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I plan on getting one in January, but it really is a laughable lineup. Some of those franchises I have officially put my foot down for good aswell so it really is slim pickings.

But, I greatly respect the push towards backpat. MS lead the way on this one. No other console launched with this much focus on backpat right out of the gate. 

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foodfather said:

I plan on getting one in January, but it really is a laughable lineup. Some of those franchises I have officially put my foot down for good aswell so it really is slim pickings.

But, I greatly respect the push towards backpat. MS lead the way on this one. No other console launched with this much focus on backpat right out of the gate. 

Bold: I see your point, if you're basing this on the upgrades that some BC games will get. Though PS3 launched with BC for the complete libraries of both PS1 and PS2. XBX has BC for XB1, 25% of 360's library, and 41 out of the 1001 original Xbox games.

It's better than PS5's BC but it can be argued whether it's the most complete BC of all time.



Respect to all differing opinions, but for my taste, this lineup is brutally dull. Will not be getting an XSX or S anytime soon, but hopefully MSFT can convince me in the next few years with some good games. I got burned pretty bad on my XBO purchase. But MSFT is definitely playing to win now.

Curious...why did you list games like FH4, Gears 5, and SoT, since they’re just XBO games? Is there something special about them over other backwards compatible games for XSX?

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pitzy272 said:

Respect to all differing opinions, but for my taste, this lineup is brutally dull. Will not be getting an XSX or S anytime soon, but hopefully MSFT can convince me in the next few years with some good games. I got burned pretty bad on my XBO purchase. But MSFT is definitely playing to win now.

Curious...why did you list games like FH4, Gears 5, and SoT, since they’re just XBO games? Is there something special about them over other backwards compatible games for XSX?

Yes, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, The Outer Worlds, and Ori 2 are all getting Series X optimized. More than just backwards compatibility, which would display those games with Xbox One X settings, those 5 games are getting actual next-gen upgrades, for free. Gears 5 in particular is getting a big upgrade, 4K/60 fps singleplayer, 4K/120 fps multiplayer, with better than PC ultra graphics settings on the singleplayer. Forza Horizon 4 is 4K/60 fps with PC ultra equivalnt draw distance. Sea of Thieves is 4K/30 fps. Outer Worlds is 4K/30 fps. Ori 2 is 4K/120 fps. All will get faster load times too thanks to the SSD. 

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People need to raise their standards abit higher. These minor enhancements to old games doesn't alter the fact it's an abysmal launch. People should be on twitter giving xbox ceo a hard time about it.



KratosLives said:
People need to raise their standards abit higher. These minor enhancements to old games doesn't alter the fact it's an abysmal launch. People should be on twitter giving xbox ceo a hard time about it.

Why would people do that? Xbox fans know that Xbox was banking on Halo being ready for launch and it sadly needed to be delayed, Xbox fans would rather see Halo be good than rushed out just to have a good launch line-up. Why attack Xbox's leadership for something they couldn't fix just a few months out from launch? They've done the best they can to lineup as many other exclusives for the launch Holiday as possible, and they managed to get 14 exclusives for the Holiday launch window (assuming no more of them get delayed):

  • 12 Minutes (timed console exclusive)
  • The Artful Escape (timed console exclusive)
  • The Ascent (console exclusive)
  • Bright Memory (console exclusive)
  • CrossFireX (timed console exclusive)
  • The Falconeer (console exclusive)
  • Gears Tactics (console exclusive)
  • Manifold Garden (timed next-gen exclusive)
  • Recompile (timed console exclusive)
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (timed console exclusive)
  • Samurai Shodown (timed next-gen exclusive)
  • The Medium (timed console exclusive)
  • Tetris Effect Connected (timed console exclusive)
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon (timed next-gen exclusive)

Sure most of the 14 are indie or single A, but they managed to get 1 AAA (CrossFireX) and 4 AA's (Yakuza Like a Dragon, Samurai Shodown, The Medium, and Gears Tactics).

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TIL doubling frame rates is a minor enhancement.



KratosLives said:
People need to raise their standards abit higher. These minor enhancements to old games doesn't alter the fact it's an abysmal launch. People should be on twitter giving xbox ceo a hard time about it.

Oh yes, because you or anyone on twitter is really going to make a difference in this instance. I think it's become abundantly clear Xbox is really trying to improve their 1st party output ie adding 17 studios to their roster in 2 years. It sucks that Halo Infinite was delayed, but it is what it is. The launch games of a console won't dictates how the rest of the generation is going to unfold. 



KratosLives said:
People need to raise their standards abit higher. These minor enhancements to old games doesn't alter the fact it's an abysmal launch. People should be on twitter giving xbox ceo a hard time about it.

Nah. People know that better games will come down the road.

PS4's launch lineup was also abysmal and it didn't even have BC to fall back on. But its exclusive library improved over time as well.