Sunday, November 3, 2013

CONSOLE WARS: Let's Get Some Things Straight

I'm gonna break up the first part of this into things that are facts, opinions backed by "facts," and straight opinions.

The second part is going to be me ranting about all sorts of things.

Let's get started.

FACT: The PS4 is $100 less expensive
FACT: PS4 has more exclusive games to choose from
FACT: BF4 and CoD: Ghosts both run at higher resolutions on PS4
FACT: Both consoles get certain DLCs early for certain games
FACT: PS4 online is $10 cheaper/year
FACT: PS4 hardware is marginally better
FACT: Dualshock 4 has a touchscreen
FACT: XBone has Kinect
FACT: Kinect can recognize who you are
FACT: XBone restricted used games
FACT: PS4 never restricted used games
FACT: Either console may encounter crippling problems post-release

OPINIONATED FACT: XBone had an E3 disaster
OPINIONATED FACT: PS4 exclusive games are better
OPINIONATED FACT: XBone is trying to be more than a game console
OPINIONATED FACT: PS4 focuses on games and gamers

OPINION: Microsoft relies heavily on marketing to recruit casual "gamers"
OPINION: Kinect is very gimmicky
OPINION: Microsoft throws money around to fix problems
OPINION: Sony has morals
OPINION: Microsoft is trying to live up to Sony's standards

A lot has been said about both consoles so far. While PS4 is objectively better, XBone has it's strengths too. Problem is, they're video game consoles. And PS4 is clearly superior in that regard.

Microsoft is trying to make money off of the casual crowd. Sony is marketing their console for gamers. Sony wants gamers that stay up till 4am on Saturday night (technically Sunday morning) exploring Tamriel. They want people who are passionate about what they do. They want people that will say "I'm proud to be a gamer." Sony is looking for people who want a console to play their favorite games on. They don't care about extra features, they want to deliver games, for gamers, in the best possible format.

Microsoft, on the other hand, is marketing towards casuals. They want people who don't play too many video games to delve into the hobby. They want people to say "oh look, I can watch football and Skype on the Call of Duty box now."

Take for example, Kinect. It's a gimmick. I want my video games to be played by controller, thank you very much. I don't care if I can pretend to play a sport by flailing my arms around like someone who isn't very sane. I want to hold a controller. 50 years from now, I want video games to be controller-oriented ordeals. Sure, a simulated interface where I could play BF25 or whatever without holding anything would be nice. But in that case, I'd want to be able to hold a "gun." And no one is anywhere near that point.

Oh wow, I can make Skype calls while watching TV! Wait a second....I don't watch TV. It's a console for video games. I don't give a flying crap if I can stream football over my video game console.

You know why? I'M GOING TO BE PLAYING FREAKING VIDEO GAMES ON IT.

Microsoft is doing a bad thing for the industry. They're blurring the lines in between people like me, and the person that plays CoD for a few hours a week. While that may be great for my social life, it's not so great for the health of the video game industry. They're selling out.

That's why, this holiday season, I'm supporting Sony's efforts to keep gaming for gamers. I don't care if any of my friends are getting the XBone; it's their loss.

Not to mention, I'm quite disappointed at any so called "gamers" who are willing to support Microsoft as of right now. It's kinda sad.

Here's some clever hashtags because why not:

#ps4thewin
#4thegamers
#4>1