Having no exclusives on Xbox Series X is absolute madness – Reader’s Feature
A reader tries to understand Microsoft’s reasons for not having its own exclusives on Xbox Series X and fears it will hold back the next gen.
I’ve given up trying to understand Microsoft. As far as I’m concerned they’ve gone mad. I know they announced a while back that they aren’t planning any next gen exclusive games for the Xbox Series X but I never quite believed it till now. Not until Phil Spencer started actively attacking Sony for having the temerity to make games that take full advantage of the PlayStation 5.
Spencer is attacking what has been the industry standard ever since there was an industry. Tradition is no indication an idea is good but I have never – not once – ever heard anyone complain that a new console has games that only run on it. What other reason would you buy the new console for if not to have games that are exclusive to it? That’s the whole point of a killer app!
Backwards compatibility is great and all but I don’t want new games that are held back by the old generation, especially when the Xbox One was hardly some beloved classic but a format that Microsoft themselves can’t wait to see the back of – given they’ve already started discontinuing it.
The argument is so nonsensical I still keep thinking I’m misunderstanding it, but there it is in black white: the Xbox Series X will not have any first party exclusives for the first ‘couple’ of years. And this is presented as a virtue, a brave consumer-friendly policy that Sony dare not copy. Rather than just a stupid idea that negates the whole point of buying a new console in the first place.
What I find particularly bizarre is that this seems to be the absolute worst generation to take this stance. The SSD which both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have is being presented as the most important new feature of the new generation, not just because it allows for almost instant loading but because it can fundamentally change the way games are designed – because they won’t constantly have to work around the fact that it takes time to load in new level data.
Microsoft keep saying that the lack of exclusives won’t hold the Xbox Series X back but how can that possibly be true? Everything Microsoft make for the next two years will have to be designed with the knowledge that the console running it might not have an SSD, so it cannot implement any important features that rely on it. And we’re not talking about little graphical flourishes here but whole gameplay concepts and the way that levels are designed.
Microsoft’s first party games have been a disaster all generation and I’ve already been frustrated by the slowness with which Phil Spencer has addressed this issue, forcing through more Halo and Gears Of War games but bringing nothing new to the table and buying only disappointingly low profile new developers.
The whole thing seems as if they’ve already given up being a direct competitor to Sony and are trying to work out a whole different business where they pretend that the standard things people want and expect are actually bad ideas that only they are brave enough to oppose. Complete nonsense.
This games showcase of theirs next week better be out of this world because it would take a miracle for me to even consider the Xbox Series X right now. And even if the games do look good, you’ll be continually thinking: imagine what it would’ve been like if it was next gen-only.
By reader Manos
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