Everyone has to weigh-up their priorities when console shopping. How do you do it?
As this year’s E3 steadily approaches, gamers everywhere are excitedly saving their money for the next gen of consoles. I for one have been poking the broken disc drive of my Xbox 360 and contemplating whether or not I will be investing in what is currently being referred to as the Xbox 720.
We already know a lot about the PS4, and we’re bound to learn more about the new Xbox console at E3. Sadly, Nintendo have decided not to hold a conference this year, and will probably continue to focus on the sales of the Wii U, as well as the new Zelda and Mario games. The question is: what will we be expecting from future consoles to convince us to invest our money in them?
Many gamers, like me, will buy the next generation of consoles in spite of the features they have. But even we draw the line at what we consider to be a lack of respect for the gaming community. I know you’re all thinking ‘Oh no, she’s going to start ranting about the PS4′ so I’ll keep it short. Backwards compatibility is a highly valued feature in a new console. The Wii U plays Wii games. It’s said that the Xbox 720 will be backwards compatible with the 360. If Sony can only offer a paid-for streaming service to play old games, it will feel like a kick in the teeth.
I’m imagining some kind of futuristic everything-box with the potential to perform all tasks without having to move.
Interaction with other gamers has continued to rise since the dawn of gaming. It’s a major consideration when looking into the next console, or deciding to stick to PC. Where Nintendo focussed on bringing people together in person, other consoles focussed on playing with friends online. Since we’re all part of this new crazy information age where social networking is king, I like my friends to know when and what I’m playing. When the Wii U came along with the feature of sending other gamers doodles, screenshots and pictures of what you were playing, Nintendo once again ploughed their way to the forefront of my affection, and I forgot all about my Xbox avatar and gamerscore.
Another feature that gamers have come to expect from consoles is their multifunctional nature. Now, I understand the thought process behind investing in a console that can also be used as a media centre. It’s handy to finish playing a game and then move straight on to watching a film, or surfing the net. But if that’s the sole reason for picking the new Xbox or Play Station over the new Nintendo, ask yourself: is it really that hard to get up and turn your computer on? With the 720 promising all things media I’m imagining some kind of futuristic everything-box with the potential to perform all tasks without having to move. Hell, you can already order pizza on an Xbox 360. Although, as every gamer will know, nature will eventually call and you’ll have to get up anyway. With that in mind, I’ve invested myself in Nintendo and their future. If that means I have to carry on using my PS2 as a DVD player then so be it.
If there’s one thing we all expect from technology these days it’s speed. I never thought I’d see the day where a computer taking more than three seconds to do something would be considered slow. We want power, memory and sharp pictures. We want that pixelated blood splatter to look real damn it. Until the official Xbox specs are released, we can only really speculate (and indulge in rumours) about how it will compete with the PS4. But from what I’ve read they look to be on par with one other in most aspects. Your choice will probably depend on where your loyalties lie.
I would much rather be rewarded for my loyalty than told I have to buy games again if I want to play them on my new system.
I only recently jumped aboard the Xbox bandwagon, but if the Xbox 720 is all Microsoft is promising it to be, then I will definitely be investing in one. I have no qualms about choosing it over the PS4 either, as I would much rather be rewarded for my loyalty than told I have to buy games again if I want to play them on my new system. I understand why people may buy other consoles over the next Nintendo venture, especially if it refuses to keep up with mainstream technology. However, I always have and always will buy the next Nintendo product, because I just love their games and would do anything to carry on playing them. I guess I’ll be saving up for two new consoles in the future, and since they all seem to cost £300 – £600, it looks like I’ll be saving for some time.
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