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Six ways Xbox One's exclusives back up Microsoft's rhetoric

How the games show off the console's capabilities

The proof, they say, is in the pudding. What sort of pudding would the Xbox One be? It would be a large, rich, starchy, artery-clogging pudding, the kind of pudding they used to serve in peasant households roundabouts 1500 AD, so that everybody had enough body fat to survive the long, cruel winter. There would be cherries on top, and cherries atop the first set of cherries, and some sort of chocolate frosting. Hmmm, I appear to have distracted myself with undue talk of puddings. Where were we? Ah yes, the proof. Well, casting those sugary analogies aside, the proof of Xbox One's greatness will lie with the games.

We've written quite a lot about those games already, would you believe - check out the full Xbox One games list, or this set of thoughts on which launch game you should buy first - but I thought I'd take a few minutes of your time to emphasise how each title makes use of the console in particular, thereby, I hope, justifying the investment of another few hundred English pounds.

1. Better graphics! Forza Motorsport 5
Forza 5 developer Turn 10 is adamant that Microsoft has never actually ordered it to make use of certain hardware features. "We're never mandated and I think that's the secret, I think most people think teams are mandated," the studio's Dan Greenawalt told OXM during our first look at the new Forza. "We aren't told, we're asked. [People say to us] 'Please, please no-one is going to showcase this stuff like first-party will - figure it out because we don't know how we're going to showcase it'."

It's tempting to be cynical about this claim, given that Forza Motorsport 5 is perhaps the most complete Xbox One title you'll play - each and every one of the console's buzz features, be it "infinite", "magic" cloud support or enhanced Kinect head-tracking, seems to have found its way into the mix. Still, the ends justify the means, whatever they may be.

If I had to single a Forza 5 feature out as expressive of Xbox One's prowess, it would simply be the visuals, which put the console's bulkier RAM and processing allowance to quite terrifyingly convincing use. This is a game in which you can glance at your car's passenger seat and see different colours emerge from the weave, teased out by the rays of the setting sun. Read more about all that in our first and latest Forza 5 previews.

2. Power of the cloud! Titanfall
Quite what "the cloud" - aka ready access to a large number of servers - represents for gaming remains to be seen. Microsoft came close to suggesting that it effectively represents limitless additional Xbox One RAM, but later clarified that the benefits will only apply to processing tasks that aren't that time-sensitive. Such as, for instance, the calculations that keep those legions of AI troopers running and gunning in Titanfall, aka the next generation's most impressive competitive shooter.


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