Wake up, get out of bed,
step outside, and get the news (Beatles… The bit above- that’s The Beatles).
Normally, not much besides current and worldwide events, some local b.s.. However, thank you newspaper, this morning I came across an article about Microsoft’s unveiling of the next generation console.
I didn’t read the article. Here’s why..
First, go back in time, say- twelve, thirteen years. Around that time, the first gen. Xbox was released. The games I recall as being awesome are few. Still, Halo had me. I can’t remember when Halo dropped in relation to when the Xbox first hit the stores; and yet, that’s not that important to what I’m getting at.
Halo, Gears of War… These titles were exclusive to Microsofts gaming department. Thus, purchasing a used console/holiday special console became relevant and logical.. For the time being.
Fast forward to ’07-’08.. Sony releases the PS3 (the Sony console- for anyone inept to the gaming realms). The PS3 was what Sony had been aiming for. Why? Remember the PS2? I do. I remember the PS2 with mild fondness: I’ll admit, I was more into Xbox at the time.
Around the same time, the Xbox 360 was also released.
Here’s some of the differences..
From store to house, Sony had me tranced with it’s new console’s alien-like, spaceship design. The 360 just looked like a more advanced design of it’s previous model.
Call of Duty. Not exclusive to PS3. Borderlands. Same thing. Okay, so what then?.. God of War? That’s it?
One of the main spec’s that made the PS3 more desirable than the Xbox 360 was the BluRay capabilities. This also allowed Sony to attract a much broader audience than Microsoft was able to.
Is internet access free on the PS3? Yes! Well, wait a minute, just wait. uh.. minute. People say, I prefer to pay for my online gaming; it deters hackers from attempting to disrupt the game. And a good point to you sir!
So, what’s the difference? What are the advantages to free internet (if you have wireless internet)? Netflix. Hulu. Vudu. All those other online streaming sites. Yeah, free to access from the PS3 if you have an account with any online streaming services.
Also, PS3 now sells season passes for online journeys (with strangers- better than truck stop hitch). Eh, could be worse. Online gaming is different than Netflix, etc..
My stretched out point is this: Sony will snuff Microsoft with the new generation of consoles.
Microsoft has lost it’s edge. Ubisoft, the folks who created Halo, have joined the Sony Republic. Gears of War… It’s time is almost up. Think about Resident Evil, and God of War. God of War I,II,III… Awesome! God of War: Ascension. No… And, I’m not sure why that is. My guess? God of War outgrew itself. Kratos felt tired, and old, like Shaq when he played for the Phoenix Suns and Orlando (the most recent bout with Orlando. He was the man with the Magic back in the day) towards the end. God of War: Ascension was a mistake. Story lines can only maintain awesome-ness for so long.
As a whole, Microsoft’s attempts to rouse my interests is gone. Microsoft, you feel outdated. I don’t know why that is, but that’s how it feels.
I ended my run with Nintendo back in ’04, ’05. Silly gamers, Nintendo is for kids, or large families with lots of kids (probably Mormon or Catholic- or just really horny lovers). If you’re in your twenties and up, I recommend Sony.
It feels sophisticated, mature. How that’s possible for a gaming console, I can’t say.
Your dog is also guaranteed to love it!