By now, you have already heard of the explosive announcement that Sony unleashed upon the world with the PlayStation 4. Their main video advertisement has already raked in over a million views on YouTube meaning that the world is definitely interested. But exactly, HOW are they interested? I can admit that I’m intrigued by the potential the console can produce as its specifications can be compared to that of a gaming computer. But it feels as if this next generation of gaming is arriving too early.
Most old school gamers remember that feeling when they got their first console. Whether it was a Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Color, or a Sony PlayStation…those moments felt like they lasted a lifetime. And to this day, it still shows with all the re-releases of old classics up for download on today’s consoles. But those old consoles and games still get appreciation. I can’t really say the same for the ones of today. Not saying that the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii haven’t made an impact in our society. They have made great and amazing achievements as well. I just don’t really feel like they stick out as much in comparison.
The problem with consoles since the year 2000 is that when they were first presented, they spent more time explaining and demonstrating what capabilities the system had and barely even mentioning the games that can and/or will come out for it. We didn’t really have that problem when the Super Nintendo came out. We just mostly saw commercials on TV or just visit a friend’s house to see what that specific console could do…and it worked fine for the most part.
I’ve seen brief videos on many areas on the presentation Sony gave for the PS4 and even though it seems it will be an astounding powerhouse in terms of hardware, I’m not that impressed yet. And I feel the same will happen when Microsoft eventually gives their presentation on their new Xbox. The reason why: games. It’s nice to know as a consumer what a specific console can do, but when the supposed main focus as a buyer is the games, what’s the point mentioning this other stuff? You want people to buy your system? Tell them you have as an exclusive the next Metal Gear Solid title or some other groundbreaking game and you’ll be sure to get thousands of pre-orders first day.
I will admittedly say I may be one of the few that is on the fence about the next generation of gaming already approaching. It’s just that I still see the potential left for today’s consoles. With releases like BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider that have achieved amazing scores, plus the upcoming games on the horizon: Grand Theft Auto 5, Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, and The Last of Us. I know that things must change or evolve eventually, but it’s still clear that there is still more life to give from the current generation consoles.