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, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

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Comments (45)
  • Amberel

    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.

  • Keith G

    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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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.

  • dragonmouth

    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

      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

      “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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      But it also shows how far we could go.

    • Dave Parrack

      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

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

  • palu

    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

      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

      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

      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

      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.

  • likefunbutnot

    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

      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.

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