Mixed Bag Talk: Xbox One's Lost Crown & Why That Is a Good Thing
Before I begin I would like you to take which ever brand (Microsoft or Sony) you wear on your butt cheek and take it off and put it aside on the table just for a moment. Not forever your not throwing that bad boy away just for this read. I write this without a ounce of Fanboy mindset one way or another and I ask you to as well.
Have you heard of the "curse of the third console"? Well seems even Microsoft is subject to the myth. I just want to come right out and say it Microsoft's Xbox One will no longer be to holder of the console crown. Let me elaborate I do not think Xbox One will fail in fact I think it will be a great console however these exclusive deals with publishers like Capcom's Dead Rising 3 and Activision's CoD DLC month early release will soon shift focus either towards Sony's exclusive or no longer will we see exclusives per IPs on one console or the other. The reasoning behind this is majority of the community has made it decision and these exclusive deals will soon come to light as not as profitable. You see Sony's "third console curse" was this current generation and as we all know they got off to a rough start and have just recently gained traction back. Sony has learned from it's mistakes it seems and have addressed all issues from current gen going into next gen. While Microsoft has been generally good about supporting its community right, I believe they made the mistake Sony did before the launch of the PS3 and that is getting too big for their own heads. Sony has had talks during interviews and such since the PS4 announcement about just this saying they did not listen enough and now they are focusing on what we want no longer what they think is right.
Microsoft failed on pushing too hard and no matter who believe's otherwise this was just not good for gaming community as a whole.
Let me compare this to real world situations compared to DRM and always on policies that once were. The government starts enforcing scan-able micro ships into everyone, sure identity theft is a thing of the past and sure you have may gain the convenience of easy personal access to certain locations much faster and less paper work. But on the flip side your now on the radar of the government 24/7, do you really want to be under their finger at all times with no "freedom" or escape from "the man". Microsoft's policy is almost the same sort of push on the gamer level and what you would had gained would of been loss of freedom. Microsoft also has become very stubborn with its money gaining, no longer worried about giving back to its gamers and more worried about what and how much you will pay them.
Overall I think Microsoft's loss of the crown is a good thing so they can take a step back and focus on what is important again and realize we are the reason for their success. There is no doubt Microsoft will gain traction again and Xbox One will start doing well. However if you are in between which one you are going to support please do not buy just because of brand name, but because that what you would rather use, or more importantly go where your friends are going to go. Launch will no doubt be rough but I am honestly excited to see where the community choices will force the game company's to change. And even though it is 10 years way maybe more the generation following this will be the best because then the playing ground will be the most interesting as both parties will be on their A game.