With E3 over and done with for this year and with all the great games that have been on show I have been pondering this question, which is better for a console? Is it better to have a whole range of exciting exclusive games or the more powerful system to run the widely played, mainstream triple A games? Let’s discuss.
I’ve said it many times before and no doubt I will say it many times in the future, I am firstly a console gamer and secondly, and more relevantly, an Xbox gamer and somewhat fanboy. So take some of my comments here, both good and bad, with a grain of salt. That being said, I think that Xbox One has the better line-up of exclusive games coming in both 2015 and 2016. Like I said, coming from the Xbox 360 I have a strong bias to games like Halo, Gears and Fable meaning that to me personally, these are the games I am most excited for. In the same vein, I can also appreciate people coming from PS3 with a strong emotional bond to games like Uncharted, God of War and The Last of Us. These games will only run on their respective systems and no amount of fanboying will make them go to the other system. Anyone who bought a PS4 because it was more powerful, but enjoyed games like Halo and Gears on the Xbox 360 has made a huge mistake.
So there we have the argument in itself for exclusives. No matter where you think is more powerful, you will always be drawn to the games that are closer to your heart, where you have your most fond experiences and memories. This is why the Xbox One still holds its own in the market and why we are seeing more and more people convert from Playstation 4 back to Xbox One, and vice-versa.
Now we move on over to the argument of power. Ask yourself this, does it really matter whether one console is fractionally more powerful than the other? Yes, you may get slightly better lighting and particle effects on multi-platform games, but it doesn’t take away from my experience on a different console and it’s not noticeable if you don’t use the other console to begin with. I can sit here all day and make arguments about which is more powerful, but when you’re playing a game of Fifa, Call of Duty or Destiny with friends, people just don’t care about the slight increase in graphical fidelity as much as which games are a better fit for their life.
At the end of the day, there are a lot of things that go into which console we buy. Everything from which is more powerful and will run games better, to which has the better exclusive games and content, to which console your friends own. A lot of people will tell you that there is no wrong choice and that you should take pride in whichever console you chose to take you into this generation. I am going to tell you that you are a fool if you believe them. There are 3 things that you should look at before buying a console. Which had the better exclusives last generation? Which are my friends going to buy? Is the graphical difference going to matter for me? When you ask yourself those questions, it’s very hard to make the wrong choice.
What do you guys think? Do you value exclusive games and content over graphical fidelity and particle effects? Do you regret buying your console of choice for any of the aforementioned reasons? Leave us a comment and let us know your views on this debate!