The lights are on
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I had hoped for a decision like this,
but somehow I didn't really expect it. This is good news, not just
for Xbox fans sitting on the fence, but for consumers as a whole.
Your voice was heard. Our voice was heard.
But that's not the topic of this blog
post. If you've read one of my more recent blogs, you know I was
conflicted about which next-gen console to purchase. I was hesitant
to embrace Microsoft's anti-consumer policies, despite any possible
benefits to performance power or new game features. Now that
Microsoft has admitted their mistake and listened to gamer concerns,
I am now seriously considering purchasing an Xbox One.
However, this whole controversy created
an interesting side-effect: I might now buy a PlayStation 4.
You see, if Microsoft right out of the
gate with the Xbox One revealed there was in fact no used game policy
and no always-online, I would have been instantly sold on the
console. Most likely I would have put in my pre-order the same week
of the Xbox reveal, and that would have been the end of that. The PS4
would have not even been an option for me.
Instead something much more interesting
happened. I was forced to examine my options, in this case Sony and
I've always been a fan of both Xbox and
PlayStation, but this last console generation I found myself firmly
in the Xbox camp. Now with Microsoft seemingly betraying my trust, I
gave Sony a hard second look. And what I found was an incredibly
attractive and powerful console with a great lineup of games to boot.
I took the time to really identify the
pros and cons of Xbox One and compare them to the PlayStation 4.
One of those pros was Microsoft's
controller. The Xbox 360 controller hands down is my favorite gaming
device. Ever. With the exception of the crappy D-pad, the thing is
flawless. With Xbox no longer an option I was forced to examine
Sony's new Dualshock 4 controller. I read article after article about
the new controller, and slowly but surely I was becoming convinced
this might be the controller for me, with its new concave joysticks,
a slightly bulkier frame to accommodate large hands, and touch
screen. All these features sounded great, and every hands-on preview
I read said the same thing; the new controller might just dethrone
the Xbox 360 controller.
Another positive falling in on
Microsoft's side before my analysis were console exclusives. I'm a
Halo fanboy. I love Gears of War. I'm super excited about a new
Killer Instinct and about Quantum Break. Sunset Overdrive sounds like
a blast. In my mind, Microsoft was looking hard to beat. But once
again, when I actually took the time to seek out previews and learn
more about upcoming PS4 exclusives, the more excited I became for a
console I previously had completely disregarded. Within Infamous:
Second Son I found a promising superhero tale that looked to be right
up my alley, despite me having no history playing the franchise. In
Knack I could see pure and simple fun that brought back great
memories of playing Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot. Killzone:
Liberation is quite possibly the most beautiful shooter I've ever
seen, and its interesting Cold War inspired environment grabbed my
attention. These were some impressive titles, just as impressive as
anything Microsoft had coming down the pipe, and even maybe more so.
And then there was the brand loyalty.
I've been a member of Xbox Live for almost 8 years. In that time,
I've accumulated almost 80,000 gamerpoints. It sounds stupid, but I
like to get achievements and up my gamerscore. I don't go too far out
of my way to get ultimately meaningless points, but it provides me
just enough incentive to play games over again on harder difficulties
or to try different game strategies. The points, however, are
pointless. They don't do anything. They are just a worthless status
symbol that clings next to my name to show how much I have invested
in gaming and Xbox. Not choosing an Xbox One would mean giving that
up - 8 years of progress.
What I discovered was that I was OK
with that. If it meant standing up for consumer rights and speaking
with my dollars, I was willing to let go of my Xbox Live identity.
I was ready to buy a PS4.
And then this happened. Now, once
again, I'm not so sure. At first I thought I would quickly run back
to my former friend, who was now asking for forgiveness. All the
positives I listed above still stood, and none of the negatives. The
Xbox One was attractive again. But that isn't what is happening. Now
I'm even more torn about which console I should buy. The bright side
in all of this is that now I am a more educated game consumer than
ever before. I've looked at the merits and flaws of both consoles and
both companies, and my conclusion is this: they both look amazing. I
ultimately don't know which side of the fence I will land on at
launch, and I'm holding off on pre-ordering anything. What I do know
is that thanks to this question of faith, I was forced to look at a
competitor that I otherwise would have simply written off. And that,
I think, is a great thing.