The Xbox One has been steadily on the rise since its initial launch. While it had a pretty slow start behind the Playstation 4, it has been ramping up recently and more and more people are buying an Xbox One. Microsoft must be doing something right to keep their console sales on the rise. And its partly due to the fact that the Xbox One is a pretty sweet and versatile machine. Here’s a few reasons, in no particular order, why you should own an Xbox One.
The best feature, in my opinion, for the Xbox One is a feature that wasn’t even available at launch. It wasn’t until later in the consoles life cycle did Microsoft add in the Backwards Compatiblity functionality. Now while every single title isn’t available for Backwards Compatibility right from the start, it has a pretty robust selection as of right now. In addition, Microsoft has come out to say they eventually want every Xbox 360 to be Backwards Compatible eventually. So for those of us that hung onto some of our favorite Xbox 360 games, they either are or soon will be available to play on the Xbox One. And if you don’t have your hard copy anymore, you can always buy a digital copy or find a used copy.
Xbox Live (Games with Gold)
The Xbox Live Service is the greatest tool of the Xbox One. It’s the main reason we can play with friends, join multiplayer matches and do so much more. While it isn’t a free service, it is very reliable. I personally have both Sony and Microsoft consoles, and more times that not when a console network goes down, its the Playstation Network. Xbox Live is a solid service, that even comes with bonuses. Along with an Xbox Live subscription, there are free games offered every month with Games with Gold. Initially, the serviced offered a game or two for the Xbox One and the same for the Xbox 360. Now with the Backwards Compatibility in full swing, there are on average 4 games available for Xbox One a month. Every Xbox 360 title given away now is Backwards Compatible. So gamers can get two true Xbox One titles and two Backwards Compatible titles a month. And they aren’t some obscure titles either. Just recently in October, Microsoft offered I Am Alive and The Escapists, two pretty solid indie titles. They also offer AAA titles as well, with the original Mirror’s Edge and even WWE 2K16 just recently as well.
Another service exclusive to Xbox One is EA Access. This is a service for the very affordable price of 29.99 a year, that gives players access to The Vault which has a big list of previous EA titles, including Madden 2k16, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition and more. More titles are always. Being added to the service as well. Not only do gamers get access to these great titles, but they are eligible for discounts on EA titles with the service as well. They also get to play some titles a few days early, such as the recent Battlefield 1 launch. With EA Access and Games with Gold, Xbox One gamers are always getting something new to play on the Microsoft Platform.
With the recent launch of Windows 10 on PC’s worldwide and the update to the Xbox One system being Windows 10 based, Xbox One owners who also have a PC that they game on have the option to buy certain Xbox titles once and play them on both their PC and Xbox console. This is a pretty handy feature for people who want to play a little Forza Horizon 3, but can’t use their TV because someone else in their household might be on it.
Xbox One has a pretty solid selection of Exclusive titles that gamers can enjoy. The widely popular Halo franchise calls Xbox One it’s home. In addition, gamers on the Xbox One get to enjoy the Gears of War saga (which recently launched Gears of War 4) as well as the popular racing game Forza (which just released Forza Horizon 3). Other new IP’s exclusive to the system include Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, and the upcoming ScaleBound.
Microsoft has always had one of the most solid controllers for gaming ever with the Xbox 360 controller. This was only improved on with the Xbox One controller. Not stopping there, Microsoft introduced the fully customizable Xbox One Elite controller. This controller allows gamers to change out the height of the thumbsticks, add bumpers to the back on the controller, and change out the style of the D-Pad. Customization is easy and anyone can find a setup they will like. Microsoft even implemented an app in their system to swap button mapping as well, allowing full customization
The Xbox One has come a long way since launch. It even has a new and improved version in the Xbox One S. With these reasons, and so many more, there is no reason not to own an Xbox One. Bundles are becoming more plentiful and there is something out there for everyone!
Let us know in the comments what your favorite feature is on the Xbox One!