Sony And Microsoft Team Up To Bring You The "PlayBox"
It's April 1. It's Sunday (and we don't normally update on Sunday). Sony and Microsoft teaming up on a console is probably the most absurd thing we could think of. Well, I would've added- "And FFVII Remake Is A Launch Title" but it wouldn't fit in the headline.
So it's not about trying to convince you that this is real news. Rather, it's a chance for the community to discuss what the gaming landscape might be like without the petty console wars. Personally, I wouldn't mind having one universal console, just because I've never really cared about the name on a machine; I've always just wanted to play the games I want to play, which are typically the best ones available. And when multiple consoles have games I want, I have to own them...and that not only gets cumbersome and awkward, it gets expensive as generations roll on.
On the other hand, they say that competition begets quality and I'm willing to bet that console manufacturers don't mind having competing systems out there. It may drive first-party developers to do something extra special. At the same time, I think all game designers are gamers themselves, and they all want to create the best experience they can, so maybe the hardware competition is unnecessary. It just might be easier the whole way around; it may solidify the industry as well, because having multiple consoles isn't exactly accessible. I know to outsiders it might be confusing whereas with one unit, it's just- "Here, buy this and you can play any game made."
I really wouldn't mind. Having to buy a couple new pieces of hardware each generation (and finding room for the ones I already have) is getting ridiculous. However, I'm willing to bet that not all gamers agree...
3/31/2012 8:45:35 PM Ben Dutka