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The Xbox One had a really solid year. It delivered a smaller yet more powerful version of its console that single-handedly knocked out the PlayStation 4 Pro. It also saw hundreds of games arrive via backward compatibility, allowing gamers to relive their favorite memories. While console exclusives like Recore and Quantum Break may not quite have packed the punch that Xbox wanted, they still offered unique games for the system. Finally, with the addition of Play Anywhere, and the announcement of Project Scorpio, Microsoft has shown that its eyes are not just on the past, but also the future.
Backward compatibility
Over the course of 2016, the Xbox One welcomed hundreds of games into its Backward Compatibility Program. From classics like BioShock and Call of Duty 2 to more niche games like Catherine and Killer is Dead, there was something for everyone. The best part is that all of this came for free. If you owned the game for 360, it was now yours on Xbox One. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Xbox One Dashboard
Dashboard updates
The multiple dashboard updates that dropped for the Xbox One in 2016 were huge to the console’s success. Following the Summer Update, the Xbox One began running on Windows 10. This laid the groundwork for the Play Anywhere initiative that we’ll talk about later. The Xbox Store also received a facelift, making it significantly easier to find the games, movies, and apps they were looking for. The rest of the dash also underwent similar simplifications, making navigation nothing shy of a breeze.
Xbox Play Anywhere
Xbox One Play Anywhere is finally getting closer to merging Microsoft’s home video game console with Microsoft’s home computer systems. In an incredibly generous move, titles released under the Play Anyway banner (like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, etc) can be played on both the Xbox One and on a Windows 10 PC. Additionally, your saves, add-ons, and achievements will carry across both platforms, making it so you don’t have to stress over leveling up again.
Xbox One S
Xbox One S
The Xbox One S set out with something to prove. Packing more power into a smaller frame, the console delivered much of what fans were looking for. Not only does it support up to 2TB of storage, but the console also provided 4K Ultra HD Blu-rray and video streaming. One of the important upgrades—for me, at least—is that the Xbox One S has an internal power supply. Finally, no more wonky power brick to carry around!
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Phil Spencer
Xbox head Phil Spencer and his perfect hair may not be inside the Xbox One, but his vision for the console has been incredible. Supporting such causes as cross-platform play and backward compatibility, Spencer has been a champion for the community. He’s also unbelievably active on social media, reaching out and answering questions from gamers, while keeping them hyped for things to come in Xbox’s future. Finally, he’s a class act—complementing Sony when they have success.
Wrap-Up
We believe that the Xbox One earned an A- through hard work and a great vision for the future. It catered to the fans, delivering tons of backward compatible games as well as some really awesome and free Games with Gold. We would have loved to see them try a little harder with their console exclusives, however, which kept them from a perfect score.
FinalGradeA-
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Grading the Xbox One in 2016

Did the Xbox One do everything it needed to this year to come from behind?

By EGM Staff | 12/29/2016 11:00 AM PT

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reportcard-top
The Xbox One had a really solid year. It delivered a smaller yet more powerful version of its console that single-handedly knocked out the PlayStation 4 Pro. It also saw hundreds of games arrive via backward compatibility, allowing gamers to relive their favorite memories. While console exclusives like Recore and Quantum Break may not quite have packed the punch that Xbox wanted, they still offered unique games for the system. Finally, with the addition of Play Anywhere, and the announcement of Project Scorpio, Microsoft has shown that its eyes are not just on the past, but also the future.
Backward compatibility
Over the course of 2016, the Xbox One welcomed hundreds of games into its Backward Compatibility Program. From classics like BioShock and Call of Duty 2 to more niche games like Catherine and Killer is Dead, there was something for everyone. The best part is that all of this came for free. If you owned the game for 360, it was now yours on Xbox One. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Xbox One Dashboard
Dashboard updates
The multiple dashboard updates that dropped for the Xbox One in 2016 were huge to the console’s success. Following the Summer Update, the Xbox One began running on Windows 10. This laid the groundwork for the Play Anywhere initiative that we’ll talk about later. The Xbox Store also received a facelift, making it significantly easier to find the games, movies, and apps they were looking for. The rest of the dash also underwent similar simplifications, making navigation nothing shy of a breeze.
Xbox Play Anywhere
Xbox One Play Anywhere is finally getting closer to merging Microsoft’s home video game console with Microsoft’s home computer systems. In an incredibly generous move, titles released under the Play Anyway banner (like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, etc) can be played on both the Xbox One and on a Windows 10 PC. Additionally, your saves, add-ons, and achievements will carry across both platforms, making it so you don’t have to stress over leveling up again.
Xbox One S
Xbox One S
The Xbox One S set out with something to prove. Packing more power into a smaller frame, the console delivered much of what fans were looking for. Not only does it support up to 2TB of storage, but the console also provided 4K Ultra HD Blu-rray and video streaming. One of the important upgrades—for me, at least—is that the Xbox One S has an internal power supply. Finally, no more wonky power brick to carry around!
IMAGE 5
Phil Spencer
Xbox head Phil Spencer and his perfect hair may not be inside the Xbox One, but his vision for the console has been incredible. Supporting such causes as cross-platform play and backward compatibility, Spencer has been a champion for the community. He’s also unbelievably active on social media, reaching out and answering questions from gamers, while keeping them hyped for things to come in Xbox’s future. Finally, he’s a class act—complementing Sony when they have success.
Wrap-Up
We believe that the Xbox One earned an A- through hard work and a great vision for the future. It catered to the fans, delivering tons of backward compatible games as well as some really awesome and free Games with Gold. We would have loved to see them try a little harder with their console exclusives, however, which kept them from a perfect score.
FinalGradeA-
0   POINTS
0   POINTS