Xbox Series X won't struggle to sell itself to anyone if all of the games come out looking as good as Minecraft. Using ray-tracing technology, Minecraft has a whole new, realistic feel.
A big point of contention for gamers has been the lack of exclusives on the Xbox Series X. Many gamers have wondered how Xbox will market their new consoles with no new games.
It turns out; the answer is simple. The Xbox Series X will attract an audience because it makes games look better than they’ve ever looked before.
Just take a look at Minecraft.
Not long ago, the Xbox Series X had a massive info dump. Not only did we learn a lot about the system’s specifications, but we also got to see some gameplay videos. Some took this gameplay as a sign that the new system wouldn’t draw a crowd, but it can be viewed in a very different light.
Even with the basic, pixelated textures, the new ray-tracing features of Microsoft’s next-gen system make Minecraft look impeccable. The game has gone from a colorful cartoon world to one with realistic lighting and reflections. It’s shocking how much difference the lighting can make.
If other Xbox One games can end up looking that good on the Series X, then Microsoft does not need to worry.
The main knock Microsoft’s ‘no exclusives’ strategy revolves around the Xbox One X. Since it also upgrades how games look, people have argued that doing the same thing with the Series X won’t entice people any more than the One X.
That argument doesn’t quite ring true for me. For one, these enhancements up until now have only been available on certain games. Presumably, every game on the Xbox Series X will look as good as the select ‘enhanced’ games on the One X, possibly even better.
These enhanced features could be the main selling point for the Xbox Series X. Plus, this time around, it’s not just a simple upgraded version of a console. It’s a brand new system, something which has other features to twist consumers’ arms. Microsoft should feel good about its upcoming launch.
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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver.