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Dear Microsoft: A Lifelong Multi-Console Owner Thanks You

This is a genuine letter of thanks to Microsoft. No sarcasm.

Dear Microsoft,

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.

Tags: microsoft, xbox one, video games, gaming culture

6/18/2013 10:59:18 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (98 posts)

Xombito
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:30:46 PM
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MS: "But wait! We have an Insomniac game!"

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Doppel
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:36:28 PM

And it cools water!

And Call of Duty!

How about the dog? Think about the dog!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:16:44 AM

Keep it. When they do Resistance 4, I'm sure it'll be multiplatform and only then will I care.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:16:56 AM

If they do end up making Resistance 4, it will still be exclusive to PlayStation consoles because Sony owns the rights.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:28:05 AM

Which is why they won't do it.

Get Naughty Dog to do it?

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:34:43 AM

Dunno about who should do Resistance 4, but I hope it won't be Naughty Dog. Not because they cannot be brilliant at it, but because they excel more in storytelling. Not that FPS games cannot benefit by that but going by the trend of most people that play such games, the single player campaign that ND could make is likely to get ignored right off the bat.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:37:22 PM

No Naughty Dog does not need to get into the FPS business.

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tes37
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:44:34 PM
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The 24 hour check-in is just absurd. It's like your console is on house arrest. I don't want a console, that fresh out of the box, is guilty of something. It's kind of fitting for MS though, I think they're crooks, and their console is a nice reflection of that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:47:47 PM

That's good, because they think YOU are a crook.

"In Soviet Russia, console plays YOU!"

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tes37
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:51:59 PM

Yeah that's the impression I get, they treat us like criminals. Yet this move looks like they retain partial ownership of your console.

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telly
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 10:26:03 AM

That's the thing that bothers me more than anything else. The vast majority of us go online with our consoles regularly to get software patches, check out online stores, play multiplayer, etc. So why would you FORCE everyone to check in DAILY? It really, really rubs me the wrong way. And I can't even imagine a scenario where it isn't incredibly intrusive and cumbersome.

You both have it exactly right -- why are you treating ME like a criminal on probation, Microsoft? I bought exactly one used game in the last 15 years (because it was out of print at the time.) I'm a dutiful subscriber to Live (I'll be letting that silly service expire at the end of my current membership.) I've never hacked a console. I've never pirated a console game. So how DARE you check in on me like a parent keeping an eye on a small child?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:47:11 PM
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I put up an article on a similar subject just after the Xbox One reveal: http://www.onlysp.com/did-the-xbox-one-reveal-end-the-console-wars/

Basically the three main systems are aiming at different people now imo. That means there could be a very significant number of gamers who are no longer multiple console owners.

Even I went back and forth on getting a 360 for games like Lost Odyssey but I can't think of any of the MS exclusives on Xbone that I simply must have now. I'm fairly certain we will get Titanfall eventually and that looks like a good time for a short time only. While I really like the concept behind RYSE it appears to have a searingly painful amount of quicktime kills (every single skirmish). That would just get annoying.

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Cabalavatar1
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:04:13 AM

You're completely right. What these consoles show is a separation of markets into niches. Nintendo is still clearly in the VERY casual and kiddy market.

MS has transitioned from appealing to semi-casual gamers (online multiplayer gamers) instead to TV aficionados who might game once in a while. But it alienated those people by forgetting that semi-casual gamers probably want to play games in the easiest way possible and want to be able to sell/trade their games and buy used.

Sony hasn't really changed. That's both good and bad in different ways. It's hedging on a (solid) bet that hardcore gamers want what they had before. But that's precisely their market: It's still appealing to hardcore gamers. Its closest rival is now PC gaming and Steam, not MS or Nintendo (although Nintendo hasn't been a clear rival for 6+ years).


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Bonampak
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:29:34 AM

Actually, moving forward it is MS who is being VERY casual.

Not even Nintendo dared to turn their console into a glorified TV cable box like MS did and the Xbone reveal.

Plus Nintendo is not forcing motion controls on games anymore. Aside from a touch-screen, you play pretty much the same way on the Wii U as with a traditional pad.

This while MS is making Kinect mandatory and one of the main ways to interact with the Xbone.

