Recently, I was happily wandering around on the Internet when I saw a story about Xbox.
It would seem that Microsoft has said that the Xbox One X, which has been getting hyped all year as “the world’s most powerful console,” actually won’t be the company’s flagship. Instead, it’ll be relying on the One S to carry it.
That really got me thinking about differences in consoles, which honestly is not something that occurs to me a whole lot, and how people pick favourites.
Baby’s first console
I started my console career around a decade ago with the family’s Wii, followed closely by my first DS Lite. Those were my primary methods of gaming for several years, until I got halfway through school and decided arbitrarily to get an Xbox 360.
I honestly don’t remember what influenced the decision at the time; it could just have been that it was the best deal I’d found online. Who knows how I think.
Now, the timeline’s kind of important here. This would have been in 2011 or 2012, well before South Park would stage its Game of Thrones parody highlighting the histrionic spectacle that was the battle between Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Let the battle begin
I loved my Xbox 360 (which survived several years with taco sauce on the fan from the previous owner, before I noticed and cleaned it) because it never let me down, and it let me play Lego Indiana Jones. That was all I required of it.
When the showdown started, though, I didn’t participate. I had no intention of getting an Xbox One because it didn’t have backward compatibility, so I’d have to buy my games all over again.
I also had no intention of getting a PS4, because I’d have to buy my games all over again.
In fact, I didn’t even consider dipping my toes into the raging waters again until my dear old 360 started making death noises last winter. Microsoft had introduced enough backward compatibility to entice me, so I wouldn’t have to drop a fortune on new games.
And that’s the story of how I got my Xbox One S. It wasn’t out of any unexplained hatred for PlayStation; it was just because I’d had the same platform before.
I think that’s how most platform-agnostic players like me happen.
Enter the PlayStation
When I started dating Shane, it wasn’t long at all before he started getting me to play games on his PS4. It took me a little bit to figure out that the X button was, you know, a completely different button, but other than that, it wasn’t bad at all.
I actually really liked it, and that only increased after I learned that Final Fantasy games are typically limited to Sony and PC.
So I guess this is all to say that my perhaps unpopular opinion is that they each have strengths and weaknesses, and that these happy little GIFs from the IT Crowd sum it up nicely:
It’s better to have more, don’t you think?