The holiday season is fast approaching, though I’m sure all parents reading this would rather not think about it just yet. In those countries and cultures where gift-giving is a tradition at this time of year, kids and adults alike will be carefully considering what to put on their wishlists. And it’s entirely possible that a new games console will be high on that list.
This is because two brand new consoles are being released over the next few months, with Sony launching the PlayStation 4, and Microsoft launching the Xbox One. After E3 2013, I argued for the PS4 whilst a colleague argued for the Xbox One. Since then Nintendo has announced a revision of its handheld in the form of the 2DS, while Sony is trying to reboot interest in the PS Vita with a new cutdown, cut-price version of its handheld. And then there is the Wii U, the PS3, the Xbox 360, and a number of other options.
With all this gaming hardware goodness we decided to question you, the MakeUseOf readership, over what your next purchase is likely to be.
We asked you, Which Games Console Are You Buying Next? We had a solid number of responses, with dozens of you seeing fit to inform us which games console you’ll be buying next. The comments made varied between the simple and straightforward to the long and loquacious.
Several people took the opportunity to talk up PC gaming and somewhat condemn console gaming as a rather lame alternative. Which is one view of the industry, though one I disagree with. PC gaming is great for those who enjoy it, and the best choice for some genres, but mainstream (and casual over core) gamers will always choose a device that sits under their TV and works with every game. The idea of building a gaming PC sounds too much like hard work.
Other comments mentioned the MAME box, the RetroN 5, the Atari 2600, and the OUYA, but most comments were concerned with the battle between the PS4 and the Xbox One.
It has to be said that the majority of people who chose between the big next-gen consoles chose the PS4. Just two people came out in favor of the Xbox One, while 13 people came out in favor of the PlayStation 4. This is only a small sample of the numbers likely to buy either of the two, but it’s still quite telling.
The main complaint seems to be Microsoft’s poor showing at E3, which has clearly left a bad taste in the mouths of many gamers. Microsoft may have done a U-turn on most of the controversial policies it originally announced for the Xbox One, but it appears to be too little, too late for some. I suspect the games will still decide the overall battle, and both the PS4 and Xbox One have some fine launch titles on the way.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of Damian C, likefunbutnot, and Xoandre, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Ricardo G, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives a T-shirt for this comment:
PS4, without question. I don’t deny the current popularity of the XBox 360, and I also don’t doubt the power and popularity the XBox One will have. But part of the consumer power and our responsibility is to help define what we as a console/gaming community want. I don’t want micro transactions, I don’t want games by subscription, and I don’t want console restrictions. As such I avoid these things. Microsoft came out with their “features”, set inline with their previous subscription options. But that is a difference. Purchasing a LIVE account was a choice, not a requirement. It enhanced gaming and the XBox experience, but it was not required. While the changes for the XBox One were not a surprise, they were also not without serious objections across the community. The objections to the proposed changes, and those speculated by Sony at the same time, were heavily criticized by the customer base. No one wanted these changes, except the providers.
That is not the gamer way. Gamers may often seem like a mindless mass, but in reality, this is a diverse community with polarizing and often defiant but also defining opinions. To treat your main consumer with complete disregard for the opinions and desires of the community is at a minimum irresponsible. I took it as a slap in the face, and others took it much worse.
It has been speculated that Sony considered similar actions with the PS4, and whether motivated by Microsoft presenting first at E3, or just a decision to not impose at this time, it is still a decision that stems from the desires of the community. In the end Sony listened, Microsoft disregarded.
I can say that I don’t want a required Kinect, I can say that I’ve never owned an XBox. I considered an XBox for Halo, but I was broke back when Halo came out, which is the only reason I would’ve got one then. This time, I drooled over TitanFall during the press conference, and i seriously thought I’d have to get one. But I have all the TV integrations XBox was discussing i need, and the features they pushed I don’t have, I don’t care about. Much like the entire community it decided to dismiss with their presentation. Yes, they came back with more game focused deliverables, retracted their previous decisions they had said it couldn’t do, but I don’t care anymore. They have left a bad taste in my mouth, disregard and lies tend to do that, and Sony answered sweetly to deliver exactly what i was looking for. I really want TitanFall, but not at the expense of rewarding a company that obviously has other things in mind than what my demographic wants.
I applaud Sony and will spend my money there, as long as they continue to deliver with content and features I want, and above all, i want choice. I consider it to be better hardware. Historically, I generally like Sony’s decisions. Blu ray, free online multi-player, even the small things like upgrading my hard drive was made more simple. I have an original PS3 and it still works today, and I use it regularly for movies, online, Netflix, no red ring. I have no reason to expect anything less from the PS4. Have they made mistakes, taken chances that didn’t pan out, sure. But it never detracted from my core experience and those ideas were always a choice, not a requirement.
I don’t admonish those who want an XBox one, it is an advancement in console tech and sure to please almost anyone who can afford it and in areas in which it is available for use. I fit in this model, but I won’t support Microsoft, they are not paving the way, they are trying to lead us down a path that benefits them, and them alone. I will spend with a company that wants to share the path, not lead me like a lemming and tell me what I should want.
We like this comment because it’s a powerful and passionate argument for choosing the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One. We asked a very direct question, and this commenter responded directly with a lengthy and eloquent reply. We really couldn’t have asked for any more.
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 to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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