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Text Text 3 Moves Microsoft Is Making to Help Xbox One Beat PlayStation 4 Image source: Xbox

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Expanding media features and Windows connectivity Xbox One games and content can now be streamed to any Windows 10 device, and cross-platform gaming between console and PC players has never been easier. Microsoft's unified Windows is a success in gaming. Image source: Xbox

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Expanding media features and Windows connectivity Xbox One’s TV DVR feature launches in 2016, allowing users to record shows and stream them to compatible devices. Image source: Xbox

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How do PlayStation 4's media features compare? PlayStation 4 offers a wide range of third party media apps, and Sony is rolling out its Vue television service in select territories, but Xbox One offers more media selection, and the Windows 10 features and upcoming DVR create a distinct advantage. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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Delivering a strong exclusive lineup The recently released Halo 5: Guardians is the biggest exclusive console game of 2015, and will likely help propel Xbox One to a strong holiday sales performance. Image source: Xbox

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Delivering a strong exclusive lineup Xbox One looks to have a stronger first party game lineup than Sony going forward, as well as value-adding exclusivity deals with third party publishers. Xbox One timed-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider; Image source: Xbox

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How does Sony's exclusive lineup compare? Sony also has exclusive content deals, as well as top-notch studios such as Uncharted series developer Naughty Dog, but Microsoft seems to have an edge in studio strength. Uncharted 4; Image source:Naughty Dog

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Opening up the platform The EA Access service from Electronic Arts is only available on Xbox One, and allows subscribers to sample the latest games from the company and play a selection of full games for just $5 a month or $30 a year. Sony rejected EA's offer to bring Access to PS4. Image source: Electronic Arts

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Opening up the platform With a November update, backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games will come to Xbox One. Microsoft has also created an early access demo system for new games, creating the potential for more user feedback during development. Image source: Xbox

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Microsoft is beating Sony in platform management Microsoft's Xbox One got off to a rough start, but big changes like enabling backwards compatibility and support for platforms like EA Access are adding to the appeal of Microsoft's console. Image source: Xbox

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Will Xbox One catch up to PlayStation 4? PlayStation 4 is off to a great start, and the strength of the brand makes it likely that it will continue to do great numbers. PS4's momentum advantage in Europe and Asia suggests that Microsoft's latest console will have a very hard time beating Sony's in terms of global sales. On the other hand, Xbox One has a fair chance of outselling PS4 in America—which is largely thanks to Microsoft making smart strategy changes post-launch.

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