Rising From The Ashes

For a while it really seemed like Microsoft’s new policies had hit rock bottom. 360 owners were coming out in full force stating that they were now going to buy PS4s. As the days have progressed, however, Microsoft has done everything to put their console back on the table. They’ve reversed their DRM policies. They no longer an internet connection. They no longer require Kinect to be constantly plugged in.¬†They were very close to losing a lot of fans, but I think they’ve finally turned it around.

Now with all of the most recent news coming out of Microsoft themselves, as well as press conferences like that at Gamescom, we’re getting a much better look into what the console actually has to offer. There’s in-depth videos regarding the new hardware, the full launch lineup has been released, and even huger news is coming out of Europe.

At Gamescom, Microsoft announced that every European copy of the X1 will be released with a copy of FIFA 14. I can’t think of a better game to bundle in. It’s like bundling in Madden in the American version. The press asked Microsoft whether or not they’re doing the same thing in America and they said they didn’t have anything to announce. Although they probably did this simply to win over more European gamers after they burned a lot of them by restricting the day one releases to a lot less countries, I’m hoping they do the same thing here. Gamers would go NUTS if Madden was bundled in to the X1, or any game for that matter.

Alll in all, I think Microsoft has really turned things around and I’m excited to see the console in action. I still think they’ve lost a lot of fans due to their terrible marketing techniques, but I’m glad they’re turning it around.

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