Opinion – Xbox Is Doing A Great Job Listening To Its Fans This Generation

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Opinion – Xbox Is Doing A Great Job Listening To Its Fans This Generation

The initial reveal and subsequent launch of Xbox One was less than ideal for Microsoft. Marred by DRM concerns, a shoddy Kinect-focused interface, and inferior hardware, Xbox relinquished its last-gen lead to largely play second fiddle to PlayStation this generation. While PS4 has continued selling well, delivering an inarguably stronger lineup of exclusive titles, the Xbox team has slowly improved its standing and won back the Xbox faithful by listening and reacting to its community in a way never before seen in the console space.

The signs that Microsoft would need to listen to its community more came early, as the company quickly backpedaled unpopular announcements prior to launch. Xbox One’s initial reveal fostered overwhelming hostility surrounding restrictions of offline play and used games while making players buy a Kinect with their console and carrying a higher price point than the competition. With such a groundswell of negativity, Microsoft had no choice but to roll back those announcements.

Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky (Day 4)

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Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky (Day 4)

No Man's Sky debuted nearly two years ago to controversy and mixed reviews (you can read our take on the original version here). Since its release, amidst all the backlash, developer Hello Games has built a strong niche following with consistent free updates that have added content and new things to do, including storylines to chase down and base-building elements. The latest update, simply titled Next, brings multiplayer and third-person views have come to No Man's Sky as well as several building mechanic tweaks. Given the new update, we felt it was no better time than to dive into this beautiful galaxy and see if the years and updates have been kind to Hello Games' ambitious opus.

What follows is a journal kept by yours truly that will be updated every day until its completion where we roam the galaxy, in search of new sights, dangers, and missions to undertake.

Well, friends, there's a whole galaxy out there. So let's get to it.

Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky (Day 2)

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Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky (Day 2)

No Man's Sky debuted nearly two years ago to controversy and mixed reviews (you can read our take on the original version here). Since its release, amidst all the backlash, developer Hello Games has built a strong niche following with consistent free updates that have added content and new things to do, including storylines to chase down and base-building elements. The latest update, simply titled Next, brings multiplayer and third-person views have come to No Man's Sky as well as several building mechanic tweaks. Given the new update, we felt it was no better time than to dive into this beautiful galaxy and see if the years and updates have been kind to Hello Games' ambitious opus.

What follows is a journal kept by yours truly that will be updated every day until its completion where we roam the galaxy, in search of new sights, dangers, and missions to undertake.

Well, friends, there's a whole galaxy out there. So let's get to it.

Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky

about X hours ago from
Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky debuted nearly two years ago to controversy and mixed reviews (you can read our take on the original version here). Since its release, amidst all the backlash, developer Hello Games has built a strong niche following with consistent free updates that have added content and new things to do, including storylines to chase down and base-building elements. The latest update, simply titled Next, brings multiplayer and third-person views have come to No Man's Sky as well as several building mechanic tweaks. Given the new update, we felt it was no better time than to dive into this beautiful galaxy and see if the years and updates have been kind to Hello Games' ambitious opus.

What follows is a journal kept by yours truly that will be updated every day until its completion where we roam the galaxy, in search of new sights, dangers, and missions to undertake.

Well, friends, there's a whole galaxy out there. So let's get to it.

Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky (Day 2)

about X hours ago from
Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky (Day 2)

No Man's Sky debuted nearly two years ago to controversy and mixed reviews (you can read our take on the original version here). Since its release, amidst all the backlash, developer Hello Games has built a strong niche following with consistent free updates that have added content and new things to do, including storylines to chase down and base-building elements. The latest update, simply titled Next, brings multiplayer and third-person views have come to No Man's Sky as well as several building mechanic tweaks. Given the new update, we felt it was no better time than to dive into this beautiful galaxy and see if the years and updates have been kind to Hello Games' ambitious opus.

What follows is a journal kept by yours truly that will be updated every day until its completion where we roam the galaxy, in search of new sights, dangers, and missions to undertake.

Well, friends, there's a whole galaxy out there. So let's get to it.

Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky

about X hours ago from
Guy In The Sky: A Week With The Upgraded No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky debuted nearly two years ago to controversy and mixed reviews (you can read our take on the original version here). Since its release, amidst all the backlash, developer Hello Games has built a strong niche following with consistent free updates that have added content and new things to do, including storylines to chase down and base-building elements. The latest update, simply titled Next, brings multiplayer and third-person views have come to No Man's Sky as well as several building mechanic tweaks. Given the new update, we felt it was no better time than to dive into this beautiful galaxy and see if the years and updates have been kind to Hello Games' ambitious opus.

What follows is a journal kept by yours truly that will be updated every day until its completion where we roam the galaxy, in search of new sights, dangers, and missions to undertake.

Well, friends, there's a whole galaxy out there. So let's get to it.

New Gameplay Today - No Man's Sky Next

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New Gameplay Today - No Man's Sky Next

No Man's Sky originally released in 2016 and it did not live up to the stratospheric expectations players placed upon it, but developer Hello Games has not let that deter them. The game has received frequent updates over the past two years, but today's update, titled Next, is far and away the biggest.

It adds third-person options, legitimate multiplayer, improved visuals, better base-building, and lots more. Join Ben Hanson and me, as well as interns Camden Jones and Derek Swinhart, as we explore what's new, try to kill Javy, and see what happens when you try to sit on a ship that is taking off.

New Gameplay Today - No Man's Sky Next

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today - No Man's Sky Next

No Man's Sky originally released in 2016 and it did not live up to the stratospheric expectations players placed upon it, but developer Hello Games has not let that deter them. The game has received frequent updates over the past two years, but today's update, titled Next, is far and away the biggest.

It adds third-person options, legitimate multiplayer, improved visuals, better base-building, and lots more. Join Ben Hanson and me, as well as interns Camden Jones and Derek Swinhart, as we explore what's new, try to kill Javy, and see what happens when you try to sit on a ship that is taking off.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Will You Return To No Man's Sky?

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Will You Return To No Man's Sky?

If I could snap my fingers to instantly change something in the world, I would eliminate people’s ability to write about Star Wars: The Last Jedi on social media. No matter what is said – whether it’s good, bad, or something completely mundane – toxicity and chaos erupt. That film has hit the polarization point of politics. Someone always jumps in to let someone know their opinion is wrong.

Go ahead and shake your head at me for suggesting we silence speech, but this is my dumb Thanos fantasy, and I’d love to see The Last Jedi have a day of social silence. Just one damn day.

I had similar finger-snapping desires about No Man’s Sky roughly two years ago. People couldn’t share a thought about that game without someone jumping down their throat for so much as saying its name. Weirdy enough, I sympathized with people who were unleashing angry messages on social media. Why? Hello Games' vision for No Man's Sky changed between its announcement and release. Some of the ideas the team hoped to include in the game didn't make the cut, and the visual fidelity shown in the early trailers didn't line up with the final product. People felt like they had been given a spaceship full of lies. That frustration is justified.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Will You Return To No Man's Sky?

about X hours ago from
Science-Fiction Weekly – Will You Return To No Man's Sky?

If I could snap my fingers to instantly change something in the world, I would eliminate people’s ability to write about Star Wars: The Last Jedi on social media. No matter what is said – whether it’s good, bad, or something completely mundane – toxicity and chaos erupt. That film has hit the polarization point of politics. Someone always jumps in to let someone know their opinion is wrong.

Go ahead and shake your head at me for suggesting we silence speech, but this is my dumb Thanos fantasy, and I’d love to see The Last Jedi have a day of social silence. Just one damn day.

I had similar finger-snapping desires about No Man’s Sky roughly two years ago. People couldn’t share a thought about that game without someone jumping down their throat for so much as saying its name. Weirdy enough, I sympathized with people who were unleashing angry messages on social media. Why? Hello Games' vision for No Man's Sky changed between its announcement and release. Some of the ideas the team hoped to include in the game didn't make the cut, and the visual fidelity shown in the early trailers didn't line up with the final product. People felt like they had been given a spaceship full of lies. That frustration is justified.