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ARCHIVE Day 34: Oh Microsoft…

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Childhood in One Image, right here.

How the mighty have fallen. Well, they’ve still got the whole PC thing going, so I guess they’ve only kind of fallen.

A few years ago, the Xbox was the king of the fucking world. It was the most popular and powerful home console of the last generation, constantly competing and just beating the PS3. If you saw an add for an anticipated game, that add more than likely ended with the 360 logo. They were sitting pretty at the top.

Then the Xbox One came out and everything came crashing down.

Almost immediately upon the release of the Xbox One and Playstation 4, it was painfully obvious which one was going to be winning this era of the console wars. The PS4 had a solid design, powerful tech, a good controller, and a small but efficient design. The Xbox, while it was powerful and efficient, lacked anything truly new for the controller, and the machine itself was bulky and loud.

Then games starting coming. Like always, they would typically come out on PC, Xbox and Playstation. The difference was, this time, most adds ended with the Playstation tagline of ‘Greatness Awaits’, and rarely ended with the Xbox logo.

That was the first true sign.

Exclusives quickly came to the Playstation in high quality spades. Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona, Until Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, The Last Guardian, and a remaster of Shadow of the Colossus just to name a few. Xbox had a poorly received Halo sequel in Halo 5, a temporary exclusive deal on Tomb Raider which came to a swift end, and Sea of Thieves (which you already know how I feel about that). Aside from that, all other ‘exclusives’, such as Cuphead, were also on PC.

What they don’t seem to understand is that having games on PC as well as your home console renders one irrelevant. And spoiler alert, but most people tend to have good PC’s already, be they for work or video games.

See the problem? Both you and your competitor have rendered your hardware worthless. I’m pretty sure the only thing that still sells well is the controller, and that’s because of PC people.

And I thought the Wii U had problems.

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