Microsoft: If You Are Buying A Console This Holiday, You Are Buying An Xbox One

Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg outlines the many benefits of buying an Xbox One this season.

Posted By | On 02nd, Nov. 2015 Under News


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Microsoft has been pushing hard for the Xbox One this season and for good reason. Not only does it have a very strong line-up for the holidays but it’s also gaining momentum on the PlayStation, which has outsold it worldwide thus far. According to Xbox marketing team lead Aaron Greenberg while speaking to VentureBeat, if you’re going to buy a console this holiday for games, it’s going to be an Xbox One.

“If you’re buying a console for games, you’re buying an Xbox. Xbox is the platform with the most games, the most exclusives, and probably the most anticipated game of the year in Halo 5. If you’re a fan of Halo, if you’ve ever played Halo, you know how special Halo 5 is. If you never have, the rich story with Locke and Chief and what’s been created — I can tell you, I’ve played through the entire campaign. It’s the greatest Halo ever made. It’s stunning. It’s worth the investment. That game alone is worth the investment.”

Of course there are other reasons to get invested. “Plus, if you like Forza or Tomb Raider or any of the other big titles like Fallout or Call of Duty, we have them all. On top of having the premier online gaming service in Xbox Live. If you want to play with your friends, that’s the place to play. That would be my pitch. And we’ll do it at a great value. Starting at $349, we have some great holiday bundles. I don’t think you’ll regret the purchase. The other commitment we make to you with backward compatibility — over the next year we’ll continue to innovate and improve on the console month after month, just like we’ve been doing since we launched Xbox One.”

It’s not a bad deal when you think about it, especially since Forza Motorsport 6 and Halo 5: Guardians are both critically acclaimed (with Rise of the Tomb Raider seemingly heading down the same path). That being said, we’ll find out if Microsoft has the chops to catch up to Sony sooner rather than later.


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  • Kfal Balli

    I can’t wait to play Tomb Raider. Halo is the most fun I’ve had all year.

    • Rodney Patrick

      Yeah same here.picking up tomb raider next week and I am enjoying halo 5 right now,some of the best multiplayer to come along in a long time

    • Kfal Balli

      Yes sir. I’ll probably have to stop playing MGV so I have time to play it.

    • Avishkar Manna

      I have priorities when it comes to gaming this holiday. Beat MGS 5 and play Halo online. Then beat Forza 6 and continue to play Halo online. And then finally beat Rise of the Tomb Raider, and of course, still play Halo online because it really is that fun.

    • Kfal Balli

      I agree. But I would have to replace Fallout 4 with Forza 6. Unless I catch forza 6 on sale. Great time to be a gamer.

    • Avishkar Manna

      The Fallout series is apparently great but I was never too drawn into it. There’s no denying that 4 will be great for the fans of the series and the fact both of us have different gaming priorities proves that it is, indeed, a “Great time to be a gamer”.

    • Kfal Balli

      This will be my first time buying a Fallout game. My love for that type of gameplay has grown since the last release.

    • Avishkar Manna

      That’s how I feel about Rainbow Six Siege. Didn’t play the beta but it does look fun. It also looks as if it will get old real quick especially once people figure out ideal points in the map. So I’m on the fence. Cool you’re buying Fallout; a lot of people are.

    • Kfal Balli

      I played the beta, it was fun. But I think it would get old quick. Probably better to wait til it hits the bargain bin.

    • Avishkar Manna

      Same here.

    • phar0ahad3

      Well you didnt get anything else on xbox to compare it too this year because of the 1 YEAR DROUGHT …maybe thats why….

    • Kfal Balli

      I have over 30 great games on my one. But carry on

    • phar0ahad3

      Ok and i have over 500 on my ps4 but that has nothing to do with nothing that doesnt answer the fact that halo 5 was the only new IP xbox released all year so there was no competition there was nothing else for halo to compete with on your console exclusive wise…….and whats also important is how many games did you buy this year…..

    • Kfal Balli

      Lmao okay dude.

  • i waited long and didnt buy a ps4, and sony have shown their true face over the soon 3 years now. they are not ‘for the players’, its all a lie. they promised to improve the ps+ when they made ps+ not optional anymore and forced everyone to pay for it. but nothing happen, the psn is in shambles and worse than the ps3 days. but it dont end here, no dedicated servers for they so called flagship game ‘uncharted4’ is just another act of how much they care ‘for the players’… i had enough of sony and their lies, arrogance and greed. im buying a xbox one this holidays for sure. ms had a bad start but they have redeemed them self and have really shown they are here for the players. with bc for xb360, good servers, great games and they have good xbox one updates that gives players useful features. and not only crappy stability updates like sony ps4 gets….

