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All of the next-gen games consoles have now been revealed in full. Nintendo showed its hand first, and the Wii U is the only one of the three currently available to buy. The PlayStation 4 from Sony and Xbox One from Microsoft are both due to join the party by the end of 2013.

Thanks to extensive press events at E3 2013 we now know exactly what is on offer from all three major console manufacturers. Nintendo is eerily quiet regarding future plans for the Wii U, and the discussion of games (any games) would help. Sony has divulged the remaining PS4 secrets and revealed gameplay footage from dozens of games. And Microsoft is, well, struggling, quite frankly, after all of the bad press surrounding the Xbox One of late.

Now that we know 99% of the details of all three next-gen runners and riders we can enjoy having a discussion on them and the direction in which the games industry is headed.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Are Your Thoughts On The Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? If you’re not already aware of the latest news concerning the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One then research the subject first so that you approach the question from an informed position. That does help a great deal.

Now that you’ve read up on the contenders it’s time to air your views on them. You can tackle the industry as a whole, ranting against the measures to curb used games being traded, or applauding the inevitable move to digital downloads over physical copies. Or you can tackle one or more of the consoles…

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It will be extremely interesting to see how opinions have changed since we asked What Are Your Hopes And Fears For Next-Gen Games Consoles? back in February. At the time we only knew how the Wii U had turned out, but now we know how the industry as a whole is shaping up for the next generation of video games hardware and software.

Drawing Conclusions

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  1. Amberel
    June 19, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I already have a wiiu and I love it. The main selling point to me is the ability to play most games on the game pad without having the tv on, in my household the tv is in demand and so I can still play even though the tv is being hogged. I don't play a lot of the hard core games so the ps4 and Xbox1 don't appeal to me that much. I don't think that Nintendo should ever port it's games to other systems when their games are made for their own systems unique abilities.
    I do think that Microsoft will not be as badly off as it would seem to be In all the articles many people will upgrade without realizing the limitations. I think that the slow sales are going to be this generations biggest hurdle.

  2. Keith G
    June 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I am in the PS4 camp. I use the PS3 for gaming -single and 2 player- and watching Blu-Rays. I very rarely watch videos,listen to music,or do the 'net on the PS3. I do not care that much about online multi-player -the only game that requires OLMP I play is DC Universe- and I do not care one iota about using my game console for social media. I also have no interest in the motion tracking abilities of either console,the nice thing is that with PS4 you do not have to purchase/'use' the Eye unlike Kinect for XBOne.

    I am sure both systems will be good,and the people that purchase either system will use them for their intended purposes.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      I'm not a massive fan of online multiplayer either, which is why Microsoft's stance is annoying me a little. The same goes for the Kinect/Eye. It should be about giving gamers a choice.

      • Katya
        June 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

        But if they didn't make you go online once every 24 hours, they couldn't verify your licenses. And if they couldn't verify your licenses, you could be playing used games O: and if you were playing a used game, you DIDN'T buy a new game. And if you DIDN'T buy a new game, Microsoft didn't get their 20% cut of the game's value. The online features have nothing to do with forcing multiplayer on people or things like Trendy for Microsoft. At the end of the day, it's about money. And they're trying really hard to hide it.

        • Dave Parrack
          June 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          I don't think Microsoft is taking a cut from used games licensing, except on its own titles, of course. But I take your point, this is all about money at the end of the day.

        • Katya
          June 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

          I'm fairly certain that both Sony and Microsoft take a percentage of every title sold, because it plays on their system. As does the distributor, the publisher, and the developer themselves. Every time the game passes through someone's hands between the developer and you, they take a cut from whatever you pay at the till.

        • Katya
          June 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

          Having gone back and read your comment as it was displayed in my email xD No, I am pretty sure they don't touch used games marketing. But that was the point I was making. The forced 24 hour checkin was to ensure you WEREN'T playing 'hacked' used games. Which they can't regulate, or making money off of. Which as of yesterday is a non issue. Microsoft has had enough of being the redheaded stepchild and has backtracked on their used games and mandatory online features. o/ SONY POWER!

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          June 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm

          Well, they're business, so it's no surprise that they're after money. But you're right. They try too hard to cover something so obvious. As if we would be defensive at them trying to run their venture.

