Things to Keep in Mind When Going Next-Gen
Well, we’re only four days away from the PS4 launch, and eleven from the Xbox One launch, and a lot of information has recently surfaced. There’s going to be a lot changes this generation, even Nintendo showed that with the Wii U–in its own way. In order to ensure that gamers get the best experience from the new consoles. here’s a list of five things to keep in mind when going next-gen:
It’s always helpful to compare prices of systems as paying more doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more (like with the PS3 at launch). The thing to take into consideration here is what comes in the box that justifies the price: Xbox One comes with Kinect and PS4 is riding solo. It’s more preference as to if price is too high or not.
The other pricing to keep an eye on are services and any fees, taking into account that PS Plus is now required to play online for PS4. Now it’s not all about the money, it’s also about the content.
2. Games and Media
One of the reasons why some people hold off on next-gen consoles is due to the lack of games. While there is always diversity at launch, it’s rare for a console to have a killer app from the start, unlike Wii with Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64. You have decide as to if any of the launch games will be a purchase and with the lack of Watch_Dogs at launch, it made it a bit harder. If there isn’t a game you like on the console, don’t buy it.
Services are also pretty important as Netflix and Hulu Plus are fairly important applications. Both consoles features essentially the same apps so it’s a matter of console preference. Oh, and keep in mind that for the fact both have similar applications, they both have the inability to play last-gen games–food for thought.
3. Halo or Uncharted?
This is a question of exclusives since usually those are games that sell systems. Microsoft has its exclusives, Sony has them, and of course, Nintendo has them. If you really enjoy Forza and Halo you should probably go with Xbox One but if you’re into Heavy Rain, Uncharted, and The Last Us then it might be best to go with PS4.
This one isn’t a big deal but it’s one to keep in mind: the Xbox One is actually weaker than the PS4, though any multi-platform games will look nearly identical on both consoles. Chances are that PS4 will be capable of a bit more than the Xbox One but again, it’s really not a big deal unless you’re looking at exclusives.
5. Are You Ready for It?
One must ask oneself if he or she is ready to pay $400 or $500 for a console, the fees that come with them, having to buy new games for them, and not be able to play last-gen games. It might not seem like a lot to think about but everything adds up, and in this economy one must be weary.
So what are your plans: will you pick up a PS4 or Xbox One, or possibly both? Let us know below!