The Xbox One is in trouble. Sure, they released an amazing piece of hardware this holiday season with the Xbox One X. It is apparently selling very well, compared to expectations. Two of Xbox’s exclusive games, Scalbound and Fable Legends, were canceled. Millions of dollars simply wasted. Last year, the Xbox One had a decent lineup of exclusives for the holidays. Gears of War 4 was excellent, as well as Forza Horizon 3. Dead Rising 4 was mindless fun. This year they have nothing in terms of software. It is relegated to a third-party machine. In fact, I only buy Xbox One games to play with my brother, and all of those (except Gears of War) are third-party. This is horrible for the industry.
While Microsoft claims announcements are coming (but when?), they don’t have a single first-party holiday game coming out. While focusing on hardware, Microsoft isn’t understanding what gamers care about most: software. Exclusive content is how you attract new customers. Tech enthusiasts may be able to afford a $500 system, but your average consumer can’t. Even Forbes is stating the PS4 Pro is a better buy than the Xbox One X. There are several reasons why the Xbox One is in trouble.
No VR Headset
This is a biggie. The Xbox One is the most powerful console ever created, so why doesn’t it have a Virtual Reality headset? Skyrim and Doom are already out on the PlayStation. Fallout 4 VR is coming next year for the HTC Vive. Why is Microsoft not taking advantage of this given its power? It makes no sense and is an atrocious business decision. Sony is putting Microsoft to shame in this respect. VR is here and there’s a huge demand for it. With Microsoft’s resources, they could create something even better than the PSVR. Why aren’t they?
There is no excuse for the Xbox One X not to have Virtual Reality. It’s just causing them to fall behind Sony even more, and with the Switch seemingly dominating holiday sales so far, Microsoft may be left in the wind. And quite honestly, as an Xbox One owner, this is incredibly sad.
The Xbox One Lacks Exclusives
It’s not just this holiday season — the Xbox One lacks exclusives. The only games I know of that have been announced definitively for next year are Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3. Sony had an amazing year in 2017 for the PlayStation 4 with Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Nier Automata, Nioh, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Simarily, despite being released in March, the Nintendo Switch also has an extremely impressive list of exclusives for the year, coming out with Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade 2, Splatoon 2, ARMS; there are too many to count. Sony showcased The Last of Us 2, Spider-Man, God of War, and an all-time classic, Shadow of the Colossus for 2018 (The Last of Us maybe a little later, but we don’t know yet). This makes the Xbox One look pathetic in comparison.
To compete the Xbox One cannot simply be everybody’s third-party machine. It needed a Halo this year, regardless of the series’ decliine since 343 took over, and it didn’t get it. Not to mention the PlayStation 4 is getting a lot of timed-exclusive DLC content. The Nintendo Switch may end up eclipsing the Xbox One sooner or later if they don’t turn things around, especially given their excellent first-party content and even third-party support.