Lately, I’ve been seeing so many articles, tweets, and YouTube videos of gamers claiming they’re trading in their PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones for various reasons, or suggesting that other people should follow suit. This has me over here scratching my head, wondering when exactly gamers became the most annoying community ever? I’ve read all of these reasons why I should be trading in my console and all I can do is laugh and think to myself, “Are these people f**king serious?” Let me explain why I won’t be trading in any of my consoles anytime soon.
Purchasing a video game console is not that same as buying a new or used car, meaning it doesn’t depreciate in the same way that a vehicle does the moment you pull it off the lot. Your console will actually improve over time thanks to firmware updates, and you don’t have to pay for those like you do when you want to upgrade your car. When you buy a console at launch, prior to any price cuts, it’s YOUR choice to make an investment in a system that may or may not flounder or flourish. Any halfwit can tell you that you don’t see the true strengths of a console until its second or third year on the market, so why bail when developers are still learning how to use them? If your biggest issue right now is that you’re mad that the Xbox One isn’t quite up to the PlayStation 4 in terms of the performance of multiplatform games, or if you like to claim that the PlayStation has no games right now, then you should just trade in your console and move on to another hobby.
”If your biggest issue right now is that you’re mad that the Xbox One isn’t quite up to the PlayStation 4 in terms of the performance of multiplatform games, or if you like to claim that the PlayStation has no games right now, then you should just trade in your console and move on to another hobby. "
The Xbox One may have a bad rep right now due to all the policy reversals and such, but instead of being a total troll and trying to spin it as a negative, maybe you should just accept it for what it is; Microsoft is trying to right the ship and do good by gamers by focusing on games. Why on earth would anyone think that Microsoft shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios is a sign to trade in their Xbox? Oh my god, Xbox won’t be producing anymore original programming?! Oh well, I guess I’ll just play video games on my gaming console…OH WAIT, that’s why I bought the damn thing! Yes, it’s unfortunate that some shows that were promised aren’t going to see the light of day, and it’s another reversal feather in the Xbox One’s increasingly crowded “180 Cap,” but if it means focusing more on games and improving the performance of the system itself, I can appreciate that.
There’s also the whole performance gap argument between the two consoles and whether or not it’s widening or closing. This, again, is another stupid reason to trade in your Xbox One. If memory serves me well, there were a few years there where PlayStation 3 multiplatform games ran like total s#!t when compared to their Xbox 360 counterparts. However, as time rolled on, developers figured out ways to create parity between both versions of the game, and in some cases, the PlayStation 3 version ended up being the better version in the end (the PS3 version of Portal 2 was generally favored over the Xbox 360 version in head-to-head comparisons). Some games, such as Burnout Paradise, were famously created with the PlayStation 3 as the lead platform; it was much easier to port from PS3 to Xbox 360 as opposed to the other way around. There’s no reason to suggest history won’t repeat itself again with the Xbox One, and to think otherwise is nothing more than fanboy denial.
“Resolution Gate” is one of the silliest arguments to use when arguing which console is better, and it saddens me to see gamers resorting to “my daddy is better than your daddy” debates over something as stupid as resolution. Having spent plenty of time gaming on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, I can honestly say that not once have I sat there and thought to myself, “Wow, this game sucks because its only 900p.” That’s because it has ZERO impact on how much I enjoy a game. In my opinion, frame rate is far more important (and noticeable) when playing games than resolution, and with the exception of a VERY FEW games, the frame rates experienced in multiplatform games are pretty much the same across both consoles. Even then, I don’t let frame rate determine whether or not the game is fun, because once again, that’s for the insecure kids out there that need something to justify their purchase and make them feel all fuzzy inside.
”I don’t let frame rate determine whether or not the game is fun, because once again, that’s for the insecure kids out there that need something to justify their purchase and make them feel all fuzzy inside. "
Now, it’s not just the Xbox One that’s come under fire for completely stupid reasons; the PlayStation 4 has its fair share of misleading conjecture spread by trolls. The one that pisses me of the most is the claim that there are no games for the PlayStation 4. As of the publication of this article, there are 91 games available for purchase for the PlayStation 4, while there are only 59 games available for the Xbox One. I’m including indie games and free-to-play games in both of those numbers because despite the immature, insecure minority of gamers who think they can decide which games qualify as “games” (yeah, do you hear how stupid that sounds?!), indies and FTP titles are in fact “games” — games that many of us sensible, true gamers love to play. Just because there aren’t enough dudebro shooters coming out, doesn’t mean there aren’t any games that others may enjoy. Hell, before this year, I couldn’t stand anything Final Fantasy or most 2D platformers because they didn’t LOOK fun. However, once I actually started PLAYING these games, not only did I enjoy many of them, I sunk plenty of hours into them as well.
I understand that the PlayStation 4 has few AAA exclusives, currently. It appears Sony will be using indie games to fill out the release calendar between these big budget titles — which is smart — tiding us over until an onslaught of exclusives drop in 2015, but to say there are no games is asinine. Let us not forget the wallet-busting amount of third-party multiplatform games that will be dropping between September and December. You will have plenty of blockbuster games to get you through the holidays and winter months. While the Xbox One may not have as many options in terms of how many games are currently available, the console’s exclusive slate looks to have a stellar future. Sunset Overdrive looks to be a breakout hit when it arrives in October, and Halo fans can look forward to sinking a ton of hours into the Master Chief Collection. I can’t see how trading in your console at this time would seem like a good idea to any rational mind.
The other “reason” I should apparently trade in my PlayStation 4 is because it lacks a lot of the media functionality that the PlayStation 3 has. Oh no, I can’t play my CDs or upload MP3s to my PS4 to listen to while gaming! Oh wait, that’s a feature that’s likely going to be added in an upcoming firmware update. As a fan of 3D Blu-Ray movies, I can see how some would be disappointed that the PlayStation 4 does not yet support the form, but again, I didn’t buy my PlayStation 4 DAY ONE so I could watch Avatar. I bought the damn thing for gaming, and that’s the only aspect I care about when it comes to my consoles. To those of you who are boycotting the PlayStation 4 because it lacks these features, I hope they never arrive because you clearly have lost touch with what gaming consoles are all about. However, it appears Sony is listening and you’ll have your MP3 playback and 3D BD support very soon.
”I didn’t buy my PlayStation 4 DAY ONE so I could watch Avatar. I bought the damn thing for gaming, and that’s the only aspect I care about when it comes to my consoles. "
The point is, guys and gals, that we are still in the infancy stages of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4; it’s too early to tell if these consoles are on the fast track to joining the 3DO in gaming infamy (tongue firmly planted in cheek). Developers are still trying to get optimal performance out of both systems, and there are still plenty of great looking games slated for 2014, 2015, and beyond. Instead of losing money when you trade in your console towards another, you could just pocket the money you’d have to use to pay the difference, and save it so you can buy the other console you don’t yet own a few months later. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have bright futures, and now that both of them are focused on games, we as gamers are going to reap all the benefits.