Xbox 20 Years Later

Even though I’m primarily a PlayStation gamer and have been for the past two generations (PS4/Xbox One & PS5/Xbox Series X | S), I wasn’t always a PlayStation gamer. I’ve mostly been a Nintendo kid — and the Nintendo Switch brought me back to being a Nintendo kid. Today, I have my old timey gaming PC that can play some of those older Xbox/PC exclusives, but is lately having trouble with some newer titles (aka Halo: Infinite).

After being a Nintendo kid for most of my childhood (NES, SNES, N64 + Game Boy), I moved onto the Sega Dreamcast. I also had a Sega Game Gear at some point, but never a Genesis. From Dreamcast I moved to the PlayStation 2, where I had plenty of great gaming memories (SOCOM, NBA Street, GTA games, Resident Evil games, Gran Turismo).

Then something happened. It was the announcement of one specific game that brought me over to the other side, and I stayed there for quite some time — the original Microsoft Xbox side. The game that released was probably not one you’d expect to be a “console converter.” The game was The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. I don’t remember exactly why, but at this point in life I had an obsession with Riddick, Pitch Black and anything Vin Diesel was doing.

NeXt Box

Now that I know that my PC’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 isn’t powerful enough for some of today’s games it may be time to purchase an Xbox Series X (or S). For the past two generations I have gotten away with “missing out” on the Xbox exclusives by playing them on PC or waiting until they make their way onto another platform. Like Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Switch.

Is there any particular game that could make me “need” a new Xbox console. Perhaps, Halo: Infinite but it’s also not the end of the world if I don’t get to play the newest Halo right away. I did miss the last two or three Halo entries. Another reason it would be nice to have an Xbox console would be to have access to Game Pass.

I did create a post earlier in time where I talked about how Game Pass would be more of a burden for me. I don’t know what to do when I have so many choices of games to play. Especially when they are all pre-paid through this service. I have a hard enough time choosing what game to play every day as it is.

For now I will continue to play the exclusives I can play on my older PC. It’s also ok to miss out on games, just like TV shows. There’s just too many games to play these days and not enough time. It’s also great to always have a game (or a couple of games) to look forward to playing.

Thanks Xbox

The main point of this post was to say thank you and congratulations on 20 years to Microsoft and Xbox. It’s crazy that we’ve seen four iterations of the Xbox and five of the PlayStation over the years. And, it took until now for each console to have their own separate goals and audience.

Ever since the original Xbox vs PlayStation 2, Microsoft and Sony have been fighting over the market share. We’ve seen both companies “Win” the competition throughout different generations — Xbox 360 > PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 > Xbox One — that’s just my opinion since those are the ones I chose to own.

In the current generation the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch are all doing their own thing and that’s fine. We’re even seeing them work together in different ways with PlayStation sending first-party titles to PC (Horizon: Zero Dawn & Days Gone) and even to Xbox consoles (MLB: the Show). We’ve seen plenty of Xbox games make their way to Nintendo Switch (Ori games) and some to PlayStation (Cuphead).

Let’s see if Vin Diesel will make another Riddick franchise film, plus a video game. And if that game is another Xbox exclusive I guess that’s when it will be time to buy that Xbox Series X | S.

This week during the Xbox 20th Anniversary Celebration event, Microsoft announced the surprise drop of Halo: Infinite multiplayer. It’s now FREE for everyone on PC and Xbox consoles.

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