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Microsoft in 2019 was all about painting the future Scarlett

Microsoft have long been on the back foot through this generation, struggling to keep up with the hugely popular PlayStation 4 and having to recover the goodwill of the gamers were turned off by the Xbox One’s original vision. 2019 for the company was another year of consolidation and preparation for the next generation of consoles.

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CP_Company435d ago

"Microsoft could easily steal a lead on the next generation" - delusional.

Thundercat77435d ago

Many delusional Xbox articles lately.

RpgSama435d ago

"2019 for the company was ANOTHER year of consolidation and preparation for the next generation of consoles."

It seems Microsoft has been consolidating and preparing for the next generation of consoles since the last 3 years of the Xbox 360, LOL /S

Elda435d ago

Truly! I can see them boasting if they were in 1st or 2nd place but they're in last place again this gen. Smh.

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Unspoken434d ago

Delusional, but it's exactly what they did with the 360....These fanboys live in a bubble.

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Obscure_Observer435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

I wouldn´t "easily" which it is in fact delusional.

However, Sony will be in no position to screw things over. Ryan and Hulst has much to prove and their first year at Playstation main leadership roles, has been kind of a quiet and shy stance.

Hopefully in february they will bring the fire.

CP_Company435d ago

all gen is a marathon, not a 100m race. sony likes to take it slow, so no worries, and still, i see, that this time sony going hard with PS5 from the start :)

Obscure_Observer435d ago

@CP-Company

You´re 100% correct. With Sony it always has been this way. And their OP always worked very well for them.

I just though with this major shake up goin on, they would adopt a more pro active/agressive stance against both competititors.

livinunicorns435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

Hermen Hulst seems like a very passionate and genuine person. He has the charisma to be on center stage as both leader and representative of SWS. As for Ryan, I do like to see more of him in his capacity as CEO. I feel optimistic as his stance towards next-gen is promising and I'm really excited to see what they show in February. As I said before, Xbox should follow suit and unveil more regarding their next-gen plans and offerings around the same time, building anticipation throughout the year leading up to launch. A clear and powerful message will be crucial for both.

Obscure_Observer435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

"Xbox should follow suit and unveil more regarding their next-gen plans and offerings around the same time, building anticipation throughout the year leading up to launch. A clear and powerful message will be crucial for both."

Imo Xbox has a clear roadmap regarding its future´s plans. Xbox will at E3, Gamescom, XO and hopefully another round at TGA. E3? Paris? PSX? all skipped this year.

Its Sony that we don´t know nothing about but PS5 unveil in February. Damn, we don´t even know if they will talk about Playstation at CES 2020.

Ceaser9857361434d ago (Edited 434d ago )

Funny how Xbox fans were ok with MS being quit about their next console and now post Game awards 2019 they think they are Superior and Sony is behind.. Dude Sony will reveal their next gen when they feel its right. Sony already said next gen info will come on 2020. So relax and stop jabbering.

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TheSaint434d ago

All I ever see is delusion from you so it's no surprise you agree with this article.

Unspoken434d ago

So its a marathon...but it's not a marathon? Which one is it...

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ndonnine435d ago

I'm glad all you Sony fans stay off the Xbox. We were tired of 14 year olds screaming racist and homophobic stuff over the headsets. Enjoy your inferior system this year and next year.

Ceaser9857361434d ago

"I'm glad all you Sony fans stay off the Xbox. We were tired of 14 year olds screaming racist and homophobic stuff over the headsets. Enjoy your inferior system this year and next year.'"

Are you unstable?? How about you get help and enjoy the holiday seasons... jeez!!

Elda434d ago

At least PS4 owners have plenty of new console exclusives releasing all throughout 2020 to buy & play.

alb1899434d ago (Edited 434d ago )

This page should be only about Sony since there isn't any discussion about who is and will be the best and MS is garbage. Why loose time talking about garbage?

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Thundercat77435d ago

Despite strong effors, 2019 was another dull year for Microsoft. Nintendo had more momentum despite the Switch being underpowered and Sony remained strong with sales and exclusive games.

Having lost this generation again at last place, Xbox best hope is to prepare for next gen and see if they can get a different result.

