I think I am becoming a PS3 Fan Boy. I can feel myself transforming and I think I like the feeling. I donít see myself trolling the internet spewing out a torrent of hate at anyone that dears to use a console other then a PS3, but I do see myself shitting all over the Xbox a lot more these days.
My story begins years ago. Way back in the last console war I had myself a PS2. One day I got myself the network adapter for my PS2 and bought Tony Hawkís Underground and SOCOM 2. These two games were my first venture into the world of online console multiplayer and both were a lot of fun. I couldnít tell you how many hours I put into them.
Everything was sunshine and lollipops in the world on PS2 gaming for me until I bought the game XIII for my PS2. Not only was that game terrible but it also had the most crap multiplayer I have seen to this date. There was only four player death match against random people with no form of communication between players. After coming from the other two games I felt cheated.
Some time later in a lucky streak of bagging, I was able to convince my mother to buy me an Xbox. I eventually got Xbox Live and spent the remainder of that console generation playing Xbox games like Halo 2 and Rainbow Six 3. Thanks to XBL, I found a group of people to play with. We would go out and get the same games and had a blast. I really felt that XBL made the Xbox the clear winner of my heart in the last generation.
Obviously when the Xbox 360 came out I got one. I loved my Xbox so much that it made since to get one. I have had it for almost three years and until recently I had never had any problems with it. It did Red Ring on my about a year ago but I got it back less then a month later and itís worked just fine since then. I was still in love with it.
All of this changed this Christmas when I got my PS3. It didnít take much more then plugging it in to quickly fall in love with it. Having had my Xbox 360 for years, I was instantly shocked by all the little things that the PS3 does better. Things like the chargeable controller, and WiFi really won me over. I knew that there was going to be a honeymoon period, but I think itís turning into more.
Suddenly I was comparing my two consoles and finding my 360 less and less favorable. What really stuck in my head was Xbox Live. I defended XBL very hard in the last console generation because at the time it offered stability to console gaming. You knew that when you played an online game on your Xbox that it would offer a core set of features. The same could not have been said for the PS2.
That is not the case anymore. Sony has really learned from the last generation and the early parts of this one and built an equally impressive online network. Most impressively, they do it free of charge. Sonyís online network does everything I want to do on Xbox Live and does it for free. After three months with my PS3 I have no idea why you have to pay for Xbox Live. Without subscribing to XBL you seem to be gutting out console and the idea of paying to get full access to a piece of hardware I spend $300 on seems less and less appealing.
As I continue to enjoy my PS3 and play though the large back cataloged of games that it has, I can't help but see history repeating itself. Only this time the consoles are reveres. While I enjoy playing lot of games on my Xbox I think if I were to pick a favorite console based solely on the features I would lean towards my PS3. Both are even when it comes to quality games, so in my mind the PS3 is the clear winner.
Am I a Fan Boy? I'm not really sure. All I do know is that if my 360 and PS3 were dangling off of a cliff and I could only save one, I would save the PS3, but I would hope I have the upper body strength to pull them both up. I don't think I'm that out of shape. read