There’s no doubt that it’s been a great year for Xbox One and for the gamers who get their thrills playing it.
For a start there was June’s announcement of the new, slimline Xbox One S and then there were all the great games that have been released this year.
For example there’s been the launch of those perennial favourites, FIFA 17 and Pro Evo Soccer. There have also been the stunning new version of CoD, Infinity Warfare as well as Halo 5 and Star Wars: Battlefront. Plus, for speed freaks, there’s been Forza 6.
It’s also been the year when Twitch has really taken off with some people making the claim that it’s turning gaming into the new Netflix. E-sports are also exploding like never before with the League of Legends event selling out again with millions more viewing online.
So, as you can see, getting to be a first rate Xbox One player’s more challenging and more fun than ever – and, to be a contender, you’ll have to be at the top of your game.
You should start by making sure that your console’s set up for ultimate performance. There are all sorts of tricks you can try including remapping the controls or turning your smartphone into a remote control. If you want to get the best out of online gaming (and who doesn’t?) then changing the way that you connect with the internet is also crucial. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than when slow connection speeds, or even lost connections, get in the way of your game play.
So maybe you should think about using a VPN to connect. There are lots of good ones to choose from and there are plenty of benefits that they’re going to bring you. For example geo-blocking’s never going to be an issue because the VPN’s going to conceal your IP address. So you won’t just be able to get access to countries that you might never have been able to before, you’ll also be able dramatically expand the number of opponents you’ll be able to take on at a stroke.
Last, but no means least, it’s time to test out the old maxim that practice makes perfect. There’s a well-known theory that it takes 10,000 hours dedicated play to reach expert level and this could be as true of gaming as it is of playing the violin.
So now’s the time to get down to Call of Duty or FIFA 17 and see if they really are the best versions yet. And, while you’re discovering this, you’ll also be moving ever closer to that magic 10,000 hours.