The PS4 is a powerful and wonderful machine, but it has its problems. Games for instance. I bought my PS4 strictly for its exclusives and exclusive JRPG's that only come out on the Playstation. Sadly their PS4 ports of JRPG's have been a bit lackluster as of late. More like PS3 games with PS3 performance on a next gen system. Street Fighter V was a slight disappointment with its lack of content and broken gameplay at launch. Still no mods on Fallout 4, no Ark Survival Evolved yet, No Man's Sky overhyped epic lackluster performance, no backwards compatibility, and a price increase of its PS plus membership that isn't justified.
When I say isn't justified, I mean there is no reason or perceived value on the benefits of this price increase. No extra free games, network that goes down every time they do maintenance, and you still can't change your PSN gamer tag. Something they're PS Plus members have been asking for a long time.
I probably sound like a salty fanboy, but I do expect a lot from the best, and I'm not going to pull my punches on a company that has gotten complacent and lazy at the top.
Whew, got that out of me. Now let's talk about why I prefer the Xbox ecosystem over the PSN ecosystem.
For starters, the Xbox One has backwards compatibility. That's a huge reason why I game on the Xbone. I'm here playing my Red Dead Redemption alongside Ark Survival Evolved with an ever growing library of backwards compatible games. I still have the majority of my physical Xbox 360 collection of games on my shelf. This has given me a problem everyone should have. Too many games to play. First world problems at it's best. For games, the Xbox ecosystem is where its at. It's only flaw I can see, is the lack of JRPG's and decent fighting games.
Second is their network. I've noticed gaming on the Xbox Live network seems more fluid and has less problems than gaming on the PSN network. That doesn't mean it's perfect, but I'll take the lesser of two evils any day. Both memberships offer free games with this membership. You can get more games free with PS Plus if you own all 3 of their current gaming platforms, but the quality of games Xbox Live gives out for free each month seems to be a slightly better offering than what PS Plus offers each month.
Third would be the Xbox exclusives. Don't get me wrong, the PS4 has some pretty good exclusive games, but it takes forever for them to get released. Last Guardian anyone? They also have had some epic lackluster games like the Order which was awesome for 5 maybe six hours. Getting off topic again, as for the Xbox exclusives I love, the Gears series is probably my favorite exclusive from Xbox. Halo is ok. I love the Forza series, and I m looking forward to they're upcoming future exclusives like Sea Of Thieves, Scalebound, and Dead Rising 4. When it comes down to it, it's all about choices and one's preference when it comes to games.
On a side note, I just want to mention that paying Xbox and PS to play online multiplayer is the dumbest thing to have ever graced gaming. I play Black Desert Online, the Secret World, and Guild Wars 2 all on my PC. I don't pay one cent to play those games online. This is probably one of Microsoft's biggest mistakes. Implementing this stupid pay wall to play multiplayer games. Sony followed suit. I won't be surprised if the Nintendo NX that's coming out next year follows suit as well. I hope to god that they don't.
Looks like I went a little off topic again, but that pretty much sums up why I prefer the Xbox ecosystem over the PS ecosystem. I'm not going to talk about PC gaming, because I play 3 games on the PC, 4 if you include Chroma Gun. Not really much of a gaming platform for me.(Console for life) The Nintendo Wii U has never peaked my interest and is a dead console I don't ever plan on owning, and is why it's practically an Xbox VS. PS blog.