Xbox: Goodbye or Hello?

For the past several years, my household has started off each new year with the same question:

Do we need a new console?

Some years this has meant, do we need to replace a dying but still useful console?, such as an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. (As far as our library goes, these consoles are still very useful.) Other years this has meant adding something new to the collection, like a Wii U (or Switch, which is still on hold for now). But this year the console question has revolved around our problem child, the Xbox One. 

We got our Xbox One in the Spring of 2014, the hefty version that came with the useless Kinect, bundled with the game Titanfall. Given our initial setup hassles and Titanfall problems, and its subsequent disk drive issues, we probably should have known that it was all downhill from there.

Though my other half has amassed a decent Xbox One library, he doesn’t spend much time with the console itself these days, preferring the PlayStation 4. For my part, I’ve only played four games on the thing in the past five years: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Rare Replay, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, and Rayman: Origins. Last year, we tried to rectify our relationship with the thing by picking up the Xbox One versions of the excellent Monster Hunter: World and special edition of Skyrim. But, it seems the wounds have simply run too deep at this point. Our conversations of about potentially replacing it with the more powerful Xbox One X elicited only one answer: why? Why would we replace a thing that we’re not using much anyway? To be fair, the console runs well these days, and it’s our primary Blu-Ray player. So, it’s fine.

This year, our final decision on the matter was to wait, because now everyone’s talking about the “Xbox One Two,” or “Xbox Two,” or whatever Microsoft is code-naming its next console.

(And the “PlayStation 5.” But that’s not as big an issue currently.)

Recently I’ve read a number of articles and opinions on how Microsoft may be poised to take over the next console generation, and it’s all very intriguing. I’m especially interested in the rumor that the next Xbox console won’t have a disk tray. With the Microsoft’s seemingly growing dedication to its Game Pass program, a push to make its next console a digital-only one follows suit. And could the thing possibly come with a mobile device of sorts, one that connects directly to an Xbox controller? Hmmm. Microsoft already has powerful computing on its side, so whatever it releases next, I can only imagine it’ll be designed to match up against the best gaming PCs.

Within any potential excitement, there are some big, looming questions, like what about exclusives? And will Microsoft make good on all the studios its purchased? And how about VR games on the Xbox? Or is VR “dead?” And will “backwards compatibility” be a thing, or a thing of the past?

While I’m not personally invested in our own Xbox One, I have been a long-time follower of Microsoft’s doings, and they are really pretty good at offering up surprises (good and bad). Indeed, it’s looking like 2019 will be the year for new and exciting announcements from both Sony and Microsoft on the console front, and I can’t wait to see what the latter is cooking up next. Because, truth is, I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Xbox…yet.

(Article sources: Forbes, Keen Gamer, Windows Central, Games Radar+)

Lede image by Flickr user Renato Góes (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

6 Comments

  1. cary says:

    Reblogged this on Recollections of Play and commented:

    As someone who now primarily games on the PS4 and PC, I recently found myself wondering about the Xbox. What could my future with it look like, and what’s in store for the console itself? Lots of news has been circulating about how the Xbox (Two?) may be poised to take over the next generation of consoles. Such inspiration served perfectly in this Virtual Bastion article.

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  2. Kariyanine says:

    It’s funny because I’m the exact same except the console I am questioning goodbye or hello to is Sony’s. My Xbox One is my primary machine and while I do power up the PS4 occasionally, it is usually to play one or two of their exclusives and then back in to hibernation. I’m interested to see which direction both companies take. I feel that Sony has burned a lot of the good will they established for themselves at the start of the generation, while Microsoft has rebuilt their image by being delivering on things that customers want (like backwards compatability). I like Microsoft’s talking poing that they want the Xbox library to be one generation spanning repository, it’s nice to think that I’ll be able to play four generations of Xbox titles on whhatever their new system is. If they can deliver a mobile device like the Switch, so much the better. On the flip side, I probably won’t ever say goodbye to Sony but I’m skeptical about what they are going to do going forward as opposed to excited with Microsoft (and Nintendo).

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    1. cary says:

      I really like the idea, too, that Microsoft wants the Xbox to be a “one stop shop” for all its games. The Xbox 360 remains my all-time favorite console, and I’d like to be able to revisit its games without worrying about my actual 360 breaking down.

      It seems, unfortunately, that Sony has taken a rather complacent attitude towards the PS4 of late, choosing to rest on its laurels and such. At least, that’s the way it feels when compared to how vocal Microsoft has been about it’s next console. But I’m also looking forward to see what happens in the near future, because no one is going the way of the dodo yet.

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  3. Lately in the gaming industry, the only ones making noises are Sony and Nintendo with the PlayStation 4 and Switch respectively. Microsoft’s Xbox seems to always land on the 3rd place with either PS4 and the Switch battling for the 1st. I have a very strong feeling that Microsoft is up to something big, especially now that I heard Damon Baker, former head of partner management of Nintendo of America is joining the Xbox team (http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/01/damon_baker_joins_the_xbox_team). I think they’re getting ready to overthrow the Switch and challenge Sony’s so-called “PlayStation 5”.

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    1. cary says:

      Oh, that is a very interesting bit of news! It sure does seem that Microsoft is really revving up its engines for something, and it would be really cool if that “something” turns out to be something that really gives Sony a run for its money. Competition breeds innovation, which is just what the gaming industry needs right now!

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