So MS clearly is going after casuals with their new console. And with the Call of Duty game (with dog included), they also have a lot of 8 year old kids in the bag as well.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 4:57:13 AM

I've said it before but I really think it's an interesting point: It's really ironic that while they now are based on the same architecture they are more different from eachother than ever.

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:49:40 PM
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They won't be releasing in Asia until 2014, they've managed to piss off millions in their biggest market and the whizz-bang gewgaws they spent an hour promoting at the reveal won't be available in 20 of the 21 countries that they're launching in.
Then you have their middle digit opinion of the military and the "trust us; we won't spy on you" statements from a company that has proven time and again that they can't be trusted. Oh, and placing the interests of publishers over consumers as well as forcing those customers to phone home to the mothership to prove that they're not filthy thieves was a masterful touch. They can't trust us but we're expected to trust them? Riiight! Every day and in every way, they make my decision to switch easier and easier!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:00:46 AM

+1 for the implementation of the word "gewgaws"

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broox9
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:38:40 AM

"wizbang gewgaws"...? *takes notes*

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Cabalavatar1
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:54:17 PM
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Hah! This is almost exactly how I felt. I dreaded the idea of shelling out $1,000 or so (including taxes and NOT including games...) for both systems. I thought that I'd have to do without one (the Xbox One) for a while in order to save money. But I literally do not have any impetus to buy that console now.

The decision to invest in the PS4 was already fairly easy because Sony's machine has the exclusives I care about (single-player narratives, mostly). But last generation, I was tempted by Gears of War and the fact that Bethesda RPGs played better on the 360. This generation, I haven't seen ANYTHING to motivate me to buy their console.

I have a cable box; I have Netflix already; I have a Smart TV; and I have a remote control. All the Xbox One brings to the table is [the unnecessary gimmick of] voice activation, annoying DRM, and unthinkable amounts of mandates and online activations.

So, yes, thank you, Microsoft and the Xbox One team in specific for keeping my pockets heavy and easing my hardware purchase decision.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:54:31 PM
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Consoles i owned are the PS1,PS2,PS3,PS Vita and future owner of the PS4. Why did you want multiple console these past generations is beyond me

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Bonampak
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:39:23 AM

If you want to play games not found on Sony systems & you consider yourself a gamer first and not a console warrior, then you have to branch out now and then.

Being a Resident Evil fan since the original one, I had to buy a GameCube. Or else miss out on playing the RE1 remake and RE Zero. These two games have never been ported to a non-Nintendo console.

And I also got a Wii to play Xenoblade and The Last Story. Two of the best JRPG's of last gen and justified getting a dirt cheap Wii just to play them. They were vastly superior to what Squeenix has delivered in many years.

I never liked MS. So I never personally bought any of their consoles. But some family members did. And I did enjoy Halo 2 at the time it came out. Don't regret playing it.

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Kiryu
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:14:30 AM

Yeah I agree RE1 Remake was the best RE Story,but long ago a found a PC Port of it so I dont need it anywhere else.

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:41:04 AM

Are u guys referring to the Resident Evil: Directors Cut?

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Akuma07
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:30:14 AM

Hahahaha. Said it perfectly. I am 100% with you.

@Bonampak
That's not the case. There is not a single game on Xbox that interests me enough to purchase the console. A few interesting ones, but its not enough.

When I know that I will love most of the first party games Sony pumps out.

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Bonampak
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:22:49 PM

@Kiryu - You mean the Dolphin emulator? I don't think it was up and running on PC's back in 2002. And the RE1 remake didn't actually played to perfection on a PC emulator until a couple of years ago. I just couldn't wait to play it. So I got a cube for those games.

@AcHiLLiA - No, I'm talking about the 2002 remake of Resident Evil 1. One of the best Resident Evil games of all time. If not the best of them all.

@Akuma07 - I agree with you on what you said about Xbox. I liked Halo 2 but it wasn't enough for me to buy the console.

However, with those exclusive Resident Evil games on Gamecube, I just couldn't act indifferent. Being a fan of the series, I just had to branch out. And 10+ years later and those RE games are still exclusive to Nintendo consoles. So I was right about going multiplat that time.

I have to say though, that my main systems were always Sony consoles. Any other console were used exclusively to play the games that I just couldn't find on a PlayStation device.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:52:20 PM

The GameCube version of Resident Evil remains my favorite to this day.

