The Xbox One had a rough launch when it released in 2013. A poor launch plan with an over-reliance on the Kinect ended in the PlayStation 4 getting a huge head start this generation. While Microsoft had no chance to catch up to Sony in terms of sales, Phil Spencer and team have mightily turned things right. The Xbox One is much different than when it first launched and has so many reasons you should give it a try. If you are on the fence this holiday season, there are plenty of reasons to spend now. Here is why you should purchase an Xbox One before Project Scarlet releases.
Xbox One X
Until the next generation launches, the Xbox One X is the most powerful console ever. If you have a 4K television and want to get the most out of your games, there’s no better choice. It can output games and movies in 4K and is very quiet in the process as opposed to the PS4 Pro.
Even if you do not have a 4K television, the X will improve performance in your games. 1080p screens receive an increase in speed and picture by a process called Super Sampling. Framerate is also noticeably better on the X, especially on bigger games like Red Dead Redemption 2. If your television supports HDR, you also receive the benefits from a higher range of colors as well, like the S.
At its normal price of $500, the Xbox One X might be a steep purchase for most people. However, it can be found either on sale or preowned around the $350 mark more regularly these days. If you are mulling over whether to get the Xbox One S or the X, both consoles will do the job just fine. The X is going to be the one that gives you the best experience, though.
Xbox All Access
This entry goes together with the Xbox One X if you are planning on upgrading to Project Scarlet when it releases. Xbox All Access is a program where you pay off an Xbox One console over a set amount of time. Depending on the console you purchase, you could be paying $20 a month. With All Access, you’re getting more than just a console, though. You also receive two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. I will get more into that service in the next entry, but that includes Game Pass for Console, PC, and Xbox Live time so you can play online with others.
What makes All Access an intriguing purchase for people not yet in the Xbox ecosystem is that you can upgrade your console to Project Scarlett. If you get the Xbox One S or the Xbox One S All Digital Edition, you can upgrade after 18 months, but if you went with the Xbox One X, you could upgrade to the next generation after 12 months. All Access is a brilliant way to get your foot in the door with Xbox, and if you decide later you want Project Scarlett, you can trade-in your console towards the new one. As of this writing, All Access is available through the Microsoft Store and Amazon but will be coming to more retailers in 2020.
If you are debating on trying out Xbox All Access, you can check it out HERE.
Xbox Game Pass is unquestionably one of the best deals in gaming. $10 a month gets you access to hundreds of games. All brand-new Xbox Game Studio games release into the program, so subscribers have access to their favorite games from Rare, 343 Industries, The Coalition, and more. If you decide you want to buy the game digitally, there is a discount on all the games currently in the lineup.
As Game Pass ages and becomes more popular, the third-party support is more apparent. At the time of this writing, Devil May Cry 5, Witcher III, and Fallout 4 are just a few popular AAA games available. The most anticipated indie games regularly release available on Game Pass as well. Examples of this are Afterparty and Outer WIlds (our review HERE), but there are other great selections too like Hollow Knight and Superhot.
Game Pass is a brilliant way to find a game to love that you normally would not buy. Games are downloaded straight to your console, so there is no having to deal with latency issues streaming games. Everything is natively on your console for you to access. The service also made its way to PC earlier this year with specific PC-only games in tow. On top of that, you can bundle Game Pass for Console, PC, and Xbox Live together in Game Pass Ultimate. For $15 a month, you get all three services at half the price of having them individually on a monthly subscription. Microsoft is continuously making it harder to avoid subscribing to its premier service.
Exclusives and Backwards Compatibility
There is no doubt the PlayStation 4 has the superior exclusives of this generation. God of War, Spider-Man, and Horizon: Zero Dawn headline a praised lineup of games. The Xbox One admittedly has not as many great exclusives, but there are some diamonds in the rough. The third and fourth Forza Horizon titles are the best racing games of the decade and received love for their releases this generation. Check out our Forza Horizon 4 review. If you are a racing fan, driving around Australia and England is gorgeous and a lot of fun.
Xbox One also has its share of throwbacks that will fill players with nostalgia. The backward compatibility program gathered hundreds of original Xbox and Xbox 360 games that can be downloaded and played digitally or by inserting your old discs. Microsoft’s biggest IP, Halo, also got a lot of love with the Halo: Master Chief Collection. It had a rocky launch but runs beautifully now and is the ultimate destination to get your Halo fix in, giving you access to all past mainline Halo games after Halo Reach releases on December 3rd.
Finally, Gears of War 4 and Gears 5 (our review) are excellent returns to form for the series. Every 360 Gears title can be played on the Xbox One via backward compatibility, but the newest entries in the series deserve their time to shine as well. The third-person cover shooter tells a great emotional tale of the fight against the swarm, and anyone who fell in love with the games on 360 needs to return to the series.
The Xbox One started this generation out with a black eye, but Phil Spencer and the rest of the team at Microsoft have turned the ship for the better. It might not have the number of quality exclusives that the PS4 has, but there is plenty to enjoy here alongside backward compatibility, and all third-party games still play the best on the X. Internet trolls commonly say that Xbox has nothing good to play. You need to take a look for yourself because there is always at least something for everyone to enjoy.
Going into the next generation, Xbox has the most powerful console, one of the best deals in Game Pass, and an overlooked collection of fun games to play. If you decide to jump in now, you can see all the consumer-friendly practices Microsoft has set up with the console. There are plenty of side pieces to take your experience to the next level like getting into the Project Xcloud Beta so you can play your Xbox games on your phone. If you want to get the best controller in the industry, the Elite Series 2 is second to none in features and performance. Even if you have a physical or mental disability the Adaptive controller will allow you to get into the game. There are so many reasons that giving the Xbox One a try before Project Scarlett releases is a good move.