I’ve written a fair few articles about both the Xbox One and the PS4. As an Xbox One owner, I’ve discussed the great aspects of the console, the games that I wish I could play on the PS4, and even the flaws of my console and, in the process, I’ve been labelled both a “PlayStation fanboy” and an “Xbox fanboy”. Ironically, I’ve been called a PlayStation fanboy far more, and it’s ironic because I don’t own a PS4. Obviously, I’ve played on one and it would be stupid to argue that it’s anything other than a brilliant games console. But the Xbox One is just as good. But that’s still beside the point. Xbox One owner or PS4 owner, why do some people use the term ‘fanboy’ for anyone who says something negative towards their preferred console, and why are people so inclined to hate?
Pretty much since the rise of the first games consoles, people have fallen on one side or another. That divide might not have been as ferocious as it is now, but there was still a definite split between those who would play SEGA games, and those who preferred Nintendo’s. Though, I think the biggest rivalry began with the PS2 and Xbox generation. That’s when I really started to notice a divide. Obviously, I’m not saying that the divide wasn’t already there – the difference is that the divide was made more prominent by the internet, the ultimate medium for spreading both love and hate.
If you really think about it, why does there need to be a divide? Why does it matter if one person plays on an Xbox One and the other person plays on a PS4? If both of them enjoy playing their consoles, why should there be an issue? Even if one console was ‘better’ than the other, if the person playing the lesser console is happy, it really shouldn’t be a problem. I love the Xbox One because it’s the console that I chose to buy and play. Why did I choose the Xbox One? I guess I was comfortable with the identity that I had crafted through my 360 – and I absolutely love my 360, so I was happy to stick with what I knew. Other than that, though, there wasn’t anything that swayed me to either console. Ryse really appealed to me, but so did inFamous – so my console choice could have gone either way.
But, despite what anyone might say, telling me that the PS4 is better than the Xbox One isn’t going to make me enjoy my Xbox One any less. Just as telling someone that they’re stupid for buying the PS4 won’t encourage them to go out and buy the Xbox One. If the only reason that you’re hating on a console is because you think the other person is missing out on playing the console that you love, hating isn’t going to convince them to switch. If you want someone to play the Xbox One instead of the PS4, don’t tell them that they’re stupid for playing the PS4, tell them about what makes the Xbox One so special. And it’s the same when the shoe is on the other foot. Encouraging people to see the good in something is far more productive than inspiring them to dislike you by being a dick. In my eyes, you have to be a bit dim not to realise that your chosen console has flaws. Nothing is perfect, after all. I know that my Xbox One has issues, and I’ve definitely been on the end of a few malfunctions over the past few months. But, instead of focusing on the flaws, I like to concentrate on what I love about the Xbox One. But, at the same time, I’m happy to admit the console’s flaws – how else will they get fixed? Pretending that something is perfect just to prove a point is entirely counter productive.
When it comes to video-games, variety really is the spice of life. In a perfect world, I’d own the Xbox One and the PS4. I’d also be able to afford a WiiU, 3DS, PS Vita, and a top end gaming PC. But, in the real world, I’m a poor graduate currently studying a part-time MA whilst working in a museum in the charity sector. Basically, I have very little money… in fact ‘very little’ is almost an understatement. Maybe when I win the lottery I’ll be able to buy them all, but until that day I’ll have to stick with what I can afford to own – and I’m sure that there are plenty of others out there just like me.
I’m not really sure why some people love to hate. Maybe they’re insecure about their own choice of console? Maybe the manufactures have centred their campaigns around making the ‘right’ choice, the choice that shows what sort of gamer you truly are, and in doing so they’ve created some sort of ‘them and us’ culture. Or maybe they just enjoy confrontation. You know, some people just like to watch the world burn. Me, I couldn’t care less if somebody likes something that I’m not a fan of. Hell, the world would be pretty boring if everyone liked the same things. At the end of the day, in the words of Eric Cartman, “why can’t we all just… get along?”. The real “fanboys” are the people who struggle to be objective, and try to belittle anything that they deem as negative. So, if you like the PS4, tell me why! If you like the Xbox One, do the same. If you have issues with the One or the PS4, discuss them, but don’t just go pointing out flaws in an attempt to belittle your ‘opponent’ – being respectful of their opinions is a much better way of getting your own opinions heard.