Next Generation, all it's cracked up to be ?
Pre-ordered an xbox one (due to most of my buddies being Xbots) planning on picking up a PS4 in the new year..
The big question I have from what I have seen is "what's all the fuss about" sure BF4, COD, FORZA, KILLZONE all look nice but it's all been done before..
Where is the the next generation of IP ?
Destiny looks promising, Titan fall looks interesting but nothing blows me away..
What am I missing ? Or am I expecting to much ?
One thing that I am looking forward to will be the fact they there's going to be more processing power and system memory to do better things. In theory, this means things like better AI, more unique characters on screen (e.g., Dead Rising 3), more immersive environments. The next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 finally support 64 players in a game (something us PC users have been able to do for a long time)!
It'll take awhile for developers to start unlocking the full potential, but I can't wait to see what eventually happens!
If current consoles are like the last generation, we are talking a 10 year life cycle. This means important games are probably just now being developed and may be announced for Christmas 2014 (we'll see at E3).
Right now the Xbox 360 and PS3 are still cranking out pretty impressive, but slower, gaming performance for consoles that are almost 7 years old. Probably over the next 2-3 years you'll see the switch flip on the current gen consoles.
All PC things aside I don't just play games on PC, I did grow up on consoles as well, I've owned them all starting with my first Nintendo system as a kid. However gaming was about gaming. It was not about a media center, the center of attention. With that being said I don't know any gamers out their who are waiting to stream TV though their Xbox Ones? for me personally, If I'm gonna game, I'm gonna game, not worry about switching between apps and TV. I just don't get it. I have a thing called In-put on my remote that lets me change from the xbox to the tv with no lag or interruption. I just don't get where this is going for Xbox. I've also grown out the the Halo phase, I love halo but I think its becoming a bit to much... Not to just rag on Microsoft but I'm personally not interested in paying a fee anymore to watch Netflix or game with my friends. PC gaming has always been free I don't understand why Live is not free. Yes, Yes I know lots of people out their will say well that money goes to updates and servers....blahhh most of that money is profit for the long part. The other thing I don't understand about Microsoft is non of their games are really that exclusive... meaning most of the titles come out on PC which I buy on Steam and I get to play those for free with people. I did this time around go with a PS4 for two reasons, first its $100 off the set price of xbox one and i know in a few months Xbox One will drop in price a $100 and early adapters will get like a $100 Microsoft bucks or something like that. It always happens, its history repeating itself again, again, again. The other reason I got a PS4 is because of the free online. I'm a big PC gamer but there are a few games that don't make it to the PC that I do like that Sony holds exclusives to, and I want to play those for free and walk away when I want with no service charge.
I guess its all opinions, the main point is to game and keep gaming going and to have new games. If you want to get an Xbox PS4 PC I'm happy for you. Just don't be a dick to people you play with online and help grow the gaming community.
In regards to your comment regarding everything ultimately becoming a PC, well the thing is that most console gamers I know have SHITTY cheap computers. The Computers that cannot run games properly. You may say, "Hey go make yourself a kick ass desktop that can play any modern game at ultra settings for cheap" but guess what? You can't hook up 2 controllers and play multiplayer on it. If you want a gaming laptop, those things are expensive for amazing graphics and you can't move that desktop to your friends house to play with you friends house at a sleepover party. Yes, the ultimate PC kicks all consoles, but the point of the console is to bring one set of hardware for developers to push to the max, not make sure that their game is playable on all computers and thus may not push as hard to make the game look amazing because they will lose some audience due to the fact that most people's computers cannot even launch the game. With PCs you have to check "Oh does my computer meet the minimum specs? And even if it does meet minimum will I only be able to play lowest settings and so the game looks decades old even though its a cutting edge game?" Consoles take all of that thinking away from the user and makes the experience easier.
I know I am rambling, but these are all factors for why consoles will always be relevant. And just so you know, PS4 does not have free online play anymore. You have to have the PSN to play online. Sorry to break your bubble.
That out of the way, IF Apple can pull of some kind of "console" I think it'd be kind of cool. The issue is using a touch device for a controller.
Now what I would like to see if more effort in collaboration with other systems.. for example I have a lot of Sonos kit (Playbar, 2 play 3's, 1 Sub (living room) 3 play 1's dotted around the house. I haven't purchased a CD in years as I stream (legally) all of my music. I currently use spottily as it works well with the Sonos system.. Xbox music pass isn't supported by Sonos, Sony's version isn't supported..
I know these are companies that are all about making the $$ for the shareholders but with some joined up thinking they could really drive integration..
My you view box (BT supplied TV box) has loads of integration with catch up TV, BT on demand, IPTV streams.. its better than Apple TV in the UK because BT have joined the dots (I'll likely get flamed for this post) but for me BT works.. They supply my fibre internet, phone, TV for a good price. as part of that package all the catch up TV and IPTV comes with it... I don't need a DVR any more..
I feel this is something that has been getting said since the previous generation and the thing is it's just not happening. Most people I know who play video games find comfort in spending $300-400 once and having a system to play games on for the next 5/6/7 years. I realize that you can build a pretty sweet gaming PC for $500-700 and be good but the reality is at some point you will need to put in a new video card.
I work in the food industry (manufacturing) and have done for 20 years. The "lean" effect in my industry is everywhere, 15 years ago to set up an oven burner of one product would take a trained engineer an hour, now an unskilled (but highly motivated) machine minder just swaps out a control module in 15 seconds..