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Microsoft Annihilated Xbox One at E3 2016, Where Does it Fit in its Long-term Plan?

Microsoft’s E3 2016 press event brought so much for Windows 10 PC users but so little for Xbox One. The company announced every single Xbox One exclusive for Windows 10 PC and if you own both platforms, you just need one copy to play across both thanks to Microsoft’s Play Anywhere Program.

Here are Xbox games that are coming to PC as well and this is just the beginning.

  • Gears of War 4 – Oct. 11, 2016
  • Forza Horizon 3 – Sept. 27, 2016
  • ReCore – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Sea of Thieves – Sometime in 2017
  • Halo Wars 2 – Feb. 21, 2017
  • Scalebound – Sometime in 2017
  • Killer Instinct Season 3 – Available Now
  • State of Decay 2 – Sometime in 2017
  • Ark: Survival Evolved – Now on Xbox Game Preview
  • Cuphead – Sometime in 2016
  • We Happy Few – Jul. 26, 2016 on Xbox Game Preview
  • Crackdown 3 – Sometime in 2017

Microsoft also went on to announce a new Xbox One S model and another one that supports native 4K gaming, Project Scorpio.

Everything at Microsoft’s E3 press event sounded really good if you are a PC gamer but for a Xbox One user, Microsoft has potentially killed the point of owning a Xbox console.

Xbox is a machine that has been struggling to maintain 1080/60 FPS even in first party games. But since there were exclusives to play, its shortcomings were ignored by the community.

By announcing most Xbox exclusives for Windows 10 Microsoft has tempted players to join the PC gaming community which is a good thing for Microsoft and its gaming business but that could be at the cost of Xbox brand.

You can play Xbox exclusives on PC with better performance, frame rates, and free multiplayer. Moreover, if you own a PS4 as well you can enjoy Sony exclusives like God of War, Uncharted, The Last of Us, Days Gone and more.

Where does Xbox fit into the scene? There is no incentive or sense to buying an Xbox One at this point. It is much better to own a gaming PC and play those games without paying for online multiplayer and with better performance.

Xbox One S won’t offer better performance, even though it has better CPU and GPU power, and Project Scorpio is useless if you don’t own a 4K Tv, which majority of us don’t as the resolution is only popular with a niche market for the time being.

So once again I would ask? Without exclusives, where does Xbox fit in? Right now, it makes all the sense in the world to get a gaming PC and sell your Xbox One or trade it in for a PS4 if want to own a console to go with your system.

The way Microsoft is handling Xbox One, the console would most certainly suffer from an identity crisis.