Dear Microsoft: A Lifelong Multi-Console Owner Thanks You
This is a genuine letter of thanks to Microsoft. No sarcasm.
Thank you. My entire life, I've struggled beneath the yoke of a multi-console owner. Dating back to the Super Nintendo era, I have never managed to play on only one gaming platform for an entire generation. The closest I came was when I heavily favored the original PlayStation and never bought the N64. But that's only because I was going through a JRPG obsession phase and I still played a ton on the PC. Heroes of Might and Magic FTW!
The bottom line is that I've always been a multi-console owner. I wanted a Sega Genesis soon after getting the SNES because, quite frankly, there were games I needed to play on Sega's machine. And so it was for many, many years. I thought I'd only own the PS2 but I got the Xbox during the second year of its availability, swayed by the likes of Halo, Deathrow, Panzer Dragoon Orta and Indigo Prophecy. I bought the 360 before the PS3. I've always believed that if you want to play the best of the best, if you want to get the most out of this hobby, you can't do it with only one console. You'll simply miss out on too much.
And that's why I was a little concerned this year. I'd want both the new PlayStation and Xbox because...well, because that's what I do. I might wait a little on one or the other, but the plan was basically written in stone. I used history and my gaming habits as a guide. So I just figured I'd have to shell out a large chunk of change in a short span of time, and I'd also have to make some decisions with my entertainment center. Good God, what stays hooked up and what has to go in the closet? I was dreading these decisions as well as the seemingly inevitable impact on my wallet.
However, now that everything seems abundantly clear, I feel like a weight has been lifted. I feel like I can breathe again. Multi-console owner? Why? The Wii U is a joke and a half in my eyes (and incredibly depressing, given my long-time adoration of the iconic company that started me in this industry). And your Xbox One is an even bigger joke. I will not be tethered to your corporate policies and mandates. We're all watched far too often as it is; I don't need another device to be all creepy in my home. I don't want 24-hour "check-ins." I don't care about having an "all-in-one" hub that, as far as I can tell, can't do much more than the PS4. I've got a cable box, thanks. And Plus is better than Live now, anyway.
The games might eventually sway me but right now, it's not looking good for you, Microsoft. I know many of your third-party "exclusives" will either be timed exclusives or in fact, not exclusive at all. Or, I just don't care about them. As for your exclusives...'sigh' I've had my fill of shooters and shooting-focused games (first- or third-person). The main ones; I don't need another Halo after being very disappointed in Halo 4, Forza has never matched up to Gran Turismo, and I'll take Uncharted over Gears of War any day of the week and twice on Sunday. So what exactly am I paying $500 for, Microsoft? Where's this incredible "value" you speak of?
I don't need the added stress. And thankfully, I don't have to worry about it. So, I thank you. I feel so much better now.
6/18/2013 10:59:18 PM Ben Dutka