Xbox One Catch-all

I've heard it's terrible. Be glad you're not paying.

I thought it got pretty good reviews on the Switch.

Awesome! I've been wanting AC: Rogue!

Just be aware that its the 360 version, and not the remastered version, unfortunately.

Razgon wrote:

Just be aware that its the 360 version, and not the remastered version, unfortunately.

That's fine since I'll probably at least partially be playing it on my 360 anyway, and I only have the original XB1 and not all the newfangled 4K stuff!

Well, I am not happy with MS right now.
I grabbed one of the new Games with Gold (Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon) and they charged me for it.
Oops, must be an error, I'll just put in a ticket.
Nope, not valid for refund.
Off to cancel Gold.

lunchbox12682 wrote:

Well, I am not happy with MS right now.
I grabbed one of the new Games with Gold (Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon) and they charged me for it.
Oops, must be an error, I'll just put in a ticket.
Nope, not valid for refund.
Off to cancel Gold.

I had the same happen last year, I persisted, I got the refund.

Nimcosi wrote:
lunchbox12682 wrote:

Well, I am not happy with MS right now.
I grabbed one of the new Games with Gold (Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon) and they charged me for it.
Oops, must be an error, I'll just put in a ticket.
Nope, not valid for refund.
Off to cancel Gold.

I had the same happen last year, I persisted, I got the refund.

Yeah, I reopened it, so we'll see.

For anyone that picked up the Lucidsound LS35X headsets, there is a firmware update that is supposed to:

Fixes audio cutting out in congested WiFi environments
Increased Mic Monitor level
Improved battery level reporting accuracy
Misc. performance and stability improvements

I'll say that I have not had any audio drops since the first night, but I did rearrange my consoles in order to clear space around the XB1, but it has been a reported issue with the headset. Hopefully this fixes that for everyone.

Thanks for the link.

I have to do this on my computer? Did I travel back to 1998?

Top_Shelf wrote:

Thanks for the link.

I have to do this on my computer? Did I travel back to 1998?

That did seem weird.

I played the Anthem demo a bit last night and felt it ran like garbage on my X. This game just isn't ready to launch.

I had a lot of technical issues with the VIP demo on my X, too. The first-person hub area was super cludgy, and the open world looked nice but had a lot of pop-in with the visuals. It also crashed multiple times and froze once. (It also had enemies that randomly disappeared in the middle of combat. I assume that's a server issue, though.)

Ok apologies in advance for my little rant.....

I just read the first impressions of Crackdown 3 on Polygon and it sounds pretty meh. This isn’t really a big surprise given the troubled development history of the game but I was hoping that it might be great. Maybe it will be but I’m not real hooeful.

I recently started playing Spider-Man on my PS4 and good lord, the hype is real. That game is just fantastic and it makes me realize how many misses Xbox has had with their thin first party lineup. Their games haven’t been terrible, SOD2 and Sea of Thieves were fine for what they were. And FH4 is a quality game but in a fairly narrow niche. But they haven’t had any blow your socks off games like Spider-Man or Horizon Zero Dawn in quite a while. Not to mention God of War which I haven’t played but sounds pretty great.

Not much point to this rant, just really hoping that MS can come through with some great titles in the next gen because I love the hardware and the ecosystem. I don’t understand how Sony is able to extract such great work from their 3rd party (and first party) developers and MS can’t (Sunset Overdrive was nice but no Spider-Man).

Just wish there were more games that blew me away. Hopefully all of these studio purchases will pay off down the line.

I haven't been a huge fan of Sony's recent crop of first-party games, but I won't deny that they've gotten a lot of players excited. And they all have an element that's missing from Microsoft's exclusives to date: a feeling that the developers were passionate about what they did.

Every Microsoft game that's come out or been canceled has carried with it a similar narrative of confusing corporate mandates, shifting goals, and managerial interference. Concurrently, the story from Sony devs has carried the opposite narrative: Sony largely got out of the way and let them make what they want. There have been some duds from Sony, but they've also enabled studios to make some real passion projects that fans have enjoyed.

I don't buy the narrative that developers are always right and publishers are always wrong, but I also think it's the job of publishers to set guidelines and boundaries (they're the ones forking out the cash, after all) and then let the developers do their work. If something goes off rails, step in. But people do better work when they're emotionally invested in it.

