Understanding Microsoft’s Xbox One Power Brick
I’m just going to come straight out and admit that this is not a serious article; it’s one that you should read with tongue firmly in cheek. If you cannot do that, however, there is a little ‘X’ that you will find next to the title of this tab on your browser, which will help you to deal… click it.
Now, the rest of you (thanks for staying, I love you all) must surely have seen or heard of the Xbox One unboxing video which we showed to you a few days ago, where Major Nelson unboxed Microsoft’s new console for the world to witness, and people immediately began to pick on the next-gen console’s power brick.
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Anyway, that led the eGamer crew to a random discussion, which was again quite tongue in cheek bordering on trolling, in which Dean mused on the differences between the Americans and the Japanese, referring to Microsoft’s use of a power brick where there is none on a Sony PlayStation 4. This isn’t exactly correct because the PlayStation 4 has its power supply internally located, which could lead to its own issues, but we’re not going to fixate on the technicalities today because fuck that shit.
No, we’re going to talk about something a little different but almost entirely related, through pure coincidence. That is, the concept of Western culture differing from Eastern culture in a very specific way. This relates to the concept of using tools as weapons, where the Western culture would opt for a weapon as a medium (a firearm for example) but Eastern culture considers weapons to be extensions of oneself, thus where a gun and a sword are both weapons, a gun is a mechanism for firing a bullet, which is the real weapon, whereas the sword is a weapon which is held and manipulated by the person. A gun is therefore empowerment, where the sword is unity. Or, the following video:
I can’t believe I still remember this episode, but welcome to Extra Credits, which is probably the best gaming-related web-series for the intellectual mind. I was introduced to it a few years ago when they first started on The Escapist, before the Jimquisitions and such of today.
Bringing this back to the Microsoft and Sony thing, I think it’s pretty clear now, isn’t it? Look:
Is that not clearly a middle-man type of medium? A tool? Empowerment over unity? The power brick is therefore the embodiment of Western culture and a sign that the Xbox One is a Western product for Western markets (and us), whereas the PlayStation 4 embodies that most Eastern of cultures, by keeping everything in the console and a part of the unit.
Just, don’t expect swords…