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The ‘Original’ Xbox One Vs. PlayStation 4 Would’ve Been Interesting to Watch

[Alternate Title: “I Kinda Wanted the Xbox One to Stay As it Was”]

You know, I really wanted Microsoft to stay on course and keep the Xbox One the way it was. I wanted to see the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 go in two different directions, after two different groups of people, and observe the results. Microsoft seemed so confident in their plans and completely oblivious to the wants of the people, and I honestly wanted to see how things would play out during the first year of these consoles. Unfortunately, that might not happen now, as Microsoft has changed their stance and the DRM policies of the Xbox One. Unless they do another ‘180’ or Sony pulls a hidden dagger out of their sleeves, I believe it’s relatively safe to think there won’t be another big shift in focus from them.

But man, did I really want to see the Xbox One, as it was originally announced, exist alongside the PlayStation 4. Who else wanted that? Show of hands!

Xbox One & PlayStation 4

You may think I’m a little crazy, due to my desire to see the Xbox One *not* undergo any changes, but I assure you I wasn’t in favor of the thing. Oh no. Sure, the game/family sharing plans and the ability to play a game without the disc were neat ideas, but not neat enough to put up with the 24 hour check-in, no used games support and the various, unnecessary steps involved in sharing or ‘giving’ away games. Oh, and the Kinect. The ‘comes with the box, now shut up about it’ Kinect.

See, the way Microsoft presented the Xbox One, and later confused everyone about the specifics, made choosing one console over the other relatively easy. And, as someone who doesn’t have money raining from a cloud in his bedroom, it took the pressure off of having to own both next-gen systems, in an attempt to play everything. As it stands right now, both systems share many third-party titles and have a handful of exclusives lined up for their respective launch windows, but still have to rely on their hardware/software features and the images of the companies standing behind them. If anything, that’s what it all comes down to; how you feel about both companies could be the deciding factor.

Compare Microsoft/Xbox One to Sony/PlayStation 4 and you could see a clear difference between the two. A difference that greatly resembled the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, where Sony was the arrogant…er, more arrogant of the two, and as such, had to fight and claw their way back to a decent position over the last seven years. Now here comes Sony with the PlayStation 4. An easier system to develop for, a great paid service, in the form of PlayStation Plus and an overall platform that feels familiar enough to the PlayStation 3 to not make it that intimidating of a jump. Did you hear the applause Sony got at their E3 presentation? They’re going to be riding that for a while, even though they just came out and said, ‘We’re not really changing anything.’

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I wanted to see Microsoft stick to their guns and fight for what they believed was the right path. Would it come to light that Microsoft actually knew what they were doing or would they have to fight harder than ever to get back in the good graces of the people that supported them? It was an interesting situation I wanted to see play out because I’m crazy and my curiosity sometimes gets the better of logic and reasoning.

Now, yes, we do still have five months until these two beasts come out. Who knows what will happen between now and then (Microsoft turned a random Wednesday into Xbox 180-day), but I’m pretty confident in saying that the two next-gen systems that were initially announced will never get the chance to ‘face off.’ And I think that’s a little disappointing; even more so since this is the first console launch I’ve managed to pay attention to. Can you blame me for wanting something like this to happen?

Oh well. Any chance we can go to an alternate universe and see what might have happened? Someone pick a day and lets go.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.

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