What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [We Ask You]

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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…

Is the Wii U dead in the water or is there hope yet for the latest Nintendo console? What should Nintendo be doing to engage with its audience, and in particular those who bought a Wii but who have yet to jump to the next level?

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Has Sony done enough to sell the PlayStation 4 to the masses? Are the exclusive games of a high enough quality to tempt people into spending a few hundred dollars on new hardware?

Will the Xbox One be able to ride out the storm of bad publicity to once again dominate gaming in North America? Is Microsoft going to convince gamers that the industry needed changing, or will gamers reject the changes?

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

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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