The Next-gen Xbox announcement is only 12 days away. Microsoft will be announcing the new console on 21st May. The company has to make sure that the new Xbox is exciting enough for gamers to dish out their hard earned money. PlayStation 4 has already been announced, and it is awesome, especially with all the new features. Microsoft has to do one better in order to walk away as the King of Next-gen consoles.
Lets be honest, Xbox 360 was a big success and we don’t see any reason why the next Xbox won’t make it big. Well, I’ve personally compiled these 5 reasons that give Microsoft’s next-gen console an edge over its competition.
Even if you hate the Xbox 360, one thing we have to love about it, is the online multiplayer service Xbox Live. Xbox Live has changed the multiplayer scene of the gaming world. It’s not just an online multiplayer service, it offers a wide range of content, from downloadable games on demand to streaming music and videos. Xbox Live has got everything. Xbox Live alone helped Microsoft in selling nearly 80 million units of the Xbox 360. So, we expect Microsoft to bring some new features to the service with the next-gen Xbox and continue its dominance in the online world.
According to rumors, the Next-gen Xbox is not just a console for the gamers; instead Microsoft is planning to make it a main part of your living room. The next-gen Xbox will be able to provide you countless entertainment options from gaming to movies, music and apps. The Xbox 360 already offers a wide range of entertainment options including Xbox Music and several other third-party apps as well. So, Microsoft will just improve upon it and bring more services to the console.
The Original Kinect was a big success for Microsoft and the Kinect 2.0 would also attract gamers who want to play casual games with their family and friends. Kinect 2.0 will be more interactive than its predecessor. Kinect is a must-have device for casual gamers who want to have a great time with their loved-ones. It has the potential to propel Xbox sales to millions.
Third-Party Exclusive Titles and DLCs
Microsoft did attempt to draw this card with the announcement of the Xbox 360 and it worked out really well for the company. So, we don’t see any reason why the company won’t try it again. The big reveal of Call of Duty: Ghost is scheduled for 21st May at the Xbox event, so we’re pretty sure that some aspects of the game will be exclusive to the console only. Many other third-party titles will also make their way to the console with some aspects of the game exclusive to the new console.
In the end, good pricing policy will decide the fate of the next-gen Xbox. We have already seen the company testing the subscription based pricing model for the Xbox 360, so it will definitely do it with the next-gen Xbox as well. An Xbox with a $199 price tag on 2 years subscription of Xbox Live could definitely boost the sales. If Microsoft comes up with some decent pricing plans then the competition will have a hard time keeping up with the company.
This is just a speculation of the features that Microsoft can potentially introduce with the next-gen Xbox. Although, the announcement will be much more spectacular and lets be honest, nobody would prefer a “Just for gaming” console over Microsoft’s complete entertainment system for the living room.