The most controversial gaming cover ever

Edge Magazine has been around for a very long time and has managed to build a pretty solid reputation around their coverage of the video game industry and all that it has become… but they have also just released the most controversial video game magazine cover, but could they be right?

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It’s hard to miss the main headline here

“This is your next console, why the only option right now is the PS4”

Followed with the less than diplomatic smaller headline of

“How Microsoft Blew It

The titanic errors on Xbox One’s road to ruin”

They aren’t leaving much to the imagination here and while I would have agreed with the headlines if Microsoft hadn’t backtracked on the DRM issue; it doesn’t seem to be a fair perspective anymore.

And unfortunately we can’t read why they are saying this as it’s a print magazine that hasn’t been released yet.

So the question is simply, has Edge thrown away its integrity for a mammoth month of sales with those headlines or has Microsoft really lost the next generation already?

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer

  • Argentil

    The sensationalism is more negative than positive for them. They may gain a 30% readership in PS4 fans, but how many Xbox fans have they completely turned off? The numbers are larger I’m sure. They must believe strongly in this issue. Either way, it’s a mistake to be so open about your alignment. Microsoft will probably pull their review rights for first party games.

    • Uberutang

      Xbots cannot read anyway, unless it has a headline involving fish movement. SO no worries there.

      • RinceWind

        OUCH! HAHAHAH!

        • Pixel_ninja

          Microsoft deserve all the shit directed at them for trying to impose DRM on us. PS4 FTW

      • Argentil

        Shhh, don’t be nasty. I think Xbro abuse has reached oppressive levels now. Have mercy, man.

        • RinceWind

          Ya, or Gavin will start editing/silencing your shit. *Engage foil hat* @78ff87ad4b67ab07d579d43163b265c2:disqus

          • Hammersteyn

            I’ve been good, really I have.

          • RinceWind

            Sorry, I didn’t mean to prick on you, I mean pick, PICK! 0-O

          • Hammersteyn

            Bwahahaha

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        That’s just mean! I have an Xbox360 at the moment… but will probably go PS4, when I can afford to, which will probably be 3+ years into the new gen… again. :(

        • Hammersteyn

          I’m saving up and the rest when I swipe my card will be Budget not Straight.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            I bought my XB360 cash with an extra controller and 3 additional games and it still cost me less than a new PS3 at the time. I’m just hoping it’ll be a similar story with the PS4…

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      • Charles Du Plessis

        lol

    • brad coetzee

      not sure how many xbox fans are left? Im an xbox360 die hard but….you know. PS4.

  • Hammersteyn

    MS did a 180 on most of the stuff that pissed people off. Except for the Kinect what else have they done wrong?

    • RinceWind

      Tower Defence? :(

      • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

        Crysis is going for $4.99 :D

    • Andre116

      Yup. And it is still early days. I’ll look at the consoles a year after release and then decide what to buy. If they still had the DRM, PS4 would have been a clear cut winner. I don’t think I’ll be betting on any horse for a while.

    • Happy Hamster

      the 21 country release

      • HvR

        That is probably going to be their biggest mistake, that and focusing so much of the extra functionality on the US market.

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Region locking

      • RinceWind

        They also did a 180 on that. No longer region locked.

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          lol ok I’m out of the loop again… guess that’s what happens when you spend a few days on site… :(

  • RinceWind

    Wow, that is a bit whack. I mean, we moan like bastards here, but we do also look at the other side (some of us do). This, especially as a front cover, may lead all the mothers who were on the fence on what to buy little Jimmy to really give up and go for SONY. Tisck.

  • VinTaco

    I’d like to read it before commenting, but it does seem a bit needless.

    • RinceWind

      Agreed. Would think they would want to appear as middle ground for the sake of journalism.

