Microsoft touted 2015 as having the greatest games lineup in Xbox history. With 2016 they are looking to go even bigger, saying that they want Xbox One to offer “you the greatest games lineup anywhere, no matter where or how gamers play.”
This comes after a record breaking year for Xbox, with 2015 introducing over 200 new features to the console, and releasing over 350 games on Xbox One. Gamers seemed to jump on the Xbox bandwagon with great enthusiasm as well, earning over 4 billion new Achievements for a total of 77 billion Gamerscore.
The success of Xbox One also means that Xbox Live is growing. “On Dec. 28 there were more gamers using Xbox Live than any other day in Xbox history, and the number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One and Xbox 360 during Christmas week 2015 were up compared to last year. Thanks to you, Xbox One continues to outpace Xbox 360 at the same point in time in the Xbox 360 generation, making it the best-selling console in Xbox console history.”
With all that said, it seems that Microsoft is pushing for an even bigger 2016. “This year our plan is to go even bigger, offering you the greatest games lineup anywhere, no matter where or how gamers play, with the biggest blockbusters from our third-party publishing partners alongside our unrivaled line-up of console exclusives led this spring by Remedy’s time-bending new action IP Quantum Break.”
Along with Quantum Break, Microsoft lists a bunch of other exclusives that have already been announced from Microsoft Studios and their first-party partners that will be hitting Xbox One, Windows 10, or both. These are: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, Fable Legends, ReCore, Sea of Thieves, Gigantic, Killer Instinct: Season 3, Gears of War Ultimate Edition for PC, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, and Cobalt.
The update closes with a message from Microsoft, saying “We are grateful to our passionate community of gamers on Xbox One. You are our inspiration and the soul of Xbox, and we look forward to sharing even more great gaming experiences with you in 2016.”