Over the past year or so, since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were announced, the Console Wars have been reignited with just as much fury as before. With the blind bias that many of the individual company’s fans seem to emanate, not all are like this of course. It makes someone like me, who just cares for the greatness that this industry brings to us, in a state of annoyance over the petty arguments that these fandoms have generated. It is for these reasons that I have decided to completely skip the products offered by Sony and Microsoft out of the sake of preserving my own enjoyment of all games.
My disagreement with these consoles are of course not confined to the fans’ bias. I am also quite displeased with their business practices as of late. Between Microsoft’s policy of buying early releases and exclusivity to Sony’s recent actions of derision of their competitors, they have taken up very unprofessional tactics to appeal to their fans. It makes them appear as rich children arguing on who has more friends, dishing out their money and foul tactics to make them more popular. In my opinion, a console should be able to get exclusivity and early releases on the impressiveness of the console and the first party titles for the system instead of the size of the company’s wallet. The same applies to the their behavior, they should be able to maintain a professional manner with its rivals and focus on the enjoyment of their games instead of trying to be better then them.
As Nintendo and Valve seem to show the said qualities, I have decided to purchase their systems. Here are my reasons for being excited about their systems.
GAMES (WII U AND STEAM MACHINE)
Nintendo is known for their iconic games. With Mario being more recognizable than Disney’s Mickey Mouse and the sheer stability of most of their games, it goes to show that Nintendo tries to focus on what they see as great and work hard to make it the best they can. Admittedly, I have had some moments where I was unimpressed with their announcements, but I have always come to enjoy the games when I was able to try them out. They always seem to give me some challenge with their well designed levels that progressively get harder as they go.
Valve’s Steam Machine will be able to support the 3000 games currently on their gaming service. With the systems’ use of track pads as the main system of movement, I will be able to play a much larger selection of games that were before only limited to the mouse and keyboard. Games like Civilization 5 and Arma 3 will finally be able to be played from the comfort of my living room. Also, due to more games coming to PCs then console, I’ll never encounter a time where I’ve played all the games there is to offer.
FREEDOM (STEAM MACHINE)
As stated in their announcement page for the systems, Valve doesn’t mind if you modify the hardware, OS, or even change it into a robot. If for any time you think that you need to change it for personal preference, you’re free to do so. You can even make your own if you want. This relaxed nature is a refreshing change from the limited specifications of other the consoles. Where if you modify it at all, you can run the risk of losing your online access. This freedom if exactly what I want from a console.
INNOVATION (WII U AND STEAM MACHINE)
Just about everyone who looks at the Wii U will immediately notice its innovation. The extra screen on the controller adds a whole new level of fluidity to the system. Instead of having to pause the game to get to a specific item you need, its as easy as looking down and dragging the item into place. This is great for games that feature a large array of items, such as the Legend of Zelda series, and will players to have more actual playtime instead of wasting it in menus.
The steam Machine controller is also innovative. Other than the screen in the center of the controller, and its unique design, it replaces the standard analog sticks with trackpads. As stated above, this allows for a greater number of games to be played on the system, specifically PC games. Valve has stated that the new touch system will allow for more accurate input in games such as shooters and will be able to give the accuracy of a mouse for games that need it.
PRICE (WII U AND STEAM MACHINE)
The Wii U will be the cheapest of the three traditional consoles at $300 dollars. this is 100 dollars cheaper than the PS4 and 200 dollars cheaper than the Xbox One. As I don’t see much innovation from the higher priced systems, and I can get a more powerful alternative with the Steam Machine, I see no point in getting them. For the price, the Wii U offers some great games and more are on their way. between the third part games that the system does have and the games by Nintendo, its a great deal for being 100 dollars cheaper than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The Steam Machine will have a variety of models all at different power and price. So if you, like me, have a smaller wallet, then you can purchase a cheaper system and upgrade the parts when need arrises. This freedom to modify the system makes the price that much more appealing, as I know I can upgrade when I need to instead of being confined to set specifications.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will surely be great systems, and many people are bound to have a great time with their purchase. I will also have a great time with my purchases as I will be able to enjoy what this industry really is about: games
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