Microsoft has completely convinced me: I do not need to buy an Xbox Series X. The games do not look quite “next generation”. There are not enough titles I want to actually play. Yesterday, the company announced its flag game, Halo Infinite, will not arrive until 2021. Moreover, almost all major Microsoft games are also coming to Windows PCs, and some may even come to PS5 as well. And while I have a vague suspicion that Microsoft is breaking a big promise by not bringing some Xbox Series X games to the Xbox One, another possibility is that many of the biggest reasons to buy a new Xbox will not be available long after his November Start
But intriguing, I do not think Microsoft will come to mind to bypass the Xbox this gen. The company will be very busy laughing all the way to the bank.
Of the 18 full games featured on Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, all but one – CrossFireX – are scheduled to run on Windows PCs. Ironically, she proposes PC includes the ultimate Microsoft killer app: halo. It’s the game that sold the world controversially on the original Xbox, a franchise that has been a mainstay of the Xbox ever since, and one of the biggest fingers Microsoft ever gave to Apple’s Steve Jobs. (Remember when Jobs introduced halo?)
now, Halo Infinite is coming to Windows PCs and it sounds like it will be a first class citizen there. “A dedicated team at 343 is focusing on security Halo Infinite offers a better classroom experience optimized for the PC platform, “writes the 343 Industries developer, adding that” special PC features “are on the way – perhaps including beam tracking. Microsoft will not let you down. download it from the Windows Store, you’ll be able to buy it on Steam After living through the clutter that was Games for Windows Live and Microsoft ‘s repeated unsuccessful attempts to push the Windows Store, I still can not believe that in I can really write those words.
And while an early look Halo Infinite may not have blown us away with its graphic fidelity (hey there, Craig), it’s a must-have purchase for people like me. I adored the original Halo: Fighting evolved. I played it on the Xbox. I bought it on PC. I beat him in Legendary. it’s The reason I could not agree that Duke was a terrible game: the flashlight buttons and grenade buttons were in the right places.
This tweet does a good job of summarizing my feelings about Halo Infinite They show:
Yesterday, I felt like I was transported back in time when I was a kid and I was so excited for a new @Halo game. It was wonderful.
I hope I never lose that feeling pic.twitter.com/XzYmVGJFDo
– (@GoldenboyFTW) July 24, 2020
All this means I’m about to pay Microsoft $ 60 to play this game – if not more. After all, Halo Infinite is being cast as one luckfloating game that will take place over time, a game that will represent “the next ten years for halo,Instead of continuing with the sequels with numbers. And you would best believe that Microsoft is hoping that means a steady stream of revenue.
Okay, so I’m buying Halo Infinite. Let’s say it costs $ 60, right? Now let’s compare that $ 60 I’ve spent on Microsoft games over the last six years since the Xbox One was released.
Oh, that’s right, I did not buy an Xbox One. The last Microsoft game I bought was for the Xbox 360; when Sony started defending the franchises they had to play and Microsoft was unable to match them, I bought a PS4 instead. I spent $ 0 on the Xbox this past generation of consoles – which means if I buy a single Xbox Series X game, I will immediately have given Microsoft more money than I have in many years.
And Microsoft will not even have to sell me a box to earn those dollars, which is useful when you consider that new game consoles are often sold with very limited margins. They do this because they know you are more likely to buy box games already made a hole in your wallet and filled a hole in your entertainment center. But if enough people already own gaming PCs or earlier Xbox Ones – especially in an era when true console exclusives are still rare – why not make easy money from those people?
(I would be curious if Sony does the same. The first step with a PC port has already been taken Horizon Zero Dawn, one of his most exciting PS4 exclusives, and other previously-exclusive PS4 games have also been going on Steam.)
Moreover, Microsoft has other ways to achieve gamer blocking now. Instead of spending $ 60 on a single copy of Halo Infinite, I can choose to pay $ 15 a month for Microsoft Game Ultimate Pass, which is looking like a better deal all the time. Yes, as a PC gamer, there was no way I was going to pay for the old Xbox Live Gold to get the multiplayer online that I am used to having for free. But now that a subscription buys access to over 100 PC games – not just back catalogs, but new Microsoft first-party games on launch day – and let me play them on my Android phone with xCloud, also, i will definitely do give it a look
Heck, Microsoft is even experimenting with the first PC games as well Gear tactics and Microsoft Flight Simulator now. Flight simulator has usually been a Windows franchise, but this is coming to the Xbox. And yet, the PC is still first. Both will be part of the Game Pass as well.
As my colleague Tom Warren says, the Xbox Game Pass is the true next-generation Microsoft Xbox. It was the clear message that Microsoft sent during the same 57-minute presentation that persuaded me not to buy the current Xbox.
And if I spend even a single dollar on a month-long Xbox Game Pass trial just to play halo at launch, that’s a dollar more than I spent on Microsoft games over the years. I wonder how many other Microsoft players can say the same thing.