The Next Gen Console War: Play All The Games

The Next Gen Console War: Play All The Games

With the alleged specs of the next Xbox and PlayStation leaked on-line recently, the battle lines have already started to be drawn by the faithful. Hardened veterans of the last console war are re-digging old trenches, ready to fight it out over who’s console will be best. Personally I couldn’t care less; when it comes to console wars I’m a conscientious objector. I like to play good games, and good games are available on both consoles, so I’ve never really understood the fanboy mentality. In this article, I try to get under the skin of these ‘console war soldiers’, to highlight just how silly picking sides in a phony war is. If you are one of these hardware grunts, or regularly offended by strong opinions, it’s probably best you don’t read any further…

Master ChiefThe Xbox die-hard. This guy or girl is someone who simply cannot give Sony any credit whatsoever, for anything they’ve done. They cling on to the notion that on-line gaming is vastly inferior on the PS3, and often couple that with vague complaints about the controller being the wrong shape (almost as if human hands hadn’t evolved to the point of being able to grip a variety of different things). But perhaps the single most laughable thing an Xbox dude or dudette often argues is there are no good games on the PlayStation 3. Of course, this means that they totally gloss over the fact that most big third-party titles (such as Call of Duty or Fifa Football) are multi-platform these days, but what really baffles me is how they can overlook a game series like Uncharted, God of War, or Little Big Planet.

Uncharted 2 is one of the best games of this current generation, on any platform, so why would you deny yourself the opportunity to play it? Why let some bizarre sense of brand loyalty prevent you from admitting that Little Big Planet is one of the most charming platformers ever made? Even now, they’re probably busy mentally writing off all the good scores Ni no Kuni is getting, simply because it doesn’t come in a green box. I have friends like this, tell them that Uncharted 3′s co-op is good (for example) and you can hear the scepticism in their voices when they reply.

DrakeThe PlayStation die-hard. This guy or girl’s opening salvo in any argument about whose console is best will be one of two things, either a) playing on-line is free, you suckers! or b) my console doesn’t come with a long, storied history of hardware failure. Whilst ignoring the fact that Xbox reliability has gotten much better over the years, they also fail to mention the global sales figures for Xbox consoles versus the PS3, the Kinect versus Move sales figures, or the number of Xbox Live subscribers. But what really twists the knife is the DLC timed exclusivity deals. They really hurt. Whilst all my Xbox version owning friends are telling me how great the Skyrim DLC is, I’m staring at the game box I have, which has PS3 written on it, and seething, all the while wondering why Bethesda has forsaken me. And so, the PlayStation die-hards have had a hard time this generation; they’ve had to come to terms with the fact that their console has spent the entire time in second place, with their third-party games being shackled to what the Xbox 360 is capable of, and with publishers putting Microsoft’s money above them when it comes to DLC releases. Oh, and on top of all that, they can’t play Gears of War or Halo 3, the poor little mites. Not that they’d ever admit to wanting to play those games, obviously…

Of course, both these examples are slightly ridiculous, but they do exist. There really are gamers out there that simply cannot countenance that Uncharted is good, or that Gears of War is good, and I really do find it strange. All I want as a gamer is to play good games – I don’t care about the name on the game box, or the shape of the controller. If the rumours are to be believed, 2013 is going to be the year the next generation of console are launched, and if you’re a gamer that only owns one console, your choice is probably already made. If you’re an Xbox 360 owner you’ll be buying it’s replacement, if you’re a PS owner you’ll be buying it’s replacement. But why make the same mistakes of this generation? Why deny yourself the opportunity of playing great games, on other consoles? I understand that buying a console at launch is an expensive proposition, and two consoles doubly so, but that doesn’t stop you from owning both eventually. Do yourself a favour in this next generation, stop picking sides, and play all the games.

Chris Jacobs

Old enough to remember the Atari 2600, I’ve seen my fair share of consoles come and go. Xbox and PlayStation owning PC convert. Also, father of two and amateur Hobnob enthusiast.

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