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Why We Don't Need a PS4 or Another X-Box

Updated on February 26, 2013
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With Sony's recent announcement of the PlayStation 4, gamers are getting ready for the holiday rush into a new generation. Microsoft will also be announcing their next X-Box soon. I'm here to say "boo hoo" to that.

The point of new consoles in the past have been an upgrade in graphics and what you can do with them. When people can get NBA2K13 confused with a real basketball game, I think the graphics are fine. Developers haven't even maxed out the potential of the PS3. I know these systems are almost eight years old, but the age doesn't matter anymore.

We can already play online on X-Box Live or PSN. We have spent countless dollars on movies, game downloads, downloadable content for games we bought in stores, and music. Sony has already said the downloadable games we've paid for will not be able to be used on PS4, and that PS3 game discs will not be playable. Say what? OK, what about the movies and music? Do we have to keep our PS3 hooked up for those too?

Microsoft has not said a word about what their new system can do, and how backwards compatible it will be. With all the money spent on X-Box live and downloads, I would hope all would be transferable to the new system.

This brings me back to my original point of not needing these new systems. There is so much content that I haven't even touched on the online systems. I'm sure other gamers are the same way. Why would we want to spend hundreds of more dollars on new systems when we have already invested thousands in these.

Game cycles have changed. They are no longer 3-5 years. This current one does not need to end.

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    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      It depends. If you're playing a game that connects to a particular game service (Steam, Games for Windows, Social Club, etc.) then just about all the newer games will award achievements for completing various tasks in the game. My copy of Max Payne 3 is linked to my Rockstar Social Club account, and it shows not only my achievements, but also how many bullets I've fired in total.

    • Jeff Lane profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Lane 

      5 years ago from Evansville, IN

      Question - and this is a serious one, I really don't know the answer because I don't play any games on PC. Do you get achievements or trophies on PC?

    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      So how much of this is attached to the real product and how much is just speculative and wishful thinking? Implementation is a lot harder than the planning.

      However, still I reiterate that everything the consoles can do a PC can do. I'm sticking with my PC for now.

    • Becca Font profile image

      rebbecca font 

      5 years ago from OKLAHOMA CITY

      uh..okay to the clouds disappearing. Everything depends on data speeds. Did anyone watch the playstation meeting? Sony talked about being able to play games before they are even completely downloaded.

    • Jeff Lane profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Lane 

      5 years ago from Evansville, IN

      Becca the cloud scares me. I look up in the sky and they disappear every day ;)

    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      A cloud-based system is only as good as its network connection. If the internet goes down you don't have access to your games. Also modern games need to be installed on some local media for easy access. Otherwise you're going to have to download the whole game each time you want to play, which can take up to several hours to download.

      The PC users already have cloud-based systems for games (e.g. Steam, Origin), and they work pretty well. The only problems that arise from this system is if your network goes down then you can't launch the game, however for the most part the system works well.

    • Becca Font profile image

      rebbecca font 

      5 years ago from OKLAHOMA CITY

      you guys aren't seeing the BIG picture. this new PS4 is going to have a CLOUD! you won't have to save stuff on a hard drive, plus they want to make it where the game can be played on a tablet or lap top too. i'm not a fan of Xbox so i can't say what it will do.

    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      I don't have to upgrade my PC all that often. With the game companies catering to the weaker hardware of the consoles an $800 PC can last for a good five or six years, and even after that the graphics settings can be scaled back to play the games that require a more powerful PC, or I can upgrade only one part instead of switching out the whole unit. Also don't forget the massive amount of backwards compatibility a PC has over the consoles.

    • Jeff Lane profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Lane 

      5 years ago from Evansville, IN

      Thanks. You should write one on why we do need it, cause you make some good points in there.

    • Jeff Lane profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Lane 

      5 years ago from Evansville, IN

      How often do you have to upgrade your PC?

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      Morgan Sheridan 

      5 years ago from Illinois, United States

      In terms of graphics I agree with you but using a system that's out of date, even by a couple years, can hinder developers from progressing their games (on consoles at least). The processing and memory limitations effect what they can do with a game, beyond the graphics , as well as what the console itself is able to do in terms of OS and communications. I'd rather have this gaming cycle so games I can play improve in complexity. I do get what you're saying with moving on when we've put so much money into this generation and that this gen isn't broken so why fix it. Hopefully, backwards compatibility will be effective so our money spent already doesn't go to waste.

      PC's are also superior because this would never happen. Instead of buying a new system that is an overhaul of the previous generation, you simply upgrade the components in the system yourself and keep playing.

      You had some very valid points and made me think about the next gen's pros and cons. Great hub! :)

    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      In all this I'm still sticking by my PC as the superior gaming platform. Everything that a PS3 or Xbox 360 can do my PC can do in spades. My PC also has cheaper games and more customization than any console ever will have.

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