Here in India, the Sony consoles of the past and present have always been the way to go. They were cheaper, more readily available and the games were available at more outlets. Another reason for the Sony fan base to be greater was that Sony started earlier and everyone just jumped onto the band wagon.
Over the years, in India, Sony has launched the PS One, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS Vita and The Move. All that Microsoft has launched are the Xbox 360 and the Kinect......Thats it! Its clear that Sony has a much greater interest in the Indian market than Microsoft. Not only has surpassed in number of consoles sold but has also been able to secure a future market for its future products which includes the PLAYSTATION 4.
This brings me to my point. We have seen at E3 2013 that Sony, in my opinion, out performed Microsoft. Dont get me wrong, I love my X360 but after seeing the PS4 and the XONE, Im leaning towards the Playsation for now. The reasons are quite simple...At least for me. Lets list the pros and the cons for the PS4.
1. Faster RAM aka Better Hardware
2. 100$ cheaper aka Better for my pocket
3. Improved Controller aka Better for my hands
4. No restriction on used-games aka Better for my pocket again!
5. No need of online check-ins ever aka Better for Single-Player
6. Good Looks aka Better for my eyes
7. Not Region Locked aka I CAN BUY GAMES FROM WHEREVER I WANT!
1. No Forza
2. No Halo
3. Xbox LiVE is better
So clearly the pros outweigh the cons. I own an Xbox right now and I love it, but the steps that Microsoft has taken with its next-gen console are putting me off. What if my internet is down for a few days. Just because my internet company has a blackout, I cant play my games? Even single-player ones? Come one Microsoft. What were you thinking? If that wasnt enough, I cant play at a friends house without logging in once an hour? WHAT? In what world does that make sense?? Now coming to the lending of games. I can lend my games to my friends, but only once? Why? WHY?
Sony has been the smarter company so far this year. If Microsoft does do something in the next few months, or atleast come out with solid reasons for us choosing the Xbox over the Playstation, I will be shifting to the PS4. I feel sad that after being in the Xbox family for over a decade, Ill be shifting to Sony, but if this is what Microsoft is going to be doing, Im happy!
How do you feel about this shift of mine and about the next-gen consoles?