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Since the launch of the next generation consoles, I’ve gone back and forth several times as to which one to choose. I own both consoles from the previous generation, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. The lion share of my usage was on the 360. I purchased the PS3 because I wanted to play the exclusives on that particular console. Unfortunately I never really got the desire to play them, other than Uncharted, and ultimately ended up using it primarily for Netflix streaming and playing Blu-Ray discs. When both new consoles were launched neither really screamed “this is the one to buy!!” With the exception of Titanfall, none of the announced games at the time sounded all that exciting. However my downfall was probably reading too much on the internet about both consoles, reviews and feedback from gamers which fed the consumerism beast in me to purchase a new one.
Once I had made the decision to purchase, the next decision was which one. I had made a pros/cons list and when I thought I had made my final decision something I read the next day seemed to sway me the other way. I ended up going with the Xbox One for the following reasons:
1. Online membership–I already had an Xbox Live Gold subscription that goes into 2015. If I had gone PS4 I would have to maintain two memberships as I plan on keeping my 360.
2. Friends–the bulk of my friends are already on Xbox Live so I decided to stay there
3. Potential–to me it just seems like once the bugs are ironed out the Xbox One has more growth potential than the PS4. Microsoft knows and makes software so they have the capability to make it awesome
4. Game trade up–I had already purchased Battlefield 4 for 360 and had the coupon to trade up to the Xbox One version for $10. Would have lost out on that going to PS4.
5. Controller–I never really like the PS3 controller. The side by side joysticks just never felt right to me. While the PS4 controller seems like it’s much better, the side by side sticks instead of askew like the 360 made me hesitant. The Xbox 360 controller is the best I’ve ever used. Since not too much changed, I decided to stay with Xbox.
6. Batteries and battery life–I like the fact I can swap batteries on my controller. With reports of short battery life on the PS4 controller (because of the large LED light), a short charging cable and a non-replaceable battery, it made my decision easier.
7. Exclusives–While the bulk of the games I play are multiplatform, Titanfall really captured my interest. Had I gone PS4, I would have missed out on it. Plus none of the PS4 exclusives really grabbed me. Uncharted, while a good looking and fun game, isn’t a system seller to me.
8. Kinect–While I felt slighted about buying the original Kinect and having them never really reach the potential I had hoped with either the hardware or the games, this almost swayed me away from the Xbox One. However, with the voice navigation and the possible potential (please don’t burn me on this MS) my interest was piqued again.
9. Supply–Since both console releases, I’ve seen the Xbox One in stock multiple times. I’ve never seen the PS4 in stock. My guess is Sony is either having difficulty keeping up with demand or there’s an issue withe manufacturing yields getting the output to where it needs to be. I could have waited for supply to outpace demand but wanted a console sooner than that.
Both systems play Blu-ray so that was a non-factor. The TV integration didn’t really play into my decision either. We cut the cord years ago and never plan on going back. I’m also hoping that Microsoft can improve their quality of Games for Gold so as to at least compare to Playstation Plus and their game offerings each month.
I’m really looking forward to trying out the Xbox One. I think it’s brimming with possibilites and potential. Let’s hope Microsoft delivers.