I have owned every PlayStation branded console there has been. The PS One., the PS2, PS3, PS4, PS4K, PSP, PSVita and the PSVR. Other consoles have come along and tried to steal the crown from PlayStation. Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U. None have lasted all that long, and more often than not end up being sold. They just don’t cut it.
In 2013 when the PS4 and Xbox One was announced, I scoffed at the Xbox One with its stupid Kinect and stupid trying to get everything from TV to Music to play through the Xbox. Stupid Microsoft. Sony, of course, had the most beautiful elegant console with the PS4. There was no contest. I purchased my PS4 thanks in part to our very own Rossko. And have had five years of gaming bliss played some of the best exclusives, some of the best indies and even flew an X-Wing in VR. I was happy with my choice. A clear winner. Or so I thought.
About month ago, for some reason I still to this day cannot fathom I popped to CEX and bought second hand Xbox One S, with Gears of War 4 and Quantum Break. Two Xbox exclusives that I had previously eyed with a green tinge of jealousy. Not a bad deal either all in the cost of the console and games was £134. Bargain.
I was excited to explore what Microsoft had to offer. And it’s fair to say I was a little blown away. First of all, all the games that I had previously downloaded on my old Xbox 360 was there just waiting for me to download as soon as I had wrestled my brain for username and password to sign in. That’s a great start for anyone wanting to invest in an Xbox One and want something to play if they didn’t get a game with their console.
Secondly Microsoft Game Pass. What an amazing idea. A multitude of games all ready to download including top new releases like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and in the future Crackdown 3. All this cost me a solitary pound. This was for a one month trial, £7.99 thereafter but even so, it’s still fantastic value for money. Granted couple this with Xbox Live and you’re looking at near £15 for access all areas which isn’t bad at all. And any future games that are added to Game Pass are there for your playing pleasure.
Finally; the backwards compatibility. Now I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about when Microsoft announced this. But upon exploring what was on offer I’m totally on board. I spent a fortune buying games from previous generations, BLINX, Splinter Cell, Alice Madness Returns all these games I loved, purchased, downloaded played and loved all over again. This is such a better idea the PSNow in my opinion. Simply because you can choose what to play for our money. Not forced into another monthly subscription if you’re not going to play games that regularly. Plus they’re not streamed from the cloud either making them much more accessible.
All these things are available out the box as soon as you plug it in. I was actually impressed about how smooth it was, especially the connection to the mobile app which is also way better than the PS App. I know if you’ve been an Xbox owner or fanboy since day one then all this is no news at all, but for someone who has come from PlayStation to Xbox it’s actually a fantastic console to own. Maybe at the beginning of its life, the Xbox One was as shit as I thought it was but now it’s a serious contender. Microsoft may have left things too late for this generation but it does all bode well for the next Xbox whatever that may be. Learning from their mistakes and pushing forward the success that is currently embedded within the Xbox.
Oh, and let’s not forget the exclusive games that I’ve been missing out. Quantum Break is fantastic. Almost a game changer in the sense of getting in top actors to lend their faces (not just voices) to the characters, mixing that with the live action sequences and it’s a bit of a masterpiece. The time manipulation powers are just superb. Remedy should be applauded for their storytelling and I really can’t work out why this didn’t make more of a wave.
State of Decay has just been released, downloaded for free (sort of) and started playing. It’s amazing to think that one of Microsoft’s flagship games is available for just £7.99 And this is a great game too, aright its rough around the edges but has improved on the potential of the first game ten-fold.
I’m still going down my list of Microsoft exclusives, next up is Cuphead. Admittedly, there are more than I thought. I guess because I haven’t been paying that much attention while I was laughing my way through God of War.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that console wars are ridiculous. There is literally no point being a fanboy if you’re a gamer because each console offers its own merits. If you decide to be a numpty like me and stick with one console then you’re going to be missing out on so much gaming fun. And that’s what it’s all about. Gaming is a way of life and to get the most out of it then you must embrace all there is to offer. I am now officially an Xbox convert and am just as interested in the future of this console as I am with the PlayStation.
Let’s all hug it out and be one big happy gaming family. and you lot on N4G, keep it down, I’m not interested in your war.