Why I'm getting an xbox one, not a PS4
How Sony lost a customer, to Microsoft
I had not bought a new console since Final Fantasy 7 was released on the original Playstation.
One day at Circuit City, the wife decided that I should get a new toy. I wasn't convinced, but I knew it would make her happy as well, so I conceded. Yes, my wife forced me into getting a video gaming system. She is awesome.
Photo by: Ville Miettinen
The Amazing Magical Console
The PS3, when I first got it, was an amazing thing. It looked and drove like a Ferrari, yet seated 6. It did this at a price point comparable to xbox 360, but the PS3 was more than that. Much more!
The PS3 was a blu-ray player for $600, back when blu-ray players were $1000.
I was very very happy with my PS3, and I hadn't yet bought any games!
and the "Hyperviser"
The first thing that irked me was that Sony installed a "Hyperviser" that protected the graphics controller portion of the PS3. This prevented users from using the graphics card when they ran linux.
Oh, that's right! When you purchased a PS3, you had the option of running a linux system as well. For those unfamiliar, linux is an alternate operating system to windows. Linux is considered much more stable and safer than Windows. Plus linux was new, different, and geeky...right up my alley.
I had never tried linux before, and I couldn't just install it over my computer because I needed familiar web access. This was a perfect opportunity to learn something new, about an OS that is now the backbone of most smart phones (android OS).
I was willing to overlook the hyperviser if it meant I could explore linux. Slightly perturbing, but every system has its quirks and problems.
To the right: Tux the Penguin is the linux mascot. Pretty cute!
All was well...
This was a really great time to be a PS3 owner. I could learn linux. I streamed video. I could web browse. I hadn't even bought a game yet!
Eventually, I did decide to start buying games. I started with the PS2 God of War. See, the PS3 could play PS2 and PS1 games. It was backwards compatible with nearly every game released.
I started buying more and more games. Games I had missed out on, because I had never owned a PS2. I had built up quite a library, and was enjoying playing with my wife tremendously. She really got into the Final Fantasy games.
The Beginning of the End
Sony released an update for the PS3, that dropped the Linux features. You might have had a choice not to update your PS3, except that Sony blocked internet access to Netflix and the web browsers unless you updated your PS3's software.
Sony made you choose between your linux installation and streaming video from your paid video services. You HAD to choose, there was no getting around it.
On top of that, they started adding advertisements for other third party software on your PS3. Stuff you hadn't installed, and didn't have a need for.
I had poked around linux, but hadn't really learned it fully. I could live without it.
So Sony blocked Linux. It was no longer a "do everything" console, and it was about to get worse.
The "Yellow Line of Doom"
One day, my PS3 just quit. It started acting funny. It would turn on and then immediately shut itself off. This sort of thing is not unheard of in the console market. The xbox 360 had big problems with the Red Ring of Death.
It turns out the PS3 had its equivalent, called the Yellow Line of Doom.
The Yellow Line of Doom (YLOD) ended up being a false overheating warning. Until recently, the YLOD was fixed by opening up your PS3 and "reflowing" the motherboard. This is a delicate process that voided your warranty. If you attempted reflowing yourself and damaged your PS3, you might ruin your PS3 permanently.
The next gen PS3
I was unable to repair my PS3. I was slightly annoyed at this, as my Nintendo and Super Nintendo still functioned, and they were 20+ years old. Somehow this newer, better, faster console was just not as tough.
Having become dependent on the PS3 to stream to my TV, the wife demanded I get another almost immediately. Yes, the wife made me go and buy more expensive electronics. :D
At this point, I still liked the PS3. I considered an Xbox 360, but stayed with what I knew. At the store, I found a nice, new, matte black PS3. It was smaller, and sleeker, and overall better than the fingerprint magnet shiny version.
It was also inferior to my previous PS3.
Sony had made some changes...
...for the worse.
The new PS3 would no longer play any PS2 games. I had only bought 1 PS3 game and some PS1 games. The majority of my game library was now useless. I suppose they could have been used as drink coasters, but that was about it. Gamestop would only pay cents on the dollar for them, and was about to stop buying PS2 games altogether.
I stopped supporting Sony. They didn't indicate on the box that the new PS3 had lost so much functionality.
Compared to the original PS3, the new one:
1. Didn't play PS2 games
2. Wouldn't install linux
3. Had advertisements
I was done. My next console will not come from Sony, and when this PS3 dies, I will be eyeing Microsoft's Xbox One to replace it.
I hope you will too. Sony took a lot from the original PS3. Things that made it great were removed, and we are all poorer for it.
Xbox One vs Playstation 4
Which are you buying?
Pre-order your Xbox One!
The new Xbox is voice controlled. "Xbox on" turns xbox on. "Xbox watch TV" turns on the television. "Go to movies" swaps to movies.
Guesses on how fast trekkies are going to change it to "computer" with the familiar Star Trek chirp.
Xbox One will be released November 30th, 2013.
Just in time for Christmas.
It includes a blu-ray player, voice control, and a kinect, which is a motion sensor, similar to wii.
If you still want the PS4 (I don't see why) then here it is!