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godsman
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:13:13 AM
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Maybe this generation, PS4 will see some third party exclusives again if the Microsoft sales bomb.

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KidPresentable
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:14:04 AM
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"The Wii U is a joke and a half in my eyes"

Someone get this man some glasses. Screw that. Binoculars.

Great read, though. Focusing on one console can have its benefits. You get the absolute best out of one console, instead of trying to support two and making those tough 'which to buy' decisions. For me, I will remain a multi-console owner for the rest of my natural life. And my unnatural life, if they have games on the other side. Let's hope so.

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Bonampak
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:53:16 AM

When I first saw footage of Mario Kart 8 at E3 I also thought it was all a joke. Those graphics were too damn good for a Wii U game. I still can't believe those were actual in-game graphics running 60fps in real-time on that console.

And that "X" JRPG game (sequel to Xenoblade) looked mighty fine too.

So I doubt that I'll be a one console owner next gen. It's too early to tell anyways.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:18:02 AM

Oh, I'm sorry. I must've not said it loud enough.

IT'S A JOKE.

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KidPresentable
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:53:50 AM

First, you said it was a joke AND a half.

Now, you say it's JUST a joke.

See, it's already getting better!!

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 4:22:53 AM

Wii U is actually a lot of fun and the off TV play feature is worth having the gamepad alone. We're gonna see some pretty and fun games from Nintendo's in house developers in the future. Rumor has it Retro and Nintendo are in talks about a new Metroid. Metroid in 1080p at 60fps? YES PLEASE!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 11:53:18 AM

I'm less against the Wii U, but do we really need a whole extra console for a handful of games?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:20:05 PM

Well I find a unique quality in Nintendo hardware. They are simply doing enjoyable things others are not. People can call it a gimmick but does it really matter if their target audience finds it enjoyable? For me I really like Nintendo's OS and their MiiVerse community. I also find that a second screen enhances gameplay whether it be something all simple as having the HUD and map on the gamepad or extreme elements like in ZombiU. People ask why they don't just release their games on Playstation, well people can and do same the same about Sony and their exclusives not being available on Xbox. As you know console makers want to sell consoles and to do that they have their exclusive software. A lot of people find a lot of value in Nintendo's franchises and are willing to buy their hardware to play them. I rather like having two consoles I can go back and forth with.

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Bigimpactpooch
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:46:15 AM
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So...who's console just bricked after 4.45 update? So pissed

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tes37
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:52:12 AM

Evidently it has been removed. I'm at 4.41 and it tells me I'm current.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:13:19 AM

You should raise hell.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:33:10 AM

Question. Have you ever changed your HDD?

The word going around is that it only affects people that have upgraded their HDD's.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 4:24:34 AM

My console seems fine but it did take a lot longer than usual to load The Last of Us after the update. The loading percentage kept restarting.

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Kryten1029a
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 5:32:00 AM

Jawknee,
It was doing that for me before the update. I was also experiencing muddy textures on signs (although that got suddenly better the second time I played) and it would even seem that some of the trophies are glitched as well.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 11:42:37 AM

No it wasn't. I noticed the problem immediately after the update. Before it loaded fine and within a minute. After 4.45 it took over 3 minutes. Mostly because the counter kept starting over.

EDIT: Ugh, it's doing of again. Now its stick at 98.02%. I'm getting paranoid.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:35:09 PM

Yup this problem is because of 4.45. I just moved all my save data to my old ps3 that is still on 4.41 and the last of us loaded fine and in less than 30 seconds. On my slim that has 4.45 it takes 2 to 3 minutes if it even loads at all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:40:05 PM

Jeez now I don't want to turn mine on today.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:25:37 PM

I know. I'm paranoid. I'm going to finish the Last of Us on my fat ps3 and keep my slim off until this is resolved.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 5:43:35 PM

Mine is working fine, I could not sign into PSN though when the firmware released. But everything so far in TLOU seems fine on my end.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 6:47:28 PM

Did you download and install 4.45 though?

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 9:13:59 PM

Yes, I had automatic-update on my PS3, and didn't realize it at the time and it downloaded the new firmware. I found out close to the afternoon that my PS3 was on and it already finished, thankfully nothing happened, even though Sony can fix it with a firmware update, they said it's nothing major.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:34:35 AM
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I had something similarish to say awhile back. I was never a fanboy of anything. I didn't care about one console over the other. Because each (other than the 360 which broke soon after getting it) had its uses. When i heard FF13 was going to xbox i was hyped. Thought "oh man, now everyone gets to experience the thing i grew up with." When i played the game, and saw what a HUGE failure that crap was, at first i blamed SE.

