The next generation is a scary thing. For console gamers, our worlds will drastically change because of these new machines. New technology means new experiences and new experiences means going out of our comfort zones. Things are going to change, you can count on that. With that said, it’s not as scary as you would come to expect. Throughout these past few weeks, I have read countless comments and articles where people pretty much freaked out about everything that has to do with next-gen. PS4 console failures, launch games not being as good as people expected, resolutions not being absolutely perfect, MP3s not working on PS4 (LOL) and people proclaiming that Xbox One launch consoles will pretty much explode.
I’m here to tell everyone here to just calm the hell down. This is all crowd hysteria and nothing more. Look, next-gen isn’t such a mountainous occurrence like people would want you to believe it is. It’s basically just new hardware with more power that can give us more possibilities in the future. I see it like this: an upgrade of 8 year old technology that can last us for the next 8 or so years. Nothing more, nothing less. The innovation and the “future is now” technology will come with time. It’s no use thinking that everything will instantly change the minute that the new consoles are released.
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Look at the evolution of the Xbox 360. If you look at the first dashboard interface that it had compared to how it looks now, you would laugh at it. The launch titles didn’t look all that great and now you have games where you have to do a double take to see if it’s not real life (I had some of those instances in GTA V). The same can be said of the PS3, although I do not exactly know what has changed because I’ve never owned one. It takes time. Rome was not built in one day.
People also freak out over every single hardware failure, particularly with the PS4. This was expected. It’s nothing new. Launch consoles always had faulty units no matter what and it’s pointless to freak out and scream “the end is nigh!” at every instance where a console broke. If it’s as bad as the Xbox 360’s Red Ring epidemic, then it might be cause for concern, but as it stands, this is perfectly normal.
Another thing is launch titles. I see launch titles as a taste of what’s to come. Almost like a demo of the future. I’ve seen gamers have these immensely high expectations of launch titles and think that they should be absolutely mindblowing. No, they shouldn’t. They are just normal games that were developed with early next-gen tools. They are not a representation of a console’s future. PS3 launch titles were absolute crap compared to what the system offers now. Anyone still remember Lair?
The point I’m trying to get at is that next-gen is still in its early days and we should not freak out over every single facet about it. Just give it time and I’m sure that our wild expectations would be met eventually. Complaining and wild accusations will help nobody. Just think that we are finally entering a new era in gaming and things will change for us over time. That or just get a PC, as numerous commenters have said to me already.