What Would Make A PlayStation Fan Buy The Xbox 720?
The latest news is that Microsoft's new console might launch in spring 2014, which isn't that far off if you really think about it.
And depending on how you interpret Sony's most recent comments concerning the PlayStation 4, it's feasible that the Xbox 720 will be on store shelves before Sony's next hardware effort. If that's the case, what will make PlayStation followers spring for Microsoft's console in the new generation?
I suppose the question is a difficult one, as it entirely depends on the point of view: If you're a hardcore gamer and make it your mission to own every new piece of hardware, than it's a no-brainer. If, on the other hand, you're a bit more selective in your game spending, you're going to consider a number of factors. Firstly, did you have the Xbox 360 this generation and if so, how much use did you get out of it? Secondly, are you at all concerned that the 360's well-documented and downright catastrophic failure rates upon first launching will be a problem again? Will history repeat itself? Thirdly, the all-important price.
But beyond that, is Sony at any risk of losing fans after this generation? It seems to me - just in taking a quick survey of friends and acquaintances - that most are pretty darn pleased with how the PS3 came out, and are content with remaining pleased for quite some time. We've still got major PS3 exclusives on the horizon (Beyond: Two Souls, The Last Of Us, God of War: Ascension, etc.) and let's face it, top-notch exclusive software is the haven of Sony. Unless, of course, a fantastic launch lineup for the 720 totally blows you away...that's always possible, right?
I think a lot of people are satisfied with the PS3 and furthermore, they believe the system has more to offer. They think Sony gave them what they wanted over the past five or six years, and I'm not sure if Microsoft did anything supremely special to lure ardent PlayStation followers away. The PSN is still free (Live still isn't), we've already got Blu-Ray, the games are definitely here (and more are coming), and heck, the PS3 might not even be that far behind the 720 in terms of sheer power. Who knows what Sony's machine really is capable of? I know I'm making a case for not buying the 720 but hey, I'm probably getting one.
I've had the Xbox and Xbox 360 and while neither was played anywhere near as often as the PS2 or PS3, I figure I need two consoles per generation. ...and the Wii U really isn't cutting it for me.
6/20/2012 9:01:29 PM Ben Dutka