2021 was a year with heights and depths — also for the console giants Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. In direct comparison platform Xbox Series X had but one step ahead — also because the PS5 and Switch have slip-ups allowed.

2021 is probably not in the history of console gaming go down as one of the best years. There were strange twelve months in which it has often felt so, as if at the same time pass too much and nothing would Haunt. After the launch of Xbox PS5 and Series X | S in November 2020 top games this year were very few and far between, many games were postponed and the next-gen consoles are still difficult to get to impossible.

Thus has defined in 2021 mainly through its gaming potential, but was often so promising and so frustrating unfulfilled. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have under these difficult circumstances, tried some, but not all of them worked. Comparing the three platforms off the sales statistics, but Xbox was my opinion at the end surprisingly clearly decide for themselves — and can now feel like a console winner in 2021 because of a well-implemented strategy.

2021: Xbox shines in a year full of hangover

Xbox has 2021 largely bypassed consistently so, updates for the Xbox Series X | to released S (including Dolby Vision gaming) to put their own gaming concept sharply into focus and thereby as a gaming platform for mainstream to position.

This could be achieved, inter alia through the expansion of backward compatibility and the development of the Xbox cloud gaming. While many new games 2021 often shine either absent or programming errors could, Xbox added to the already extensive library of older games over 70 classics added, which can now be gambled on the latest consoles — and see there thanks FPS -boost and auto HDR better than ever before.

Thus, there was never any lack of quality games that can be streamed through the cloud gaming without downloading additional via mobile phones and laptops. Essential component of this concept is, of course Microsoft’s ace up its sleeve dominated, which in 2021 than any other gaming Feature: The Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass is and remains the trump card

2021 was a year like painted for the Xbox Game Pass : Stunning exclusive games on other platforms were in short supply and the selection of older games could several times by newer Day One releases as outriders, Back 4 Blood and Psychopath 2 loosened be — thus the number of subscribers rose steadily.

At the end of the year out fell then also delayed, so to speak, finally, the next-gen launch: With Fora Horizon 5 and Halo: Infinite were two brand new and graphically demanding games release exclusively for Xbox — these blockbusters were from day 1 on the game pass for free.

During 2021 therefore Xbox not always glamorous, but it passed without major Scandals and with some notable highlights, there was to consider some weaknesses in competitors PlayStation and Nintendo in comparison. Although both consoles delivered earlier in some exclusive games from, but the huge names were postponed to 2022, leaving gaps that could not be filled without a Game Pass alternative.

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Annual Review: Sony & Nintendo with slips

PlayStation was particularly evident in the unfortunate use of PS3 and PSP stores that backward compatibility for the company no significance — which is a clear disadvantage for gamers. Similarly, Sony stumbled to-PS5 upgrades PS4 and needed in this regard at the forthcoming sequel Horizon in the opaque field of: back row publicly Forbidden West.

Total PlayStation had obviously not a disastrous year — the PS5 has sold much better world than the Xbox Series X | S — but Sony has made no sovereign image clearly geschwächelt in terms of player-friendliness and worked in phases comparatively haphazardly. Whether exclusive games like Return and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart this could make up for a matter of taste — to me, it was not enough.

Nintendo had from the three platforms probably the most difficult year: The expectations were huge in relation to the legendary Switch Pro and N64 ports for Nintendo Switch Online, but were disappointed in both cases. While the new switch while a fancy OLED display has, it can otherwise not really show improvements.

Nevertheless, the new console version was significantly better than the N64 package for Nintendo Switch online: The extension with a handful of mediocre ports has been optimistic with a premium price tag and torn completely in the air.

Outlook 2022: PS5 and Nintendo Switch with big names

Xbox has won the console comparison 2021 for me through a stringent and gamer-friendly strategy. However, the platform on these laurels is not allowed to rest, because 2022 promises to become a much temporal year — with well-known exclusive games on all consoles. Horizon: Forbidden West, God of War: Ragnarök and Breath of the Wild 2 are without question groundbreaking games for the PS5 and Nintendo Switch.

Xbox gets playing like Star field, Stalker 2 and Senna’s Saga: Hell blade 2. In addition, there are also various long-awaited, cross-platform game highlights such as Elder Ring, Gotham Knights and Hogwarts Legacy the stage. The winners will hopefully be the winners next year.

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2021 was a year full of challenges for the console giants Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. In the end, however, Xbox had the best strategy to bridge the twelve months and now rightly feel the winner of the year.