So you may have seen this from us.
The stars were right, and we bought a next generation console yesterday – an X-Box One.
There were financial things that lined up – credit card rewards, a great sale at the store (buy a console, get a free game! Hello, Tomb Raider!), and even a coupon for a cheaper controller (because, there’s two of us gaming…). And hey, Fallout 4 came with it, why not? We chose one without a Kinect, we liked 1TB over 500GB… but all of these are just pieces on the what we got.
But why get it? What moved us this way? We’ve talked before about considering the new generation – and when we reached a decision point on it before almost two years ago, we bought a PS3 instead to play exclusives we missed there… many of which are sitting on a shelf still here in the house… So what changed?
Finally Some Good Games
This is something that happens with every new console generation – there’s not a whole lot out for it at first. The really good games are all still in development. And eventually, by the end of the life cycle of a console, you’re hitting some of the best games on it. Which is the sort of stuff that’s kept us going, video game-wise.
We’re still waiting for a lot of the games that there was buzz about when the consoles first came out. Still in production, two years later. Not really surprising, but it has meant that there has been no rush for us to upgrade.
I think the first big game to finally be an exclusive to the new console generation, and not be on both, was Batman Arkham Knight. Yeah… that one’s on the way. Before that, there wasn’t a lot of reason to upgrade – although for a game like Dragon Age: Inquisition it definitely felt like the upgrade system would help with it running smoothly.
But a lot of the good next-gen games are finally starting to hit, like the new Tomb Raider, like Star Wars Battlefront, like Halo 5, like Fallout 4. All of those hitting here just in time for Christmas this year… Rather than Christmas two years ago when the consoles came out…
So okay, it was finally time to consider the new generation of consoles if we wanted to play some of the new exciting games. That doesn’t necessarily help choose which, because most of the games are on both consoles. However, there are exclusives, and they finally drove our decision.
The big one for us so far is Rise of the Tomb Raider. The first one was amazing and Holly loved it, and this new one is an X-Box One exclusive. Quite the coup. And meanwhile, there’s no comparable exclusive on the PS4 to draw us in, and the other games we’re looking at are going to come out on the X-Box One.
Meanwhile, though I still need to play Halo 4… I am a fan of the Halo series for the story, and I’m excited to be able to continue that into the new generation of games. That’s another exclusive.
And, because we have so much work into our X-Box Gamertags, it is kind of nice to carry that over into the new generation. They’re solid accounts. That’s kind of like an exclusive, right?
However, this last piece is the clincher for us. And it meant that there was far less of a reason to wait anymore, while we play through our games we haven’t finished…
Finally, backwards compatibility.
It’s not everything yet – it seems like they’re working on updates for the games and running them on an emulator. Also, looking through the list of games, it’s a ton of X-Box Arcade games and older games. A lot of the newest games from the last generation actually have HD (they were already HD… super HD? HHD?) versions on the X-Box One – and I’ll bet those ones still don’t end up backwards-compatible. You’ll have to buy the new fancy version instead.
Still, it’s something, and I approve. Also, one of the games we were most upset about with the new consoles was Dragon Age Inquisition – which already got screwed up in terms of import. So I looked it up with the version on the new consoles, and found this page. Basically? They have a save importer for people moving from the old generation to the new. That means we can finally finish the game on the new console, running at higher efficiency. The game was huge, and played like it on the 360 – it was clunky at times.
There’s also a new Game of the Year edition of that… might have to get that…