i played on all the main systems this gen and i don´t plan to do that next gen. why? because it started to stress me more than it was fun in the last year or two, because i just don´t have the time to play all these games anymore anyway and if i own all the systems i just want to play all the good games on them - i have to. it´s strange but if i don´t own them anymore i don´t crave playing them that much anymore;) the human brain.
...that made me think a lot about what to do next gen and i decided not to go multiplat (handhelds aren´t counting, those are a must for me) and rather focus on the console that offers the best value for me.
if i look at the big console 3: ms, ninty, sony i really think sony has the best deals and overall value to offer for a gamer who really wants to focus on one machine/brand. sony pretty much lost me during this gen. the ps3 was just my exclusives machine and i hated countless things about it (i loved the psp though).
well, looks like things are changing.
sony has and always had rocksolid third party support - (ms as well but that´s what ninty lacks atm), a great sub service with ps+, great exclusives and with the vita a pretty solid ps branded handheld too. if you have ps+ owning your ol´ps3, vita and in the future ps4 really starts to pay off big time.
if i had to choose one brand, today, without any fanboy biascrap in my mind...i just have to hand my credit card to camp sony.
i think they´re really doing a lot of things just right atm.
ms just catapulted themselves into nowhere land with their x1 for me. no chance i´ll buy it. they are out of the competition for me. sure they have a solid controller- always loved the xbox pad, great third party support and some interesting exclusives (i am/was a haloguy-didn´t enjoy halo 4 that much, ready to move on with destiny), but i just can´t swallow what they did there and i am not ready to forgive and forget. i feel like i will never forget. they´re out for me, that´s for sure and they are to blame for that themsleves.
the way they presented the x1: that´s just not how you treat your long time supporting base. u-turning now doesn´t help much either. they´ve lost my trust and reputation in general. it was such an embarassing performance. they can go home play with themselves. that stuff was offensive to say the least. i also wanted a dedicated xbox handheld since the x360 but they don´t seem to be interested in it, which is a shame. they could´ve done more with the smartglass stuff at least.
the vita offers a lot of value even if you have to buy another system it pays off in the end if you have a ps3/4 and + too. the psn/indie games now REALLY start to shine on the vita, nostalgic collections like jak and dax (i smell more coming), remakes like persona4golden, fresh titles like soul sacrifce...and lot´s of great content for "free" with plus: velocity ultra, gravity rush, ninja gaiden, virtues last reward and so on and so on...just some freaking good value and -this is the most important part to me- A GREAT VARIETY in games.
so the vita already adds a lot to the ps+ service and i enjoy the cross buy/save stuff of retro city rampage and hotline miami a lot. i think this will only improve with the ps4. it´s a great plus (lol) for sony as a brand imo and i think the vita will pay off for them as a business strategy in the long run when the ps4 will be out.
as much as i loved the wiiu and some of it´s games - the wiiu is a side console, at least to me. that must not be a bad thing at all and it´s an awesome console. miiverse shits on every social aspect the 360 and ps3 has to offer...but it doesn´t work as a main console if you are interested in the most variety in games you can get for your cash. it´s the most fun exclusives machine on planet earth though. so if i decide not to go multiplat i obviously have to scratch the wiiu (unfortunately- i can see myself breaking the rule after a severe pricedrop anyway :)
never thought it would happen after the disappointment the ps3 was for me but i really feel like sony is delivering the best value for my hard earned cash...wohhaa.
i think they perform pretty good right now, analysing their audience and aiming for them with full force...but in a fair way, so it´ll be a good deal for them AND the consumer.
i´m pretty impressed i must say. i hope they will even improve on this.
just wanted to spread this. we´ll see where this is heading off to.