I honestly had no intention of returning to these forums. Given how I was treated by the staff of these forums last week. I feel a certain obligation to give some on these forums their due, and give them the satisfaction that they may crave. After watching the Xbox 1 unveiling yesterday, and giving myself some time to digest all of the implications. Over a restless night of sleep. I have come to the sobering conclusion. That not only am I still pissed about Microsoft's shenanigans, but I am actually more pissed off today then I was yesterday. I am not going to buy this console, and I sure as hell am going to discourage others from doing likewise.
Their behavior isn't simply indefensible. It is utterly reprehensible. There is such a thing as the principle of the thing, and this console is entirely at odds with my principles. This isn't what console gaming is supposed to be about. The utter abandonment of the plug and play philosophy. Which is really the only virtue that the console market ever had over PC gaming. Not only disgusts me, but forces me to ask the more obvious question. What is the fucking point of owning a PC if the company that sold it to you insist on complete control over your device. The answer is there isn't a point. Unless you don't believe in property rights.
Which I absolutely do. If I buy a machine I have every right to do with it what I please. If I want to go online that is my choice to make not theres. If I want to play a used game. That is my choice not theirs. If I don't want a machine that watches me. That is my choice not theirs. I don't know where Microsoft, and for that matter their partners forgot this fact, but customers don't exist to service them. They instead exist to service customers. If they thought I was going to gladly forfeit my rights. They have another thing coming, and frankly its fucking insulting. Even if they retract their plans. The fact that they schemed to do as much. Leaves me not wanting to have anything to do with them. Besided the hardware would still be capable, and they could turn the switch back on any time they so desired.
I hadn't honestly put much stock in the whole console market crash notions that have been floated recently, but I can't help, but think this is the end of the console market. Well at least for me. Microsoft doing this probably means that Sony is going to do likewise, and as for Nintendo. I am sorry it just isn't a very good console. Setting aside the bad software support, the very polar first party software, and the poor online service. It is still way too underpowered for my taste. I don't want to double down on the last generation. So as of right now I am moving away from console gaming, and back to PC gaming. Where I can avoid digital rights management, enjoy backwards compatibility, and save a hell of a lot of money on software.
So yeah Microsoft game studios can go fuck themselves, and I don't pay out empty lipservice. I stopped gaming with Sony when Sony Online Entertainment defrauded me. I stopped gaming with Nintendo when they turned their back on me. Never gone back to either one of them. I wish them a very sarcastic good luck. With selling their console that isn't really a console. I also hope they enjoy the fantastic game sales I am sure they will be getting.
I have already started shopping around for a new rig. I have one question for the informed I am comparing GDDR5 to DDR3. How much more preferable is the prior to the latter. The thing is DDR3 seems relatively cheap in comparisson. Can getting more of that somewhat offset less GDDR5. Sorry if this is a noob question haven't been back to PC gaming for like eight or nine years.