When my PS4 Pro Spider-Man edition broke I had a decision to make. Do I repair it for $150 or get rid of it? I chose to sell and used the money I got towards an Xbox One X. Why? Because I think I’ll get more enjoyment out of the X than I ever did my PS4.
I have nothing against Sony’s Playstation 4 console. I just don’t like most of the exclusive games that are on it. Sony has a nice gimmick going on right now. All of thier games MUST have a “good” story and visuals while everything else would take the back seat. Like… having fun gameplay. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Games like Spider-Man doesn’t fit or Bloodborne, but those are few and far between. And those are two of only 3 exclusive games that I really liked on the PS4. The thrid game being Persona 5 and that game wasn’t developed by a Sony-owned studio.
Every time I turned on my PS4 it was to play Bloodborne. I was holding out on playing Persona 5 again because I wanted to play Royal. None of the action games on the PS4 play very well for me. I’m a PC gamer and I’m used to having really smooth controls and high FPS when I game. The Dualshock 4 controller is absolutely horrible. The battery life sucks and lining up shots in games like Uncharted and Days Gone was overly difficult. I’m sure hardcore Playstation gamers have gotten used to this and would dismiss this statement, but for everyone else it’s true.
The camera doesn’t work the way it should and I aiming, especially with headshots, took a lot of effort into the lineup. The best part about going back to Xbox One after 4 years is the controller. It’s a night and day difference. Microsoft has created the best controller I’ve ever used in my life. It even works with first-person shooters and I’m someone that hates using a controller to play that genre. The Xbox One X also takes up a lot less space than my PS4 Pro. It’s a really tiny console, but it’s also really heavy.
It wasn’t a hard decision for me to make if I’m being honest. The only reason why I turned on my PS4 was to play Bloodborne and yes, I’ll miss playing it, but one game could only last me so long. Days Gone was average at best, Death Stranding was terrible, and I don’t like any of their story-heavy games like The Last of Us or Uncharted. So that left me with nothing to do on my console since I buy all of my third party games on PC or I just use Game Pass and that leads me to why I decided to go with Xbox over Playstation.
Game Pass. Game Pass is the best idea Microsoft could’ve ever come up with. A video game version of Netflix that actually has good games included in it including all of Microsoft’s first-party exclusives the day they launch. Game Pass is an incredible value and I wanted it on more than just my PC because PC Game Pass doesn’t have all of the games that Xbox Game Pass does. Add in the fact that Xbox has the superior controller and more powerful console and I was sold. Xbox is more consumer-friendly than Playstation right now. I have a lot of old 360 games that I wouldn’t mind playing through again and I have that option now because I have an Xbox One.
The way every game performs on the Xbox One X is nothing short of incredible. It’s really as powerful as advertised. It’ll never take the place of my PC, but lately, I’ve just been wanting to sit back in my recliner and game on my 4K TV and the Xbox One X really takes advantage of the 4K display. Games look better and run really well too. Forza Horizon 4 is my favorite game to play right now and this is coming from a guy that hates racing games.
I even double-dipped on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey since I never finished it on PS4. I’m really enjoying it, especially with my new Xbox One controller, and it pops more on my screen than the PS4 Pro version did. I know the changes are subtle for the most part, but they really do make a difference. It also runs better too and that’s a major plus for me.
I could go on and on about how much I like my purchase, but I think the real reason why I made the jump is because of my kids. My son LOVES racing games. He absolutely adores The Crew, Need For Speed, and Mario Kart. I let him play Forza Horizon 4 for the first time on my PC and he fell in love with it. He called it the best game he’s ever played. Watching him play Forza Horizon 4 on the big screen felt really good because he absolutely loved it. As a matter of fact, all of my kids love it. They’ve all found games that they like to play and it’s all thanks to Game Pass.
I’ve gotta thank my son for getting me into Forza Horizon 4. I never thought I would like a game like that and now I can’t get enough of it. We both love and we both have a lot of fun when we play together. The Xbox One X is a really great console. The User Interface still sucks and is still really laggy. Navigating the marketplace is the same as navigating the Playstation Store and Eshop. They all suck equally.
I’ll admit that I’m really enjoying my Xbox One X right now and I prefer over the Playstation 4. The only thing the PS4 has going for it is all the neat Japanese games that are on the platform, but 90% of them are on PC already so it’s not like I’ll be missing out on much. I haven’t decided if I’m going to get a PS5 yet. I might because I do want to own every platform, but I’ll probably do what I did with the PS4 and wait 4-5 years before making the jump. Especially since I have a feeling that there’s going to be a mid-cycle upgrade again.
So… I guess I’m back to being an Xbox gamer. Despite everything I said up there I did some good gaming on the PS4 with that horrible controller. I don’t think I’m going to miss the console itself. I’ll just miss those few games that I really enjoyed playing on it.