Divulging Yourself into one Ecosystem: Why I will not be Purchasing the Next Xbox.
As I’ve grown older, the responsibilities of adulthood have piled on, I’ve come to a realization; I have very little time to play video games. This sad realization has caused me to rethink how I purchase games in the future. One thing is for certain, I cannot play every game that releases. There are simply too many games and not enough time.
When trying to play everything, less and less value is derived from each individual experience, because I feel compelled to move on to the next piece of software. We’ve all had that itch in the back of our minds telling us to get onto the next game, so that we may relieve ourselves of our back catalog. When I try to play everything with such limited time, I end up depriving myself of a full experience. Every hardware company tries to create its own branded experience. Look at the integration Apple does with its devices. All Apple products talk to one another to create one unifying experience. For the console manufacturers, this ecosystem occurs when all games on multiple devices, i.e. the Playstation 3 and the PS Vita, have a certain level of parity to create that similar unifying experience. These devices are meant to be used in conjunction for an overall experience that manufacturer is trying to craft.. When trying to divide that experience between a Playstation 3, a Vita, an Xbox, a Windows phone, a Wii U and a 3DS, one becomes deprived of a full and grandiose experience.
To remedy this, I must make a very adult decision. I must only stick with one main ecosystem. With the upcoming Playstation 4 announcement on February 20th, I can only imagine that Sony is cooking up something big. I assume they will announce a completely new interface that truly integrates multiple platforms into one seamless experience. This will probably entail that the Vita will be an integral part of the Playstation 4’s experience. This prospect excites me, and I want to ensure that I can adequately divulge my time towards it.
Understand, I love my Xbox 360. There’s nothing more fun than playing Halo 4 with friends or playing the plethora of Xbox Live exclusives. But of course, not everything can be played and sacrifices have to be made. I will miss not being able to play Halo 5 and Gears of War 4, but the fact remains, its impossible to play everything.
The reason that I’ve chosen to take the Sony route over the Microsoft route is simply that I enjoy Sony exclusives more. Studios such as Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, and Guerrilla really speak to what I enjoy as a gamer. I’m not trying to discredit Microsofts studios, it just comes down to personal preference. I also feel that throughout the years Sony has made various studio purchases that has allowed them to have an upper hand in the number of exclusives over Microsoft. I feel that Sony will continue to buy up studios to create an amazing catalog of exclusives that cannot be missed.
Some will say that to be a hardcore gamer, you must own all the consoles. At a certain point in time I prescribed to that notion, but not any longer. I feel that giving your time to one ecosystem is the more mature, and more hardcore position. I don’t want to play games just to finish them, I want to play games to experience everything the developer was trying to convey. This requires more time be given. I feel that in making this decision, it’s the more hardcore route for I demand the utmost engaging experience.
I do make one exception, and that’s Nintendo. I thoroughly enjoy Nintendo made software, and since their releases are far more spread out, I feel that I can still lightly invest myself into Nintendo’s ecosystem without compromising the full Sony experience that I so greatly desire. Regardless of my main affiliation, I am going to play the next Zelda, Metroid, and Mario no matter what. The only reason I will not divulge myself fully into Nintendo’s ecosystem is that I personally feel the Wii U isn’t a next generation console, and I demand a next generation experience to fully give myself to.
Are you also running out of free time and are planning on sticking to one companies platforms? Let me know in the comments section below.