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New games consoles for 2013
Minus the explosion of mobile gaming and a quick jaunt into motion controllers a la Microsoft's Kinect, Sony's Move and Nintendo's Wii U GamePad, the video gaming war has been relatively tame as of late.
The PlayStation managed to ship more units than the Xbox in its lifetime according to the IDC, while the Xbox has been the biggest selling console for the last 24 months - with 1.4 million units sold in December of 2012 alone. The Wii, which quickly became the go-to console for families, was either overtaken by the Xbox in terms of units sold or close to do so in a number of territories. Suffice to say, as all companies involved look to cross the chequered flag of this console war, the gap is marginal at best. Well, unless you count OnLive.
2013, however, will take us back to when the gaming giants more regularly clashed. Increasingly reliable rumours suggest the new Xbox and PlayStation could once again do battle alongside the Wii U and a whole host of other alternatives, most of which are vying for ownership of your living room. Knowing that consoles are proven to have much longer product life cycles, ensuring a good start will be more than important than ever.
So take a seat and grab some popcorn because 2013 may yet reveal whether the games console is dead, having lost in the fight against the plucky upstart that is mobile, whether it's still the king when it comes to a spot of escapism, or if PC gaming can finally have its time in the mainstream?
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To be honest I`d like to see just one PC/Console sitting to the under the TV (or behind it) with a wireless keyboard/mouse and pad, and use something like my steam account to get my games on the big TV.
No one wants 3 types of console under the TV when you can have a powerful PC that is used for everything.
No chance. 2014 is a definate though.
PCs have controller support for the numpties who can't co-ordinate any more than 2 thumbs and the occasional finger press at any given time.
PCs break through end-user retardation, not because they are mass-produced using cheap solder which becomes brittle and cracks with age. (unless you had an 8-series Nvidia card back in the day - in which case, sad times. Still, because of that incident it doesn't happen any more)
PCs now can handle the games we'll be playing in 5 years time.
PC users don't have to put up with annoying American children on VoIP screaming about how they're going to "rape yo momma and burn your house down before shooting you with Pappy's guns", mostly because they're all on consoles, losing at COD... Or are they beating you? That'd be embarrassing :)
PCs can be upgraded however the end-user likes, console users can only fit a bigger hard drive or an extra controller without voiding the warranty.
Every cross-platform game released on console is ALWAYS restricted to minimum settings for graphics, audio, and so on, even if the console itself could handle more than that. This reduces lag when playing online, but the settings still remain the same during single-player.
The only big change in the console market since the Sega Dreamcast introduced online functionality and gaming, nearly 15 years ago, was the Xbox Kinect. But everyone seems to hate it! (personally I think the only gaming device that's cooler is the Neural Impulse Actuator).
I'm honestly pretty surprised that the console market is even bothering to continue. Even with one of the consoles being produced by a PC mega-corporation, they're still miles behind and always will be.
Consoles seem like a nice idea for a kid's birthday present or something, but who can name 5 games whose ratings deem them suitable for children under 15? Last time I was babysitting an 8 year old child, all he wanted to play was Grand Theft Auto. Enjoy growing up in Juvie, kiddo. Most kids games can be legally downloaded for free on PC.
And last but certainly not least, do you REALLY want to spend £400 every couple of years on a new console, plus £25 a pop for new controllers, plus £40 a pop for games?? Because I feel much more comfortable spending £800 once a decade, maybe £50 for a new keyboard & mouse once in that time (I could pay a tenner but I don't like Microsoft or Dell keyboards), and getting brand new games for less than £30 and everything else for £3.74 on the Steam Sales, not to mention all the free games (and not just crappy Indie ones, but genuinely awesome older games too - think Sim City or Worms 2).
All in all, the only thing that's holding us back technologically is the thickies who are confused by any peripheral that requires more than 2 thumbs to operate, games that ask for more than 6 seconds of unbroken concentration or the ability to make clear decisions on impulse. This is also particularly noted in popular games these days, which have been dumbed down so even a 10 year old kid can beat the final boss on an 18+ game - which, because many games are cross-platform. is also rearing its ugly head on the PC and forcing people to hate the franchises they once loved because following the steps in large print on the screen is so damned stupid and mind-numbingly bloody boring!!! Even Assassin's Creed 3, which is easy enough to control anyway, is now telling you how to play the game. Sod that!!!
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God, those console peasants.
On the brighter side though PC gaming wont be held back as ridiculously much as it is now, because most games need to be able to go across platform. Real gamers, using PC's, have had to put with sub standard results for too long, but with these new platforms being released with a potential 8 core CPU, a PC can be more fully utilised to make these new consoles look as pathetic as the old ones.
Just to reply to Someone, No, my b/f can't afford a helicopter .He's not overpaid as a soldier 'n you can mock all you like, but he does a dangerous job when on' tour' and chooses flying as his means of escape when he's home. And to the other wally, I don't sponge of him or anyone - as a nurse, i'm not overpaid either but do pay my way. I'll leave you two get get back to the vital business of gaming.
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