I read up on some stuff thats disappeared off of the googles for some reason, but anyway MS went foward and wanted FF on xbox. SE agreed of course and went for it. But, under 5 disks. So they took what FF13 was going to be, and fit it on 3 disks. Soon after that i researched some more. Bungie's attempts at breaking free. Halo supposedly going ps3 and 360. Lots of stuff. Then i reached dirty stuff. Like condenmed 2. Thats when stuff made me realize what microsoft really was.

Then even more so, the whole thing about bill gates stealing something from the apple guy. Just hoe low they sink to get ahead. Bribery, lies, false information, all of that. With me already being upset with nintendo i damn near quit video games. I even stopped playing my ps3. Then, i played Demons Souls. I had some faith restored, because of Sony. This whole xbox one business is obviously what people call "karma" MS had it coming, no one can do what they do forever. No matter how rich you area, something will always bring you down.

I've already stopped supporting MS, but i can't bring myself to stop supporting Nintendo, Grandfathers of todays video games. Sure, i dont like what their doing, but their nintendo. And Sony is the one company i've never had to worry about with quality. I've never been screwed by them. I've called customer service twice in the entirety of the years ive had sony products and once was because i didn't know ps plus had auto refill and i thought someone was stealing from my account.

Second time was for my Vaoi, it had a blue screen. turned out i didnt update BIOS, whatever that is, and so they explained how to update it. My 2006 ps3 can't play games but it can do everything else. My ps2 i got for my 10th birthday is sitting right next to my ps3. That old thing still running FFX and 12 like no ones business.

So if im still playing video games in ten years, ill be using Sonys and nintendos consoles if their still around anyways. Anything can happen, i just hope Sony AND Nintendo manage to not become what MS did. They have always actually cared about their fans and not the money fans gave them.

Sorry for the long post but i figured id throw in my own personal thing to say lol

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Kryten1029a
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 3:47:09 AM

Knightzane,
As far as Bill Gates stealing from Apple, are you referring to the suit that Apple filed against them in the '80s for stealing the look and feel of the Mac OS? Nonsense; Apple took that from Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center after they were given a guided tour. Xerox PARC originated Ethernet, GUI's and many of the things we take for granted with computers. Gates and company took the same tour. Microsoft has been plenty abusive in their business practices but they didn't really do anything wrong in that instance.

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bldudas1
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 8:33:26 AM

I remember reading somewhere final Fantasy XIII was designed for a dual layer Blu-ray, which is like 50 GB. Then Square Enix wanted it on the 360, so it had to get chopped up to be put on three DVDs, which are like 7.8 GB each, dual layer. So that is why the game only opens up towards the end, which is the last disk on the 360.

But yeah, after reading about what Microsoft has done and wants to do with the XBOne, no way am I going to support them anymore.

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broox9
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:49:16 AM
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Its a bit much to say that M$ has lost this generation, because technically it hasn't started. I've never owned a M$ console (but I do game on steam) and don't plan on it, but I was surprised at the amount of gamers I've heard from that don't care about the check in stuff and can get over any used game stuff. Also some people seem to like the TV/Kinect stuff. To each his own.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:44:59 AM

They keep pushing the fact that I can be watching a TV show and a friends request can pop up and with the push of a button I can flick across and start a gaming session... Like that's a good thing?!

Ya know what, I like my friends but if I'm watching TV then I clearly don't want to be playing so I don't WANT to get game requests popping up. I will game when I damn well want to game. That's like a friend randomly turning up at your door. GTFO I'm busy!

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:42:00 AM
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Same boat Ben. I owned the PS1, 2 and 3 and the Original XBox and 360. This will be the first time in a long time I've thought, "Nah, I don't want it."

Even without the company policies I don't see anything which makes me think that it's going to blow me a way like the PS3/360 did over their previous generation.

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Bigimpactpooch
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:43:13 AM
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Akuma07 yea I have a upgraded HDD in my system. Reformatting it now on a old pc. Afterwards putting it back in the ps3 and seeing how that goes.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 11:56:50 AM

What size s your HDD?

