I grew up playing all of the PlayStation consoles. My Dad always told me he was a Sony man and wouldn’t buy something cheap like Nintendo. This inexorably meant I grew up without the experience of Nintendo and all of its great facets like Zelda, Super Mario, Kirby, Final Fantasy, you name it. I’ve always felt like a part of my video game childhood was stolen away. But today, with the announcement by Microsoft of its Next Generation Xbox reveal on May 21, I stand here saying I went from a hardcore Xbox fan back to my roots, a PlayStation fan, by my own accord.
The reveal for the new Xbox isn’t going to be quite like the PS4 reveal. Microsoft is going to do things a little differently. Instead of a big showcase of the features and new Xbox games, Microsoft is splitting things up. The May 21 reveal will include only a look at the new Xbox features. They won’t be rolling out the red carpet for the new games until E3, 19 days after the reveal. There are a number of rumors going around about the next gen Xbox, none of which have been officially confirmed yet. One of these rumors includes whether or not the Xbox will need a constant internet connection. It was always stated that the new Xbox will connect directly to your cable box, streaming TV and movies. So does this mean Xbox will be more of a do-it-all kind of console? Is that where the future is heading? Technology that can do everything? From phones to tablets to computers to televisions, it seems all of our technology is expressing this incessant need to fulfill everything at once. I can only hope that Microsoft is shuddering in PS4’s shadow.
While covering the announcement of the PlayStation 4 at Game Informer, I was thoroughly impressed with the future of gaming. The new PS4 has integrated a number of new technology into the gaming experience. For instance, the controller itself features a “share” button so you can share your gaming experience immediately with social networks. Social media is becoming a sole part of our everyday lives and Sony is running away with that notion. The PS4 also promises instant demos without the download wait and spectating your friends games and even taking over playing for them if they leave their seat for a bit. The new PS4 is very situated on interaction between players. There is a downside to the PS4. Any games you have on the PS3 already or PS3 games you own will not work on the PS4. Though this is a shame, it does not kill my excitement for the PS4. I am actually more afraid I’ll get the PS4, sit down to play it, and not know what button to press first or where to even start. They didn’t officially show a picture of the console, but I am hoping for that at this year’s E3.
Though I love my Halo Reach Special Edition Xbox 360 and all of the years we spent together in college, being reintroduced to the PS3 has led me back to being a PlayStation fan. Its obvious grasp of high technology and ease of user controls cannot be ignored. Though I am very ecstatic to see what Microsoft comes up with to rival all of the PS4’s great new features.