Well, it's come to this.
Me, an avid and voracious supporter of all things Xbox, has decided to go the way of so many before me, and purchase the Playstation 4 on release.
There's been a lot of supposition on what the new Xbox will bring to the table, and though nothing so far is concrete, the overall outlook from the standpoint of a hardcore gamer is that the PS4 is going to be the machine to own.
I'm no whiz when it comes to system specs, but from everything I've read, the PS4 is going to be far more in line with newer technology. This won't mean very much at launch, when everyone is simply rushing to get their games out on the newer systems, but when the dust settles, it's going to determine who gets the better product down the road when it comes to multi-platform titles. The best games always come out around the late stages of a console's lifespan, I've noticed.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the new Xbox will be an impressive machine, but the direction Microsoft is taking the machine has me concerned. This new Illumiroom peripheral seems to me to be nothing more than a gimmick. Sure, there are those that see this as the next evolution in gaming. I see it as having to devote an entire room of my home just to play games. It sounds cool, but it just isn't practical (much like the Kinect).
There's also the question of exclusive titles. I've missed God of War for long enough, and though Fable was fun in the beginning, it's become a running joke (and embarrassment) on the Xbox. I've never been a FPS player or a race car fan, so Forza and Halo are just names on the gaming shelf to me.
Sure, I guess I could purchase both, but in this day and age, that's just a waste. Back during the Nintendo vs. Sega days, there were so many exclusives to each system, that it paid to own both consoles. I could play both Super Mario AND Sonic the Hedgehog. Multi-platform titles were few and far in between. The line these days is blurred, as third party companies release their games on every system that will support the software. Owning more than one console is rather pointless. (On that note however, I will be purchasing an Ouya. I strongly support the indie market, and this console seems to be in favor of the small developers.)
Many moons ago, I sold my PS2 with 20 or so games, and used the money to go out and purchase my first Xbox with Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. I never really looked back, and loved everything about the Xbox. It just seems that the direction Microsoft is taking isn't the one I want to go in, so now I'm jumping ship again.
I feel the Dark Side calling to me.
So long, Xbox.
It was good while it lasted.