  3. dragonmouth
    June 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    What's the big excitement? None of the "next gen" video game consoles are that much better than the "last gen" or the gen prior to that. The quality of the video in even the latest games just plain sucks. It reminds me of movies circa 1910 (Keystone Kops) or cartoons circa 1930 (Steamboat Willie). The graphics are crude, jerky and unrealistic. When we have entire main-stream computer generated movies where one cannot tell which characters are real people and which are computer constructs, why does the gaming community put up with the primitive, jerky graphics in games???

    I have been waiting for games to be real-looking since Pong and Galaxian hit the bars. After so many years and so many advances in video technology, today's game graphics are not that much better than those in Frogger. I think console manufacturers and game designers should be told to go back to their respective drawing boards and not to come back until the games look realistic.

    BTW - by "realistic" I am talking about the technology, not the story line.

    • Yannis Vatis
      June 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Please ignore this if you were trying to be funny in some way. Sarcasm is way too hard to comprehend over the net. It's not quite easy to think you are not joking when you compare today's game graphics to those of Frogger - unless there's a current gen Frogger I do not know of.

      I'm actually curious about what you are trying to say with all of this. Are you attempting to just make a statement through a set of overblown exaggerations? If your argument is that there is not enough innovation coming out of game developers and console manufacturers, then I humbly agree but the problem - in my ever-so-humble opinion - is not with the graphics but the interfaces and immersion technologies. There was an article on MUO awhile back that argued the exact same thing.

      Graphics can only carry a game so far before a player realises that they are merely just checking out eye candy and those realistic graphics would serve a better purpose in a movie rather than an interactive entertainment experience with bad gameplay.

      There are tons upon tons of games out there with graphics that are cartoony, cell-shaded and 2D hand-drawn that are successful because they give the player a great gaming experience. Sure, movies have come to a point where we can question whether or not we still need million dollar actors but that doesn't mean they will necessarily be as entertaining in a game environment.

      Again, I'm all for devs going back to the drawing board. It's just they need to give us better gameplay experiences, make us feel part of the games. We haven't been able to advance beyond the game controller. How about we start with that?

      • dragonmouth
        June 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        "Graphics can only carry a game so far... "
        So can "great gaming experience". For me, no amount of "gaming experience" can overcome cartoonish graphics.

        Why does it have to be one OR the other??? Great graphics OR great experience. The games with crappy graphics are successful because there is nothing better. If you are addicted to games, you'll play anything. Just think how successful a game could/would be if it had both - a killer gaming experience AND movie-grade graphics. Just think how many copies of Madden Football would be sold if the players looked and moved like REAL players, not some spastic caricatures afflicted with grand mal. Wouldn't you like to play Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie rather than some jerky cartoon character?

        What I am trying to say is that I am surprised that all the advances in graphics and video technology still have not made it into games and game consoles.

        • Dave Parrack
          June 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm

          The funny thing is there's been a move away from realistic graphics of late, with indie games pushing storyline and experience over pure visuals.

        • Alan Craig
          June 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

          The graphics you see in a movie are prerendered over long periods of time using really powerful hardware, that kind of rendering just cannot be done in real time (like during actual gameplay) yet on any machine that will not cost you a fortune. Though the two seem like they should be quite similar, the process used to create the two is actualy quite different.

        • Katya
          June 16, 2013 at 6:52 am

          One word; Borderlands.

          Anyone remember that? And Borderlands 2? The game looks end to end like a 3D comic book that was just pure awesome BECAUSE it was cartoonish and didn't take itself seriously. At all. And if you can honestly say that the constant stream of "What just... happened?" "Ewww" and "LOL!" didn't keep you glued to the screen anyways, well the problem might just not be the video games! And if you didn't at least check it out because "The graphics aren't up to my standards" then I am sorry you missed it. And I am going to go enjoy my cartoonish video game that is awesome in every other way.

        • dragonmouth
          June 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

          So, just because two games look good with cartoonish graphics, all games should have cartoonish graphics? By that logic, just because a couple of programs run well on a Pentium II with 16 meg of RAM, we should run all our programs on a PII with 16 meg RAM.

