5 Reasons Why This Xbox Gamer Is Getting A PS4
I’ve been an Xbox 360 player for the better part of the millennium and have played on the console almost exclusively. I own a library of around 80 physical games and have owned around 300 games in total, many of which I have sold or traded. My GamerScore is one of the highest in South Africa at this time standing at around 175 000 GS. I’ve bought a huge amount of DLC, arcade games and expansions as well as avatar items, themes and even a few gamer pictures. In short, I’ve played a shitton of games on Microsoft’s system and threw them thousands and thousands of rands over the course of the 6 years I’ve owned the thing. Oh, I’ve also owned 3 Xbox 360’s because the first two broke. I’ve also convinced around 10-15 people to get a Xbox 360 that they routinely buy games for.
I’m pretty much an archetype of an Xbox fanboy. I’ve been using the system for so long that it’s the only way of gaming that I really know. But recent announcements and statements have made me extremely hesitant if I want to remain in Microsoft’s stable. Their bullshit, evil policies are something that I can not agree with or want to associate myself with. With Sony blowing out the doors and shooting Microsoft in the head at E3 by announcing that their console would be putting gamers first and allowing you to do what you want with your property, I think I have no other choice than to go with their console. This isn’t an easy decision for me because I’ll be losing years of progress with regards to my GamerScore which is a very big deal for me.
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Before the MasterRace descends upon me like a bunch of keyboard clad Valkyries, I’m not interested in PC gaming at all. I don’t have the desire to build a PC and constantly upgrade it in order to play the newest games. I’m very well aware of all the benefits PC gaming has, but I’m really not the type of gamer for it. I want to be able to sit on my couch, put a game in, play it and enjoy it. I don’t want to fiddle with settings or be told that I don’t have enough RAM and karma to play a game. It’s just not for me, simple as that. I’m a console gamer and that’s how I would like to stay.
Here are some of the reasons why I’m jumping to Sony’s ship:
Nothing is more harrowing than having your freedom of choice stripped away from you. Microsoft wants me to adhere to their set of rules and I have absolutely no choice but to follow them. This will effectively make me a slave to Microsoft’s every whim and the hobby I love so much would be plastered with restrictions and walls that get between me and the game. I want to do what I want and play how I want and Sony gives me that ability. I don’t have to check in every 24 hours like I’m some criminal monstrosity and Microsoft’s the parole officer. I’m actually offended how I’ve been such an honest consumer for 6 years and now they want to treat me like some pirating scum. Sony gives me the ability to play games like I’m used to playing them.
2. No Gimmicky Nonsense
Kinect has always been a massive thorn in my side. Microsoft’s insistent obsession with the rather pointless peripheral has made me extremely frustrated in the past. I play games to relax and by relax I mean sitting on my ass and being immobile for an indefinite amount of time. I don’t want to wave my arms violently in the air in order to open a door or scream at my Kinect every time I want to open my disc tray. Sony also has their gimmicky motion controlled things such as the Move, but what I like is that it’s never forced on you. Microsoft forces you to use their piece of shit fitness simulator in absolutely everything in the console. With the Xbox One, you have to have the thing plugged in at all times or your console is just a shiny brick. Sony’s Move is just… there. If you want it, you can have it, but they don’t want you to own the thing in order to use the fucking console.
I also think that the increased price of the One is because of the mandatory bundled Kinect because, let’s face it, they’re expensive to make. It’s stupid because the entire hardcore market couldn’t give less of a shit about the thing. Myself included.
3. Used Games
Used games were an integral part of my gaming career. Because I play so many games across numerous genres and have no sustainable income I’ve had to heavily rely on the selling and trading of my games. I don’t have money for new games all the time so I have to make sacrifices and get other means of accruing money. Microsoft decided to just abolish that. I won’t have money to buy their games at all because I won’t be able to sell my games in order to buy new ones. Sony doesn’t have that. They embrace the fact that most of their gamers utilize used games in order to game to their best ability. I will not support Microsoft’s money hungry, greedy, selfish practice because I use used games to be a better gamer.
4. Great Games
Sony exclusives have always made me envious of PS3 owners because they seem like really great games. Heavy Rain, Uncharted, Journey and all the other good stuff. Microsoft’s exclusives have gotten a bit stale for me. There’s just so much Gears of War that I can play before I become bored with it. Forza doesn’t interest me because I hate cars. Halo is fun, but it’s a bit too traditional for me and not even mentioning the fanbase. Microsoft’s arcade game library is impressive though and it would be the thing I miss the most from the console. But with Sony I think they cater to me the most in terms of genres I enjoy. Microsoft has announced some pretty good exclusives that have caught my attention, but I believe I can live without them without problem.
5. Sony Actually Cares About Me
Microsoft frankly doesn’t give a flying fuck about me as their consumers. They want to treat me like a criminal and just another cash cow that they can milk dry. I don’t want to be affiliated with a company that doesn’t trust me. They also want to cater more to ignorant casual players rather than focus on their most dedicated fans which I belong to. Sony heard gamer outcries and decided that they will do their absolute best to make my gaming experience the best it can possibly be. That’s something I can get behind. They want to give gamers options and choices rather than force them down their throats like Microsoft does. Not to mention their PS+ subscription gives away AAA games like they’re nothing and makes sure that gamers get more bang for their buck.
Sony has convinced me almost entirely to part with my beloved Xbox and go over to the PS4 simply because they have showed me that I’m important to them and they wouldn’t want to inconvenience me in any way. Microsoft just doesn’t care about having me as their customer and because of that, I don’t care about being their customer. If Microsoft changes their absolutely insulting policies in the months to come, I will stay with their brand, no question about it. I’m still very much attached to my GamerScore and would like to stay true to one console so if they play their cards right, they will have me back. But as things stand now, I’m more inclined to jump ship to Sony, even if it costs me years of work and progress. Some of you might say “just buy both”, but I simply can not. I don’t have the funds to afford two consoles and then games for both as well. I would like to stay to one console and focus on getting games for that console alone.
In closing, fuck Microsoft.