Microsoft has built up a whole lot of steam leading into this holiday season. But instead of relying on a piece of next-generation hardware like Sony is with the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4, it's leaning more on its current line of Xbox One titles – as well as Play Anywhere capability with first-person titles like Quantum Break – to keep gamers coming back for more. So far, it's very much working, thanks to sweet new hardware and a promising line-up of games for the holidays.
Part of that strength lies in Microsoft's own first-party developments, in which it has many games on the way – and 2017 is looking just as bright, with incoming titles like Crackdown and Scalebound, amidst other upcoming games. Sure, the Project Scorpio will eventually come around, with titles to support it, but Microsoft will continue to provide plenty of support for the Xbox One, between new releases, third party titles and a growing library of Xbox 360 backward compatible titles.
Here's the rundown of five big aces in the hole that Microsoft has for the holiday season. No doubt it'll have a fair share of dominance amongst both video game buyers and regular consumers: