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).
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.