  • FSR

    I think they’re calling it like it is. The PS4 is superior hardware. If you don’t agree, you’re entitled to your opinion, but you’re also living in the “clouds”. 180 or not, the damage was done, M$ has made it clear where the gamers fit into their plans #dealwithit

  • brad coetzee

    NOW I JUST WANT TO BE PUNK RAWK AND GET AN XBOX ONE! SCREW MAINSTREAM!
    lol jk

  • Argentil

    Umar, where you at?

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Hey :) Been slapped with some twite deadlines … 30 hour Nyan cat mix is keeping me alive!

      • Argentil

        This is better. I hope you’ve played this. The OST was perfect.

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          ooooh thanx! … Bastion!! you are now making me CRAVE Transistor even more !!

          BTW: the OST is really great hey!

          • Argentil

            I also have a soft spot for Nyan Cat. Unfortunately, no one else in listening range does :(
            I’m so amped for Transistor! Just get out already.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Society is not ready for nyan man, people don’t ‘get’ it.
            And indeed, me too, if bastion is anything to go on, Transistor is going to be amazing. I’m not sure, but is that game fully narrated too? because that was the best part of Bastion imo

  • CaptainNemo42

    We won’t know whether Edge has lost its marbles or not until we get to read what they have to say. Might have valid reasons. Or not, and they’re just trying to sell copies.

    Guess we can’t know just yet.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      Well said

  • RMKennySA

    Microsofts u turn is like an awkward break up. “Its over.. O wait, nobody else wants to date me.. Can we get back together again?” Ill be playing last of us and testing recently downloaded Uncharted3 tonight. Thats like saying. “thank you for choosing me! Do you mind of my super hot friend joins us tonight?”

  • Martin du preez

    Lol gaming magazines..what is this 2001?

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Honestly, I think these guy are just looking for publicity. As many here know, I was REALLY NOT A FAN of the initial XBoxOne launch and horrible DRM issues.
    BUT……Microsoft have taken back all the things that made the new Xbox a no-go for gamers, and have changed their policies. And Pre-Orders have gone through the roof. While I still prefer the PS4, this is MOST DEFINITLEY not a one horse race anymore. Microsoft are back in the game.
    Edge are just being asses.
    True Story.

  • Melasco

    Haha, Dis mos hoe mens die “Honne Los Maak!!!”

  • Trevor Davies

    Sensationalism. If you’re interested on more than just gaming the One has a lot of additional features that makes it attractive (if you’re in a market that supports them).

  • Miklós Szecsei

    It is entirely possible that this issue went to print before Microsoft did their whole 180.

    • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

      That’s far too early. And this allows shows the magazine can be biased to the PS brand on a larger extent regarding software.

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    Their next issue will read something like “Titanfall is your first next-gen game* ”

    *PS: Not coming to your next console!
    **PPS: We told you so!
    ***PPPS: Deal with it!

  • Jonah Cash

    I don’t know, I think people are misjudging the amount of damage the XBONE did when it first released… If you had asked me last year what my favourite console is I would’ve picked my Xbox 360 over my PS3 every time and I would’ve told you that I would buy the next Xbox as soon as it came out! But after the shambles that is the XBONE I am definitely buying a PS4 and I promise you that even if the XBONE was more expensive but had no Kinect I would have bought it out of loyalty. But they really did lose a customer in me by trying to force their own idea of ownership on me!! I think like me there are a lot of guys out there who also feel betrayed and a little hurt by the console we supported through all it’s early crap(red ring and all)!! I feel the PS4 is going to mop the floor with the XBONE until they can get their slim console down in price and maybe make the Kinect optional.
    (In my opinion of course)

  • Tristan

    Sony probably bought the cover. Either way, PS4 FTMFW!

  • Naudran

    I’m thinking this was probably sent to the press before Microsoft did an “about face”. That’s the problem with monthly magazine as opposed to online news…

  • Turd Furguson

    Doesn’t seem any different than how the media piled on the PS3 last gen. And I didn’t hear a huge outcry about how ‘unfair’ it was then. Microsoft made this bed, it’s their turn to lay in it.

  • Tidycpc

    Sticking with the xbox

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