Winter, or rather late autumn, is coming and with it a new gaming generation in the form of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Ardent fans on both sides will be sharpening their arguments and will be ready to meet on a First World War trench warfare style battlefield of gamers, where many have fallen to the arguments fired by the other side, while others have been torn asunder by friendly fire, and are left to rot and decay in the no man’s land of gaming sensibility.
However one questions pops into the mind of a neutral and, though asking this question has meant the loss of many well-meaning souls, it is a question that needs to be asked. Does this entire argument really matter? Are they not the same thing under a different brand? And what about other gaming forms like the Wii U?… actually, scrap that, but the point remains valid.
It appears that for those who buy a PS4 or an Xbox One for specific games that come only to those consoles, there is no argument that you can make to dissuade them from buying those consoles. It would be like explaining to a creationist what fossils actually are. It’s a nonstarter. However, for those who look at both consoles with an open mind, it can be difficult to decide between the consoles.
Admittedly, Xbox is still somewhat reeling from their original being labelled as the “Xbox 180”, but after doing so, they have started to reclaim their support base. Lots of things can be analysed in this: the controllers, the graphics core, the design of the console, and the biggest one for those with tight purse strings, the price. But in the end, none of this will matter.
While PS4 and Xbox have slightly different ideas about the direction their consoles are heading, I don’t think it will become too great of an issue yet. Gamers love not just the consoles as an item, but rather the experiences they have experienced because of them. Every Xbox and PlayStation has been unique to their respective owners and people will dig in and defend their console choice until their last breathe. On the outside looking in, it looks ridiculous. But from within, it is mainly camaraderie and good will. That and some morons who take everything way too seriously, but isn’t that always there in life?
Sorry for the shortness of the article, but hopefully it’ll get you thinking and get you looking forward to November because, in the end, no matter what side you are on or not on, aren’t we all looking forward a bit to see what this new generation can create? I’m hoping at least one of these consoles revisits Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but I’m also looking forward to some newer stuff as well. So what are your thoughts on the upcoming new generation? Comment below so you can let me know and please like and follow to see more of my stuff when I get round to putting it up!
- Game Developers: PlayStation 4 Is Up To 50% Faster Than Xbox One (redmondpie.com)
- Developers Say Xbox One is “Weaker” and Slower than PS4 in Critical Areas (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Developers Claim Xbox One Much Weaker Than PS4, We Evaluate The Evidence (hothardware.com)