The latest announcements of the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft have garnered a lot of buzz, but is it all rightfully garnered?
Ever since the press conference that Sony held for the Playstation 4, gamer’s excitement for the next generation seems to be rapidly growing. Sony not only managed to get their own fans even more excited, but many gamers who previously shunned the current Sony console are actually warming up to the ideas and content that Sony has planned. Now, while this excitement may be well deserved, there is some negative feedback from the most recent conference that Microst recently held. While I am admittedly a Sony fan, I am completely open minded to what Xbox One has in store. I must admit that I too was underwhelmed with the conference, initially. BUT, I do not think that the gamers really allowed themselves to fully grasp what Microsoft was going for and still has in the future. After spending the past few days to have Microsoft’s idea stew for a bit, it seems like their newest console will be a completely different beast altogether. It appears to me that Microsoft and Sony don’t even consider one another competition. Hear me out.
Sony has realized that what they had done in the past may not have been the best way to reach the gaming audience. With that in mind, the next Playstation is aimed almost exclusively towards gamers. Sony has made it abundantly clear that they want to know what gamers want and how to give it to them. Listening to feedback and developer input, Sony is looking to create a gaming experience unlike anything out there.
Microsoft on the other hand is looking to create the ultimate media outlet. Over a decade ago with the original Xbox, Microsoft had stated that they would one day hope to take over the living room, well not in a Skynet kind of way though. Microsoft wants everyone to throw away their controllers for their TVs, DVD players and use the Xbox One as an all-in-one media device, hence the name. I believe that gamers completely overlooked the goal that Microsoft was hoping to accomplish and may have not given them the chance that they deserved. Yes, the conference was short on the big exclusives, but the announcement of 15 exclusive games by the end of the Xbox One’s first year is a pretty huge deal.
Sony and Microsoft seem to have both veered off into different paths. Sony wants to become the dream system for the hardcore gaming audience, while Microsoft wants to create a console that does everything that you will need to be entertained. With that being said, I reserve all judgement for Microsoft’s new system until its complete reveal this E3. I ask that until everyone has had a chance to witness the full potential of the Xbox One that you too reserve your own judgement. Both consoles deserve a fair chance to show what they are truly capable of and it is only a few short weeks until we find out.
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