“If you’re buying a console for games, you’re buying an Xbox”

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Right now, the Xbox One doesn’t seem to have the most diverse selection of games. Don’t get me wrong, the games that are available are great, and I’ve found myself using the ol’ Xbox One more than the PlayStation 4 of late. The perception though, is that the Xbox One (and indeed the whole Xbox brand) is for bros, with games that appeal to teenage boys and their burgeoning machismo; sports games, shooters, driving games, more sports games, and even more shooters.

The truth is that the Xbox One is home to a wide range of games and experiences. So much so, that Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg believes that if you’re buying a console just for games, chances are you’re buying an Xbox One. Speaking to Venture Beat, Greenberg explained how the Xbox One was primed and ready to “win” the holiday sales period.

“If you’re buying a console for games, you’re buying an Xbox,” Greenberg exclaims. “Xbox is the platform with the most games, the most exclusives, and probably the most anticipated game of the year in Halo 5. If you’re a fan of Halo, if you’ve ever played Halo, you know how special Halo 5 is. If you never have, the rich story with Locke and Chief and what’s been created — I can tell you, I’ve played through the entire campaign. It’s the greatest Halo ever made. It’s stunning. It’s worth the investment. That game alone is worth the investment.”

Plus, if you like Forza or Tomb Raider or any of the other big titles like Fallout or Call of Duty, we have them all. On top of having the premier online gaming service in Xbox Live. If you want to play with your friends, that’s the place to play. “

While that’s not something that’s demonstrably true, according to Newzoo more people are buying games published by Microsoft than they are ones published by Sony. As a publisher, Microsoft’s seen a 6% year-on-year growth, and is now the second highest earning game software publisher. Sony, last year’s number one, is now in third, with Chinese megacorporation Tencent in at first.

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I do have to chuckle about Greenberg’s line about the Xbox One being for games, when the console’s initial reveal focused on everything but. The Xbox one was designed to take over the living room and be the central hub from which all entertainment happened – but it’s an ethos that’s changed in part from the poor reception to it, and Phil Spencer’s turn as head of the Xbox Division.

As for diversity in games? While it’s probably true that the Xbox doesn’t have the most diverse line-up, that is possibly changing. 2016 looks like a great year for Xbox, with games like Platinum’s Scalebound, a more horror-focused Gears of War 4, Rare’s Sea of Thieves, ReCore and Cuphead coming to add a little spice to the system’s library.

Last Updated: November 3, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Although the Xbone does have a few games here and there that interest me, it’s ultimately the 2016 JRPG lineups that have me super excited to get my hands on a PS4 come Christmas time 😛

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    Mircosoft is well known for it’s 180s, or was that 360s?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Well it’s not known for its 1080s. 😉

      • Gardos

        As an Xbox One owner I support this message and will admit I chuckled. Well done.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        HAHA!!! Yes!! This^

    • WitWolfy

      I’d so red ring that 360 as the right answer!

  • Nikola

    Hahahaha ahhh that quote made me laugh sooo hard:) Xbox is an ultimate media player that’s about it!

    • WitWolfy

      Not really.. As a owner of both consoles.. I cant tell the difference between the PS4 media player and the Xbox one’s when it comes to media formats (both play most supported formats just fine). Plus the PS4 actually shows pictures of the movies or TV shows when you use UPnP.. Which is nice.. The Xbox one just has these big blank blocks…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    TV TV TV TV SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SNAP TWITTER SHIT SP HALO 5 BRO! You’re going to win fuckall, you’ll be lucky to achieve parity.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      The only thing that’ll save them from the Xbocaplyse is sending Phil Spencer back in time to stop The Jacket.

  • Hammersteyn


  • Hammersteyn

    They’re really pushing Halo 5 as the lead console title for XO. Too bad they left out the split screen. People are pissing all over Metacritic about the exclusion and they even started a petition. Angry Joe even gave it a 6/10 O_o

    • Michelle

      MS don’t want people to do split screen,they want you to get ANOTHER XB1 to play coop.It’s a money making thing.

      Anyways I’m loving Halo5 and not having split screen actually makes me kinda happy then I don’t have to share the screen(cause it’s small)

      • Loftus

        The Truth has been spoken

      • Hammersteyn

        Maybe Halo 6 will. Point is, you don’t take things away. You add more value to a product. Devs are content to stick their fingers in their ears till the storm blows over these days.

    • Rock789

      I’m admittedly a really big Halo fan (played ’em all, got the MasterChief collection, etc.)… But even I am waiting before dipping into the Halo 5 pool… It wasn’t a Day 1 purchase and I don’t see myself getting it this year (or anytime soon, for that matter).

      It just sounds, really, disappointing… Rather wait till it’s cheap to get. And I bet I’m not the only one thinking that.

      • WitWolfy

        You and me both brother… I’ll get it secondhand.

      • billbo

        i played the story mode a I’ve played a lot multiplayer so ill tell you how it is. The story was good. It wasn’t incredible but certainly not bad. The multiplayer is extremely good. Maybe even the best. The only bad parts of the game are the micro transactions and the lack of split screen.

    • Pieter Kruger

      I HATE split screen!!!! I always end up looking at the other screen, usually just in time to see myself getting killed…..????

      • Hammersteyn


    • WitWolfy

      Reading that Halo 5 is getting mixed reviews thanks to its short campaign and next to no MC… Bad times, I was half expecting Halo 5 to move consoles like Halo 3 did for the 360 back in the day.

      • billbo

        ya you play as the MC only 4 missions

        • WitWolfy

          DAMN!!! glad I decided to skip it then.

