I'm curious what will happen with Xbox as the years progress. Is PC really going to stay the gaming platform of choice? I think consoles will take it back. Exclusives will exist, there won't be a 'PC' version of some games, so you would still need to purchase an Xbox and the Xbox version to play, even with play anywhere.
Yeah i do get Xbox lost this generation so bad. When i first heard the "Xbox play anywhere" was a cool idea but wasn't ready that time but it's gotten better since. I agree they do need sone console exclusives but best way is to make Scarlett support used games without restrictions and lend it to a frie. I am still happy that Halo is coming on PC but I'm still buying Infinite on Xbox
The amount of time that has gone into Halo Infinite already is enough for me to believe 343 will have this one MOSTLY if not COMPLETELY nailed down day 1. I'm expecting a near perfect launch. Super excited.That's why they're also launching it on PC to up the player base. I'm mixed on this as I understand why they're doing it but feel like there isn't any point of owning Xbox anymore when they have no exclusive games anymore as they will all be on PC now. yet the Xbox only gamer is getting screwed because PC exclusives aren't coming to Xbox. I already have friends who say they won't be getting the next Xbox and I must admit these kind of actions are making me consider spending my money elsewhere. I could easily see myself spending no or very little money on Xbox in the future the way things are going, but I'm getting off top of here so yeah lol
The only issue I see is the level of interest in Halo has dropped significantly since Halo 2/3 days. What we need is a massive pool of players again. Giving 343 the option to keep making better content and keep growing the game.
Unfortunately it feels like a pipe dream to expect any video game to be released in a state that feels polished and "complete," entirely. I'm not expecting Infinite to be an exception to this general industry trend, but I do agree that it really can't afford to be less polished than Halo 5 and defimitely needs to launch a lot less broken than MCC did back in '14.I completely agree. It seems almost impossible now for any game to actually come out finished and the sad thing is it will continue because so many people seem to be okay with it for the most part. I just don't understand people.
The PR nightmare of the game that's supposed to put the Halo franchise back on the map of gaming's best and brightest IP's on any platform launching in a nearly unplayable condition? I hope nobody has to spell out what that would mean for the future of the series to 343i.
Even so, as I said before: it won't be perfect at day one. In today's industry, the necessity incentive for a high level of polish has been removed by the ability to patch games on day one and beyond. Pressing disks used to mean you were done, for better or worse, so everything depended upon the state of fit and finish on your game before it went into print. Not anymore. Even if it were still like that, the games of today are orders of magnitude more difficult to polish and square up than the ones we all remember from two console generations ago. It wouldn't even be reasonable to expect perfection on any game this big day-one. But, again, I agree with you wholeheartedly that it needs to release in a very playable state.
I don't think Halo infinite will launch poorly as 343I and Microsoft can't afford to have that happen again with Halo but I definitely don't think it's going to launch with all the content either. Probably within 3 months they'll come out with some new game mode or something for the game. Micro transactions are also here to stay unfortunately because once again too many people buy them for reasons that I can't comprehend. I understand this in a free to play game but otherwise I don't.
Video games aren't what they used to be nor will they ever be that again unfortunately and I feel sorry for people that didn't get to experience gaming at it's peek in the 16-bit era as far as I'm concerned.
And I haven't really felt the 'xbox lost this generation so bad' other than PS4 sales. Honestly, there wasn't much I wanted to play on PS4. Exclusives we're virtually non-existent, but I prefer the Xbox gold model. So I went with that. And in the last year or so, PS has done nothing worth mentioning. Lol
Well the one advantage consoles had over PC used to be that the game will work with that console as they were already standardized with all consumers, for PC well the whole concept is each owner can configure and customize their own computer so the specifications were not standard and thus games on the PC had to make compromises to reach a wide variety of users to make a profit.
But now with the advent of the day 1 patch, well the promise that a game will work on a console is no guarantee. Furthermore was the attempt by Microsoft to not sell you a console but instead just lease
it to you with terms and conditions that gives them the right to brick it if it does not check in with their servers at times. That blew up in Microsoft's face so bad even after they abandoned that idea the damage to the Xbox brand was irreversible. Now they are talking about streaming machines and only downloads for consoles instead of physical retail media. That is another attempt on switching the sale to a lease as it is illegal to repossess a sold product that was paid in full, but for software there is no ownership and now most apps are not sold but rented or subscription based and subsidized with streamed in app advertisement.
That being said it hasn't been all good news for PCs because of the said how digital commodities are treated. Heck what once was relegated to consoles (the platform wars) has now made its way onto PC with the Storefront Wars where Epic is poised to beat up Valve the same way Nintendo beat up Sega (but in a less polite way). Online gameplay has had a lot of advantages and could have extended the lifespan of the experience. But now companies have developed that connectivity from allowing the end user to enjoy it with friends to a string that could pull that game away at any notice.
I'm sure many of you are tired of us old folks talk about the good old days, but let me tell you this those were the Good days, and I am sorry but your lot is getting ripped off, and I wish you were able to experience gaming when it was way better and not so predatory.