So, allow me to preface this by saying that I know RT has a professional relationship with many different companies, and that's something that they have to keep in mind when they do reviews and just talk about products, in general.
But... when did XBox become a 'good' platform? Let me unpack that thought a bit.
Listening to FunHaus, and the AH crew, and even on the Know, there's a lot of talk about XBox. Not surprising, as they predominately play and talk about video games, but it often comes across to me like they're treating it as a bit of a gold standard in the console gaming market. Nintendo is talked about as a niche market, and PlayStation is talked about as if it's just an overrated brick with some circuit boards taped to it. But... Why?
Credit where it's due, PlayStation hasn't done a lot of groundbreaking work in recent history, and Nintendo is laser focused on targeting nostalgia and novelty gaming styles. At the same time, XBox is a ridiculously problematic platform.
Let's check in on XBox's history:
XBox: The big brick some people owned because Halo was a thing. GameCube and PlayStation 2 dominated this generation of gaming. They dominated in both performance, titles, and quality control. But, ya know, it's XBox's first time at the rodeo, so, we can give it a pass. It lives to see another day...
XBox 360: A console that was a dumpster fire on day one... literally. Two things saved the future of the X-Box platform. (1) XBox released the system a year before Nintendo or PlayStation revealed their next gen consoles. (2) The PlayStation 3 was a marketing disaster. The release was so badly botched that some suspected this might be Sony's last gaming console. It ended up with some people being fired, and then, finally, PlayStation began to recoup some of its losses. What this meant for XBox is that many developers, especially those that were originally PlayStation exclusive, jumped ship to XBox. This helped make up for the fact that the console, itself, was never not defective.
XBox One: In my opinion, the first solid console the company ever put out, and even that has to be qualified as its entire design had to be heavily revised in the six months leading to release, after their original design for the console was torn apart by reviewers and fans alike. At the same time, PS4 showed a massive rebound from the PS3, dominating sales for that generation of console. Nintendo... Well, they're just doing their own thing at this point, and they're pretty good at it, so, I mean, there's that.
What I'm trying to get at here is that the XBox has a rough history, and really only gained stability in the gaming market because the release of the PS3 was such a botch. That's not to say it doesn't have it's good points, of course. Across all three platforms, the XBox community has the best online multiplayer, on pretty much every AAA title. I'm just not sure why there's always this gasp and how could they(!?) anytime XBox does something unpopular or can't back up their big talk. It's just Xbox. It's how they've been. It's how they've always been.
That's like being surprised that a AAA franchise started to tank after EA bought it up, or that EA wants to use more microtransactions, or that Origin has new restrictions that make playing games a chore. (I really don't like EA as a company...)
Anyway, that's all. I feel better now. You?