On launch day of the PlayStation 4, as I waited for the UPS man to bring me my new box, I published an article about ending the console wars. It was meant to call out the immaturity of the console wars that have been battled amongst video game enthusiasts for decades.
For the first year or so of hosting a podcast, and the years prior to putting my voice on the internet, I was predominantly a PlayStation champion. I was on the side of the scale that scoffed at most things that weren’t PlayStation, particularly Xbox.
I published the article as a cleanse for myself, and upon the realization that I’ve been pretty platform agnostic for my entire life. I grew up with both NES and Genesis, N64 and PS One, and I had a DS alongside my PS2 and Xbox 360. I’m not sure where this rampant fanboyism had begun but at the time I realized it was a little silly.
So here we are, nearly two years after the launch of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Since the launch of the PS4, I’ve acquired a Wii U and a small (but growing) Steam library. I’ve continued to play on my Vita and 3DS, and I balance a lot of my time evenly across different platforms.
What I’ve come to realize, particularly in the case of the Wii U, is that there is time for everything and there is a reason for me to validate playing across multiple ecosystems. Wii U is really only used so that I can play Virtual Console titles and the first party offerings from Nintendo. I use my PS4 for everything Sony and everything third party. Steam has been a way for me to play games exclusive to PC or to revisit indie games in another way.
The only piece left of the puzzle is Xbox One. I’ve struggled to find a reason to warrant the purchase, until now.
This fall is the best time for Xbox One owners. The unfortunate fact for Microsoft is that, unlike last generation, Xbox is not leading the way. Fortunately for us, that’s when it gets interesting.
Because of the position that Xbox is in, we’re seeing a hungry console that is looking for games and players to play them. This fall we’re seeing Rise of the Tomb Raider release as a timed exclusive for Xbox One, something that likely would not have happened had Xbox been on top. We’re seeing aggressive Xbox One bundles and pricing. There’s also a stronger focus on independent developers for the platform, as we see in the upcoming Xbox One console exclusive Cuphead.
Just last week saw the release of Halo 5: Guardians, and a few months prior we got Rare Replay, a collection of thirty games from the seminal developer Rare. We’ve still got the likes of Crackdown 3 coming next year, along with ReCore from Armature Studio with Keiji Inafune involved.
There’s a lot of prospect for the Xbox One and I’m feeling more and more inclined to add it to my shelf of consoles.
How do you feel about the console wars? Is there a particular console that you prefer? Which games for Xbox One do you find most compelling? Let us know in the comments below!