallenAngel19841923d ago

Are you seriously trying to say PS4 has poor software sales? 😑

badz1491923d ago


Well..they did consider the 360 as a "success" but the PS3, which sold more despite released a year later was a "failure". You just can't win with xbox fanboys' logic

FinalFantasyFanatic1923d ago

@Apocolypse Shadow,

Lazy is the perfect description for Microsoft this gen, even with facts and figures presented, Microsoft and fan boys just bury their heads in the sand.

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