Geoff’s take – or “How Microsoft convinced me to get a PlayStation 4”
There was one thing I was hoping for with Microsoft’s reveal of the Xbox One – and that was for Microsoft to convince me that I absolutely had to have their next generation Xbox. Instead, what they’ve done is pretty much convince me to get a PlayStation 4 instead. Here’s why.
If there are three things off the top of my head that I just really couldn’t give a damn about, it’s TV, Sports, and Call of Duty. I don’t currently have any sort of terrestrial TV connection (Netflix fills my “watch rubbish when I’m tired” needs); there’s not a single sport that I could care to watch, and I haven’t really loved a Call of duty game since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. At the reveal, Microsoft essentially confirmed that the device will be more focused on being a living-room entertainment unit with a large emphasis on TV and Sport – and the single game they showed any genuine real-time footage for just happened to be the next Call of Duty.
This video from Youtuber Darkbeatdk sums it all up quite nicely.
Maybe it’s just that I’m old (and grumpy!), but I remember a time when gaming consoles were for y’know, playing games. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate all of these value-added services and features – it just seems that this time around, very few of them will actually matter to me. Interactive TV? Don’t care. Real-time sports Fantasy leagues? Care even less. And while the new Kinect seems to make good on the promises of the original, it’s a little too late – and yes, I don’t care.
What I do care about though, is games – and from last night’s reveal, I remain unconvinced that there’s really much of a focus on that aspect. It took half an hour (of a one-hour show!) of corporate jargon waffling before Microsoft even mentioned an actual game – and then failed to show any sort of real-time, hands-on look at anything. Before you crucify me, yes – I do realise that last night’s reveal was intended to be a showcase of the hardware and features, with games showing up at E3. I get that. what I didn’t get from Microsoft that I did from Sony’s conference was a sense of commitment not only to gamers, but game developers as well. Where the Xbox One is clearly intended to be THE ONE THING to rule your lounge (and in the darkness bind your games to an online account), Sony’s machine seems to be all about the games – and the company was quite specific in detailing its hardware. In fact, for a “hardware’ reveal, very little was actually relayed about the hardware. Sure, they said it’s got 8 cores and 8Gb of Ram – but nothing about what makes their architecture special.
The biggest problem with it being such a services-oriented console entertainment system, for those of us who don’t live in North America is that we’ll probably not get to use even half of those services.
It’s not all bad. I do like how responsive and accurate Kinect is, and I’m happy that it now actually uses Time of Flight instead of an array of infra-red beams. I also quite like the console’s set-top box aesthetic and that fact that the power supply is now internal. I’m also keen to see how those re-active, responsive triggers work – because they could make racing games feel amazing. I also really like the snappy multitasking – but honestly, that sort of thing is what my PC is for. I just want to play games. this thing doesn’t seem to be made for me though. Or this guy.
If console gaming was a competition (it totally is!), and you were to tally up the current scores, it would have to be PlayStation: 4, Xbox: One.
In this current console generation, my preference has been the Xbox, but it’s rapidly looking like that’ll be changing. Of course, it’s best to wait until E3 to see those games. Maybe they can convince me that I need an Xbox One.[button link=”https://www.criticalhit.net/general-news/gavins-take-on-the-xbox-one/3/”]Here’s Darryn’s rambling[/button]
Last Updated: May 22, 2013