Prior to the existence of Xbox,
Playstation and Nintendo had made distinct and unprecedented repertoires for themselves. In two completely unique ways, Nintendo had taken its classic, nostalgic franchises working to improve and exceed the expectations of gamers and their classic games loved by the masses.
When the Nintendo 64 released in 1996, the Playstation had released a year prior (1995) and without an utterance began it's growth within the global market.
The Nintendo 64 platform is where it all began for me, it wasn't until a year or so later I was able to try out my first Playstation. The Playstation at the time and today continues to bring a unique experience to me and other gamers across the world. Playstation didn't bring anything stale to the table with their launch in 1995. In fact, Playstation showed the world that there is room for more potential in games, in graphics, in playability, and cooperativeness. Sony had set the premise for a more unique gaming experience at that point in time. The short-lived generation sparked the turn around in technology, graphics, and social gaming whether it intended to or not.
In 2000, the PS2 was released and it 2001 its competitor, the Xbox as opposed to the Sega Dreamcast. Xbox promoted itself based on its ease of online play-ability and was the first system to introduce the practicality of such a feature. While PS2 could also be used online, the technology for online play on a PS2 system wasn't something every household would've wanted to incorporate within their console. After all, would you really want a 30 ft. connectivity cable stretching across the living from your telephone adapter to your console? In spite of all this, Xbox began and improved the social gaming movement. While Sony continued to expand upon its games library and truthfully brought gamers what they wanted at that time which were games. Online playability had become appealing but didn't quite latch on to public demand as much as sitting down with a controller and enjoying some quality games did. In 2000, with Microsoft's addition to the console community requiring a broadband connection, which i don't imagine too many people having at that point in time, their console was released. The xbox wasn't only about playing online however, it brought some new characters and games to the front lines as well, however in my opinion the Xbox menu interface felt extremely dull and unbalanced. It felt like i was staring at the menu of an Atari if ever there was one.
To get to my point, PS2, had a library unlike any other console including Nintendo Gamecube which simply re-visited most old classic titles themselves while other developers released some decent titles as well.
The reason for PS2's popularity surge had undoubtedly been due to it's library which introduced a new Metal Gear solid and Grand Theft Auto to the mix. In September 2002, Square Enix made a PS2 sales pitch, I couldn't refuse. The game Kingdom Hearts was released in September of 2002 and a wealth of curiosity began to circulate.
With this in mind, I had been motivated to purchase my PS2 at that point in time. While i was unable to experience the vast library playstation came to offer mostly because I couldn't afford to, I was able to enjoy some very fun titles. The PS2 had given me all I wanted out of my gaming hobby, which was to have a fun experience. Granted the Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube had all done the same, PS2 had done so in a different way for me personally.
When PS3 released, I thought the price point would be the death of a console. When the library started to evolve some two years later, I made my purchase despite having been hooked on my Xbox 360 which had let me down one too many times due to hardware failure. The thing about the PS3 was that it was as well advertised to me as the PS2 was, which is by no means a positive thing. The games are what sold me the system. I had no idea about PS3's motion sensor capabilities and free online play mostly because I was too lazy and too content with my Xbox 360 to do my research.
While I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy my Playstation experience. I cant help but think PS4 will very well dominate this generation because of what it is continuing to bring. With the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 15, and publishers like Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, and Quantic Dream we will definitely have the strongest console launch imaginable. There are not many strings attached, we can enjoy and expand our need for social gaming the same as we always have and share even more through live streaming and game jumping. The future is looking very very bright for PS4, Nintendo's WiiU couldn't quite establish itself as an adequate competitor in the advent of HD gaming. Microsoft's Xbox one is well on it's way to being a promising system as well after reversing some hugely back lashed policies. However the fact that they took steps to dictate what and when and how gamers play, doesn't change the fact that some audiences remain weary of the attempted one world nation of gaming and DRM policies and cant yet forgive Microsoft for the thought alone. While both consoles have exceeded Pre-Order limits, there can only be one true victor and whether or not that is important to you is not my concern, however I felt the need to share the reasons for my opinions and past experiences in this post!
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***I know i haven't posted anything serious on here in a long time. but I finally had an idea for a blog I wanted to do and despite it seeming like a one sided post, I love all consoles equally (PC is a whole other realm ). Though one always has to have dominance in my opinion and Sony is doing it right so far.