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Gamer46
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 4:44:51 AM
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I've been a big supporter of both the PS and Xbox brands but 24-hour check-in is laughable. I hope that sinks the Xbox One but I have no faith in the average North American consumer. I'm definitely going with PS4 though, inFamous is my favorite new IP from this gen and Naughty Dog is my favorite developer so the choice is obvious. Looking forward to some Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch_Dogs, day one. Maybe I'll get a Wii U but that wouldn't be until way later down the road. I was considering a purchase sometime in 2014 but Super Mario 3D World just made me lose all faith in Nintendo. I've always appreciated that they tried to differentiate the 3D Marios from each other but 3D World is just 3D Land HD with cat suits. So looks like this will be the first time since the Genesis that I'm a one-console owner.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 5:03:08 AM
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PC + PS4 is the new hot combo.

Between them they cover all genres, all major releases, all gaming needs. PS4 for console gaming in the living room, PC for gaming in my mancave (Oculus Rift, I welcome thee!).

Coincidentally I did a major upgrade on my PC right before the details about the next gen consoles were unveiled, so I got a really good PC rig to accompany my PS4 the coming years.

It's all set, it's all perfect. Let the next generation commence!


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___________
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 6:33:35 AM
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wiius not a joke, ninty just need to stop putting out half a$$ed games!
i was SO excited to see a new 3D mario, i was expecting galaxy 3 or at least something on that magnitude, but what we actually got was a wiiu version of a game which was originally released, on what the N64?
come on that looks nigh on identical to the 3DS version, except with the 4 players obviously.
the problem is, the wii can handle more advanced game concepts than the wiiu can?
great, a true next gen console ninty has released!!!!!
ninty needs to stop releasing the most basic simplest games out there just so they can get more games out quicker.
hell iwata said it himself, he said in a interview a few weeks ago that first party games have been delayed so much because they actually had to get game developers off making games to help out with the hardware launch last year.
and because of that there now so far behind schedule instead of making games the wiiu deserves, there reprinting games the 3DS and wii had so they can catch up.
ninty would be far better off shelving this re branded wii crap, and take their time creating a new game.
id MUCH rather wait 4 years for super mario galaxy 3, than wait 2 years for a re branded 3DS title!
same goes for donkey kong, one of the most iconic franchises out there and its new game looks identical to the wii version!
which looks identical to the 3DS version!
come on ninty, the wiiu deserves SO much more than that!

im sorry you cannot call yourself a gamer if your going to ignore all the amazing titles M$ announced at E3!
especially quantum break and ryse.
quantum break is being made by one of the best development studios out there, and it really has a interesting and intriguing plot and i love the way remedy always melds TV shows and games.
twin peaks was so awesome in alan wake!
as for ryse ive always wanted a game based on histories most infamous famous ruthless barbaric empires, what more could you ask for?
i really hope crytek does their history and turns ryse into a kind of history lesson, that would be really cool reliving the tales and battles of the roman empire.
then theres D4, a game made by the wacky crazy guy swery 65 behind deadly premonition one of last gens most iconic weird unique games!
not to mention titanfall, which im not a big fan of MP but come on those mechs look SO bad a$$!

ill be doing next gen exactly what ive always done, have every system i can because thats what true gamers do!
if your a true gamer you simply MUST play the best games out there, and unfortunately thats always going to mean having multiple systems!

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KidPresentable
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 9:22:59 AM

True Gamer Powers Activate!! Form of....Atari Jaguar!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:39:01 PM

*Activation sequence complete* Form of... Atar Jaguar CD!

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 6:55:45 AM
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Each generation I've had multi-consoles and this is the first that I won't. After years of entertainment I've had with the Xbox and Xbox 360, I don't see myself shelling out the $ for the Xbox One. The check-in thing and required kinect bother the heck out of me. Also, I don't need another box for streaming Hulu+, etc. to my TV as that's what my Roku is for. When I do pickup a next-gen system, it'll be the PS4.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 10:01:06 AM
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the Wii U has a few Good games and i didn't know Ninja gaiden 3 razors edge was directed at kids or casual gamers also bayonetta 2 isn't a Kid game either
now dragon quest X looks decent for the Wii U
Darksiders 2 is also on the Wii u
monster hunter 3 ultimate is on the Wii U and finally brought monster hunter outside JP
shin megami Tensei X fire emblem
hey i guess these are all Casual games and directed at kids

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:00:14 PM

Playing Assassins Creed 3 on the gamepad is sweeeet! It's a feature I wish Sony would have followed through on with the PS3/Vita. Would be awesome to be remote play The Last of Us when my kids are around. Hard to find a good time to play violent games with kids in the house. Gamepad off TV play solves that problem.

