About two and a half years ago, the Xbox was released on November 22, 2013. I was beyond excited for it’s release after six years of playing the Xbox 360. I remember reading up all I could on on the Xbox and the games that would be released alongside it. There was another console released that holiday season – the PlayStation 4. According to arstechinca.com, PlayStation 4 has sold over 35 million units and the Xbox One has sold 19 million units to date. Based on these figures it is easy to establish that the PlayStation 4 is the more popular console.
I myself grew up with PlayStation games. My favorite game series of all time (Jak and Daxter, if you remember my post about it) is a PlayStation exclusive! So what made me shift gears from PlayStation towards Xbox?
There are a couple of reasons of why this happened. The first and probably most influential reason was that all my friends turned to the Xbox. Peer pressure? …Maybe. But quite honestly and in my defense, video games are a lot more fun when you play with your friends! Secondly, PlayStation decided take a more mature approach and ditch some of my favorite games like Jak and Daxter and Crash Bandicoot, and move to more serious titles such as Uncharted and Last of Us. As a result of this shift in direction, I was disappointed and left feeling like PlayStation was ignoring their fans instead of building on the successes they had on the PlayStation 2. On the other hand, when the Xbox 360 was released, Halo 3 was released close to its launch which was huge. Halo 1 and 2 were great games for the original Xbox,and they aided the launch of their new console with a familiar face. As more games were released, I came to enjoy several Xbox exclusives such as Halo, Gears of War and Fable.
To this day, Xbox is sticking with their exclusives. For example, they recently released Halo 5 and announced Gears of War 4 for the Xbox One. There have also been some cool additions to the Xbox One, particularly the Xbox Elite controller. With the Elite controller, there are interchangeable parts that allow you to have your “dream controller” layout. Another perk of Xbox that I enjoy is that every month, there are three to four free games in addition to discounts on several others. In the end, Xbox and PlayStation aren’t that different and most games today are cross-platform, so as long as you have some free time on your hands you’ll manage to have fun on either system! Who do you side with, Xbox or PlayStation?