Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Oooh, That's Gotta Hurt!

E3. This ain't just "E" or "E2"...no sir. This is where it all goes down. And it all went down recently when Sony announced all of the details of the PS4. And by "it", I mean "Microsoft's Xbox". Wow.

It's been quite a while since I've seen a good old-fashioned, no holds barred console thrashing--the kind where the victor leaves the ring and the loser is left a defeated, bloody mess, crying in a pool of goo. Actually, I may have never seen one quite as bloody as what the PS4 did to the Xbox One.

Now I've never owned a Playstation and, honestly, I'm still not going to. Before the Playstation enthusiasts throw their arms up in the air and scream "Shenanigans", I'll explain. Yes, I have both an original Xbox and a 360. I enjoy my Xbox 360 but I don't buy tons of games for it. I am pretty picky. I am also very much a PC gamer at heart. If a game I want comes out for both the 360 and PC, PC will get the nod. So why would I not get a Playstation now? There really are no game franchises on the Playstation that I want to play except, maybe, Infamous. Very much not worth delving into a completely new console.

But am I going to get an Xbox One? Yeah, see, I'm not so sure. I mean, realistically, I will probably get one eventually. But I'm in no hurry right now. Why? I don't really like the direction Microsoft is going with their policies regarding the console--even though they don't affect me very much. I don't like:

  • The fact that the unit must have an Internet connection or else you can only play your games for 24 hours.
  • The fact that buying and selling used games will become a lot more difficult and, in some cases, impossible.
  • The fact that it is $100 more than the PS4. I think Sony learned this lesson the hard way when Microsoft undercut them by $100. Maybe Microsoft will adjust, maybe not.
  • The look...not a huge fan of the square, boxy look (albeit this is a very minor complaint).
Now, I don't normally buy and sell games. So the main issues I have are the price point and the requirement for a perpetual Internet connection. My Internet has traditionally been pretty stable but I simply don't like this stipulation. I find it unnecessary and it sounds like just another way for Microsoft to try to control the way a gamer can use the console. Also, as wacky as it may seem, there are still households either without Internet or that use dialup. And what if you are trying to run a tournament of some kind at a venue that does not supply Internet? "Pain in the ass" is what I like to call it.

With as badly as the Playstation just schooled the Xbox, I would like to believe that Microsoft would pull an Xbox 180 and reverse direction. Unfortunately, I think it's going to take more outrage and less profits to make this happen if it were to happen at all.