Obscure_Observer435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

"Despite strong effors, 2019 was another dull year for Microsoft."

Crackdown 3 is crap. But Xbox gamers definelly had a better year with games like Gears 5 and The Outer Worlds day one on Gamepass.

You talk about delusion and yet you have no problems in making delusional comments of your own.

"Having lost this generation again at last place"

Xbox will finish "this generation" in second place! I love how some of has no shame and pretend that Nintendo didn´t cut this generation short to start a new one while Sony and MS didn´t.

Xbox One beated the WiiU and Xbox and Playstation response to the Switch will come in the forms of both SX and PS5.

rdgneoz3435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

Outer Worlds is multiplat... and "Xbox One beated the WiiU" -> *beat. That said, its losing to the Switch. MS won't even release sales figures anymore and will only announce % changes in user base figures (that includes free / non-gold users). Next year is dead till xbox SeX, while Sony has multiple big name titles.

BizarroUltraman435d ago

@rdgneoz3, you're obviously not a Xbox gamer saying 2020 is dead til Series X. They actually have a decent lineup of games imo for the first time in awhile.

Obscure_Observer435d ago

@rdgneoz3

Sony´s only big name title is TLOU 2. GoT looks awesome, just like Days Gone and Death Stranding. If it will turn out to be a must have game 90+ on Meta, remains to be seen.

Its losing to Switch same way as the PS4. In Japan the Switch alread *beat the PS4 in its homeland.

Elda435d ago

What AAA XBO console exclusives are releasing in 2020 before next gen starts? (crickets)

TFJWM435d ago

@Obscure_Observer

"Having lost this generation again at last place"

Xbox will finish "this generation" in second place! I love how some of has no shame and pretend that Nintendo didn´t cut this generation short to start a new one while Sony and MS didn´t.

If you take out Nintendo then 2nd place is last place...

Chevalier434d ago

" Sony´s only big name title is TLOU 2. GoT looks awesome, just like Days Gone and Death Stranding"

Really? Maybe you're an idiot or Obtuse.

Dreams
Ghost of Tsushima
Nioh 2
MLB
TLOU2
FF VII
Yakuza 7
Yakuza Collection
Persona 5 Royal
Persona Scramble
Gran Blue Relink
Babylon Falls

Get your eyes checked.

TK-66434d ago (Edited 434d ago )

@chevalier

"Get your eyes checked."

You first, or do I have to explain how half of those aren't Sony titles?

RazzerRedux434d ago

@Obscure_Observer

"Sony´s only big name title is TLOU 2."

That we know of. But games don't get much bigger than that though. It is the sequel to a game that is often mentioned as one of the best ever made.

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TK-66434d ago

"Having lost this generation again at last place"

You can't count. The Wii U is in last place.

RedDevils433d ago

So you consider x1 is a big flop as well? Since you comparing it with a Wii U.

TK-66433d ago (Edited 433d ago )

@RedDevils

What sort of dumb logic did you use to get that assumption?

THC CELL435d ago

It's like always having to be reassured with xbox. Listen it come last again get over it

BizarroUltraman435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

whos mad its in last place tho? You guys are the ones screaming it on the net like we give a damn!

King_Noctis435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

Don’t you know? The one that is in first place will give 100 free games to all their fans. That’s why these guys care so much.

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THC CELL434d ago

Game pass is not making new release full money for £1 it's just a desperate attempt to get numbers. I work in a game shop and no one ever come in to buy a xbox to just get game pass

Zeref435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

What do you mean again? Xbox 360 beat PS3. It only caught up in sales after the Gen was over, excluding sales, 360 was the console that won gamers hearts even with the RROD fiasco.

And why are yall so obsessed with this "last place" nonsense?
Even if they were all doing extremely well. One of them is gonna be in last place if all you're looking at is sales.

2019 was an incredibly strong year for Xbox owners. Especially thanks to GamePass. I've been playing more games than ever.

My Switch honestly has been gathering dust all year until Pokémon came out.

So for me Xbox won 2019. Cuz it's the console I enjoyed playing on the most.

TLDR:
Sales are not an indication of the enjoyment you get out of the console.

