*cough* Apex Legend’s season 4 legend, Forge, had a bad day. *cough*
If you want to constantly have the very best of anything, it’ll cost money. As for online services, I got a deal about four years ago now and paid up through 2022 for about $30 a year. Yeah. Not exactly breaking the bank, and certainly less expensive than when I played WoW on PC. That’s how any subscription services work, including on PC, and I’ve received 100+ games for free as part of Xbox’s Games with Gold over the years — including quite a few I was going to buy that ended up being “free” instead. Again, this isn’t the console versus PC debate that you seem to be pushing. I don’t want a gaming PC. That’s not what I’m interested in. Just like you don’t seem to want a console, but a gaming platform. Specs vary, they always will.Best Platform! 509
And then you pay for new parts to make your PC the king every year if you want to strive for constantly having the best of the best. While I’ve had the same Xbox One since launch, and I’m still enjoying new games every year without any significant extra costs. Console experiences are always different, but that’s intentional. That’s why they don’t typically market consoles as gaming PCs. The big console rivalry is between Xbox and PlayStation because they have similar designs, philosophies, and purposes. Nintendo is genius because they stopped caring about that rat race long ago, and focused on having the most unique brand. Most powerful means nothing if we’re not in the same section of the gaming market.Best Platform! 509
Of course, and then the next console will release at a drastically reduced price and the companies will eat part of the cost to push adoption growth. That’s the same process that always repeats with consoles. The only thing that changes is how fast the new tech is developed. It’s as much about style, design, compatibility, and branding as anything else — especially once it’s consoles competing with PCs. Unique features, ease of use, standardization... it all weighs in on console development in a way that PCs will never have to worry about. But, all said, it’s part of why console generations have been stretching and expanding over time. Being the most powerful console is particularly important for Xbox to stay competitive. Microsoft already has an obviously large stake in the PC market, so it’s less a threat than a variation.Best Platform! 509
This is somewhat hard. Kakarot could be the Dragon Ball game I’ve always wanted to play. Halo Infinite could be the revival that makes me care about Halo again. BioWare always grabs my attention, even when some of their games have crashed and burned. But Cyberpunk...
Cyberpunk 2077 could have the biggest problem because the overall hype around it is massive. It feels like Deus Ex and The Witcher are having a baby — with a few thousand different possibilities.
For the year? Xbox. I’d generally choose Xbox as my preferred system regardless, of course, but I’m biased there anyway. This year though they’re making some pretty fantastic strides in gaming. Their next console is set to be the most powerful, with a secondary console set to be next gen but significantly cheaper. They’re putting a more solid basis behind much of the same tech Stadia is pushing. They’ve grown their number of first-party studios to 15! Things are looking up for Xbox. The next few years are going to have Xbox as a much more potent contender within gaming.Best Platform! 509
It’s an API issue with the data Apex actively shares, which is apparently very little information overall.
*cough* Witcher Trailer here *cough*
1. One. Hundred. For a premium service in a single game that I only want to play because I got it for free through an Amazon promo. That would be a lot even for a game with a stellar track record, but Fallout 76 is bumpy at best.
2. Hyped for Stadia, but super cautious about it. I’ll always favor Xbox’s moves in to that territory, simply because I digitally own hundreds of game as is. Still, I want Stadia to succeed.
The Destiny boost is super weird. If you have Shadowkeep already and a character at 900, just buy some exotic gear from Xûr and swap it with a few leveled weapons over to your others characters. The free gear in the Battle Pass will boost your other characters very close to 900 immediately, and maybe even over it if you’re high up on the Battle Pass.The Daily Moot (10/16/19) 4