It’s hard to believe that the Xbox One, Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console has been on store shelves and ready for users to purchase for an entire year. It feels like just yesterday, Microsoft was building a tent on its Redmond campus and promising users of a future where the games that they enjoy could be played on a system that also integrated other types of entertainment.
Depending on who you ask, Microsoft has pretty much delivered on that promise. In the time since Microsoft launched the Xbox One we’ve also seen it evolve and change. The Xbox One that Microsoft began selling last year for $499 can now be purchased at $399 without a Kinect 2 sensor. There are so many Xbox One Bundles available that buyers actually have to work pretty hard to buy an Xbox One that doesn’t come with a free game. Today, bundles include everything from the upcoming Sunset Overdrive special edition console to Forza 5 and Madden NFL 15. Microsoft has also started handing out two free games to users who sign up for its Xbox Live online gaming service – something that we knew was coming last year, but wasn’t actually available.
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With the end of the year quickly approaching and all the pieces in place, Microsoft and the video game developers that supply the Xbox One with games are gearing up for a banner Holiday 2014. Here are 5 of the Best Xbox One games we’re still excited about that are coming in 2014.
GTA V for Xbox One
If someone told anyone in the gaming industry that GTA V was the mostly highly anticipated game to début last year, I’d say they were right. Legions of longtime series fans – even some people who’d never played the game – rushed to stores to pick up the title. The game’s campaign features three protagonists living in a wide-open state with different terrains, cultures and dangers. In short, GTA V was the best open-world game we’d seen in years.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t available for the Xbox and PS4 and that’s where the problem came. GTA V came at a time when the Xbox 360 was quickly approaching its breaking point. The game’s loading time was pretty egregious and the amount of storage space needed to get the game working was enormous. Earlier this year, developer Rockstar revealed that GTA V would make its way to the Xbox One and PS4. These new versions will have better graphics, new music and some extra cash for players to throw around in Grand Theft Auto Online, the game’s online multiplayer experience. GTA V for Xbox One and PS4 launches on November 18th.