How's it going?
I haven't made a blog post in over two years, my last being in January 2011, and I must say, I'm currently feeling very nostalgic. However, in the aftermath of this year's E3, I felt compelled to share my thoughts. Here we go...
I made the switch from PlayStation to Xbox in 2007 when I traded in my beloved (if slightly worn out) PS2 for a brand spanking new 360. My reasons were simple: it was cheaper than the PS3 and it had BIG exclusives. Halo, Mass Effect, Gears of War, BioShock. It was a no brainer.
Here we are in 2013, and it seems that, once again, I will be crossing the divide. Here's why:
The Xbox One's policies CURRENTLY do not affect me whatsoever. My 360 is constantly connected to the Internet and I never buy used games, but it's my future that makes me wary. I'm currently 19 years old and live with parents who have a fibre optic internet connection, so there's no problems. However, in coming years there's a very good chance I will eventually move out- and whether in that moment I will have access to the Internet in unknown.
Therefore, I am very, very wary about spending £425 on a console that will require me to be constantly connected to the Internet for such a long and unpredictable part of my life. At least with the PlayStation 4, I have the assurance that wherever I find myself during the "next generation" I can take my console with me, and I know I can play it. And also, it's £80 cheaper.
I recently saw a quote from Xbox's Don Mattrick who said rather bluntly: "Don't have an internet connection? Buy a 360." Talk about digging a hole.
My plan for the short-term is simple. For the next 12 months at least, I will be happily gaming on my 360. I can play Destiny, Watch Dogs, Titanfall and GTA V all on the trusty little machine and that is fine by me.
I've seen numerous stories about loyal Xbox customer comtemplating crossing the divide after being disillusioned by Microsoft's anti-consumer policies, and this, sadly is one of them too.
Thanks for reading.