Anyone into gaming in a big way will be aware of what the next-generation of consoles has in store for us. OK, perhaps not PC gamers, who see themselves as superior and don’t need to worry about such piffling matters as generations of hardware, but the rest of us. Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, and now, thanks to E3 2013, we know everything we need to know about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Matt recently explained why you should be buying an Xbox One, and I explained why you should be buying a PS4, both of which elicited mixed responses. Regardless of where your money is headed (or if you’re giving the next-gen a miss altogether) all three consoles will be out by the end of 2013. Which is rather exciting for us gaming geeks. As your comments in last week’s We Ask You column revealed.
We asked you What Are Your Thoughts On The Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? We had a solid number of responses, though more people chose to comment on the articles specifically geared around the PS4 and Xbox One, which is understandable. Our discussion is still more than worthy of reading, with a very mixed selection of views regarding the next-gen consoles.
It’s difficult to draw any real conclusions from the discussion, other than everyone has different ideas of what constitutes a positive future for gaming. There were some interesting points made, however :
- With the Wii U currently failing to take hold with the public, should Nintendo be considering moving away from hardware and focusing entirely on software?
- Sony is arguably trying to appeal to gamers, while Microsoft is trying to appease developers and publishers – the strategy that proves more successful could decide the fate of the PS4 and Xbox One.
- While the features of the Xbox One are currently being viewed with suspicion, in 10 years time, history may look on Microsoft as brave leaders pushing a digital and online future.
- When it comes to the crunch, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are all in it to make money, nothing more, nothing less. So it’s important to think carefully about who you want to give your money to in order to drive gaming forward for future generations.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of Matt Lamoureux, BiG eViL, Pj Atwal, and Rudi Niemand, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to David Moreira, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives 150 points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards.
We need Dreamcast 2!
This just goes to show how all responses are considered for Comment Of The Week, regardless of length and tone. This is clearly a light-hearted comment, and one that is a mere four words long, but it acts as a good reminder of previous console generations and how the best console doesn’t automatically win out with consumers. The Dreamcast was, and still is, a fantastic machine with loads of games that have stood the test of time, and yet it died prematurely and took Sega down with it.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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