The dawn of a new generation is upon us, and the new era of consoles are preparing to battle for a spot in your living room. The WiiU dropped onto the scene last year offering gamers a very different experience, with the innovative gamepad and graphics that are more enhanced than the Wii. Also, Microsoft made a huge recovery from their unpopular DRM rules, and as a result, it increased the hype for their new Xbox. The Xbox One will come with the amazing, advanced and new Kinect and some pretty impressive exclusives.
However, there is a third contender in the heartless, “Take no Prisoners,” console war. Sony has shown and demonstrated the mighty power of the PS4, and has announced what they claim to be the best exclusives of all time. To everyone else that seems pretty amazing, but to me, I can’t help but feel underwhelmed by the statements and presentations from Sony. I truly hate to say it but I am fearing that the PS4 has nothing to offer.
The Specs of the Console are Nothing Special
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I’m not going to compare the system to a gaming computer, because simply put, consoles can’t compete with a gaming PC, on the hardware aspect. However against the Xbox One it’s not that impressive either. I did expect the specs of Sony’s toy to be a little more powerful in the aspect of hardware and the abilities that are affected by it. It shares the same level of RAM, CPU, GB storage, USB slots, and cloud storage capabilities, as the Xbox One. Although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I have just come to expect that Sony will come out with a stronger console. That was the case with the PS3 and although I never owned one, it was pretty clear that the graphics and capabilities of games are greater with the PS3. I guess simply matching their main competitor was just a little disappointing to me, especially with the large promises from the company.
Also, there is no impressive Innovation on the PS4
As proven from the above, Sony truly isn’t taking any big steps away from their competitors when it comes to the hardware involved, and it also saddens me to say I fear the same is true with the innovation side of the equation. The Xbox One sports a shiny new Kinect that is said to improve on the old Kinect’s faults. In addition, the WiiU is trying to make a huge change in the gaming community with the very charming and fun Gamepad. Unfortunately, there is nothing truly impressive with the “innovation”that Sony is trying to push on the new Dualshock 4 controller.
I’m not huge in the whole social media thing, so I instantly disregarded the new share button on the controller that will allow gamers to share events that occurred on the console with their friends, but I can see how some people would love it. What I find concerning is the small touch pad on the controller. The small pad’s abilities haven’t been outlined yet, but whatever it does will seem a little lackluster compared to the mighty screen of the Gamepad on the WiiU, and the impressive new Kinect.
PS4 exclusives aren’t that impressive
I’m not going to lie, some of my favorite video game moments and memories have come from some Playstation exclusives. Saving the universe with the unlikely duo, Ratchet and Clank, or more recently smashing in some skulls with Joel and Ellie.
However, the lineup they have provided hasn’t impressed me thus far. I understand the hype and love for the Infamous series, and the intense warfare loved by Killzone fans, but I struggle to see how they can compete with the more developed series like Halo and the Mario games. Just looking at the series, it is tough to say that the games Sony is working on aren’t going to make huge marks in the industry. Unless they improve on the classics like Ratchet and Clank, which hopefully will happen with the new game coming soon, or provide another masterpiece like the Last of Us, I’m not sure the exclusive games games will thrive, to the extent that Sony would like.
With the new generation of gaming just around the corner, I am excited to see the innovation and great games that are to come. However, one of the consoles truly concerns me. Sony’s PS4 doesn’t really have any hardware that I would consider superior from the other consoles, except maybe the Wii U. Also, I am positive that the characters in the new exclusives won’t be able to stand next to the likes of Master Chief and Mario. Lastly, an unimpressive controller gives me the impression that they tried to throw in something new that would seem flashy, and would make people want to buy their console, but with the innovation of the other consoles, I’m not convinced. Let me be clear, I’m not here to bring forth the doom of the PS4 or even to convince you not to buy one, I’m simply trying to present some concerns I have for the console. All in all, the pros of the console seem pretty promising, but I’m not sure at this stage that they will be able to counter weight the cons.
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Am I full of it?
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