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15 Reasons You Should Choose the Xbox

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There are plenty of reasons why Xbox is better than PlayStation, even though the Sony disciples will try to convince you of otherwise. While Sony's PS2 clearly won the console war over the original Xbox, the tide turned in Microsoft's favor when the Xbox 360 arrived in 2005. With the new console, Microsoft fixed some major hardware issues that plagued the original, and quickly outmatched the PS3. This trend continued with the releases of the Xbox One and PS4, and today, your hard-earned dollars are better spent on Microsoft's console. 

Is Xbox Live better than PlayStation Live? Yes. Microsoft's polished online service is much more stable and user-friendly than Sony's, even though both cost the same price. On top of that, there are things the Xbox can do that the PlayStation 4 can't. You can play 360 and original Xbox games on your Xbox One, and you can purchase one digital copy of a game to play on both your Xbox and your PC. If that isn't enough evidence, Microsoft just launched a service that lets you play more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for less than $10 a month.

Long-time players with massive game libraries tend to like Xbox One better than PS4; even if you don't necessarily need the extra graphical power, you'll be getting a console that has the specs to stay relevant for years to come.  

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    Xbox One Is Backwards Compatible

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    There were so many great games released during the Xbox 360/PS3 console war, which lasted almost a decade. While neither the Xbox One nor the PS4 offered backwards compatibility when they were first released, Microsoft realized how important this feature was to the fan base.

    They added backwards compatibility shortly after the Xbox One's debut, and it is still one of the biggest selling points for the system. To sweeten the pot, some 360 games actually look markedly better on Xbox One Xs, as the console enhances the graphics beyond the range of older generations. 

    As of 2018, there are more than 450 Xbox 360 games available to play on the Xbox One, including hits like Halo 3, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect, and Dead Space. Microsoft adds new games to the list pretty much every month, and has even started working on making original Xbox games playable on the Xbox One. The PS4 is not backwards compatible, and Sony has no plans to add the feature anytime soon.

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    Xbox Live Gold Subscribers Can Keep Free 360 Games Forever

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    Both Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus offer gamers two free games a month for both past and present consoles. You can download and play these games whenever you want, provided you continue to pay for the online service. However, the second you cancel, all those games are suddenly locked away; well, most of them are. 

    Whereas an active subscription is required to play Xbox One Games with Gold or PS Plus titles, Xbox 360 Games with Gold offerings are added to your Xbox Live account as though you purchased them. Even if you cancel your Gold membership, all your free Xbox 360 games will still be playable. This is especially alluring when one considers the fact that all 360 Games with Gold titles can also be played on the Xbox One.  

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    Xbox One Plays 4K Blu-Rays

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    When the PS4 Pro (the mid-generation PS upgrade) was announced, everyone expected it to come with a 4K Blu-ray drive. Unfortunately, it didn't, and the decision wasn't made to save players money. 

    While the beastly Xbox One X comes with a Ultra HD drive at the $499 price point, so does the Xbox One S at just $229. The techy jargon about upscaling and sampling can be kind of confusing, and both consoles offer a form of 4K gaming, but only the Xbox offers a native 4K Blu-ray viewing experience.

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    Xbox Game Pass Is The Netflix Of Gaming

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    In June of 2017, Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass, which aims to be the Netflix of video games. For $10 a month, players get access to over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles; since the service lets players download games, you don't need to worry about the lag that comes with streaming (a problem that plagues Sony's Playstation Now service).

    On top of that, Microsoft expanded the service in 2018, and all new first-party releases will be available on Game Pass the same day they hit store shelves. If you plan on buying two new Microsoft releases a year (such as Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves in 2018), then the subscription has already paid for itself. 

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