I have loved video games ever since I was a little kid, starting way back with the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo. In those days, I loved playing games like Mega Man X, the Super Star Wars games and Sonic the Hedgehog. This was before Pokemon of course came in and dominated my life, but even before that the Gameboy was something I never went very long without. I also loved my Nintendo 64 and Gamecube after that. Since the age of Gamecube and Playstation 2, I’ve more often than not stuck with the console I already had instead of upgrading to the next best thing. This is true for technology period, like cell phones for example. I had a pay as you go phone when I was seventeen and had a Motorola Razor for most of college before upgrading to the phone I have had for the past five years. I’ve been in no hurry to grab a smart phone, or to upgrade to the next generation of consoles. For the latter at least, I recently decided to jump ship into that sleek ship of sweet next generation technology.
About a year or so ago, I decided I wanted to begin by switching up my handheld game. I had a Gameboy Advance SP and a Nintendo DS that I bought used in college from a couple of local game stores up there, but wanted to take thing to the next level. Even though the 3-D function is unnecessary and hurts my eyes, I bought a 3DS primarily for one game, more like an old friend: Pokemon X. I was in awe of the power this little handheld had and how it breathed new life and animated a world I had loved since I was a kid. While it was a little much at first, I came to admire the new features of the system and even the new games that were not there in the technology I enjoyed as a kid. It was for this reason, bringing video games to new territory and new dimensions that I decided to plan for an upgrade on the console front.
For the past five years, I have had a lot of enjoyment and mileage from my Xbox 360 and I have no plans on getting rid of it or any of the games I have from it. Because of this, I considered going with the Xbox One over the Playstation 4. Without making this into a comparison between the two consoles, both of which have their merits, it came down to the number of console exclusive titles like The Last of Us and The Order along with features like the ability to buy older games through a Steam like service and media applications like Twitch. There is also a large number of indie games for the system that drew me in. I suppose there’s also the fondness there for the Playstation brand since I loved the console’s predecessors growing up.
It took me a while to warm up to upgrading fully for a few reasons. The biggest reason being the cost, as $400 for a new system isn’t something to scoff at and I wanted to make sure that no matter which machine I chose that I was getting a good value. In recognition of all that the game systems of today can do, I can understand the cost and play devil’s advocate since you’re essentially getting a mini computer. Another reason I held off was because of a lack of games that I could use the system for once it was my hand. That all changed recently when I found that not only was Batman: Arkham Knight coming only for the PS4 and Xbox One, but that the Xbox 360 version of Mortal Kombat X had been delayed, probably canceled. Considering other than Halo, I didn’t really think the Xbox had any other worthwhile exclusives, I chose Sony. It also didn’t hurt that Amazon was offering a good deal: the bundle with The Last of Us and The Order collector’s edition for free with it.
At some point in the future, I would very much like to purchase a Nintendo Wii U to supplement the PS4. If for no other reason than the ability to buy older games at a really good price from older generations, it has some good features and after playing Smash Bros. with everyone a while back and getting more hands on with the system, I’d like one in the future. It was a matter of timing for me to get where I am now and making the decision to upgrade. Honestly, Kingdom Hearts 3 played a part in that decision as well as the new Star Wars: Battlefront. But when the next generation comes, I think I’m going to opt out of the console war and build a gaming PC. I wish that video games were backwards compatible with other systems from the previous generation. They just don’t build gaming systems like they used to in the 16-bit days.