My Xbox 360 is a secondary console at best. I donít deny that my primary console is my PS3 followed by the PS2 backwards capabilities on my PS3. Then comes a whole host of retro consoles: GBA, SNES, PS1 etc. In fact my Xbox hasnít been turned on in over 4 months. In fact I own one game for it Ė Lost Odyssey.
Why? My answer: teh bias.
Why you so lonely Mr. White Box?
I like the PS3ís line up, and when given Iím given the choice between getting a game for either the PS3 or the 360, Iíll get the PS3 version. Itís not because the graphics are better, or that I think Blu-Ray is a better format.
Woo! No multiple discs! Haha. No.
No my bias in favor of Sonyís black beauty o Blu-Ray comes more from Micosoftís business practices than any characteristic inherent in Sonyís console. First off thereís the Red Ring of Death. My 360 used to belong to my family. It red ringed and instead of getting it fixed my brothers (like the good consumers they are) decided to con my dad into getting them a new one while the broken one sat in the corner. I convinced them to give it to me and I took it upon myself to get it fixed Ė after it lay dormant for over a year.
While Microsoft did fix my console, it was a bit of a hassle. While I applaud their customer service for fixing it for free even though the warranty was expired, it shouldnít have broken in the first place. Microsoftís shoddy manufacturing created this problem.
When I got the 360 back, Microsoft, thinking they were being nice (and trying to keep my business) gave me a card good for 6 month Xbox Live Gold membership. The card has sat in my desk drawer since I got the console back from Microsoft. See I know if I use it, I will have a limited amount of time to enjoy the fruits of online gaming. As soon as those 6 months run out, my online fun will vanish. PSN gives me free online gaming, and while their service is not as robust as XBL, free trumps pretty much everything in my mind. Iím poor. I canít afford to pay the fees to keep an XBL account. I want to be able to enjoy all my console has to offer without paying an unnecessary subscription fee.
There are 360 exclusive games I want to play, but many of them require XBL Gold accounts to play online. Iím sorry Mr. White Box but I canít swing that right now. Maybe somedayÖ Until then Iíll keep my biases intact.
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