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          June 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

          I think graphics should complement the story (or target audience). At times it's good to have realistic graphics (action games like Tomb Raider, yes, sport, etc) but other times cartoony graphics would work (parody, JRPG, etc). It's not the case that one is superior over the other. It's about using the right type at the right project.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        June 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I'm one of those people who don't like overly realistic graphics. I like handdrawn backgrounds, especially ones done in watercolour like some classic titles back in PSX era. I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking 2D sprites are awesome.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      There's been a huge leap in the way games look since the days of Frogger. Sure, some aren't all that realistic, but if you play Gran Turismo 5 or Heavy Rain (to cite just two examples) you'll see how far we've come.

      • dragonmouth
        June 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        But it also shows how far we could go.

        • Dave Parrack
          June 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

          Of course, but we can't jump from A to D without first visiting B and C. All technology involves incremental advances over time.

        • dragonmouth
          June 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          "All technology involves incremental advances over time."
          That is an argument for another article.

  4. palu
    June 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    im going with the PS4 next gen for sure.

    after that, itll be the WiiU for the NIntendo franchises (really excited about mario kart u, zelda u, mario galaxy u, metroid u, wonderfull 101, x)

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Does that mean you are planning on buying a Wii U but not until the great games turn up? I don't think you're alone there.

      • Palu
        June 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        correct. to begin with, the wiiu is in need of a price cut. after that, it really needs a proper zelda, mario galaxy, pikmin, metroid, smash bros, mario kart, ... . if it manages to bring out enough games that are different than what you see on the more traditional machines, im sure that people will buy it, because its really not in competition with the PS4/X1... i see it more as being complementary to them (and the PC)

        • Dave Parrack
          June 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

          That's true, the Wii U is out there on its own. I hope Nintendo can turn things around, but it needs to get its biggest games out on the market sooner rather than later.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        June 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        Here's the vicious cycle: gamer will buy a console if there are good games. Good games are created for said console if people are buying them.

  5. likefunbutnot
    June 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I think that I am tired of consoles retarding the development of games. The announced specs for the new systems barely even qualify as "modest" by PC standards and they are in this iteration unmistakably PCs, which really just means that there is going to be no point in building or using a high end machine for entertainment purposes for the foreseeable future. So we're going to have to suffer through another five years of crappy gamepad-friendly controls and horrid information-sparse interfaces and hope that the next generation will somehow be more worthwhile.

    I also predict that a lot of people who are whining about the Xbox will wind up with one anyway. Always-on internet requirements and no game trading will be forgiven and forgotten over some exclusive title or other.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I think with time gamers will forgive and forget the negatives about the Xbox One. If anything this bad start will make Microsoft up their game and ensure the exclusive titles are essential.

  6. Rudi Niemand
    June 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Here's what I think - The Wii-U is another of Nintendo's desperate attempts (think of how many iterations of the Gameboy that were developed to keep pumping a dry well) to bring something new to the playing field, though innovative it may be at first, it will only get steam-rollered yet again by the giants that are Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo's biggest problem is that they don't seem to want tackle high performance hardware to offer their audience a better experience - sub-£100 smart phones offer better 3D graphics than that of the DS range (not including the 3DS, for obvious reasons) which cost a lot more. Same goes for the Wii, a late-comer compared to the Playstation and Xbox, when decent technology was available, they seemingly ignored it and stuck with minimal polygon graphics - the type deemed fairly good back in 1995.

    The Playstation 4, as hyped-up and outstanding as it may be with its no-need-to-be-online-all-the-time attitude when compared to the Xbox One is a decent competitor and I'm sure its following will grow because of that. But, in my eyes even the Playstation 4 is still level with the Xbox 360 (which, of course is seeing a re-design along with some hardware tweaks no doubt). The Playstation 4 is just an improved version of the Playstation 3, a much improved version at that.

