100 days until my PS4

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PlayStation vs Xbox vs Nintendo vs PC – the age-old argument of which platform people should play their games on. There is no doubt, each system has exclusive titles that can be enjoyed nowhere else. Lately, this exclusivity is being blurred with games like Rocket League offering crossplay or with schemes such as Xbox Play Anywhere.

Normally, I don’t mind too much about the platform I play games on. I don’t really care about framerates or graphics. Not to say good graphics and stable framerates are not important, but for me, they are irrelevant. Controversial opinion? Maybe? Throughout my life, I have been an avid gamer. In my time i’ve had a multitude of gaming devices, from Gameboys to PCs to my mobile phone. Currently, I have a Wii, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and a PC. I can’t fool myself forever though. I’ve buckled under the sheer amount of incredible PlayStation 4 exclusive games that I am yet to play. Infamous. Horizon: Zero Dawn. The Last of Us. Uncharted. All common, household names. All out of the reach of my sweaty geek hands. I cannot stand it any longer. In 100 days, I will be trading my Xbox One for a PlayStation 4!

After many, many years of owning some kind of Xbox, my allegiance is changing. It’s not that I don’t like my Xbox One. There are many things that are very good about having an Xbox One. My previous post praises the Backwards Compatibility feature offered by Microsoft, but the amount of good Xbox exclusive games just don’t cut it for me. I don’t really enjoy the shooter or racing genre, so that’s Forza, Halo, and Gears of War games out of the window. My betrayal has been a long time coming, and what finally broke me? God of War. Oh my, God of War.

I’ll summarize by saying that I’m very much looking forward to getting my PS4. It’s going to be a painfully slow wait for Saturday 25 August 2018. One question remains though. Why am I going to wait that long and torture myself so? Basically, I can be pretty impatient, and this scenario is perfect to exercise some self-control. Plus, there’s probably a slim chance that E3 might make me change my mind. In the meantime, i’m going to binge watch this playthrough series of Horizon: Zero Dawn and totally ruin the game for myself.

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For the love of Backwards Compatibility

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Released to the public on November 12th 2015, Backwards Compatibility lets gamers play a select number of Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One console. The number of playable games started at 104, but more have been added periodically since then. Personally, I adore the idea of being able to pop my old games into my Xbox One and firing up Gears of War or Alan Wake. Hell, I discovered my love for Beyond Good And Evil HD thanks to it.

It was a smart business move by Microsoft and i’m glad they decided to implement the feature. I confess that i’ve spent no small sum of money during my time on the Xbox 360 and i’m glad it hasn’t gone to waste. Sure, I have my moderately powerful computer to play games on now. It’s something I prefer, but there is a certain satisfaction booting up a console in my living room.

And for all the raging between which platform to play on is better, to me, it doesn’t matter. I play games for the fun of it, and the more games I can experience and enjoy the better. Backward Compatibility is just one of the many options I have. Every so often I log onto my Xbox One and an old dusty game that I forgot I bought a while back pops into my ready to download list. It’s like Christmas and all the presents were bought by me a few years ago.

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