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mousieone

Corpse Party (2021) was announced to come to Xbox digitally on the 20th of this month.

mousieone

Clacko

MaccaMUFC wrote:

Has anybody been getting a lot of “Treat yourself to a $5 Xbox gift card” messages from Microsoft Rewards? I’ve been receiving them for the last few days now and they sometimes come in burst. When I do click on the messages it just says “Reward not found”. It’s really strange and I don’t know why I’m even getting the $5 reward messages when I’m in the UK as we use £5.

Yep, same here

Clacko

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BlueOcean

I joined Xbox last generation but it looks like Xbox.com has adopted a 360 design for the 20th anniversary and it looks nice.

BlueOcean

Balta666

@BlueOcean I saw that on Twitter too. I also did not have a 360 and have not experienced blades UI but everyone I know it is a big fan of it and was sad to see it go

Balta666

Grumblevolcano

With the final Gears 5 season over, the game icon has returned back to its launch state (the big image of Kait in her winter outfit from the campaign) which is a nice touch. I don't know whether the splash screen is also from launch as I didn't buy Gears 5 at launch but it isn't a season splash screen.

Grumblevolcano

Xbox Gamertag: Grumble Volcano

KilloWertz

@Grumblevolcano I saw that when an update popped up for it yesterday. It's not a major thing, but I was still happy to see that as I think the ever changing game icons for games that have multiplayer seasons like that is pretty stupid.

PSN ID/Xbox Live Gamertag: KilloWertz

LtSarge

@BlueOcean "Despite this, Xbox has still failed to reach the affordability of Nintendo and its most popular franchises. Critically acclaimed games such as Metroid Dread and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl both released at the £50 mark. However, it could be argued that this is because Xbox is working with more advanced hardware."

Wow, talk about looking at things from an outside perspective. Nintendo games are affordable? They never go down in price! At least the prices of both Xbox and PlayStation games get drastically reduced over time.

But yeah, if there's one console that has affordable games, it's Xbox. Not only are the games cheaper to buy than PS5 games, you can also play them through Game Pass. This is on top of Microsoft offering Series S as a cheaper system than Series X. Their focus on affordability will definitely help them gain more traction in the long run.

LtSarge

BlueOcean

@LtSarge The part about Nintendo is jarring. Nintendo is the most expensive long-term: first-party games are priced AAA even when they're not AAA and pay low salaries to a small team (Metroid Dread), prices stay high four years later (Breath of the Wild), ports are overpriced and there is no cross-buy option nor backwards compatibility since Switch, previous accessories are not compatible since Switch...

BlueOcean

KilloWertz

I guess nobody really said that you have to be smart to work in the media.

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LtSarge

This is very interesting:

Granted, it's only one week but I still can't help but think that Xbox is steadily gaining more momentum in Japan when compared to PlayStation. Affordability with Series S and accessibility with Game Pass are surely the primary reasons why a person in Japan would choose an Xbox over a PlayStation, especially when considering that Microsoft is doing a decent job of including Japanese games in the service.

It's also worth mentioning that these are only hardware numbers. It would be more interesting to see how many people are subscribed to Game Pass in Japan.

LtSarge

BlueOcean

@LtSarge Very interesting, indeed. More than the media noticing that PS5 are more expensive @KilloWertz 😲 but the pricing getting included in the equation is meaningful because it's usually about the "exclusives" and how better PS exclusives supposedly are. I've read articles that say "PS have the exclusives. Xbox has Game Pass" What do they mean? That you can buy Xbox games on PC or that Xbox don't have exclusives? Or that only PS exclusives matter?!

It's amazing seeing Xbox performing so well in Japan. I honestly didn't expect it.

BlueOcean

KilloWertz

@BlueOcean Did I get accidentally tagged?

While I'm here though, I would take it that they mean that Xbox doesn't have the exclusives. In a sense, I would agree with them, although that narrative will have to change within a few years at most. Things are finally getting back to the way they were way back in the day.

PSN ID/Xbox Live Gamertag: KilloWertz

BlueOcean

KilloWertz wrote:

I guess nobody really said that you have to be smart to work in the media.

Because of that comment 😂.

The narrative should change. Quiet first year on both Series X and PS5, in between.

BlueOcean

LtSarge

@BlueOcean The thing is that the PS exclusives that Sony is known for aren't really that popular in Japan. Games like Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, The Last of Us, Uncharted, Spider-Man and so on appeal more to a Western audience. Even a game like Ghost of Tsushima, which takes place in Japan, has still that western feel to it. If anything, it's Nintendo exclusives that the Japanese people want more. That's why Microsoft has to approach the Japanese market cautiously so that they won't push their "Western titles" on them. And honestly, I think their current approach with Game Pass is going great so far but there's still a long way to go. More Japanese offerings need to be added to the service and I personally think it would be awesome if Microsoft could acquire at least one publisher in Japan in order to make that happen. I've mentioned this before but I would love for Square Enix to be part of Xbox Game Studios. I don't think Microsoft needs more than them. After all, they have Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, Star Ocean, the Chrono series, the Mana series, SaGa and those are only the JRPG franchises. Add to that Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Just Cause and Life is Strange and you got some series that will appeal to a Western audience as well.

I truly believe that if Microsoft acquired Square Enix that it would be an absolute force to be reckoned with in the Japanese gaming market. The Japanese people already love playing their games on smart devices. Now imagine if you could access any Square Enix games on your smart devices with Project xCloud. Since Japan has a great online infrastructure, that would make Game Pass Ultimate such an appealing service for them.

LtSarge

Balta666

@LtSarge Xbox is selling much better than previous gen but I would not read that Xbox is very close to ps5 in demand atm. I believe is more a case of Sony ignoring Japan and not providing systems.

Balta666

Balta666

@BlueOcean to be fair PlayStation is trying to do the same thing as Nintendo in terms of exclusives. Why would they lower the peixes if the games keep selling regardless. I would even add that one reason games like FF vii or guardians of the Galaxy underperformed is because people know games for third parties lower their preciso ratter quickly.
Also the biggest markets factor of PlayStation is their exclusives and of Xbox is game pass. I don't see nothing strange about that (gamepass was the reason I bought a Xbox and not a ps5 for instance)

Balta666

BlueOcean

@LtSarge That would have a great impact on the Japanese market, indeed. I have considered smaller companies like Koei Tecmo.

@Balta666 The fact that it has already surpassed Xbox One even if that means that is selling "more than nothing" is meaningful.

BlueOcean

BlueOcean

Balta666 wrote:

@BlueOcean to be fair PlayStation is trying to do the same thing as Nintendo in terms of exclusives. Why would they lower the peixes if the games keep selling regardless. I would even add that one reason games like FF vii or guardians of the Galaxy underperformed is because people know games for third parties lower their preciso ratter quickly.
Also the biggest markets factor of PlayStation is their exclusives and of Xbox is game pass. I don't see nothing strange about that (gamepass was the reason I bought a Xbox and not a ps5 for instance)

I agree, Sony is becoming like Nintendo in that sense, they're making their exclusives more expensive than ever and first-party sales are being restricted. They used to be 50% off and now they are 33% off. They also said that people have to buy the PS5 version of PS4 games separately but, because of the backlash, they backtracked. Nintendo is the worst with their overpriced ports and their A and AA games priced as AAA games, though.

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