    • PSIN4MANT

      “the psn is in shambles and worse than the ps3 days”: Far from it, it works much better than in the ps3 days.

      “no dedicated servers for they so called flagship game ‘uncharted4′” There were no dedicated servers for TLOU multiplayer and that game worked very well. This will be the case with Uncharted 4.

      “xbox one updates that gives players useful features. and not only crappy stability updates like sony ps4 gets” Except for the whole, Spotify, Communities, Shareplay, DLNA , Dedicated twitch app updates we’ve gotten so far.

      Try harder next time…..

    • kreator

      can you prove him wrong tho?

    • reallydude?

      Not being able to prove him wrong doesn’t make him right. Especially when it is all opinion.

      But PSIN4MANT is right, PSN is very stable, I’ve only had a handful of issues since release.

      MANY games don’t use dedicated servers and nobody complains. Besides, it is the developers decision not Sony.

      The Spotify feature is probably my favorite feature outside of gaming. If Xbox does not have this, I am sorry.

      My opinion: PS4 menu is a bit lacking but it is not that difficult to use or navigate. Xbox UI might be pretty nice with the Win10 update, but we shall see. After the disgusting mess of Halo 4, I am not willing to get an xbox for 5. Other than that I cannot think of a reason to get an xbox over playstation. Plus, I gotta love the xbox fanboys who sat and defended M$ all of last gen for charging for xlive, and now that sony is doing it with PS+ they try to throw it in the faces of playstation owners, because that makes a lot of sense “haha, your platform sucks because they are charging for the same thing that I am already paying for”

    • phar0ahad3

      what kind of a response is that Ahahahahahah lmfao smh

    • oh look a brainwashed sonnyan… that believe everything sony tell him, i bet you would jump off a cliff, if sony say you should too.

  • Snagg Dadon

    both great consoles but in no way is the xb1 gaining on the ps4 in sales or other wise so stop the lies!!! halo5 is awesome short single player but great mp!!

    • kreator

      You seem mad tho, why?

    • reallydude?

      Because after 343 took over, Halo is no longer a console seller. It is not going to magically launch the Xbox sales by tens of millions to beat out the PS4. Sorry but that is how it is.

    • Snagg Dadon

      facts!

    • theduckofdeath

      Much of that is perception. People assume that because Bungie isn’t behind the reigns anymore, 343 Halo will be bad. They carry that bias forward no matter how the game comes out.

      It’s as if Bungie (original dev X) is a singular unit, completely intact as the day Halo launched, with no members absorbed by 343 (and 343 is automatically disqualified).

      343 is using the Halo formula; I haven’t had time to play much Halo 5, but Halo 4 SP was far superior to Destiny.

    • Michael Norris

      Destiny needs to be played with friends.As for Halo 5 it seems like a 60fps version of Halo 4.Which isn’t a good thing,i don’t care about the graphics for it but most folks just don’t care for the squad feature that 343 added.Buggy AI hurts the SP very bad it’s a game that needs to be played co-op.

    • Kfal Balli

      That’s not true. I’m sure it will shift consoles. Public perception is changing most of that was due to Don Mattricks craziness. I own a multitude of shooters and Halo 5 is definitely the most fun thus far.

    • Snagg Dadon

      mad? lmao your reaching reading is fundamental…i own all consoles so im winning anyway you cut it..so no young man i am not mad at all.

    • kreator

      owning a wii u and ps3.5, you are losing 😉

    • Snagg Dadon

      dont get mad because your broke you clown i own them all so hows it losing to have more you must be retarded or inbred gtfoh troll!

    • kreator

      I seriously doubt you have more money than me. Stop it kid!

    • Snagg Dadon

      lmaooooo who cares!! lol peace clown go play in traffic im at work cockmouth!

    • mark_parch

      agree, xbox one is doing some really good things at the moment and looking good for next year but i can’t see them catching ps4 in sales. i currently own a xbox one and personally think it is the better console but i will probably get a ps4 next year when uncharted 4 comes out

    • Snagg Dadon

      see a true gamer is in it for the experience!! i have no allegiance to any console i just want my moneys worth!!!

    • theduckofdeath

      I doubt XB1 will catch up, either, but Spencer and his team(s) are doing a lot of great things. Maybe the situation is for the best, in some way. The system is performing better than 360. Microsoft is fighting harder than ever — they got rid of Mattrick and have made many improvements, revamped their 1st party development approach.

      XB1 is fighting to recover from the launch price and the launch policies. Though, even if they come out with a slew of great exclusives, it will be another two to three years (at least) before any advantage is undeniable.

      The hardware disadvantage won’t change, optimization and practical compromises are the best avenue for success. The last damning obstacle is stubborn Sony games/electronics loyalty. A stronger launch would have dealt a significant blow.

