Xbox One Has the "Best Multiplayer," Microsoft Claims In New Ad Featuring Billy Bob Thornton

Microsoft uses an edited version of Thornton's Friday Night Lights speech to hype the Xbox One's multiplayer community.

Microsoft has rolled out a new Xbox One advertisement that claims the system has the "best multiplayer." According to Microsoft, "The best multiplayer community lives on Xbox One." This follows a previous ad from Microsoft that claimed the Xbox One has the best exclusives, new franchises, and multiplayer community.

The 35-second ad features gameplay footage from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Evolve, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as … Billy Bob Thornton.

As the gameplay footage rolls, we hear Thornton's epic Friday Night Lights halftime speech where he talks about what it means to be "perfect." The speech is edited for the commercial, and in one particularly interesting way. The word "gentleman" doesn't appear in the Xbox One ad, presumably so that the Xbox One is not positioned as a console only for men.

The Xbox One ad ends with, "If you can do that, then you're perfect." But the Friday Night Lights speech really says, "If you can do that, gentlemen, then you're perfect."

Microsoft isn't alone in boasting about its own platform. Sony executive Adam Boyes recently laid out the reasons why PlayStation is the "best place to play."

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Discussion

935 comments
tommynj
tommynj

This is true. Microsoft didn't lie about having 1080p on all their games just to make themselves look better.

Four_down_18
Four_down_18

this guy boned angelina jolie, he knows what he's talking about.!

RevLux
RevLux

There are lots of incredibly awesome players in the Xbox Live, PSN, P.C. and Nintendo online gaming communities. Unfortunately there are also a number of jerks in each as well.  There are a few cheaters in each community too but far fewer than many people would like to believe. No community is perfect but we can do our small part to make them better.

RevLux
RevLux

Does this mean we get a vial of Billy Bob's blood for being a gold subscriber now? Sweet!

b1ank
b1ank

Well they're not going to say its the worst are they?

ks_iskandar
ks_iskandar

Dunno about *BEST* but definitely better than any non Subscription community, the monster tards on ps3(and its free to play online network) holy crap the ignorant people that play on that system, online anyways.

Tranula
Tranula

Both systems offer great multiplayer experiences.

daviz88
daviz88

sadly i'm a single player gamer

psifire
psifire

great multiplayer service provided by Microsoft.....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

mr_nee
mr_nee

"Any man who must say ‘I am the King’ is no true king."
Tywin Lannister

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Yes it definitely is. Speaking as a PC/PS4/X1 gamer, I prefer XBL every time. I know it's just personal preference but, I find it superior to that of PSN.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Lol no it does not, this space is taken by PC

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

Haters:

"PROMOTING THINGS IS IMMORAL AND MICROSOFT IS THE DEVIL!"

"PS4 IS THE MOST POWERFUL SYSTEM LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE BUYING ONE EVERYONE SHOULD BUY IT AND NOT THE XBOX ONE!"


Rational thinking:

Xbox one has a stellar line up epic multiplayer experiences just on the horizon. Can't wait to get my hands on a good 20 more games (not counting the free ones) by the end of this year.

PS PS4 has squat for an FPS/multiplayer community. I like how you fanboys try to make it seem like because they have sold more consoles (early investors, grats on that) that's the place to be, as if anyone would buy that. Makes it clear how little you know and shows your desperation.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

can anyone guess where this tag line is from


"join over 6 billion people online" 


this is for the players-ps4

this is for the casual- xbox one

this is for the hardcore-pc

this is for the family-wii u






xantufrog
xantufrog

In the thumbnail of Billy Bob Thornton on the link leading to this article, it looks like he's gazing at a huge blurred out pen1s. Just thought I'd point that out

theKSMM
theKSMM

Microsoft promotes their consoles as the best gaming option.  Isn't that what they're supposed to do?  Why does this upset anyone?

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

I think people are missing the point. The ad quite clearly and explicitly states that MS did the best they could but in the end they didn't win (i.e. Sony won).

