During a live stream over at the Gamestop Expo in Last Vegas, Patrick Perkins the Senior Xbox Platforms Product Manager gave some insight into why Microsoft is considering 2015 to be the ‘Best Year in Xbox History’.

“You actually see that lining up years ahead of time. Before we even launched the Xbox One, we knew that this was “the year.” You just look at the dev cycles and when everything is gonna come together.

You know what’s funny is that 2007 was the third holiday of Xbox 360, in a one year time span you saw the first BioShock come out, you saw Halo 3 come out, you saw the first Assassin’s Creed, that’s when the first Rock Band came out, Guitar Hero was huge then… On the other side of the Holidays you had the first Mass Effect, you had GTA4 come out, in a one-year period.

To me that was the golden era of games. I think this year actually surpasses that. If you think about the exclusives with Halo, Tomb Raider, Forza, and then add great games like Battlefront, Black Ops III, Fallout, all in a year time span, it’s a lot.

And that third year, we found out with 360, that’s when developers are really starting to understand what the new technology can do, the new things it can do, because whenever there’s a launch there’s always that kind of time that… and it’s a slow ramp up, but we’re firmly there right now. So that’s super-exciting.”

Phil Spencer has repeatedly stated that 2015 is the best year for gamers on Xbox One, and with games like Tomb Raider, Halo 5: Guardians and Forza, it’s not hard to believe. Interestingly though he stated that developers are really getting a handle on what the technology in the Xbox One can do, and games releasing this year and beyond in parity and sometimes surpassing the visual fidelity of their rivals it’s pretty exciting.

DirectX 12 and the Cloud have been hotly debated topics, but as more evidence of their power comes to light in demonstrations like the Crackdown reveal at Gamescom gamers have a lot to look forwards to. It would be exciting to see what developers can pull out of the Xbox One, with games like Rise of the Tomb Raider already besting the number one franchise on a rival platform.

Forza Motorsport 6 launches on the 15th of September, Halo 5 Guardians on the 27th of October and Rise of the Tomb Raider on the 10th of November. You can pre-order all these games now on Xbox One.