    • andy

      If you like FIFA style Ultimate Team crap, then yeah, Halo 5 multiplayer is great.

  • hvd hvd

    already got one just keep the best exclusives coming and i cant wait for dx12 on it as well.sony is falling behind the xbox one.

  • kreator

    XBOX IS THE BEST BOX!

  • mark_parch

    halo 5 multiplayer is insane fun, can’t wait for tomb raider

    • reallydude?

      I’m very curious to see how well Halo MP holds up when Battlefront launches.

  • JURIM-KILLZONE
    • Herald of Gaben

      This Greenberg guy lies alot. He’s probably the biggest Xbox fanboy cheer leader.

    • JURIM-KILLZONE

      He’s the Michael Pachter from Microsoft!!

    • Michael Norris

      I just wish Phil would get rid of him.I wouldn’t fire him but i would make sure he shuts up.Also Destiny is very close to halo in terms of combat so i think folks on the fence would get a Ps4 still.Oh and i agree with you 100%.

  • XbotMK1

    The problem with Microsoft is that they continue to lie even when their lies are what put Xbox on life support. Phil Spencer says he isn’t trying to compete with Sony but then Aaron Greenberg comes out and tries to say, “Xbox has the most games, most exclusives, and most highly anticipated game of the year”.

    Completely false Greenberg. Facts say otherwise. A month ago Phil Spencer admitted that they’re trying to get everyone’s trust back after they tried to screw everyone with always online DRM, lied about it, and backtracked after they saw they were getting destroyed by the PS4. They also lied about Dead Rising 3, Ryse, and Killer Instinct being exclusive to Xbox One. Halo 5 and Forza are the only big 1st party exclusives Xbox One has so far. So why are you continuing to lie to people, Greenberg?

    This isn’t the Xbox 360 vs PS3 days, when Microsoft could get away with ripping off their customers by charging $60 for multiplayer while giving nothing back to their customers. Microsoft was forced to copy PS+ because PSN pulled ahead. That is why they’ve been doing nothing but releasing updates copying Sony and why Microsoft was forced to unlock 3rd party apps like Netflix and YouTube from behind their paywall. How can Xbox One still have such a buggy UI that requires hard resets 2 years after release? And a network that is so slow with so many outages and so much downtime when Microsoft has been charging for multiplayer for 13 years? Microsoft also promised everyone advanced dedicated servers which have done absolutely nothing but deliver a subpar experience.

    It’s no suprise that the PS4 is killing the Xbox One. Microsoft = lies, overhype, and underdeliver.

    • phar0ahad3

      Jesus christ just beautiful comment damn near brought a tear to my eye 🙁 your also missing how there no longer trying to do third party deals yet they promote tomb raider like if its the second coming of christ when its coming to ps4 not only that but they still have tons of more third partyu deals and all this started because of XBOX pushing third party deals sony never really did that in the past while thats all xbox has……

    • Kfal Balli

      Sony have always done deals. It’s nothing new. They also acquired a lot of studios way back. They were the first to start that trend. It’s a business at the end of the day.

    • Avishkar Manna

      As for the buggy UI that’s what the NXOE is for. The Xbox Live servers may not be bar none, but they match Sony’s PSN. Dedicated servers are a big deal and I’ll prove it – Halo 5. Sure that’s only 1 game but I’m sure there will be more and even though it’s only one game that still puts Live on top of PSN. Halo 5 matchmakes stupid quick and 99% of the time there is no lag. P2P servers are and rightly should be a a thing of the past. You say Xbox only has Halo and Forza but that isn’t true – gears of war ultimate edition, ori and the blind forest and rare replay. You also forgot FREE backwards as well as the Elite controller, which although pricey, has a niche in the Xbox community. Xbox Live also let’s you upload your game saves to the cloud even if you don’t have Gold; ps4 has a limit of 10gb and you need ps plus. Snapping is something the ps4 can’t do.

      I do agree Greenberg was aggressive and there’s no place for blatantly saying his company’s console is what you WILL buy this holiday. To be honest I never liked Greenberg but Phil Spencer is a different story; there are many reasons why people call him Lord Phil.

  • Herald of Gaben

    What a joke!

  • GamerZ Elite

    “Microsoft: If you are not buying a console this holiday, please buy an Xbox One”

  • andy

    Because I’ve always wanted a console that can play Fable, Gears, Forza and Halo every 2 years. Oh wait, that is why I didn’t bother with the console that could do that the last 10 years.
    Why would it be relevant to me now? Especially when the flagship title Halo has been blessed by the mediocrity that is 343 for a fourth time now. Halo 4, Halo Spartan Assault, Halo MCC and now Halo 5. All disappointments to the true Halo fan and most certainly none of these are critically acclaimed as the games that came before.

