BlizzardIf you've ever played PC games, you know the feeling.
Maybe you leave Google Chrome or Skype open in the background while you play, and you get a ton of notifications, or a video loads in an open tab. The sudden demands on your system make your game freeze up, stutter, and otherwise perform poorly.
Whether you visit forums, gaming websites or read magazines, there is almost always a new story on the “console war.” Console wars aren’t a new phenomenon. It has been around since the 80s and went full steam when the Sega Genesis took on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
LOS ANGELES: Microsoft has promised that hundreds of games designed for its older Xbox 360 will work on its newer Xbox One console, starting with a handful of titles this year. It also showed off how its HoloLens headset can be used to play ``Minecraft'' via hologram on a coffee table. The presentation on Monday kicked off Microsoft's presence at E3, the annual video game conference that draws thousands of bloggers, gamers and journalists from around the world.
The console wars will forever change the course of mankind. At least we gamers like to think so. We imagine a future, with children huddling into flying cars to see their grandpa, who will be perched on his floating chair recalling his exploits of the war to his excited, if slightly traumatized grandchildren. He may even show them a relic of his dark past, a dented helmet with a faded PlayStation logo embossed on its side.
When launched, Halo 5 was such a pleasure to play on Microsoft’s Xbox console. Halo: Combat Evolved pioneered split-screen multiplayer and it was fun to play with a friend or colleague and trash-talk for hours. Unfortunately, this generation of Halo gamers won’t be able to experience this. Halo 5: Guardians, which is an Xbox One exclusive, does not support split-screen multiplayer.
The next "Halo" game, "Halo 5: Guardians," comes out really soon, on October 27. That's just five days from now. Despite its naming convention, the game is actually the tenth game in the series (depending on how you're counting, there are a handful of spin-offs that you may or may not consider as official canon).
While the situation has been improving, Microsoft’s Xbox One has still been outsold by the PlayStation 4 despite a strong holiday line-up consisting of games such as Titanfall, Halo: The Masterchief Collection and Sunset Overdrive.
Postmedia recently interviewed Mike Nichols, the corporate vice-president of Microsoft studios, about the future of his company’s console and how Microsoft intends to close the sales gap with the PlayStation 4 and regain the top console position.
It’s been a huge year for Xbox One exclusives. In racing, we have \"Forza Motorsport 6\" and Crystal Dynamics has made \"Rise of the Tomb Raider\" a timed exclusive. However, the best has to be \"Halo 5: Guardians.\" You can’t have an Xbox console without a Halo title, and if one does release, it usually ends up being the best of its time.
For much of the past two years, the PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One. Between winning the war of public opinion and a lower initial price, the Xbox One has consistently lagged the PlayStation 4 in monthly sales. But not this past October. That's right: the Xbox One bested the PlayStation 4 in monthly sales for one of the first times ever, and there's one important reason for that. His name is Master Chief.
"Halo" isn't in a great place. Not so long ago, Microsoft was thinking of canning the long-running video game franchise. "People felt like, Let’s get another 'Halo' or two out, and it’s the end of the franchise," franchise lead Bonnie Ross told Bloomberg Businessweek in a recent interview.