For those of you who only follow me on this blog, you probably aren’t aware of my attachment to gaming. While I would no longer refer to myself as hardcore (sadly, due to time restraints), I’m still a gamer (and would argue that when I go on my gaming binges, immediately return to my ‘hardcore’ persona).
I don’t really have a console of choice, and have bounced between the Xbox and Playstation for years. The first console that was actually mine was a PS2, before I migrated to the 360, then to the PS3, and eventually, to both. Currently, I play between the 360, PS3 and PS4 (which I am in love with).
Recently, a friend on Facebook posed the question “If you had to choose one gaming platform to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?”
The question was a lot harder for me to answer than I would have thought. After all, there are a lot of things to consider beyond the playability and functionality, such as exclusives and backwards compatibility and all that. The only ones that are easy to rule out are the Wii (not a fan of the way it works, and since we only had a Sega growing up, as much as I enjoyed Nintendo, it wasn’t addictive to me), and PC Gaming, as I’ve never really been much of a PC Gamer. I enjoy my fair share of PC Gaming, but it’s not something that would bug me to do without.
That means for me, the debate comes down to the 360, the PS3 and the PS4.
I thought it would be best to start with this one, because unfortunately, it’s the easiest to rule out. I love my PS4 more than both the old gen consoles. The graphics are insane (you wouldn’t believe how many hours Scott and I just stare at the landscapes and details going ‘Oooooooh prettty), I love the feel of the controller, and the user interface feels a lot smoother than the PS3 did. I found it more complicated at first, but that was only because they changed enough that it was foreign for a while.
The reason why this is easiest to rule out has to do with the backwards compatibility. At least for the foreseeable future, new games are still being released on the PS3 and 360, and a lot of my favourite games are from those systems (the Mass Effect trilogy in particular). So unfortunately, if I had to pick just one console, I’d be waving buh-bye to this beautiful, sleek console.
The 360 was the third console I ever owned. I traded in my PS3 for it, because I know longer played online with the friends who had those, and most of the people I wanted to play with were on 360. Plus, it had Halo, and I was getting pretty darned good at it. I played the crap out of Halo, Star Wars: Battlefront and KOTOR on that system. It was backwards compatible, the graphics were decent enough, and the controllers were far more comfortable than the PS3.
After graduating college, I was talked into getting a PS3 by my friends as we were all broke and playing online together was free. I’ve always been partial to the graphics on the Playstation, but was never a huge fan of the controllers. Especially with the arthritis/issues in both my wrists, I’d have numb hands a whole lot quicker. However, the games are great, and I did always like the PS3 user interface a lot more than I did the 360. Plus, my console is backwards compatible so I can still play all my old PS2 and PS1 games.
Ultimately, it comes down to these two consoles. I love them both, and there are benefits to each that counter the other. That meant that for me, the deciding factor had to come down to the exclusives. 360 has Halo, Gears of War, KOTOR (the original, but still, backwards compatible), the Kinect (which I prefer over the Eye). And the PS3 has Uncharted, Mod Nation Racers, Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Final Fantasy (the majority are exclusive) and Infamous.
In the end, I’d have to go with the PS3. As much as I love replaying KOTOR 2, some of my favourite introductory RPGs were on Playstation (FF7, Legends of Dragoon), and a lot of the games I still love are on PS3. The only thing that would have made me lean more towards the 360 would have been the Mass Effect Trilogy, but since it’s on Playstation now, there’s nothing to worry about.
Now it’s your turn. If you had to choose one gaming platform to use for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?