I’ve been asking different gamer geeks what they thought about Sony’s PlayStation 4. Overall, gamers seem to enjoy the PS4 remarkably more than its competitor, the Xbox ONE. Even after both systems were upgraded, IGN (Imagine Games Network) ranked the PS4 higher than the Xbox ONE.
So after consulting fellow gamers, and after a few hours of study, I’ve decided to purchase the PlayStation 4.
My very first gaming console was the original PlayStation, and it was great. But as I grew older, the GameCube, Wii, and Xbox began taking over. In fact, the Xbox 360 is probably my favorite console yet. So why, after all these years, switch back to PlayStation?
Honestly, it came down to the games. Above all else, I wanted a console that made its games its primary focus. And Sony did exactly that… PS4 exclusives such as The Last of Us, Until Dawn, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the FINAL FANTASY 7 remake look too beautiful to ignore. I would hate to buy an Xbox ONE and be deprived of the privileges these games offered.
And it’s not that the Xbox ONE doesn’t have good games. They do (sorta). It’s just that Microsoft is trying too hard to deliver “the next big thing” in the entertainment industry instead of focusing on the GAMES. Philip Greitsch, who wrote an article for IGN, said, “If you compare the PS4 and the Xbox ONE, the PS4 seems more powerful for gaming, whereas the Xbox ONE seeks to offer an all-in media solution.” (Xbox ONE vs PlayStation 4—Which is the Better Next-Gen Console? by Philip Greitsch—trendblog.net)
In my opinion, video games are all about the GAMES. Although I will occasionally use Netflix, Hulu, and Crunch Role, they are not deciding factors when choosing a new console. When I buy a system, I want my invested to be in the games.
The internet side of the PS4 might not look great from the outside, but once engaged in the full PlayStation Plus experience, gamers have a blast. One of my friends who owns a PS4 said, “I was upset at first because I didn’t want to pay for online features, but when I realized the benefits that PlayStation Plus offered, I was thrilled!” One of the coolest PlayStation Plus benefits is that users get two FREE games a month… BEAT THAT, Microsoft!
So what do you guys think? Is my decision to buy a PlayStation 4 instead of an Xbox ONE a good one? Are my reasons valid? Why or why not?