  • Brady miaau

    Well, my theory on advertising and marketing is if you say something close to the truth or something that WILL BE true later enough times, it can become a true thing in the minds of the people. If you say something enough times that is far from the truth or even the common wisdom perceived truth, then, well. Then. Propaganda minister?

    Internet has certainly shown us that.

  • Pieter Kruger

    So true, but the ponies with their pS4’s will never change their perception, they’re all still at the initial launch……..still not playing games….ROFL! ????????????

    • Hammersteyn

      Your smiley faces are broken…

    • Jonah Cash

      So did you manage to play Halo 5 yet? You an online player or more a single player? You do know that Fallout and COD will be on the PS4 as well? Also Tomb Raider will eventually also be on the PS4. So you are left with Halo and Forza. That is very diverse indeed.

      • Pieter Kruger

        I do play online most of the time yes(loved all the Battlefield’s up until Hardline) . Have not picked up Halo 5 yet sadly, but will get it and ROTTR this month still for sure! Will get Fallout much later with all the DLC. Will not touch COD sorry(or Battlefront which I’ll grab later from the Vault)! Enjoying World Of Tanks & Fifa 16(especially FUT) now and went back to Project Spark since they dropped micro transactions! Really looking forward to Fable Legends too! With Backwards Compatibility and 4 free monthly games and whatever the Vault might add my gaming catalogue will be too large to quibble about Indies on the pS4. There’s also a lot more exclusives coming to Xbox One, you really should go check it out!????

        • Jonah Cash


  • “If you are buying a console for games you are buying a Steam Machine” – Kromas

    *Drops the mike

    #MasterRaceFTW! 😛

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Drops the mic, feedback rings, deafens everybody in said room…

    • The Steam Machines are looking pretty good so far.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        They’re steaming piles of overpriced & overcomplicated silliness.

        • They are coming in cheaper than both Xbone and Ps4.

          Well some of them.

          • Hammersteyn

            The cheaper ones will look about as good as the PS4 I bet

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            On the plus side you don’t need to buy a special stand to put them on their side 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            And you do for the PS4? Mine stands perfectly well.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL that’s just silly

          • WitWolfy

            R400 for a piece of plastic… LOL

          • Well this one looks quite good.

        • Steam controller and link, is not so bad 😛 if you already have a decent PC

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Controllers… pffft. I play games with my hands, not my thumbs!

          • True, but a lot of games on my steam list can be played for relaxing purposes on the couch. Like Cities Skylines for example 😛

        • Hammersteyn

          What you said. I’d rather build my own PC

          • Building your own pc is ALWAYS the better option but I am tempted to buy one for my living room for cheap ass tekken style games.

          • I have done this myself, you will not regret it. Chucked in my old GTX 680 and now I have the best anime/movie/series player in the world with some gaming included 😛

          • I have a plex server for that but I suppose I can just get streaming sorted on it as well.

            I do want that steam controller though.

          • Nope, I hook up my PS3 controllers with bluetooth and some free software to make it all work.

          • I absolutely despise the PS3 controller. It feels wrong when I hold it and I had major issues using it when I played TLOU. Still better than the N64 controller. 😛

          • I love the N64 controller xD

          • Spathi

            What software are you using? Would love to do that as well!

          • I use motionjoy. The controller configuration setup is the only crappy part, but once it’s done you don’t worry about it again 🙂

          • Spathi

            Thanks cool, will give that a go because my Logitech controller is kinda shit and old!

    • Gardos

      STEAM SUCKS!!!
      Just kidding. I can’t afford a decent gaming PC so I channel my jealousy into hatred.

  • Jonah Cash

    ” I’ve played through the entire campaign” – So he had 5 hours to kill???? Too soon?

  • DragonSpirit009

    To me just getting any console would be a miracle on it’s own. I’ll worry about games once I got something XD

  • CaptainNemo42

    He says Halo 5 is probably the most anticipated game of the year, yet… He mentions Fallout 4 just after that. I think he needs his medication.

    • Even Star Wars has a heavier pre-order count than Halo 🙂

      • CaptainNemo42

        On the Xbox One.

  • Sorry but I’ll stick to my PS thanks. Halo 5 was a let down to be honest and I just watched my mate play it, finish it, flook it, then put it on gumtree for apparently wasting his time. Right now I have little to no interest in the Xboner to be honest.

  • justlikemo

    All marketing BS !

  • WitWolfy

    I LOVE THE XBOX ONE’s CONTROLLER!!! Play it on my PS4 daily using Cronusmax+ (obviously for games that dont need the touch pad or motion senors of course).

  • Gardos

    I’ve been a fan of PlayStation ever since the good ol’ grey box and this is the first time I’ve switch to Xbox. I have to say, I’m enjoying it and I had my reasons for switching but hey, if I could have a PS4 as well I’d be happy! #AllConsolesMatter

  • ZA Ludomusicologist

    Nah. Although I’m a PC gamer, I’d rather have a PS4 🙂

  • Sean Carbutt

    LOL. Well apparently only 1 in 6 gamers agree with you. PS outsells fagbox 4 to 1. Now factor in the other consoles

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher


  • Juan

    but does it have uncharted, helldivers and disgaea?

    i thinketh not

  • Francois Knoetze

    So far I am enjoying Halo 5. 3 missions in and wasn’t disappointed up until now. Its so pretty O.o put it down for a bit bec I have to finish arkham knight first. then will finish Halo and switch over to the Uncharted collection before finally diving into MGS V and Witcher 3!? THE MIGHTY BACKLOG ARGH!!!

  • But they sold how many consoles again?

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