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 10:06:08 AM
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Great article Ben! The head scratcher for me is how XBone is selling on Amazon?!!!!! Who in their right mind would buy this restricted console?

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bldudas1
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 10:15:25 AM
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Nice article. This generation was the only one where I had multiple consoles (PS3 and 360). So, I will be going back to only having one, the PS4.

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wambo
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 10:17:09 AM
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Im with ben on this topic, wiiu is a joke aswell as the xbox one, I already decided a while back id only have a ps4 next gen.



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PC_Max
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 11:59:36 AM
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If it was a real letter it should be in quotes... unless it was yours that you mailed to MS. :)

And it does come across a bit sarcastic especially with the thank yous. lol

Or were you being sarcastic?

At any rate. The current Sony update has a lot of Sony users upset today and distracted so this letter is a funnier distraction.

Keep Playing!

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:26:53 PM

Unbelievable, I just called Sony about this, the girl told me its only effecting people who upgraded their hard drives and that the liability is on us for not keeping the original drive in the console. So it seems as though Sony is going to take the "blame the victim approach. Girl was rude as hell too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:40:51 PM

Ack, my hard drive is upgraded!

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:13:44 PM

Oh crap Jawknee, you got a bad one on the phone. My rep was very accommodating. He told me that if it doesn't get better with a new update that they will send a box to get it fixed. No hassle at all.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:22:02 PM

Man, she was a jerk! Right off the bat she started implying that it was my fault for upgrading my drive and that that was the risk I took in doing so. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was nothing but pleasant to her until she started blaming me. I called back and got a supervisor and he was cool. So maybe it was just her.

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sawao_yamanaka
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:34:40 PM

Yea most definitely. At least you got a better person the second time around, you shouldn't have to call again though. They should be courteous from the get go. I usually just get their info and name just in case crap like what happened to you happens. I'm hoping the new patch comes through and that it has been tested thoroughly.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:38:21 PM

I hope you told the super how she acted.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:51:31 PM

I did. I gave him her name too. He said he'll listen to the call and coach her on how to act in the future. I could kinda tell from the start it might end that way. She seemed angry from the start. I've worked in customer care and you're taught to try and speak with a smile because people can tell over the phone. She wasn't smiling. :P

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Kryten1029a
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:23:17 PM

That rep should never have made HER bad day YOUR problem. She may have gotten off a bad call, but that's no excuse. You can go on the Sony website and get step-by-step instructions on how to swap out your drive. If they're giving out that info, it's not the fault of the customer if they take advantage of that option.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 4:12:12 PM

She must have been an Xbot who needed a job.

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redman479
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 1:15:51 PM
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LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's priceless......

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tlpn99
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 2:43:35 PM
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my 360 is going, I have decided it's getting traded in once I can be bothered to format the hd. I don't play it and it's just sitting there I have played what I want from it.

Thanks for the fun and the games. The money from it with all my games will be going towards my PS4, not that I don't have the money for it I simply don't have the room for it, 2 consoles in my room has always been enough the PS3 will set next to the PS4, Keeping the PS3 for stuff like GT6 and GTA5 stuff that wont be on the PS4.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 4:13:25 PM
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My Wii never gets touched, but it's for my nieces so I'd feel bad just selling it off even if they don't use it. Guess I gotta live with it.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 5:11:50 PM

This sounds dirty.

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chuckuykendall
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 4:54:41 PM

I only turn mine on every several months to update the system firmware.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 5:11:47 PM
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Wow, MS just reversed 24 hour connection requirement for disc based single-player games!

Also, used game policy will be the same as Xbox 360.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 5:12:03 PM

http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

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Jaylynn
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 6:34:43 PM

Yeah just read that a couple minutes ago on IGN. Sorry Microsoft but the damage has been done already.