I guess the important thing's they tried.

ooblah
ooblah

EDIT:

What's with all the "12 year old" hate these last couple years, lol? There was a time, once, when we were all 12 year old's ... and had we access to this level of technology, we more than likely would've behaved in the same manner in which many of the youth of today tend to behave -- in an online environment. So what if Xbox One does attract a lot of preteen/early teen players? There is more than enough mature content for mature players already on the console and plenty more set to be released in the near future. And what's so bad about kids anyway? I was playing GTA Online the other day, in an open lobby (which I almost never do because I hate griefers), and another online player shot and killed yet another online player who was attempting to do the same to me. I was tempted to shoot my savior, just in case he decided to turn on me, but I stayed my weapon. Turns out to be some kid -- curiously, he was 12 years old -- and he was cool as hell too. Good little kid too, didn't swear or anything.

My point is, who cares. Besides, there are plenty of "12 year old's" that play on PS4. In fact I'd wager to say that Nintendo Probably caters to the oldest demographic amongst all three 8th generation consoles.

I love my Xbox One, and I'll love my PS4 when I get it. And when that new Legend of Zelda game releases for the Wii U, I'll add a Wii U to my next gen roster.

I think everyone should just shut the f .uck up and enjoy what they enjoy, instead of expending energy berating the other guy's plastic box.

Jew1
Jew1

It's funny whenever ms or xbox does something, playstation fanboys are quick to attack it, however whenever ps does something these kids all turn a blind eye and defend it like it was a gift from the heavens. Just like the killzone lawsuit where all these kids exploded saying that some teen filed a class action law suit trying to make millions not realizing class action means that any consumer of that product is entitled to damages. "Oh we were lied about 1080p and 60 fps, that's ok I know you didn't mean it. We love you Sony. We love you Japan. We love you Pearl Harbor. " These kids have obviously been infected by the radiation residue left on these consoles. And before you start the backlash and pointless argument over why you love Sony soooo much like a dad that regularly abuses your little bum, I am not a ps or xb fan. I don't prefer either. Alright little crybabies, you may now begin your rants. Remember, stay in school and homework comes before gaming or else you'll end up the jobless hobo who misspells our with are. 

ooblah
ooblah

What's with all the "12 year old" hate these last couple years, lol? There was a time, once, when we were all 12 year old's ... and had we access to this level of technology, we more than likely would've behaved in the same manner in which many of the youth of today tend to behave in an online environment. So what if Xbox One does attract a lot of preteen/early teen players? There is more than enough mature content for mature players already on the c

Martyr77
Martyr77

Good luck X bone. I barely care about multiplayer but if I did, I would go with the larger user base which is PS4. X bone is a weaker console that not as many people play. What advantages are there?

JachAnen
JachAnen

@ks_iskandar Worst players I have ever met (both skills wise and behavior) have been in subscription based games. If you have never met one in a sub game, chances are it's you since they can't understand why people think they are being jerk, after they started bitchin because you didn't execute a bad strategy or you overall don't meet their expectations of everyone they join party with. Annoying to see the chat bombarded like that with a lot of hate over nothing.

But if the community is all you have to complain about, then there is nothing wrong. The games are the one attracting most people of the community. Like CoD attracts young brats while BF (used to) attract friendly adults.


I have nothing to complain about on either. But for MS to do something like this, with a big name, while they haven't done anything special for the multiplayer community over SONY since they were focused on making their consoles multimedia centers instead of gaming consoles (and seems to have failed with it), I do not think MS believes it, but hope Thornton is enough to make us believe. But I really don't give a ****. Most of my online play is on PC as I don't have to pick a special headset, I have more control of the volume (which is way too low for me on Xbox) and I don't have to rely on batteries for it.

RevLux
RevLux

@mr_nee  Kid's mom: "No (my son) has never had his fingers modded..." (Secretly wonders if her son paid someone for back alley surgery to "mod" his fingers to pull the triggers faster.)