    Yeah, like I said this time last year AND the year before Greenberg in my most sarcastic voice, I’m running out to buy an Xbone right now lol.

  • kee1haul

    Or else!

  • Terminator

    The PS Drone Defense Force with TrollBotMK1 leading them are in full force doing their usual damage control. LOL This people aren’t more than just a bunch of PS Drone Corporate Slaves Hypocrite Fanboys who try to spin any Microsoft/Xbox related news into negative and spread misinforming propaganda to make themselves feel better and to make their worthless agenda (hate on anything Microsoft/Xbox) relevant.

    • Dotcum22

      Well he is right. Sometimes fanboys are right you don’t have to agree with what he said but he makes some very good points. Plus he is alot better than that Ms defense force full of lies: 2second gpu unlocked. Lol the Dx12 secret sauce lies about x1. It’s both ways ms and ps fanboys lie and spread b.s. But today I agree with xbotmk1 and lately I agree more with his posts. He really makes good points sometimes with facts. But I understand you It’s easy to call everybody a fanboy and not react to them with facts.

    • Terminator

      Well he is not right on so many accounts. Sometime fanboys are just brand loyal and twist everything the side they detest into something negative. He makes “good” points? LOL I wish he did but saying the same lies since 2013, twisting the words of what people say and no backing the things he says with facts make all his points irrelevant. “2econd gpu unlocking” You are using that as an example? lol

    • XbotMK1

      Don’t be such a Microsoft fanboy. It will make it easier for you to be happy. Embrace reality. Stop lying and being their tool.

    • Terminator

      Dont be such a Playstation Drone Corporate Slave Hypocrite Fanboy. It will be much easier to finally turn on your PS4 and play it instead of letting it collect dust because you spend your daily life in the internet talk BS. 🙂

    • Dotcum22

      Well i would say if he twists everything like you said proof it with facts right now his comments has facts you can look up yourself. I would advise you to read his post again and look it all up and most what he said is correct. He might be not right in previous comments or whatever you think of him fanboy or no fanboy he makes good solid points and i don’t see you or anybody showing proof that he is wrong if you know more.

    • XbotMK1

      Because Terminater sidesteps the facts when it doesn’t favor his plastic box. That is why he does nothing but cry at my feet.

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    • XbotMK1

      Terminator is just a Microsoft fanboy hypocrite. He can’t deal with facts or take criticism of his beloved Microsoft. Even though Aaron Greenberg blatantly lied to his face, and everything I stated is backed up by facts, notice how Terminator doesn’t attack the numerous Xbox fanboy comments here.

      Terminator has been damage controlling and defending Xbox One ever since 2013. He doesn’t criticize Microsoft and he only acts in a way to make Microsoft look as good as possible. He used to criticize PSN on articles that reported PSN outages, but he would either ignore or defend Xbox Live on articles that reported Xbox Live outages. But of course, after I exposed the lies and started calling out these fanboys on articles that reported Xbox Live outages, alot of Xbox fanboy stopped attacking PSN.

      And I’m %100 sure that GamerJudge is one of his fake dupe accounts and most of his upvotes are from his other accounts as well.

    • Terminator

      “And I’m %100 sure that GamerJudge is one of his fake dupe accounts and most of his upvotes are from his other accounts as well.”

      Aww what’s this, imitation the best form of flattery? Thank you. Those are most likely your own handy work upvoting my comment to make that accusation because you got nothing else to grasp on. LOL

  • Rubix99
  • Riggerto

    “If You Are Buying A Console This Holiday, You Are Buying An Xbox One”

    Incorrect. I’m getting a PS4.

    “If your buying a console for games you are buying an Xbox One”

    Incorrect. I’m getting PS4. And it is solely for the games (I already have a PC for multiplats)

    “You know how special Halo 5 is”

    Halo 5 is a very good game in the genre of first person shooters. But it’s not a groundbreaking console seller (it used to be though – but times have changed).

  • LordCancer Kain

    my 48k gamer score will not be going up this holiday.

  • Ocelotty1

    I’m buying one (in the sales) not for games, – die hard PC gamer – but for the XBox One Fitness Game bundled with the Kinect, though I know I’ll set it up, use it twice, at most; and never look at it again

  • RandyChimp

    “If you’re buying a console for games,
    you’re buying an Xbox. Xbox is the platform with the most games, the
    most exclusives, and probably the most anticipated game of the year in
    Halo 5.”

    I get that it’s his job to push for sales, but dude, take a page out of Phil Spencer’s book. Show some humility for gods sake.

    And Fallout 4 is the most anticipated game of the year, not Halo 5. I haven’t heard a peep about Halo 5 since it launched.


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