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The Series-ously SX-y Xbox Thread with the super not great name that I may need to workshop

Just what came with it. Microsoft really knocked this one out of the park, even the industrial design is remarkable. It feels really well made, and manages to look imposing and unobtrusive at the same time.

It's a real shame stuff like Dishonored, Jet Set Radio Future and Project Gotham Racing aren't back compatible, but the fact I can get a game from 2002 and play it in really high res and smooth frame rate is incredible. All the fun of a PC, without having to put up with a PC.
I hear ya. I was able to replay Panzer Dragoon Orta and Republic Commando. Outstanding!

Excited to try gunvalkyrie over holiday


Fearful asymmetry
So it seems production of the Xbox One quietly ended in 2020... and Kotaku's editors have been taking turns relieving themselves on its grave. Look, I'm not going to pretend that the system didn't have problems. We all saw the grim direction Don Mattrick wanted to take the Xbox One. Those of us who owned the system groused about the slow interface and the lack of a share button and the games that should have been ported to it but instead went straight to the Playstation 4.

The thing is, though, many of these problems were fixed. The Xbox One of 2013 is not the same as the Xbox One of today, and that has a lot to do with Microsoft's dedication to fixing past errors, even when it was abundantly clear that the One was going to trail behind the PS4 for the rest of its life. They improved the GUI so the cursor didn't take two or three seconds to jump to the next game in your library, they did away with the Kinect surveillance and limitations on used game sharing, they introduced a controller with a share button, they gave us backward compatibility on a massive scale... that's a lot of effort and money invested in righting a sinking ship.

Past console manufacturers (read: Sega) would have just scuttled their machines at the first sign of financial danger and released a new, equally doomed system two years later, but Microsoft did right by its customers and transformed what could have been a crap console into something that was genuinely worth playing, and keeping. Hell, I prefer the Xbox One to the Playstation 4, and 98% of the reason is because Microsoft stuck with it, improving the overall experience and broadening its library with backward compatibility. For those reasons, I think the Xbox One deserves better than the golden showers Kotaku has been giving it.

(I know, this is the Xbox Series thread, but I'm posting this here because I couldn't find an Xbox One dedicated thread. Also, my investment in the Xbox One ecosystem will likely lead me to buy a Series in a few years, when the prices drop. Why start over with the PS5 when I can have a full library from the moment I buy a Series?)


I cuss you bad
I'm playing Killer Instinct, and holy hell is that game fun. Even with my low level of skill you can do super cool stuff and every character I've tried feels absolutely busted.


Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
Still waiting to see if any exclusives that I'm interested in come to fruition from all those cRPG devs that Microsoft bought, but it was certainly nice to see Microsoft put effort and resources into bringing old releases into the future. And where applicable they made sure the ol' Xbox 360 got these games as well.

And over in camp Sony we still can't even get one measly dang Tokyo Jungle remaster. And now it's all the more unlikely to happen with Japan Studio's shutdown. And the Ratchet & Clank PS3 games are still stuck on PS3 (and PS Now). But hey, you can play all the QTE cartoons by that Cage shithead on modern platforms! And a PS5 Demon's Souls remake with questionable alterations!

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
That Kotaku article is so aggressively negative, it’s as if it was written by Bizarro Stuart Gipp.

I got a PS5 for Christmas, and besides Ratchet, there‘s nothing on there I want that I couldn’t play on my PS4 or an Xbox Series X.


I wasn't impressed with the original Xbox One but ended up picking up a Xbox One X and it was substantially better experience. If the One X had been the original release, The Gamers™ would be singing a different tune, not that it really matters.

I do most of my gaming on the PS5 but I'm quite fond of the Series X, especially with Game Pass being the most value for the buck you can probably have with modern gaming.


..and his little cat, too
Forgot to respond to this:

I'm playing Killer Instinct, and holy hell is that game fun. Even with my low level of skill you can do super cool stuff and every character I've tried feels absolutely busted.

I love that game. It was the first Xbox One game I ever got to play at a preview event, and it was one of the games that convinced me I needed an Xbox One.