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@ArchoNils2  OH yes, nothing more fun than reading/listening to gold spammers, power level sellers and such. First thing required in any PC online game - disable general chat. Yes, very superior.

zxbloodyxz
zxbloodyxz

@Flyin3lvl Considering the world only has a little over 7 billion people. I can confidently say that there should be a fifth option, "None of the above."

fede018
fede018

@ooblah because most 12 y.o. are pricks. Just play COD and listen to what comes out of their mouths. A pre-teen now is not the same that a pre-teen in the 90's

blackace
blackace

@Martyr77 XBox 360 has a bigger online community then the PS4 and PS3 combined. lol!! XBox One has millions already online and it's growing every week. Get your facts straight.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Lol? Because none of them are on xbox live? I myself saw more annoying kids on live than Pc and Psn combined

Burriscold
Burriscold

Very delusional. Sony mindless drone syndrome

ooblah
ooblah

As if COD is the only choice for competitive multiplayer, or multiplayer in general, or games in general. Besides, I've heard plenty of other foul mouthed age groups, young and old, spew obscenities online (myself included).

And you've got it wrong friend -- kids are the same as they ever were, they've just got access to a whole lot more than we did.

If all that "12 year old" nonsense just means that a lot of younger people choose Xbox One to play Call of Duty, then so be it -- who cares. Plenty of older folks seem to think the Xbox (especially the 360) is the best choice for Call of Duty too.

PS4 is assumed to be almost 2 million units ahead of XBONE, so if you really think about it, PS4 is likely to have more of those "12 year old pricks" in their online community.

daviz88
daviz88

that combined with x360 year release over ps3, and the ps3 still outsold it

blackace
blackace

@ArchoNils2 There are annoying kids on every platform. That's nothing new. It really depends on the game you are playing. XBL is still more reliable then PSN. For PC it like Russian Roulette. How many people remember The Sims Online, BF4, and the many other PC games that had 100's of issues connectiing to play the game? PC is far from being the best. Even Titanfall had issues on PC while it was running fine on the XB1 using XBL.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@ArchoNils2 

You're trashing the service to try and devalue it! Always the same thing too. Maybe if people hear it enough times they'll think it's true!!!!!!

It's  the largest most HardCore group of FPS players not to mention they're moving towards PVP/Co-Op with Sunset Overdrive, Phantom Dust, Ryse...

You have RTS. Grats.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@geekasauruswrex  There are just as many adults who are as bad or worse than the 12-year-olds. You just notice the kids more because, being an adult, you think they owe you some courtesy. Adults can be just as trashy as kids in MP games.

Burriscold
Burriscold

You know why? Because the ps3 had the free online and Socom. Cheap platform and an even cheaper online service. Hence the horrible connectivity PSN has. Though fans say it got BETTER. I dont see how with horrid past years financials.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@fulfledgedgamer @ArchoNils2 "Oh hackers, elitists and noobs, good times. /sarcasm"


"You're trashing the service to try and devalue it! Always the same thing too. Maybe if people hear it enough times they'll think it's true!!!!!!"


Same applies fro what you said

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@fulfledgedgamer @ArchoNils2 Wow, you just proved that you have no idea what you are talking about. Any discussion from this point on is useless. Just go inform yourself what PC offers :)

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Have you every played a Moba on Pc? Have you ever played Team Fortress 2? Any Counter Strike? Any round based strategy game? Did you ever experience the huge difference in communities between the same game on different systems? You really need to experience any of that before going against Pc.

But btw., if Live is the best, what exactly makes it better than PSN?

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@ArchoNils2 

MOBA looks rtarded, semi RTS that I can't stand, I hate the entire genre. Yup. Counter Strike and Global Offense. I don't like strategy games. Yup. I have a 151 games on steam.


I don't know PSN that well honestly, only played it at my brother in laws, was pretty glitchy every time, kept getting magnet dragged back to where I was 10 seconds before.


I like Xbox Live because I've never had a not solid connection since the playing Halo 2 on the OG Xbox, it has a large and thriving community, they give out 2 free legit games a month, they're always putting out free media (DBZ season 1, Fairy Tail season 1, Bleach season 1, like 6 random episodes of Sponge Bob, 6 random episodes of Fantasy Factory, the first episode of this years Shark Week, and quite a few others already), they have great game and add on sales, a great library of arcade games a lot of which are only on Xbox Live, and they have the best selection and quality of apps and services.