Three years ago today Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment console wasn’t in a good place. Microsoft had botched the console’s announcement and failed to provide need to know details about how it worked. If you’d have asked anyone whether they thought the console might be able to recover, you’d have gotten a “maybe.” Today, the Xbox One stands tall. It hasn’t just survived. It’s thrived.
It’s midway through one of its biggest exclusive game line-ups in history, with the holiday only providing a brief pause on the steady stream of Halo, Gears of War, Forza and other franchise favorites. This year’s high-profile fall launch, Gears of War 4, has some of the most critical acclaim we’ve seen of any Xbox One game. September’s Forza Horizon 3 managed to garner more glowing reviews by remixing the Forza racing formula into something new and fresh.
The company’s software teams have gone back to focusing on what makes Xbox One unique: its software. Xbox Live is set to get two features that will change how the console’s online gaming community finds friends and people to play with. Looking for Game makes it easy to let everyone know exactly when you want to play your favorite multiplayer games. With Clubs it is simple to hold a group of friends together through messages, regular playdates and basic community building. Xbox One Backwards Compatibility allows you to play your older titles absolutely free. The library titles available there keeps growing and growing.
Xbox One’s launch was a debacle. You can’t debate that. On the other hand, Microsoft has managed to steadily improve the Xbox One’s standing by delivering titles and features that users want and need. Here are 12 exciting things you can do with Xbox One.