About this same time last week, we were all here having a conversation about Xbox & a question pooped up in mind: Will Xbox Series X games look better than Xbox One games? Here’s why the question popped up in the first place… Microsoft put out a quote last week about how every game produced by their studio will work on all their consoles, I began to think ‘Is Microsoft not trying to sell their Xbox Series X console or will they be focusing more on design & faster load times?’ You gotta admit, the new rig is absolutely different from all the other models beginning as far back as the first model! I mean, why would Xbox say that all their games would work on all consoles Xbox One > Xbox One S > Xbox One X & Xbox Series X? My colleagues and I went back & forth with no real answer, when I decided to take it to Reddit… Then after posting this same question on Reddit a moment later, I began receiving answers that made total sense as to why Microsoft was doing this…
The first person went on to answer that they are platform agnostic, meaning that they are like the Netflix of Video Games – as long as we pay them their monthly game pass charge, we can play on any console we have. This is true, but if you recall when Xbox One was first announced or introduced E3, the console was originally slated NOT to be backwards compatible. It was only afterwards subsequent to lots and lots of criticism that they retracted and made it so. But yes, afterwards they were made to be “platform agnostic”, but the games also looked a whole lot better as well.
Early vs Late Adopters
Then the next answer went deeper that in the sense of comparing early vs late adopters… This made total sense because early adopters will go and purchase the Xbox Series X model, but Microsoft will not want to alienate the late adopters with the Xbox One & One X models either. So in the end, if you are going to compare consoles, it’ll not be between Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, it’ll be between the Xbox Series X and PS5. Whether you’re on the latest model Xbox or Xbox One or One S or One X, you’ll still be able to play Halo Infinite on any one of them. Alright… I find this answer to be the best of them all; however, it doesn’t answer the question as to why make this announcement such a big deal. It’s not like Xbox has ever needed to make this a thing, it just was. If anything else, they focused mainly on how the games looked, meaning better GPU Power. So as much as I appreciate the angle, I’ve never known Xbox to be so benevolent or unselfish, I mean they’re all about the money money honey…
Parent Gamer On A Budget
Then there’s the parent who just so happens to be a gamer and owns an Xbox One & Xbox One S for him and his kids… He’s got responsibilities as a parent, a spouse and home owner. Would he love to purchase the Xbox Series X when it launches? Absolutely! But he doesn’t have a 4k, let alone an 8k TV and still has house decorating to focus on first for his family. This by far the most practical of all answers in the sense of being about budgets. Not everyone can afford a new console or place it ahead of a broken pipe or bad roof, you know? It’s true! But this is when things started making more sense to me, “Will Xbox Series X Games Look Better Than Xbox One Games?” I don’t think so… In fact, both Xbox (Microsoft) & Playstation (Sony) announced pretty much the same thing. Keep in mind that even though they’re direct competitors, their biggest competition is The PC, so what exactly did they focus on and why are they making such a big deal about their consoles being backwards compatible if it’s not because they didn’t focus on their graphics?
In conclusion, what Microsoft is doing by providing this new not to mention refreshingly non-selfish service is helping everyone while still making a profit by charging monthly Gamepass fee, everyone can play the same games on all their consoles.
This now begs the question, ‘Is this about Google Stadia?’ Possibly! What are your thoughts?