Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Microsoft Retail Stores Will Let You Try Xbox One X

Microsoft Retail Stores Will Let You Try Xbox One X

But Microsoft also notes that customers who preorder Xbox One X at their local Microsoft Store can pick up their console right at 9 p.m. PT, Monday, November 6/midnight ET, Tuesday, November 7, from the store where they preordered. "With Minecraft on PlayStation, we have to be one of the biggest games on their platform in terms of sales and gameplay", he said.

Spencer continues, "Their number one form of entertainment, and we want to give them the very best experience". However, while many have expressed that this lack of new software means that the Xbox brand has a lot riding on the Xbox One X's success, Microsoft acknowledges that they are appealing to a niche audience with the system.

When asked if it was a lost cause, he replied, "I have a real struggle making comments about their motivation or timelines".

Microsoft has announced four new Xbox One S bundles earlier today. I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline.

Sony's reasoning on not allowing cross-play is that the company is only looking out for the safety of its users, and fears what could happen over networks they have no control over.

Cross-play between the two consoles is technically possible - Fortnite accidentally added this feature back in September then quickly removed it - so this seems most certainly a matter of politics, principles, or maintaining exclusivity. I don't think everybody is taking that same approach to the ecosystem. If it's better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn't go do this, especially when you're trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity. Sony, however, has generally been unforthcoming, and seems to be the sole reason why Xbox and PlayStation gamers can not play together as of yet. If you're creating an online indie game and you're going to create five [shards] of your game-the Steam version, Xbox Live on PC, Xbox version, the PlayStation version, the Switch version creates hard matchmaking scenarios.

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