So... I spend about 95% of my gaming time on the XBOX 360. I own a PS3 for the key games that are creative and exxclusive (LittleBigPlanet), but for the most part my decacto gaming system in the XBOX. Whenever there is a game I'm intereted in that's out on both systems, there's no question that I'm going to buy the XBOX 360 version.
Today, I realized that all changed.
Gotham City Imposters is a fun little game that you can download and do battles while dressing up as Batman or the Joker. It's out on XBOX and PS3. But, next week... I get the PS Vita.
The PS Vita and the PS3 will be able to talk to each other. If you own the same game on the console and on the mobile, for select games you'll be able to pick up and play the same game save on both devices. There will be games that allow the PS Vita to play against tPS3 players online. This is the gaming connectivity I've been hoping for between the XBOX 360 and WIndows Phone 7.... but I've had my phone for over a year and the closes we've gotten is scanning animal tags for Kinectimals.
Here's the crazy thing for me and my buying habits: there is no announced Gotham City Imposters for the PS Vita yet. It may or may not ever come out. But the fact that it might come... that alone give me pause. A few weeks ago, I wouldn't have given any consideration to buying the game on the PS3. To be honest, I likely wouldn't have turned my PS3 on. But now..?
I've been told I'm not the typical customer for anything; that I'm a bleeding edge customer. An early adopter. I don't think that's really true... I think I just know enough to know what to expect out of the companies I give my money and entertainment sense to. So for there to be this dramatic shift in my thinking tells me that Sony is on to something here.
Tonight, I played the Gotham City Imposters demo on the XBOX. But for the first time since I ever got the PS3, I was actually wondering how it would play on the PS3. Could I talk any of my friends into getting it on that system? Which friends list has more people that would play this game with me?
I honestly don't think I have ever considered that before.
Sony - you're doing some things right for once. You're creating community. The Vita is the device that will keep me connected and interested in your wares. Go deep with the integration. Find me some new experiences that I can only have in your ecosystem. You've got my attention.
Don't screw it up.