Which is why I'm excited about the studios Microsoft has acquired. Every last one of them has demonstrated their passion again and again, and Microsoft can give them the funding they need to do great things, provided Microsoft doesn't get in the way. It's been a quiet couple years for Microsoft Studios, and I hope that's a sign that they're reevaluating and making a better plan for the future.

As far as Crackdown 3 goes, I'm not surprised by the response so far. The writing has been on the wall for awhile that it would be a miracle if the game released and wasn't a disaster. It's a shame, but I'm not surprised.

I think this is kind of a lost generation for MS exclusives. I still greatly prefer the Xbox ecosystem, though, and their brilliant decision to give us the option of playing on substantially more powerful hardware. I'm hoping for better next-gen.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I think this is kind of a lost generation for MS exclusives. I still greatly prefer the Xbox ecosystem, though, and their brilliant decision to give us the option of playing on substantially more powerful hardware. I'm hoping for better next-gen.

I won’t say no to better exclusives but at the same time I don’t really feel like I’ve missed out on anything super special. The best titles so far for me this gen are typically cross platform and play best in the Xbox One X. Bloodborne being by far the best that I wouldn’t want to miss out on.

But I would love a really good Fable game.

I don't care about exclusives anymore. I value the ecosystem and power.

And the ecosystem is the best. By far.

TheGameguru wrote:

I believe a streaming service but it wouldn’t make sense that it would be the only way the lower spec would play certain titles. The split between OG Xbox One and the Xbox One X is significant and you should be able to still play titles with lower details much like a PC.

I would guess there might be a chance we see a streaming only Xbox next gen. That’s more believable but I’m not sure where Microsoft is with their streaming service. Lots of rumors but nothing resembling a real technology.

Project xCloud is built on Xbox One S hardware, so we're going to have that as a hardware baseline for a long time. A lot of people still can't stream 1080p60 video reliably, and the market that cares about that performance target most are the ones who would buy the hardware to run games locally regardless.

+1 for ecosystem. The cloud is just amazing.

Sally, I have more cheevos than you this month. I'm worried about you. Are you okay.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Sally, I have more cheevos than you this month. I'm worried about you. Are you okay.

Gets out the cough syrup, the Vicks, the hot towels, chicken soup, lots and lots of fluids to drink, lemon and honey, hot tea....

Final Fantasy IX is live and it is a Play Anywhere title. I am tempted to get it, but also a bit weary based on some of their past ports though.

I'm not a big Polygon fan, but I thought this analysis of Crackdown 3 and its relationship with Game Pass was really interesting.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm not a big Polygon fan, but I thought this analysis of Crackdown 3 and its relationship with Game Pass was really interesting.

That was a good read, and it matches my feelings on Crackdown. The impressions have been disappointing, but that has been mostly due to original expectations, which changed. But my thought has been, “Oh well, it seems like it will be worth checking out on Gamepass.” Good or bad, it doesn’t change my gaming situation because I’m not pulling money out of my pocket today.

And I would have, without Gamepass. It might have been the big miss that RDR2 was for me so far, spending $60 on a game that is fine, has excellent elements, but fails to be the game I load up each time. Now it might be more like Hitman. Never bought it, but with Gamepass, I’ve wasted a few evenings with it, and will probably slowly make my way through the second game eventually. But the Gamepass nature of it means there is no pressure to justify my purchase.

Couple that with Microsoft’s commitment to BC, and it’s a 200 game library that will roll right along with me when the next console drops, along with all of my purchased XB1 games. It’s a fantastic ecosystem.

I have no idea if that will help or hurt Xbox going forward.

Yea I would completely skip it if it wasn't for Game Pass. And the only reason I even have Game Pass is because of that All Access deal. I kind of hope they have something like that available at launch for the high end next gen system.

Crackdown 3 is available now if you set your region to New Zealand.

First impressions here are that it is fun. Like, I want to blow off all my other errands and just play more Crackdown. On the other hand, I genuinely really liked Crackdown 1 and 2 (and Sunset Overdrive, which I feel is kind of similar)

I think I probably helps to think of this game as AA action/platformer rather than a AAA narrative driven open worlder.

Last night I unplugged my launch Xbox because it periodically makes a high pitched electronic noise that disturbs my sleep. Today it won't power on. I've tried using two different power sockets. Any secret tricks here? Is there some resetting of the power brick that needs to be done? Thanks.

I have had power bricks, not specific to xbox, that have had to be unplugged from wall for 15 minutes before they actually reset.