I am talking console gaming, of course.
Like the 180 Microsoft pulled back in July, I'm following suite, and am all but sold on the Xbox One.
I was somewhat impressed with the demonstration videos I saw. As comparisons began to trickle in, I was a little alarmed that the Xbox One was not holding it's own against the PS4's horsepower. But then I remembered that the 360 had a similar disadvantage against the PS4. But then, it had the advantage of pricing.
It is hard to see the clear-cut advantages this early on, but I have been an Xbox gamer for a decade now. I began back in August 2003 with the first huge Xbox, that bulbous controller, and Halo. I had a PS2, barely touched it. My GameCube shared time with my Xbox. Next gen came around, and the Xbox 360 was my next purchase, in June of 2006, shortly after graduating high school. The Wii followed, and I did not get a PS3 until 2010, where I bought my must-haves for that system, including Uncharted 1, 2, and 3, Motorstorm 1 and 3, and The Last of Us. But that's it. Six games. The Wii also saw little attention from me, with a Mario game here and there, and Metroid Prime Trilogy, which I have rarely touched due how rare I discovered it to be.
With a Kinect with every system, I hope it finally comes out of the 'gimmick' area. My best experience with it was when Bethesda added voice commands to Skyrim. It made it much more streamlined, pretty much eliminated the need for the menus, and made it that much more fun. I am rather impressed with the 13-second warm boot (from standby to signed in). Currently, my 360 is somewhere around the 45-60 second mark for a cold boot (360 has no standby), when it comes to signing in and being ready to play.
This also may be the soonest I get a console after launch. Currently, the 360 holds the record at 6 months. No, I don't have much sympathy for those who are experiencing issues with their new PS4's because everyone buying on Day One should be educated enough to know that's the risk you take when you buy at launch. I am sure MS wants to avoid another RRoD epidemic at all costs. The Xbox One looks like one of the most well ventilated consoles I've seen, so if there are issues, I doubt it will be heat related.
Neither launch lineup for either console looks promising. This will be Microsoft's truly first generation without Halo on the front lines. The 360 had backwards compatibility, and at the time of launch, Halo 2 was the juggernaut of online gaming. The Xbox One will have no backwards comp, and Halo's multiplayer has absolutely seen better days. I am pretty curious as to what 343 Industries is hoping to do in order to pull the franchise out of the multiplayer tailspin it's gotten itself into. Over the last year, Halo 4 has slowly declined on the Xbox Live Activity charts, and as of late October, has finally fallen to 12th place, below Halo 3, which is in 11th, and over six years old at that. The only two titles I've got my eyes on are Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed Rivals, the former of which I have been playing already, and will be stat-transferring whenever I do make the upgrade.
And don't worry, PC crowd. I'm looking at you guys too. My Asus G17 gaming laptop, which had high-end specs back in 2009, has been showing it's age lately, and at 4 years old, has held up incredibly well. But I am looking to replace it, hopefully with my first serious gaming rig. Not sure what I want yet, nor how much I want to spend.
Wow, I really went into a rant here, didn't I?