Just wanted to get a few opinions on the matter. Not planning on making the jump to the next gen consoles IMMEDIATELY but just wanted to think about what may be best suited for my interest.
As of now I own an Xbox 360, and I have for the past 5 years or so. In fact I’ve somehow gone through about 4-5 Xbox 360 consoles in that same time frame (which is completely ridiculous that I’ve paid over $700 on various consoles when ONE should have lasted as long, part of the reason I’m debating change). Before owning a Xbox 360 I was always a Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 enthusiast, and considered them the undisputed high end of the consoles of that generation. Up until the past 8 months I played a variety of games on my 360, but spent the most time with NHL games and Forza Motorsport. Then I fell in love with SFIV and it now consumes 90% of time that I spend gaming, and I don’t really see that changing anytime soon.
My girlfriend and I both own TEs that we have customized and we own a Forza Fanatec CSR (w/ Wheel Stand Pro) – I’m not entirely sure if there are firmware updates or simple adapters that would allow me to use the CSR with either PS4 OR Xbox One. But one reason I’m specifically thinking about making the switch to Playstation is because I spent close to $500 on a high-end steering wheel that has the FORZA logo on it but yet it was not made to be compatible with Xbox One and Forza 5; along with Microsoft’s additional lack of third party support and just overwhelming greed.
Part of me wants to switch to Playstation 3 now, sell my current sticks (and a small chance the Fanatec), and buy two of the new Ultra SFIV TE2s for PS3/PS4 instead. That way we would both have nice sticks that we could use indefinitely, most importantly when I make the leap to Playstation 4 (if I stayed on Xbox I would have to end up modding or getting new sticks for the Xbox One). Yet, even though I’m not ready to enter tournaments today, I know I’m going to in the not-so-distant future – If the fighting game community largely plays on Xbox 360 and that’s the console that’s going to be used at local/national tournament, then maybe that would be a mistake. But then again maybe Xbox will NOT be the FGC console of choice between the new-gen consoles here in a year or two.
There aren’t really any console-exclusive games that are important enough to pull me either way. I really like Forza but I’m sure Gran Turismo 7 will be comparable if not better than Forza 5. That being said, I own gaming consoles for what they were originally intended for – GAMING. This is another huge reason I’m tempted to ditch M$ is because for some reason they chose to cater the console around social media and being a home entertainment system and having an interactive menu you can talk to and blah blah blah (which I’m sure is exactly what they want, for you to have to have your xbox on the entire day because you have to just to watch your cable and everything is running through it – that way the thing will overheat and burn out in a few months), whereas Sony chose to focus on GAMING. I don’t care one bit about the home screen or voice/motion recognition, I care about which system performs the best gaming-wise and which will stand up to time.
Any input/discussion appreciated. Should I just stick with the 360 and what I have right now and see how things go first? Should I switch to a Playstation 3 (then to PS4)? Should I just save up and get a decent gaming PC?