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KidPresentable
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 6:55:57 PM

That's awesome! Good for Microsoft.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 7:13:16 PM

Actually Jaylynn, I think for many xbox fans, all will be forgiven.

I do believe that it is a good day for all gamers as MS was heading down a very slippery slope. But this shows other companies that they best not take the customer (even their most loyal ones) for granted!

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 8:31:31 PM

HAHA yes. I was just thinking this actually. It would seem that these are the sort of walls that could be taken down if needed, or put back up ;), but this is good indeed. MS has just made themselves a bit more viable to me again. Not at $500 of course, but in time I may reconsider the platform.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 8:36:46 PM

If there is one thing about the XboxOne's design I like is that it apparantly runs within a virtual machine. So while having the resource overhead of this isn't too great, this basiaclly means the unit is entirely scaleable and backwords compatible. MS could very well every 2 years, or so, release like an XboxTwo or XboxThree and have the hardware beefed up if needed, much like iPad's or iPhone's or something.

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ricksterj
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 12:09:32 PM
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Microsoft woke up and smelled the coffee, saw the writing on the wall and woke up. Wise move.

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Jackeria
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 12:09:50 PM
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I won't be buying an xbone because its seems Microsoft could have done it from the get go, and yet they decided not to and instead go for the money grabbing scheme, we all know that paying someone twice for something never filters back to the customer. (Non trade ins and publishers) use petrol for an example, its made more now than ever yet the prices seem to still go up and up. Would be the same with games. And Microsoft wanted to exploit this under a false "good intention" front

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Cravit8
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 1:18:38 PM
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Wow Ben, I'm sure that letter was the better part of an hour of writing and Microsoft just flip-flopped harder than John Kerry.

In fairness to you, I could never have foreseen Microsoft making such a reversal on a policy that surely already cost millions to develop.

My best guess is not that they had an ear-to-the-ground and heard the cry of gamers, but that pre-orders just were far below projections.
HOWEVER, the flip being a surprise to me means my guess are worth SHITE! :-)

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chuckuykendall
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 4:49:59 PM
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I'll be buying both, but neither immediately. I was wavering on getting the Xbone, but not because of the DRM and Always On issues (which have been alleviated now) but because it's a more expensive console. But when KI was announced that took any decision out of it. I will have it.

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robinsonps4fan
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 5:08:54 PM
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you don't have to cry any more as of 5:06 est on 6/20/2013 i just saw on abc news that microsoft just pulled the plug on all the nonsense they were offering on the xbox....so i guess the consumers win! good luck !

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robinsonps4fan
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 5:15:06 PM
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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57590271/microsoft-pulls-a-u-turn-this-time-with-xbox-one/

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chuckuykendall
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 5:30:58 PM

LOL, funny...nice knowing you robinsonps4fan...

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LazyVigilante
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 11:40:42 PM
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The restrictions have now been removed btw.

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PHOENIXZERO
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 1:00:29 AM
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Far too soon to "thank" Microsoft. They still tried to **** over their customers and they still have a bunch of other issues they need to work out.

They did it simply because Sony didn't and the **** stormed, PR train wreck they've been a part of since May 21st. It all came down to money and the XBO likely tanking in terms of demand. Now MS has also pulled out "features" that were a part of their DRM that COULD HAVE in some form remained as a means of punishment so they can say "well, really wanted you to have this or that but you didn't like our terms so we're not bothering" to make those who protested their DRM crap look like the bad guys.

**** Microsoft.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 3:50:55 PM
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M$ is just in it for the $$ they saw they'd lose their console if they kept these things though i don't see M$ giving up on these terms i see them slowly trying to work these terms back in because they only care about $$

Now as far as the WII U Being a POS its not maybe you guys haven't actually Looked at the Games for it Like Bayonetta 2 or Shin megami Tensei X Fire emblem Monster hunter went to the WII U but most of you probably never played the series because most of them were JP exclusive which the funny part about that is Monster hunter is the #1 top selling PSP game and it doesn't have an english release so the Wii U picking up Monster hunter is very smart Move

Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors edge oh i expect to get Ignored for Mentioning Ninja Gaiden because its like the Game everybody tries to deny it exists because its the hardest action game series in existence and links with Dead or Alives universe which people cant look past the Female chars looks and see its a good Fighting game so people hate on it for no reason both Ninja Gaiden and DOA

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