I have been a HUGE fan of Xbox since the Xbox came out. I have had a lot of great systems over time, and had a PS2 when the Xbox came out but pretty much went exclusive Microsoft at that point because of their controller. It was like the PS dual shock, but the thumb sticks were finally far enough apart that I did find my thumbs doing battle while I was trying to defend myself on the television screen.
The 360 pushed everything to the next level with Xbox live, and the games, it was amazing. Lately though, I am becoming more and more jealous of PS plus users. They get such a fantastic deal that it makes my old Xbox live is the best service irrelevant. It used to be, before PS plus.. But now with every new dashboard update we get farther and farther from gaming, and ads shoved in you the paying customer's face.
Yesterday I was reading up that Steam has now announced a new console for next year... I had heard rumors earlier, but this pretty much confirmed it. I have been on steam recently and checked out their "big Picture" thing and it seemed very cool, then days later saw news of the console. I do not know the specs yet, but I am very much thinking of jumping on the Steam roller and going for a ride as it paves it way over Microsoft and Sony's sales charts.
I was looking into exclusive releases for the upcoming year. Nintendo Wii U had a decent number, as did Sony. Microsoft had 1 listed.. Only 1, Gears of War Judgement. Then next to all those was PC with around 60. Now what that means is that probably at least 50 or all 60 of those PC exclusive releases will be available on the steam home console. That with the current massive warehouse of games online, and it really stands out as something special. The online will supposedly be free (as it is now on PC), and with steam sales you can just point and laugh when Microsoft or Sony announce a sale on their services.
As a heavy Xbox 360 user, I am getting worried that Microsoft will not be up to par when their next system comes out, and am very much considering Steaming up my Xbox Room (Basement).
I just hope their controllers are 360ish or Wii Uish in their thumb sticks.