    Whereas the Xbox One, I believe is in a new league. It's breaking free from just being a games console that you plug in, pop a disc in and play a game. What with its new Kinect sensor and features it will eventually become part of your living room once embraced. The ability to have it as the control centre for all media that is displayed through your television is so much more than just a games console with some nifty features. The always online feature is understandable, it's a piece of hardware that relies on bringing you 'live' entertainment rather than hard media. No longer will you have to keep a tall stack of games cases by the side of your TV stand or having to search through, remove and replace games discs - it's all stored on your hard drive (something us PC gamers have been doing for years).

    Or you can always scrap your console and build a decent gaming rig for about the same price - I've just built one, cost me about the same as the new Xbox One and plays anything at 1080p - and of course I just plug in my Xbox 360 controller and away I go! (I do have an Xbox 360 as well due to a lack of Forza for PC)

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Hand-built gaming rigs are never going to be mainstream. Consoles are for those who, like me, just want to stick a game in and have it play, no questions asked.

      I can see the argument for the Xbox One being something new and future-proofed, but right now people just aren't ready for it.

  7. David Moreira
    June 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

    We need Dreamcast 2!

    • Dave Parrack
      June 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Now that is something I can get behind!!!

  8. Pj Atwal
    June 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    PS4 if you want to game and that's all. xBox if you're more into the social side.
    I personally will be getting a PS4 while every single one of my friends on xBox Live will be getting the xBox.

    Except for one, none of my friends sell or trade games or even buy used games. They like to revisit their old games every now and then so that doesn't interest them much. All have stable internet connection and can survive a couple days if they can't connect. They have lives outside of xBox Live so they're not going to throw a hissy fit when they can't play online.

    Skype is just awesome to them because a lot of the times, some won't even be playing games. They're on the dashboard and in a party just to talk/laugh/goof off. And the added ability to watch, say the Niners game while in party or even while Skyping is just wonderful. That is the biggest reason some who bought the PS3 switched over to the 360, party chat. Additionally, now that can watch Netflix, Hulu, Twitch, or whatever else and be able to see one another.

    As for the Kinect, that ties in with Skype and making switching between apps and games really easy which they like. Also, when asked about NSA and all that, their response was "who cares." They're not doing anything wrong so IF a government agency is watching them, let them. If they're not doing anything wrong, nothing will happen to them. The other side to that is, how many people will have Kinect and how much resources does the government to listen and watch that many people for hours at a time?

    For them, just the controller alone makes it hard to leave the xBox, its too damn comfortable. They like how well xBox Live has done and they fact that you can now OWN free games adds to the experience.
    Though compared to the PS+, there's not that many games but if for any reason they decide to get off xBox Live, the games will still be theirs. They won't have to stay subscribed to Live just to play them.

    I on the other hand am not like them. I have a PC right next to my entertainment center so I don't need all the various apps on xBox Live or PSN for that matter. I stream Twitch, Hulu, and movies all on my PC while I play a game. I'm more about the games than the chatting. Though it is nice to be able to chat while we're playing separate games, I usually am in game chat focusing on getting my teammates to do something.

    Hopefully, we'll be able to play PS1/2/3 games on the PS4 because I really want to catch up on all the games I've missed out on. God of War, Uncharted, Little Big Planet, inFamous, Sly Cooper, Jak & Daxter, and any other games. That is THE single biggest reason I'm going over to the PS4. PS+ is just too awesome to pass up.

    In conclusion, get what you want and stop worrying about what everyone else is getting. Both consoles offer something to different demographics and you saying that whoever gets the xBox or PS are dumb won't make a difference. My friends may be fanboys but what they said I could not argue. What they're looking for, they will get from the xBox.

    Though PS did kill it at E3, people need to look at WHAT is being offered and not HOW what is being offered was presented.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      You make some great points. One thing about the Xbox One though... you need to connect to the Internet every 24 hours to even be able to play your games offline. So if your Internet goes down you have an expensive brick sitting underneath your TV.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        June 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        They don't have some sort process? That sounds awfully dumb.

  9. BiG eViL.......
    June 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Sony PS4 is going to lead this time around, Sony has done all the right things Microsoft did wrong such as used games issue, online connectivity etc. further more from the reports it turns out that out of 8gb memory, 7gb will be reserved for games in ps4 whereas only 5gb is reserved in Xbox One. this may cause slight graphical difference between the two with ps4 taking a lead. Another cool feature is that HDD is upgradeable in ps4 which may appeal to tinkerers. Last but not the least, the price tag, needless to say ps4 is a winner.