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Minute Man 721434d ago

Lots of people had to rebuy a PS3. YLOD hit some of my friends. It was on the 40GB models, limited ventilation

snoopgg434d ago

The ps3 released a whole year later then 360 and ended up selling more. I had 3 rrods and only 1ylod. My second ps3 is still working today. I can't say the same about my 360's.

Zeref434d ago

@snoopgg

The 360 was also the successor to what was a commercial failure. It was by any metric, the underdog. Only advantage it had was that it released first and then it bit them in the ass with the RROD fiasco. Nobody expected the 360 to go toe to toe with the PS3 and yet it did and won.

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ApocalypseShadow435d ago

Microsoft didn't struggle to keep up with Sony. They drowned under Sony's sea of games including VR games that are still coming like Iron Man and Sniper Elite. And in order to compete next gen, they will try to be more like Sony or use Sony strategies.

The console has a monolith design, they're pushing for more in house studios, calls their developers Xbox Game Studios which is similar to Sony Worldwide Studios, increasing the amount of big budget single player releases because of Sony proving that single player gaming still makes a lot of money, trying to hire previous Sony developers that helped create Sony's biggest games and speaking tech speak of "we're doing that also." "See?" "We're relevant too."

We're going to actually see in real-time next gen on how game pass affects sales of games and if Microsoft can sustain launch releases or will they have to relent and go with something like 3 month time delay before hitting game pass. Again, playing is not the same as buying.

The system size is fine. The thing is, is to sell it worldwide like Sony and Nintendo do. Microsoft saw their market share shrink. Their job is to open new markets and be consistent in releasing a good selection of games. No more crack downs, sea of thieves launches and state of decays. No wonder Xbox fans jumped to game pass. Who would want to pay $60 for 60% level, low quality games? I wouldn't either if I were them. Especially with Phil lying beforehand that they were great. The difference between TLofU2 or Death Stranding's actors in awe of the creativity. And Terry Cruise vanishing and no actors saying anything about Gears or Halo.

Look, all Microsoft has to do is stop trying to be a lying, misleading, greedy company and make games. Be a gaming company. Nintendo was a card company but became a game company. Sony was an electronics company but became a game company. If Microsoft stopped all the nonsense, they'd be accepted and respected more if they became a game company. Still do the other stuff like windows. But be known as a gaming company like Nintendo and Sony without a second thought that comes off consumer's lips.

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Ausbo434d ago

A lot of poor grammar and fiction in this post, but the only thing I felt like correcting was Terry Crews. It’s not “Terry Cruise”. SMH

ApocalypseShadow434d ago

Too bad you couldn't correct all of Microsoft's mistakes and their domination the same way. Huh?

You could have helped them a lot.

Silly gameAr434d ago

"Look, all Microsoft has to do is stop trying to be a lying, misleading, greedy company and make games. Be a gaming company. Nintendo was a card company but became a game company. Sony was an electronics company but became a game company. If Microsoft stopped all the nonsense, they'd be accepted and respected more if they became a game company. Still do the other stuff like windows. But be known as a gaming company like Nintendo and Sony without a second thought that comes off consumer's lips."

Well freaking said.

_LarZen_435d ago

By the look of things Xbox will have the most powerful console and the best game subscription service with GamePass.

And if they’ll have a big lineup from their new game studios then it’s probably many that will pick up a next-gen Xbox and a PlayStation. Because this narrative that “everyone” with a PS4 also have a capable gaming PC that some fanboys try to play is just nonsense.

Zeref435d ago (Edited 435d ago )

And it sounds like the Series X at least will be more powerful than like 80 percent of the gaming PCs out there. So there goes that argument for those frauds that claim to have powerhouse PCs

TheRealTedCruz434d ago

You're using metrics based on Steam results; where everyone and their grandmother install steam on the basic home PC, for one reason or another.

Your average, actual, PC gaming enthusiast will have something comparable, if not better, than what is offered with a current day console. It's a smaller market, to be sure; but it's an enthusiasts market. PC is for people who want choice in their gaming experience. Console is a much more simple experience.

RazzerRedux434d ago

This works both ways. The vast majority of console owners don't own the most powerful versions of their console. So are you going to call people "frauds" who claim they do?