Did Microsoft do a good job with Series X/S launch?
So, my pre-ordered XBOX Series X from Microsoft finally arrived on Friday. After a couple of days playing the hell out of it I just took a break and started thinking. Did Microsoft do a good work with this launch?
Yes, they nailed the hardware. They nailed the price. They even prepared a nice version for all those who have kids and want a second cheaper machine. Of course they have a bomb in their hands with Game Pass... but regarding that Next-Gen Experience,
and even though I love XBOX, I cannot stop thinking that they failed big in a very important aspect: Have a 1st party title to show off the real "Next-Gen experience".
Well, in that regard Sony did a much better job (and by the way, this is not a comment to start a console debate, we all here love XBOX and this is just to reflect on how MS did). They made several first party titles to go with the launch. One simple one to show the possibilities of the controller and a great exclusive designed to show off the Next-Gen hardware at full. Spiderman Miles Morales not only is a great looking game, but it is a game that loads in 3 seconds, because it is designed to take advantage of the Next-Gen streaming (from disk) capabilities. This require a "change of philosophy" in the way the game is designed. Of course it also does a great use of ray-tracing hardware getting results that compete with much more expensive PC hardware... I'm so envious of that.
For the XBOX we have... promises. No 1st party game to show off the hardware. Yes, they planned for Halo as a launch title, but we all know the how that turned out. You might be inclined to blame 343 alone for the delay and apparent lack of quality and Next-Gen look. And when that is true and 343 has failed tremendously, I also think that all this mess is Microsoft's own fault. They placed all their eggs on the one basket, and when that dropped, they had no eggs to fall back.
So we have to look at the 3rd party offering to see some RT in the machine... But that is something that never will work as well as a game done from the people that have direct access to the creators of the hardware. For example, this third party games are not designed with just the Series X in mind. So that design philosophy that I talked about before, is not present here. Assassins' Creed Valhalla takes more that 30 seconds to get into the game from the menu. That is a classically designed game that starts by loading all the assets of a big portion of the map, thing that is obsolete for Next-Gen game as they streaming from disk speeds will allow to load on the fly with a much smaller initial wait time... And the same goes for Watch Dogs, Dirt 5, NBA 2K21, etc...
You can't rely on 3rd parties to show the best possible experience for your Next-Gen machine...
Why didn't they pushed for a Minecraft with RT at launch? They showed it, in theory running on a Series X, in march... so, how come they didn't have that one?
I'm very happy with my new XBOX Series X. But I would have loved to have a nice show-off first party game to play and droll over.
Playing Game Pass games on this torpedo of a machine is nice, but it's not the full Next-Gen experience I want.
I guess there is no lamenting now. It time to wait...
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME...
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