I’ll start off by saying that I loved my Xbox 360, and up until recently I played games on it more than any other device in my entire lifetime, so I am not true Sony fanboy in any sense of the word. That being said, this time around I don’t think I can support Microsoft in their release of the Xbox One.
This is mainly caused by the pompous and arrogant persona Xbox execs have been taking for the next console generation. At the start, it was their creative director tweeting about the rumors of an always-online Xbox, telling people to just “deal with it.” Then it was their press conference at E3, with controversial policies for online check-ins and used games. Now, a Microsoft exec claims that comparing specs between the PS4 and Xbox One is “pointless.”
First, a few disclaimers: I know that Microsoft completely changed it policies for online check-ins and used games, but I feel the only real reason they did was because PS4 was beating Xbox One by a pretty significant margin in pre-orders following E3. I also don’t claim to be a game developer, or know how differing specs change the way games are made, but I can’t imaging it doesn’t help to have more computing power when making them. I would also contend that if the Xbox One had more computing power than the PS4, which it doesn’t by a small margin (excluding the kinect/eye comparison), Microsoft would not be making this comment, and may even be tutting their own horn about their more advanced console.
It’s this constant rhetoric of “we just want your money” that have almost completely turned me off to buying an Xbox One at launch. They just don’t seem to care that much about consumers, especially gamers, this time around, and compared to Sony, who has had an almost flawless PR run with the PS4, they don’t stack up very well with me spending my hard earned money to buy their new console.
I think the main flaw with how Microsoft treated the release of the X1, was that they seem only to care about the money in my wallet. Even though they did show some amazing games at E3, even beating out Sony in that department, it doesn’t make up for how they have acted in recent months. Especially, since the one game that really got me out of my seat was Titanfall, which I can easily just play on my PC, but that is a completely different story. My point is to not support arrogant companies that only see consumers as dollar bills in their pocket, because we’re not, and the only way to stop that belief is with allocating your money carefully to show them how flawed that idea is. Basic economics always says that our money are votes for what we support in capitalism, and we saw the validation of this with Sony’s launch of the PS3. People payed/voted for the Xbox 360 and Sony ended up changing for the better.
I’m not a fan of console-wars because people usually get caught up in “who’s right” and “what’s better” rather than realizing that not everyone has to like the same thing, but I will intervene this time only because I have seen a company disrespecting the consumers that keep it afloat and that’s something that I can’t stand for, and if my neglect for the Xbox One in November can help clean up Microsoft’s act in future years, then I will be happy to buy an Xbox One. Until then, if I buy a console at launch it will be a PS4, if no other reason than to support their ballsy decisions and their relentless pursuit to show that they care about people like me. People who love to play video games.
What do you think? Are Microsoft’s actions enough to stop from buying an Xbox One? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear what people think about this!