I am a multi-format gamer and have been ever since I imported a SEGA Genesis to complement my Commodore Amiga "way back in the day" (i.e. I'm old!).
However, my disappointment with the Xbox One and Xbox One X and their lack of first-party games meant that I only pre-ordered a PS5 for launch and I was perfectly happy with that (delighted actually) as I also owned a gaming PC which could play the handful of Xbox titles such as Forza Motorsport, Forza Horizon, Halo and Gears of War anyway. I always intended upgrading my then-ageing PC (i7-4770K, 16 GB, GTX 1080 Ti) but then COVID and the scalpers came along and put paid to that idea due to high prices. Sadly, my old PC was starting to struggle with newer games and in December 2021 I was finally able to buy an Xbox Series X for its MSRP (albeit in a bundle) and in stock from GAME.
I was initially impressed with the hardware and especially at how much smaller it was than my gigantic PS5 stood next to it. I then turned it on and that next-gen buzz diminished somewhat as I was greeted by a very over-familiar dashboard. But you don't look at that while playing games, right, so it wasn't that big of a deal but it did take away some of the wow-factor for me? I spent a few months playing graphically enhanced versions of my Xbox library and, ultimately, I cannot deny that I have been disappointed with the system. Don't misunderstand me; it's a fantastic piece of kit at a great piece but there is still nothing on the system that showcases how powerful this system is. I have a GamePass Ultimate subscription for PC and Xbox (so I can share saves between the systems) but most of the games are smaller indie games or cross-gen third-party games that are good but I could easily just have played them on my Xbox One X.
Hopefully, things will improve in 2023 as I haven't really used my Xbox Series X in two months now. I have also now upgraded my PC to an i5-13600KF with 32 GB of memory and an RTX 3080 graphics card so I would rather play Microsoft games (when they arrive) on that rather than my Xbox now. If I had only owned an Xbox Series X since 2020 then I would have been even more disappointed. Microsoft have been criticised for years over their lack of games for the Xbox and years later we are still waiting for them to arrive. That should never have happened but I guess they just got complacent with the success of the Xbox 360 and felt they didn't really need to compete with Sony or Nintendo...