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Here is the thing about the Xbox One

People will talk to no end regarding why exactly the Xbox One simply isn’t doing as well as the PS4, or the Switch (a console only just released, with 4 retail games, and it’s already doing better). And ultimately I think it has to do with the strange discourse surrounding PC gamers, and Console gamers. There is a push from consoles to be like PCs, and pushes from PCs to be more like consoles, but ultimately they loose out in both regards. The systems that continue to work, are the ones who embrace it every step of the way. The PS4 never pushed to be a PC in any sense. But it is easy to use, clear, and has games that aren’t available anywhere else. These games, too, are high quality that transcend the typical stereotype of a ‘gamer’. 

The Last of Us, Until Dawn, No Man’s Sky, Persona 5, Gravity Rush 2, Bloodborne, The Last Guardian, Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn. These are all games that, alone, would draw people to the system. But each of them is completely unique, and in no way played to this 2010 stereotype of the Xbox 360 gamer.

But Xbox’s exclusives include: Halo, Forza, Dead Rising, Titanfall (with even it’s sequel jumping ship to ps4), Killer Instinct. What this exclusive line up ends up being is no reason to buy the system. There is no diversity, or overall interesting stand outs in why I should buy the system. Like at best you have that Rare Replay, but in that there are 4 good games, tops, and that game’s who marketing shtick is assuming you already played them. 

However, building on these points, the Xbox also markets itself as a Superior system technically. The bridge between PC and Console, that appeals to the hardcore gamer. It also still flaunts a nearly $500 AUD price tag, brand new. And that’s not the S version. Some versions of that reach into the $600 range.. The kind of person with that kind of money, who care about Superior tech, would without a doubt buy a new PC.

So in the end, the Xbox One offers players no reason to buy the system, over anything else (in the form of exclusives), and the one redeemable quality of it, it’s hardware, is sold to a hardcore audience who is likely already invested their $600 into GTX 1080s. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ

Thank you for sending us your comments and questions. We looked through the posts on several channels and collected the questions you asked the most into the following FAQ.

  1. What does exclusive to Xbox mean?
    It means that Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming Holiday 2015 exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

  2. Does the exclusive to Xbox have a duration? Is it timed? How long is the duration? Can we expect a PlayStation 4 or PC release in the future?
    Yes, our deal with Microsoft has a duration. We aren’t discussing details of the deal, and are focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360. 

  3. Did Crystal Dynamics know about this deal?
    Yes, Crystal Dynamics is excited to be partnering with Microsoft to make the best game possible. As Darrell mentioned in his message, we have a long history with Microsoft and they have been a very strong supporter of the franchise. They will help us grow and nurture the Tomb Raider franchise more than ever before.

  4. Were the fans considered when making this decision? Are Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix aware of the franchise history with PlayStation and on PC?
    Of course.  We did not make this decision lightly. Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.

  5. Why didn’t Microsoft, Square Enix or Crystal Dynamics say upfront it was a timed exclusive? Why all the indirect language?
    We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement. The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.

Platinum Games explains why Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive!

“Without getting into some stuff that is both business and confidential, the simple question I’d like to ask you is, ‘Do you want to play Bayonetta 2?’ Bayonetta 2 would not exist without Nintendo white knighting that project. So while I totally understand that people want to play it on the platforms that they’ve played it on previously, we really wanted to make Bayonetta 2.

I spend a lot of time on Twitter seeing people get really angry, ‘Why is it not on PS3 and 360?’ Right? So kind of the way it went was, ‘Why do we have to buy a Wii U for one game? Why isn’t it on PS3 or 360?’ And now that the Xbox One and the PS4 are out, it’s ‘Why isn’t it on PS4 or Xbox One?’ So then it’s not about buying a piece of hardware, it’s just that you didn’t want it on the Wii U.

And that’s cool, I mean maybe that system’s not for you, or maybe that platform isn’t what you want to play games on, but we really want to make Bayonetta 2 and we think it’s going to be a fun game and the people who do play it are going to really enjoy it, and I think that we made the right decision to make sure that game survived. I mean I’d rather be in a world with Bayonetta 2 than without.” said Platinum Games’ creative producer JP Kellams

Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ, Timed exclusive & cross-gen confirmed

Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ

Thank you for sending us your comments and questions. We looked through the posts on several channels and collected the questions you asked the most into the following FAQ.

• What does exclusive to Xbox mean?

It means that Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming Holiday 2015 exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

• Does the exclusive to Xbox have a duration? Is it timed? How long is the duration? Can we expect a PlayStation 4 or PC release in the future?

Yes, our deal with Microsoft has a duration. We aren’t discussing details of the deal, and are focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360. 

• Did Crystal Dynamics know about this deal?

Yes, Crystal Dynamics is excited to be partnering with Microsoft to make the best game possible. As Darrell mentioned in his message, we have a long history with Microsoft and they have been a very strong supporter of the franchise. They will help us grow and nurture the Tomb Raider franchise more than ever before.

• Were the fans considered when making this decision? Are Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix aware of the franchise history with PlayStation and on PC?

Of course. We did not make this decision lightly. Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.

• Why didn’t Microsoft, Square Enix or Crystal Dynamics say upfront it was a timed exclusive? Why all the indirect language?

We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement. The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.