It’s been a tale of woe in the internet age. There are always platforms, from all areas in I.T, going down for one reason or another. It can be for any number of reasons too, from things as simple as some scheduled (or emergency) maintenence, to the extreme end of things like hackers attacking the services. This happens everywhere, but it seems to happen a huge amount in the gaming space because gamers need their services up at all times. There are always going to be people who just got off work, ready to sit down and hang out with friends while playing their favourite online game. This makes the gaming platforms more susceptible to being attacked and so it happens more frequently.
Microsoft and Sony have both had their issues in both this gen and last gen, but with last holiday seasons hackings on every ones minds we are fearful that it might happen again. Microsoft have been able to deal with it best so far, but there are always going to be people attempting to take down people who are the best at what they do.
So why does this relate to you, the reader? That’s because if you want to play Halo 5 or Call of Duty or anything that requires an internet connection, the online service needs to stay up. It’s in Microsofts best interest to be the number one console in terms of stability and reliability as they need every leg up they can get to close the gap in sales, which seems to be ever growing.
It is fully possible that if Sony’s online service is down for an extended period of time before Christmas, then Microsoft (with their whole host of new goodies coming to Xbox soon too) being the most stable could look like the better console to get if you want to be sure the service is always going to be available, no matter when is your preferred hour of play.
Like I stated before, with thing like the New Xbox One Experience user interface, Backwards Compatibility and a whole host of exclusive games coming to the Xbox One within the next month or so, having the most stable console and gaming platform could count for more than the Playstations ever-so-slight graphical and processing power advantage.
But as always we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Will Microsoft continue to be the best and most reliable place to play online? And if not, could that kill the Xbox for this generation? Let us know in the comments below!