We hear it all the time: “The Xbox One has no games.” It’s become common knowledge at this point. Gamers across all forms of social media and video game websites consistently lament this stone cold fact.
Believe me, I was surprised as anyone when I bought my Xbox One on launch day only to discover that it had zero games to play on it. Not a one. I hooked up my console, synced the controller, turned everything on and was met with some apps. That’s it. I could watch Netflix and browse the Xbox “store”, but as we all now know these games and prices were merely mock-ups of what an Xbox store would look like if the system offered any video games to play on it. See the image at the top of this article to see what I mean. Don’t get excited. Like I said those are simply representations of what a library of video games would look like if the Xbox One had them, but it’s fun to dream I suppose.
Justifiably confused, I then drove to my local GameStop and consulted their all-knowing game gurus. There had to be at least two or three games I could choose from to play on the Xbox One, even at launch. Befuddled and exasperated, I asked the clerk if there were any games for this console I had spent so much of my hard-earned money on. “No,” he replied. “The Xbox One does not have any games available for it. Microsoft is content with the One simply playing Netflix and offering movies and music to purchase. Can I interest you in a PS4 though? It has many video games available to purchase and play. That’s the big distinction between it and the Xbox One.”
I couldn’t believe this. No games on a video game console? It was true though. For the last three years gamers on the internet have confirmed what I learned at GameStop: the Xbox One has no games. None. You can’t play video games on it even though that’s what Microsoft’s marketing indicated to us. We were all bamboozled, or were we?
The above is a picture of what looks to be physical Xbox One games. I couldn’t track down the person who originally took this, which is a sign to me that these are yet more mock-ups to show what the world would look like had Microsoft not forgotten what made the Xbox and Xbox 360 successful: video games. The other obvious indicator that this is surely a fake representation is how many genres and the sheer variety of games pictured. Shooters, open world games, adventure games, online multiplayer games, role playing games? This wanna-be photog troll obviously bit off more than he could chew. If there wasn’t a single Xbox One game released in the last three years surely if anyone found one it would be a rare occurrence. The variety and also the large number of titles just in this picture alone makes it quite clear this is likely the work of a Sony fan taking a light jab at us Xbox One owners who still haven’t played a single game on our systems to date.
I often daydream about the quality games ONLY on the PS4 and wonder if it’d ever be possible to bring them to another console: The Witcher 3, Dark Souls III, Doom, Overwatch, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rocket League, Batman: Arkham Knight, Just Cause 3, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny, Star Wars Battlefront, Deux Ex: Mankind Divided, Far Cry Primal, Alien Isolation, Dragon Age: Inquisition, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Shovel Knight, and the Call of Duty and Battlefield series’.
Can you imagine if any of these games were available on the Xbox One? It’s amazing that Microsoft chose not to allow any of these (heck, ANY GAMES AT ALL) on the Xbox One. It’s just baffling to me.
Maybe Microsoft can start anew this coming holiday season. Is it too late to get a port of Dishonored 2 or Mafia III for the Xbox One? Maybe Titanfall 2 or Batman: The Telltale Series would be good starting points as well. Battlefield 1 would be an amazing seller for the system. Keep in mind these are just ideas.
It’s odd that Microsoft would concede the entire AAA video game market to Sony after a successful last generation. I can even understand pulling back and only have some games on offer. Nintendo doesn’t get a ton of third party support and still has success. Maybe Microsoft can re-establish relationships with the likes of EA, Activision, etc. and put some video games on their console. It would be a fun new feature for the system.
Now to figure out why the controller has so many buttons. I mean how many apps could possibly use all those?