The Xbox one was announced recently, and shortly before then, the PS4. The Wii U has been out for some time, and really don’t consider Nintendo’s contender into serious gaming, but I digress.
With all the great new features announced, I’ve still pretty much decided that unless I have some extreme excess cash (and as a college student going through a divorce, I doubt that’ll be anytime soon), I will not be buying these next gen consoles. Nothing seems amazing about them to make me want to. Don’t get me wrong, the technology they’re using is amazing, they just don’t “Wow” me. Let’s consider, right now, that I’m a little upset at the Skyrim differences between PC and Xbox 360. The textures and capabilities are far from each other on each platform. I bought the Xbox version because I know I’d be tempted to cheat with mods and whatnot on the PC. Now that I beat the game, however, I hardly play it. Where mod’s would certainly add a replay ability. Also, textures. PC had a an HD texture pack and various other useful hacks like a real time map.
Let’s talk about the features I see on the Xbox One (I’m more of an Xbox fanboy than a Sony fanboy, so I haven’t paid close attention to the PS4 outside of the desire to play Dust514. Blame Sony’s reaction to Geohot and their regression of removing Linux capability from their platform). Three operating systems to facilitate separate functions, media, TV and gaming. Lacking backward compatibility (I understand why, but if I can’t play my old games on my new console, it still removes some of the desire). The controller looks like it’s been sent through Notch’s Minecraft generator. As does the console itself. Is that a freaking VCR? I like the look of the Xbox 360 myself. Cloud rendering of video games? And with slow/no internet, you get the crappy graphics that game makers put on the disc.
If they were to add backward compatibility somehow, with little to no cost to me (preferably no cost), I might reconsider it. Do what Ultraviolet is doing. Trade in your disc games for downloadable. I have yet, as well, to see processor specs, video card, etc.
Let’s compare to the PC now. I can play my old games, sometimes requiring hacks, but for the most part not so much. There are also more free to play games coming to PC than on Xbox. Rift recently announced a new business model of Free to Play, Lord of the Rings Online, Diablo III has a certain free to play, etc. Most games I’m interested in aren’t console exclusive. Battlefield 3 wasn’t, Skyrim wasn’t, and I believe Fable and that series is somewhere on PC but I could be wrong. I also like the feel of the keyboard better than the controller sometimes, but I do have a controller dongle to use the 360’s controller when wanted. I can now hook up my PC to my TV and get HD quality and run not just what Microsoft wants me to run, but any OS, any application or game, any video. No gold subscription to pay for.
Console will likely never be my main gaming platform again, now that PC’s are rapidly becoming less expensive, more capable, and I don’t have to drop 500 bucks on one PC right away, I can build and upgrade my existing one. I might own a console, but with disposable income and spare time.
What features are you looking forward to? Is one feature over them all going to make you move to a next gen console? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below!