Abyssal Pixels: Sony, Please Don’t Disappoint Me
I’ve recently become a member of the Playstation Nation. For readers unfamiliar with my gaming habits, I’ve been an Xbox 360 gamer for most of my life. But thanks to the potentially gigantic delay of the Xbox One in South Africa, I decided against all my instincts and just got a PS4. I didn’t worry too much with adjustment pains because I’m a pretty versatile gamer. I can play PC games like a champ and I’ve even impressed some long time Sony fans with my handling of the PS3 controller and adjusting to the PS4 was effortless. Even if I sometimes press the square button when the X prompt comes on screen just because of muscle memory, but that’s reducing in occurrences the more time goes on.
My choice to go with Sony wasn’t a decision I made lightly, however. This was a thoroughly thought out decision because I knew I would more than likely be stuck with the console for potentially years and I had to be absolutely sure I wasn’t making a terrible mistake. There were some pretty strong deciding factors for why I did it and I would like to explain it to you now.
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Firstly, the Xbox One is marketed as a “social media integrated all-in-one home entertainment system with television and Netflix and music and Bing” and that’s exactly the stuff I don’t want. I have a sufficient laptop which satisfies all my entertainment needs except for gaming, which is why I want a console. Sony has become much more consumer friendly with their approach to a game console. “You want to play games, so we are going to try our best to make sure that happens” is the vibe I get from Sony recently and that’s exactly what I want. It caters to me, a hardcore gamer, better than the Xbox One.
Secondly, the exclusives. Microsoft’s exclusives in recent years are weak. There’s only so much Gears of War and Halo that I can stomach and the rest have been sub-par on many levels. The last excellent exclusive I can think of is Lost Odyssey and that was years ago. It was also a JRPG, something that Sony is strong in and I love some good JRPGs. If I take a look at Sony’s exclusives in the last generation, I can see there is a substantial push being made in quality. The Uncharted series, the excellent The Last of Us and all the various JRPGs that I wish I could have played. It just caters to me more in terms of my personal taste. Titanfall does nothing for me because I hate online shooters. It’s just how I roll.
Thirdly, consumer loyalty. Playstation Plus anyone? It’s the far superior service purely based off the evidence given. Free games up to ying yang every month and a stellar online offering on top of that (from what I’ve seen with Killzone and the various free-to-play games I’ve played). Sony knows how to keep their customers happy while Microsoft seems to do everything in their power to piss people off. I’m still rather sour about the whole always-online controversy that happened last year even just on principle alone. To be willing and able to screw over your fanbase like that is just shifty as all Hell.
I’m not even going to discuss the resolution differences and better graphics of the PS4 because that always starts a pointless flamewar.
BUT. Yes, there are buts. My trust in Sony is a vigilant one. They are the stronger company now, but what I’m worried about is consistency and sustainability. I’m unsure if they can keep this pace up with regards to their quality of service. The PS Plus perks might start dwindling, their exclusives might become weaker and more “appeal to wider audience”, there might be issues with the firmware again and all kinds of variables. The Xbox One might also persevere as the better console for all we know. Anything is possible.
Their launch exclusives were already a bit on the mediocre side with the flawed but pretty Killzone Shadowfall and the particle tech demo, Knack. This can be attributed with the strict launch window deadlines and you can’t expect a second The Last of Us right this moment, but it is a rather slow start. Xbox One’s launch titles weren’t that great either though.
There’s also a lot of room for improvement when you look at the UI and how the system handles certain things, but those can be fixed in later updates, thankfully. Just give me the option to install a custom theme please, there’s just too much blue right now. Other than that, the PS4 looks strong in many respects. The hardware is solid, the upcoming games are worthy to be excited about and there’s enough to satisfy you right now.
I’m rather satisfied with my decision to go with Sony, but I beg of them to please not completely mess it up. Don’t make me regret this shift in brand loyalty and just make sure I get awesome games and a stable system. Please and thank you.
Inb4, “get a PC so much better”.