    Sony is focusing on gamers more as compared to Microsoft and there is a lot of support for indie developers. It just needs more exclusive titles and Microsoft will start facing serious difficulties. Sony's success on next-gen consoles may become the contributing factor for revival of PSP Vita which suffering from lack of games and public attention.

    I am a PC gamer myself but i do own a PS3, if i see PS4 catering to gamers i might actually buy the said console.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      If the PS4 takes off in a big way then it could lead to an increase in interest in the PS Vita. Great point.

    • Palu
      June 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      crossbuy/play and remote play are going to boost the sales for sure. but the vita is in the same situation as the WiiU right now, in a desperate need for more quality software (uncharted, gravity rush and persona 4 are the only titles i would actually want to play right now. maybe dragons crown later... but after that, dont see anything really interesting)

  10. Matt Lamoureux
    June 13, 2013 at 5:05 am

    The Wii U is useless unless you are a dedicated fan of the Nintendo franchises. I think they would be better served in becoming a software developer - Mario everywhere, Wii Sports Resort for the Kinect and Move, etc... I think the Xbox is also in trouble but not as much. You cannot kill used games when they cost $60 (and maybe more). That concept worked for mobile apps and ebooks and music because they are usually under $10 - I don't care if I end up not liking it. I also think their TV initiative is DOA without cable card integration. Cable/dish companies can start putting smarter and more interactive features in their boxes, and TV makers are already doing the same - look at the new Samsung TV that has both voice and motion control. Do I really need a third $500 smart device between my smart TV and smart-ish cable box? Not to mention that many of those overlay features aren't going to fly when you're watching TV with someone else - which MOST of us do. Give me my interactions on my tablet, so I can do it when I want and my wife can do it when she wants - without disturbing the experience for each other. The PS4 is the best choice: reasonably priced, designed for a gaming experience. I wish it had taken more chances to push gaming forward though - I don't know what that would be, but it feels like the PS4 is just a better PS3, not a revolutionary advancement.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      I agree with much of what you've said. I can see Nintendo getting out of the hardware game before long. And I suspect most gamers are happy with consoles that offer bigger, better games, and nothing much more. Which is what Sony is delivering.

      • Katya
        June 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

        That and Nintendo owns a few IPs I would love to see returned to the PlayStation market. Such as Xenosaga, which if I remember right was PS2 exclusive and somehow ended up being owned by Nintendo.

      • Katya
        June 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

        I agree.I bought a Wii, and promptly regretted it. It felt like a toy, not a gaming machine.That said, Nintendo owns a few formerly Sony-exclusive IPs (like the ones obtained with Monolith Soft) that I would love to see returned to Sony platforms. It's far more likely that would happen if Nintendo weren't wasting shelf space with underwhelming competing consoles and instead were developing games. Kinda like Sega.

    • Palu
      June 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      disagree. one could say that a lot of Nintendo games are fun because they take advantage of the different hardware they're on (3ds,ds, wii). so, if people are really nintendo fans and want a "different" experience, then buying a machine is ok. actually, if youre a pc gamer, it makes much more sense to buy a WiiU, because it offers a different approach to things than traditional consoles (like ps4/x1), that look like theyre PC's in a box, anyway.

      and why should nintendo start paying royalties to sony/microsoft, if it makes a profit selling is own consoles? the NDS, 3DS and Wii were very profitable, and the moment quality titles hit the WiiU, im sure theyll start selling more machines. I certainly dont want to see nintendo games on other machines

      • Katya
        June 16, 2013 at 1:42 am

        It's easy to say that and make it sound good, but in order for quality titles to actually have any quality, the WiiU would need to not be a hopped up Wii using a Vita as a controller. I have a Vita. I like it. I don't feel like a retard playing it. I feel like a retard playing a Wii/WiiU.

      • Dave Parrack
        June 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        Why would you not want Nintendo games on as many machines as possible? Yes, Nintendo would lose some of its uniqueness, but everybody knows software is where the money is made. The Wii was profitable, but the Wii U looks like a calamity.

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