Microsoft's history in the console space may be the shortest, but it's also been incredibly influential. Microsoft's consoles changed the game, changing how third party and multiplatform game development was approached, bringing online to consoles in a big way, and generally being responsible for the rise of western gaming to a large extent.
But which of these did you like the best? And why?
Here's how I would rank them:
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
The original Xbox was great- it brought a kind of gaming to consoles that simply didn't exist until then. Not only were its legitimate exclusives, like Halo or Shenmue 2 or Project Gotham Racing or Fable great, but the games that it shared with the PC- stuff like The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, games that were an entirely new kind of game for console gamers back then. And Xbox Live! It was a whole another world. But then the Xbox was succeeded by the Xbox 360, and that was definitely the best Xbox console ever, and one of the greatest consoles of all times. It definitely had a better first half of its life than it did a second half, but god damn was it an incredible console to own. Xbox Live came into its own, the console evolved into becoming a true online ecosystem, the games- Mass Effect, Bioshock, Assassin's Creed, Lost Planet, Saints Row, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, The Elder Scrolls, Dead Rising, Gears of War, Halo, Fable, Forza, Crackdown, Viva Pinata, Devil May Cry, Alan Wake, Final Fantasy, you name it- it was the one stop system to own last generation. It also had what might be the greatest controller ever made. The Xbox One by contrast is so far an underwhelming disappointment, as it looks like Microsoft has given up on everything that made the first two Xbox consoles as great as they were. Nevertheless, the system is too young for it to be properly judged right now, so my opinion of it may yet change.
What about you, what are your rankings?