Reality Check - Are you a Console Fanboy?

Why do console wars and console fanboys exist? Cam investigates in the first episode of Reality Check.

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Flex those mental muscles and join Cam Robinson on a journey of discovery in Reality Check, the show that investigates the science behind your favourite games, and spawns a few wild theories of its own.

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the_mundtster
the_mundtster

The console wars ended when gamers found out how to build... A GAMING PC!

Scrotous
Scrotous

Lol this all makes alot of sense. Specially the investment part.

Thesamasaurus
Thesamasaurus

XBOX ONE SUCKS ASS PS4 IS BETTER THAN XBOX ONE

Don_Shadio
Don_Shadio

hmm... now how would one describe the fact that after watching this video everybody seems to prove themselves as "not fanboys"  :p

Wintereich
Wintereich

I prefer the Xbox to the PS, but I'm not really a fanboy. I just prefer the experience better, namely, the controller. I can't stand the PS controller. But really, PC gaming is where it's at for me.

netter99
netter99

Well its actually a fact the PS4 is more powerful than the xbox one do some research look it up, sorry its true. btw I never had a ps3 and only played on one about 3 or 4 times so Im not a sony or playstation fanboy. 

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I own a 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, 3DS, Gaming PC, GBA, N64, Xbox, Gamecube, PS2, and I'm buying a WiiU in October. No, I'm not a console fanboy.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I bought the WiiU.....and a PS Vita. Don't worry though, when you grow up and get a job, you'll be able to afford more than one console.

philippnovikov
philippnovikov

@x-2tha-z Making compulsive purchases is one of the main signs of immaturity. How many games did you play on each of your current-gen consoles? 

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I'm not a compulsive buyer. As for games played, I don't keep track.

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

When Cam talked about the cash factor I felt really sorry for the people who bought the WiiU

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Love the music to the ending of this show :)

On a personal level (and no fanboyism intended) - here's my reason for choosing Sony.  Hate if you will :P


I've grown up with PlayStation, had 1, 2 and 3.  But throughout those years I spent a significant time actually playing on my PC; the likes of Command & Conquer, GTA and Worms.  With PS3 however gaming had become that expensive for the PC (to build one I mean) that I transferred solely to console.

The Xbox has always been a great machine, and it revolutionised gaming.  Halo was one of the biggest franchises ever created, and in doing so actually allowed gaming to become main stream and not something recognised with "basement dwellers".

Microsoft however and how they delivered this to their consumers is the main issue I have.

Whereas the PS3 came with everything included (HDMI cable etc.) Microsoft forced you to buy them separately.  You needed to buy batteries for the controllers.  You had to pay to play online.  You couldn't just purchase something from the arcade, you needed 'points' instead.

This year Microsoft then tried forcing DRM on to its customers with a "what's yours is mine" strategy, you had to report back every 24 hours or you couldn't play.  Kinect is mandatory not optional.  The box seems more focused towards an American market than global.

I honestly believe that from E3 this year the XboxOne had a better showing, unfortunately it was Microsoft's policies and attitudes that let it down.

The reason I'll be backing Sony this generation, and likely future generations where applicable, is because they genuinely seem to care about gaming and the people that have gamed for so long; Mark Cerny is incredible.  Yes they're still a business, but they work closely with their studios, allow freedom and self-publishing, actively encourage creativity in projects and not sequel after sequel (The Last of Us being a major example so far in the consoles life).

Whereas Sony pay studios to try something innovative, Microsoft just pay the big publishers for timed exclusives to win people over 'quickly'.  It's all money money money with additional costs here and there, and that's all it's ever been.

I'm not hating either console as i'd happily have both for the games.  I'm just hating how one is being delivered.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@warhawk-geeby @warhawk-geeby I don't think anyone should be loyal to ANY company...........................................Regardless how good or how awesome they are. Valve, im a big fan of Valve, I personally think Valves DRM business model is by FAR the best DRM model on the planet, IF theres going to be DRM. Its definitely the most user friendly DRM , I can play offline if I want, online, get cheap games from STEAM, they make great games. But even though I love Valve and its STEAM service. Should we all be completely loyal to them? They still are a DRM service at the end of the day, they still are a corporate business model. I cant just start playing my games ive paid for without the STEAM service running, despite it being awesome. what if Gabe dies and a really bad group of investers come a long and destroy everything they built up and start implementing , higher restrictions and allow share holders to dictate everything that happens all of a sudden?. It can happen. Gabes a big guy, he could die tomorrow and we could all lose this awesome service over night or at least the way it is now. it only takes a crap manager or an ex- EA employee or a guy like Mitt Romley to come a long and destroy everything hes built up.

So be wary of being to loyal to ANY company. Remember whos making all the money, its not you. Just enjoy the games that's what you should be worrying about , NOT the console. Both consoles only want $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, its the game developers that are making your experience NOT Sony OR Microsoft.

For example you cant just grab a copy of COD on the PS3 and just play with Xbox mates can you? There you have it. Both companys are restricting your freedom in some way or another and restricting game developers and players in some way or another.

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

@warhawk-geeby Sony has more consumer friendly policies but Microsoft is more inclined towards "making money ONLY" .

Jakesta7
Jakesta7

Definitely one of the best (video game) shows on the internet. GameSpot!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Yep I jumped ship from PES to FIFA, I didn tfeel personally attacked though, FIFA is just the better game now. :(. But im hoping for a true PES in the future to give them a run for their money.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

I don't understand the whole console war. Because they are the same thing. Only 6.9% of exclusive games on PS3 are worth playing and theres 143 of them. I understand the PC fanboy stuff way more than the PS3 vs Xbox stuff. Because on PC you actually DO have a huge advantage when it come sto gaming with the sheer amount of different types of games the player has access to. The library is just humongous on PC from the 80's games all the way to 2013. Plus PC gamers get most of the Console games also that are any good and they have access to Console emulators to that a completely legal. They miss out only on the 6.9% of the exclusives AND they get the better graphics and mods and user created stuff and the simulation games. So yeah , I get the PC vs Console thing. I DONT get the PS3 vs Xbox stuff. Unless you believe Grand Turismo 5 is better than Forza (which is bullsht) lol

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

@nyran125tk Nice rant! I'd add that PC fanboys can build their own custom desktop to their own specs avoiding branding and adware b$.  They can also upgrade separate components at will taking advantage of price drops.  By slowing the technical innovation in games, consoles have actually made PC's last longer between rigs.  PC games are cheap as dirt if you only buy during sales making the total cost of ownership a fraction of consoles.