Alright, it's time to get some things clear. Everyone in the world has preferences. Everyone. No one's preference is wrong because a preference is something that is reached by personal experiences and is entirely unique to every individual. No individual's preference is stupid or wrong (unless it's illegal or immoral) because it literally can't be. If you like the colour red more than the colour blue, that's not wrong. If you like pizza without cheese (and not because you're lactose intolerant or a vegan), that's not wrong. It's nasty, but it's not wrong.
This same idea applies to consoles. We all have a preference. Let's not pretend that we don't because that's a lie. Let's also not tell people they should be this, or do that in relation to consoles because that's not our call. If you like the Xbox One, fine. Don't tell someone who doesn't that they should be talking about what's good about the console. If you like the PS4, fine. Don't tell someone who doesn't that they should list the good things about it.
For quite some time now I've had a couple different people telling me what I should be writing about. What I should be saying. What I should be doing in relation to PS4 vs Xbox One. News flash, you have the ability to write things out yourself, so do it. I'm under no obligation to talk about the Xbox One in any way you want me to. Of all the available platforms right now, the Xbox One ranks at the bottom of my list of recommended consoles for people to purchase. I'm not ashamed of that opinion. Why? Because Microsoft has given plenty of people plenty of reason to feel that way and we have the right to. Just like fans of the Xbox One have the right to be fans and express what they are excited about in relation to the Xbox One.
I have never been a fan of Microsoft. This goes back to before the original Xbox. Microsoft are anti-competitive, arrogant to a fault, and slow to change. I didn't have much of an issue with the original Xbox. I had a friend who owned one that he modded and he let me play it. It was an alright console but didn't have the games I was interested in for the most part. I've never been a shooter fan and the original Xbox's biggest game was Halo, a shooter.
The Xbox 360 came out and I was looking at what was being offered and, again, was turned off by it. The Xbox 360 was a very American console. I live in Canada so that shouldn't be a problem, but again I've never been a fan of shooters and the Xbox 360 placed a much greater emphasis on that genre of games. I also didn't particularly care for having to pay to play online (still don't and am not pleased with Sony in relation to the PS4 incorporating that move). Not to mention all the early to mid life issues the Xbox 360 had from a technical and peripheral standpoint. I looked at the gaming industry and saw that Sony continued to provide what I was most looking for in a game console so that's what I've stuck with. Right now I have a Wii and a 360 in my livingroom (the 360 is my brother-in-law's) and I don't play them.
My experience is not entirely unique, many people have felt the same way about Microsoft and the Xbox brand. Enter the Xbox One.
When I found out about the date of the Xbox One's reveal, I said to myself "ok, let's see if this new Xbox will be something I can get into" and then the reveal happened. Microsoft decided that the first impression they wanted to make was to be as American as possible and also focus very little on games. After the reveal they decided they wanted to be as restrictive as possible against users, and also decided that they wanted to have an arrogant public image in relation to consumers. Then comes E3.
As promised, Microsoft showed off plenty of games to make up for their reveal. No one can deny that Microsoft brought it at E3. They wanted to drive the point home that they had the games and weren't just about TV and Fantasy Football. Personally speaking, of the exclusive games that Microsoft showed I was only intrigued by Project Spark and the mechs of Titanfall. I wasn't a fan of the continued emphasis of tablet/phone integration and how much they could take the challenge out of a game. Then came Post-E3.
Microsoft have shown, to me at least, that they lack a unified front. Not only that, but they are showing a lack of confidence and passion in their product. They've frantically been reversing policies because they had no choice to after consumers were unhappy with what they were trying to do. They've showed an inability to put across a clear message about most of what they want to achieve with the Xbox One, save and except anything in relation to television or smartglass integration. I personally see little good in anything Microsoft right now. Their arrogance and stubborness have been all over the Xbox One.
Then there's Sony, their PS4 has received nothing but positive press save for when negative press is created in the form of rumours. The biggest problem I have with the PS4 is paying to play online. Yeah, there are exceptions to it, but it's still something I can't call a wise move when free online play was an advantage for the PS3. People will say "oh well you get so much more on PS+ and Sony needs to compete" but that really doesn't matter to me. In all honesty, whenever I've had PS+ I haven't made much use of it because I don't like digital games. They take time and bandwidth to download, and that's not free. But considering that that, and the design looking like it will attract even more dust to it, are the only problems I currently have with the PS4, who would believe that me writing anything against it would be sincere?
That's the real point. When I'm asked "where's your blog about Sony charging for PS+" or "why aren't you writing about the positive aspects of the Xbox One" or something along those lines, a few things go through my mind. First is "why don't you write it yourself if it's such a problem for you?" If I don't write about something, it's because it doesn't matter enough to me at the time to write about. I can't recommend the Xbox One because it comes attached to Microsoft. That means I'm not going to be writing a positive blog about it and I am going to have some negative things to say about it. I can't come up with a blog's worth of problems I have with the PS4 if the only REAL problem I have is paying for online, so don't ask me to.
And finally, stop pretending you don't have a preference, and stop demanding people express themselves the way you want them to. We all have things we think are stupid, and we all comment on those things at least some of the time, and that's primarily what I do. If I read a comment I think is ridiculous, or I don't agree with, then I'll respond. That's an honest statement that I can make. Can you?